The Saints Scoop! – February 2, 2020

February 2, 2020


  • LUMEN SCHOLARSHIP: We are writing to inform you of the second annual scholarship we at LUMEN Society, a local non-profit, are offering to 2020 high school graduates. We are contacting you with the hope that you can support us in sharing this scholarship with the grade 12 students in your district. LUMEN Society is a non-profit that focuses on raising awareness and breaking the stigma surrounding invisible illnesses. Invisible illnesses are chronic health conditions that are not visibly apparent, including mental health issues, autoimmune diseases, learning disabilities, and neurological disorders. For more information about our organization and what we do you can visit our website at
    • We are offering a $1000 scholarship for a 2020 high school graduate who has been impacted by invisible illnesses. The LUMEN Scholarship is open to students who have been impacted by invisible illnesses either directly or indirectly, so whether they have an invisible illness themselves or someone in their life has an invisible illness they are eligible to apply. The application link can be found on our website at
  • 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, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
    • Up to 25 BCIT President’s Entrance Awards, available only to current High School students
      • Valued up to $4,000 each.
      • Deadline: August 5, 2020
    • Over 125 additional BCIT Entrance Awards
      • Valued up to $6,000 each.
      • Deadlines: August 5, 2020 and/or January 6, 2021
    • 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 at
  • REMINDER!  With Grad 2020 getting ever closer, it is time to think about grad wear and accessories.  If you need some assistance, please see one of our Counsellors, who can contact local groups who can help.  One such group is The Fairy Godmother Foundation – a Langley-based organization dedicated to providing grad wear and accessories to those grads who may not be fortunate enough to afford them.
    • If you know of grads who may be in this situation, please refer them asap (and confidentially) to an LSS Counsellor, Ms Kercher or Ms Jackson, our Aboriginal Youth and Family Worker.  For further information, the website is:
    • Referral Deadline is Feb 15, 2020 … the number of referrals is limited so please ask any grads to see one of the above people asap.
  • Dry Grad Update
    • Our casino night has been changed to Sat., March 7th.
      • Tickets available for purchase Tuesday February 4th 7:15PM in the learning commons.
    • Purdy’s Chocolate Bar fundraiser
      • 20 milk chocolate bars for $40
      • Sell them to family/friends and co-workers
      • Available Tuesday, February 4th 7:15PM in the learning commons
    • Dry Grad Forms and ticket sale information will be handed out during fixed flex beginning Monday January 27th. Hand your form and payment in before February 14th and be entered into a draw to win your admission into the event. Forms can be handed directly to a parent in the learning commons during lunches from January 29th – February 13th.


  • This past week, the LSS Jazz Band performed at the District Jazz Band Festival, hosted by WGSS.  Most secondary schools were represented with each band playing two jazz songs.  It was an excellent evening of both smooth and lively music, as bands from all over the District impressed!  And LSS’ jazz band was no exception!  LSS played two lively numbers, under the leadership of our Music teacher Mrs. Thorpe… and it was clear by the roar of the audience after they had finished that BOTH the audience and the band members had a lot of fun!  See below for a sampling of the evening!
    • Part of the jazz band, listening to other bands from around the District.

      Almost LSS’ turn… waiting in the wings…

      LSS’ turn! The LSS performance garnered a loud cheer, especially after the “duelling saxophones” opening in the 2nd song!


  • The LSS Musical Theatre Department is proud to announce that Seussical the Musical is coming to LSS!  Come and watch our talented and dedicated students in Musical Theatre perform in this dedication to the fabulous works of the famous author, Dr. Seuss!
  • Performances:  Feb 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 7pm plus 2pm shows on Feb 22 and 29
  • Tickets reservations via email to
  • Pay at the door in cash or via schoolcashonline at:
  • We hope to see you in the Small Gym later this month!


