The Saints Scoop – February 19, 2017

February 19, 2017

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  • This past Tuesday, February 14, students walked into LSS’ main entrance and saw a sea of pink and red as every student in the school received a “heart” with his/her name on it, as well as a personalized message on the back written by one of our staff members and/or Leadership students.  There was a definite buzz and vibe in the air as students eagerly looked up their names and read the personal and heartfelt comments on the back that stated what we appreciate about each student!  These hearts didn’t magically show up on their own, however.  Leadership students (taught by Mr. Howlett and Mr. Sheppard, and joined by Ms. Wood and other staff volunteers) decorated the main entrance for Sweetheart day after school Friday, the week before. They also wrote hearts for staff and put them in the staffroom, so that ALL LSS felt the love on Valentines Day!

    One wall of the “sea of pink and red!”  The photo was taken on Friday, after school, before the students arrived on Tuesday morning

    The front office doors and windows, also covered!

    And of course, another sea… this time from The Little Mermaid, behind the sign with the three words that mean so much!

    The crowd on Tuesday morning…

    Mr. Howlett, enjoying the positive vibe…

    … As was the Leadership class, as they supervised on Tuesday morning!


  • Ms. Piorecky writes:  “Students from the First Nations 12 course, AVID and Warrior Club members from LSS, ACSS and Walnut Grove participated in the annual Women’s March on the downtown Eastside to commemorate the lost lives of Fist Nations Women. At the moment there are approximately 1,250 missing and/or murdered First Nations women nation wide. Of these cases, 500 have been unsolved. Students marched with solidarity and joined thousands of other community members to honour the lives of First Nations women. This powerful experience will inspire the need for change and help our students develop a stronger sense of community.”  Thanks to all staff and students who participated in this important event.

    The photos say it all…


  • This past week, LSS hosted its student course planning assemblies, as well as Open House and Parent Evening, where students and parents learned about options and opportunities for the 2017/18 school year; I have to say that I was very impressed by the size of the grade 7 and 8 parent audience, and at the number of staff and students who volunteered and came out to help “show off” the school’s courses and programs during the evening.  The parents in attendance saw for themselves what students see everyday:  LSS is a place where EVERY student is welcomed and has the opportunity to find his/her strengths and future pathways!

    Students in the small gym during one of the grade assemblies.

    Mr. Palichuk and Mr. Hantke, reviewed some of the different ways students can be successful at LSS!

    Grade 7 and 8 parents and students attend the Open House. This is the Course Planning assembly to look ahead at what grade 9 at LSS can look like in September!  That’s Ms. Stewart-Lee in the foreground, speaking about the role of the counsellor in secondary school.

    Ms. Piorecky, Ms. Thorpe, and Ms. Turpin, happy to talk about their programs at the Fine Arts table during the Open House! 

    Mr. McGovern and Ms. Nesbitt, ready to talk about Math to anyone ready to listen!

    Mr. Howlett, explaining some of the changes coming to LSS in the re-build. Some work will begin after Spring Break, while the bulk of the construction itself will begin at the end of the school year to minimize disruption to student learning.

DID YOU KNOW…  That our very own Taylor Swift has been selected as one of 80 finalists from across Canada for the TD Canada Trust Community Leadership Scholarship – this is from a pool of more than 5000 top-notch applicants from across the country!  The TD Scholarships for Community Leadership is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarships of its kind in Canada and is worth up to $70,000.  The next step for Taylor is that she will undergo interviews to help determine who will be the final winners.  No matter what happens, we know that Taylor is an excellent representative of the LSS community and of what LSS students are capable of.  Best wishes from the school and from the community!


  • Each year in late February, the entire province of BC raises awareness of the values of respecting one another and celebrating the diversity the makes our province and Canadian nation the envy of the world.  Each year at LSS, staff and students support this idea by wearing pink, in a visible and tangible show of support to all of those students who might feel bullied or harassed.  If you don’t own pink, don’t worry!  Students 4 Change, led by Ms. Stewart-Lee, will be selling pink shirts.  Pink Shirt sales will take place in the Castle lobby at lunch on Monday and Tuesday, as well as before school on Pink Shirt Day, Wednesday 22nd!  All pink shirts are $5.00.    


