The Saints Scoop! – January 19, 2020

January 19, 2020


  • Lack of Sleep an “epidemic” among Teens (from Langley Families Connect Winter Newsletter)
    • The recommended amount of sleep for 13- to 18-year-olds is eight to 10 hours per night, according to the Canadian Paediatric Society.
    • Studies suggest more than half of Canadian teens get much less, about 6.5 to 7.5 hours per night, says Indra Narang, director of sleep medicine at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. “We are in an epidemic of sleep deprivation,” said Narang, who foresees cumulative effects that can have an impact on everything from health to work performance.
    • Teenagers naturally function differently than adults when it comes to bedtimes: they don’t run on the same inner clocks.
    • In early adolescence and puberty, teens experience a shift in their 24-hour biological cycles, known as circadian rhythms. This means peak production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin happens later in the evening for teenagers, from roughly 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.
    • Those hormonal changes have long turned many teens into “night owls,” but studies over the past few decades show the pervasiveness of sleeplessness is on the rise.
    • Reasons vary, from late-night use of electronics and hectic after-school schedules, to increased consumption of high-energy caffeine drinks. Some teens also have sleep disorders from being overweightMORE


  • Schulich Leader Scholarships – The Schulich Leader Scholarships 2020 nomination deadline is January 29, 2020.
    • In the coming months, there are a few important dates and deadlines as well as many exciting events at KPU that we’d like to make you and your students aware of:
    • Discovery Days
      • The Future Students’ Office invites high school students to experience a day in the life of a KPU student at one of our upcoming Discovery Day events. Attendees will learn about KPU’s programs and services, attend mock classes, enjoy a complimentary pizza lunch, and participate in a campus-wide scavenger hunt to win KPU swag.
      • If you know a student who would enjoy this opportunity to discover what is possible at KPU, please encourage them to register at and join us at one or more of the following events:
        • Richmond Discovery Day – Monday, January 27, 2020
          Langley Discovery Day – Friday, February 14, 2020
          Trades Discovery Day at KPU Tech – Friday, February 21, 2020
    • Each of these events has been scheduled to coincide with non-instructional days for the school district surrounding each campus, respectively.
        • KPU Surrey Open House
          • Our flagship event, the KPU Surrey Open House, is happening on Saturday, February 8 from 11am to 3pm. Registered guests will have the opportunity to speak to representatives from all seven KPU faculties and several key student service areas, tour the campus, enjoy our interactive exhibits, take home free swag, and enter to win fabulous prizes, including Canucks tickets and one of three $500 tuition waivers.
    • Application Deadlines
      • KPU is still accepting applications to limited intake programs for Fall 2020. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted by March 1, 2020.
    • Entrance Scholarships
      • The application deadline for Major Entrance Scholarships and Awards for Fall 2020 is April 6, 2020, with interim transcripts due by February 20, 2020. KPU offers two types of entrance scholarships and awards:
      • KPU Major Entrance Scholarships, including The President’s Scholarship ($20,000), The Merit Scholarship ($5,000), and The Indigenous Entrance Scholarship ($5,000)
      • Donor-funded Entrance Awards, ranging in value from $1,000 to $3,000
      • To learn more about these awards, and how to apply, we invite students to attend our Entrance Scholarships and Awards Workshop, happening on Tuesday, February 11 AT 5:00pm. Interested applicants can register here.
    • KPU Postering Service
      • The Future Students’ Office is looking into hiring a service that will come to your school to install a 2×3 vinyl KPU poster. If you are able to assist us by displaying one of these large format posters in your school, please let us know; available posters will be provided to schools on a first-claimed, first-received basis.
  • REMINDER!  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.
  • Dry Grad Update
    • February 29 – casino night fundraiser
      • There is a Facebook event page for the Dry Grad event.  Parents & students are welcome to join at
      • Encorp Recycling – we have an account set up at the ENCORP Recycling.
        • IN PERSON drop off of sorted items to the depot at 20137 Industrial Ave, Langley City.  Please mention LSS Dry Grad 2020 or account #794 when you drop off your sorted returns.
        • EXPRESS DROP OFF to ANY Encorp Recycling location please use phone number 604-790-0291 when checking in at the on-site kiosk.  Remember to bring items in a CLEAR bag


  • The Evening of Dance “The Hearts Behind Motion: The Soul of Artistic Movement of LSS” was fabulous!   The dancers danced with passion and commitment to a variety of diverse pieces.   Thank you to everyone who attended the show despite the snow and winter weather.  Congratulations, dancers, for an inspiring show!