  • There will be a soccer team meeting for grade 9-12 girls interested in playing; the meeting is at lunch on Monday in portable 2!  If you have any questions or can’t make it to the meeting, please email


  • The upcoming grade assemblies will be held on the following dates at Flex:
    • Grade 12 – February 6
    • Grade 11 – February 11
    • Grade 10 – February 12
    • Grade 9 – February 13
    • Grade 8 – Course planning at HDSMS on February 10th all day.
  • The primary purpose for the assemblies is for the counselors to summarize the course planning process for next year.  The school Admin will also be reminding the students of school expectations for the second semester.


  • Langley Secondary School will be hosting information nights for their sports academy’s for the 2020-2021 school year on the following evenings. They will be hosted in the Langley Secondary Learning Commons (New LSS building).
    • Hockey Academy: Monday, February 10 at 6pm
    • Softball Academy:  Monday, February 10 at 7pm
    • Baseball Academy: Monday, February 24 at 7pm
  • If you have any questions please contact Troy Bannister


  • McGill University Summer Academy: Following the great success of our previous Summer Academies, we are happy to announce the dates for McGill Summer Academy 2020!
    • From July 5-18 and July 19-August 1, students in grades 10 and 11 from across the world will have the opportunity to participate in classes, workshops, and social activities introducing them to university life, McGill, and Montréal – all while being hosted in a McGill Residence!
    • The application deadline is February 6, 2020.
    • Those interested in learning more about the McGill Summer Academy can refer to our website andjoin our mailing list to receive updates on the 2020 program!
  • Green Bricks is very pleased to offer to grade 10-12 students FREE participation in the 7th Annual Green Collar Futures Career Conference on Saturday February 8, 2020 (9:00am – 2:30pm) at the Hilton Metrotown, Burnaby.
  • REMINDER! Spring Break Work Opportunity:   There is a Spring Break work opportunity in the field (or pond I suppose) with conservation biologists. The pay is $15/h for 35 hours of work completed in one week of the spring break.   Please see the attached flyer: Spring Break Employment Oppurtunity – Student Technician 2020


  • …that LSS and LEC teacher Mr. Robb is an author who has written two books, and is doing a reading of one of his books in Port Moody?  If you happen too be in the area, be sure to stop by and say hi!
    • When: Tues., Feb. 11
    • Where: Port Moody Public Library, 100 Newport Drive
    • Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
  • …that the Langley District Warrior’s Club, led by Mr. Piché from ACSS and our very own Mr. Coleman, were featured in theBCTF  provincial magazine “Teacher”!  See the link and look for “Moosehide Campaign” for more details:
    • A photo of the article on the Warriors Club and the Moosehide Campaign!


  • On March 11th, Langley Children Youth and Families has an excellent parent presentation planned which will focus on addressing vaping myths, harmful effects of vaping as well as teaching parents what to look for in terms of vape products. As you probably know, many can look like regular objects and can be hard to identify.
  • It is a free event, but we are asking for registration as we have limited seating capacity. Here is the link to register


  • 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:
    • Ms. Lee’s ELL Writing 11 students are working on understanding the First Peoples’ Principles of Learning. Each group was assigned one principle and had to work together to paraphrase it using simple words, and describe how it connects to their lives. The next day they put their information on a poster and presented it to the whole class, and then individually reflected on which principle is most relevant to them personally.
    • Ms. Zyra’s AVID 11 class worked on the “Pringles challenge”, where students have to complete a seemingly impossible feat of creating a circle with Pringles chips… it can only be accomplished with teamwork, problem, solving, and creativity!
    • Ms. Sewell’s and Ms. Wood’s Leadership class had its own challenge, this time with groups competing against other groups in the “Spaghetti Tower challenge” – they also worked on developing problem-solving skills while working in a team to come up with creative solutions and come out “on top”!


  • 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!


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


  • The vertical tower that we received before Christmas is certainly “on the grow”!

    Working hard… and then taking a break during class, as a group works in the “project space” on the 2nd floor!

    Ms. Pedersen’s class shows its heart(s) as we get closer to Valentine’s Day!

