The Saints Scoop! – February 9, 2020

February 9, 2020


  • DEADLINE THIS WEEK!  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.
  • NEW INFO!  Dry Grad Update
    • Our casino night has been changed to Sat., March 7th.
      • The casino night tickets can be purchased in person Tuesday, February 18th 7:15pm in the learning commons. If you cannot make it to pick them up in person please contact the dry grad committee thru Facebook LSS Dry Grad 2020 or Instagram LSS_dry_grad_2020
    • Purdy’s Chocolate Heart Lollies will be sold in the learning commons at lunch next week for $2.50 each.
    • Dry Grad Forms and ticket sale information were handed out during fixed flex on 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.
    • Finally, for students wanting to attend the Dry Grad, but are having financial difficulties, please contact the Dry Grad Coordinator, Kristina Phonmixay, at to work out arrangements.


  • This Thursday at 6:30 pm, in the Library Learning Commons, this year’s grade 9-11 parents and students are invited to learn more about graduation requirements, and course options for the 2020-2021 school year.  For students, this will replicate some of the information that will be shared during Grade Assemblies this week.  We hope to see a full house at LSS this Thursday evening!


  • The Junior Boys basketball team startED their playoff run this past week, after a strong season of firsts.
  • They finished 3rd in Langley (first time in recent memory), and won their first game, where they advanced to LEC to play for 1st to 4th place.
  • From there, they will travel to the East Fraser Valley tournament which would be a huge first for the Junior Boys program.
  • Congratulations to the team, and thanks to the coaches Mr. Rowe and Mr. Calderon for their dedication in volunteering to mentor and coach the team!  Best wishes from LSS in the next steps of your playoff journey!
    • LSS hosted Credo in their first playoff game earlier this week…

      Mr. Rowe and the team on the bench, watching the game…

      LSS had the game well in hand by the 4th quarter.


  • 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!


  • Below is an article from the Langley Advance Times.  Here is the link to the original article:
  • Langley students are benefiting from nature through calming outdoor mood walks
  • Coast Capital Savings donated $5,500 to help grow the mental health program
  • by Ryan Uytdewilligen
    • Langley students who suffer from depression, anxiety, and even severe trauma, have been taking a study break to recharge their brains with some time spent outdoors.
    • “It’s old wisdom that’s new again,” said Marcello Moino, principal of Langley Secondary School (LSS). “Being out in nature helps.”
    • Through an initiative called the Focus Program, a comfortable classroom setting where students who don’t thrive in the regular school system have a chance to receive extra help, mood walks provide a time to shake off stress in an activity void of pressure.
    • Created and facilitated by LSS teachers Laurence Greefe and Gwen Thornburn – who took their inspiration from an adult day program in Ontario – students from around the district head out for several hours once a month on a leisurely stroll.
    • Derby Reach, Port Coquitlam, Stanley Park, Surrey Bend, and White Rock Beach are just some of the locations students have visited during the two years that mood walks have gotten underway.
    • Susan Cairns, executive director for Langley School District Foundation, has been one of the biggest supporters of the project.
    • She noted that Langley is one of the only areas to her knowledge to gets students interacting outside in this capacity,
    • “It’s a unique program,” Cairns said. “When they asked the foundation if we could help some of the kids who don’t have proper rain gear and busing and lunches, I began looking for grants that could benefit mood walks specifically.”
    • Coast Capital Savings presented a $5,500 cheque on Wednesday, Feb. 5, to support the program at LSS.
    • READ MORE: R.E. Mountain Secondary welcomes Chief Dan George exhibit on loan from North Vancouver
    • Four Coast Capital representatives were able to tour the Focus program’s classroom, which Greefe and Thornburn said was a cozy and alternate environment to provide academics that are tailored to each student’s needs.
    • They eagerly brought out a photo album filled with pictures of mood walks from last year; it was part of a subsequent project that makes use of pictures that students took while on the walk.
    • “Students take pictures on the walks because their photo voice and what we observe helps express what we feel,” Greefe explained.
    • The project for students this year will be to put their mood walk photos onto specially designed posters.
    • Hundreds of graduate photos additionally lined the classroom’s walls – all former Focus Program members who Greefe and Thornburn proudly said have gone on to bright futures because of how the curriculum and way students are taught and cared for have been changing.
    • Greefe thanked both Coast Capital and Cairns for their support, which will continue the program for the foreseeable future.
  • Some photos from the LSS cheque presentation:
    • Mr. Greefe addresses the students and guests at the cheque presentation…

      While Mrs. Thornburn and Mr. Mahil listen and take photos!

