The Saints Scoop – February 5, 2017 (Course Planning Evening Re-scheduled)

February 5, 2017

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COURSE PLANNING AND OPEN HOUSE – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16th 6:30pm – 8:30pm

  • LSS Course Planning Evening/Open House THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16th 6:30pm – 8:30pm.
    • The Open House portion will run all evening (as per times above), with various school departments available to answer questions, as well as to “show off” and demonstrate some of what happens in class in each discipline; this is a fantastic time to explore the many different options that LSS offers to help students find their strengths and possible career pathways.
    •  At 7 pm, parents of current grade 7 and 8 students at HDSMS are invited to the small gym for a presentation on the opportunities that LSS offers, as well as Grade 9 course planning information; students are also welcome!  At 7: 30 pm, parents of current Grade 9-11 students are invited to the library for a course planning presentation and graduation program information; students are also welcome!
  • We also will be serving coffee and cookies in the cafeteria.  So come out and enjoy this parent version of “Taste of LSS” and find out what makes this school so sweet!

PIPING AND PLUMBING GRAD THIS PAST WEEK

  • A huge thank you Mr. Dickson and Mr. Lallee for hosting a superb event this past week.  There were some great stories about each of the young men who graduated from the Piping and Plumbing program this year, including how the program helped them each to mature and to grow in confidence as they learned to find and develop their strengths through hard work and determination.  The skills that they learned in the program have undoubtedly changed many of their life trajectories for the better.  Additional thanks to Ms. Babecoff-Kimhi, Ms. Silcoxburk (from the SBO) and Ms. Tomlinson for coming out and showing their support for the program.  While the grad evening was an excellent event, this evening made it clear that this is a program that is well-regarded and respected by companies and post-secondary throughout the Lower Mainland, and for very good reason!  If you have any questions about the Plumbing and Piping program, please see Mr. Dickson, Mr. Lallee, or Ms. Babecoff-Kimhi.

    Mr. Dickson, the evening’s Master of Ceremonies,welcomes parents, family members, and students to the Piping and Plumbing grad.

    Ms. Tomlinson and Mr. Moorthy (Principal of DWP) , watching the grads “cross the stage.”

    Mr. Lalley and Ms. Silcoxburk, also in the audience.

    The P & P parents are asked to stand, and then acknowledged for their hard work and support over the years!

    Ms. Babecoff-Kimhi, watching the evening’s programme from the back of the room.

    The graduates, most of whom already have apprenticeship and job offers!  Mr. Dickson and Mr. Lalley on the flanks.

    Mr. Dickson and three members of the Moon family, all three of whom have graduated from the P & P program over the last several years!

“ME TO WE” CLUB MAKING A DIFFERENCE AT LSS!

  • Do you want to get connected with positive groups who make a difference at LSS and in the community?  If so, then the Me to We club is one excellent option!  For example, this past week, students from the Me to We club made welcome bags for new refugee students arriving at LSS that include Saints spirit wear, an LSS water bottle, an agenda, school supplies, and a hand written card welcoming them all inside!  This club is open to all students.  Ms. Sewell and the group meet every Wednesday at lunch in 219 – see you there!

    Ms. Wood, showing off some of the swag that the students are putting into the backpacks!

    The Me to We group, with the backpacks filled, and mission accomplished!

YOUTH AT RISK

  • 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.
    • 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.

LITTLE MERMAID COMING TO LSS!

  • Coming soon to LSS… Musical theatre presents The Little Mermaid!  To purchase online tickets, go to sd35.schoolcashonline.com

GRADE 9 IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION – time sensitive

  • All grade 9 students were sent him last week with an information package for parents to read and sign; forms are due back as soon as possible.  If you did not get one, please see the attachment, print and sign the consent form, and return to the office. Gr 9 Immunization package

LAST CHANCE FOR COURSE CHANGES

  • If you have an incomplete timetable or error in your courses, please see a counsellor as soon as  possible.  All other students, please make a counselling appointment at the Main Office to make a timetable change.  Friday, February 10th will be the last day for course changes.

(ABSOLUTE FINAL REMINDER) REPORT CARDS ONLINE THIS SEMESTER!

