The Saints Scoop! – June 4, 2017

June 4, 2017



  • Grade 12 Assembly:  There is a MANDATORY meeting for all grade 12 students on Thursday, June 8 at 10:50 am.  Grade 12s with a study block are also expected to attend.  At this meeting, we will talk about grad-related and year-end topics.  Please plan to be there!
  • Grad Walk Bus Sign-Up – Grads who did NOT attend one of the following elementary schools, please come to the office on Monday, June 5th, to sign up for a bus for the Grad Walk, if you haven’t already done so…
    • Blacklock
    • Douglas Park
    • James Hill
    • Murrayville
    • Nicomekl
    • Simonds
    • Uplands
    • After Monday, you will be assigned to a bus and will not be able to make changes.
  • Pharmacy Program at UBC:  We would like to invite your interested students to our Information Evening on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, Vancouver Campus. This is a great session for grade 12s who are starting to register for their first-year courses and have questions about the admission requirements, but it’s open to anyone who is interested in learning more about our Entry-to-Practice PharmD program.  Attached is a poster; please RSVP on our event listing here.
  • 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.
    • Additional information about each session and registration to attend can be found at the following link:  If you have any questions about the events you can reach me at Thank you for sharing this opportunity with your community.
    • The upcoming sessions are as follows:  June 16, 2017: 12:30PM – 2:00PM and July 12, 2017: 12:30PM – 2:00PM
  • (REMINDER – START PLANNING!) Grade 12 Grad Ceremony Reception – Call-Out to Parents! An LSS tradition is for the parents of grads to bring a “finger food” dish to CLA for the Grad Ceremony Reception.  Some examples of dishes include: egg rolls, sushi, pizza, meatballs, cookies, and other baked goods/desserts.  Of course, don’t let this list limit you – the options are as varied as you want them to be!  How it works:  when you come to the Grad Ceremony on June 15, please bring your “finger food” dish to the reception room at the back of CLA before you grab your seat – it’s that simple!  And, of course, thank you in advance for your help in carrying on this LSS tradition!
  • (REMINDER) Information for the Graduation Ceremony, June 15th (less than 2 weeks away!)
    1. All students must be at rehearsal Thursday, June 15 at 10:00-1:30 at CLA.
    2. Grads must return to CLA gym by 6:00 (earlier if they want to do photos outside CLA with friends and family).
    3. Families of graduates are to bring finger food – students will take from you as you arrive to line up outside CLA front door.
    4. Guests must present ceremony tickets to gain entrance into CLA.  We are still sorting through extra ticket requests.
    5. If you have a guest in a wheelchair, please ensure you are at the ceremony early (prior to 6:00) so we can accommodate on the main floor of the ceremony as there is no elevator for balcony seating.
    6. Doors will open shortly after 6:00 pm
    7. Guests must be seated by 6:45 pm
    8. All guests must remain seated for the duration of this very formal ceremony.
  • (REMINDER – THIS WEEK) The Grad List:  We will review the Grad List next on June 1; students who are not yet caught up in classes, who are behind in online courses, or who have not yet completed their Grad Transitions BY JUNE 1 risk not crossing the stage.  If you received a letter about your student and the Grad List and your student is unaware as to why he is not on the Grad List, please have him/her speak with Mr. Moino to find out why.
  • (REMINDER) Grad Ceremony Tickets:  The form for additional grad ceremony tickets was due Friday, May 19; there are still tickets available.  Additional tickets are $10 each.
  • (BOOK YOUR TABLES – LAST CHANCE!) Grad Dinner and Dance Tickets:   Dinner Dance Tickets are on sale for $65 each.  We have EXTENDED the deadline – please see the main office ASAP if you would like a Dinner and Dance ticket!  For parents who want to only attend speeches, there is a dessert ticket available for $15 with parents having access to coffee and an array of desserts.  ***We are holding off on selling “parent dessert tickets” for the moment, while we wait for final numbers on Grad Dinner and Dance tickets.
  • (REMINDER) Grads:  You must return your overdue library books and textbooks ASAP in order to pick up your Grad Ceremony Tickets, as well as to purchase Dinner Dance Tickets.  Please see the main office if you are not sure about owing books.
  • Scholarships:
    • The BCPVPA annually awards up to 20 scholarships, in the amount of $1000 each, to students who are graduating from the BC public school system and will proceed to a post-secondary institution. Completed applications are due by Friday, September 29.
    • The BC Retired PVPA annually awards four $1000 scholarships to students who are graduating from the BC public school system and will proceed to a BC post-secondary institution. Completed applications are due by Friday, September 29.
    • The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology offers scholarships to Canadian students wishing to pursue their studies at a Japanese university. The scholarship covers: full tuition; monthly allowance; and, round-trip flight between Japan and Canada. The application deadline is Friday, June 9, 2017. Visit (see undergraduate scholarship).
    • Johnson Scholarships – 50 $1000 scholarships available for graduating students. Apply by August 31.
    • BigSun Scholarship Deadline – The scholarship deadline for the BigSun Organization scholarship is only a month away.  Deadline – June 19, 2017.  Amount of Award – $500.00 Please visit our website at


