The Saints Scoop! – January 7, 2018

January 6, 2018

I have to admit that I don’t really make New Year’s Resolutions…  The idea of re-looking at my life once a year doesn’t seem to me to be the most effective way of doing things.  Instead, I try and look at every day, every week, every month as a new opportunity to see how things are going, and to make adjustments along the way.  This way, I am trying to recognize areas in my life that I am not doing as well as I need or can, and then I am making a change SOONER rather than later.  I try to learn from my mistakes every day and do better the next day, or at least NOT repeat that same mistake.  This is one of the best lessons in life that I have learned: we have the opportunity, EVERY DAY, to define and re-define ourselves, to make choices that are different from past ones that may not have been so good.  This does NOT mean that we can pretend that past mistakes don’t exist or never happened…  what it DOES mean is that we OWN our mistakes when we show that we have LEARNED from them.

We now have three weeks left in Semester 1, and a new start at the end of January for Semester 2.  We will be encouraging our students to “finish strong” in the next three weeks, and then look to “start strong” in semester 2.  This can happen by asking our students to examine what they do every day so they can make small changes to ensure they are heading in a good direction.  In this way, the lessons they learn in school really do impact the outcomes they create in life.  So, let’s work together, as parents and educators, to help our students learn and grow to be the best versions of themselves that they can be.  In short – welcome back… we look forward to working with you and our students at LSS!


  • KPU Information:   Please see the information below and the attachment for upcoming events at KPU, as well as all information sessions being held at KPU. This is vital reading if KPU is one of your post-secondary options:  Upcoming Information Sessions at KPU Jan 2018 Onward
    • Upcoming Events
      • Langley Discovery Day: February 23, 10am-2pm
      • Surrey Open House: February 24, 11am-3pm
      • Future Business Leaders Competition: Surrey Campus, March 2-3rd
    • Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement Access Programs for People with Disabilities (APPD)
      • Thursday, February 1, 9am-11am, Richmond Campus Room 2550B
      • Thursday, February 1, 1:30pm-3:30pm, Room Cedar 1205A
      • Friday, February 2, 9am-11am, Langley Campus Room West 1030
    • If you have questions please email .
  • UBC Business/Commerce Info: New 2018 dates for the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Information Sessions and Building Tours 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 and learn more about the BCom program. We invite counsellors and teachers to encourage their students and classes to take advantage of this opportunity to explore their career possibilities in business. The upcoming sessions are as follows:
    • January 29th: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • February 19th: 10:00am – 11:30am
    • March 20th: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • March 29th: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • April 27th: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • BC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP:  Interested in being considered for this scholarship?  Only one student per school can be nominated.  If you are interested, please see the link below, complete the application package, and submit to Mr. Moino by Monday, January 15.  From all of the applicants, one student will be chosen to represent LSS, and his/her application will be forwarded on to the District.
  • IMPORTANT INFO. RE: TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS:  It has recently come to our attention that current Grade 12 BC High School applicants have been incorrectly ordering their transcripts through the Student Transcripts portal. If a student is still currently attending high school and not yet graduated, they MUST select the second option “Send Interim and Final Marks when they become available.” This is the only method which will allow Post-Secondary schools to receive student electronic grades on the Ministry download in May and July.  Students who select “Send my printed transcript now” will only have a one-time printed transcript issued by mail, and the transcript will only show courses they have completed as of the date of the request. Post-secondary schools will not receive further updates unless the student orders additional transcripts.
  • REMINDER: Need Help with Dressing-up for Grad?  Are you a grad who is concerned about being able to afford a grad dress or suit? We are able to provide some help, but there are only limited spaces, so please see the Counsellors as soon as possible…!
  • REMINDER: Dry Grad Fundraiser:  Dry Grad has a year-long bottle drive fundraiser setup. Please take bottles to the recycling depot on Industrial Ave behind Save on Foods and mention that you would like to donate the proceeds to LSS Dry Grad (account # 750).  
  • REMINDER: Mr. Camara Scholarship:  Djiba Camara was a remarkable man who devoted the latter part of his life to humanitarian work.  During his time at HD Stafford Middle School, his ‘Drop Off to Africa’ initiative fostered a culture of care throughout the school and community.  He was also a retired professional soccer player and enjoyed an illustrious coaching career. The Djiba Camara Memorial Scholarship was created in his memory.  It will be awarded to a recipient(s) who excels in academic achievement and community/school service, combined with soccer aptitude; this scholarship is only for LSS students.  The deadline to apply is by May 1, 2018.  To learn more about the scholarship and how to apply, please see the attached: Djiba Camara Memorial Scholarship


  • A very big THANK YOU to Homelife Benchmark Realty for the generous award given to two of our stellar students – Juliana & Ryan!  Both students have plans to pursue post-secondary in September, with these funds being targeted to advancing their career goals – thanks again to Homelife Realty!

