March 26, 2017
Let me take a moment to welcome everyone back from what I hope has been a restful and positive Spring Break, where you have had a chance to recharge and come back to school focused on how you and your student can be as successful as possible over the last three months of the school year. One way to get (or re-gain) that focus is to understand what your student hopes to gain from his/her time at LSS. What does your student see as LSS’ purpose in his/her life? How does LSS help him/her?
In my mind, LSS is a place of opportunity – the opportunity to learn about yourself and the world; the opportunity to open doors to life-changing post-secondary and career opportunities; the opportunity to find your strengths and interests in a safe, caring environment; the opportunity to meet other like-minded people and find your place in a community; the opportunity to meet positive role models who can help you find your path in life; the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than you… the opportunities that LSS offers are only limited by the limits you place on them. As tired as people felt heading into the Break, it’s now time to get beyond “feeling tired” and to decide what opportunities your student wants to be a part of, to decide how LSS will make a difference in your student’s life,, and then to step forward and do it.
I am very much looking forward to the final three months of the school year and all of the exciting possibilities they hold for both the students and the staff – I hope you are excited, too!
- In terms of the LSS Rebuild, please know that construction has started already during Spring Break. The construction company will lock off ALL ACCESS to the small gym and the hallway that leads to the new Dance studio and the PE storage room; no one from the school will have key access to this area as it is a Construction Zone, with strict WorkSafe rules. There will also be NO parking along the exterior small gym wall, as this will be fenced off. This first phase of construction will be completed in stages, between June and October 2017. Students are reminded to please stay out of fenced-off areas as the safety of our students and staff is our most important concern. More information on details to come, as they are made available to us!
(REMINDER – THIS WEEK!) PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
- In the week before Spring Break, LSS sent out an email informing families that Parent/Teacher conferences are occurring THIS WEEK – Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30. This email also gave basic instructions on how to make an appointment to see your student’s teachers. If you have not yet made an appointment, there may still be appointments available; appointments can be made until Tuesday, March 28, 12 pm (noon). To see a teacher and make an appointment, please click on the following link: https://lss.schoolappointments.com/admin/
Once on the page, simply go to the log-in window, and click on “Click here to register” – this will allow you to make a new password and then select appointments for your student’s teachers. If you have any questions, there is a Help button, where you can click on “support request”; this will allow you to get any questions answered. We look forward to seeing you at LSS this week!
WELCOME BACK FROM JAPAN!
- Eighteen LSS students, along with 3 former students and 2 parents, enjoyed a trip of a lifetime to Japan during spring break. Led by Mr. Janzen, Mrs. Turner, and Mrs. Pagnanini, the group visited Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. Highlights included seeing Mt. Fuji, learning about the effects of war at Hiroshima Peace Park, walking among the deer on the island of Miyajima, and touring Himeji Castle. The next trip to Japan will probably be spring 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics!!
THE WEEK BEFORE THE BREAK
- When students are asked, “What did you do at school today?” parents sometimes hear the answer, “Nothing.” Well, in the week before Spring Break, LSS students were doing a lot of something! Perhaps the best way to tell you some of what was going on is to show you below…
- Grad Cruise: More than 100 grade 12s and guests had an unforgettable evening on the MV Harbour Princess, as everyone enjoyed a pizza dinner, followed by an evening of dancing and sight seeing through Vancouver’s False Creek. The evening was capped off with a surprise candy bar and a dance competition between the boys and the girls!
- First Nations 12: Students engaged in a team-building activity called “Flip that Sheet,” where students had to work together to problem solve what seemed like a basic challenge, but turned out to be anything but basic!
- English 11: Students had a gallery set up in the upstairs hallway to showcase the research and connections they made to a Mental Health topic of their choice. The focus was on awareness and understanding the illness to end the stigma commonly associated with Mental Health.
- Foods: Students were taught a lesson on “plating and presentation,” with some pretty tasty-looking results!
- Rugby 7s Tournament: Both the Junior and Senior boys’ rugby teams participated at a tournament at DW Poppy on the wet and muddy Friday before Spring Break. Pictures below as proof of the conditions…!
- English 9: Students are preparing for a “globalization scavenger hunt” after the Break – another example of how learning can be hands-on and active!
- In the Metal Shop: Students worked up until the last day on their various meal work projects, as Ms. Rand prepares and organizes the massive job of moving the entire contents of the Metal Shop to its new location at the end of the year…
- Junior Girls vs. Coaches game: Game on! As the photos below demonstrate, we have some pretty competitive staff at LSS who KNOW how to play ball!