  • The ISP program took several of our International students skiing last week in -25 degree Celsius weather… this certainly creates an authentic Canadian Winter experience for our students!  Thanks to Mr. Janzen and our LSS staff who chaperoned this trip!
    • Wintery weather driving…

      …was balanced by the warmth of the friendships from the experience!

      Ready to ski…

      …and ready for the weather!

      And ready to have some fun!


  • LSS’ very own International Soccer Club has its first after-school last week, and it produced a lot of fun! See below for proof…  If you want to join, see Mr. Labine for more details!


  • Mr. Howlett has put together a schedule for certain grade 10 classes to either write the Literacy 10 assessment or the Numeracy 10 assessment. The Literacy assessment will take place on ‘I’ day while the Numeracy assessment will take place on the day of Taste of LSS. This was done to minimize the impact on classes in the final week.
  • Literacy 10 Assessment
Thursday January 23rd Class Location
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Zyra English 10 Block 4 Computer lab/Learning Commons lab
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Hajdecki Creative Writing Block 4 Computer lab/Learning Commons lab
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Smith/Davis Block 1 Computer lab/Learning Commons lab
12:00 Noon- 3:00 PM Walton Creative Writing Block 3 Computer lab/Learning Commons lab
12:00 Noon- 3:00 PM Rowe/Walton Composition Block 4 Computer lab/Learning Commons lab


  • Numeracy 10 Assessment
Friday  January 24th Class Location
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Courchene FOM & Pre-Cal 10 Block 1 Learning Commons lab
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Kim Workplace Math 10 Block 4 Learning Commons lab
12:15 PM- 3:15 PM Walton FOM & Pre-Cal 10 Block 2 Computer lab/Learning Commons lab
12:15 PM- 3:15 PM Kim Workplace Math 10 Block 1 Computer lab/Learning Commons lab


  • Mrs. Blessing, our Career Advisor, went to Capilano University to learn more about their programs… and it was certainly snowy there, too!
  • Mrs. Blessing is also preparing the invitations to the LSS students who will be going to the different Train in Trades apprenticeship programs around the District at the end of January – they are all invited for a pizza lunch this Monday!


  • 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:
  • Senior Biology students take part on Frog Dissection day earlier this week in Mrs. Pagnanini’s class…  If you are a bit squeamish about dissections, please do NOT look at some of the following photos!
  • Ms. Wood’s Avid 9 rocked their final TRF of the semester – working in groups to solve questions they struggle with.  This is a great activity for helping students name their obstacles, before devising strategies to overcome them… Another excellent example of building Growth Mindset in our students!
  • On another note, the AVID 9s learned about accountability and social responsibility by doing after lunch clean up in the upstairs hall for all the grade 9/10s who left garbage everywhere today… picking up over 31 pieces of left-over garbage … So, now they know to encourage peers to clean up, too.  Thanks Ms. Wood – this is a culture building activity that the school will be working on with our junior students!
  • Finally, you will have noticed a lot of photos above from the Dance presentation, “An Evening of Dance.”  Did you know that the performances are ALSO the students’ Final Exam for their Dance class?  This is an excellent example of connecting student assessment to their learning experiences in a very authentic way.   Thanks Mrs. Lidemark, for building your students’ skills and attitudes, and making sure that the test was a an accurate reflection of the learning!


  • Starting October 16, LSS Graduate and current UFV student Conner Frey, and Ms. Wood and Ms. Sewell have teamed up to have Leadership students provide a FREE student tutoring service, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays after school!  See Ms. Wood or Ms. Sewell in Rooms A210 or A211 to find out more!


  • 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!


  • In the “Table dance scene” above, with the photos from “An Evening of Dance,” Maddie joins the dancing from the audience!

    Some of the garbage being left behind by students after lunch… we will work with students to ensure that we learn to take care of our own messes at lunch!

    A bonus photo from last week’s “Paper Airplane Velocity” experiment… measurement matters!

    An I can’t think of a more appropriate message to describe last week’s weather than this one, outside of the Foundations Room…!


  • 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


  • 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.



  • Jan 20:     PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • Jan 20:     (New Date!) Piping and Plumbing Orientation, Library Learning Commons, 7 pm
  • Jan 22:      Last day of Regular Semester 1 classes
  • Jan 23:     “I” Day
  • Jan 24:     “Taste of LSS” for incoming Grade 8 students
  • Feb 20:     ReachOut Psychosis Presentation, Large Gym, 9:30 am
  • Feb 24:      PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • 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

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