  • LSS student Erin McBride has gone beyond the basic elements of the Art curriculum to create SFX Art that is as impressive as it is gruesome!  With Vancouver continuing to be one off the key North American movie-making centres, I have to believe that Erin’s work will take her into a successful career making movie magic!  Take a look at the photos below and judge for yourself!

    Remember: these are NOT real! As you can see, Erin is pretty darn good at SFX Art!

    It looks painful (but it isn’t!)

    If this were the outcome of a fight, I’d hate to see the other person!

  • Metal Work and Metal Art on Display! (Courtesy of Ms. Rand) –  If you are at LSS in the near future, stop by the Foyer (next to the Main Office) and have a look at our display of awesome student work.  Many of them are working outside of their comfort zone in here and they have made great strides.  Also we do have items for sale.  The plant stands that are in there will only cost you $10 to $15.  If you have interest in any other things to be made, please keep us in mind.  I (Ms. Rand) can be creative and can come up with solutions for many an overgrown garden issue!  If a student has already made one project, they are very fast at making another one – just for you.  Hands off the coat rack that’s in there, it was made for Mr. Dickson – but we can make you another one!
  • Ms. Wood’s class presented on their Core Competencies development (Communication, Thinking, and Personal/Social skills) over the course of the semester, with Mr. Dickson and Mr. Moino listening in as guests.  The students were very articulate and insightful when describing their own strengths and weaknesses in these areas, as well as in recognizing how they have grown in each of these Competencies.  As Mr. Dickson noted, Ms. Wood had clearly developed a safe feeling in the classroom, as students shared details of their personal journey of growth in the class.

    One student presents to the class, as Mr. Dickson and Ms. Wood listen.

  • Ms. Neuscheler‘s Socials 10 Adapted students got an up close experience as they learned all about primary and secondary water 💦 treatment and what exactly happens when you flush! Water treatment is just one effective way to reduce our carbon footprint 👣  This week the ELD 10 students got to learn more about biodiversity and how our actions contribute to habitat loss and endangered species with Meg Jordan from (Langley Environmental Partners Society-LEPS). Prior to Meg’s visit, students had read about some endangered species in a novel study. They were then tasked to do their own research on an endangered species of their choice which culminated into books.  If you’re interested in more information, the books are displayed in our classroom in Room 206.

    Water-testing in action!

    The whole crew poses for a photo!

    Meg Jordan from LEPS working with out students…


  • The very first edition of our very own Breakfast Club will be starting THIS MONDAY morning at 7:45 AM!  Whether your student woke-up late and ran out of time, or is just too busy in the morning to eat breakfast, the outcome is the same:  a student who comes to school without eating something in the morning is NOT ready to learn!  The research on this is very clear: students who take the time to eat in the morning perform in school BETTER than those students who do not eat breakfast.  So, ALL students are invited to come down to the cafeteria to grab something to eat and start the day out right!


  • The year end concert with performances by vocal jazz, concert band, choir, and jazz band will be Tuesday, June 6 at 7:00 PM in the cafeteria.  C’mon out and enjoy the music!


