The Saints Scoop! – June 2, 2019

June 2, 2019


  • Saturday, June 8th at LSS
  • OPEN HOUSE – at LSS – 11 am to 4 pm
    • Come to LSS and experience the Decade Rooms (sponsored some of our different Departments), see student demonstrations and work in the Open House, witness soccer and volleyball games between students and alumni, and enjoy the amazing talents of LSS students past and present in performances throughout the day.  Finally, the most important detail is that everyone come to the June 8th event and enjoy the conversation, the company, and the memories – see you there!
  • WINE AND CHEESE – at  Sandman Signature Hotel, at 88th Ave and 200th St – 5 pm to 7pm
    •  Interested in a glass of wine and tasty hors d’ouevres?  Want to see the draw for the 50/50  and Raffle winners, live?  Want to hear some of the student stories of who the LSS 110th Legacy Fund will benefit?  If so, then you are invited to our Wine and Cheese VIP after-event.  Tickets are $40, with net proceeds going to the LSS 110th Legacy Fund.
    • To buy tickets:
      1. Click on the link:
          1. Scroll down and on the right side of the page, you will see the 110thAnniversary poster/info.
          2. Under the poster, you will find a link to the “VIP Reception Tickets” – click that link and the rest should be easy!
  • FOUR WAYS TO HELP OUR 110th LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP/BURSARY FUND – One of our goals is to create a legacy from this event that will give LSS students scholarships/bursaries for years and years to come.  How can you help us achieve our goal of $1000 for each of the 110 years the school has been in existence ($110,000)?
    • On June 8th only, we are selling 50/50 tickets, with the draw taking place at 6:30 pm at the Wine and Cheese event (see above).  The winner does NOT have to be present;
    • Starting now, we are selling Raffle tickets, with a Grand Prize of a 9-day Mediterranean Cruise on Carnival Cruise lines, sailing from Barcelona to Venice on August 9 or 30, 2020.  You can either wait until June 8th to buy tickets, or come by the Main Office, and we can sell you some:  1 for $10 OR 4 for $20.  The draw will also be at 6:30 pm; again, the winner does NOT need to be present;
    • Come to the Wine and Cheese event, as net proceeds will all go to the 110th Legacy Fund;
    • Finally, donate directly to the 110th Legacy Fund through the Langley School District Foundation, and you will get a tax receipt (min. $25 donation) AND have the possibility of having your name (or your company’s name, etc.) placed permanently on a plaque in the New Build’s Main Foyer with a minimum donation of $500.  More details available on June 8th!
  • NEW:  The following Article showed up in this week’s Langley Times Advance: 110th Anniversay[1] Article
  • Here is the Twitter link to a video on the 110th Anniversary Event:



  • REMINDERS for GRAD CEREMONY on June 14th (less than 2 weeks away!):
    • All Grad parents/guardians are requested to continue the LSS Tradition of bringing “finger foods” to the Grad Ceremony at CLA, to be used for the Grad Reception, immediately after the Ceremony.
      • Some examples of food to bring: cold cuts or cut cheeses on a platter, chips/crackers and dip, vegetable/fruit platters, sandwiches, desserts, etc.
      • Please bring the food BEFORE the start of the Ceremony, by about 6:30 pm at the latest.
    • Parents/guardians of students in Grades 9-11 – We still need a few more volunteers to help collect the Reception food brought by the Grads, store them in the CLA fridges, and then get them ready for serving.  There is also some set-up of the space required.  The KEY TIMES are: 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm (to collect food, set-up, etc.) and 9 pm to 10 pm (to ensure that the food is out and that the Reception runs smoothly).
  • IMPORTANT GRAD LIST UPDATE:  We will be posting the FINAL Grad List early this week.
  • Grad DINNER & DANCE Tickets are STILL available!
    • To purchase your tickets, you MUST be on the Grad List AND all your student fees must be paid/library books returned.  Dinner & Dance tickets are $70 each.
    • If you want be at the same tables as friends, be sure to come together and sign up for the same table!  We will NOT reserve spaces for people who have not yet bought tickets.
    • ***Parents “Dessert Tickets” are NOW AVAILABLE! These tickets are to attend AFTER dinner, and still hear speeches and be a part of those first dances.  Parents will get access to coffee/tea and selection of desserts.  Dessert Tickets are $20 each.
  • SAVE THE DATE!  Grad Breakfast – Monday, June 17, at 7:15 am in the Cafeteria – any grade 12 parents able to volunteer are welcome to email me at and I will forward your email to the Grade 12 parent coordinator!
    • “Greetings from the Dry Grad Committee:
    • Thank you to everyone who has been supporting the dry grad so far. Now that we are into the second semester, the crunch is on, and we couldn’t do it without you. To that end, there are a few dates to pencil in on your calendar.
    • June 9: PRESTON DRIVE IT EVENT. Preston will bring a selection of their vehicles and will give us $25 for every test drive (and just around the parking lot counts). Even “N” drivers can participate. We are hoping to make a whole event out of this. Car Wash, BBQ etc.
    • Make sure to follow our Facebook page “LSS Dry Grad 2019” to stay up to date with both these events
    • “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.”
    • If you ever shop at M and M Meats be sure to mention LSS Dry Grad. We will get a percentage of the sale to put towards the Dry Grad event. Every little bit helps!”
  • 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!


