The Saints Scoop! – January 13, 2019

January 12, 2019

SAVE THE DATE!  Parents and students of Grade 8s are invited to our Grade 8 Course Planning and Open House Evening, on Tuesday, February 5 at 7 pm in the Small Gym!  More information will be coming to grade 8 parents via a letter home to HD Stafford grade 8s in the next two weeks.  See you there!


  • Be sure to look in “Careers News” below for several post-secondary “Open Houses” including Kwantlen (KPU), Justice Institute, and UBC Sauder School of Business!
  • NEW!!!  Provincial Scholarship Program: Applications for the BC Excellence and Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarships are due February 15, 2019. Information on these and other scholarships are available on the Provincial Scholarships Program Information for Students web page. Please contact if you have any questions.
  • REMINDER!  SASSY AWARDS ARE BACK!  (From Mrs. Stewart-Lee) The application deadline is not until March but it would be super helpful for grads to start looking now at the website and thinking about which of the 6 awards categories they relate most closely to.  High grades are not necessarily a priority – characteristics such as resilience, community involvement, leadership, etc. are important.  This is a really great opportunity for our grads …  SASSY awards are Langley-based and LSS has had multiple winners in recent years.  Grade 12 students should look at the website over the holidays and see a Counsellor for more information in January
  • REMINDER!  SCHULICH LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP:  For students who want to be the next generation of technology innovators!  Interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)?  If so, click on the following link to learn more about this scholarship opportunity!
  • REMINDER!  BCSSA Scholarships
    • BCSSA provides a total of six scholarships to deserving grade 12 students from each BCSSA Regional Chapter.  Please distribute this information accordingly as appropriate.  The scholarship package and more information can be found on our website at the link shown:  Scholarship information
  • THIS WEEK!  UBC ENGINEERING – UBC’s Engineering Physics program is one of the top engineering programs in Canada.  With a formidable combination of scientific training, engineering experience, and practical hands-on skills, our graduates play leading roles in the most interesting and exciting industries and fields of scientific research in Canada and around the world:
    • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
    • Biotechnology
    • Clean energy
    • UAVs, drones, aerospace
    • Quantum computing
    • Engineering Physics is a very challenging program and should appeal to students with a strong interest and ability in mathematics and sciences.
    • Please join us on Sunday January 20th for tours of UBC labs, a talk by the program director, and a chance to meet our students and see some of their projects.
    • >> Register here to attend <<
    • When: Sunday, January 20th, 2018.
    • Doors: 10:30 am
      Tour – group 1: 11:00 am
      Lunch: 12:00 pm
      Keynote presentation (1 hour): 1:00 pm
      Tour – group 2: 2:30 pm
      End: 4:00 pm
    • Where: Forest Sciences Center, UBC.  2424 Main Mall.
    • Remember: register to attend, space is limited! >> Registration formhttps://
    • Not interested, but know someone who is?  Please forward this to them!
  • FINAL MONTH! The Fairy Godmother Foundation: Helping you get ready for Prom! – The Fairy Godmother Foundation is here to help grade 12 students in Langley high schools, whose families may be facing financial adversity, get ready for Prom.  The foundation helps by providing students with a gown or suit, accessories, and even shoes.  The program application process is confidential, but space is limited so we need to hear back from interested students ASAP.  If you would like to be part of this experience, please contact Mrs. Stewart-Lee, Mr. Lewis, Ms. Kauldher, Ms. Salmon, Ms. Danielle Smith, Mr. Juan SanchezVilla, or Ms. Nicole Kercher.  ***The deadline date for referrals is February 1st.
  • REMINDER! Grad Council meets every Tuesday at lunch in the small gym – Grade 12s are invited to impact their grad year, and make it the best grad year ever!  See Mrs. Thornburn if you have any questions!
  • REMINDER! from Dry Grad:
    • Mark your calendars for our pub night on Feb 2nd at Newlands. Enjoy yummy food, live music and a silent auction. We have some amazing items already like 2 tickets to the Canucks Vs San Jose on Feb 11th as well as a meet and greet with the San Jose players and a signed jersey, or a Shelly Welch photography package worth $500 (check out her website, she’s amazing!).  If you would like to donate an item to the silent auction please email Lisa at “
    • Be sure to join the LSS Dry Grad 2019 Facebook page as the best way to stay up-to-date on this year’s Dry Grad event!
    • We now have an account open at Willowbrook recycling (19641 60 Ave.). Bring in your cans and bottles and just tell them you’d like to credit the LSS Dry Grad 2019 account #606. 


