The Saints Scoop! – February 10, 2019

February 10, 2019


  • Just a reminder that Report Cards were published on myEdBC this past Friday, and students were also given a paper copy on Friday, as well.  If you have any questions about report cards, please contact the individual teacher of the course, or the Main Office/Counselling.


  • NEW! This year, the Indo Canadian Business Association of British Columbia (ICBABC) is proudly celebrating its 20th Annual Student “Achievement Awards” Banquet on May 10, 2019 and it is with great pleasure that we extend an invitation to your students to apply. Thank you again for encouraging your students to apply to the ICBABC scholarship last year. We were able to award 16 scholarships to a group of outstanding students. This year, we hope to be able to grant just as many, if not more scholarships, and thus our Scholarship Committee has been diligently raising funds since our banquet last May.
    • Attached to this email is the ICBABC 2019 scholarship application, as well as a cover letter with further details about the scholarship. The application will also be accessible as an online fillable PDF document, which will be available soon at
    • Please be advised that the deadline for applications is April 12, 2019, and requires students to also submit their complete transcripts and two reference forms. For students applying in the Sports Achievement Award or the Special Needs Award category, they will have to answer an additional essay in addition to the two essays all applicants will answer, as indicated on the application.
    • I kindly ask that you distribute this information to your grade 12 students. If applicants have further questions regarding the scholarship, they are welcome to email us at, or to contact me directly at
  • DUE THIS WEEK! BEEDIE SCHOLARSHIP for students with Financial Hardship!  You may have already heard of our new scholarship program, Beedie Luminaries, which we launched last November.
    • We offer scholarships, mentorship and summer paid-internship opportunities to promising students facing financial adversity. We award $40,000 per student over 4 years for undergrad degrees, and $15,000 per student over two years for college or trade diplomas (full-time studies).
    • In our first year, we will be selecting 50 students (from the Lower Mainland only) applying to eight Lower Mainland institutions: SFU, UBC, BCIT, CapilanoU, Kwantlen, Douglas, Langara and JIBC. The program plans to expand in the future to support up to 100 students throughout British Columbia each year, applying to all BC public post-secondary institutions.
    • The deadline for applications is February 15th, 2019.
    • For your information, I wanted to share with you the basic eligibility criteria for the program. To be considered, all applicants must:
      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for at least three years
      • Reside in the Lower Mainland (only 2018/19 applications). Beedie Luminaries plans to scale the program in the future to include students from across BC, applying to all public BC post-secondary institutions
      • Be in Grade 12 (2018/19 application only, future application opportunities may change)
      • Have applied (or plan to apply) to a BC post-secondary institution or trade school for a full-time program commencing in September 2019 (the above listed eight institutions)
      • Have a minimum overall grade average of 75% in their most recently completed school year
      • Have faced financial adversity
      • Use funding for a post-secondary institution, trade school or college
      • Be endorsed by their school principal, a teacher or counsellor (required) and a community organization (optional). The letters of endorsement must be included with the application.
  • Capilano University’s 2019/2020 entrance awards are now open and we appreciate your assistance in informing your students about the award opportunities available to support them as they embark upon their university career.
    • The suite of Capilano’s entrance awards recognize and support excellence in scholastic, athletic, and musical achievement; leadership, volunteerism, and community involvement; and demonstrated financial need.
    • The new Capilano Community Leadership Awards (CCLA), valued at $2,500, recognize high school students who are entering the university with a strong academic standing, as well as leadership and volunteerism in the community. We are pleased to be able to partner with you on the nomination process for these new awards.
    • Our premier entrance scholarships are the Capilano Excellence Scholarships (CAPX), valued at up to $40,000 each. Ten of these four year renewable scholarships are available to high school graduates who demonstrate excellence in academics and show leadership in their school and community.
    • The application deadline for all entrance awards is March 1, 2019.
    • Full details on all of our entrance awards, including eligibility, is available on our website at Promotional material is available; please contact us for information.
  • REMINDER! BCIT Entrance Awards: we are pleased to announce that the following Entrance Awards are available to students who are planning to attend BCIT commencing April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.
    • Up to 25 BCIT President’s Entrance Awards, available only to current High School students
    • Valued up to $4,000 each.
    • Deadline: August 5, 2019
    • Over 125 additional BCIT Entrance Awards
    • Valued up to $6,000 each.
    • Deadlines: August 5, 2019 and/or January 6, 2020
    • We have included a copy of our Entrance Awards poster for you to place where grade 12 students will see it.  More information about BCIT Entrance Awards and the application forms can be found
    • SASSY is once again giving away $14,000 to 21 deserving students; the vast majority are SD35 Grade 12 students.  The deadline to submit applications is Friday March 15, 2019. The SASSY Awards show is Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Chief Sepass Theatre.  The Red-Carpet reception begins at 6pm (an informal time to meet the ‘top 21’ and their families as well as the presentation of certificates) and the show starts at 7pm.  Please download this attachment for a nomination form:  2019 SASSY AWARDS LANGLEY NOMINATION FORM
  • 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!
  • LSS Dry Grad Fundraiser – Jugo Juice Sale coming on Wednesday March 6th!
    • Be sure to join the LSS Dry Grad 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.”


