The Saints Scoop! – February 7, 2021

February 7, 2021

GRAD GAB!

  • REMINDER: FROM THE DRY GRAD 2021 COMMITTEE – The Grad Class of 2021 has missed out on a lot this year. So many of the experiences we all remember from our own high school days just aren’t happening. There have been no BBQs or dances, no grad cruise or pep rallies, no class plays or school concerts, and none of the other special things that make the grade 12 year so unforgettable. We would still like to send our grads into the world with something to remember their time at LSS. A few parents have gotten together to try and raise funds to present a momento to our graduating class. It won’t take the place of the events missed by our grads but hopefully it will be a reminder of this momentous 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:
      • 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)
  • REMINDER: ONLY 2 WEEKS AWAY! GRAD PHOTO WEEK is coming SOON! – 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!

ENHANCED SAFETY MEASURES FOR K-12 SCHOOLS

  • A message from the Langley School District:
  • The District appreciates all the hard work from students, staff, and families in helping keep our community safe. We continue to work closely with the Ministry of Education and Provincial Health Office. This week the province announced changes to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for schools. Mask requirements for middle and secondary school students and K-12 staff have been amended. Guidelines have also been strengthened for physical education and music classes.
  • It is important to note, our schools will need some time to implement these new changes; all changes will be in effect as of February 26, 2021. Your continued patience and support are appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact the school.
  • Please read below and full details found in the province’s news release located on the District website here.
  • Changes to Mask Wearing
    • All middle and secondary students and K-12 staff will now be required to wear non-medical masks in all indoor areas, including when they are with their learning groups. The only exceptions are when:
    • sitting or standing at their seat or workstation in a classroom;
    • there is a barrier in place; or
    • they are eating or drinking.
    • For elementary students, wearing masks indoors remain a personal choice.
    • It is important to note, as advised by the province, these changes above do not apply to grade 6 and 7 students attending an elementary school.
  • Changes to Physical Education and Music Classes
    • High-intensity physical activities are to be held outside as much as possible. Shared equipment or items, such as weight machines, treadmills or musical instruments, can be used only if they are cleaned between use, according to strict school sanitization guidelines. Students using equipment or playing instruments should also be spaced at least two metres apart and masks are to be used when singing.

REMINDER: MINISTRY LEARNING SURVEY

  • Dear Parents and Guardians/Caregivers:
    • During the months of January to April, School District #35 is participating in the 2021 Ministry of Education Electronic Anonymous Student Learning Survey Project in cooperation with all other school districts throughout the Province.
    • Parents/Guardians/Caregivers can complete the online Anonymous Student Learning Surveys any time before 11:59 pm April 30th, 2021, providing immediate results to the school and the district.
    • For 2021: Students in Grades 10 and 12 complete the survey;
      • To complete the survey:
        1. Go to any computer that has an up-to-date internet browser access at home, work, or school.
        2. Go to www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey/access.htm 
        3. Under the section Direct Access – no logon number required select:
          • District: the name of your child’s district (Langley School District #35)
          • School: Langley Secondary
          • Language: the language of your choice
        4. Complete the survey by clicking on the appropriate circle to answer each question.  Move to the next set of questions by clicking on the right arrow in the bottom right corner of the screen. Click on the left arrow to navigate backwards.
        5. When you are finished the survey, you will get a message “Thank you for sharing your views”.
        6. Once complete, your school will have the results immediately.
    • Thank you for participating.  If you need more information or would like to see the results for the District or your school, consult with your school principal.

STARTS THIS WEEK! TIMETABLE PLANNING FOR NEXT YEAR!

  • It may seem hard to believe that we are already talking about the 2021-22 school year, but this is the time of year when we start planning for next year. We are currently finalizing courses we are offering to students; students will have presentations by Counsellors in the next two weeks, before selecting courses by mid-February.  See below for some key dates:
  • Grade 9-11 Course Planning – February 8-11
  • To HDS Grade 8 parents – Monday, February 8 – Grade 8 Parent/Guardian Information Night Teams Live 6:30 PM – The Teams Link was sent out on Friday.  If you did not get it, please email mmoino@sd35.bc.ca

CLUBS & TEAMS AT LSS!

  • 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, 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 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!

  • This past Monday, Ms. Zyra’s Asian Studies 12 class presented their final inquiry projects in small groups…

  • They were responsible for researching a topic in Asian history or current events…

    …creating a product to show their understanding…

    …and then presenting it to their classmates!

    Mr. Fauteux handed out the AVID 11 awards this past week, celebrating Quarter 2 accomplishments!! See below for more photos!

  • As part of the LSS renovation, the Castle Lobby is being “spruced up”… here, we see one of the display windows has already been replaced!

    Ms. Spreitzer, our Teacher-Librarian, discussing some of the knowledge and skills students will need to access the Library’s many resources!

    Mr. Howlett is taking a break from his many roles and responsibilities to celebrate Mr. Greeff’s birthday last week… Mrs. Thornburn is kindly helping to make sure he doesn’t make a mess of himself! Happy Birthday, Mr. Greeff!

DISTRICT & COMMUNITY NEWS

  • Langley Youth Hub Calendar Feb. 8-12 – Hub Calendar Feb. 8-12
  • FamilySmart(R) In the Know – February offering – FEBRUARY 2021 ItK Poster-02.10.21-430-Langley
  • Healing Hearts support group – Langley Healing Hearts Support Meetings
  • 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 8 – KPU Presentation
  • Feb 8 – Focus Mood Walk
  • Feb 8-11 – Course Planning Grades 9-11
  • Feb 9 – Focus Mood Walk
  • Feb 9 – Quarter 2 Report Cards Published
  • Feb 12 – Professional Development Day, Students NOT in Session
  • Feb 15 – Family Day, Schools are CLOSED
  • Feb 16 – Sweetheart Day! (An LSS Tradition!)
  • Feb 22 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • Feb 22-27 – Grad Portrait Week
  • Feb 23 – University of Waterloo Math Contest
  • Mar 8 – Quarter 3 Mid-Quarter “class swap”
  • Mar 12 – Last day of classes prior to Spring Break
  • Mar 29 – School Re-Opens after Spring Break
  • 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