  • (From Mr. Munsie and Mr. Rinke, head coaches):  The Langley United Wrestling Members (the team is based out of LSS) represented their schools at the Fraser Valley Wrestling Championships at WJ Mouat today, and came away with some impressive results.  Athletes in the top 5 have qualified to represent their schools at the Provincial Championships in Salmon Arm in two weeks.  All results are for the senior division, meaning that grade 8 and 9 athletes competed against grade 11 and 12 athletes to earn their spots at the BCs…
    • Langley SecondaryCaitlyn Bartakovic: Gold; Nathan Hillan: 4th; Dalton Dier: 6th (did not qualify for Provincials) – (Congratulations to the LSS Crew for your excellent work and results!)
    • DW Poppy: Parmjot Sidhu: Gold; Prit Paul Johal: Gold; Ella Jimenez: Silver; Tanner Mueller: Bronze; Ella Haladin: 4th; Colter Mueller: 6th (did not qualify)
    • Brookswood: Matthew Kaita: 5th; Jassa Randhawa: qualified on an injury petition…;
    • Yorkson Creek Middle: Justin Uppal: 4th
    • Langley Christian: Adam Clay: 4th; Marshall Campbell: 5th; Cody Dornan: 6th (did not qualify)
    • Thank you for your continued support throughout the season.  Athletes who have qualified will be away from school at Provincials on Thursday, March 2nd and Friday March 3rd.


  • Coming soon to LSS… Musical theatre presents The Little Mermaid.  Our alumni night is March 2nd at 7pm! Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for students and $8 for children under 10.  We hope you all can make it. Please make ticket reservations with me if you are interested in coming for any of the nights, as I am sure we will book up fast .
    To purchase online tickets, go to

    One of the prop pieces for the set of The Little Mermaid. Sitting in the seat is Hailee McMillan, who has been working on the details for this one piece for three weeks! To see more of the set, buy tickets to the show!!!


  • Youth at Risk:  We are looking for donations for youth at risk in the hopes of providing them with hobbies, outlets and alternative interests. The students came up with a list of items to donate based on their own hobbies and interests. Please bring any of the following items to room 208 (Ms. Brazzy’s room) to send to Northern Ontario.  Donations accepted up until Spring Break.
    • Gently used sports equipment and gear (ranging from deflated soccer balls, footballs etc to hockey sticks and pads, helmets, skates, etc.)
    • Older model video games, portable consoles, controls and multiplayer consoles, as well as games
    • Board games
    • Books (including graphic novels, magazines, novels, manga, etc.)
    • Any art and craft supplies
    • Anything else you can think of that teens (just like you!) could use.


  • Do you have a parent, aunt, uncle, or other family member or friend who used to attend LSS?  Do you know what years they attended?  Well, you can surprise them and have a laugh while you are at it…  As we prepare to move to the new LSS building that will be constructed over the next 3 years, we are clearing out 40 years-worth of yearbooks!  This is your chance to surprise that family member or friend and own a piece of LSS history – last year’s yearbook is only $40; previous year’s books are an astounding $5!  See Ms. Turpin or Mr. Howlett to find out more!


  • Please find attached to this email information the poster and application package regarding the Youth Train in Trades Exploration Tour scheduled for March 1, 2017.  Please have completed applications submitted to my attention at the School Board Office by February 24, 2017.   The space is limited to 30 students for this tour. TradesTrainingTourParentInfo2017PKG – Auto Carp Piping Tour
  • Youth Train in Trades videos:  To learn more about Youth Train in Trades, please see these videos recently uploaded to the District website:
  • (UPDATED) TRIUMF, UBC, and SFU’s Saturday Morning Lecture series on various physics topics. There have been two location changes that we wanted to clarify. The new locations are as follows:
    • Feb 24, 2017 SFU Surrey Room 2740
    • April 8, 2017 SFU Surrey Room 5240
  • Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Information Sessions and Building Tours 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 and learn more about the BCom program. We invite counsellors and teachers to encourage their students and classes to take advantage of this opportunity to explore their career possibilities in business. A few of our dates coincide with local district professional development days to allow your students to make use of their day off.
    • February 17, 2017: 12:30PM – 2:00PM
    • February 24, 2017: 12:30PM – 2:00PM
    • March 24, 2017: 12:30PM – 2:00PM
    • May 8, 2017: 12:30PM – 2:00PM
    • May 29, 2017: 12:30PM – 2:00PM
    • Additional information about each session and registration to attend can be found at the following link:  If you’re interested in learning more about our academic programs, faculty research, student achievements, and upcoming events, I encourage you to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, Sauder 360. To subscribe to Sauder 360, please fill out this form. You can also follow our social channels for the latest news and updates.  If you have any questions about the events you can reach me at Thank you for sharing this opportunity with your community.
  • St. Mark’s College (at UBC) is now offering a “Step Into Leadership” scholarship available to graduating high school students interested in our BA program. For a student to be eligible someone from their school (preferably a counselor or principal) must nominate them by Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  Only 3 students per school are allowed to be nominated. For more information on our “Step Into Leadership” scholarship, please click this link.  If you plan on attending St. Mark’s College at UBC and are interested in being nominated for this award, please let Mr. Moino know asap!


