The Saints Scoop! – December 1, 2019

December 1, 2019


  • The LSS Varsity football team lost a tough battle to Vernon on Saturday 43-14.  The team kept the game close, with the score 22-14 for Vernon with just a few minutes left in the 3rd quarter, despite LSS losing the leading rusher in BC, Kai Thomas, in the first half to a re-injury of his ankle.  The rest of the team rallied and pushed Vernon hard, effectively stopping Vernon’s run game and limiting their yardage on passing plays.  Alas, without LSS’ full arsenal on offence, the team was unable to keep Vernon’s potent offence off of the field, and their offence was able to take advantage of a tired LSS defence late in the game to put the score out of reach.
    • The starters being called on to the field, as seen on the big screen at BC Place!

    • The LSS team gathering on the sidelines before the initial coin toss…

      Mr. Hantke joins Ms. Wood and Ms. Sewell in cheering on the team!

      Hello there, Mr. and Mrs. Palichuk!

      Mr. Nicol, as well as Mrs. Pagnanini, Mrs. Thorburn and families!

      Ms. Bakker supporting the team loudly!

  • So many people to thank for this exceptional season.  As Coach Kardos noted, “This year was the result of everyone working together – teachers, parents administration, the District, and coaches.  Something like this [season] doesn’t just happen unless the boys on the field are supported both on and off the field.”  Special thanks to:
    • the players, for their commitment to something bigger than any one individual… something that only a team can accomplish.
    • the parents, for their support during practices, and games, for support both on the field and off the field.
    • the coaches, especially Mr. Piché, Mr. Wyse, and Mr, Kardos, for their hours and hours of commitment to coaching practices, watching game film, and preparing the team for each and every game, to help bring out the team’s best.


  • REMINDER: Beedie Luminaries Class of 2020 – Scholarship Applications Are Now Open!
    • Bright minds are more than grades, and our scholarship is more than money. We give students what they need for a brighter future. We look for the diamond in the rough.  We look beyond the grades.  We look for potential because we believe investing in our youth has the potential to transform families and communities.
    • Do you know of a student or students who fit this criteria? Please let them know about Beedie Luminaries and encourage them to APPLY today!
    • The 2019/2020 Applications are open until January 20, 2020, 9:00 am PST.
  • REMINDER: Post-Secondary Institution Selections on the Student Transcripts Service (STS) Website – Information for students on how to use the new STS website to access and select post-secondary institutions for transcript submission is now available.
    • Distributing Transcripts to Post-Secondary Institutions:
      • The Ministry of Education distributes transcript information to post-secondary institutions (PSIs) following the selection of a PSI by a student in the StudentTranscripts Service (STS). Distribution occurs through a variety of mechanisms. For PSIs with XML data transfer capabilities, transcripts will be sent throughout the year. For PSIs on the electronic batch process, interim transcript information will be sent in early May, and final year-end transcript information distributed in late July.
    • How to Use the StudentTranscripts Service:
      • Students can access the StudentTranscripts Service at the new StudentTranscripts Service website. To get started, students will pick the type of student they are (for example, current student, former student or returning user). They will then select ‘Order’ which is found on the top right corner or left tab and then select ‘Register’ to create a Basic BCeID account to access their transcript information.
      • Students must create a Basic BCeID account to access their information. Students need only complete their PSI selections once in the current school year. Students may add to their selections at any time up through July 10, 2019. Students may make up to 25 selections free of charge within six months after completing their last course. After six months, students will be charged $10 per transcript, payable on the StudentTranscripts Service.
    • More Information on the StudentTranscripts Service:
  • REMINDER:  Dry Grad Update
    • The next Dry Grad meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 5 at 7:15 pm.
      • Dec 21 & 22 – grocery bagging fundraiser @ Otter Co-op
      • February 29 – casino night fundraiser
    • There is a Facebook event page for the Dry Grad event.  Parents & students are welcome to join at
    • Encorp Recycling – we have an account set up at the ENCORP Recycling.
      • IN PERSON drop off of sorted items to the depot at 20137 Industrial Ave, Langley City.  Please mention LSS Dry Grad 2020 or account #794 when you drop off your sorted returns.
      • EXPRESS DROP OFF to ANY Encorp Recycling location please use phone number 604-790-0291 when checking in at the on-site kiosk.  Remember to bring items in a CLEAR bag
    • December 21 & 22 – Grocery Bagging Fundraiser at Otter Coop.  Please e-mail for more information and to sign up


