The Saints Scoop! – January 6, 2019

January 6, 2019

Happy New Year to students, families, and staff at LSS!  I hope the Break was one of happiness and reflection, good health and gratitude.  While the start of the calendar year is an important time to think and talk about “new beginnings” and “fresh starts,” please note that this is also a time to think about “finishing strongly” – the end of Semester 1 is only three short weeks away!  So, while you are talking to your students about setting goals for the new calendar year, and helping them to work towards being the best version of themselves, a good place to start is to aim to finish the 1st semester well, focussing on what we have called at LSS the “Habits of Success”:  Be on time, Be present, and Respect the learning.  When students are on time to class, when they are physically, emotionally, and intellectually present in class, and when they focus and engage on what is happening in the classroom, their chances of being successful in class and in school increase dramatically.  And developing these Habits of Success can also help them become more successful in life beyond school, as they learn what it takes to engage more fully in their work and in their personal relationships.  On behalf of the staff at LSS, we welcome you back to LSS with open arms and great dreams for what your students can accomplish, and who your students can be!


  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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. 


  • The last week before the Christmas/Holiday Break was an incredibly busy and exciting week at LSS, with events that celebrated being a part of the LSS community in so many ways.  See below for a sense of the excitement and celebration:
    • Why not start the week with a bit of hot chocolate to warm us up!

      Nothing says giving like a gift exchange! Here is the AVID 11 class, full of smiles and the joy of giving!

      Speaking of giving, the AVID 11 class also raised funds over the past few weeks and adopted two families to whom they delivered Christmas hampers.

      The wrapping of each gift, done with love and care…

      And with the utmost of precision!

      The delivery of the gifts and the hamper… hey wait a minute, isn’t that an LSS alumnus, and last year’s valedictorian?! I guess “Once a Saint, Always a Saint”!

      Christmas and the holidays are synonymous with food… here the FOCUS program hosted a pancake breakfast to thank all of its supporters throughout the District…

      Mrs. Thornburn (FOCUS teacher) and Mr. Bradford (Assistant Superintendent), at the Focus breakfast.

      On the District Commincations team (and also at the FOCUS breakfast), Mr. Biondi is used to being the one taking the pictures… say “cheese” Mr. Biondi!

      Speaking of food, the Foods classes worked on baking and decorating these gingerbread houses, all made from scratch and decorated with a great deal of care and precision…

      Look at the detail on each tree… amazing!

      And such a diversity of decoration!

      Is that a thatched roof on this house? Well done, ladies!

      The brick and “icing effects” are quite stunning on this one!

      Is that recreating a scene from Amsterdam?! Now THAT is creative!

      To complete the effect of this last house, a symbol of transportation in the Netherlands, the bike, is added on the side of the buildings!

      It looks like there was another breakfast in that last week… an AVID breakfast! Here, the AVID teachers, admin, and counsellors gather for a happy group photo!

      The library acted as the location of the AVID breakfast, with more than 100 students and staff in attendance!

      Nothing says “breakfast” like personalized pancakes!

      That last week also featured a movie night…

      And every movie night NEEDS some popcorn!

      Speaking of movies, the Aboriginal room hosted its own movie and popcorn lunch!

      The week culminated with the annual LSS Christmas Assembly, with different games, student and staff created videos, and live performances… it was truly EPIC!

      Ever seen “Hungry, Hungry Hippo” play with real people before? Well, we did!

      Ms. Wood, our MC for this part of the assembly, demonstrating how the game works!

      Looks like an intense game, right Mr. Powell?!

      I think I see Santa about to emerge from that North Pole train!

      Mr. Pulice, one of the members of the Groundshakers Dance Team that performed at the end of the assembly… looks like he is signing autographs for one of his adoring fans! 🙂

      Nothing like a bot of dance fun!

      An appreciative LSS staff trio: Mrs. Goddard, Ms. Harris, and Mrs. Testini!

      One of several videos, specially made for the assembly… thanks for all of the hours of editing, Mr. Howlett and Mr. Hantke!

      The first LSS staff dance team rocked it, with a variety of music…

      …including some smooth moves to Michael Jackson!

      Mr. Pulice and Mr. Kooner team up to warm up the audience before the Groundshakers take the stage!

      It is impossible to capture the amazing performances in one photo… but here is one attempt!

      Thanks to all staff and students who participated in all of the activities of the last week – the above represents just a fraction of all that happened.  The planning, preparation, and execution behind each activity cannot be overstated… It was truly an inspired week!


  • A big thank you to Mrs. Thorpe, Ms. Lee, and Mr. Walton (for playing guitar), and to all the alumni, families, students, and staff who came out to participate and enjoy the music and singing of our bands and choirs!  As Ms. Harris, one of our SEAs wrote:  [Mrs. Thorpe] sure does a wonderful job with her students!  Yes, yes, she does!
    • Preparations for the concert began much earlier in the day, transforming the small gym from this…

      …to this! (with a bit of hard work, of course.  Nothing without Effort, you know!)

      The amazing Mrs. Thorpe, and one of her bands…


  • 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 show is called the “Evening of Dance”!  Mark your calendars for Thursday, January 17th at 7pm in the Small Gym. Tickets are only $5.00, with proceeds going to support the program.  We hope to see you there!
    • This is who you can expect to see performing at the Evening of Dance… see you there!


  • Please see the attached for the list of LSS Gym Class Heroes, students who demonstrate a commitment to good physical health and habits! G Y M C L A S S H E R O for Dec., 2018 
    • And of course, the official photographer for the Gym Class heroes initiative, Mr. Pulice! (So, who is taking a picture of him, then?!)


  • 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.



  • Please see above, under “Spirit Week at LSS”!


  • Clubs are starting to kick off 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!
    • Senior Boys Open Gym:  Every Tuesday after school in the Small Gym.
    • 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.


  • Please see the attached letter from Superintendent Mr. Gordon Stewart, regarding Natural Gas usage in the Langley School District: Letter to Parents – Natural Gas Usage 2018Dec20
  • Korean Parent Meeting:  “I’m Irene Hohng, Settlement Worker in Schools, working with immigrant families in Langley schools. I would like to invite Korean-speaking parents for an upcoming seminar on Friday, January 11th, 2019.” 캐나다에서 직장 구하기
    • 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.
  • FINAL REMINDER: Christmas Glow epitomizes Yuletide in all its glory. Experience the warmth, brilliance, nostalgia and unprecedented mirth of the season. Running from November 22 to January 19 at Milner Village Garden Centre, CHRISTMAS GLOW is the largest indoor Christmas Festival in Greater Vancouver. The lights glimmer and dance; the Christmas Market transports you back to childhood no matter what your age; and the food and drink available everywhere, lift your spirits and make the evening even greater as you plunk your kids onto the amazing Christmas Train. Everybody walks away with huge smiles and a myriad of memories.   Please see the attached poster:


  • Please find attached the Pregnant and Parenting Youth January 2019 calendar of events:
  • 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. 7 –    School Re-Opens

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

Jan. 15 – Fire Drill

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. 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