  • (UPDATED) Grad Cruise:  We have received a great deal of feedback regarding conflicts with this new date.  Thus, because of these numerous conflicts, and based on feedback from the grade 12 assembly that students wanted the event to happen sooner than later, we have been able to make one last change of date for the Grad Cruise too accommodate as many people as possible.  The new and final date for the grad cruise is March 8, 2017approximately 2 1/2 weeks from now.  Thanks for all of the feedback from grade 12 students – your voices did make a difference!
  • Grad Baby Photos/Messages:  Just a quick reminder to Grads that your Grad Baby Photos/Messages for the yearbook are due on or before Monday, February 27th!
  • Scholarship: Save-On Foods in partnership with UFCW 1518 is offering scholarships valued at $1000 each to students who have played a significant role in diversity initiatives in their school and/or community.  Students can apply at  Deadline for applications is May 1. 2017.
  • BCGEU ScholarshipThe BC Government and Services Union is offering scholarships of $3000 for full-time and $2000 for part-time post-secondary studies undertaken by BCGEU members, staff and their families. Go to for details of the scholarship program, including eligibility requirements and a link to the online application. Applications must be submitted online by midnight on Sunday, March 12, 2017.
  • ASTSBC Scholarship:  The Association of School Transportation Services of British Columbia (ASTSBC) will award a scholarship to eligible student(s) attending an educational facility in the Province of British Columbia for the express purpose of attaining certification as a Commercial Heavy Duty Mechanic. The Association will sponsor a maximum of four (4) students at any one time. Each successful candidate may receive up to a maximum of $7,000 over the 4 years. Please see attached pdf for more information, criteria and deadlines.
  • Prospera Scholarship: Here at Prospera we believe in helping people realize their star potential. And no, we’re not talking about getting you an audition for a reality show. What we are talking about is the kind of help that assists students in achieving those all-important educational goals.  We understand that it’s not always easy to go from dreaming to doing, that’s why we created the Educational Awards Program.  We know a little extra money never hurt anybody (we are, after all, a credit union), that’s why our program offers from $1,000 to $2,000 to put towards post-secondary education within Canada. Of course – as much as we’d like to – we can’t give out money to just anyone, so there are a few qualifications students will need to meet to apply.  If you know of students that may qualify for our Educational Awards Program, we want to hear from them, because nothing would make us happier than to help them shine! For full details on the program and the guidelines to apply, please visit the link below The deadline for applications is March 1.
  • The Graduate Wardrobe is a non-profit organization established to help students who cannot afford to buy or rent their own grad dresses or suits.  If you are worried about affording a grad dress or suit for Grad, please see your counsellor as soon as possible for more information.