  • Starting Monday, February 11, students will only be able to make schedule changes with teacher permission/signatures.  This is important because we are now more than two weeks into the 2nd Semester, and the amount of content/skills that has been learned so far is difficult to catch up.
  • You MUST meet one or more of the following criteria to see a Counsellor this week:
    • Grade 12s missing courses required for Graduation/post-secondary admissions
    • Have an incomplete schedule (fewer than 4 courses), and/or have a “See Counsellor” block
    • Have a course on your schedule that you already passed (such as at Sumer Session)
    • Have a course that you need to re-take
    • Are a New Student with an incorrect schedule


  • Almost 200 HDS parents and students came to LSS for our Grade 8 Course Planning and Open House this past Tuesday.  Parents and students got to hear about LSS’ various unique programs and opportunities, while also learning about what course options looked like for Grade 9 students.  After the 40 minute meeting in the small gym, parents got to meet LSS staff from every department where they asked questions and saw examples of student work and projects.  There definitely was a positive energy in the school thanks to the strong turnout of both LSS staff an HDS families.  A huge thank you to the HD Stafford staff for helping with the turnout, to HDS families for taking time out of their busy home lives, and to LSS Staff for once again showing how LSS is an exciting place of options and opportunities!
  • Almost 200 parents and students attended our Grade 8 Evening last Tuesday!

    Mr. Lewis spoke about the different Grade 9 course planning options.

    But why were our student helpers from AVID and ME to We giggling so much?! Keep reading below to find out!!!

    While the parents were in the small gym, teachers were getting ready to answer questions: Mr. Jackson and Mr. Nicol prepare their Science displays!

    And Mr. Fauteux is busy getting the AVID table looking as sharp as possible!

    Mr. Labine is over-looking our Athletic jerseys and trophies…

    While Mr. Gill and Ms. Salmon put the LSS into LSS!

    Languages is well represented by Mrs. Bertoni and Ms. Li!

    It looks like AVID reinforcements Ms. Wood and Ms. Sewell are here to help Mr. Fauteux out!

    Once the presentation was done, parents and students had lots of questions… such as for Mr. Dickson about Careers…

    And for Mrs. Thorpe about Music and Musical Theatre…

    And for Mr. Kardos about PE options!