  • The AVID 12 class is continuing in a long-standing tradition at LSS, collecting for Christmas hampers for families in the LSS community.  This Wednesday and Thursday, AVID 12 is hosting a Bake Sale, with all proceeds going to their hamper fund!  If you would like to donate funds, please contact the AVID 12 teacher, Ms Sewell, at


  • Each week, we will highlight different classes throughout the school that have students being more active, and that help make the students’ learning more visible – one of our three big goals for this school year  See below for this week’s highlights:
    • Mr. Kuo’s Senior Life Sciences class gets to the “heart of the matter” as they dissect pig’s hearts and learn more about the workings of mammalian anatomy!
    • Ms. Lee’s Block 3 and 4 Intro Japanese classes got to try calligraphy last Friday! It was a chance for them to try writing some Kanji they have been learning this semester, and also some bonus characters that peer tutor, Chizuru, showed them on the board.
    • French 11 students in Mrs. Lidemark‘s class attended a Field Trip on Tuesday, Nov. 26th.  38 students and 2 Teachers attended the Field Trip to Anny’s Dairy Bar in New Wesminster.  They experienced Quebec Poutine, Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwiches and Anny’s famous Maple Twist Ice Cream.  Bon appetit!
    • Social Justice students learn about ethics and how the world of art, artifacts and activism impact our understanding of culture and identity.
    • Leadership students create team bonding handshakes.
    • AVID 9/10 took their first trip to UFV to experience campus life, with Mr. Fauteux and Mr. Heath as their guides.
    • In Mrs. Brown’s and Ms. DeCambra’s Food classes:
      • The advanced class learned how to cook a chicken dinner and discussed the applications for safely preparing a delicious turkey (as is the cultural practice of so many Canadians at Christmas).  They also tried their hands at some chicken pot and blueberry pies.
      • The “beginners” proved they are anything but beginners by making a complete Greek meal in one class…well, ok…they did get to marinate the pork for the souvlaki ahead of time.
      • Stay tuned…next week, as Ms. DeCambra and Mrs. Brown are enlisting Mrs. Jackson’s help with a brief First Nations Food/Nutrition unit. Venison stew and bannock are on the menu!


  • Starting October 16, LSS Graduate and current UFV student Conner Frey, and Ms. Wood and Ms. Sewell have teamed up to have Leadership students provide a FREE student tutoring service, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays after school!  See Ms. Wood or Ms. Sewell in Rooms A210 or A211 to find out more!


  • Langley Secondary PAC is selling Panago Certificates to raise funds to support school initiatives. For each $12 Panago certificate you buy, you can…
    • order ANY MEDIUM PIZZA at ANY PANAGO LOCATION, including the GLUTEN FREE option
    • use more than one certificate at one time, making these certificates ideal for birthday parties, team parties, Friday night hangouts, etc…
    • The only restriction is that the certificate should be used within 90 days of the date stamped on the certificate.
    • There are 50 certificates available each month. Certificates will be distributed “first come, first served” based on when payment is received. You will receive an email to confirm that your payment has been received and when your certificates will be delivered to the school office.
  • Orders can be placed through this link: LSS Panago Pizza Certificate Order FormIf you have any questions, please contact Christine Hylands at or at (604) 514-8373.  Thank you in advance for your support!


  • M. Palichuk presenting the ERASE-REPORT IT tool, among other topics, to students last week.

    The ERASE-REPORT IT opening slide…

    Ms. Florko’s PE class playing handball in the small gym!

    Several PE classes got together in the Large Gym to play “4 Corners Soccer”!

    After tying with the grade 12s in October, the grade 11s are in sole possession of first place in November’s “LSS Reads.”

    Mrs. Thornburn creates a positive focus in the FOCUS class for the last 2 weeks before Christmas/Winter Break!

    LSS students drank hot chocolate on one cold morning last week…

    Thanks to the elves in this photo for their “heart-warming” actions!