(MORE) PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
(REMINDER) A WORD OF CAUTION TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS
- It has come to the school’s attention that several students are working with a private company to plan an “S-Trip” for some time in the school year. I would like to make perfectly clear that this trip is NOT affiliated with the school, and that no Langley Secondary staff are involved in organizing or supervising this trip. From the limited information we have from past trips, the school has concerns with whatever supervision may exist with these trips, and we do NOT endorse these trips in any way. If your child is interested in attending this trip and you have any concerns with your child’s involvement, please be sure to do your due diligence so that you can make an informed decision that makes sense for your family. Here is one source of information provided by the CBC’s Marketplace. Please note that this is only one source of information, and we encourage you to search out other sources for a more complete picture: http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/episodes/2016-2017/s-trip
CAREER and POST-SECONDARY OPPORTUNITIES:
- KPU Entrance Scholarship and Awards: KPU’s Entrance Scholarship and Awards are now open online for students planning to enroll in classes at KPU for the first time in Fall (September) 2017 or Spring (January) 2018 (Kwanten XCEL students are still eligible to apply for these scholarships). Only one online application needs to be submitted for students to be considered for both the KPU Major Entrance Scholarship and Donor-Funded Entrance Award programs. Students must have a valid KPU Student ID number in order to access the application through their self-service account (Student Menu tab). The application deadline is Tuesday, April 11, 2017.
- UFV Health Studies Info Night: I would like to invite the grade 11 and 12 students (parents are also welcome) from your School to attend our Health Studies Information Sessions to be held on April 5, 2017 from 6-8 pm. The UFV School of Health Studies offers a Baccalaureate in Nursing degree program, a Practical Nursing program, a Health Care Assistant program, and a Certified Dental Assistant program. The Information Session will provide students and their parents with information regarding each of our Health Studies programs, the application process and program enrolment requirements, graduate employment opportunities, and a tour of our facilities. Our graduates are all highly sought after by health care employers. You can access a poster at this link. We also are asking that students RSVP to the following link in order to book a spot for the session: http://www.ufv.ca/health/info-session/
- UBC Science Talk: On Friday May 5th, 2017 at 8:00am-4:00pm, UBC Let’s Talk Science invites high school students to ‘Let’s Talk Climate Change’: a one day symposium on the topic of Climate Change for students in Grades 9 -12 or any interested high school students. This full day symposium will bring Vancouver-area students together to learn about climate change from experts in a variety of interdisciplinary fields, with the intention of providing students with a holistic view of the impact of climate change and encouraging students to formulate their own opinions based on scientific knowledge. This year’s keynote speaker is Simon Donner, an UBC Associate Professor of Climatology who studies the effects of human-induced climate change and the effectiveness of environmental policies. Our registration system is found online: http://outreach.letstalkscience.ca/symposiums/ubc/1 Importantly, this event is free to students. Registration is mandatory. Registration closes: Apr 30, 2017
- (DEADLINE coming soon!) Train in Trades: Interested in the Piping trades? To be considered for the first round of interviews, students must submit applications by April 6th. The Information session will walk you through the process and help you to make an informed decision. For more information see Mr. Lalley, Mr. Dickson, Ms. Blessing, or Ms. Babecoff-Kimhi. Seats in this program can be competitive so please act now! This program is only offered to students going into grade 11 or 12 next year.
- (Deadline THIS WEEK!) RCMP Policing Tour – April 11, 2017: Please find attached the poster and application package. Please have completed applications submitted to my attention at the School Board Office by: March 31, 2017 RCMP Tour Poster – Policing (RCMP) Tour Application Package 2017
- (Deadline THIS WEEK!) Kwanten XCEL: A reminder that Kwanten XCEL applications are due this first week back. Please see Mr. Moino if you have any questions ASAP!
- (REMINDER) Any Grade 10 or 11 students who are interested in visiting some of our Post-Secondary Institutions such as the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of the Fraser Valley, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Vancouver Community College, please sign up in the Counselling Centre, seats are limited so it will be based on a first come first serve as forms are handed in.
- April 5th – University of the Fraser Valley – Chilliwack/Abbotsford – Forms due March 30th
- April 12th – Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Richmond Campus – forms due April 5th
- April 27th – Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Langley Campus/Surrey Campus – forms due April 21st
- (Deadline THIS WEEK!) UNE Scholarship: Since 2013, the Union of National Employees (UNE) is proud to be able to award a scholarship of $1000 to a student in their last year of high school in British Columbia or Yukon who is about to pursue post-secondary education. At the UNE, we believe diversity is what makes us stronger. We represent more than 22 000 members, working in 67 different workplaces. Our members work in the public, private and non-profit sectors, in all corners of our great country and around the world. We are teachers and mechanics, librarians and Foreign Service officers, plumbers and researchers, clerical workers and program administrators, passport officers and investigators -and more. The criteria for the High School Scholarship program can be found on our website, at http://en.une-sen.org/what_we_do/hea/hs_scholarship_crit_e.pdf and the application form can also be found on our website, at http://en.une-sen.org/what_we_do/hea/hs_scholarship_app.pdf Please ensure that the criteria is met and application form is completed correctly. This application is due on March 31, 2017.
