The Saints Scoop! – January 20, 2019

January 19, 2019

REMINDER TO 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!


  • NEW!  The Adoptive Families Association of BC is pleased to announce our 2019 Youth Bursary Applications are now live on our website! The intention of our $1,000 bursaries are to provide funding that will assist in covering costs of tuition and/or costs directly related to the post-secondary programs (vocational, trade or academic post-secondary program, at an accredited BC institution) for youth in/from foster care in BC, or who have been adopted.
    • The Howard Legacy Youth Fund was established with a donation from Peggy Howard in 2012, and is made available to applicants who are current or former youth in care.
    • The AFABC Youth Bursary was established in 2014, with funding from the Adoptive Families Association of BC, and accepts applications from youth who have joined their family by legal adoption.
    • For more information about our bursaries and eligibility criteria, and to view each application, visit our bursaries webpage:
    • Application deadline is April 30th, 2019.
  • Be sure to look in “Careers News” below for several post-secondary “Open Houses” including UFV (NEW), Kwantlen (KPU), Justice Institute, and UBC Sauder School of Business!
  • Provincial Scholarship Program: There are 55 BC Excellence Scholarships available to recognize well-rounded B.C graduates. Winners will have demonstrated service and leadership, both at school and in their communities, and shown aptitude and commitment to their chosen career paths. They will receive a $5000 scholarship voucher to use for post-secondary tuition. You must be nominated by your secondary school in order to apply for this scholarship. Only one student from each school may be nominated. To be considered, you must submit a nomination form.  Information and Nomination Forms are located at the main office. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS JANUARY 31ST!!!!!!!!
  • THE TIME IS NOW!  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
  • LAST CHANCE! 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:
    • “Pub night tickets are here!  $25 will get you a burger and a beer. Come listen to some live music and support the Grads of 2019. We have some amazing silent auction items as well as a 50/50 draw and toonie toss. Please contact Margot at (604) 880-8753 if you are interested in purchasing tickets. And remember we are still accepting donations for the silent auction. Contact Lisa at if you need a copy of the donation letter or have any questions. Thanks for your support!
    • 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. 


With the end of semester next week, there are a few important details you should be aware of:

  • Last regular classes are on Wednesday, January 23.  The cafeteria will NOT be open and District school buses will not be bringing students to LSS on Thursday and Friday.
  • Provincial Numeracy Assessments for grade 10 and 11 students who are taking Math this semester are starting on Monday, and will run for most of next week.  Each Math class has a schedule that they have already been informed about.  If you know of a grade 12 student who has NOT written the assessment, please get them to see Mr. Palichuk ASAP!
  • Thursday and Friday are two Provincial Exams:  English 12 on Thursday at 8:30 am, and Communications 12 on Friday at 8:30 am.
  • Thursday, January 24 is I day.  On I day, students who are close to passing a course are invited by the teacher to I day to demonstrate the final few curricular competencies (skills and understandings) for the course.  If a student is failing a course due to numerous missing competencies, there is no way that a student can demonstrate so many competencies in just one day; learning and the demonstration of learning happens throughout the course of the semester, and involves dozens of hours of preparation, practice, and demonstration of skills/understandings.  Ultimately, the teacher is the best person to decide where each student is in their learning.  Thus, this is why I day involves being invited by the teacher.  If you have any questions, please contact your student’s teacher for more information about I Day.
  • Friday, January 25 is Taste of LSS day, when LSS staff and dozens of student-helpers join together and welcome the grade 8 students from HD Stafford for a 1/2 day of showing off all of the LSS amazing opportunities!  Teachers then work on report cards for the remainder of the day.


  • LSS is blessed and honoured to host several programs that help to make us unique in the District.  One of these programs is our AVID program, in only two schools in the District (LSS and ACSS).  If you have been reading the Saints Scoop at all over the past few years, you will have noticed that AVID is mentioned a great deal… the main reason for this is that AVID teachers and students are so very active in the school, from doing fundraising for hamper and other philanthropic causes, to distributing the fruit and veggies to students in the Provincial Fruit and Veggie program!  They also do numerous team-building activities that help to build a sense of community, and also have a positive impact on the entire school.  One such example is this past Friday, when they had an “AVID program-wide Swag Day”!  The class with the most AVID swag represented won a pizza lunch.  Congratulations to the AVID 12s who beat the 11s by 1%! It was a close one!  And thank you to all of the teachers and students in the AVID program who choose to connect and commit to a greater purpose, and in doing so, help make LSS a fun, innovative, and accepting place to be!


