January 8, 2017
Welcome to 2017! With a new year, sometimes there comes changes. As you all know by now, Ms. Tomlinson has taken her energy and talents to the School Board Office (SBO) as the District’s new Director of Instruction; as much as she will be missed, I know that everyone wishes her well in her new role – I also know that the District is lucky to have her, and that she is always ready in the background to support LSS in any way that she can. As I have heard on numerous occasions, “Once a Saint, always a Saint!”
You are also are aware that Mr. Dickson is away at the moment – we are hoping to get more information to share with you in the very near future.
In the meantime, I would like to introduce to you LSS’ newest admin team members for 2017:
- Mr. Mike Palichuk comes to LSS from Nicomekl Elementary, where he served as Principal for two and a half years. Before that, he was Vice Principal at Mountain Secondary. Mr. Palichuk is very excited to continue serving students and families in the LSS Family of Schools; he already knows many of the students at LSS through their younger siblings at Nicomekl – welcome Mr. Palichuk!
- Mr. Marcello Moino (that’s me!) spent the last ten and a half years at Brookwood Secondary, six and a half years as Vice Principal and four as Principal. I, too, am very excited to come to such a warm and caring community, where staff and students have so much pride in being a “Saint.” Both Mr. Palichuk and I have been very impressed with the friendliness and kindness of the entire student, staff, and parent community in our first week at LSS – thank you to all!
As for the Saints Scoop publication, this will continue as both Ms. Tomlinson and I believe in the importance of sharing the opportunities and stories that show off what an outstanding school LSS is. The only changes are that I am moving to more of a “blog/newsletter” format, and that I will combine the Saints Scoop with the Grad Gab into one publication – I believe that the more students, parents and staff know about LSS, the more people will continue to appreciate it.
So, without further ado, its time to get the Saints Scoop!
- Recently, the District clarified the end of semester dates for all semester schools in Langley. The new “Last Day of Classes” for Semester 1 will be Wednesday, January 25. The calendars on the website and on the Saints 2 Go app have now been updated.
- This Monday, January 9 is a Collaboration Afternoon early dismissal. Students are dismissed at 1:30 pm while staff engages in group discussions on educational topics and issues that they are each exploring. Please see the attached for the bell schedule: Bell Schedule Teacher Collaboration
SEMESTER END INFORMATION
- I DAY at LSS is on Thursday, January 26. To clarify, I day is an opportunity for students who are missing a small number of course outcomes to demonstrate their understanding. A student is invited to I Day by his/her teachers if the teacher believes that the student requires a bit more time to demonstrate the learning for the semester. I Day is NOT a package of material that is given to students to make them pass the semester, and it is NOT an opportunity to make up all the missing work from a semester; LSS teachers already give multiple opportunities to students to make up key assignments throughout the semester. This is why it is up to the teacher to invite students. Please talk to your child’s teacher if you have any questions.
- PROVINCIAL EXAMS: The number of Provincial Exams has been greatly reduced this year as the Provincial government transitions to the new curriculum. The exam that all grade 12s MUST write this year is either English 12 OR Communications 12. At the same time, if a student failed English 10, Science 10, Math 10, or Social Studies 11 last year and did NOT re-take the course this year, he/she MAY still need to write the Provincial Exam. Please contact the school administration or counsellors to get clarification if you are in this situation.
LSS EVENING OF DANCE!
- The Semester End Evening of Dance Show titled “Expressions through Dance” is next Thursday Jan. 12th at 7pm in the small gym. Tickets are $5.00. Tickets available at the door. Please see Mrs. Lidemark in Room 97 for more details or call LSS 604-534-4171 ext. 382.
THE SNOWBALL DANCE IS COMING SOON!
- The Snowball Dance is coming up on Thursday, January 19th! Students in all grades are welcome to attend this semi-formal dance. Tickets are $5.00 and go on sale this week through to the day of the dance. Tickets purchased this week will automatically be entered into a raffle. Guest forms are available in the Main Office.
- Grad Cruise: Tickets for this year’s Grad Cruise will be on sale after school in the Main Office! Please note that in order to attend the Grad Cruise, you must have met requirements for Grad Trans, have your permission form completed and handed in, and have all fees and textbook fines paid.
- Grad Hoodies: Sample sizes of Grad Hoodies are now in the office!
- Grad Friendship Photos: Grad Friendship Photos will take place on Wednesday, January 18th! Please sign up in the Main Office.
DRY GRAD FUNDRAISER!
- The Dry Grad committee has organized a Big Brothers clothing drive on Tuesday, January 10. Morning drop off only! Please drop off bags of clothes at the front of school, under the over hang. Each black garbage bag is worth $2.50 towards the Dry Grad. Please support Dry Grad in their fundraising efforts!
CLOTHING ITEMS CAN INCLUDE:
Clothing for men, women and children
Accessories (belts, hats, scarves, mitts),
Purses and wallets
Shoes and boots
Towels and tablecloths
Under garments, nylons and socks
Blankets, bedding and pillows
Backpacks and bags
Curtains and linens
CLUBS AND TEAMS
LSS has NUMEROUS opportunities to get involved in Saints Nation! The more students get involved in their school, the more positive connections they make, the more they enjoy their time here, and the more successful they become in their classes. So, what are you waiting for… get involved! See below for opportunities:
- Junior Boys Basketball: Tuesdays and Thursdays practices right after school
- Junior Girls Basketball: Practices on Wednesday and Friday after school.
- Wrestling Team: Come on out and join! Practices are on: Mondays 3:15-5:00 Tuesdays 3:15-5:00 Wednesdays 3:15-5:00 Thursdays 6:00-7:30
- Math Contest Club: Meetings on Tuesdays at lunch in room 204.