- Coast Capital Savings Youth Get It Education Awards are now live! Applications are now available on our website, coastcapitalsavings.com/awards and award information packages have been distributed to schools across Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, mid- and southern-Vancouver Island, and the Central Okanagan. We’ve been receiving some great follow up and feedback from schools already, but we want to make sure that you’re kept in the loop. We’ve attached a copy of the Award Application, a Program Overview Letter, and our Award & Deadline Information form for your reference. Please note, there are two important deadlines:
- The District Application Deadline – that’s the deadline for applicants to submit their information to your district for consideration. This date is listed on the Award & Deadline Information Form.
- The Deadline to Submit recipient applications to Coast Capital Savings – to ensure we have adequate time to process the cheques, prepare award certificates, and courier the package to schools ahead of the year-end award ceremony, we need you to send us the completed applications for your district’s recipient(s) no later than Monday, May 15, 2017.
- Please see these attachments for more info: 2017AwardDeadlineInfo – coa59_Youth Get It Education Awards App_01 – coa59_Youth Get It Education Awards Letter to Schools_01
- Lotus Light Charity Society Scholarship recognizes high school graduates who achieved outstanding academic performance while actively participating community volunteer works, to purchase post-secondary study. Please find the attached 2017 LLCS Scholarship Announcement for posting or forwarding to your student. The application period is between Mar 1 to May 15, 2017. http://vllcs.org/en/2017/02/2017-lotus-light-charity-scholarship-accepting-application-on-march-1/ 2 Attachments: 2017 LLCS Scholarship Application and Checklist – 2017 LLCS Scholarship PSA for posting
- Scholarship: Save-On Foods in partnership with UFCW 1518 is offering scholarships valued at $1000 each to students who have played a significant role in diversity initiatives in their school and/or community. Students can apply at www.owfg.com/diversity. Deadline for applications is May 1, 2017.
- The Graduate Wardrobe is a non-profit organization established to help students who cannot afford to buy or rent their own grad dresses or suits. If you are worried about affording a grad dress or suit for Grad, please see your counsellor as soon as possible for more information.
LSS IN THE NEWS
- LSS’ Piping and Plumbing program graduation was in the Langley Times on March 8. In case you missed it in the paper, please click on the following link to see the article: L.Times-mar8-2017
- LSS also made the front page of the Langley Times, as Ms. Turpin and the Legacy team ensure that LSS’ history is preserved and integrated into the new building’s physical design and culture!
(REMINDER) LOOKING FOR PARENT VOLUNTEERS FOR GRAD 2017!
- It is a tradition at LSS for parents of students in grades 9-11 to volunteer for the reception at the Grad Ceremony – helping with ordering food, setting up tables, and cleaning up at the end of the evening. Thus, we are looking for grade 9-11 parents who can volunteer for the Grad Ceremony on June 15, 2017. Please consider helping so that grade 12 parents can enjoy their evening… and you would be paying it forward for when your child graduates! If you are interested in helping or finding out more, please contact Mr. Moino at LSS at email@example.com. Thanks in advance!
- (THIS WEEK) Anxiety Workshop: “Family Smart” is hosting its annual Fraser Forum on Monday, March 27 (doors open at 6:30). Topic is: Coaching Tips for Childhood Anxiety featuring Jane Beaumont, M.A. Counselling. Certified Canadian Counsellor, CCPA, with a FamilySmart™ youth and parent panel. Fraser Forum 2017 poster_final (1)
- (THIS WEEK) FORCE “In the Know” Workshop: “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: It’s not just about washing your hands!” – presented by Dr. Evelyn Stewart, Associate Professor; Dept of Psychiatry, UBC and founding director of the Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Clinic and Research Program at B.C. Children & Women’s Health Centre with parents Bruce and Leanne McKenzie. In this session, Dr. Evelyn Stewart, will give a broad overview on the signs of OCD and treatment. In addition, Bruce and Leanne MacKenzie (Parents) will share their story of their teenage son’s journey from diagnosis to remission and discuss ways they provided support for their son at home and school
- Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:45 – 8:30pm (doors open 6:30pm
- Location: Langley Civic Facility (Yorkson Creek Room) 20338-65 Ave.
