The Saints Scoop! – March 11, 2018

March 11, 2018

COURSE SELECTIONS UPDATE

  • For Parents:  Most students have completed course selection for the next school year; you can access their selections by logging into the Parent Portal at MyEdBC.  Under the Side Tab, select “Schedule” and then select “Requests.” If your student has not yet done course selection, please send them to the office ASAP!  We are currently working to call all down students who are missing their selections, but your assistance would be very appreciated!
  • We will also be sending home Verification reports for parents to sign this week, to ensure that parents are aware of what students are selecting for next year.  Please be sure to review the selections and have a conversation with your student about what his/her goals are, and how these courses that they have selected will help them achieve those goals.

GRAD GAB!

  • REMINDER – Grad Transitions Update: We are reviewing Grad Trans submitted (Part 1 is online on myBlueprint, and Part is on paper), and will be updating our “Grad List” spreadsheet.  If you haven’t completed and handed in Parts 1 and 2, then you had better do it quickly – your Graduation is on the line!
  • REMINDER – Grad Transitions Portfolio Presentations Finalized!  Grade 12s Save the Date!  We will be running Grade 12 Portfolio Presentations on Tuesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 12.  Details for sign up coming soon!
  • DUE THIS WEEK!  New Scholarship OpportunityThe Trevor Linden Community Scholarship – Applications now being accepting from student leaders in the province of British Columbia who will be entering their first year of post secondary education in September 2018, who are in good academic standing and that have made exceptional contributions to:
    • School and community service, leadership;
    • Initiating community development;
    • Affecting positive change;
    • Mentoring others;
    • Personal development and growth;
    • Good academic performance;
    • Taking the time to do something for others during difficult times in one’s own life requires particularly outstanding commitment. This is why, as part of the selection process, the personal circumstances and/or challenges of each applicant will be considered. Applicants who possess personal qualities such as dedication, commitment to helping others and strength of character will also be considered.
    • For more information and to access the application form, PLEASE CLICK HERE. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2018.
  • Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC).  AFABC has two bursaries available for youth in and from government care, and youth adoptees who are looking to further their education.
    • The Howard Legacy Youth Fund was launched in 2014, and is made available to applicants who are current or former youth in care.
    • The AFABC Youth Bursary was launched in 2015, and accepts applications from youth who have joined their family by legal adoption.
    • Both Bursaries allow for annual scholarships that will be awarded once per year, to two individuals for each bursary, at $1,000 each. Application deadline is April 30, 2018.  Find the bursary applications here https://www.bcadoption.com/bursary  I have also attached the bursary promotional poster and a one page info sheet on our bursaries.
  • THIS WEEK! – Going to KPU this Fall?  Save the Date!  Gurleen Bajwa will be at LSS on Monday, March 12th from 11:45-12:30pm (lunch) to present a Next Steps Workshop for our grade 12’s who are headed to KPU in the Fall.

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG 

  • A huge congratulations to the cast, crew, and especially staff who put together thoroughly enjoyable performances of Chitty over the past week!  The small gym was almost full during each performance, as parents, friends, LSS staff and staff from around the District (including our very own Superintendent and former LSS parents, Gord – and Grace – Stewart).  And we were all treated to a combination of exquisite singing and numerous moments of laughter, all with a cleverly creative set design that included moving trees and clouds, as well as a floating and flying car!  The chemistry of the cast was evident in so many scenes, both musically and comically.  All in all, the audience was treated to a wonderful evening of entertainment.
  • Finally, I want to comment on one of the intangibles – the “feeling” of the play.  To say that the audience had fun in watching the play should be evident from the above.  But the students had fun, as well, in their roles.  I think this comes from the vibe created by their Musical Theatre teachers – Ms. Thorpe and Ms. Piorecky.  On the one hand, the expectations of their teachers was clearly a high one, as students performed their parts brilliantly, hitting their lines and cues.  But the students also clearly enjoyed their work on and off the stage, with the feeling of the whole production being one of fun and one of community.  In so many ways, the play was a reflection of the teachers’ own positive personalitiesThank you to them for their time and expertise, and for the intangibles that make all of the difference.

    During one of the matinee shows earlier in the week, Ms. Piorecky welcomes students and staff from several Langley elementary schools, and even one from Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows!

  • Towards the beginning of the play, the chorus joins the Mr. Potts and his two children as they introduce the famous car to the audience!

    The hilariously evil Baron and Baroness of Vulgaria had great comic chemistry on the stage, as did their spies (to the left)!

