February 26, 2017
(FINAL WEEK!) LITTLE MERMAID at LSS A HUGE HIT – BUY YOUR TICKETS!
- The reviews are in… and staff, students, and the community are raving about the songs, acting, and humour in LSS’ The Little Mermaid !!! Remember that our alumni night is March 2nd at 7pm. General 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 Ms. Piorecky at email@example.com 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 sd35.schoolcashonline.com
PINK DAY FEBRUARY 22!!!
- Students4change put on an impressive Pink Day at LSS this past week, as part of the District’s larger “Diversity Week.” Ms. Stewart-Lee and her mighty band of students set out to add pink to the main foyer, by creating strings of tiny pink t-shirts with big messages about inclusion and how we value diversity at LSS. Kudos to this group and to all of the staff and students who participated, either by wearing/purchasing a pink t-shirt or by simply wearing pink to school – by taking a visible stand for what is good and right, you have chosen to make a difference at LSS.
RED CROSS: BEYOND THE HURT TRAINING A BIG SUCCESS!
- LSS students are learning about mentorship and working proactively through trauma in the “Beyond the Hurt Training. This past week, they underwent two straight days of intensive activities to build their capacity as students and mentors. Our students were engaged and are looking forward to work with and make a difference together with the HDSMS students. How it all began…
- Then came the baptism of fire –presenting activities – in which the teams mixed seriousness with creativity and sensitivity
- WELL DONE everyone, and thanks to Ms. Babecoff-Kimhi for organizing the workshops!
LSS AVID CONNECTS WITH HDSMS (from Mr. Davids Hawk Squawk Blog Newsletter)
- It is so important for our family of schools to stay connected throughout the year. As the middle section of a child’s education, we know how important the transitions from elementary-middle and from middle-secondary are. So this past week, we were excited to have students from the LSS Avid Program (many former HDSMS students) come and work with our students on a variety of things. They connected their learning by giving back while our students had the opportunity to see what possibilities lay ahead of them.
AVID GETS TRAINED IN RESTORATIVE ACTION!
- From Ashley Haines, one of the Facilitators from BSS: “Here is a photo of the AVID class with their training certificates! There is a big chunk of the kids missing as many of them had to go to a class at the end of the day. They were an awesome class to work with and I’m looking forward to seeing what the students will do with RA at LSS!”
JUNIOR GIRLS SEASON ENDS WITH A SLAM DUNK!
- (From Ms. Neuscheler) “As closure to our junior girls basketball season, we (the coaches) took them to meet the Harlem Globetrotters tonight # VIP photo with the team! Special memories!”
GENEROUS LSS HELPS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ME TO WE!
- Wow – SUCH an amazing community of staff and students at LSS – with all of your contributions and sweet treat purchases the Me to We club was able to raise $197.25 towards Clean Water initiatives on both a local and global scale. Thank you for your support and the difference you make every day! This was a great cause and the students are so excited!! Thanks to Ms. Wood, Ms. Sewell, and the Me to We Club students for their exceptional efforts!
LSS SAINTS LACROSSE UPDATE
- The lacrosse team was successful in their game yesterday against Holy Cross, winning by a score of 9-3. They dominated both offensively and defensively throughout the game, demonstrating good ball movement and teamwork. On the defensive side, they held Holy Cross to only 10 shots-on-goal; way to go Saints. Due to the weather, this was only their 2nd game of the regular season, which they won both. Next week is the Provincials out in Coquitlam where they have a game on Monday against Terry Fox, Tuesday against Vancouver College, and Wednesday against Pitt Meadows. If they do well, there will be the semi’s on Thursday, and the Finals on Friday. Here’s to wishing them luck!
XCEL PARENT INFO SESSION FOR 2017/2018
- Here’s a friendly reminder about the student/parent session next Wednesday evening, March 1 from 7-8:30 pm at the School Board Office. XCEL application for 2017/2018: due date April 6, 2017 to Mr. Moino in the Main Office. For students who came to the meeting at LSS just over a week ago, please remember to get your reference letters and see your counsellors for course credit verification ASAP! Please see the two attachments for more information: Kwantlen Xcel 2017 Info Night Poster – KPU_XCEL brochure 2017 2018
DO YOU HAVE EXTRA YARN AND/OR CROCHET/KNITTING NEEDLES AROUND THE HOUSE?
