The Saints Scoop – March 5, 2017

March 5, 2017

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  • Congratulations to The LSS/Langley Field Lacrosse Team and to coach Mr. McCarthy for winning the Tier 2 Field Lacrosse Provincial Championship this past Friday!  The team played a rigorous playoff schedule, playing games daily this past week, and finally playing two games on Friday.  Here is a summary of the weeks games, courtesy of Mr. McCarthy, as well as photographs from the week, courtesy of Mr. McCarthy and Ms. Wood:
    • Vs. Terry Fox:  It was a balmy 4 degrees Celsius in Coquitlam, which meant our first Provincial game against Terry Fox was a go! They played an amazing game! They play a very strong offensive and defensive game and their ball movement is amazing. The goal tending was also a difference for the outcome of the game on both sides, as both goalies had a fantastic game. The final score was 9-2, LSS.
    • Vs. Vancouver College:  So Tuesday’s game proved to be an interesting one to say the least! Between the weather and a strong opposition, the team had their work cut out for them. LSS (Langley) lead the whole game and it looked like they were going to clean up, but Vancouver College and the snow had other ideas.  In the first half, LSS were up 4-0 and in control, with the halftime score coming in at 5-2. With it becoming dark and the snow getting heavy, which covered the field completely, both teams played amazingly well. Things became a little easier when the ref brought an orange ball that they could actually see!  Vancouver College battled back and it became a nail-biter 6-5 game, LSS, with only 9 minutes to go. LSS would go on to dig deep and rally to go on to win, 8-6.

      Yup… that’s snow on the field!

      A little snow never hurt anybody!

    • Vs. Pitt Meadows:  Pitt Meadows gave LSS (Langley) a run for their money. It would be the first time in the tournament that LSS would be trailing in a game. Pitt Meadows scored the first two goals of the game before LSS would answer with their first of the game making it 2-1, Meadows. Pitt Meadows was a strong team that had depth, and great offense and defense, and at the end of the half they were winning by a score of 5-3.  Come the second half, LSS took advantage of penalty troubles for Pitt Meadows and managed to tie the game up at the 14 minute mark of the game, 5-5. The score would remain the same for the next five minutes of play, and the game could have gone either way. It was at the 9:00 minute mark that LSS had a time out to discussed what they needed to do to win the game and came up with a plan, and 30 seconds later they would score to go up for the first time in the game, 6-5. Unfortunately, Pitt Meadows would score a minute-and-a-half later, which tied the game 6-6, but LSS stayed committed to their plan, and scored right off of the following face-off, (ten seconds later), and then once again one minute later, 9-6, LSS. It was after this goal that Pitt Meadows called a stick violation on LSS, and after examining the stick the ref took back the goal, 8-6 LSS.  Being a little upset about the call, LSS pushed hard and got the goal back 30 seconds later, 9-6, and then scored another goal a minute after that, making the score 10-6, for LSS. Pitt Meadows, not giving up, scored their 7th goal with 49 seconds to go in the game, making the final score 10-7, LSS.
    • Vs, Riverside (quarter-finals): This is the “Coles Notes” version of the game against Riverside. First, it was pouring buckets! LSS scored their first goal off of the opening faceoff, and proceeded to dominate the game in the same manner. The final score was 11-1, LSS.
    • Vs. Royal Bay (semi-finals): LSS won over Victoria’s Royal Bay 13-3.
    • Vs. Pitt Meadows (finals): LSS are the Senior Tier 2 Provincial Champions 14-8 over Pitt Meadows!
    • Congratulations to LSS’ athletes: Aidan Miller; Ty Shatzko; Jordan Daniel; Chayce Fryer; Gray Pennington; and Dylan Grove! 

      “We are the champions, my friend…”!!!

      The whole team, with coach Mr. Mccarthy.

      Ty knows how good it feels to play your heart out and get rewarded for it!


  • If you did not have the opportunity to see The Little Mermaid production by LSS’ Musical Theatre class, then you missed out an exceptional example of high school theatre!  From the sets and backstage lighting, to the acting, singing, and live orchestra, the dozens of students and staff associated with The Little Mermaid should be very pleased and proud of their accomplishments.  Thanks to Ms. Piorecky, Ms. Thorpe, Ms. Turpin, and everyone associated with the numerous facets of the play for their incredible dedication, both to the learning process and the impressive outcome.  I have to admit that I left the production humming the tunes all the way home!

    After the Thursday “Alumni Show,” cast, crew and LSS staff gathered together for the traditional photo…

    No theatrical events can happen without the people behind the scenes who make sure sets are made and working, lighting is just right, and actor and music cues are well-timed. A huge thanks to the backstage crew!

    Three of the main architects of the show: Ms. Thorpe, Ms. Garland (volunteer), and Ms. Piroecky speaking to elementary students before Friday’s morning performance – thank you all for your dedication, mentorship, and leadership!