  • At the end of each Semester, the LSS Dance Program ends its courses with a final show, where students demonstrate the learning and growth they have experienced over the course of the previous 5 months; this event is called the “Evening of Dance”!
    • This semester’s show is titled “The Essence of Movement“.
    • The full Evening of Dance will include prizes and a concession and will be presented the evening of January 17th at 7pm.  Tickets are $5.
    • The dance students have been creating original works of art throughout the semester and their final exam is the show.
    • “I feel that the essence of dance is the expression of man–the landscape of his soul. I hope that every dance I do reveals something of myself or some wonderful thing a human can be.” ― Martha Graham, 


  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University is hosting several exciting events on campus this winter, and we hope your students can join us!
    • Discovery Day
      • Students in grades 8-12 are invited to experience a day in the life of a KPU student. While on campus, they’ll attend mock classes, meet current students, learn about KPU programs, admissions, and financial aid, go on a campus-wide scavenger hunt, enjoy a free pizza lunch, and take home KPU swag.
      • KPU Richmond Discovery Day — Monday, January 28 from 10am to 2pm
      • KPU Langley Discovery Day — Friday, February 15 from 10am to 2pm
      • Trades Discovery Day at KPU Tech — Friday, February 22 from 10am to 2pm
      • RSVP at
    • KPU Surrey Open House
      • On Saturday, February 9 from 11am to 3pm we welcome the community in to KPU Surrey to experience all we have to offer at our largest campus. Guests can take a guided tour of campus, enjoy live entertainment, participate in interactive activities, attend workshops and information sessions, win free swag, and learn all about KPU: where thought meets action. Three lucky guests will take home $500 each in free tuition!
      • RSVP at
    • Wilson School of Design Information Sessions and Portfolio Workshops
      • If your students are curious about our Design programs or want to learn more about portfolio requirements, we encourage them to sign up for one of our winter events at the Wilson School of Design, covering topics in Product Design, Fashion Marketing, Interior Design, Foundations in Design, Fashion Design & Technology, and Graphic Design for Marketing.
      • Browse event offerings and register at
  • Justice Institute Open House – 715 McBride Boulevard, New Westminster, BC
    • March 6, 2019 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
    • Event highlights:
      • Visit the career fair in the gymnasium between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
      • Speak with Program Advisors from various JIBC programs and learn what it takes to be competitive in these careers
      • Take a tour of the New Westminster campus
      • Watch one of our presentations in the theatre to learn about the many JIBC programs available in law enforcement, paramedicine, emergency management, firefighting, conflict resolution, leadership and more
      • Watch live demonstrations from program areas in law enforcement, paramedicine, firefighting and emergency management
    • Please RSVP by January 30, 2019 to: Jas Jagpal at
  • Spring BCom Information Sessions at the UBC Sauder School of Business – These small gatherings provide a casual setting for prospective students in grades 8-12 to visit the UBC Vancouver campus, learn more about the BCom curriculum, tour UBC Sauder’s teaching facilities, and hear from our incredible faculty. We invite counsellors and teachers to encourage their students to take advantage of this opportunity to explore their career possibilities in business. The upcoming sessions are as follows:
    • January 25th, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • February 15th, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • February 22nd, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
    • March 25th, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Additional information about each session and registration to attend can be found at the following See a sample post below that your school may use to advertise the session on social media.
  • We have a whole new set of Careers Tours for the start of 2019!  Please see the attached below for more information… and then be sure to have your student sign up/apply for one or more that may be of interest! (Note that the last one below is for parents and guardians!)
  • REMINDER!  As part of Youth Engagement Week, students can apply to go to RCMP Depot in Regina for a week (March 25-29, 2019) and apparently costs are covered by the RCMP!


  • Langley Secondary PAC is selling Panago Certificates to raise funds to support school initiatives.
  • For each $12 Panago certificate you buy, you can get ANY MEDIUM PIZZA at ANY PANAGO LOCATION. More than one certificate can be used 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 Form
  • If you have any questions, please contact Christine Hylands at or at (604) 514-8373.  Thank you in advance for your support!


  • R.E. Mountain Secondary School will be hosting a Pre-IB and IB Parent Information Evening on Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00pm in the Banquet Hall at the Langley Events Centre. This meeting is intended for parents of students in Grades 8, 9 and 10 who are interested in learning more about these district programs offered at REMSS. We will be addressing everything you need to know about this university preparation program and the application process. Applications for the Pre-IB and IB Program are available on our website and will be open from January 9-January 28, 2019. Please see the attached poster for additional information.


    The focus of this week’s Photos of the Week is the New Build! Here, we have the front of one of our five new Science rooms.
    The millwork and lab stations at the back of a Science room…
    This is the hallway at the back of the Main Gym. On the right, benches will be put in between the two “pony walls” and this will become a student work/project space!

One of several new water-bottle filling stations throughout the school!

And yes, new lockers have now been installed in most hallways… The constructions is well on its way to being completed on time, ready for LEC to temporarily occupy the space from mid-March to the end of June.