    The toymaker and the sinister Child Catcher…

    Of course, one of the most famous scenes from the movie and the play, Mr. Potts and Ms. Scrumptious are in disguise as dolls – and they sing a beautiful song together!

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY ON MARCH 8

  • Happy International Women’s Week!  March 8 was International Women’s Day — a day to recognize women’s achievements and acknowledge the challenges women continue to face in the pursuit for gender equality.
  • Ms. Wood, Ms. Sewell, and Mr. Powell organized posters being put up around the school, highlighting trailblazers and powerful women (students, activists, and celebrities included!), including the bulletin board down by the office
  • Also, there were amazing t-shirts and LSS-made buttons that staff members wore throughout the day, in honour of the women in their lives.  Thanks to these three staff members for making sure that LSS acknowledges this important day, reminding the LSS community to honour and value the women in our lives, the contributions they make, and the societal challenges that they still work to overcome.

    LSS Pins marking Women’s Day!

    And staff showing off their t-shirts in the Main Foyer!

    The bulletin board by the office, with inspirational messages for all of our students.

LSS RUGBY SEVENS TOURNAMENT

  • Thursday more than 70 Saints rugby players participated in the annual Langley Sevens tournament at D W Poppy. It turned a pretty messy affair once the rain started!  Please see below for photos:

    Smash-mouth rugby – on a wet and muddy field!

    Mr. Howlett joins the team for a wet and muddy post-game talk!

STUDENT ESSAY COMPETITION OPPORTUNITY

  • The 2018 Facing History Together Student Essay Contest is here!  View the prompt, prizes, and tools needed to help bring this contest to your classroom for a chance to win scholarships for your students and educators in the following link: https://www.facinghistory.org/together/2018-contest

LSS IN THE NEWS!

THIS WEEK!  LSS SOFTBALL ACADEMY INFO SESSION

  • The Langley Secondary Softball Academy will be hosting an information night on Monday March 12 @ 7pm in the Langley Secondary Library. Information can be found at www.lssbaseballacademy.com

REMINDER! LSS STUDENT NEEDS YOUR HELP…

  • Makayla Goldsmith is going to Tanzania at Spring Break with a group of other Langley students from around the District.  One of the goals of the group is to bring gifts for the school students there.  The group decided that the best gifts would be to help them with their schooling.  Thus, if you have any extra school supplies that you would like to donate to students in Tanzania, please bring them to the office and place them in the “Tanzania” box!  The last day for donations will be Friday, March 9. Thanks in advance for your support!

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

Ms. Piorecky’s Drama class performed “Lip Syncs” that they choreographed themselves… this quartet definitely got a lot of style points!

And there were some individual acts, as well!

Dry Grad parents and students presented information about this year’s event during Flex to interested Grade 12s…

… and the presentation included the chance to win this car… but only if you are involved in Dry Grad! Dry Grad is currently taking $50 deposits for tickets…

Dylan Renfrew looks to be enjoying his work as a landscaper on the day that Mr. Dickson visited him last week!

Last week was also Honour Roll assemblies, with certificates handed out and a pizza luncheon to celebrate a great first half of the year for our Honour Roll winners. Ms. Battistel is in the foreground handing out pizza!

After getting a bite of pizza, many students hung around in the library, chatting, and having seconds!

LSS CLUBS AND TEAMS

Throughout the school year, we will have important information on students clubs and teams in this section of the Scoop!  If you want to meet new people and have fun while learning something new, then read below… and join an LSS club or team!