- Grad Council: Meetings on Tuesdays at lunch in Room 134. All grads are welcome to attend!
- Gay Straight Alliance: Please join us at the GSA – gender and sexuality alliance – in room 215 at lunch on Tuesdays for some lively and meaningful discussion in a safe environment. Everyone is welcome. The GSA is an important part of our inclusive school and everyone’s voice needs to be heard.
- Knit Wits Club: Thursdays at lunchtime in Room 143. Beginners are always welcome!
- Dance Team: The dance team will be practicing at lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Dance Studio.
- Art Addicts Studio: Youth Unlimited is again running Art Addicts Studio! For more information, please email langleyYU@youthunlimited.com or phone 604-557-6507. www.youthunlimited.com. Please pick up a permission form in the office! No membership fees. All art supplies provided.
- There will be a tour going to UFV and KPU on January 19th for students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 who are interested in finding out more about careers in the Health Care Field. If you are interested, please pick up an application in the Main Office. All completed applications are due back to the office no later than January 10th.
- TRIUMF, UBC, and SFU are proud to announce their Saturday Morning Lecture series on various physics topics. As Canada’s National Lab for Particle and Nuclear Physics, we hope to inspire next generation’s leaders in physics through our outreach initiatives. Lectures will be at a level appropriate for high school students and members of the public. Please see the attachment for more information: TRIUMF&SFU Saturday Morning Lectures
- SAUDER SCHOOL of BUSINESS at UBC would like to invite students to a workshop to learn more about their Business programs. Attendees will receive an overview of the program and admissions requirements, tour teaching facilities, and hear from our instructors and young alumni. In some sessions, they will even be able participate in an interactive learning activity that matches the actual UBC Sauder classroom experience. The BCom admissions team will be present to answer any questions about applying to UBC. Additional information about each session and registration to attend can be found at the following link: sauderundergraduateoffice.eventbrite.com
- What do YOU want to BE when you finish school? Explore your options on February 18, 2017 at this FREE green career conference for youth in grades 10-12. The “green economy” is changing the face of the workplace in BC and around the world. This day is dedicated to students in grades 10 – 12 to learn about exciting and endless career opportunities. Futures is much more than a career fair as it allows you to interact with career mentors from various sustainability related careers who have excelled in and are passionate about their green careers.
- Meet and interact with amazing and successful people who will share their sustainability career paths in 5 breakout, roundtable sessions
- Learn about emerging sustainability career opportunities in BC and Internationally
- Listen to an inspirational keynote address from Paul Bauman, Geophysicist/Hydrogeologist/Explorer/Humanitarian
- Meet the engaging green entrepreneur – founder of Abeego Designs Inc., Toni Desrosiers
- Find out what it takes to reach your goals
- This interactive career workshop will be offered free of charge to 150 young people in grade 10-12 and will allow participants the opportunity to:
The conference will begin with an inspirational keynote address. The workshop will conclude with a wrap-up session and a chance for the participants to win prizes. Register early as space is very limited. For more information, visit http://www.greenbricks.ca/futures/index.php or click on the following flyer link: Futures POSTER 2017
LSS IN THE NEWS
- Refugee kids whose families fled Myanmar given a sporting chance at Langley Secondary School | The Province from Howard Tsumura’s Tweet (Please click on the article title for the link)
- The District Careers Department is hosting its annual 2-part Parents as Career Coaches sessions. This year Walnut Grove Secondary is hosting these sessions on Feb 15 and 22. Please see the attached for registration information: Parents as Career Coaches flyer
- Field and Track Status – ALL FACILITIES CLOSED – Please see the following message received from the Township of Langley: You are hereby notified that ALL fields and the track will be CLOSED effective today due to winter weather conditions, and the closure will remain in place until further notice. Contracts will be revised. Please notify coaches, players, and parents. For SD35 joint use synthetic turf facilities, administrators please ensure that the students are NOT playing on snow covered fields. Facility Rental Contract Terms and Conditions item 24 reads as follows: Any rental group and/or individual found to have played on a field that is officially closed may forfeit the right to play for the remainder of the season. Thank you for your cooperation.
- Kindergarten Registration Opens Monday, January 16, 2017 – All children who will be five years old by December 31, 2017 (children born in 2012) are eligible for the Kindergarten program beginning September 5, 2017. Registrations received after March 31, 2017 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 elementary school.
- Please see the attached flyers for information on an upcoming event in Abbotsford: Start with strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities featuring Chris Wejr (Principal at James Hill Elementary – an LSS Family of Schools!) and Karen Copeland. This will be an excellent interactive evening and very relevent to anyone who is a parent or caregiver, teacher or service provider working with children, youth and families. Please see the attached flyer for more information: Start with Strengths (3)
- Please see the attached flyer from the Langley Parents as Partners for information about an 8 week workshop for parents of students aged 7-12: My Tween.Winter 2017
UPCOMING DATES ON THE CALENDAR
- January 9: Collaboration Afternoon, Students dismissed at 1:30 pm
- January 10: Big Brothers Dry Grad Clothing Fundraiser, a.m.
- January 12: Evening of Dance, “Expressions through Dance,” 7 pm
- January 13: Grade 12 Assembly, 10:55 am
- January 16: PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm
- January 19: Snowball Dance, 6:30 pm – 9;30 pm
- January 24: English 12 Provincial Exam, Small Gym, 8:30 am
- January 25: Communications 12 Provincial Exam, Small Gym, 8:30 am
- January 30: Semester 2 Classes begin
- February 1: Collaboration Afternoon, Students dismissed at 1:30 pm
- February 6: Grade Assemblies
- February 7: Course Planning Evening (incoming Grade 9s), 6:30 pm
- February 9: Grad Cruise
- February 10: Semester One Report Cards Issued