The Saints Scoop – April 9, 2017

April 9, 2017

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In many ways, a student’s high school experience is what he/she chooses to make of it.  LSS abounds in opportunities to get involved, to get connected, to have some fun, and to succeed in so many different ways.  The key variable is the decision the student makes to take advantage of these opportunities… or not to.  Below are some of the opportunities that LSS staff offer to students – consider the Saints Scoop as your student’s invitation to get informed and to get involved!


  • After several years away from LSS, Girls Rugby has made a triumphant return!  In their first home game of the season, LSS defeated Clayton Heights 20-5.  While winning certainly is fun, the best aspect of the game is that the girls had to adjust strategy and dig deep to come back from a 5-0 half-time deficit.  And they certainly did dig deep, scoring four unanswered tries in the 2nd half!  Congratulations to the team, and to their coach Ms. Grigg, for their character effort!

    A happy coach and players after their comeback win against Clayton Heights!


  • (Courtesy of Mr. Davids, Principal of HDSMS) “This past week, a grade 10 class from LSS came back to work with some of our grade 6 students. They are working through a bullying and harassment prevent program called Beyond The Hurt sponsored by the Red Cross. The older students (many of them HDSMS alumni) went through a variety of activities with our kids and then followed them up with reflective, deeper conversations. It was another opportunity for us to help our kids develop skills to not only protect themselves from bullying and harassment but also to learn how to treat those around them. We look forward to them coming back for follow up sessions. – See more at: ”

    LSS Team 1 working with one of the grade 6 classes at HDSMS

    LSS Team 2

    LSS Team 3

    LSS Team 4 – the four photos are courtesy of Ms. Babecoff-Kimhi!


  • “The LSS Junior Varsity team opened their season up yesterday against Walnut Grove Gators (2) at the Langley Events Centre. It was a very close game that saw great goaltending on both sides; in net for LSS was Kylie Mebs and Ethan Fowler. LSS started the game getting lots of scoring opportunities, but it would be Walnut Grove who would scored the first goal of the game in the first period. Three minutes later, Ayden Power would tie the game by doing an end-to-end rush, scoring an unassisted goal. The score would remain tied until the start of the second period where the Gators would go up again, 2-1. The Saints would battle through some very solid goaltending on behalf of the Gators goaltender, and score their second goal via Sean Bertram, 2-2. The score would remain tied until the halfway marker of the third period where the Gators would again score to regain the lead, 3-2. The Saints would push on as they have all game, outshooting the Gators, and It would be Ayden Power again would do another defensive rush scoring to tie the game, 3-3. Taking advantage of a Saints penalty, the Gators would score to regain the lead once again at the 4 minute mark of the game. Not giving up, the Saints would go on to have many scoring opportunities in the final few minutes of the game, only to be shut down by some spectacular goaltending by the Gators net minder: final score, 4-3 Gators.”   Thanks to Mr. McCarthy for the thrilling description above, and for helping to coach the team!


  • In one of the final games of the regular season, first place team Meh-wee-Zero defeated one of the two teacher teams Teachers’ Net 6-1!  Playoffs are starting this upcoming week… be in the main gym at lunch to catch all of the action!

    The teacher’s bench, watching the play…

    Despite losing the game, the teacher team is all smiles… !

    The winning bench… looking confident!

    The All-Star goalie for Meh-wee-Zero – he saved at least 3-4 sure goals for the teacher team!


  • Institutions, like school, are made up of physical spaces and the interactions of the people in them.  As important as physical spaces are, it is the people and how they relate to one another that really make a school what it is.  This past week saw an unexpected treat for Ms. Turpin as two of her students decided they were going to send her on a bit of a “mystery tour” of the school.  After planning for about a month, they set in motion a series of clues that would send Ms. Turpin to various locations throughout the school, where she had find a clue, then decipher where to go next to find the next clue!  And this was no “wild goose chase,” as Ms. Turpin had the most wonderful surprise waiting for her at the end of it all, and a few tears when the students hugged her and thanked her for all that she had done for them over the years!  I love a happy ending…!

    Waiting for Ms. Turpin was this lovely basket of goodies and treats! As for how Mr. Hantke was involved in this, well… that is a story for another time!


  • Ever thought of attending Summer Session?  Did you know that students taking advanced credit courses typically make up about 70-80% of students in Summer Session?  If you are interested, Summer Session information is now available!  Information sheets are available for pick up in the Main Office, or click on one of the following attachments: SS 2017 Secondary Brochure v2 – SS 2017 Middle Brochure v2 – SS 2017 Elementary Brochure


  • Did you take English 10, Science 10, any Math 10, Socials 11, English 12, Communications 12 or First Nations 12 before July 2016, but DID NOT wrote the Provincial Exam?  If so, you may need to write the Provincial Exam by this June, because June 2017 is the LAST OPPORTUNITY to write the Provincials.  Here is the reason why: Any of these listed courses taken BEFORE July 2016 state that the Provincial Exam be taken as a MANDATORY REQUIREMENT for Graduation.  If the Provincial Exam is NOT taken in this situation, then the student must repeat the entire course or an equivalent (an example of an “equivalent” would be taking Workplace Math 10 instead of Pre-Calculus and Foundations Math 10).  If you are in this situation (or are not sure), please see one of the Counsellors or Admin as soon as possible!