  • (THIS WEEK) Conversation Café – February 20th from 4 to 6 pm – An open and casual discussion about supporting our at-risk Langley youth.  Topics include an update on youth homelessness, what is being done, community support strategies and awareness of the situation.  please see the attached poster for more information: poster
  • Do you love films?  Then have we got an event for you!  The Langley School District Foundation is proud to present the Second Annual International Film Festival. All proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships go to support arts and film programs in Langley schools. Here is the line-up.
    • FRIDAY, MARCH 3 – 7 PM – RIVER BLUE: the film examines and explores the fashion industry’s reckless disregard for the river ways and essential watering holes that sustain millions of human beings on this planet. The images are shocking, the narration is riveting and the message, although disturbing is profound. Producer/Director, Roger  Williams, Director/Writer David McIlride, Lisa Mazzota, Co-Producer and Mark Angleo will be in attendance after the film and for discussion at the Opening Night Gala.
    • FRIDAY, MARCH 3 – 9 PM – Opening Night Gala: at lelems cafe: Meet River Blue producer, director and actors while enjoying a glass of wine and gourmet hors d’oeuvres.
    • SATURDAY, MARCH 4 – 1 PM – STUDENT MONTAGE: The next generation of Spielbergs, Bigelows, Chazelles and Felinis from Langley Fine Arts, Brookswood and RE Mountain Secondary Schools present a series of three-minute films.
    • SATURDAY, MARCH 4 – 3:30 PM – EAGLE HUNTRESS: Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, the film features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.
    • SATURDAY, MARCH 4 – 7:30 PM – MANCHESTER BY THE SEA: Nominated for Best Picture, the film revolves around an uncle who is obliged to return home to care for his nephew after his brother dies. Throughout the movie he recounts past memories that caused him to leave Manchester and distance himself from his past.
    • SUNDAY, MARCH 5 – 1:00 PM – 20TH CENTURY WOMEN: This is a story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s.
    • SUNDAY, MARCH 5 – 3:00 PM – CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.
    • All screenings will be held at Chief Sepass Theatre at 9096 Trattle in Fort Langley. Tickets are $10 per screening. Gala is $30. Three-day pass including all six screenings is $50. All proceeds from the Second Annual Langley International Film Festival will support arts and film programs in Langley schools. For tickets or more information, please contact Susan Cairns, Executive Director, Langley School District Foundation at 604-532-1464 or You can also buy your tickets online at


  • Fraser Health Survey:  Do you have children in grade school? Teach or work in grade schools? Provide health services to grade schoolers? If so, we want your opinion!  Fraser Health is launching a new School Health Survey to gather the input of parents, teachers, school administrators and school health workers across our region, to improve the information we share on health for school-aged children.  While have an existing online School Health section here: but we want to expand our resources to address all the issues that are important to you. We envision a one-stop shop for reliable health information for parents and schools across the Fraser Health region. Will you help us?  We’re inviting you to take just a few minutes now to complete our School Health Survey today and make your voice heard. The survey is open until March 31, 2017.  This survey is open to the public so feel free to invite friends and colleagues to participate. Here’s the link:
  • The Force – “In The Know” Parent Series:  The next “In The Know’ parent education and networking evening will be held on Tuesday, February 28 at 6:30 pm. The Webinar topic is “Supporting Children who have Experienced Trauma”. See attached flyer for details. Due to limited space, please RSVP to me to reserve your seat. A reminder that all of the webinars are available for viewing at any time by clicking on the “in the know” link (under the resources tab) from our website:  – Force ‘in the know’- Langley February 28 2017


LSS has NUMEROUS opportunities to get involved in Saints Nation!  The more students get involved in their school, the more positive connections they make, the more they enjoy their time here, and the more successful they become in their classes.  So, what are you waiting for… get involved!  See below for opportunities:

  • (THIS WEEK) Math Contest Club: The last meeting of the Math Contest Club will be on Tuesday, February 21st, prior to the actual Math 9-11 contest which will take place on Tuesday, February 29th.
  • Junior Boys Basketball:  Tuesdays and Thursdays practices right after school
  • Junior Girls Basketball:    Practices on Wednesday and Friday after school.
  • Wrestling Team:  Come on out and join!  Practices are on: Mondays 3:15-5:00    Tuesdays 3:15-5:00     Wednesdays 3:15-5:00    Thursdays 6:00-7:30
  • Grad Council:  Meetings on Tuesdays at lunch in Room 134.  All grads are welcome to attend!
  • Gay Straight Alliance:  Please join us at the GSA – gender and sexuality alliance – in room 215 at lunch on Tuesdays for some lively and meaningful discussion in a safe environment. Everyone is welcome. The GSA is an important part of our inclusive school and everyone’s voice needs to be heard.
  • Knit Wits Club:  Thursdays at lunchtime in Room 143.  Beginners are always welcome!
  • Dance Team:  The dance team will be practicing at lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Dance Studio.
  • Art Addicts Studio:  Youth Unlimited is again running Art Addicts Studio!  For more information, please email or phone 604-557-6507. Please pick up a permission form in the office!  No membership fees.  All art supplies provided.


  • February 20-23: Diversity Week
  • February 22:    Pink Shirt Day!
  • February 24:    District Professional Development Day, Students NOT in Session
  • February 25:    LSS Musical theatre Begins:  “The Little Mermaid” – 2 pm and 7 pm shows
  • February 27:    Softball Academy Information Night, Library, 7 pm
  • February 28:    Math Contest, Period 1
  • April 6:             Grad Cruise (Tentative)

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