  • 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”!
  • Mrs. Lidemark starting the show off!

    Our two MCs, Isabella and Navid!

    One of 20 different music performances…

    Including soloists…

    … and large group!

    Our whole crew, from LSS, HDS Middle, and Blacklock Elementary!

    Of course, every night like this requires assistance…  from Ms. Rees, our yearbook photographer…

    and intrepid Blacklock Principal, Ms. Eppich…

    and appreciative audience members Mrs. PaisMartins and her daughter Sofia!

    It was a wonderful evening for all!


  • This past week, Mr. Lalley, our Piping and Plumbing teacher, as well as District teacher Ms. SIlcoxburk, hosted numerous students and their families to help get them connected to the program, and to prepare them for their first steps on their year-long journey into learning about the plumbing and piping trades, earning their first-year apprenticeship, and maturing into skilled young workers.  Thanks to Mr. Lalley, Ms. Silcoxburk, and to Mr. Palichuk, LSS administrator, for their roles in hosting an excellent evening!  If you have questions about the Piping and Plumbing apprenticeship program, please contact Mr. Lalley at
  • Mr. Lalley doing introductions…

    Students and parents watch and listen, learning more about what to expect for the next year in the intensive Piping and Plumbing program, one of the very best in the province!


  • Hello from UFV!  Please invite your students to join us at our Design School Info Night on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the UFV Mission Campus, Heritage Park Centre, 33700 Prentis Way | Room D227
    • Learn about graphic design and working in the creative industries
    • Discover the Fraser Valley’s premiere design diploma and degree programs
    • Find out what it’s like to be a design student at UFV
    • Talk to our grads and hear about their careers
    • Meet graphic design students, instructors, and advisors
    • Get tips on how to prepare an entrance portfolio for design school
    • Browse student work display and enjoy light refreshments
    • We hope you received the posters for your classroom, post cards and portfolio guidelines that you can share with your students. Please encourage your students to bring portfolio pieces for some feedback!
  • 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
  • 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:
    • THIS WEEK! 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.
  • GET YOUR APPLICATIONS IN TO MRS. BLESSING!!!  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!)
  • LAST CHANCE!  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!


    Remember this photo from last week? Well, a week later, this is what the same spot looked like…

Not bad for a week’s work! Clearly, the general contractor, Unitech, is making very good progress!

The Art classes have created works of art using cardboard… and they are now on display in the Castle Lobby!

Here is a closer look…

…at some gorgeous works of student art!!


  • 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.


  • Youth Mental Wellness Night – January 31st – Leadership students from across the district have planned a Mental Wellness Night for students grades 8-12.  It is a FREE event that supports mental health awareness with presentations on effective journaling, teen mindfulness and stretch/relaxation strategies (see brochure attached).  This event will take place at the Langley School Board Office from 3:45pm to 8:00pm on January 31, 2019.  There will be refreshments, dinner and door prizes!  Students can register through their school counsellors or click HERE.  For further information please contact Lenny Yun
  • SECOND Annual West Fine Art Show – We are nearing that time of year again! The District, Langley School District Foundation and West Fine Art Show are getting ready to put on the SECOND Annual West Fine Art Show at YORKSON CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL March 8 – 10. It will feature the works of 20 renowned, professional artists from throughout Western Canada (with artists in attendance) and part of the proceeds goes to support Art programs in our district. We would like to invite your grade 8-12 students to showcase their artwork ….please select the top TWO works from your school to be professionally exhibited.  The artwork should be no larger than 11 x 14 and should be mounted on canvas or frame with wire on the back for proper mounting.Teachers are asked to please arrange for pick up or delivery to Susan Cairns at the Langley School Board Office. Deadline for submissions: March 1st at 3 pm
    • This is an EXCELLENT opportunity for our upcoming artists to show their work alongside professional artists and to be viewed and appreciated by a sophisticated and appreciative crowd of art patrons.
  • THIS WEEK! 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.
    • 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.


  • REMINDER! 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. 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. 4-8 – Grade Assemblies for Semester 2 Start-Up

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