  • Parents will be getting an email from MYEDBC with instructions on how to set up their account BY the end of this week.  Parents who do not have access to the internet, or are having difficulty getting access, will have the opportunity to be able to pick up paper copies at LSS on Friday, February 10 from 10 AM to 11 AM; please call ahead if you would like your report card printed for you!  Parents will need to have an email account to be able to access the Parent Portal.  If you need assistance with your Parent Portal, please email MYEDBCSupport@sd35.bc.ca or contact the Main Office.

OLD YEARBOOKS FOR SALE!!!  

  • 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!

WE NEED YOUR HELP FOR OUR WORK EXPERIENCE STUDENTS!

  • Are you an employer or do you know an employer who can offer Work Experience Opportunities to LSS or District students?  If so, then please contact the school at 604-534-4171 and let us know – we will make sure that someone from the school’s career department will contact you to get more information and to find out how you are able to help!

CAREER and POST-SECONDARY OPPORTUNITIES:

  • WANT FREE POST-SECONDARY CREDITS?!
    • Kwanten XCEL Program:  Are you in grade 11 this school year, and looking to get a start on university course credits while you are in high school… for FREE?  If so, then the Kwanten XCEL program is the opportunity for you!  We will be sharing more information at the Grade 11 Course Planning assembly, while pamphlets should be arriving at the school this week.  Please note that this opportunity is NOT open to ISP students.  Please see Mr. Moino if you would like to find out moire about the program and if it is right for you.  Finally, the District is hosting a parent/student information night for the XCEL program that has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 1 – 7:00 – 8:30PM in the SBO Boardroom.  ***We are also having a meeting at LSS this week – on Tuesday, February 7 at lunch in room 128 for more information – be there!
  • Learn more about TRIUMF:  Attached is the information for TRIUMF and SFU’s upcoming ATLAS Masterclass event for grade 10, 11 and 12 students.  As Canada’s National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics, we hope to inspire next generation’s leaders in physics through our outreach initiatives. ATLAS Masterclass is an event that invites students to explore leading research institutes and help unravel the world of particle physics. Students have the opportunity to attend lectures by active scientists, tour research facilities, perform measurements on real data from the ATLAS project, and participate in live videoconferences to share their results. For more information about the event , click here. To learn more about ATLAS, one of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider detectors, click here.This year’s ATLAS Masterclass will occur on Saturday, April 8th at two different locations: SFU and TRIUMF. The event is available for grade 10, 11, and 12 students. It is free to participate in the ATLAS Masterclass, however there are limited spots available at each location. Registration is now open at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/t4uC8FB9d1N1Tgw72 or click on the following poster link: ATLAS_Masterclass_Poster
  • Women in Trades:  Although this year’s Piping and Plumbing program graduation described above had all males this past year, we have had several young women graduate from the program who are currently working successfully in a Trades career.  If you are interested in learning more, please see the attached poster: women in trades poster Feb 16, 2017 -2
  • Trades Night:  Looking for some direction after graduation?  Interested in a possible career in the trades?  Langley has several programs to choose from!  Please see the attached poster for the date and time of this important evening:
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GRAD GAB!

  • Grad Cruise UPDATE:  As we announced last Monday, the Grad Cruise is ON!  A few reminders:
    • be at the school at approximately 4:15 pm, as we need to run through a security check before boarding the bus;
    • Dress code is semi-formal. No long dresses. No one will be turned away.  The semi-formal dress code is only a suggestion. Girls should not wear unmanageable footwear (high heels etc) as there are very steep stairs on board the boat and tricky walkways to the boat.
    • the bus leave at 4:45 pm, sharp, so don’t be late;
    • If you miss any classes that day, you will not be allowed to attend. No refunds.
    • we will be serving pizza for dinner on the boast at approximately 6:15 pm;
    • come prepared to DANCE and have fun;
    • this is a SCHOOL EVENT.  Anyone suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol OR having anything on them, will be turned away without a refund AND will not be allowed to participate in the Dinner/Dance in June. Guests that break school rules will jeopardize their host’s participation in future events.
    • 9:30 pm Boat will return to dock. Students will disembark and travel on busses back to LSS.
    • Parents will pick up students by 10:00 pm. PLEASE ENSURE PARENTS ARE ON TIME SO OUR VOLUNTEER SUPERVISORS ARE ABLE TO LEAVE FOR THEIR HOMES AT A REASONABLE TIME. We must stay with you until you are picked up.
  • Photo Update:  On Thursday, February 9th, 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.
  • (ABSOLUTE FINAL REMINDER!) Grad Yearbook Comments:  All Graduates must have their yearbook comments submitted by Friday, February 10th.  You will find a link on the homepage of our school’s website at www.langleysecondary.com to submit your Yearbook Comment.  Grads may also scan a QR-Code found on posters throughout the school.  Please note that you will need to download a QR-code reader from GooglePlay or the Apple App Store, if you do not already have one.  There will NOT be an extension of this deadline – the publishing company has set clear dates for each step of the publishing process!
  • 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 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 belowhttps://www.prospera.ca/Community/CommPrograms/SupportEd/ 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.

