The Saints Scoop! – June 21, 2020

June 20, 2020

FINAL SCOOP OF THE 2019/20 SCHOOL YEAR!

  • The Main Office will be open until Friday, July 3.  We will then be closed to move to the New Building on Monday, July 6 until July 10; and then, we will be closed for the summer until Monday, August 24.
  • Many people are asking, “What will September look like?” That will depend very much on what the Ministry of Education and Public Health have to say.
    • Stage 1 is when all secondary-aged students are in school.
    • Stage 2 is when approximately 40-50% of students at secondary are in session on any given day.
    • Stage 3 is when approximately 20-25% of secondary students are in session on any given day.
    • Stage 4 is when only vulnerable students are in session.
    • Stage 5 is when schools are open only for online remote learning.
  • We expect to hear more about what “Stage” schools will be in sometime in the 3rd week of August from the Ministry of Education and Public Health.  When we know more, we will send that out to families in August so that you can plan for what September will look like in your household.
  • School is set to begin on Tuesday, September 8 for Grade 9s and new students only. More information to come in August.
  • For students in Grades 10-12, we will share more information once we know more from the Ministry, again, likely in the 3rd week of August.

GRAD GAB!

  • LSS Grad Ceremony Video released last week!  In case you missed it, here it is again: https://vimeo.com/430157219/49b05690f0
  • GRAD OPPORTUNITY FOR FUNDS: Canadian Student Service Grant (CSSG)
    • The Canadian Student Service Grant (CSSG) is a new financial relief program from the Federal Government aimed at graduating students impacted by COVID-19. This program will provide post-secondary financial support to graduating (and current post-secondary) students who undertake any volunteer work over the summer. This is a fabulous opportunity for students unable to find a job due to COVID-19 to earn money for their post-secondary studies through volunteering instead. Canadian Student Service Grant
  • DRY GRAD MESSAGE:
    • Dear Langley Secondary Grads;
    • Unfortunately, due to the current social restrictions, the Dry Grad Committee had to make the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s Dry Grad event. There were some hopes that the situation would change in time for the event, but that is not the case. All students who purchased a $50 ticket will be refunded. More details on this coming soon.
    • As a way to acknowledge and celebrate your milestone, the remaining funds that were raised for Dry Grad will be used to provide a $20 gift card for each of you. The gift cards will be mailed to you at the end of June. Alternatively, you can also donate your $20 gift to the Langley Secondary Lunch Program.
    • Please click on this link and fill out the form to choose your gift card or to donate your portion to the LSS Lunch Program:   Dry Grad – Giftcards for the LSS Grads
      • DEADLINE EXTENDED ***TO RECEIVE A GIFTCARD, you MUST complete this form by no later than 
        • 11:59pm on Monday, JUNE 21, 2020.*** 
    • Anyone who doesn’t replied by the deadline will have their portion donated to the LSS lunch program.
    • If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding the gift card or donation, please contact Christine Hylands at christine@cmhv.ca . For all other inquiries regarding Dry Grad, please contact Kristina Phonmixay at krispyphon@gmail.com .
    • Thank you so much for your understanding. We are so proud of you!
    • Langley Secondary Dry Grad Committee
  • Langley District Declares Grad Week 2020 – June 22-26 – Let’s show them how proud we are! The District and Board is acknowledging next week (June 22-26) as Langley Grad Week 2020 as a way to celebrate and honour our grads. This is not the graduation experience many have expected so let’s help in showing them we care. As part of the week, a series of actions are taking place to help highlight our grads and bring the community together. We are inviting members of the community to take the opportunity next week to support our graduates in their own way, online and at home. Feel free to use #SD35Grad2020 on social media. Read more about how you can support our grads here.

DID YOU GO TO BLACKLOCK FINE ARTS ELEMENTARY???

  • Roberta Anderson, long time Blacklock Fine Arts’ Teacher, is retiring.  To honour this special event, Blacklock will be doing a Drive-By Car Parade through the community on Friday, June 26, beginning at 9:00am as per the attached map.  If you were lucky enough to be taught by Mrs. Anderson or worked with her, we would love it if you would come out to give her a memorable ‘Send-Off’ as she drives through the neighbourhood. Blacklock Fine Arts Drive-By Parade Route

THIS WEEK – FINAL REPORT CARDS

  • Final Report Cards – will be published exclusively on MyEdBC on June 25…. Anyone who would like a copy printed, please come to the school’s Main Office until July 3; after July 3, the Main Office will be closed for moving to the New Building, and also closed for the summer.
  • Instructions for Parents – Access to Progress Reports via MyEdBC (from the District)

PLEASE RETURN YOUR TEXTBOOKS AND LAPTOPS!