  • Youth Train in Trades Tour – We have planned a Youth TRAIN in Trades Tour on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Students will visit the Langley School District’s seven programs Youth TRAIN in Trades programs: Auto Service Technician, Carpentry, Electrical, Hairstylist, Horticulture, Piping/Plumbing, and Professional Cook 1. This career exploration tour is organized through the School District’s Career Education Department.
    • The tour will start and end at the students’ home school. We will meet in the main lobby at 8:45am and arrive back at the school by 2:00pm. Transportation by school bus and lunch is provided. There is no cost to participate in this.
    • We require your permission for your child/student to participate in this activity. Please complete the attached Parent Permission and Medical Form and return them to your school Career Advisor. Youth TRAIN in Trades Parent Permission Form (1) – Youth TRAIN in Trades Tour Poster
  • NEXT WEEK! BCIT– We would like to invite your students to join us at Big Info on Wednesday, February 20. Big Info is the largest program expo and information session at BCIT. It’s an opportunity for your students to get their questions answered by faculty and current students from over 300 programs – all in one place.To help spread the word, we have prepared a printable poster and digital slide ready for download.Wednesday, February 20
    4:30-7:30 pm

    • BCIT Burnaby Campus
      3700 Willingdon Avenue
      Note: Parking on campus is free after 3:30 pmStudents also have a chance to win one of three prizes of $1000 in tuition. See contest rules for details.

Register now by clicking on this link!

  • THIS WEEK! Kwantlen Polytechnic University is hosting several exciting events on campus this winter, and we hope your students can join us!
    • Discovery Day
      • Students in grades 8-12 are invited to experience a day in the life of a KPU student. While on campus, they’ll attend mock classes, meet current students, learn about KPU programs, admissions, and financial aid, go on a campus-wide scavenger hunt, enjoy a free pizza lunch, and take home KPU swag.
      • KPU Langley Discovery Day — Friday, February 15 from 10am to 2pm
      • RSVP at
  • THIS WEEK! Spring BCom Information Sessions at the UBC Sauder School of Business – These small gatherings provide a casual setting for prospective students in grades 8-12 to visit the UBC Vancouver campus, learn more about the BCom curriculum, tour UBC Sauder’s teaching facilities, and hear from our incredible faculty. We invite counsellors and teachers to encourage their students to take advantage of this opportunity to explore their career possibilities in business. The upcoming sessions are as follows:
    • February 15th, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • February 22nd, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
    • March 25th, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Additional information about each session and registration to attend can be found at the following See a sample post below that your school may use to advertise the session on social media.
  • GET YOUR APPLICATIONS IN TO MRS. BLESSING!!!  We have a whole new set of Careers Tours for the start of 2019!  Please see the attached below for more information… and then be sure to have your student sign up/apply for one or more that may be of interest! (Note that the last one below is for parents and guardians!)


  • 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 past week was a Collaboration early Dismissal. So, what do LSS staff do during Collaboration? Here the Science Department is looking at incorporating more hands-on labs into their classes…

    And the Resource Department gathered to talk about working with students with anxiety and who have suffered through trauma…

    And Home Economics teachers from both LSS and Brookswood get together, as well! These are just a few examples of what happens during Collaboration…  more photos to come in upcoming editions of the Saints Scoop!

    We also hosted Grade Assemblies for Grades 9-12 this past week, where we talked about the Saints Habits of Success, Course Planning, and Careers options…  Here, Mr. Hantke started off the assembly by talking about the new semester and Fresh Starts.

    Mrs. Blessing, our Careers Advisor, set up banners showing off the different apprenticeship programs in the Langley School District!

    While Mr. Pulice plays with the lighting during a grade assembly, Mrs. Stewart-Lee can’t help but chuckle!

    LSS just received our “10 Year Banner” for participating in a Terry Fox Run for that many years – congratulations, LSS!

    From the Grade 8 Evening, Mrs. Blessing used the Careers Banners to decorate the Castle Lobby!

    Of course, now I get it!  A few dance moves caught on camera CAN lead to the giggles! 🙂


  • Clubs and teams are an important part of life 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 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!
    • 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! Dance club is currently on hiatus.  Dance Club will be starting again Feb. 19th Tuesdays at Lunch in the Dance Studio.
    • 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.


