The Saints Scoop – February 21, 2021

February 21, 2021

GRAD GAB

  • THIS WEEK! GRAD PHOTO WEEK is almost here! – For grade 12s, Grad Portrait Week will be February 22-27, 2021. 
    • Please go to artona.com and click on “How do Grad Portraits work?” on the opening page.
    • Then, click on “Book Now”
    • When asked “What school are you from?”, type in “Langley Secondary”
    • You will then be able to choose from “Individual” or “Group” photos.
    • Continue to follow the prompts until your date and time are booked!
    • Artona will be sending its mobile studio to LSS in February on the dates above to make grad photos as convenient as possible for our Grade 12s!
  • FROM THE DRY GRAD 2021 COMMITTEE – The Grad Class of 2021 has missed out on a lot this year. Join us in raising funds to present our grads, who have worked so hard to get to this point, with a gift from the LSS community.  Please contact the dry grad committee at lssdrygrad@gmail.com if you would like to lend a hand with our fundraising efforts.  Stay tuned on ways you can become involved and help our grads have the memorable year they deserve!
    • Dry Grad Fundraisers:
      • NEW! DRIVE THRU BOTTLE DRIVE FUNDRAISER 
          • Date:  Saturday, March 6
          • Time:  10:00 a.m. to 2: 00 p.m.
          • Drop-Off:  At the front of the school
          • Start collecting your bottles and tell your family and friends
      • The Langley Liquor Warehouse is offering 5% back on every purchase if you mention LSS Grads at the checkout!  Help raise money for our grad class and treat yourself at the same time. It’s a win, win!
          • Langley Liquor Warehouse 
          • https://langleyliquor.com/
          • Open: 7 days a week, 365 days a year
          • Hours: 9am to 11pm
          • Address: 20650 Langley Bypass, Langley, BC
          • Group: LSS Grads
      • Return It – Bottle Returns Fundraiser
        • Account number is 577-379-4723 (LSS-DRY-GRAD)
        1. When you visit a Return-It Express kiosk, simply access the account using the number listed above. Follow the few simple instructions then drop your unsorted containers into the kiosk. The kiosk will print out a label to stick to the bag and the leave it with staff to sort, count and deposit the money to the LSS Dry Grad account.
        2. Bring refundable beverage containers. The express service accepts beverage containers that are a part of the Return-It system – other recyclables are not accepted. To find out what containers you can return, click here.
        3. No sorting required. With Return-It Express there is no need to sort your containers. Simply bring your labelled bags filled with unsorted containers to an Express Depot and we’ll do the rest.
        4. Use multiple bags for heavy returns. Heavy or overfilled bags can break open and are difficult to handle – this may cause the contents of your bag to break or go missing. If your bag has more than 12 glass bottles in it, it is likely too heavy. Please split overfilled bags into 2 separate bags.
        5. Bag containers in clear bags. Transparent recycling bags or clear trash bags are available for purchase at almost any grocery store, drug store, or hardware store. As long as the bag is clear and properly closed with your bag label on it, we’ll accept it at an Express location. (Please avoid bags with pull strings)

SWEETHEART DAY THIS PAST WEEK!

  • Every year for as long as many of can remember, Sweetheart Day has been a tradition at LSS, where each and every student and staff member gets a personalized message, reminding us all that we are loved and appreciated at LSS for who we are.  Thanks to the Leadership class for organizing this joy-filled day. See below for the impact on the school community:

DIVERSITY AND RESPECT WEEK AT LSS

  • While the Langley School District has designated this week for several years, the events of the past year have shaped this week a little bit differently heading into next week. Anti-racism has stepped to the forefront, as society (including LSS and the School District) looks closely at how our existing structures impact Black and Indigenous people, as well as other people of colour.
  • The school and the District are committed to working towards becoming a place where all of our students and staff feel respected and valued, regardless of their background, skin colour, or gender orientation. While there will be examples of racism and discrimination that still occur, we will work towards ensuring that these incidents happen less and less frequently, and that we work with all of the people involved restoratively to move forward to a place of mutual respect and understanding.
  • Please see below for some of what LSS is doing to mark this important week, as well as the various bulletin boards being put up around the school. And while Diversity and Respect Week is one week to acknowledge what the school and District value, we will work to ensure that these values persist and thrive every day of the year.

COURSE PLANNING CONTINUES…

  • This past week, LSS Counsellors and Admin worked with Grade 8 students at HD Stafford Middle, and Grade 9-11 students at LSS to start the Course Planning process.  From the work last week and this week, students will be bringing home a sheet of paper with their DRAFT selections for the next school year.  Please ask your student about this sheet in the coming days, as we hope that this will lead to school and career conversations in your home!
    • Ms. Sewell and Ms. Kauldher at HD Stafford, in the Library!

      Mr. Lewis, presenting important Course Planning information to the Grade 11s in a COVID-friendly manner on Teams!

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: TRADES 1 and 2

  • LSS has many programs that help students find their strengths, and then translate those experiences into career directions.  Trades 1 and 2 at LSS is a program for students in grades 9 and 10 to discover their practical interests, as they explore different trades and learn a variety of new skills.  In the photos below, we see Trades 2 students in Grade 10 doing electrical work, as they figure out how to properly wire a 3-way switch!

DESIGN OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS!