  •  Evening of Dance 2017: Time Capsule:  Please come see original works from the Dance 9/10 class, the Choreography 11/12 class and the LSS Drama class.  Special performances will be given by the Blacklock Dance Company.
    • Dancing to the Future
    • Thursday June 8th 7pm
    • Large Gym
    • Tickets $5.00 


  • That one of our Grads, Rhys Cratty, just returned from a baseball trip to the Dominican Republic and apparently he has been offered a scholarship to a university in California as well as a scholarship to a university in Florida!  If you know of other similar stories of success about LSS students or alumni, please email me at and I will be sure to let the community know in the Saints Scoop – because “Once a Saint, always a Saint!”


  • We now have a date for this event:  Tuesday, June 27 from 8:30 to 4 pm, at LSS (room TBA). If you are interested in getting Food Safe Training (Level 1) for the very reasonable price of $50, then please email Ms. Babecoff-Kimhi at as soon as possible – there are only 25 spaces available!!!


  • Please find attached the student criteria/WEX information regarding the School District #35 – Maintenance Program – Trades Exploration Work Experience Program.  All interested students need to submit the attached application in the interschool mail to the SBO with attention to Audrey Milne by June 8, 2017.
  • (REMINDER – THERE IS STILL TIME!) Work Experience Helps NOW and in the FUTURE!  We now have students on Work Experience placements that align with their career goals. These students have demonstrated their ability to keep up with their school work while working at least one shift per week as needed by the employer. Some of the current placements are in the areas of Landscaping, Carpentry, Painting, Tilesetting, Auto Mechanic, Plumbing, Sprinkler fitting, Warehousing, Manufacturing, and Photography. Some of these placements are a direct result of community members contacting Mr. Dickson. Thank you to those who are supporting our students. Even at this late stage of the school year please contact Mr. Dickson at if you’d like to get involved.


  • BC Track and Field Provincials – Congratulations to grade 11 student Kevin Hughes who had a tremendous Friday and Saturday running on his home track in Langley.  On Friday, racing against the fastest grade 11 and 12 sprinters in the province, Kevin ran a Personal Best to come in 5th place in the province in the Senior Boys 100 Metre sprint!  As impressive as that was, Kevin would follow this up on Saturday with a 3rd place bronze medal finish in the finals of the Senior Boys 200 Metre sprint!  Congratulations to Kevin, and heartfelt thanks to coach Ms. Ellis!

    Kevin and friends on Friday, after he qualified for the Provincial Finals of the 100 M sprint!

    Kevin finishing 3rd in the province in the 200 M sprint! (Photo courtesy of Mr. Palichuk)

    Kevin on the podium, with his bronze medal! (Photo courtesy of Mr. Palichuk)

  • Junior Varsity Hockey – District Champions!  (Courtesy of Mr. McCarthy) – A huge congratulations to the Saints junior varsity hockey team on their convincing win over the RE Mountain Titans, once again making them the Langley/Fraser Valley Hockey League Champions two years in a row! The Saints were on a mission yesterday and their play reflected that. Kylie Mebbs, who held the Titans scoreless until the halfway mark of the third period, was solid in net, as were the defensive core consisting of Luc Renaud, Stephen Sielsky, Jaydon Atkins, and Ayden Power. The forwards worked tirelessly from the opening whistle to when the buzzer sounded to end the game. For their effort, they were rewarded with eleven goals in the game, which came from Colby McMurray, Kurtis Trowell, and Stephen Sielsky, who all scored single goals. And for those that were on the two goal train were, Sean Bertram, Jacob Wright, Colten Fisher, and the man himself, Luc Renaud. The Final score in the game was 11-3 for the Saints!! Go Saints Go!!  Special thanks to Coaches: Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Fiset. 

    Junior Varsity champions!

  • Varsity Hockey (Courtesy of Mr. McCarthy) – I would just like to congratulate the varsity hockey team on having a great season this year. They went through the regular season undefeated with a record of 5 wins and one tie, finishing in first place overall. They played their semi-final game against the Brookswood Bobcats yesterday in what was a very entertaining and close game. The Saints had the lion’s share of the play and controlled the majority of the game, but the Bobcats weren’t going to give up.  The first period ended with the Saints up 3-1, on goals by Keiran MacCarron, Clayton Shroeder, and Casey Whintors. The second period resulted in both teams scoring single goals for a sore of 4-2 in favour of the Saints; netting the Saints fourth goal for the Saints was Casey Whintors. The third period was a closely battled one and once again, Casey Whintors scored to get his hat-trick, but the Bobcats battled hard and ended up tying the game to a final of 5-5. In a 3-on-3 overtime period the Saints had many chances, but the the period ended in a tie. The game then went to a shoot out, where the Brookswood Bobcats outscored the Saints 2-1 to capture their birth in the finals.  Once again, congratulations the varsity hockey team on a great season!