  • Last week, Mrs. Lidemark and Ms. Decambra took their CLE/Foods classes on a field trip to Cactus Club last Thursday. They toured the kitchen and saw the chefs prepping for the day, heard from 2 of the head sous chefs about their experiences working in the restaurant industry, and then had lunch prepared and explained by the chefs. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience that their students really enjoyed!  Thanks to our two teachers for organizing such an engaging event that linked to BOTH Foods and Careers!
    • The Chef leading the tour!

      The eventual creation…

      Delicious desserts!

      Mrs. Lidemark, Ms. Decambra, and our Cactus Club Chefs!


  • This past week, some members of the LSS Aboriginal program. led by our Aboriginal Support Worker Danielle Smith, headed to Alouette Lake to learn about paddling and culture.  As you can see below, the also learned about teamwork and fun!
    • The hard paddling is about begin!

      And still smiles all around!


  • Tuesday June 4th is the Final Music Concert of the Year, featuring the LSS Bands and Choirs.  The performance begins at 7 pm in the Small Gym.
    • The LSS Bands and Choirs will also be performing at the 110th anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 8th!
      • Mrs. Thorpe combining practice…

        …With performance for the whole school as people arrived one morning last week!

  • Thursday June 6th is the Dance Show:  Dancing Through Reality.  The Evening show is at 7pm and tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.00.
    • The LSS Saints dancers will also be performing at the 110th anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 8th!
      • “Dancing is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment.”
        Erol Ozan
      • The Dance class practices for their upcoming performance…

        Grace and athleticism!


  • Langley Education Centre is once again accepting applications from across the district for students to be part of the “Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad” (YELL), a Langley School District program designed for students to:
    • Stay in their home school during the day and attend YELL once a week after school. For students currently in grade 9/10/11, going into grade 10/11/12 for the 2018/19 school year.
    • Gain confidence in finding or creating a career that aligns with their purpose and passion while earning credit for Entrepreneurship 12 and making individual connections with a mentor.
    • Learn how to develop and evaluate a business, build a personal network of contacts, hone creative and critical thinking skills, apply teamwork skills, and put their presentation skills to the test.
    • Come up with innovative and world-changing business or social entrepreneur concepts and have a chance to compete with students from across the province in a YELL competition.
  • At the district’s recent I.D.E.A. 2019 Summit, the YELL students won in the “Secondary Pitch” category, earning scholarship money for post-secondary and also contributing funds to the “Weekend Fuelbag” initiative. The winning team was made up of 4 students who attend R.E. Mountain Secondary full time, and also one student who attends Langley Education Centre full time, and were part of the program after school one evening a week throughout the 2018/19 school year.
  • The upcoming Information Session is on Tuesday, June 4th, from 6:00-7:30 at Langley Education Centre to come find out more about the YELL program starting again in September 2019.
  • If you have any questions, feel free to contact the YELL teacher, Alyssa Shore ( or Ron Stare, District Principal – Continuing Education ( or phone the school at 604-534-7155.  Also, see the attached for more information: YELL Information 2019-20 School Year – YELL Info Session Flyer – May 2019


  • 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!