      A huge THANK YOU to Coast Capital for being such active and amazing supporters of LSS students and the FOCUS program Mood Walk!


  • There will be an information meeting on Tuesday, February 18 at 6PM in room A111 for the March 2021 trip to Italy.   There are only 6 spots remaining!  Please contact Mr. Janzen at if you have any questions.  Please see the attachment for more details: Italy Promo Feb 2020


  • 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


  • 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


  • THIS WEEK! … that LSS alumnus Mark Sheane is going to be competing on the new Food Network show Wall of Chefs on Monday. February 10…students might want to check it out!
  • THIS WEEK! …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.


  • 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:
    • Mr. Kuo’s Life Sciences 11 class worked on their “Molasses lab” to learn about scientists’ methodology of how to design an experiment with only one experimental variable.  When students are active, research shows that students learn so much more than when they are watching or listening!
    • Mr, VanBergen’s Pre-Calculus 11 class had the opportunity to have “Vertical Thinking” meet Trigonometry!  Notice how the students are working in small groups to collaboratively solve math equations…making their thinking visible and allowing for the immediate correction of misconceptions!


  • With semester turn around and new sports teams up and running we have had some changes in days and times.
  • We will no longer have tutoring on Mondays but it will be on Tuesdays instead.
  • We will have a UFV Science and Math student coming on most Tuesdays and Fridays in addition to LSS Peer tutors helping on Wednesday/Fridays.
  • We have attached the new flyer!


  • 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!


  • There was a little bit of AVID family swag competition this past week!

    Grades 9, 10, and 12 were rocking their AVID wear and repping the program loud and proud!

    Congratulations to the Grade 12s, who took the WIN for most kids “decked out!”

    LSS also has several lunch clubs… Ms. Hajdecki hosts a few of them, with Board Game days…

    And video game days…

    This is definitely a fun way to pass time at lunch!


  • 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


    • What you need to know ~ And how you can help make it happen!
    • First of all, what is Foundry?
    • Foundry offers health and wellness services, supports and resources for youth aged 12-24 and their families through centres in communities across B.C and online through! Foundry’s approach is different because all of the services are under one roof, so it makes it easy to know where to go for support.
    • The services are made to fit the individual needs of youth and their families, putting their health and wellness at the centre.
    • Foundry Services
      Each Foundry centre includes common services, all under one roof! These services not only work together but are also offered to youth and families on a walk-in basis.

      • Mental health services (e.g. psychiatry, counselling)
      • Substance use services (e.g. harm reduction, detox, counselling)
      • Primary care (e.g. family doctors, sexual health)
      • Social services (e.g. employment, educational, housing, income assistance)
      • Youth and family peer support services (e.g. youth helping youth, family members helping family members)
    • Please complete the survey in the link!  The more voices and support we get, the better the chance Langley will be chosen to get a FOUNDRY!
  • 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.


  • The Minerva Foundation is offering young women in Grade 11 a 3 day leadership opportunity:  Learning to Lead!  Please see the attached flyer for more information: L2L One-Page Info Sheet
  • THIS WEEK! FamilySmart “In The Know” monthly Poster: Mental Health and Youth Presentation – on February 11.
  • 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 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 12:     Restorative Action Training, All Day
  • Feb 13:     Grades 9-11 Course Planning Evening
  • Feb 13:     Sweetheart Day at LSS!
  • 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 21:      Seussical Opening Night! Small Gym, 7 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
BC, V2Y 2N1
Phone: 604-534-4171
Fax: 604-534-9518