  • UPDATED!  Badminton:  Starting this week, the Juniors (Grades 9 and 10) will practice Wednesday after school and the Seniors (Grades 11 and 12) will practice on Thursdays.  Practices will be in the Big Gym.
  • Girls Soccer:   Grade 9-12 girls interested in playing soccer – please see Ms. Ellis ASAP!
  • LSS Golf Team:  Anyone interested in being on the Langley Saints golf team which is open to both boys and girls, please see Mrs Taylor.
  • Boys Rugby:  Practices already started – see Mr. Howlett for more information re: after school practices next week!
  • Grad Council: Grad Council meets on Tuesdays at lunchtime in Room 132.
  • LSS Book Club: Attention all book lovers.  On Thursdays, the LSS Book Club meets in Room 220 at lunchtime to discuss new books we’re reading, talk about our love of literature and challenge each other to try new books.  Feel free to join us!
  • LSS Debate and Model UN Club: Join us every Friday at lunchtime in Room 220. Members will learn how to debate, examine current events, and prepare for upcoming MUN conferences and debate tournaments. New members are always welcome.
  • Makerspace Club:  Please see Mr. Powell for more questions! Makerspace Club will resume on March 5th at lunchtime.
  • Geeky Hang Out Days:  Please join Ms. Hajdecki for Geeky Hang Out Days in Room 123!
    • Magic the Gathering Mondays
    • Wii U Wednesdays
    • Tabletop Thursdays
    • Featured Anime Fridays
  • 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. Lee’s Foods Room).  The club is open to anyone, beginners to advanced knitters are welcome.
  • Youth Unlimited Hangar 17:  Wednesday’s at the Langley Airport!  Creative life & drop in (free art program and drop-in centre) from 3:30-5:30pm.  Community meal (free supper!) from 5:30-6:30pm.  Spiritual life (a safe space to discuss life, faith and deeper questions) from 6:30-7:30pm.  Shuttle bus pick-up at Langley Secondary at 3:25pm.  Shuttle rides home are offered at 6:30pm and 7:45pm (waivers are required and are available in the school office!).  For more information:  604-557-6507 or langleyyu@youthunlimited.com
  • GSA Alliance:  The LSS Gender and Sexuality Alliance will be meeting on Tuesdays at lunchtime in the Drama Room. All students are welcome to attend!
  • LSS Dance Team:  Would you like to try out for the LSS Dance Team and perform jazz and hip hop?  The Dance Team practices at lunchtime twice a week and performs at various events!  All dance levels are welcome!  Practices take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunch in the new Dance Studio.
  • 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 meetings are on Wednesdays at lunch in Room 213 with Ms. Wood and Ms. Sewell.

FROM THE DISTRICT

  • The fifth annual EdCamp35 is open for registration for educators, parents, and students. Attendees come with ideas for one-hour sessions and the shape of the day is formed. Participants divide into different classrooms per topic, and the collaboration begins! EdCamp35 takes place at H.D Stafford on Saturday, April 14 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Food truck lunch is provided. Get your ideas flowing by tweeting @edcamp35, and register here today!

COMMUNITY NEWS

  • FamilySmart® is excited to bring to you this amazing speaker for our combined “Empowering Parents/Fraser Forum” 2018 Event.  This event is open to parents and caregivers throughout the Fraser Region whose children or youth struggle with mental health challenges.
    • **The event will also open to professionals and other interested adults on March 16 (space permitting), so parents & caregivers, sign up quickly!  This free event is sure to sell out!
    • Full details below:
    • Date: Saturday April 7, 2018
    • Time: 12:15pm – 4:15pm; light lunch served
    • Location: Port Coquitlam, BC (address given with registration; venue has free parking, is wheelchair accessible, and is close to transit)
    • Cost: Free
    • Audience: Parents & Caregivers whose children/youth experience mental health challenges (opening to mental health service providers March 16)
    • **childcare is not available, and is event is not suited to children or youth
    • Registration link:  https://2018fraserforum.eventbrite.ca
  • 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/

UPCOMING DATES ON THE CALENDAR

Mar. 12:    “Fixed FLEX” block for grades 9-12 – students remain in Period 1 classes

Mar. 12:     KPU Presenter “Next Steps” Workshop, 11:45 am

Mar. 13:     Special Presentation on Mental Health, 9:45 am

Mar: 14:    Parent Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal at 1:45 pm (2pm-7:30 pm)

Mar: 15:    Parent Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal at 1:45 pm (2pm-4:30 pm)

Mar. 16:     Last day of school before Spring Break begins

Mar. 30:     Good Friday (Holiday in schools observed the following Tuesday)

Apr. 1:        Easter Sunday (Holiday in schools observed on the Monday)

Apr. 4:        School Re-Opens after Spring Break

April 10 & 12:  Grad Transitions Portfolio Presentations, Library, All Day

Apr. 16:      PAC Meeting, Rm 128, 7pm

Apr. 17:      Special Presentation on “Ending Gang Life,” 9:40 am

May 22:     PAC Meeting and AGM, Rm 128, 7pm

June 20:    Last day of regular classes

June 21:    I Day – Teachers invite students who still have a chance of passing a course

June 21:    LSS Grad Ceremony, CLA

June 22:    LSS Grad Dinner and Dance, Coast Hotel

June 27:    LSS Awards Night

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