The Saints Scoop! – June 7, 2020

June 7, 2020

GRAD GAB!

  • GRAD CEREMONY A SUCCESS!
    • Thank you to all of the students, parents/guardians, and staff who all had a part in making the six (!) graduation ceremonies of this past week a success!
      • Staff worked hard behind the scenes to re-create Grad in a different environment (in the Small Gym) and with a different set of rules.  The outcome was that Grads got to experience the best parts of the Ceremony while still adhering to Provincial and Fraser Health guidelines.
      • Parents and Guardians were supportive of re-creating a Grad Ceremony that was inclusive, and helped the Grads to feel that this was an important day.
      • Grade 12 students turned out in strong numbers to ensure that they had the experience of being able to walk across the stage with their classmates and with a small group of well-wishers in attendance.
    • Overall, there were nerves, as well as some tears of joy, and even laughter as students got to see videos of former teachers, counsellors, and administrators wishing them the best during these strange times, reminding them that, in spite of all that is happening in the world, they were not forgotten.  Thank you again to everyone involved in this experience – together, we found a way to celebrate our Grads of 2020!
    • SAVE THE DATE!  While a few photos of the Grad are below, in our “Photos of the Week,” be sure to watch the Grad video when it is completed!  We will be sending out a link on the evening of June 17, the original date of the Graduation Ceremony, so be sure to let family and friends know to save the date and prepare to watch Grad….  It will be as if they were there in person to witness it for themselves!
  • SCHOLARSHIP LIST!
    • Please see the attached PDF to see the incredible list of LSS scholarship award winners.  Once again, the school received more per-capita District Scholarships than any other school in the District.  Congratulations to all of our graduates and award winners!

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.
  • Finally, if anyone is still interested in purchasing a yearbook during this historic year, please contact our Main Office at 604-534-4171 – we will help you with all of the details!

ON-GOING LEARNING PLAN – CHANGES FOR JUNE 1st

  • Dozens of students returned to LSS last week in 2 1/2 hour increments to work on their on-line work with the assistance of LSS staff.  See below for what some of the physically-distanced learning environments looked like:
  • Also, with so many textbooks and library books having been lent out to students before Spring Break, please be sure to return textbooks once you no longer need them for classes.  You can return the books EITHER to the Main Office, in the Old Library, OR to the New Library Learning Commons, in the New Build (entrance from the back parking lot).  Thank you in advance!

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
  • Educational Technology Support
    • As we continue our journey into at-home learning, our staff are continuing to roll out information for families on different technology platforms and how to get connected. Microsoft Classroom TEAMS and myBlueprint are being widely used across the District. You can find a new Educational Technology Support page on the District website with detailed instructions for these two apps. Visit the page here. If you require more assistance with technology, you can get technical support at 778-726-4508 or at supportme@sd35.bc.ca

REMINDER: MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT – LSS COUNSELLOR CONTACTS

  • Of course, an amazing Mental health Resource at your disposal is our very own LSS Counsellors.  Please do not hesitate to email or call if your student needs support.
  • Contact information is as follows:

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

  • Dancers pose for a Social Distance picture! Some dancers came to LSS on Friday to get help with their dance solos and dance assignments. We all miss dance!

    LSS Staff organizing and setting up the Small Gym for the Grad Ceremony…

    …as you can see, they did an absolutely excellent job of recreating the CLA stage at LSS!

    The finished product!

    Each ceremony started with an introduction and a short 20 minute video with many congratulatory messages… here, Mrs. Stewart-Lee “returns” from retirement for a personal and heart-felt message to the Grade 12s… and Yes, there were some tears in the audience!

    One of the 6 groups of grads watching the video messages…

    …from another angle… a different group, along with the staff volunteers who helped organize the gowns and seating…

    Thanks to Mr. Kuo for explaining exactly how the ceremony would progress!

    …and to Ms. Rees for taking so many photos to ensure the yearbook will be rich with images!

    Ms. Mauger puts the valedictorian stole on Jordan Phonmixay! To hear her speech and see all of the grads crossing the stage, be sure to watch the ceremony on June 17!

    The grads then made their way from the Large Gym to the Small Gym, led by the RCMP in full red serge!

    The Grads, lined up 6 feet apart, waiting for their turn to cross the stage!

    When entering the gym, the grads were met with this photo of the first ever class at LSS, the class of 1909!

    They also saw messages such as this in the hallway outside the Small Gym!

    After crossing the stage, grads returned to the Large Gym where they took individual photos and then prepared for the tossing of their labelled caps!

    After the ceremony, our intrepid custodial staff ensured that seats were wiped with disinfectant before the next ceremony!  If you were not able to be at any of the ceremonies, fear not!  use the link the school will send out on June 17 to watch Grad Ceremony 2020 from the comfort of your computer/home!

DISTRICT & COMMUNITY NEWS

  • Student Success
    • The Summer Edition of Student Success has been published in the Langley Advance/Times, May 27th issue. Stories include: Pandemic of Kindness, describing the Foundation’s Food for Thought Program and the prodigious generosity of the Foundation’s community partners; the Grab and Go programs at four inner city schools; the ingenuity and kindness of Langley citizens; and Creative Financing during the crisis. Please see the link for more details: https://bit.ly/3eyuNi1.
  • Food for Thought
    • Gift Cards – The Foundation continues with it Food for Thought Program providing $50 gift cards every week to all families who are struggling during the CO-VID 19 crisis. We plan to sustain the program until the end of June, throughout the summer and into the fall of 2020 and beyond. Please see updated press release and ad for distribution (Attached): For Immediate Release May 31, 2020
  • FamilySmart(R) Virtual In the Know for June – Please see the attached for more information: June_Session3_FS_Poster-06.15.20_5-6
  • 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 

  • All regular events are currently postponed or cancelled until the resumption of regular classes at LSS.  As per above, this now includes Grad events.  Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
    • June 10-11 – AVID Portfolio Interviews
    • June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day; Father’s Day
    • June 25 – Final Report Cards Issued
    • July 1 – Canada Day (Happy 153rd Birthday, Canada!)

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