  • Clubs and teams are an important part of life at LSS.  Getting involved is one of the ingredients to a successful school year…  So, take a moment to see what your student what might be interested in, and encourage him/her to go these rooms below to find out more!
    • The LSS Model United Nations Club is signing up for our second conference that takes place in January. New members are encouraged to join us this Thursday at lunch in room 220 (Ms. Cunningham’s). This is the largest high school MUN conference in North America -don’t miss it!
    • The LSS Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) will be meeting at lunch time in Ms. Lee’s room, 218. This is a safe space for students to hang out and have open discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend!
    • Manga Club:  Are you interested in Manga, anime of Japanese-style art?  The Mange Club will be meeting Wednesdays after school in the Library.
    • After School Dance Club!  The After School Dance Club is starting up again. This class runs every Tuesday from 3-4pm in the dance studio. This is an open class for all students at LSS who would like to participate in a dance class.  Come and experience Hip Hop, Jazz, Zumba, Lyrical and Contemporary Dance. Bring a friend and enjoy Dance!  Please sign up in the Dance studio.  First class will be next Tuesday Oct, 9th.
    • 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 145. (Ms. Lee’s Foods Room).  The club is open to anyone, beginners to advanced knitters are welcome.
    • WEX (Work Experience) Wednesday Flex:  Students who are registered or interested in Work Experience, please join us on Wednesdays during Flex Block in Room 136.
    • Grad Council meets every Tuesday at lunch in the small gym – Grade 12s are invited to impact their grad year, and make it the best grad year ever!  See Mrs. Thornburn if you have ay questions!
    • LSS Debate and Model UN Club: Join us every Thursday at lunchtime in Room 220. Members will learn how to debate, examine current events, and prepare for upcoming MUN conferences and debate tournaments. New members are always welcome.
    • Tabletop Thursdays with Mr. Nicol in Room 111 Thursdays at lunch and after school – come and find out what different tabletop games and activities are being offered!
    • 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 213.


  • Kindergarten Registration Opens Monday, January 21, 2019 – All children who will be five years old by December 31 in the current calendar year are eligible for the Kindergarten program beginning September 5, 2019.  Registrations received after March 31, 2019 will be considered late.  Late registration may affect placement in your catchment school due to space limitations.
    • The following documents are required at the time of registration:
    • Proof of Age (Birth Certificate).
    • Proof of Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status must be provided for the parent (Canadian Birth Certificate, Canadian Citizenship Card, Canadian Passport, Landed Immigrant documentation, Permanent Resident documentation/cards)
    • Proof of residence (Driver’s License, utility bill or Lease/Rental Agreement).
    • For more information and registration times please contact the school.
    • The Langley School District is proud to be presenting an exciting addition to our I.D.E.A. Summit that starts in January 2019!  This is an opportunity for students aged 12 – 18 years old to design innovative solutions to real global issues.  The District challenges teams of students to invent a land or ocean-based solution to the global problem of single-use plastic in the environment.  This could include a product, a process or a policy change.  Please see attached poster and information on the website  Registration for teams happens in early January so don’t let students miss out!  Scholarship money provided through generous donations to the Langley School District Foundation. 
    • 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  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.


  • Attached is the Langley Youth Hub and Friends of Dorothy Calendar for January 2019. Hub programming is re-opening January 15th  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 pm to 6 pm for youth who need access to support and services. Tuesdays will remain open from 6pm-7pm for any youth who are booked to access medical care.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 604-546-1130. 30 Youth Calendar Jan 2019 – FOD Calendar Jan 2019
  • THIS WEEK!  January FamilySmart “In the Know” events:  “The 4 step C.A.R.E. model”. this group is intended for parents and caregivers whose children face mental health and/or substance use challenges; professionals are welcome.  Please click on the link for more details: FamilySmart_InTheKnow_Poster_Langley_Jan-15-2019
  • Green Bricks is very pleased to offer to grade 10-12 students FREE participation in the 6th Annual Green Collar Futures Career Conference on Saturday March 2, 2019 at the Hilton Metrotown, Burnaby. Students attending will also have a chance to win a $500 scholarship!   *Space is VERY LIMITED (and a school limit may apply) so students can register at  Students MUST be registered by February 27, 2019 to attend this event but as it “sold out” last year we recommend registering as early as possible.  What do YOU want to DO when you finish school?  Explore your options on March 2, 2019 at this FREE green career conference for youth in grades 10-12.
  • 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!


Jan. 14 – Collaboration Afternoon, Students Dismissed at 1:30 pm

Jan. 16 – Piping & Plumbing Program Orientation, Library, 7 pm

Jan. 17 – Evening of Dance, Small Gym, 7 pm

Jan. 21 –  PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

Jan, 21-23 – Provincial Numeracy Assessment, Computer Lab and Library

Jan. 23 – Last Day of Semester 1 Classes

Jan 24 – English 12 Provincial Exam (a.m.)

Jan. 24 – “I” Day

Jan. 25 – Communications 12 Exam (a.m.)

Jan. 25 – “Taste of LSS” for Grade 8 students at HD Stafford

Jan. 28 – First day of 2nd Semester

Jan. 30 – Piping & Plumbing Graduation, Library, 7 pm

Feb. 5 – Grade 8 Course Planning Meeting and Open House, Small Gym 7 pm

Feb. 6 – Grade 9 Immunizations

Feb. 6 – Collaboration Afternoon, Students Dismissed at 1:30 pm

Feb. 8 – Fire Drill, afternoon

Feb. 8 – Semester 1 Final Report Cards Published

Feb. 11 – PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

Apr. 15 –  PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

May 27 –  PAC AGM and Regular Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

June 14 – LSS Graduation Ceremony, CLA, 7 pm

June 21 – LSS Graduation Banquet, Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, 6:30 pm

Langley Secondary School

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