    We had an Earthquake drill this week, followed by a Lockdown drill. In this photo, students in the cafeteria/student commons follow the Provincial guidelines by taking cover during the Earthquake drill!

    Mrs. Blessing also takes cover during the drill… but like last week, she doesn’t seem to want to have her photo taken… it must be the paparazzi that keeps hounding her!

    A positive message in both English and French in the Fine Arts hallway!

    Two of our amazing Breakfast Club volunteers from the CLA next door!

    Quiet work happening during Fixed Flex this past week… 

    To support the best use of Flex by students, we have our “Flexpectations” that are posted in just about every classroom in the school!

    Amazing student artwork found its way on the classroom sliding doors this past week…

    The pictures certainly add colour and flare to the hallways!

    Finally, a photo of the final phase of constriction at LSS… due for completion by September 2020!


  • 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


  • 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 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.


  • Langley Youth Hub February Calendar: Please find attached the Langley Youth Hub and Friends of Dorothy FEBRUARY 2020 calendars as well as the poster for our LGBTQ2S+ Youth Wellness Clinic. Youth Calendar FEBRUARY 2020FoD Calendar FEB 2020lgbtq2s+ wellness night 2019
    • Hub programming will be open in FEBRUARY on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 pm to 6 pm. Tuesdays will remain open from6pm-7pm on dates when the doctor is here for any youth who are booked to access medical care.
    • We also continue to have our Friends of Dorothy LGBTQ2S+ drop in group on Wednesdays from 4PM-6PM! The LGBTQ2S+ Youth Wellness Clinic will be available FEBRUARY 19TH from 5pm-7pm. 
    • Feel free to forward these calendars along! If you have any questions regarding programing and the Langley Youth Resource Centre please do not hesitate to contact us at 604-546-1130.
  • Pregnant and Parenting Youth February calendar: february 2020
  • FamilySmart “In The Know” monthly Poster: Mental Health and Youth Presentation – on February 11.
  • Rotary Club Opportunity: The Rotary Club of Langley Central is participating in the 2020 Adventure in Citizenship program run by the Rotary Club of Ottawa. The event runs from April 26 to 29 2020, in Ottawa.  I have attached some information about the program along with a Student application form.
    • We invite students aged between the ages of 16 to 18 to apply. I hope that some of your students might be interested in applying. All applicants will be invited to a Rotary meeting in late February to give a short (2-3 minute) presentation. Our Rotary Club meets at the Newlands Gold and Country Club at noon on Wednesdays. Our members will select one student to go to Ottawa.
    • Interested candidates should complete the attached application form and return it by February 18, 2020: AIC 2020 Information sheet
    • The Rotary Club of Langley Central provides the cost of travel and accommodation. All our previous success candidates have had a wonderful experience and we look forward to hearing from some potential candidates.
  • 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 3:       Semester 2 Student Photographs, a.m.
  • Feb 7:       Semester 1 Final Report Cards Published
  • Feb 6-13:  Semester 2 Grade Assemblies (NEW DATES)
  • Feb 10:     Grade 8 Course Planning at HDSMS
  • Feb 10:     Hockey and Softball Academies Information Evening, New Build Library, 6 and 7 pm
  • Feb 13:     Grades 9-11 Course Planning Evening
  • Feb 14:     District Professional Development Day; Students NOT in Session
  • Feb 17:     Family Day, Schools are CLOSED
  • Feb 18-24:  Grades 9-11 Course Planning for 2020/2021
  • Feb 20:      ReachOut Psychosis Presentation, Large Gym, 9:30 am
  • Feb 21:      Aboriginal Department Heart Healthy Family Gathering, HDSMS, 5 pm
  • Feb 24:      PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • Feb 24:      Baseball Academy Information Evening, New Build Library, 7 pm
  • Feb 24-28: Diversity and Respect Week in the Langley School District!
  • Feb 25:      Grade 9 Immunizations
  • 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

Langley Secondary School

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