The Saints Scoop! – December 16, 2018

December 16, 2018


  • (From LSS Leadership) “Hello everyone! Please see below for this week’s Spirit Schedule, and make sure that you show off your LSS Spirit!
  • Monday 
    • Christmas Sock Day
    • Gingerbread cookie decorating at lunch
  • Tuesday
    • X-Mas Hat day
    • Reindeer Relay in the gym at lunch
  • Wednesday
    • PJ Day – wear those onesies if ya got em!
    • Christmas Movie at lunch
  • Thursday 
    • X-Mas Ugly Sweater Day
    • Photos with Santa at lunch
  • Friday 
    • Red and White Candy Cane Dress up Day
    • Candy Cane Hunt Around School
    • AND Assembly!!
  • Thanks so much! Looking forward to an extra festive week with everyone!”


  • SASSY AWARDS ARE BACK!  (From Mrs. Stewart-Lee) The application deadline is not until March but it would be super helpful for grads to start looking now at the website and thinking about which of the 6 awards categories they relate most closely to.  High grades are not necessarily a priority – characteristics such as resilience, community involvement, leadership, etc. are important.  This is a really great opportunity for our grads …  SASSY awards are Langley-based and LSS has had multiple winners in recent years.  Grade 12 students should look at the website over the holidays and see a Counsellor for more information in January
  • SCHULICH LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP:  For students who want to be the next generation of technology innovators!  Interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)?  If so, click on the following link to learn more about this scholarship opportunity!
  • BCSSA Scholarships
    • BCSSA provides a total of six scholarships to deserving grade 12 students from each BCSSA Regional Chapter.  Please distribute this information accordingly as appropriate.  The scholarship package and more information can be found on our website at the link shown:  Scholarship information
  • REMINDER:  The Grade 12 Scholarship Handbook is Now Out!  Please see the attached: Handbook November 2018!
  • REMINDER! The Fairy Godmother Foundation: Helping you get ready for Prom! – The Fairy Godmother Foundation is here to help grade 12 students in Langley high schools, whose families may be facing financial adversity, get ready for Prom.  The foundation helps by providing students with a gown or suit, accessories, and even shoes.  The program application process is confidential, but space is limited so we need to hear back from interested students ASAP.  If you would like to be part of this experience, please contact Mrs. Stewart-Lee, Mr. Lewis, Ms. Kauldher, Ms. Salmon, Ms. Danielle Smith, Mr. Juan SanchezVilla, or Ms. Nicole Kercher.  ***The deadline date for referrals is February 1st.
  • REMINDER! Grad Council meets every Tuesday at lunch in the small gym – Grade 12s are invited to impact their grad year, and make it the best grad year ever!  See Mrs. Thornburn if you have any questions!
  • REMINDER! from Dry Grad:
    • Mark your calendars for our pub night on Feb 2nd at Newlands. Enjoy yummy food, live music and a silent auction. We have some amazing items already like 2 tickets to the Canucks Vs San Jose on Feb 11th as well as a meet and greet with the San Jose players and a signed jersey, or a Shelly Welch photography package worth $500 (check out her website, she’s amazing!).  If you would like to donate an item to the silent auction please email Lisa at “
    • Be sure to join the LSS Dry Grad 2019 Facebook page as the best way to stay up-to-date on this year’s Dry Grad event!
    • We now have an account open at Willowbrook recycling (19641 60 Ave.). Bring in your cans and bottles and just tell them you’d like to credit the LSS Dry Grad 2019 account #606. 


  • Thanks to Mr. Wyse, Mr. Hantke, and LSS Leadership and athletic coaches for putting on a great Pep Rally that really showed off the school’s athletic opportunities, as well as the school’s spirit!  See below for photos of some of the highlights!
    • Some face painting, with green and yellow, the school’s colours!

      The excitement builds!

      Lots of Saints Spirit here!

      Love the posters!

      And the crowd goes wild!!!

    • At the end of th Pep rally, the LSS Senior Girls Basketball team played the DW Poppy Red Hawks in front of a full set of bleachers – what a great atmosphere it was!


