The Saints Scoop! – December 6, 2020

December 6, 2020

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Palichuk as he has been appointed as the new Principal of Aldergrove Community Secondary School!  Mr. Palichuk brought an incredible knowledge of and care for so many of the students and families of LSS. He also was responsible for the current timetable, leading both the Literacy and Ensouling Our Schools initiatives, as well as innumerable other roles and responsibilities, that ALL made a huge difference in the culture and fabric of Langley Secondary. His departure will undoubtedly leave a big hole in the LSS community. At the same time, while we are saddened to lose him at LSS, we are so very pleased for the ACSS community for all of the care, skills, and knowledge that he will bring to their community.

The District has not yet named who the new administrator will be at LSS; we hope to be able to announce this to you in next week’s Saints Scoop.


  • Grads of 2019/20 – Graduation Certificates from the Ministry of Education are now available in the Main Office for pick up.
  • 2019/20 Yearbooks are also available.  Please see Ms. Turpin or Mr. Tesan in Rooms A62 and/or A64.
  • REMINDER: Grad 2021 Blood Drive
      1. Go to
      2. Create an account!
      3. Go to the dashboard on your account and join our Partners For Life team using the PFL ID LANG0091491 in order for your donation to be tracked under Langley Secondary. (this can’t be done on the app)
      4. Take the eligibility quiz to make sure your eligible to donate.
      5. Book an appointment and donate!
  • REMINDER: GRAD PHOTO WEEK! – For grade 12s, Grad Portrait Week will be February 22-27, 2021 – Be sure to “Save the Date!”


  • From Ms. Blessing:
    • “It is with great pleasure to announce, together with Mr. Gee, Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Moino, this year’s recipient of the Seamus Gee Memorial Trades Bursary: Marcus Raymond.
    • Marcus will be leaving us at the end of January to attend his first year of the District Carpentry Program in partnership with KPU.  In receiving this generous award, Marcus’ first year will be paid for.  It makes us proud to see a student such as Marcus be awarded this bursary.  Marcus enrolled in the Trades One and Trades Two program, knowing Carpentry was his passion.  Thank you Mr. McCarthy along with ALL the TRADES Teachers, and teachers who taught Marcus’ cohort in other subject areas! You have shaped him in becoming the young man that he is today.  He will be moving on shortly to serve and make us proud in his new educational journey.
    • Please join me and the Careers TEAM in Congratulating Marcus for being awarded this year’s Recipient!!”
      • Mike Gee and Marcus Raymond.

  • Don’t miss out on other Career celebrations and Career opportunities….. FOLLOW @lsscareered


  • The Leadership class did a mini kindness culture initiative last week! There are inspirational posters/quotes around the school and in tvs, as well as lollipops and popcorn that were handed out, using gloves, masks, and other safety protocols.
  • In another example of kindness, Ms. Kears, our Careers teacher and Department Head wrote and did something very special in honour of Mr. Palichuk leaving the school:
    • “Wreath making is my capstone/covid creative outlet.  So when my neighbour offered me his freshly pruned grapevines on Sunday, I excitedly put the base together.  Little did I know we would have a need for such a statement piece at LSS!  On Wednesday morning, after hearing about Mr. Palichuk being offered the role of Principal at ACSS, I put this together with stems from my yard, and 4 of my friend’s yards.  At school, Mr. McMath found a spot for it and helped hang it up.  It is a statement piece in that is has impact.  Mr. Palichuk has had a big impact on our school community.   The wreath is meant to honour that.  This wreath is made up of many parts coming together and there is beauty in the diversity–similar to the many people that make up LSS.  It’s also worth noting that the plants were gifts from friends and represent our local landscape and season.  There is beauty in giving and receiving as well as in the changing of seasons, even as we enter into winter.  There is beauty ahead for LSS and Mr. Palichuk even as we enter into a new season.  We thank him for his contributions and  wish Mr. Palichuk the very best.”