- If you, do, Ms. Babecoff-Kimhi is hoping that you can donate these items to the school (any type and quantity of yarn and crochet and knitting needles.) She is hoping to start a parent group in September – to make Christmas gifts, etc. If you do, you can drop them off in the Main Office or in the Counselling Centre. Thanks in advance!
LOOKING FOR PARENT VOLUNTEERS FOR GRAD 2017!
- It is a tradition at LSS for parents of students in grades 9-11 to volunteer for the reception at the Grad Ceremony – helping with ordering food, setting up tables, and cleaning up at the end of the evening. Thus, we are looking for grade 9-11 parents who can volunteer for the Grad Ceremony on June 15, 2017. Please consider helping so that grade 12 parents can enjoy their evening… and you would be paying it forward for when your child graduates! If you are interested in helping or finding out more, please contact Mr. Moino at LSS at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance!
CAREER and POST-SECONDARY OPPORTUNITIES:
- Any Grade 10 or 11 students who are interested in visiting some of our Post-Secondary Institutions such as the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of the Fraser Valley, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Vancouver Community College, please sign up in the Counselling Centre, seats are limited so it will be based on a first come first serve as forms are handed in.
- March 6th – University of British Columbia – forms due March 2nd
- March 28th – Simon Fraser University – Surrey Campus/Burnaby Campus – forms due March 9th
- April 5th – University of the Fraser Valley – Chilliwack/Abbotsford – Forms due March 30th
- April 12th – Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Richmond Campus – forms due April 5th
- April 27th – Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Langley Campus/Surrey Campus – forms due April 21st
- Grad Cruise: The new and final date for the grad cruise is March 8, 2017 – approximately 1 1/2 weeks from now. Thanks for all of the feedback from grade 12 students – your voices did make a difference!
- Study Blocks FYI: Study Blocks will take place in the Cafeteria this week due to “Tell Them From Me” surveys taking place in the Library.
- Final Grad Photos: On Thursday, March 2nd, Artona will be here at 12:15pm to take Grad photos of only the Grads who DID NOT have a photo taken in the Fall. This is not a full session and is for the yearbook and composite only. This is NOT for photo retakes. We will call you down when the photographer is ready to go!
- Trevor Linden Scholarship: Applications now being accepting from student leaders in the province of British Columbia who will be entering their first year of post secondary education in September 2017, who are in good academic standing and that have made exceptional contributions to:
- School and community service, leadership
- Initiating community development;
- Affecting positive change;
- Mentoring others;
- Personal development and growth;
- Good academic performance;
- Taking the time to do something for others during difficult times in one’s own life requires particularly outstanding commitment. This is why, as part of the selection process, the personal circumstances and/or challenges of each applicant will be considered. Applicants who possess personal qualities such as dedication, commitment to helping others and strength of character will also be considered.
- For more information and to access the application form, click here: http://canucks.ice.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=88558 Deadline to apply: March 15, 2017(DUE THIS WEEK!) 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 www.owfg.com/diversity. Deadline for applications is May 1. 2017.School and community service, leadership;
- BCGEU Scholarship: The 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 www.bcgeu.ca/unioneducation 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; https://www.prospera.ca/Community/CommPrograms/SupportEd/ The deadline for applications is March 1.
- Other Scholarships: The Scholarship Programs below are accepting applications from students between February 19, 2017 and March 15, 2017. Please read the application instructions on the website carefully before applying.
- Richard Holland Memorial Scholarship – March 15, 2017 (1 Award – $10,000)
- Simon Youth Community Scholarship – March 1, 2017 (42 Awards – $1,500)
- Frame My Future Scholarship – March 1, 2017 (5 Awards – $1,000)
- FCCLA Scholarships – March 1, 2017 (9 Awards – $1,000)
- VIP Scholarship – February 28, 2017 (1 Award – $5,000)
- SP Scholarship – February 28, 2017 (10 Awards – $10,000)
- YDI Scholarship – February 27, 2017 (1 Award – $1,000)
- 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.