  • This week, Ms. Decambra’s Foods 10 classes were getting in the Christmas spirit by making gingerbread houses. They made the dough, cut out the pieces, assembled and then spent today decorating their creations. Ms. Decambra has attached some pictures from her 3 blocks. The school also had some visitors from Kenya, connected to the District’s Pamoja Project, who came and joined in today as well!
  • This past week, Ms. Wood’s Social Justice 12 students participated in their “Free Speak Friday” Socratic Seminar, where they all had the opportunity to give their opinions and supporting evidence in large group discussions.  Socratic Seminars are one of the many tools teachers at LSS use to get students speaking and interacting in thoughtful, meaningful, and engaging lessons.
  • In another of our many connections to our Elementary Schools within the LSS Family of Schools, Santa’s (and Ms. Sewell’s!) AVID 11 elves have been busy helping Santa by writing replies to grade two students who wrote special letters to Santa!
  • Last week, the FOCUS program, led by Mr. Greef and Mrs. Thornburn, went on its latest “Mood Walk,” taking FOCUS students to the Reifel Bird Sanctuary.  These walks are part of a program that is based on work done in Ontario and are a first in BC!
  • At last week’s Staff Meeting, Ms. Sewell, Mrs. Pagnanini, and Mr. Jackson led teachers in activities in Formative Assessment, working with staff to group problem solve, as well as work through a Socratic Seminar where staff discussed and debated different principles of Grading.  It was an active and engaging process where staff challenged our own thinking and assumptions!
  • (Courtesy of Ms. Wood) “Finally, here is a picture of Judy and Trizah,  the PAMOJA team visiting from Kenya as they finished their tour of LSS today.  They loved the day and are grateful to everyone for welcoming them in to their classrooms.  So “Thank you” everyone for being such  an awesome, flexible and welcoming staff! They had the opportunity to join us for our tasty staff pancake breakfast, observe cardboard sculpting in Art, to build ginger bread houses in Foods, to learn and experience Christmas activities in the Focus program, and experience hands on learning in PE, the Metal shop and more!”


  • As part of Youth Engagement Week, students can apply to go to RCMP Depot in Regina for a week (March 25-29, 2019) and apparently costs are covered by the RCMP!


  • Mrs. Thorpe invites you all to come to our concert on Thursday, December 20, at 7 pm in the small gym.  The music students will be performing lots of festive and entertaining music, and it would mean a lot to the students and staff if you could be there.
  • Admission is by donation (it goes toward our tour fund) and there will be a Purdy’s raffle and some hot chocolate and holiday baking for sale as well.
  • Sounds like a great night out – see you there!


  • Langley Secondary PAC is selling Panago Certificates to raise funds to support school initiatives.
  • For each $12 Panago certificate you buy, you can get ANY MEDIUM PIZZA at ANY PANAGO LOCATION. More than one certificate can be used 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 Form
  • If you have any questions, please contact Christine Hylands at or at (604) 514-8373.  Thank you in advance for your support!



  • This month’s AVID 12 Award winners…

    With smiles…

    And great work habits!

    Me to We club shopped for and wrapped care packages…

    for youth in need…

    and sent them for delivery last week!

    Ms. Zyra, the winner of our AVID department WICOR strategies contest!

    And the AVID 11 class continued its Bake Sale last week…

    Raising over $1300 for Christmas Hampers at LSS!

    Finally, the LSS Admin Team, along with Mr. Howlett, our TIC for the day, treated staff to a pancake breakfast to thank them for an incredible first 4 months of the school year!

    Staff gathered on Friday morning before the start of school for some pancakes and conversation!

    Mr. Hantke shows off his pancake-flipping skills!

    Mr. Pulice received an especially large pancake… just because he is Mr. Pulice!

    Or was the pancake for Mr. Powell?! I guess we’ll never know!

    We even made a special one for Mrs. Lee, who is retiring at the end of January!


  • Clubs are starting to kick off at LSS.  Getting involved is one of the ingredients to a successful school year…  So, take a moment to see what your student what might be interested in, and encourage him/her to go these rooms below to find out more!
    • The LSS Model United Nations Club is signing up for our second conference that takes place in January. New members are encouraged to join us this Thursday at lunch in room 220 (Ms. Cunningham’s). This is the largest high school MUN conference in North America -don’t miss it!
    • The LSS Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) will be meeting at lunch time in Ms. Lee’s room, 218. This is a safe space for students to hang out and have open discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend!
    • Senior Boys Open Gym:  Every Tuesday after school in the Small Gym.
    • Manga Club:  Are you interested in Manga, anime of Japanese-style art?  The Mange Club will be meeting Wednesdays after school in the Library.
    • After School Dance Club!  The After School Dance Club is starting up again. This class runs every Tuesday from 3-4pm in the dance studio. This is an open class for all students at LSS who would like to participate in a dance class.  Come and experience Hip Hop, Jazz, Zumba, Lyrical and Contemporary Dance. Bring a friend and enjoy Dance!  Please sign up in the Dance studio.  First class will be next Tuesday Oct, 9th.
    • 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 145. (Ms. Lee’s Foods Room).  The club is open to anyone, beginners to advanced knitters are welcome.
    • WEX (Work Experience) Wednesday Flex:  Students who are registered or interested in Work Experience, please join us on Wednesdays during Flex Block in Room 136.
    • Grad Council meets every Tuesday at lunch in the small gym – Grade 12s are invited to impact their grad year, and make it the best grad year ever!  See Mrs. Thornburn if you have ay questions!
    • LSS Debate and Model UN Club: Join us every Thursday at lunchtime in Room 220. Members will learn how to debate, examine current events, and prepare for upcoming MUN conferences and debate tournaments. New members are always welcome.
    • Tabletop Thursdays with Mr. Nicol in Room 111 Thursdays at lunch and after school – come and find out what different tabletop games and activities are being offered!
    • 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 213.