    Representatives from Homelife Realty listen to the future plans of our award winners!

    Say “Cheese!” The formal presentation of the two Homelife Awards.


  • Over the next few weeks, crews will be fencing off various areas of the west parking lot (closest to CLA) to complete underground civil works.  As a result, parking may be limited in certain parts of the lot.  Thanks in advance for your understanding.

LSS CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WEEK (last week of classes in December)

  • Monday:       Saints Spirit and Cookie Decorating
    • Grade 12s in Mr. Cortese’s class, all wearing grad hoodies… now THAT is school spirit!

  • Tuesday:       Red/Green Day and Christmas Leg Race
    • Extreme competitiveness in the three-legged race!

      The next race was just as close!

  • Wednesday: Holiday Socks/Hat Day and Gingerbread House Decorating
    • The Gingerbread house decorating field is set!

      What a lovely home!

      Clearly, a lot of fun was had!

  • Thursday:     Ugly Sweater Day and Human ChristmasTree
    • These are NOT ugly sweaters!  They are actually quite fashionable at the right time of year…

      Mr. Fauteux was one of the “trees” bing decorated… he kind of looks like a superhero, doesn’t he?!?!

      And here isMs. Rand… with Christmas glasses on?!

      And of course, Mr. Cortese, enjoying the added bit of Christmas to his already Christmassy sweater!

  • Friday:          PJ Day and Hot Cocoa for sale in the Saints Store at lunchtime, and the Annual Christmas/Winter Concert at the end of the day on Friday.
      Hot chocolate… get your hot chocolate!
    • Our two MC’s, Mr. Hantke and Mr. Powell, along with Mr. Cortese, during LSS’ annual Christmas/Winter Concert, at the end of the day on Friday.

      Here is one of the video clips, where Mr. VanBergen and Mr. Mcgovern are trying to make each other laugh… telling bad dad jokes that only a dad could love!

      And of course, our very own Christmas elf, Mr. Palichuk, wearing his Chrismassiest pyjamas!


  • To add to the busy week before the Break, one of our ELL classes took on the challenge of creating their own Arcade games, before inviting other students from classes around the school to try out their games.  This is a perfect example of the new curriculum goals, as it had students practicing their English skills in a “real world context,” as they had to explain to the other students how their game worked, and then teach the other students how to actually play the game. In the words of Ms. Zyra, “it was an awesome opportunity to have the international kids speak English to other students.”  This activity also incorporated Design Thinking, as students had to conceptualize and build their game, from start to finish, taking into account design strategies, as well as who their audience was.  Kudos to the class, and to their teacher, Ms. Zyra, for an engaging and enriching experience!

    Arcade games on display…

    …ready for explanation…

    … and playing!




What are they doing?! Actually, something very educational!  Ms. Sewell‘s Socials 9 classes are using Virtual Viewers in the library to take a virtual class trip to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial!

Focus hosted a pancake breakfast for the various school and District staff who support the program….

…and it was delicious!

PE classes worked on their dance units, including everyone’s favourite… square dancing!

Was it twin day at LSS? Funny, I didn’t see any announcements… 🙂

Ms. Rand firing up her foundry for testing… now THAT is a flame!

MC Bannister was in the house during the Gingerbread House challenge!

…As were his team of DJs!

The choir…

….and the band performed at the annual Homecoming Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 20…

….with a bonus performance by Ms. Thorpe and her Christmas Quartet…

…all enjoyed by Ms. Sewell, Ms. Spreitzer, and dozens more supporters!

Mr. Fauteux has a lot to learn about Christmas sweaters from Mr. Cortese… all in good time! 

What else could this be but preparations for the musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang… Talk about great lengths to get into character!


Throughout the school year, we will have important information on students clubs and teams in this section of the Scoop!  If you want to meet new people and have fun while learning something new, then read below… and join an LSS club or team!