  • Please be sure to stop by the Main Office this week to drop off textbooks. library books, and borrowed laptops!  This is very important for us to have a proper start-up in September!

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY – June 21

TRANSPORTATION LATE REGISTRATION REMINDER

  • The District’s Transportation Department is currently accepting LATE REGISTRATION for the 2020-2021 school year. The District cannot guarantee late registrants will be accommodated. As always, seats will be prioritized for eligible riders. To help in our planning and creation of bus routes, the District encourages late registrations to be submitted by July 17, 2020. For information and instructions please visit this page here.
  • If you have any questions or require assistance, please email: transportation@sd35.bc.ca.

IMPORTANT MINISTRY OF EDUCATION SURVEY

  • The Ministry of Educations’ Analytics team wants to hear from all grade 10 – 12 students about the educational impact of COVID-19, to better understand and support those most impacted by the disruption to in-class learning over the past Spring. This survey link has been emailed to all BC Secondary Schools by AWIS Infosystems, on behalf of the Ministry.
  • The COVID-19 Student Survey will be open from June 19th throughout the month of July and will be available in both English and French. The survey is intended to provide the Ministry direct information about the impact of the COVID-19 disruption to in-class learning on students studies and will be aggregated into a larger report on COVID-19 related outcomes later in the year.
  • https://www.awinfosys.com/surveyfull3/minofed/main/Covid.asp

UPDATED: STUDENT AND PARENT RESOURCES FOR THE SUMMER

  • The Mothers Matter Centre is proud to support families across Canada during this time of social isolation.  Stay ‘N’ Play has been very well received and we are excited to release two new packages that include 30 Indigenous activities.  We hope that Indigenous Stay ‘N’ Play strengthens the Indigenous identity within Indigenous children and introduce the Indigenous culture to non-Indigenous families.pastedGraphic.png

  • Pacific Community Resources Society is offering a 5 week Baristas Training Program In partnership with Starbucks and BladeRunners, the program provides life skills guidance, employment skills coaching, training certifications, and work experience in preparation for employment and increased health and well-being. For more information, please goto:  www.pcrs.ca

  • Family Support Institute weekly calls:  These calls are for any families that want to connect as well as our Resource Parent Volunteers-please feel free to share the registration link below with your networks of families.  If there is any specific questions you would like addressed please forward them ahead to time to kspeijer@fsibc.com and I will do my very best to get the answers.  These calls are focused on the value of peer to peer support and the idea that you don’t have to walk this journey alone.  We are better together💗 Register Here 

  • In honour of Pride Month, click here for some great recommendations for books with LGBTQ content, written for children and teens.

  • How the Youth-Serving Sector is Coping with the COVID-19 Crisis The COVID-19 crisis is disproportionately affecting people that are precariously housed, homeless, and/or lack access to hygiene and space for physical distancing. For young people, access to stable housing and supports to cope during and after the crisis are essential. Meeting basic needs, navigating the housing and income support systems, staying connected to education/training, and receiving mental health supports are ongoing priorities for youth that are made all the more vital and difficult during this national state of emergency in Canada.  https://www.homelesshub.ca/coh-awh-youth-survey-covid19-2020

  • The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is Canada’s public film producer and distributor. It’s a source of social-issue documentaries, animation, and digital content from a unique Canadian perspective. Until the end of June, NFB is offering free online learning resources for parents and teachers.

  • Kids in Control We’re excited to share another video in our Kids in Control ‘Caring For You’ video series: What is Mental Illness? – In this video, we answer some of the common questions we get asked about mental illness in our Kids in Control groups. When you understand more about something, then it doesn’t seem so scary or confusing.

    These videos are designed to help children learn strategies to take care of themselves, covering topics from our Kids in Control groups. They are intended for children ages 8 to 12 who have a family member with mental illness, but they are helpful for other children as well.