  • Physics Lectures: Attached is the information for TRIUMF, UBC, and SFU’s upcoming April Saturday Morning Lectures on various physics topics. As Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science, we hope to inspire the next generation’s leaders in physics through our outreach initiatives. Lectures will be at a level appropriate for high school students and members of the public. TRIUMF_April Lectures
  • Genome BC – Geneskool Summer Science Program for Teens: This week-long day program offers students that have completed Science 9 or higher a unique opportunity to explore aspects of biotechnology, genomics, inheritance, virology, forensics and microbiology and use their new knowledge to solve a puzzling mystery. Hosted at Capilano University in North Vancouver, students will participate in a variety of hands-on labs using state-of-the-art lab facilities and learn the molecular biology techniques that scientists use every day. In addition to labs, students have an opportunity to tour the campus, hear from fascinating guest speakers, and explore potential education and career paths. Program dates are August 21st – 25th, 2017; space is limited; registration ends August 14th. More information and application can be found at<>.
  • (REMINDER) UBC Science Talk: On Friday May 5th, 2017 at 8:00am-4:00pm, UBC Let’s Talk Science invites high school students to ‘Let’s Talk Climate Change’: a one day symposium on the topic of Climate Change for students in Grades 9 -12 or any interested high school students. This full day symposium will bring Vancouver-area students together to learn about climate change from experts in a variety of interdisciplinary fields, with the intention of providing students with a holistic view of the impact of climate change and encouraging students to formulate their own opinions based on scientific knowledge. This year’s keynote speaker is  Simon Donner, an UBC Associate Professor of Climatology who studies the effects of human-induced climate change and the effectiveness of environmental policies. Our registration system is found online:  Importantly, this event is free to students.  Registration is mandatory. Registration closes: Apr 30, 2017.  Please click on the following link for a poster and more information: Climate_Change_Symposium
  • (REMINDER) Any Grade 10 or 11 students who are interested in visiting some of our Post-Secondary Institutions such as the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of the Fraser Valley, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Vancouver Community College, please sign up in the Counselling Centre, seats are limited so it will be based on a first come first serve as forms are handed in.  Remaining visits this year include:
    • April 27th – Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Langley Campus/Surrey Campus – forms due April 21st


  • Want Free Money?!?!  If You Are Graduating and if any of the following apply to you, please see Mr. Lewis in Counselling as soon as possible.  He may have money for you.
    1. Went to Alice Brown Elementary
    2. Played Aldergrove Minor Football for at least 4 years.
    3. Went to Alice Brown Elementary School
    4. Player Minor Football for thr Associated Minor Football league of Langley
    5. Has a relative who is a member of Beta Sigma Phi
    6. Has a relative who works for CUPE 1851 or CUPE 1260
    7. Wants to be a librarian
    8. Had a Big Brother Or Sister from the Big Brothers Organization
    9. Went to Otter Elementary
    10. Went to Simonds Elementary
  • Need a Dress for Grad?  We have a generous community donor who has access to about 40 different dresses in various sizes.  If you are interested in finding out more, please contact our donor at the email below; you just need to let her know your size and generally what your colour preferences are.
  • NCAA College Expo:  Meet the Associate Director of the NCAA at the US College Expo – Free Registration! Please see the attached for more information: USCE17 – Vancouver Expo Flyer
  • Otter Co-op Scholarship: 8 x $1000 available to grade 12 students whose parents/guardians have spent $2000 with Otter Co-op in the past fiscal year.  If you are interested and eligible, please come to the main office or the counseling office and pick up a (small) photocopy of the application instructions. Applications are due by April 30, 2017.
  • KPU Dates and Deadlines:
    • (THIS WEEK!) Tuesday, April 11th is KPU’s Major Entrance Scholarship Deadline – These scholarships are up to $20,000. Please inform your students who have applied to KPU so that they have enough time to get their reference letters in order in addition to the application itself. If you have more questions please visit our Student Awards and Financial Assistance site:
    • Extended Application Deadlines – For some limited intake programs we are offering extended deadlines. Please refer here:
  • Coast Capital Savings Youth Get It Education Awards are now live!  Applications are now available on our website, and award information packages have been distributed to schools across Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, mid- and southern-Vancouver Island, and the Central Okanagan. We’ve been receiving some great follow up and feedback from schools already, but we want to make sure that you’re kept in the loop. We’ve attached a copy of the Award Application, a Program Overview Letter, and our Award & Deadline Information form for your reference. Please note, there are two important deadlines:
  • Lotus Light Charity Society Scholarship recognizes high school graduates who achieved outstanding academic performance while actively participating community volunteer works, to purchase post-secondary study. Please find the attached 2017 LLCS Scholarship Announcement for posting or forwarding to your student. The application period is between Mar 1 to May 15, 2017.  2 Attachments: 2017 LLCS Scholarship Application and Checklist – 2017 LLCS Scholarship PSA for posting
  • Scholarship: Save-On Foods in partnership with UFCW 1518 is offering scholarships valued at $1000 each to students who have played a significant role in diversity initiatives in their school and/or community.  Students can apply at  Deadline for applications is May 1, 2017.
  • The Graduate Wardrobe is a non-profit organization established to help students who cannot afford to buy or rent their own grad dresses or suits.  If you are worried about affording a grad dress or suit for Grad, please see your counsellor as soon as possible for more information.


