The Saints Scoop! – January 3, 2021

January 2, 2021

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Brittany Reid, new Vice Principal at Langley Secondary! Ms. Reid has been working in the public school system for the past 15 years, in both the Vancouver and Langley School Districts.  Her various roles over the years have included SEA, elementary school and secondary school teacher, and Resource/Gifted Education teacher. Ms. Reid comes to LSS from Langley Fine Arts, where she was the Social Studies Department Head. We look forward to working with Ms. Reid as she brings her many strengths and talents to LSS to work with our students, staff, and parent community!

GRAD GAB!

  • TIME TO SIGN UP! 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!
  • LSS Grads In the News: As per below, LSS and Brookswood grads are sponsoring a Grade 12 Blood Drive. To learn more, go to Twitter at: https://twitter.com/langleyschools/status/1340749051021680642?s=21 or to the original article in the Aldergrove Star at: ow.ly/F9xS50CPGzB
      1. Go to https://www.blood.ca/en
      2. Create an account!
      3. Go to the dashboard on your account and join our Partners For Life team using the PFL ID LANG0091491 in order for your donation to be tracked under Langley Secondary. (this can’t be done on the app)
      4. Take the eligibility quiz to make sure your eligible to donate. https://myaccount.blood.ca/en/eligibility-quiz
      5. Book an appointment and donate!
  • REMINDER: Grads of 2019/20 – Graduation Certificates from the Ministry of Education are now available in the Main Office for pick up.
  • REMINDER: 2019/20 Yearbooks are also available.  Please see Ms. Turpin or Mr. Tesan in Rooms A62 and/or A64.

HALFWAY POINT OF QUARTER 2

  • To remind parents, guardians, and students, school re-opens on Tuesday, January 5. Please note that this is the half-way point off the Quarter; thus, classes “flip” from morning to afternoon and from afternoon to morning.
  • For the Grade 11 and 12 afternoon courses, please note that it is a 4 day week; as a result, there will be NO Wednesday remote learning afternoon. So, for afternoon classes, half the class will attend on Tuesday and Friday, as per usual; the other half will attend on Wednesday (instead of Monday) and Thursday.

CAREERS CORNER

  • REMINDER: Attention all grade 10, 11 & 12 students:  Looking for something to do at Spring Break? The Langley Learning Farm Crew has a spot for you! Across the street from LSS, the Derek Doubleday Arboretum can be your classroom for 80 hours of volunteering—earn 50 during spring break (9am-2:15, M-F). Build a farm, literally watch your effort come to life by seeing plants grow and harvesting the fruit plus leave a legacy for Langley!  Why not earn a grade 12 course credit  through Work and Volunteer Experience?! Register today with Mrs. Blessing.  See Ms. Kiers for details. This is a fantastic opportunity! (See below for more information about the course!)

A LOOK BACK AT THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS!

  • In the week before the Winter/Christmas Break, you may recall that LSS was into Week 2 of Christmas Spirit Week!  Have a look below for some of the activities that kept students and staff both busy and connected!
    • Pyjama Day was on Monday:
    • Blue and White Day was on Tuesday:
    • Wednesday was Santa Hat & Reindeer Antler Day:
    • Thursday was Red and Green Christmas Colour Day
    • Friday was “Ugly” Christmas Sweater, Sock, and/or Mask Day
    • Focus hosted their annual (and this year Physically-distanced) Focus Pancake Breakfast:
    • Here’s a picture of the Foundations crew with Santa:
    • We also had some Christmas Door Decorating happening:
    • Students in Foods class made and decorated brownies and Egg Nog Cupcakes!
    • Finally, LSS has so many staff dedicated to making LSS a safe and awesome place to be and learn; our LSS SEAs are a key part of what we do at LSS.  Below are some of our SEAs showing their Christmas spirit with candy cane giveaways and making the students feel welcome (and wearing masks and following safety protocols!) as students enter the building!  They also helped to decorate a Christmas Tree, and dressed up on theme days…  making the culture of LSS exceptional and welcoming!  Thank you to our amazing LSS SEAs!

LSS COMMUNITY HELPS WITH CHRISTMAS HAMPERS

  • LSS and its community partners helped to organize and put together a great many Christmas hampers for community families.  We wanted to take a moment to THANK our very generous donors and organizers…  a HUGE THANK YOU to: CLA and Southgate Churches, Premium Brands, Stor-More Closet and Blinds, Mamas for Mamas, Mr. Mike Gee, and LSS staff and students.

REMINDER: SCHOOL PHOTOS – ORDER ONLINE

DEVELOPING DIGITAL CITIZENS – MS TEAMS CHAT USE GUIDELINES

  • From the District: We have experienced some challenges with younger students “chatting inappropriately” with other students, including students outside of their own schools, but within the District. We are not planning on doing a full shut down of “chat” functions. Instead, we would like to inform parents about the positive opportunities that the MS Teams platform provides, and request that they work with us on our goal to develop good digital citizenship skills.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK!

  • Science 9 class doing the Friday before break “holiday style”! …. All the different chemicals glow differently for a festive light display!

  • Japanese class just learned to read and write the Katakana script, which are the letters that Japanese people use to write “loan words” from other languages…

    Each student chose an area of interest (e.g. video game/anime characters, planets, band instruments, etc.)…

    … and had to think about how the English word would be pronounced using Japanese letters and sounds.

    They also had to think of a creative way to show their work visually; one student actually put drops of fragrance oils on individual cards, and put them all together on a poster!

    On Friday, the Japanese class did a gallery walk to see what each student had created over the week, and left positive feedback on comment cards for each project!

    Finally, some mood-setting video on our hallway TVs…!

DISTRICT & COMMUNITY NEWS

  • Langley School District Foundation – Student Success Magazine
  • Pregnant and Parenting Youth – Please see the attached January calendar: PPY January 2021
  • Parent Support Services Society of BC – Please see the attached for their Festive Newsletter: 2020 End of Year Newsletter PSS
  • 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

  • Jan 5 – First Day Back after Winter/Christmas Break
  • Jan 5 – Quarter 2 Classes “Flip”: A.M. classes become P.M. classes/ Vice versa
  • Jan 6 – 1 Hour Early Dismissal
  • Jan 25 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • Feb 22 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • Feb 22-27 – Grad Portrait Week
  • 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