  • NEW!  LSS Rugby:  There was an Information Session BEFORE THE BREAK.  If you missed it, please see Mr. Howlett for more information!
  • LSS Book Club: Attention all book lovers.  On Thursdays, the LSS Book Club meets in Room 220 at lunchtime to discuss new books we’re reading, talk about our love of literature and challenge each other to try new books.  Feel free to join us!
  • LSS Debate and Model UN Club: Join us every Friday 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.
  • Makerspace Club:  Please see Mr. Powell!  Their goal is to define a school Makerspace Club by its purpose and simplest of terms: it is a place where young people (both girls and boys!) have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual, and develop creative projects.  All students are welcome to attend.
  • Geeky Hang Out Days:  Please join Ms. Hajdecki for Geeky Hang Out Days in Room 123!
    • Magic the Gathering Mondays
    • Wii U Wednesdays
    • Tabletop Thursdays
    • Featured Anime Fridays
  • 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.
  • Youth Unlimited Hangar 17:  Wednesday’s at the Langley Airport!  Creative life & drop in (free art program and drop-in centre) from 3:30-5:30pm.  Community meal (free supper!) from 5:30-6:30pm.  Spiritual life (a safe space to discuss life, faith and deeper questions) from 6:30-7:30pm.  Shuttle bus pick-up at Langley Secondary at 3:25pm.  Shuttle rides home are offered at 6:30pm and 7:45pm (waivers are required and are available in the school office!).  For more information:  604-557-6507 or
  • GSA Alliance:  The LSS Gender and Sexuality Alliance will be meeting on Tuesdays at lunchtime in the Drama Room. All students are welcome to attend!
  • LSS Dance Team:  Would you like to try out for the LSS Dance Team and perform jazz and hip hop?  The Dance Team practices at lunchtime twice a week and performs at various events!  All dance levels are welcome!  Practices take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunch in the new Dance Studio.
  • Grad Council:  Usual meetings of Grad Council take place on Tuesdays at lunchtime in Room 132.  All grads are welcome!  Get involved in Grad 2018!
  • 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 meetings are on Wednesdays at lunch in Room 213 with Ms. Wood and Ms. Sewell.


  • REMINDER: Langley DPAC’s EdCamp – Please see the attached poster regarding DPAC’s upcoming EdCamp: Langley DPAC_EdCamp_Save the date
  • REMINDER: TEDx Langley – TEDx Langley is coming soon!  Be a part of an international sharing of ideas that has been at the heart of TED talks for years.  Date: January 20, 2018  Tickets are only $75.  Please see the attached poster for more details: TEDxLangleyED Line-Up Poster
  • REMINDER – FINAL WEEK: Kindergarten Registration Opens Monday, January 15, 2018 – All children who will be five years old by December 31, 2018 (children born in 2013) are eligible for the Kindergarten program beginning September 4, 2018.  Registrations received after March 31, 2018 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 your local catchment  school.
  • REMINDER: Socialpreneurs’ Club – This is a District-initiated program that allows students to develop entrepreneurial skills while giving back to their communities.  Students will be able to use seed money to create and sustain a socially motivated business model.  Learn how your teachers and students can take advantage of this opportunity!  The process is simple: a teacher and group of students send us a business proposal and (if selected) we will grant you up to $500 to start up your socially responsible business platform.  The website is up and running for our Socialpreneurs group.  You will find more detailed information and the application process:  If a group of students is interested, then all you need is the teacher sponsor, as per above.  If you have questions, please see one of the admin and we can help you find a teacher sponsor!  Applications accepted until January 30, 2018.  


  • REMINDER: Pregnant and Parenting Youth – Please see the attached for the January calendar: January 2018
  • 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!
    • Some of the items you will find out more about on the District Board include:
      • Jan. 2018 – Aldergrove Swim Club Registrations
      • Jan. 2018 – Deadline for North Langley Baseball
      • Jan. 2018 – Girls Lacrosse Program Registration
      • Feb. 25th – Study and Go Abroad – Free Info Conference


Jan. 8:       School Re-Opens

Jan. 10:     Lockdown Drill, a.m.

Jan. 15:     Staff Collaboration, Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm

Jan. 16:     Fire Drill, a.m.

Jan. 16:     PAC Meeting, Rm 128, 7pm

Jan. 17:     LSS Piping Orientation for Students and Parents, Library, 7 pm

Jan. 24:     Last Day of Classes – Semester 1

Jan. 25:     English 12 Provincial Exam, Small Gym, 8:30 am

Jan. 26:     Taste of LSS for Grade 8 students from HDSMS

Jan. 29:     Semester 2 Classes Begin

Feb. 7:       Staff Collaboration, Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm

Feb. 9:       Semester 1 Report Cards Issued

Feb. 12:     BC Family Day, Schools CLOSED

Feb. 20:     PAC Meeting, Rm 128, 7pm

Apr. 16:      PAC Meeting, Rm 128, 7pm

May 22:     PAC Meeting and AGM, Rm 128, 7pm

June 21:    LSS Grad Ceremony, CLA

June 22:    LSS Grad Dinner and Dance, Coast Hotel

June 27:    LSS Awards Night

Langley Secondary School

21405 - 56 Avenue, Langley
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Phone: 604-534-4171
Fax: 604-534-9518