Taylor Swift, with Langley Township Mayor Jack Froese and a student M/C from REMSS. Taylor was the LSS nominee for the Township’s Pete Swensson Outstanding Youth Award!

Ms. Tomlinson and Mr. Moino showing their support for Taylor!

PE classes running the stairs to some motivational music…

…while Mr. Pulice, “the Overseer” ensures they run at a good pace!

Mr. Ellis’ class working through their fitness routine!

Ahmed doing some public service for the school by putting up new bulletin boards!

Under the table?? Of course, if it’s an Earthquake Drill! Students demonstrate “Drop, Cover, and Hold” during this past week’s drill.

Of course, staff need to model safety procedures as well, and Ms. Winsor does just that!

AVID student Sasha tutors Ethan in Math!

The list of nominees from various Langley Secondary schools for the Pete Swensson Outstanding Youth Award!

When students go home for an early collaboration dismissal, Staff gather around the school to collaborate! This past week, the entire staff gathered in the library to work on the Core Competencies in the New Curriculum!


  • It is a tradition at LSS for parents of students in grades 9-11 to volunteer for the reception at the Grad Ceremony – helping with ordering food, setting up tables, and cleaning up at the end of the evening.  Thus, we are looking for grade 9-11 parents who can volunteer for the Grad Ceremony on June 15, 2017.  Please consider helping so that grade 12 parents can enjoy their evening… and you would be paying it forward for when your child graduates!  If you are interested in helping or finding out more, please contact Mr. Moino at LSS at  Thanks in advance!  (By the way, we now have about a half dozen parent volunteers, but we are looking for a couple more!)


  • 12th Annual Grand Prix Gala – The Foundation in partnership with Thunderbird Showpark is hosting the 12th Annual Grand Prix Gala.  This premiere international equestrian event of the year, offers guests a front-row seat on the patio, just inches away from a huge spectacle.  Lithe riders atop exquisite beasts leap over dazzling white fences, verdant green hedges and shimmering blue trenches as they compete for the National Cup – the most prestigious award of the year.  And that’s not all.  Guests are served an array of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, desserts and award-winning wines.  Tickets are just $75 or $480 for a table of 8.  All net proceeds go to support our Food For Thought Campaign and Homeless Initiative.  Please click on the following link: packages3s or go to