  • Calling All Designers – Put on your thinking cap and pack your bag with ideas!
  • Chloe Kim is a Grade 12 student at Walnut Grove Secondary. As part of her graduating Capstone Project, she has carefully formulated an ambitious plan – to design, produce, market and sell an environmentally friendly tote bag throughout the Langley School District and community. As a way to involve her fellow students, she has put forth a challenge. “Design an image that will become the symbol that merges environmentalism with philanthropy. The winning design will be featured on the tote bag,” she says.
  • In partnership with the Langley School District Foundation, Chloe hopes to transport her message and marketing to a wide audience. Hoping to sell 100’s of the practical, stylish and eco-friendly tote bags, all will feature a poignant and evocative image, designed by a student.
  • “Net proceeds will go to support our hungry students and families,” says Chloe.
  • Her plan and ultimate goal are nothing, if not enterprising. With determination and a subtle forcefulness rare in someone so young, Chloe managed to engage the Foundation into a partnership – one that we whole-heartedly embrace.
  • Please send designs to chloekim672@gmail.com as b/w in pdf, png, AI, ESP, JPEG or Tif with a transparent background. All designs need to incorporate the Langley School District Foundation logo. Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 12 at 4:00 pm. The winner will be announced on April 1, 2021. Good luck and thank you for participating in this project.
  • Environmentally friendly tote bags featuring winning design will be available for purchase online at www.langleyschooldistrictfoundation.com.

CLUBS & TEAMS AT LSS

  • International Soccer Club
    • Why/What – We practice Soccer Skills.
    • When/Where – Thursdays after school, from 2:30-4 pm in the Small Gym
    • Who – Mr. Labine
  • LSS Dance Club – Mondays and Tuesdays after school from 2:15-3:15 pm in the Dance studio.  See Mrs. Lidemark for more information.
  • Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
  • Anime Club
    • Why/What – We watch the first three episodes of a different anime every week with popcorn!
    • When – Friday, after school. Anime starts at 2:35 pm, usually ends between 3:45-4.
    • Where –  A183
    • Who – Ms. Hajdecki
  • D&D Club (And other tabletops)
    • Why/What – We play D&D 5e on Mondays and monthly one-shots in different systems on Thursdays.
    • When – Monday and Thursday. Play starts at 2:40 pm until 4.
    • Where – A183
    • Who – Ms. Hajdecki
  • LSS 3D printing Club
    • Why/What? – In this club the students learn the process of 3D printing and how to 3D model objects.
    • When – Wednesdays at lunch and/or after school based on schedules.
    • Where – A131
    • Who – Mr. Rasmussen

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

  • “If you post it, they will come:” two students stopping to read the stories of prominent Black Canadians on a Friday afternoon after school.

    LSS Staff gathered after school this week to take part in a Wreath-making workshop, spread out throughout the Library and cafeteria, put on by our Careers Department Head, Ms. Kiers!

    While other LSS staff also gathered after school to play some physically-distanced badminton. Both of these final photos show the importance of staying active and connected during the pandemic.

DISTRICT & COMMUNITY NEWS

  • YOUTH HUB – The Youth Hub is a valuable resource for youth and families.  Here is this week’s calendar of events:
    • See below for a more detailed description of what the Youth Hub offers: Hub Calendar Feb. 22-26
      • All counselling services are now offered via phone and by appointment only.
      • Medical care services are also available by appointment only and while they are offered primarily via phone, there are exceptions where virtual or in-person visits can be arranged. Please note that the LGBTQ2S+ Wellness clinic continues to be offered every third Wednesday of the month, and by appointment as well.
      • Dental care services will be added starting Thursday, March 4th and will be available every two weeks. These services are in-person and by appointment only. For more information, see the Mobile Dental Clinic attachment below. Please note that these dental services can also be offered for youth 12 and under, as well as youth over the age of 19. At the time of booking, once we know the youth’s age, we can make the appropriate arrangements. Please see the attachment for more information: Mobile Dental Clinic
      • Outreach services have expanded, with a team of outreach workers now regularly providing supports and resources at outdoor venues frequented by youth, and in response to school requests for an outreach presence in needed areas. If you would like to request a visit from our outreach team, let me know.
      • Access to essential services and supports (e.g. groceries, clothing, hygiene products, laundry, and shower) are available throughout the week by appointment. Please note that the Friday essential services drop-in will be on hold as of March 1st.
      • While we have continued to stay in touch with our Friends of Dorothy LGBTQ2S+ group, we have not been able to offer the regular weekly drop-in. Instead, we are meeting with up to three group members at a time in-person for social connection, activities, and supports. We have begun offering virtual group chats as well and are exploring different ways of connecting online. If anyone knows of a youth who would like to participate in our Friends of Dorothy programming, let me know!
      • Flex Time is a relatively new offering which gives individual youth or small groups of up to three youth the opportunity to book time at the Hub to chat with a youth worker, pursue interests (e.g. arts and crafts), watch a movie, work on schooling, or just relax in a safe, supportive space.
      • Of course, all programming and supports are offered following comprehensive health and safety protocols, and, as always, everything is free of charge.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Feb 22 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • Feb 22-26 – Diversity and Respect Week in the Langley School District
  • Feb 22-27 – Grad Portrait Week
  • Feb 23 – University of Waterloo Math Contest
  • Feb 24 – Pink Shirt Day
  • Mar 5 – ICBC Virtual Road Safety Presentation
  • Mar 8 – Quarter 3 Mid-Quarter “class swap”
  • Mar 8 – Quarter 3 Mid-Term Marks published
  • Mar 8-12 – Parent Teacher Conferences Week
  • Mar 10 – Early Dismissal for Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Mar 12 – Last day of classes prior to Spring Break
  • Mar 29 – School Re-Opens after Spring Break
  • April 1 & 9 – Streaming of School Musical. Tickets for the stream are available using the link below: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/45818
  • Apr 19 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • May 17 – PAC Meeting and AGM, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • June 16 – LSS Grad Ceremony, Tentatively Booked at CLA, 7 pm
  • June 29 – Final Report Cards Issued

Langley Secondary School

21405 - 56 Avenue, Langley
BC, V2Y 2N1
Phone: 604-534-4171
Fax: 604-534-9518