  • Job Postings

REMINDER! YEARBOOK UPDATE

  • Yearbooks will not be ready for the end of this school year. This means that we will be handing them out in the fall.
  • The short answer as to why this is the case (with a bit of context) is that because the Photography classes are key in creating the pages for the yearbook, and because they need to use the computers in our school due to privacy laws around all of these photos and the processing power of these computers, it will be up to staff to finish the yearbook.  The result is that it will not be completed until past the original deadlines and not be ready for delivery until fall.  We will let people know through the Scoop more specific details as they become available, in the fall.
  • For grade 12 students, we will be sure to send you information in September about when and how to pick-up your yearbook.

REMINDER! – HOCKEY ACADEMY IS BACK!

  • LSS is proud to announce the return of the Hockey Academy in September 2020!  We are looking forward to having another opportunity for students to pursue their passions while attending school. The Hockey Academy has had a long and positive history at LSS. With the return of the Hockey Academy, LSS now is back to having 3 sports Academies (Hockey, Baseball and Softball) that allow LSS students to excel in their sports and academics. There are still spots available for students to register; if you are interested, please contact Mr. Bannister (tbannister@sd35.bc.ca) for more information.

REMINDER! – SUMMER SESSION REGISTRATION OPEN!

  • Online Registration Opened Monday – May 25th
    • The only options for open registration this year are Full Credit grade 10-12 classes. The full details, including the format for this year’s “Blended Summer Learning” along with the specific classes that are offered can be found at:
    • http://sd35summersession.ca/
    • Langley School District students get priority registration for Blended Summer Learning classes from Monday, May 25th to Sunday, June 7th. From June 8th onward, registration is open to all eligible students from other districts.
  • Blended Summer Learning
    • The “Blended” part of Summer Learning this year is a mix of Moodle, Teams and opportunities for in-person assistance (optional for students) at REMSS. Students can complete their whole course even if they are unable to attend the in-person sessions, but we know it will give them a greater chance for success if they are able to attend in person for their scheduled times.
  • Other Details
    • You will find the most information if you go to the website linked above (http://sd35summersession.ca/).
    • Students will only be able to sign up for one Full Credit class this year due to the schedule and also due to the intense nature of Blended Summer Learning in the short time available.

REMINDER: COVID-19 – RESOURCES TO OVERCOME HARDSHIPS

  • Family & Community Support Webpage
    • District and school staff are continuing to provide support for our families during this challenging time. The District website has a new Family & Community Support page to help parents/guardians cope with the impacts of COVID-19. This page includes links to resources including a comprehensive guide developed by the Langley Children Committee, containing health, housing, and financial support information. On this page you will also find a new weekly blog launched by Gail Markin, who is our District Teacher for Social Emotional Learning. She will be covering a new health and wellness topic every time. Thank you to our community partners for their ongoing support. Visit the page here

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

  • Here are some of the new books in French at the school that describe the experiences of some of our students who come from different places and backgrounds, from Canada and from around the world.

    Several of our Grads came back to the school to pick up their Principal’s Award of Distinction Plaque (for achieving A Honour Roll throughout their 4 years at LSS). Hers is Mrs. Bhandari giving out the plaque to Francisco S!

    And Mrs. Coft giving out the plaque to Taylor F…

    And Mr. Wilson giving out the plaque to Kalina D…

    And Vanessa B with her plaque!

    Work continues in Mr. Brown’s Foods room… the 2 new student work stations will be operational and ready for students before we know it!

    Finally, we have Mr. Redden inspecting the New Main Office space, which should be ready for move-in by July 6!

DISTRICT & COMMUNITY NEWS

  • On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, check out the following hashtag for photos and ideas from around the District!
  • 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! https://www.sd35.bc.ca/news-events/community-bulletin-board/

CALENDAR 

  • June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day; Father’s Day
  • June 25 – Final Report Cards Issued
  • June 29 – July 3 – Main Office Open, except for Canada Day
  • July 1 – Canada Day (Happy 153rd Birthday, Canada!)
  • July 6 – Main Office CLOSED FOR SUMMER for move to New Building
  • Aug 24 – Main Office Re-Opens in New Building for 2020/21 School Year

Langley Secondary School

21405 - 56 Avenue, Langley
BC, V2Y 2N1
Phone: 604-534-4171
Fax: 604-534-9518