- For more information and upcoming topics go to http://www.familysmart.ca/programs/in-the-know/ Seating is limited so please rsvp your attendance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 604.878.3400. Please see the following poster link for more information: Force ‘in the know’- Langley March 28 2017
- Extreme Career Fair: On May 11th, 2017 Black Press will be hosting another Extreme Career Fair, featuring over 200 exhibitors in the employment and educational sectors. The event will be held at the Langley Events Centre. We are reaching out to invite your grade 11 and 12 students to join us and 200 top level exhibitors at our extreme career fair. We will be hosting Ted Talk Style Presentations that will showcase the ins and outs of why to join a particular employer or educational faculty. Black Press is Canada’s largest independently owned newspaper company, with the largest media footprint in BC. As well, there will be opportunity to apply for entry-level positions for summer employment. Please join us and help make this a continued success for BC students and residents alike. We will circulate a complete line up of all exhibitors a week prior to the event. Career Fair Poster
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is once again getting ready for our annual KPU Science Rendezvous — the largest public science celebration in the Fraser Valley — and we’d like to invite your school community to attend on Saturday, May 13th! The event is free and open to the public. Last year, we had over 1000 visitors attend, mostly young families! KPU’s Langley campus will open its’ doors to the public and be transformed into a spectacular science festival where attendees can participate in hands-on experiments, chemistry magic shows, music, art, interactive science labs, dancing fire, high-tech nursing demos, Brewing Lab tours, live bug races, flower labyrinth walks, and much, MUCH more! Join us as we help inspire young minds!
- EVENT DETAILS
- Date: Saturday, May 13th, 2017
- Time: 11 am-3 pm | Setup: 9:00-10:30 am | Tear Down: 3:00-4:00 pm
- Venue: KPU Langley Campus
- Address: 20901 Langley Bypass (nearest intersection is Glover Road and Langley Bypass)
- TICKETS: kpu-sr2017.eventbrite.ca
- (THIS WEEK) Langley’s Green Team: There are 3 activities coming up in Langley that students might be interested in joining (one at Sendall Gardens and one at James Anderson Park) NO EXPERIENCE necessary. We provide instruction, gloves, tools and refreshments! Please do join us & pass the information along to others who might be interested
- To sign up for our Saturday, April 1st, 9.45am-1pm activity click HERE
- To sign up for our Saturday, April 8th, 9.45am-1pm activity click HERE
- Meet new people
- Learn about the environmental issues parks face
- Make a positive impact on biodiversity
- Connect to nature
- Learn the importance of responsible citizenship
- Get outdoor conservation career experience
- Get exercise
- Gain volunteer hours (we provide letters)
- Have fun!!
- To sign up for our Saturday May 13th, 9.45am-1pm activity click HERE
- LIMITED SPACES so please sign up soon!
- (REMINDER) KidSport: Do you know of a child who may not be able to play sports because of money issues? KidSport provides grants of up to $300 per year to allow kids the opportunity to join sports, both in the community and in school; these funds are meant to help families in need to help cover registration costs for a season of sport. If you or a family you know is struggling to pay registration fees, and this is affecting a child’s ability to play a sport, then please go to www.kidsport.ca/langley for more information and for an application. Please see the attached for more information: Postcard front
(UPDATED WEEKLY!) CLUBS AND TEAMS
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.
- (NEW) Track & Field: All students interested in Track & Field, please see one of your PE teachers for more information!
- (NEW) Badminton: Listen to the announcements for further practices! Please see Mr. Lewis for more information.
- (NEW) LSS Hockey Team: If you are interested in playing for the LSS Hockey Team with year and have not signed up yet, please see Mr. McCarthy in Room 99 or Room 94 to get the details!
- Youth Alpha Series: Meetings of the Youth Alpha Series run Tuesdays at lunch in Mr. Cortese’s room! Everyone is welcome so come on out and enjoy some free food and discuss life’s biggest questions!
- 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 215 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!
- Dance Team: The dance team will be practicing at lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Dance Studio.
- Art Addicts Studio: Youth Unlimited is again running Art Addicts Studio! For more information, please email langleyYU@youthunlimited.com or phone 604-557-6507. www.youthunlimited.com. Please pick up a permission form in the office! No membership fees. All art supplies provided.
UPCOMING DATES ON THE CALENDAR
- March 27: First Day of classes after Spring Break
- March 28: LSS Students tour SFU
- March 29-30: Early Dismissal for Parent-Teacher Conferences, 1:45 pm
- March 29: Parent Teacher Conferences from 2 pm-4:30 pm
- March 30: Parent Teacher Conferences from 2 pm-7:30 pm
- April 5: Earthquake/Fire Drill
- April 6: Grade 12 Math Contests
- April 7: Collaboration Afternoon, early dismissal, 1:30 pm
- April 7: Semester 2, Term 1 Ends
- April 10: Report card Prep Afternoon, Students NOT in Session for the afternoon
- April 10: PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm
- May 15: PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm
- May 16: Brittany Palmer (How to apply for Scholarships), LSS Library, 7 pm