The Saints Scoop! – May 10, 2020

May 10, 2020

GRAD GAB!

  • NEW – GRAD CEREMONY UPDATE
    • Please see the attached letter from LSS regarding some of the details for the 2020 Graduation Ceremony: LSS Grad 2020 Letter home
  • REMINDER – GRAD LIST LETTERS ARRIVED HOME LAST WEEK!: 
    • Letters have been prepared and will be mailed home on Monday, arriving at your home over the next week or so.  In these letters, your student will be in one of the following categories:
      • On the Grad List, with enough credits and passing all courses.
      • On Grad List, but… only barely passing one or more mandatory courses.
      • Not on Grad List at present, due to currently failing one or more mandatory courses; this CAN change if the teacher is contacted, and the student is passing the course by June 1.
      • Not graduating, due to missing credits or courses.
    • The letter will also state that your student needs to work hard and turn in assignments until the end of the school year to either continue to be on the Grad List OR to try and get back on the Grad List.  Whatever the case, we want all of our students to FINISH STRONG in the last two months of their high school years!
    • ***Please note that students CAN get back on the Grad List if they QUICKLY fix whatever problem is holding them back!
    • If you have a grade 12 student and you didn’t get a Grad List letter this past week, please email mmoino@sd35.bc.ca
  • NEW – YTS Scholarship for Community Service 2020
    • Youth Transforming Society (YTS) is a registered, student-led organization based out of Surrey, BC that aims to raise awareness for humanitarian issues and encourage community volunteerism. Founded in 2010, we have since raised close to $20,000 for various organizations and have helped hundreds of students get involved.
    • One of Youth Transforming Society’s goal is to bring positive change throughout our communities and promote community volunteerism among youth. To further our goal, we will be awarding the YTS Scholarship for Community Service which stands at the value of $500 this year. In particular, the scholarship will be awarded to an individual who showcases dedication and commitment to their respective passions and selfless service in their communities. We hope to celebrate the achievements of the youth who have created a positive change!
    • Eligibility Criteria:
      • To be considered for this award, the applicant must be:
        1. A graduating, grade 12 student attending secondary school in the Lower Mainland.
        2. Attending a Canadian post-secondary institution on a full-time basis beginning September 2020. Proof of acceptance may be requested.
        3. Actively involved in voluntary pursuits (humanitarian, environmental, arts, entrepreneurial, leadership etc.)
        4. Minimum academic average of 70%. A proof of average may be requested.
    • We hope you will be able to share this opportunity with the students at your school (and perhaps with other schools in your district)! Please have the student fill out the application via our website, www.youthtransformingsociety.org, by 11:59 pm on May 23, 2020. Further application details have also been provided on our website! Please feel free to email us at youthtransforingsociety@gmail.com or visit us at www.youthtransformingsociety.org if you have any questions or concerns.
  • REMINDER – Langley Teachers Association (LTA) Scholarship – It is $800  (1 per high school!!!). The deadline has been extended to May 20 and you can fill out the application online at https://www.langleyteachers.com/2019-2020-lta-scholarships/
  • Dry Grad Update
    • With the decisions above, the Dry Grad Committee regretfully must also announce that its June event is also cancelled.  We will will let you know if there are any changes or updates.

PAC ELECTIONS COMING SOON!

  • SAVE THE DATE!  PAC AGM and Elections, as well as a Regular General Meeting, will take place on May 25, 2020 at 7 pm.  The meeting will be done virtually, with details to come!  If you are interested in attending this meeting or running for one of our PAC Executive positions, please email the LSS PAC President, Michael Hylands, at lsspacpresident@gmail.com

TRANSPORTATION REGISTRATION 2020-21 – NOW OPEN!

  • Transportation registration for 2020-21 is now open. All riders who are currently in the system and expected to continue riding next year will receive a letter with instructions and a link to the online registration form. Please note the instructions to register are different for each category of rider. Information can be found on our Transportation Registration Webpage here.

ON-GOING LEARNING PLAN

  • NEW – In the letter by Superintendent Gord Stewart that was sent out yesterday (Saturday), he explains that the Province has outlined a plan for eventually returning to school for September.  This plan includes a gradual return to school over the next several weeks.  If you did not see yesterday’s email, please use the link below to read the letter: COVID19 Information Bulletin 2020May8
  • NEW – Please note that Friday, May 15 is a Professional Development Day.  Staff will be engaged in various learning opportunities on this day to enhance their knowledge and understanding as educational professionals.  Staff will NOT be available to students on this day.
  • Learning at LSS continues weekly.  You can expect a lesson and/or assignments for Block 1 this Monday, the same for Block 2 on Tuesday, and so on.  Please know that your teachers are available to all their students through office hours (usually on Teams), through individual chat on Teams, and/or through email.  We also have a superb support staff who are connecting with students and spending hours on the phone or on Teams, helping individual students with their questions and challenges.
  • Help is available if you need it!  Please contact your teacher first for assistance.  Counsellors and Admin are also available if you need assistance.  Call the school at 604-534-4171 or use individual email:

REMINDER: FREE ONLINE BOOKS AND TEXTBOOKS

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:

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

  • During one of my walks this week to keep balanced and healthy (3rd one in 3 days, thanks to my wife and Fiona, our new rescue dog!), we noticed this message to the community. On this Mother’s Day, LSS sends out this heart to all of you, as well!

DISTRICT & COMMUNITY NEWS

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.
    • May 15 – District Pro-D
    • May 18 – Victoria Day
    • Grad Ceremony – Details coming soon!

Langley Secondary School

21405 - 56 Avenue, Langley
BC, V2Y 2N1
Phone: 604-534-4171
Fax: 604-534-9518