  • It is Spring Spirit Week this week!  Here is the schedule:
    • Monday: Saints Spirit Day/Fly on the wall
    • Tuesday: PJ Day/Donut on a string
    • Wednesday: Superhero Day/Jell-O eating contest
    • Thursday: Sportswear Day/What would you do for a Klondike bar?
    • Friday:  St. Paddy’s Day/Shamrock Shake Chug
  • Monday the Saints Store will be open selling Saints Wear and old basketball jerseys for $5.


  • LSS welcomed a group of approximately 25 university students from Osaka, Japan Friday afternoon, with our LSS students having the opportunity to interact with our Japanese guests, and practice their language skills.  The Japanese classes had a wonderful interaction with university students!  They were able to communicate in both languages, and play some games together.  Our Japanese teacher, Mr. Janzen, has been organizing these visits for several years, allowing our students to build their confidence with their language skills and learn more about Japan and Japanese culture.  This sounds like a great learning experience for our students!

    LSS students and Japanese university students playing word games with cue cards!


    Small group shot!

    Large group shot!


  • Each year, Mr. Cortese organizes the “Bigger and Better” activity with his Marketing 12 students, where they learn and practice the skills of bartering and negotiation.  The goal is to start with an object and then walk throughout the building, attempting to trade that item for something “bigger and better”!  The students definitely had fun with the activity, and made some very interesting trades!


  • 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:


  • As you may be aware, the current Dance Studio will be torn down as part of the new school construction at LSS.  The dance studio space has existed at LSS since 2008.  Mrs. Bresnick/ Lidemark has been teaching at the dance studio at LSS since 2011.  Many of the dance students feel connected to the space, as it has been a space of creativity, a safe place and a home for many students. You are invited this Thursday March 10, from 11:20am -12pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm to the Farewell Celebration of the Dance Studio at LSS.  Everyone is welcome, including staff, students, and alumni.  Snacks and treats will be provided by the current LSS dancers.  The New Dance Studio will open in Fall 2017.


  • The Langley Health Unit Nurses will be back in the school on Thursday, March 9th to do Grade 9 Immunizations for those Grade 9 students who missed the immunizations in February.  Extra permission forms are available for pick up in the Main Office.


  • (THIS WEEK!) Train in Trades:  Interested in the Piping trades? The Train in Trades program located right here at Langley Secondary is holding an Information Session this coming Monday, March 6th beginning at 7:00 PM in Room 95. Students typically average over 300 hours of paid work experience in this BCIT program and over half are normally signed as apprentices before they graduate. 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.
  • Discover Skills BC:
    Focus On: Computer Network Administration

    The focus of this edition of the Skills Toolkit is on Computer Network Administration. Students who pursue this area of study will find in-demand careers as Computer & Information Systems Managers or Computer Network Technicians.  These career are in high demand in all areas of British Columbia.

    Read on to learn about post-secondary programs and how your students can explore this exciting and rewarding career path.

    To learn more, click on the link:

  • (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.
    • March 28th – Simon Fraser University – Surrey Campus/Burnaby Campus – forms due March 9th
    • 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


  • Grad Cruise is THIS WEEK, March 8:  The new and final date for the grad cruise is March 8, 2017 – approximately 1 1/2 weeks from now.  Thanks for all of the feedback from grade 12 students – your voices did make a difference!
  • 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 and the application form can also be found on our website, at Please ensure that the criteria is met and application form is completed correctly.  This application is due on March 31, 2017.
  • Trevor Linden 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 2017, 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, click here: Deadline to apply: March 15, 2017(DUE THIS WEEK!) Grad Baby Photos/Messages:  Just a quick reminder to Grads that your Grad Baby Photos/Messages for the yearbook are due on or before Monday, February 27th!
  • 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  Deadline for applications is May 1. 2017.School and community service, leadership;
  • BCGEU ScholarshipThe BC Government and Services Union is offering scholarships of $3000 for full-time and $2000 for part-time post-secondary studies undertaken by BCGEU members, staff and their families. Go to for details of the scholarship program, including eligibility requirements and a link to the online application. Applications must be submitted online by midnight on Sunday, March 12, 2017.
  • ASTSBC Scholarship:  The Association of School Transportation Services of British Columbia (ASTSBC) will award a scholarship to eligible student(s) attending an educational facility in the Province of British Columbia for the express purpose of attaining certification as a Commercial Heavy Duty Mechanic. The Association will sponsor a maximum of four (4) students at any one time. Each successful candidate may receive up to a maximum of $7,000 over the 4 years. Please see attached pdf for more information, criteria and deadlines.
  • Prospera Scholarship: Here at Prospera we believe in helping people realize their star potential. And no, we’re not talking about getting you an audition for a reality show. What we are talking about is the kind of help that assists students in achieving those all-important educational goals.  We understand that it’s not always easy to go from dreaming to doing, that’s why we created the Educational Awards Program.  We know a little extra money never hurt anybody (we are, after all, a credit union), that’s why our program offers from $1,000 to $2,000 to put towards post-secondary education within Canada. Of course – as much as we’d like to – we can’t give out money to just anyone, so there are a few qualifications students will need to meet to apply.  If you know of students that may qualify for our Educational Awards Program, we want to hear from them, because nothing would make us happier than to help them shine! For full details on the program and the guidelines to apply, please visit the link below The deadline for applications is March 1.
  • 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.


  • From the Dry Grad Committee:  At this point in time we still have room for additional grads who would like to attend the dry grad celebration, at least until the second bus is full (first come, first served).   If you need a copy of the participation form, please email Lisa at  Reminder to all those who have already signed up…there has not been much buy-in for the different fundraisers that we have been holding.  As a matter of fact we had to cancel some potential money-makers due to a lack of participation.  I understand that life is busy and fundraising can be ardurous.  However, please remember that all those who have not participated in the fundraising and have not earned 20 fundraising credits will be expected to pay the balance of the $250 required for each participant (minus the $50 non-refundable deposit).  There is always the option to pay the balance of the $250 upfront and be done with it.  If you choose to do this, please drop the money off in the office, in a well-marked envelope.  We would rather this happen sooner rather than later so we have an accurate idea of how much fundraising there is left to do.   ***IMPORTANT:-  Waivers for paintball and river rafting were emailed to all the dry grad students, handed out to those that came at lunch and extra copies are available in the office.  Everyone attending the dry grad must have those filled out, signed by their parent/guardians and returned to the office.***


  • Neufeld Farms – this fundraiser is open to anyone in our school community. Order forms can be picked up in the office (all the grads going to dry grad should pick up a form and participate in this fundraiser).  Neufeld Farms provides top quality meats, entrees appetizers and desserts (see  Perfect for your Easter family get-togethers.   Order forms are due back in the office on March 10th.  If you have any questions, please email Lisa
  • Superstore Grocery bagging on April 9th. Sign-up sheet has been posted on the Grad board, please sign-up as soon as possible.
  • We are still accepting donations for our Spring Raffle.  Any sized donation is welcome as we will combine items to make gift baskets.  If you would like a copy of the donation letter, please email Lisa.  We encourage all dry grad participants to collect donations and would gladly accept them from the rest of our school community.  This is a great way to advertise your business.  Thanks for your support.


Girls Rugby has begun its practices in the large gym with Mr. Wyse coaching…

Assistant Superintendent Woody Bradford presents Ms. Bertoni with her 20 year teaching pin and certificate! Congratulations Ms. Bertoni!

This time it’s Ms. Lee receiving the pin and certificate, but this one is for 30 years in the Langley District! Congratulations, Ms. Lee!


  • If you, do, Ms. Babecoff-Kimhi is hoping that you can donate these items to the school (any type and quantity of yarn and crochet and knitting needles.)  She is hoping to start a parent group in September – to make Christmas gifts, etc.  If you do, you can drop them off in the Main Office or in the Counselling Centre.  Thanks in advance!


  • 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  Thanks in advance!



  • Scary Stories & S’More: The City of Langley Library will be hosting a very special program for teens in Grades 7-10 during Spring Break.  They are having a Scary Stories & S’More event. Teens will listen to some scary stories, learn what elements a story should include and then tell their own stories. There will be pizza, pop and, of course, s’mores. There will also be a few door prizes! 03 – scary stories & s’more
  • (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 for more information and for an application.  Please see the attached for more information:  Postcard front
  • (REMINDER) Pregnant and Parenting Youth Program: Please see the attached calendar for March for this group, organized by the Encompass Support Services Society: March 2017 Calendar


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 attend a meeting in Room 217 at lunchtime on Thursday.
  • (NEW) Badminton:  First practice took place on Friday, March 3rd.  Listen to the announcements for further practices!
  • (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!
  • (NEW) Co-Ed Soccer Intramurals:   Co-Ed Soccer Intramurals sign-up will be taking place at lunchtime today in the Castle Lobby.  Entrance is free, teams must consist of 8-10 players and teams must have at least two girls on the court at a time.  Games start next week so get your teams together!!
  • 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 or phone 604-557-6507. Please pick up a permission form in the office!  No membership fees.  All art supplies provided.


  • March 6:          LSS students visit UBC
  • March 8:          Interim reports sent home;
  • March 8:          Grad Cruise, Students at the school by 4:15 pm
  • March 10:        Last day of classes prior to Spring Break
  • March 12:        Daylight Savings Time begins
  • 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 (email for sign up coming soon!)
  • March 30:        Parent Teacher Conferences from 2 pm-7:30 pm (email for sign up coming soon!)
  • April 5:             Earthquake/Fire Drill
  • April 6:             Grade 12 Math Contests
  • April 7:             Collaboration Afternoon, early dismissal, 1:30 pm
  • 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

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