  • Ever thought of attending Summer Session?  Did you know that students taking advanced credit courses typically make up about 70-80% of students in Summer Session?  If you are interested, Summer Session information is now available!  Information sheets are available for pick up in the Main Office, or click on one of the following attachments: SS 2017 Secondary Brochure v2 – SS 2017 Middle Brochure v2 – SS 2017 Elementary Brochure


Students and staff were treated to a concert by Robb Nash, who used his story as a message to students that finding personal strength is one key to overcoming life’s challenges and pain.

At one point, Robb Nash asked students to choose a female student who enjoyed singing. Ava Kornum was pointed out by her friends, and she went on to sing a duo with Robb of an Adele song… and she was awesome!

This is what a full gym with over 800 students and staff looks like (with more students in the upper bleachers!

Members of the Provincial Champion Lacrosse team, as well as their coaches and manager, are recognized by the Superintendent Gord Stewart and the Trustees at the May 30 School Board Meeting!

Ten of LSS’ most inspiring grade 12 students were recognized by the District at the Evening of Inspiration on May 23. After the serious pose, everyone had a bit of fun in a less than serious pose!

Ms. Turpin’s Art class put their magnificent creation on display in the library, with the houses accompanied by stories the student have written about each home!

One of the student-created stories…


  • (REMINDER) 2017/18 Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance Summary of Insurance Benefits – Please find attached coverage information for 2017/18 for the Accidental Insurance Policy that parents can purchase.  Please include this information in schools’ year end newsletters and encourage parents/guardians to purchase this to avoid having to incur possible significant costs for injuries not enrolled for. 2017 2018 Kids Plus Proposal


  • Please find attached the Pregnant and Parenting Youth Program calendar of events for June 2017:  June calendar 2017
  • 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!


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:Girls Soccer:  Any girls interested in soccer are invited to an indoor practice this Thursday after school in the Main Gym.

  • Students for Change:  Meetings on Tuesdays at lunchtime in Ms. Stewart-Lee’s Office
  • Hangar 17:  What is Hangar 17?  “The Hangar” is the home of Youth Unlimited at the Langley Airport.  What looks like a warehouse on the outside is actually like a living room on the inside.  There are couches, a TV, segways and tables where we eat together, play board games, catch up on homework, or just hang out.  We open up space Wednesdays for our programs and for any students who just want a place to go after school.  Please pick up a permission form and more information in the Main Office or check out
  • 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 213 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!
  • Art Addicts Studio:  Youth Unlimited is again running Art Addicts Studio!  For more information, please email or phone 604-557-6507. Please pick up a permission form in the office!  No membership fees.  All art supplies provided.


  • Jun 5:              Breakfast Club starts at LSS!  Cafeteria, 7:45 am to 8:25 am
  • Jun 6:              Year-End Band and Choir Concert, Cafeteria, 7 pm
  • Jun 7:              Year-End ISP Field Trip, Harbour Centre, All Day
  • Jun 8:              Focus Grad Pancake Breakfast!
  • Jun 8:              Dancing for the Future, Main Gym, 7 pm
  • Jun 15:            Grad Rehearsal and Grad Walk, 10 am – 1:30 pm
  • Jun 15:            Graduation Ceremony at CLA, 7 pm
  • Jun 16:            Graduation Dinner and Dance
  • Jun 19:            Grad Breakfast and Grad Yearbook Distribution, Cafeteria, 7 am
  • Jun 20:            Athletics Banquet, Large Gym, 6:30 pm
  • Jun 23:            English 12 Provincial Exam, 9 am
  • Jun 26:            Communications 12 Provincial Exam, 9 am
  • Jun 28:             LSS Awards Night at CLA
  • Jun 30:             Report Cards Issued, details TBA

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Phone: 604-534-4171
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