    Speaking of cold… here is how a few LSS students kept warm, courtesy of the library’s virtual fireplace!


  • NEW! Writers’ Corner is happening on Wednesdays after school in the library lab. Write and Share your novels and short stories with us. There will be snacks!
  • The Langley United Wrestling Team is up and running once again. This Langley team has created provincial and national champions in past years. The Langley United Wrestling team is open to students from all secondary schools. Practices will occur at Langley Secondary School on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4:30pm and Thursdays at 6:00pm; no experience necessary!
  • Join the Alliance for Sustainability Club! – Monday’s at lunch, this alliance will work towards creating a greener school and spreading environmental awareness. Come support the movement and share your ideas. Everyone is welcome! Come to room A202 Monday at lunch! This can also count towards your volunteer hours!
  • Athletics and Physical Health and Education – Interested in keeping up-to-date with what is happening in the world of Athletics and Physical Health and Education (PHE) at LSS?  Then be sure to follow @langleysaints on Instagram!
  • LSS Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) – meetings at lunch every Tuesday in Ms. Lee’s rm. #A112– This is a safe space for students to hang out and have open discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend 
  • Grad Council:  Meeting every Tuesday at lunch in the Small Gym.
  • Dance Class: Free open dance class Tuesdays at Lunch in the dance studio. All Students Welcome. Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Zumba (Starts Sept 24th).
  • ME to WE Club:  If you are looking to volunteer, give back to your community and learn more about local and global issues, join ME to WE Club!  ME to WE Club runs Wednesdays at lunch in Room 253 (above old library/office). A great place to share your
  • Wii Wednesday: at lunch with Ms.Hajdecki Rm # A183
  • Tabletop Thursdays; Thursdays at lunch in Rm # A183 with Ms. Hajdecki
  • KnitWits Club: Would you like to relax and learn a new skill?  Would you like to learn how to knit?  Please feel free to join us on Thursdays at lunch in Room 184 (Ms. Decambra’s Foods Room).  The club is open to anyone, beginners to advanced knitters are welcome.
  • Model UN Club: the LSS Model United Nations Club is starting. New members are encouraged to join us this Thursdayat lunch in Room A215 (Ms.Cunningham’s).
  • Anime Club Friday is in Room #A183 at lunch with Ms.Hajdecki


  • Information About School Status During Inclement Weather
    • Snow closures and power outages are an annual occurrence in Langley School District. So where do you go to get information about the status of schools during periods of inclement weather? If you are able to access the internet via computer or smartphone, current information about Langley schools can be accessed on all school websites Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at If you don’t have internet connectivity but your phone is working, call a relative or friend in an area that has not been affected by the storm and ask them to check the district website for you. Local radio stations are also informed of school status in Langley. Tune in to CKWX 1130AM, CKNW 980AM, Country Radio 107.1FM, Pulse 107.7 or CBC 690AM or 88.1FM for updates.
    • Please note that Langley District schools are all considered ‘open’ until a decision to close is required. Decisions on school closures are usually made by 6:30am. As always, it is a parent’s decision whether to send their child to school based on safety and individual circumstances. If you feel it is unsafe for you or your child to travel to or attend an open school for any reason, please keep your child home and report an absence to the school.



  • Dec 2:       ISP field trip, Skating in Robson Park
  • Dec 3:       FOCUS Mood Walk, Reifel Bird Sanctuary
  • Dec 5:       Daily English 9 Ice Skating Trip
  • Dec 9:       Law 12 field trip to the Law Courts
  • Dec 12:     Pep Rally!
  • Dec 19:     Winter Music Concert, Small Gym, 7 pm
  • Dec 20:     Last Day of Classes before Christmas/Winter Break
  • Dec 21 & 22:  Dry Grad Event:  Grocery bagging at Otter Co-Op
  • Jan 6:        First Day of Classes after Christmas/Winter Break
  • Jan 20:      PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • Feb 24:      PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • Feb 29:      Dry Grad Event:  Casino Night Fundraiser
  • Apr 27:      PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • May 25:     PAC AGM, 7 pm
  • June 17:    Grad Commencement Ceremony, CLA, 7 pm
  • June 19:    Grad Dinner & Dance, Coast Hotel, 6:30 pm

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