The Saints Scoop! – December 8, 2019

December 8, 2019

LSS BRINGING IN THE COMMUNITY DIRECTLY TO THE SCHOOL

  • The YOUTH HUB will be bringing some of its workers to LSS every Tuesday morning.  If you or your students want to connect to the array of services at the YOUTH HUB, then come on down to Ms. Kercher’s office on the 2nd floor, just beside the “bridge”!
  • LSS will also be bringing in a Substance Abuse Counsellor every Wednesday morning, starting in January.  Ceiliah (pronounced Kay-Lee) will be taking appointments as well as collecting a referral list.  If you have concerns for your student, or if you are a student and want some information and perhaps an opportunity to make some personal changes, then please see one of the Counsellors or the Main Office reception to make an appointment.  All conversations with Ceiliah will be confidential.

GRAD GAB!

  • 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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/896435014073566/
    • 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 hurfy101@hotmail.com for more information and to sign up

LANGLEY UNITED WRESTLING IS BACK!

  • Here is an update from one of the coaches, Mr. Kooner: “Just an update on the Fraser Valley Novice Tournament. The tournament was run very well, with over 130 wrestlers participating. Langley had a great showing.
  • DWP
    • Jack McEwan – Gold
    • Reid Anderson – Silver
    • Johnathan Brack – Bronze
    • Justin McIntosh – 5th
    • Sarah Fettes – 5th
    • Kanen Hunter – lost to Liam in the tournament, but beat the Silver Medallist in an exhibition match
  • LSS
    • Liam Anderson – Bronze
    • Thabit Babawi – 5th
  • BSS
    • Caleb Madu – Bronze
  • It was a great tournament to start the year.  We are looking forward to War on the Floor this Friday and Saturday!”  Thanks for all of your work, Mr. Kooner!

AVID 12 COLLECTING FOR CHRISTMAS HAMPERS

  • The AVID 12 class had its Bake Sale this past week to collect funds for a Christmas Hamper for a local family.  If you would like to donate funds, please contact the AVID 12 teacher, Ms Sewell, at ksewell@sd35.bc.ca

AVID MONTHLY AWARD WINNERS!

  • Congratulations to the AVID 9 November award winners:
    • Lucas R– academic all star; Kerstin C – Academic all star; Jack T – engaging and accepting leadership award; Alinah T– most improved; and Kaylee A – AVID student of the month.
  • Congratulations also to our Grade 12 AVID Award Winners:
    • Group shot!

LSS MAKES LEARNING MORE VISIBLE AND ACTIVE!

  • 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:
    • Grade 12 English students attend their twice weekly Lit Circle meetings where they discuss their choice of novel that they’re reading this month! They bring essential questions and then draw connections to themes, symbols, self, texts and the world around them!
    • Here are some beautiful photos from last week’s FOCUS Mood Walk at the Rifle Bird Sanctuary, courtesy of student Charlotte Malcolm:
    • Vancouver trip to Robson Square rink!  ISP and ELL. 41 students and for teachers from the international and ell departments enjoyed  the Vancouver winter tradition of ice-skating at Robson Square and the bright lights and miniature train at Stanley Park. So many smiles!
    • Congrats to our Leadership and AVID students who completed their 10 weeks of Peer Counselling Training at LSS this week! And thank you to the teachers, counsellors and administrators who were able to pop by and experience some of their mindfulness strategies!
    • Last Week, our Foods classes weaved in Aboriginal culture into their activities as they made bannock and buffalo stew – the aroma in the hallway while they were cooking was tantalizing!

CANADA SCORES WELL IN PISA WORLD READING COMPARISON

  • Canadian high school students among top performers in reading, according to new international ranking
    Canadian high school students are among the top performers in reading, according to a new international ranking that presents a stark contrast to the challenges faced in math. Still, the assessment, released Tuesday morning, revealed some concerns: One in seven Canadian students tested scored at the lowest levels in reading, and the gap in achievement between girls and boys persists. Canada ranked fourth overall in reading, behind Beijing-Shanghai-Jiangsu-Guangdong (China), Singapore and Macao (China).  Read more in The Globe and Mail: https://apple.news/AEf9DRywxRPKU5HVvQVrABA

LANGLEY EDUCATION CENTRE (LEC) STARTING WINTER SESSION SOON!

  • Langley Education Centre is the Langley School District’s multi-generational high school, offering grade 10-12 courses for students from “16 to 60+”. Winter Session classes start on January 6, 2020 and there are still spaces available. If you would like to complete your Adult Graduation, upgrade high school courses before you attend post-secondary, or gain more confidence by taking Literacy courses in English, Math, Social Studies or Computers, check out your options by phoning 604-534-7155 or visiting lecworks4me.ca – or by clicking on the following attachment: LEC – Overview

REMINDER:  LSS TUTORING AVAILABLE!

  • 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!

REMINDER:  PANAGO PIZZA FUNDRAISER

  • 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 christine@cmhv.ca or at (604) 514-8373.  Thank you in advance for your support!

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

  • The LSS Staff Book Club meets during lunches throughout the semester!

    Bonus photo from the Peer Tutoring demonstration… who knew bubble blowing could be a mindfulness technique, simply because of the deep breathing required to blow the best bubbles!

LSS CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES!

  • 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

FROM THE DISTRICT

  • 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 orwww.sd35.bc.ca. Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at www.facebook.com/langleyschooldistrict. 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 NEWS

  • Pregnant and Parenting Youth – Please see the attached December calendar:
  • 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! https://www.sd35.bc.ca/news-events/community-bulletin-board/

CALENDAR 

  • 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 16:      Evening of Dance, Small Gym, 7 pm
  • Jan 20:      PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • Feb 20:     ReachOut Psychosis Presentation, Large Gym, 9:30 am
  • Feb 24:      PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • Feb 29:      Dry Grad Event:  Casino Night Fundraiser
  • Apr 7:        Ted Swan Presentation, 9:30 am
  • 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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Phone: 604-534-4171
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