  • ‘Tis the season to sparkle, shine, and deck the halls with your festive holiday spirit! 🎅🤶❄️❤️💚☃️Starting on Thursday, here’s how to make your days merry and bright for our CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WEEK:

FOCUS ON PHE (Physical and Health Education) AT LSS!

  • This week, we are focusing on some of the different activities that the PHE department are doing to help their students grow in physical fitness, in personal health, AND in being a successful person in general!  See below for some examples:
    • After learning about growth versus fixed mindset, the PHE class went on to do some weight training…

      …and some heavy weight lifting…

      …and some yoga!

      A photo of our athletics department after a long Mustache Movember!


  • Ms. Anderson’s Grade 10s are currently studying the Canadian government and have been campaigning for the last week in preparation for their “election.” Ian McRitchie and his ‘For the People Party’ were the big winners of the debate and election at the end of last week and will be forming the official A209 government! Please see the attached photos of the debate participants and the winning party. Ian and his group went above and beyond with their campaign, getting their posters on the school TVs, dressing up for the occasion, and more; the win and praise is well deserved!


  • Our community partner, the Langley Advance Times is honouring some of our own. A special feature “Above and Beyond” HEROES in education, highlights seven members of our SD35 community. Congratulations to Mr. Rowe, who was nominated twice, and is one of the seven people highlighted!
    • With more than 40 staff nominated, not all nominees could be highlighted. Please know that the District is proud of ALL of our staff and volunteers. Be sure to thank them for their ongoing support. Read here beginning on page 51:
    • Click on this link to see the Our Local Heroes Poster!
  • Congratulations to Jaden Lamothe, who has signed to play college baseball at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois next year!



  • Our Foods classes this quarter did some learning and research, and then had to apply this learning by measuring how much sugar is in their favourite snack foods!
  • Ms. Florko’s students engage in student-choice silent reading…

    …Sustained Silent Reading is an effective way to increase student literacy, one of our goals in our school’s Action Plan!

    Mr. Palichuk has made it his mission to photograph himself with as many staff members as he can before he leaves to be principal at ACSS!

    Ms. Wood shows off her new baby girl to the Department Heads last week…

    …of course, to ensure safety protocols, she does so with a pane of glass separating the group!

    Ms. Sewell, Mr. Bannister, and Mr. Howlett supervise the popcorn give-a-away, while standing in front of our Charlie Brown Musical window!

    Mr. Fauteux, Ms. Turpin, and Mr. Tesan present to the school on Teams, regarding the school’s visioning exercise, and some of the options being offered to students and staff.


  • 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 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.
  • 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 7 – Career Life Journey Trivia begins
  • Dec 8 – Mood Walk, Reifel Bird Sanctuary
  • Dec 8 – Lockdown Drill, in the a.m.
  • Dec 10 – LSS Christmas Spirit Week Begins!
  • Dec 10 & 11 – Drop-in myBlueprint support available, Library learning Commons
  • Dec 11 – Work Habits and Goal Setting Activity, School-wide
  • Dec 18 – Quarter 2 Midterm Marks Issued
  • Dec 18 – Last Day of Classes before Winter/Christmas Break
  • Jan 5 – First Day Back after Winter/Christmas Break
  • Jan 5 – Quarter 2 Classes “Flip”: A.M. classes become P.M. classes/ Vice versa
  • Jan 5 – Parent-Teacher Interim Week
  • Jan 6 – 1 Hour Early Dismissal
  • Jan 25 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • Feb 22 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • Feb 22-27 – Grad Portrait Week
  • Apr 19 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • May 17 – PAC Meeting and AGM, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • June 16 – LSS Grad Ceremony, Tentatively Booked at CLA, 7 pm
  • June 29 – Final Report Cards Issued

Langley Secondary School

21405 - 56 Avenue, Langley
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Phone: 604-534-4171
Fax: 604-534-9518