  • Student Success Magazine is out and will be arriving in schools this week. I’ve attached a pdf version or you can download it at – (pdf) Student Success Magazine Dec 2018
  • Fundraiser – Please see the attached poster for a fundraiser to help our schools’ Food programs:  Food Programs Poster
    • The Langley School District is proud to be presenting an exciting addition to our I.D.E.A. Summit that starts in January 2019!  This is an opportunity for students aged 12 – 18 years old to design innovative solutions to real global issues.  The District challenges teams of students to invent a land or ocean-based solution to the global problem of single-use plastic in the environment.  This could include a product, a process or a policy change.  Please see attached poster and information on the website  Registration for teams happens in early January so don’t let students miss out!  Scholarship money provided through generous donations to the Langley School District Foundation. 
    • 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 or  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.
  • REMINDER: Christmas Glow epitomizes Yuletide in all its glory. Experience the warmth, brilliance, nostalgia and unprecedented mirth of the season. Running from November 22 to January 19 at Milner Village Garden Centre, CHRISTMAS GLOW is the largest indoor Christmas Festival in Greater Vancouver. The lights glimmer and dance; the Christmas Market transports you back to childhood no matter what your age; and the food and drink available everywhere, lift your spirits and make the evening even greater as you plunk your kids onto the amazing Christmas Train. Everybody walks away with huge smiles and a myriad of memories.   Please see the attached poster:


  • REMINDER: Langley Youth Hub Programs  – Please see the attachments for upcoming events for the month of December!  FamilySmart_InTheKnow_Poster_Langley_Dec-12-2018 – FOD Calendar Dec 2018 – LGBTQ2S+ Wellness Clinic Nov Dec 2018
  • THIS WEEK! Langley City Youth Night Christmas Pajama Party!
    • Date: Saturday, December 22, 2018
    • Time: 7:00 pm-10:00pm
    • Location: Timms Community Centre
    • Langley City Youth will be hosting a free Christmas party for youth in grades 6-12! The theme this year is Christmas Pajamas. Dress up in your coziest pjs or onesies and drop in for some fun.  This event will be featuring:
      • a DJ, music and dancing
      • 3 giant inflatables including a 19ft slide and 40ft obstacle course
      • a slushy machine
      • a draw to win Langley Glow passes
      • and more!
      • Click on the link to learn more: Youth Christmas PJ Party Posters
  • 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!


Dec. 19 – Music Field Trip to Langley Memorial Hospital

Dec. 20 – FOCUS Christmas Breakfast

Dec. 20 – Homecoming Concert, Small Gym, 7 pm

Dec. 21 – Last Day of Classes before Christmas/Winter Break

Dec. 21 – Annual LSS Christmas Assembly, 1:30 pm

Jan. 7 –    School Re-Opens

Jan. 14 – Collaboration Afternoon, Students Dismissed at 1:30 pm

Jan. 15 – Fire Drill

Jan. 16 – Piping & Plumbing Program Orientation, Library, 7 pm

Jan. 21 –  PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

Jan, 21-23 – Provincial Numeracy Assessment, Computer Lab and Library

Jan. 23 – Last Day of Semester 1 Classes

Jan 24 – English 12 Provincial Exam (a.m.)

Jan. 24 – “I” Day

Jan. 25 – Communications 12 Exam (a.m.)

Jan. 25 – “Taste of LSS” for Grade 8 student at HD Stafford

Jan. 28 – First day of 2nd Semester

Jan. 30 – Piping & Plumbing Graduation, Library, 7 pm

Feb. 11 – PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

Apr. 15 –  PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

May 27 –  PAC AGM and Regular Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

June 14 – LSS Graduation Ceremony, CLA, 7 pm

June 21 – LSS Graduation Banquet, Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, 6:30 pm

Langley Secondary School

21405 - 56 Avenue, Langley
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Phone: 604-534-4171
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