FROM THE DRY GRAD COMMITTEE

Hello Grads of 2017 and Parents;

I have spoken with many of you on the phone recently about the limited funds available for dry grad and the sad response to volunteering. Thank you all for understanding.

As discussed, those who are not interesting in participating in any of the fundraising initiatives are able to pay for the full cost up front ($250 – the $50 deposit = $200). Thank you to those who have already done so.  We encourage everyone who is planning to go this route to do it soon as it will help us have an accurate figure for the rest of our fundraising goals.  The deadline for complete payment will be May 1st, NO EXCEPTIONS!!  (but as stated, earlier is better)

We have had a few questions regarding the dry grad event and the money being raised for it. Hope this helps answer your questions.

–  Just to clarify, in the rare event that your grade 12 student does not meet the graduation requirements, they are still welcome to join us for the dry grad event (which is organized by parent volunteers and is separate from the school graduation events).  It will be your responsibility to ensure your grad arrives at the proper location to catch the bus to begin the activities. They will need to arrive “dry” and their belongings will be searched before they get on the bus (same for everyone attending).

– Please understand that in order for the volunteer parents to budget properly and pay deposits for the activities and transportation, etc.; the $50 deposit and any other money paid, and raised fundraising are non-refundable.

– As of now, we are behind where we had planned to be financially, and are asking that parents and students please make the time whenever possible to volunteer at upcoming events and/or bring other money-raising ideas forward. Be sure to “like” the Facebook page LSS Dry Grad 2017 to stay updated on future events.  Please note fundraising credits are only given for those volunteer opportunities organized by the dry grad committee, not for other fundraising in or out of the school.

– Yes there is still room on the second bus for those grads who wish to sign up and join this epic adventure.  However, due to the decrease in fundraising opportunities, the deposit is now $100.

ONGOING FUNDRAISERS:

  1. PURDYS – we are still waiting for Purdys money to be handed in. If you are not able to meet Lisa at the times she has been available at the school or made arrangements to drop it off at her house then please drop it off in the office in and envelope clearly marked Purdys and your name.  Remember that each box you have sold is worth 2 fundraising credits; however no credits will be given until all the money is collected.  There are still a couple of boxes left to sell if anyone is interested.
  2. Save On Foods gift cards. We will be selling Save-On foods Gift cards again starting in February.  Remember we all need to buy groceries but if you purchase a gift card through the dry grad committee, 8% comes back to us.  If you would like to participate, please email Tammy at djntj@telus.net by Feb 13th.  Gift cards will be available for pickup on Feb 20th at the Starbucks near the Save-On foods on Fraser Highway.
  1. Don’t forget about our accounts at the Bottle Depots, especially with the Superbowl coming up. Just take your empties to the depot and tell them you would like to donate to the LSS Dry Grad account.

Langley Bottle Depot: LSS Dry Grad 2017  Acct #665

Murrayville: LSS Dry Grad 2017  Acct# 108

UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS:

  1. We are planning a Neufeld Farms fundraiser just in time for all your Easter feasting. Stay tuned to this Newsletter and the Facebook page for more information.
  2. Pub night at the Murrayville Pub – April 1st. No burger and beer here.  This is a gourmet roast beef dinner, as well as a Silent Auction and all your favourite games like toonie toss.  Stay tuned for more info.  ALL ARE WELCOME!!
  3. RAFFLE – we really want to do a raffle since they can be very successful money makers. However, in order for this to work, we will need donations of some big ticket items.  Email Lisa at thestephensclan@shaw.ca if you have any items to donate or if you would like a copy of the donation request letter (smaller items are also welcome and will be used for the Silent Auction at the Pub Night)

IDEAS  FOR THE FUTURE:  Please let us know if you have any ideas for other fundraisers or you can help out with any of these initiatives.  We would love to have more parents involved!

