The Saints Scoop! – January 31, 2021

January 31, 2021


  • FROM THE DRY GRAD 2021 COMMITTEE – The Grad Class of 2021 has missed out on a lot this year. So many of the experiences we all remember from our own high school days just aren’t happening. There have been no BBQs or dances, no grad cruise or pep rallies, no class plays or school concerts, and none of the other special things that make the grade 12 year so unforgettable. We would still like to send our grads into the world with something to remember their time at LSS. A few parents have gotten together to try and raise funds to present a momento to our graduating class. It won’t take the place of the events missed by our grads but hopefully it will be a reminder of this momentous year. Join us in raising funds to present our grads, who have worked so hard to get to this point, with a gift from the LSS community.  Please contact the dry grad committee at if you would like to lend a hand with our fundraising efforts.  Stay tuned on ways you can become involved and help our grads have the memorable year they deserve!
    • Dry Grad Fundraisers:
      • Return It – Bottle Returns Fundraiser
        • Account number is 577-379-4723 (LSS-DRY-GRAD)
        1. When you visit a Return-It Express kiosk, simply access the account using the number listed above. Follow the few simple instructions then drop your unsorted containers into the kiosk. The kiosk will print out a label to stick to the bag and the leave it with staff to sort, count and deposit the money to the LSS Dry Grad account.
        2. Bring refundable beverage containers. The express service accepts beverage containers that are a part of the Return-It system – other recyclables are not accepted. To find out what containers you can return, click here.
        3. No sorting required. With Return-It Express there is no need to sort your containers. Simply bring your labelled bags filled with unsorted containers to an Express Depot and we’ll do the rest.
        4. Use multiple bags for heavy returns. Heavy or overfilled bags can break open and are difficult to handle – this may cause the contents of your bag to break or go missing. If your bag has more than 12 glass bottles in it, it is likely too heavy. Please split overfilled bags into 2 separate bags.
        5. Bag containers in clear bags. Transparent recycling bags or clear trash bags are available for purchase at almost any grocery store, drug store, or hardware store. As long as the bag is clear and properly closed with your bag label on it, we’ll accept it at an Express location. (Please avoid bags with pull strings)
  • BCIT Entrance Awards are available to students who are planning to attend our institute commencing April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.
    • Up to 25 BCIT President’s Entrance Awards, available only to current High School students
      • Valued up to $4,000 each.
      • Deadline: August 5, 2021
    • Over 100 additional BCIT Entrance Awards
      • Valued up to $6,000 each.
      • Deadlines: August 5, 2021 and/or January 6, 2022
      • More information about BCIT Entrance Awards and the application forms can be found at
  • REMINDER: 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 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!


  • Calling all students, staff, and parents! Ring in the new year by donating blood! Langley Secondary has 3 group donations coming up on February 16th, April 13th, and May 11th. Download the GiveBlood app and join our Partners For Life team using the code LANG0091491. Then reserve one of the Team appointment times under the Partners tab on the app.
  • Did you know 1 in 7 people who enter the hospital are in need of blood?  Simply by taking an hour out of your day every few months, you can make a tremendous difference in the life of one of those people. You don’t have to be a surgeon to save lives as one pint of your blood can help save up to 3 people. Do your part and book an appointment today using the GiveBlood app or online at
  • Don’t forget to check out our page @studentblooddrive on instagram!


  • Dear Parents and Guardians/Caregivers:
    • During the months of January to April, School District #35 is participating in the 2021 Ministry of Education Electronic Anonymous Student Learning Survey Project in cooperation with all other school districts throughout the Province.
    • Parents/Guardians/Caregivers can complete the online Anonymous Student Learning Surveys any time before 11:59 pm April 30th, 2021, providing immediate results to the school and the district.
    • For 2021: Students in Grades 10 and 12 complete the survey;
      • To complete the survey:
        1. Go to any computer that has an up-to-date internet browser access at home, work, or school.
        2. Go to 
        3. Under the section Direct Access – no logon number required select:
          • District: the name of your child’s district (Langley School District #35)
          • School: Langley Secondary
          • Language: the language of your choice
        4. Complete the survey by clicking on the appropriate circle to answer each question.  Move to the next set of questions by clicking on the right arrow in the bottom right corner of the screen. Click on the left arrow to navigate backwards.
        5. When you are finished the survey, you will get a message “Thank you for sharing your views”.
        6. Once complete, your school will have the results immediately.
    • Thank you for participating.  If you need more information or would like to see the results for the District or your school, consult with your school principal.