  • REMINDER TO SAVE THE DATE! SECOND Annual West Fine Art Show – We are nearing that time of year again! The District, Langley School District Foundation and West Fine Art Show are getting ready to put on the SECOND Annual West Fine Art Show at YORKSON CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL March 8 – 10. It will feature the works of 20 renowned, professional artists from throughout Western Canada (with artists in attendance) and part of the proceeds goes to support Art programs in our district. We would like to invite your grade 8-12 students to showcase their artwork ….please select the top TWO works from your school to be professionally exhibited.  The artwork should be no larger than 11 x 14 and should be mounted on canvas or frame with wire on the back for proper mounting.Teachers are asked to please arrange for pick up or delivery to Susan Cairns at the Langley School Board Office. Deadline for submissions: March 1st at 3 pm
    • This is an EXCELLENT opportunity for our upcoming artists to show their work alongside professional artists and to be viewed and appreciated by a sophisticated and appreciative crowd of art patrons.
    • 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.


  • February In the Know:  “I would like to invite you to the next In the Know webinar which is titled Teens and school…what adults can do to help.”
    • Secondary School is an important time in a teen’s life, and for teen’s struggling with mental health and/or substance use challenges, it can be a tough time. This In the Know webinar brings together a principal and a parent to discuss what they have done as adults to support things going well for teens in secondary school.
    • Please feel free to share this email and poster with any parent/caregiver whom you think might benefit from attending this session. All parents and caregivers are welcome and refreshments will be served.
    • Please note: this group is not suited for children or youth, and childcare is not available.
    • DATE: Tuesday, February 12th @ 6:30pm-8:30pm
    • LOCATION: Langley Civic Facility- 20338 65 Avenue (Yorkson Creek Meeting Room)
    • Please see the attached poster for more information: FamilySmart_InTheKnow_Poster_Langley_Feb-21-2019
  • Connect Group Series: “I have attached the poster with al the details as well as the Connect website for counsellors and parents who might want more info about the group.”
    • This group will be for parents and caregivers of adolescents (13 and up).
    • All adult family members are welcome as long as they are in a supporting/caregiving role with the teen.  The more family members on board and interacting through an attachment lens the better for everyone!
    • IMPORTANT DETAILS: The week after the info session parents who want to participate in the group will have a pre-inclusion interview with myself or Angie to ensure they are a good fit and the group is a fit for them.
    • A commitment of attending all 9 sessions is critical to learn the principles as one is taught each week and they scaffold on top of each other.
    • The group will be held Monday evenings 6-7:30 pm for 9 weeks starting on April 1st. and ending on June 17th.
    • Please ensure counsellors impart this detail to prospective parents it is critical for the integrity of the group and for the content to actually work!
    • Finally,  this is not a support group where we sit around and talk/complain about problems.  It is highly structured with learning content and leaders go to great lengths to make sure that no one is highjacking the group and that we stay on track with the material.
    • Please see the attached poster for more information: connect-parent-poster 3 pdf
  • REMINDER!  Please find attached our Langley City Youth Drop-in Schedule for the month of February. Also, we will be running a Laser Tag Youth Adventure Club out-trip during Spring Break:
  • 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!


Feb. 11 – Fixed Flex for Core Competency Activity

Feb. 11 – PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

Feb. 12-15 – Course Selections for Grade 9-11 students, Library

Feb. 15 – Professional Development Day, Students NOT in Session

Feb. 18 – Family Day, Schools are CLOSED

Feb. 19 – Grade 12 Presentation, Kevin Brooks

Feb. 22 – Aboriginal Department Heart Healthy Gathering, HD Stafford, 5 pm

Feb. 26 – Math Contests, Block 1

Feb. 27 – Youth Train in Trades Tour, 9 am – 2 pm

Mar. 13 – Parent-Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal, 1:45 pm

Mar. 14 – Parent-Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal, 1:45 pm

Mar. 15 – Last Day of Classes Prior to Spring Break

Apr. 1  – School Re-Opens after Spring Break (This is NO joke!)

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
BC, V2Y 2N1
Phone: 604-534-4171
Fax: 604-534-9518