– grocery bagging at Superstore

– FORD test drive and car wash, perhaps a BBQ and garage sale too

`             – flower baskets for Mother’s day

       – mushroom manure sales

Thank you for your support in making this a fun and safe dry grad!

Dry Grad committee 

LSS IN THE NEWS

DISTRICT NEWS

  • (REMINDER) The Aboriginal Family Day gathering is on Friday, February 17 at HD Stafford, from 5 pm to 8 pm.  All are invited and welcome!  Please see the poster for more details: Aboriginal Family Gathering
  • 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
  • 2nd Annual Langley International Film Festival(LIFF) – unprecedented, au courant and epic with persuasive performances and scenes brimming over with emotion, punctuated with comedic episodes and elements of hysterical whimsy.  Brought to you by the Foundation in partnership with Shot in the Dark Film Circuit, LIFF brings you movies ranging from blockbusters to indy; from foreign films to student docs.  Nobody has ever seen anything remotely like this.  We have it all.  March 3-5 at Chief Sepass Theatre.  All proceeds go to support film programs in Langley schools.  To order tickets go to www.langleyschooldistrictfoundation.com or contact scairns@sd35.bc.ca.  Please see the attached poster for more information:  posters1

COMMUNITY NEWS

  • FROM THE TOWNSHIP: You are hereby notified that effective immediately ALL Township of Langley playing fields, i.e. synthetic, natural grass, and all-weather, are CLOSED until further notice due to winter weather conditions. Affected contracts will be amended. Please notify coaches, players, and parents.Facility Rental Contract Terms and Conditions item 24 reads as follows:  Any rental group and/or individual found to have played on a field that is officially closed may forfeit the right to play for the remainder of the season.
  • Langley Youth Hub Calendar info:  The Langley Youth Hub has many different programs and opportunities for Langley youth.  To learn more, please see its Calendar of Events: 2017Feb
  • Green Bricks is very pleased to offer to grade 10-12 students FREE participation in the 4th Annual Green Collar Futures Career Conference on Saturday February 18, 2017 at the Hilton Metrotown, Burnaby.  *Space is VERY LIMITED (and a school limit may apply) so students can register at http://www.greenbricks.ca/futures/register.php.  Students MUST be registered by February 15, 2017 to attend this event but as it “sold out” last year we recommend registering as early as possible.
  • Lower Mainland Green Team: “I lead the Environmental volunteer group the Lower Mainland Green Team and will run 3 invasive plant species removal activities at James Anderson Park (near 203 st and 66 Ave in Langley) in collaboration with the Township of Langley.  NO EXPERIENCE necessary. We provide instruction, gloves, tools and refreshments!  To sign up for our saturday March 4th 9.45am-1pm activity click HERE
    • To sign up for our saturday April 8th, 9.45am-1pm activity click HERE
    • To sign up for our saturday May 13th, 9.45am-1pm activity click HEREThose who participate will:
      • Meet new people
      • Learn about the environmental issues parks face
      • Make a positive impact on biodiversity
      • Connect to nature
      • Learn the importance of responsible citizenship
      • Get outdoor conservation career experience
      • Get exercise
      • Gain volunteer hours (we provide letters)
      • Have fun!!

      LIMITED SPACES so please sign up soon! Lowermainlandgreenteam@gmail.com or lyda@greenteamscanada.ca – 604-831-3222 – http://www.greenteamscanada.ca “

(REMINDER) 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:

  • 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 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

  • February 6:     Grade Assemblies for Course Planning
  • February 7:     Course Planning Evening and Open House, ALL Welcome! 6:30 pm
  • February 9:     Grad Cruise
  • February 10:   Semester One Report Cards Issued
  • February 13:   Family Day, School CLOSED
  • February 14-17: Diversity Week
  • February 14:   Valentine’s Day!
  • February 15:    Lockdown Drill, in the a.m.
  • February 17:    Aboriginal Family Gathering, at HD Stafford, 5-8 pm
  • 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 28:    Math Contest, Period 1

Langley Secondary School

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