LSS IN THE NEWS
- Another great article on LSS’ production of The Little Mermaid… Please click on the link to see the article: http://www.langleyadvance.com/entertainment/414558133.html?mobile=true
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
- (THIS WEEK!) 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 email@example.com. You can also buy your tickets online at www.langleyschooldistrictfoundation.com
- KidSport: Do you know of a child who may not be able to play sports because of money issues? KidSport provides grants of up to $300 per year to allow kids the opportunity to join sports, both in the community and in school; these funds are meant to help families in need to help cover registration costs for a season of sport. If you or a family you know is struggling to pay registration fees, and this is affecting a child’s ability to play a sport, then please go to www.kidsport.ca/langley for more information and for an application. Please see the attached for more information: Postcard front
- (THIS WEEK) 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: www.familysmart.ca – Force ‘in the know’- Langley February 28 2017
- Pregnant and Parenting Youth Program: Please see the attached calendar for March for this group, organized by the Encompass Support Services Society: March 2017 Calendar
- Spring soccer registration for boys and girls now open: Langley United has announced that registration for spring youth soccer for girls and boys beginning in April has opened at www.langleyunited.com. Spring soccer is for ages U5 to U18 and the club also offers an advanced academy for both girls and boys. The spring season goes from April until June and it presents an excellent opportunity for new players to try Langley United’s high-quality soccer programs in the warm spring weather.
- “Langley United has the Fraser Valley’s most highly qualified and experienced professional coaching staff and has an outstanding academy and introductory recreational program,” says Marcel Horn, president of Langley United Soccer Association, which has been offering soccer programs to Langley youth since the mid-1920s and is the largest soccer club in the Fraser Valley with many professional coaches. “Spring is an excellent time for new boys and girls to try soccer as well as being a good time for players who want to compete at the higher levels to improve their skills at our top-quality academy.”
- Due to the increased interest in the LUSA soccer programming registration numbers are already well up from last year at this time. The club recommends parents register early to avoid the disappointment of last spring when LUSA had to put kids on the waiting list after the registration total reached 1600 boys and girls. Parents can go to www.langleyunited.com to register for Langley spring soccer. Spring soccer ad March 2017 Student Success
(UPDATED WEEKLY!) CLUBS AND TEAMS
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:
- (NEW!) LSS Hockey Team: If you are interested in playing for the LSS Hockey Team with year and have not signed up yet, please see Mr. McCarthy in Room 99 or Room 94 to get the details!
- (NEW!) Co-Ed Soccer Intramurals: Co-Ed Soccer Intramurals sign-up will be taking place at lunchtime today in the Castle Lobby. Entrance is free, teams must consist of 8-10 players and teams must have at least two girls on the court at a time. Games start next week so get your teams together!!
- (THIS WEEK) Math Contest Club: Math 9-11 contest will take place on Tuesday, February 29th.
- (NEW!) Youth Alpha Series: Meetings of the Youth Alpha Series run Tuesdays at lunch in Mr. Cortese’s room! Everyone is welcome so come on out and enjoy some free food and discuss life’s biggest questions!
- 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 langleyYU@youthunlimited.com or phone 604-557-6507. www.youthunlimited.com. Please pick up a permission form in the office! No membership fees. All art supplies provided.
UPCOMING DATES ON THE CALENDAR
- Feb 27-Mar 3: Tell Them From Me student Surveys, Library, All Day
- February 27: Softball Academy Information Night, Library, 7 pm
- February 28: Math Contests, Period 1
- March 2-4: Final Shows for The Little Mermaid
- March 8: Interim reports sent home
- March 8: Grad Cruise, Students at the school by 4:15 pm
- March 10: Last day of classes prior to Spring Break
- March 12: Daylight Savings Time begins
- March 27: First Day of classes after Spring Break
- April 5: Earthquake/Fire Drill
- April 6: Grade 12 Math Contests
- April 10: PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm
- May 15: PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm