The Saints Scoop! – December 9, 2018

December 9, 2018

LSS IN THE NEWS

  • Some of you may have read the Vancouver Sun article two weeks ago describing the Breakfast and Lunch programs at LSS.  While we are appreciative to the Sun for telling about some of the challenges at LSS, we also want everyone to know that LSS is a place of INSPIRATION and OPPORTUNITY.  We are very proud of the work that our students and staff do at this school, and we KNOW that we are SECOND TO NONE in Langley in the number and quality of opportunities that make up the amazing place that is LSS.
  • At the same time, I want to acknowledge that we can’t do what we do without the COOPERATION and GENEROSITY of our community – that includes our students, our staff, and the parent and business community.  For example, our Breakfast and Lunch programs require logistical, product, and financial support from the Langley School District Foundation, Premium Brands, Canuel, Starline Windows, Vitrum Glass, Christian Life Assembly, and Township of Langley Firefighters, as well as the amazing work of Carol Casagrande (Canuel Catering supervisor at LSS), Nicole Kercher (our Family Support Worker), and our troupe of CLA and student volunteers.
  • We have also had very generous new support from individuals and businesses who read the article and were inspired by how we work to take care of our students.  People have stepped up with incredibly heartfelt and generous offers of support, showing that this community has HEART and CARE.  We are so very grateful; we plan on acknowledging all of our generous donors in a future issue of the Saints Scoop.
  • With the help of EVERYONE in our community, both present and future members, our Breakfast and Lunch programs will be going strong for a very long time, providing LSS students with what they need to ensure that they are ready to learn, and are successful LSS students and Langley citizens.

GRAD GAB!

  • NEW!  DRY GRAD – IMPORTANT – Grads, don’t forget you need to hand in your signed participation form and your $50 deposit (cash or cheques to “LSS Dry Grad”). The deadline has been extended until next Friday (Dec 14th).  If you didn’t get the form, email Lisa at thestephensclan@shaw.ca
    • The dry grad committee would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came out to the Christmas Fashion Show on Thursday. It was a huge success and the grads looked amazing walking through the winter wonderland to show off their Christmas PJs, casual wear, ugly Christmas sweaters and Formal Wear. We’d especially like to thank David’s Bridal, Black and Lee, and Moore’s for supplying the formal wear and Alex Harper Co. for supplying everything else (be sure to check out their website if you are looking for some unique Christmas presents).
      • LSS Grads on the Fashion Show catwalk!

      • Amazing Grad dresses!

        Either these are Christmas PJs OR formal wear for young men has changed a great deal over the years!

        Great group photo of all of the grads who participated in the Fashion Show!

    • Our next Fundraiser is this Tuesday, December 11 at Chipotle. Go out for some yummy Mexican food between 4-8pm and mention LSS Dry Grad and we receive a portion of the proceeds. If you need an excuse to go out for dinner and support a great cause at the same time, this is it!
    • And finally, 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 thestephensclan@shaw.ca. “
  • REMINDER:  The Grade 12 Scholarship Handbook is Now Out!  Please see the attached: Handbook November 2018
  • THIS WEEK! ELF FOR HIRE coming to LSS on December 11 – see Ms. Thornburn for more information!
  • 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! Student Transcript Service (STS) – Just a reminder that it is essential for all of our grade 12’s to sign up for a Student Transcript Service (STS) account as soon as possible, so that they are able to order transcripts in future, and so they can give permission to postsecondary institutions to view their grades throughout this year.   
  • REMINDER! Student Transcript Service How-to Videos
    • Three instructional videos are now available to help students interested in signing up for the Student Transcript Service (STS).  These videos cover: Registering for a BCeID and accessing the STS; how to order and/or send a transcript to a post-secondary institution; and how to send a transcript.  Please visit the Student Transcript Service Help Videos web page to view the videos.
  • 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:
    • 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. 
  • SPEATBCSociety of Punjabi Engineers and Technologists of BC is offering 5 scholarships this year.  The not for profit organization assists, advises and guides students and immigrants in the engineering disciplines.  Since 1995 they have been promoting the engineering profession in the community by providing technical seminars and organizing social events.  Focused on promoting youth to be strong leaders in our communities they provide education and guidance opportunities as well as scholarships.  Please see the attached: Scholarship Application Form 2019; Scholarship Information Package 2019; SPEATBC Scholarship Flyer 2019

ISP STUDENTS AND STAFF ARE ALL CANUCKS!

  • They shoot… they score!  International students had the opportunity to experience Canadian culture at a Canucks game last Saturday, December 1.  For most students, this was the first time they had ever been to a Canadian hockey game!  Everyone also had a chance to enjoy some festive shopping time in downtown Vancouver, with all of the beautiful decorations and lights that are a part of December in Vancouver and Canada.  Special thanks to the ISP department for organizing this event, making last weekend a very memorable one for our students!
    • Great “team-building” event for the ISP program at Rogers Arena and in downtown Vancouver!

EXPERIENTIAL STUDENT LEARNING AT LSS CONTINUES ALL THE WAY UP TO THE CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY BREAK!

  • Here are some photos of students doing collaborative activities and formative learning in Social Justice 12 and English 12.  In Social Justice, students took key terms from their articles and worked to connect them via themes and by ranking significant events/developments in order of importance to show their understanding of the article and the essential question!
  • An important part of language classes is experiencing the food of different cultures.  On Friday December 7th, French 12 students went on a field trip to Anny’s Dairy Bar, a Quebec themed restaurant in New Westminster.  Students ate Poutine, Montréal smoked meat sandwiches, and maple butter topped ice cream.  I think I just gained 5 pounds reading this last sentence!  See below for photos:
  • In the photos below, AVID English 11 students make green screen videos to create interactive book covers!
  • The LSS Band went on a field trip to HD Stafford this past week, where they played for the students at HDS Middle (our future Saints!).  The LSS students enjoyed playing for and with the HDSMS Grade 8s; Mrs. Thorpe says that it was a great confidence builder for the upcoming concert (see below for details)!  They also appreciated the treats offered by HDS!
  • In these photos, Math 9 students put their learning to the physical test, as they used their knowledge of linear relations and applied it to the “bungee jump graphing” activity!

AVID ALWAYS ACTIVE AT LSS!

  • The AVID 11 Elves have been busy baking sweet treats for students and staff to enjoy, with all proceeds going towards our Adopt-A-Family Hamper fundraising!
    • On Tuesday and Wednesday this past week, AVID 11 sold delicious festive cookies, brownies, Rice Krispies, and cupcakes as a fundraiser.  They even offered a delivery service to different teacher’s classrooms… now THAT is service!!!  The AVID 11 class would like to thank everyone for all of their support in helping create Christmas for families in the LSS community!
    • And in case your mouth was watering at the above descriptions, do not fear… the AVID elves have been baking all weekend to re-stock and have another 2 days of bake sales  on Tuesday and Wednesday of this upcoming week,!!
  • Speaking of AVID… several AVID classes had their Monthly Awards this past week…  Celebrating success, effort, and dedication in AVID, these awards recognize engagement in learning and community connections!  In short, these kids work hard and they give back to the community.

CAREERS NEWS

  • This past week, LSS students were at the SFU School of Forensics Tour.  The students were deeply interested in the topic, as the activities and demonstrations brought the world of forensics to life!  The top two photos are with a forensics professor looking at bone samples.

LSS HOMECOMING CONCERT COMING SOON! 

  • 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!

LSS STUDENTS AT THE BC SUMMER GAMES!

  • Last week, we published the names of LSS students who participated in the BC Summer Games.  We learned about one more student who participated.. and won a medal!  Mya Ellis also participated in the BC Summer Games in soccer, and was part of the bronze medal team!  Congratulations to Mya and ALL of the participants!

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

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK!

    Derek Fenton, representing Zenterra Developments, presented a cheque for $10,000 to The Langley School District Foundation and LSS for our Food Programs. Thanks to Zenterra for their generosity!
    Ms Bhandari did some decorating around the LSS Office last week!
    DIA DE LAS VELITAS is one of the most observed traditional holidays in Colombia. It is celebrated on December 7, on the eve of the Immaculate Conception, which is a public holiday in Colombia. This day is the unofficial start of the Christmas season in the country.
    Some of our Colombian students participated in this ceremony right here in Langley this past week!

LSS CLUBS AND TEAMS

  • 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.

FROM THE LANGLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • IDEAx – ANNOUNCING A NEW CHALLENGE TO NEW LANGLEY STUDENTS!
    • 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 www.ideasummit.ca.  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. 
  • 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 www.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.
  • 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.  And that’s not all! The Langley Fine Arts Senior Choir will be performing on Thursday, December 13 from 5:3O on. Don’t miss this incredible performance. See you there.  Proceeds go to the Langley School District Foundation to support student programs.  Please see the attached poster:

COMMUNITY NEWS

  • 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
  • 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

UPCOMING DATES ON THE CALENDAR

Dec. 12 – LSS Pep Rally, before lunch in the Main Gym

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. 21 –  PAC Meeting, Room 128, 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
Fax: 604-534-9518