  • Sarah B spent two days in Mrs. Howlett’s kindergarten classroom this week as work experience. Mrs. Howlett was so grateful for Sarah’s help and noted that Sarah is a natural and will be an excellent teacher!

    English 12 creating the settings of their chosen lit circle novels…

    …out of play dough! Now THAT is hands on learning!

    AVID 11 Monthly awards celebrating Community Connections, Leadership, and Academic Success!

    …And a proud AVID mama Ms. Sewell busts in on the photo!

    The magic of connecting LSS and Douglas Park students…

    …for reading…

    …and mentoring…

    …continued last week, with many beautiful moments of connection such as this one…

    Thank you AVID 11 students for your gift of time with our future Saints!

    Finally, congratulations to our Senior Girls Rugby for making it to Tier 1 Provincials, and finishing in the top 8 in the Province! (that’s a proud Mr. Wyse and Mr. Howlett showing off the plaque and t-shirt.)


  • Clubs and teams are an important part of life 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!
    • Senior Boys Open Gym: Every Tuesday after schoolin the Small Gym.
    • 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!
    • Manga Club:  Are you interested in Manga, anime of Japanese-style art?  The Manga Club will be meeting Wednesdays after school in the Library.
    • Dance Club!  Tuesdays at Lunch in the Dance Studio. All Students Welcome. Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Zumba.
    • 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. Brown’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!
    • 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.


  • News Release:  A new Elementary on Willoughby slope!  Please read the following attachment to learn more: News Release – New Willoughby Area Elementary School 2019May30
  • The Langley School District Foundation is proud to present the 14th Annual Golf Tournament. As always, it will be held at Redwoods Golf Course in Langley and will feature a day of magnificent golf, a tailgate party, contests, endless snacks, a steak and salmon BBQ, silent auction and chances to win huge prizes. Often described as one of the best tournaments in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, the tournament raises funds to support dozens of essential programs for Langley students that are not funded or fully-funded by the Ministry of Education, including breakfast, lunch, snack and backpack programs to help feed the more that 3000 students who come to school hungry every day, literacy programs, Movement to Learn, counselling, summer school for vulnerable students, global education, to name a few. I have attached the package with all the details and opportunities to sponsor the event, contribute a silent auction prize or register a foursome. You can also register online at Hope you can participate again this year! Please click on the link for more information: packages 


  • Langley Youth Hub Programming – JUNE 2019 – With summer approaching, it is a good idea to ensure students have safe and healthy options to keep them occupied and connected.  Please encourage YOUR student to check out the Youth Hub and to help them stay connected all summer, and even after graduation!
  • 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!


  • June 3 – School District #35 “Evening of Inspiration,” 5:30 pm
  • June 4 – FOCUS “Mood Walk” at Crescent Beach
  • June 4 – Final Band and Choir Concert, Small Gym, 7 pm
  • June 5 – LSS Athletics Banquet
  • June 6 – Evening of Dance, Small Gym, 7 pm
  • June 8 – LSS 110th Anniversary Event, at LSS, 11 am – 4 pm
  • June 14 – Mandatory Grad Ceremony Rehearsal, CLA, 10 am
  • June 14 – LSS Grad Walk (right after rehearsal)
  • June 14 – LSS Graduation Ceremony, CLA, 7 pm
  • June 17 – 2019 Grad Breakfast
  • June 19 – Last Day of Regular Classes/Locker Clean-Out
  • June 20 – I Day
  • June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples’ Day
  • June 21-27 – Provincial Numeracy Assessment, 2 sittings per day (Schedule in June)
  • June 21 – LSS Graduation Banquet, Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, 6:30 pm
  • June 24 – English 12 Provincial Exam, Small Gym, 8:30 am
  • June 26 – Communications 12 Provincial Exam, Small Gym, 8:30 am
  • June 26 – LSS Awards Ceremony, at CLA, Time TBA

Langley Secondary School

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