  • It may seem hard to believe that we are already talking about the 2021-22 school year, but this is the time of year when we start planning for next year. We are currently finalizing courses we are offering to students; students will have presentations by Counsellors in the next two weeks, before selecting courses by mid-February.  See below for some key dates:
  • Grade 9-11 Course Planning – February 8-11
  • To HDS Grade 8 parents – Monday, February 8 – Grade 8 Parent/Guardian Information Night Teams Live 6:30 PM


  • If you are in grade 9-11 and wish to participate in the University of Waterloo Math Contest this year, please contact Mr. VanBergen in room A125 or by email at
  • Registration DeadlineWed. Feb. 3rd  (the actual contest will be Tues, Feb. 23rd in the morning)


  • Our District is launching a new notification service called SchoolMessenger to communicate with students and parents/guardians throughout the District. This new way of connecting with the school community does not replace other methods of communicating, the school administrator is always available to engage with students and families by phone and in-person. Please read the attached letter with accompanying infographic and instructions to opt-in for text messaging service. Our school looks forward to getting this system up and running to help enhance our communications with our families and strengthen our relationships.
  • If you want to take advantage of the text message notification service (optional), please follow the attached instructions. If you have already opted-in by responding to an earlier text message sent by the District, no further action is needed. Instructions to opt-in are also found on our District website.
  • Attachments: Parent Info Pkg – SchoolMessenger 2021Jan26


  • This past week, end of Quarter 2 assessments were front and centre.  As you can see, while tests are one way to assess what a student has learned in an entire course, there are other ways that can happen, as well… sometimes “doing” is the best way to learn and to show what you have learned!
  • In these first three photos, Ms. Bertoni’s French 10 students presented their research projects on many French Speaking Countries of the World!

  • In these next three photos, Ms. Bertoni’s Italian 9 students presented their research projects on various topics: famous places, people, art, history, food, music, sports, cars and fashion!

  • Mr. Nicol’s Science 10 class builds roller coasters…

    … as they learn about the laws of physics and experimentation!

    Mr. Kuo’s Biology class does frog dissections…

    As one of our SEAs, Ms. Mauger, jokingly commented, “Bugs in the stomach (ewwww!)”

    In Anatomy and Physiology 12, Ms. Pagnanini’s class was testing their reflexes…

    …as they look at reflex arcs in the nervous system!

    Ms. Pagnanini’s class then did a pig dissection…

    …to see all the systems they studied, at once!

    Mr. Bannister’s class did a Mock trial to end their Quarter…

    …Here, the jury deliberates after hearing all of the witnesses and seeing all of the evidence!

    Ms. Costopoulos’s Social Justice class did presentations…

    …on genocides to end their Quarter.

    And a huge thank you to Mr. Kardos, Mr. Mahil and their PHE classes for getting outside and teaching students about the importance of Social Responsibility as they picked up garbage at the park across the street at 56th Avenue!


  • This past week was also time for our Career Life Connections (CLC) 12 Capstone presentations, where students in Grade 12 connect their learning over the past 13 years of their schooling to their interests and passions, making links to the next steps in their learning and career journey! Presentations were made to various LSS and District staff, and members of the community. A huge thank you to our CLC teachers and Careers Department, and to all of the members of the community who came to be a part of these outstanding student presentations!


  • LSS Dance Club – Mondays and Tuesdays after school from 2:15-3:15 pm in the Dance studio.  See Mrs. Lidemark for more information.
  • Additional clubs at LSS:
    • Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
    • Anime Club
      • Why/What – We watch the first three episodes of a different anime every week with popcorn!
      • When – Friday, after school. Anime starts at 2:35, usually ends between 3:45-4.
      • Where –  A183
      • Who – Ms. Hajdecki
    • D&D Club (And other tabletops)
      • Why/What – We play D&D 5e on Mondays and monthly one-shots in different systems on Thursdays.
      • When – Monday and Thursday. Play starts at 2:40 until 4.
      • Where – A183
      • Who – Ms. Hajdecki


  • Ms. Turpin and Mr. Kuo dress up as twins with matching black sweaters and plaid pants… of course, we didn’t actually have a twin day last week…!

    District maintenance workers continue with the work of renovating the older parts of LSS. The School District has committed to continuing this work to ensure that the old and the new parts of LSS come together seamlessly. Huge thanks to the District for this commitment!

    Thanks to Mrs. Florko for this photo of Mr. MacLeod celebrating his Scottish heritage on Robbie Burns day!

    And in what has become a popular meme, the PHE crew taking tips on how to stay warm from a famous American!


  • Langley Youth Hub Calendar Feb. 1-5 – Hub Calendar Feb. 1-5
  • Pregnant and Parenting Youth February calendar – February 2021 Calendar
  • 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 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.
  • 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 1 – Last Day of Quarter 2
  • Feb 2 – Quarter Turnaround Day (Students NOT in Session)
  • Feb 3 – First Day of Quarter 3
  • Feb 5 – Scholarship Presentations for Grade 12 classes
  • Feb 8 – KPU Presentation
  • Feb 8 – Focus Mood Walk
  • Feb 8-11 – Course Planning Grades 9-11
  • Feb 9 – Focus Mood Walk
  • Feb 9 – Quarter 2 Report Cards Published
  • Feb 12 – Professional Development Day, Students NOT in Session
  • Feb 15 – Family Day, Schools are CLOSED
  • Feb 22 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • Feb 22-27 – Grad Portrait Week
  • Mar 12 – Last day of classes prior to Spring Break
  • Mar 29 – School Re-Opens after Spring Break
  • 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