  • Youth Hub Calendar for April: Please find the April 2017 Langley Youth Hub calendar: 11 Youth Calendar Apri 2017
  • Langley Environmental Hero Awards:  Nominate Your Hero Today Poster – Please note that Rosemary Wallace is supporting this Community Poster, encouraging parents, district staff to consider finding a nominee for this great project.  Deadline April 21, 2017 – application form info is right on the poster.
  • Walk in  Box Fundraiser:  Help the Alzheimer Society of BC make memories matter with Walk in a Box – Sunday, May 7, 2017.
  • Community Bulletin Board – SD#35 Langley: To find out more about the different community events happening in our District, consider making it a habit to go to the District’s website, and you will certainly be in the know!
  • Digital Media Resources for Parents:  Please find links to three parent guides (PDFs that can be downloaded) from MediaSmarts, the Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization for digital and media literacy. Parents will likely find these useful.
  • Interested in Dragon Boating?  Please see the attached – for students and school groups interested in dragon boating in Ft. Langley. High School Flyer 2017
  • (REMINDER) Extreme Career Fair: On May 11th, 2017 Black Press will be hosting another Extreme Career Fair, featuring over 200 exhibitors in the employment and educational sectors. The event will be held at the Langley Events Centre. We are reaching out to invite your grade 11 and 12 students to join us and 200 top level exhibitors at our extreme career fair. We will be hosting Ted Talk Style Presentations that will showcase the ins and outs of why to join a particular employer or educational faculty. Black Press is Canada’s largest independently owned newspaper company, with the largest media footprint in BC. As well, there will be opportunity to apply for entry-level positions for summer employment. Please join us and help make this a continued success for BC students and residents alike. We will circulate a complete line up of all exhibitors a week prior to the event. Career Fair Poster
  • (REMINDER) Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is once again getting ready for our annual KPU Science Rendezvous — the largest public science celebration in the Fraser Valley — and we’d like to invite your school community to attend on Saturday, May 13thThe event is free and open to the public. Last year, we had over 1000 visitors attend, mostly young families!  KPU’s Langley campus will open its’ doors to the public and be transformed into a spectacular science festival where attendees can participate in hands-on experiments, chemistry magic shows, music, art, interactive science labs, dancing fire, high-tech nursing demos, Brewing Lab tours, live bug races, flower labyrinth walks, and much, MUCH more! Join us as we help inspire young minds!
    • Date: Saturday, May 13th, 2017
    • Time: 11 am-3 pm | Setup: 9:00-10:30 am | Tear Down: 3:00-4:00 pm
    • Venue: KPU Langley Campus
    • Address: 20901 Langley Bypass (nearest intersection is Glover Road and Langley Bypass)
    • TICKETS:
  • (REMINDER) KidSport:  Do you know of a child who may not be able to play sports because of money issues?  KidSport provides grants of up to $300 per year to allow kids the opportunity to join sports, both in the community and in school; these funds are meant to help families in need to help cover registration costs for a season of sport.  If you or a family you know is struggling to pay registration fees, and this is affecting a child’s ability to play a sport, then please go to for more information and for an application.  Please see the attached for more information:  Postcard front


LSS has NUMEROUS opportunities to get involved in Saints Nation!  The more students get involved in their school, the more positive connections they make, the more they enjoy their time here, and the more successful they become in their classes.  So, what are you waiting for… get involved!  See below for opportunities:Girls Soccer:  Any girls interested in soccer are invited to an indoor practice this Thursday after school in the Main Gym.

  • Girls Soccer:  Last call! See one of your PE teachers for more info.
  • Track & Field:  Any athletes interested in Track & Field are invited out to practices starting this week, Tuesday and Thursday, on the track.  First meet is end of April.  No experience necessary.
  • Wrestling Team:  Come on out and join!  Practises are on:
    • Mondays 3:15-5:00    Tuesdays 6:00-7:30     Wednesdays 3:15-5:00    Thursdays 6:00-7:30
  • Badminton:  Listen to the announcements for further practices!  Please see Mr. Lewis for more information.
  • LSS Hockey Team:  If you are interested in playing for the LSS Hockey Team with year and have not signed up yet, please see Mr. McCarthy in Room 99 or Room 94 to get the details!
  • Youth Alpha Series:  Meetings of the Youth Alpha Series run Tuesdays at lunch in Mr. Cortese’s room!  Everyone is welcome so come on out and enjoy some free food and discuss life’s biggest questions!
  • Grad Council:  Meetings on Tuesdays at lunch in Room 134.  All grads are welcome to attend!
  • Gay Straight Alliance:  Please join us at the GSA – gender and sexuality alliance – in room 215 at lunch on Tuesdays for some lively and meaningful discussion in a safe environment. Everyone is welcome. The GSA is an important part of our inclusive school and everyone’s voice needs to be heard.
  • Knit Wits Club:  Thursdays at lunchtime in Room 143.  Beginners are always welcome!
  • Dance Team:  The dance team will be practicing at lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Dance Studio.
  • Art Addicts Studio:  Youth Unlimited is again running Art Addicts Studio!  For more information, please email or phone 604-557-6507. Please pick up a permission form in the office!  No membership fees.  All art supplies provided.


  • April 10:           Report card Prep Afternoon, Students NOT in Session for the afternoon
  • April 10:           PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm
  • April 12:           LSS Students tour KPU
  • April 14:           Good Friday; Schools are CLOSED
  • April 17:           Easter Monday; Schools are CLOSED
  • April 21:           Semester 2, Term 1 Report Cards are issued
  • April 27:           LSS Students tour KPU
  • May 4:             Fire Drill
  • May 5:             Professional Development Day, Students NOT in Session
  • May 9:             Provincial Election, Polling Station in there Library
  • May 11:           Staff Collaboration, Students Dismissed at 1:30 pm
  • May 15:           PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm
  • May 16:           Brittany Palmer (How to apply for Scholarships), LSS Library, 7 pm
  • May 17:           Aboriginal Achievement Awards, WGSS, 5 pm
  • Jun 15:            Graduation Ceremony at CLA, 7 pm
  • Jun 16:            Graduation Dinner and Dance
  • Jun 23:            English 12 Provincial Exam
  • Jun 26:            Communications 12 Provincial Exam

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