May 28, 2017
What if your students had time built in to the daily schedule where he/she could choose what classroom to go to, and what teacher to see? What if this time were used to catch up on homework, get extra help, and get group projects done? This is NOT a what if anymore at LSS… We are excited to announce that Flex Time is coming to LSS in September 2017! Specifically, Flex Time is a 42 minute block of time between 1st and 2nd period where students will get to choose where they go, based on their own learning needs. The main rules are that students must remain in the school and be in a classroom/learning space with a staff member that they work with in that semester, and that they must be focused on something that relates to their classes and learning. This means that students will have to develop their own PLAN for Flex each day, putting their own learning into their own hands. Of course, there are a few more rules and expectations (Flexpectations!) to help students make good decisions and use their time wisely; still, it will be up to the students to plan ahead and to use the opportunity in a way that allows them to get the help that they need, helps them be more successful in school, and potentially frees up some of their after school time! More details will be coming out in the next few weeks and in September. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- (REMINDER) Information for the Graduation Ceremony, June 15th (less than 3 weeks away!)
- All students must be at rehearsal Thursday, June 15 at 10:00-1:30 at CLA.
- Grads must return to CLA gym by 6:00 (earlier if they want to do photos outside CLA with friends and family).
- Families of graduates are to bring finger food – students will take from you as you arrive to line up outside CLA front door.
- Guests must present ceremony tickets to gain entrance into CLA. We are still sorting through extra ticket requests.
- If you have a guest in a wheelchair, please ensure you are at the ceremony early (prior to 6:00) so we can accommodate on the main floor of the ceremony as there is no elevator for balcony seating.
- Doors will open shortly after 6:00 pm
- Guests must be seated by 6:45 pm
- All guests must remain seated for the duration of this very formal ceremony.
- (REMINDER – THIS WEEK) The Grad List: We will review the Grad List next on June 1; students who are not yet caught up in classes, who are behind in online courses, or who have not yet completed their Grad Transitions BY JUNE 1 risk not crossing the stage. If you received a letter about your student and the Grad List and your student is unaware as to why he is not on the Grad List, please have him/her speak with Mr. Moino to find out why.
- (REMINDER) Grad Ceremony Tickets: The form for additional grad ceremony tickets was due last week, Friday, May 19. Additional tickets will be distributed starting May 29. Please remember that additional tickets are $10 each.
- (BOOK YOUR TABLES SOON!) Grad Dinner and Dance Tickets: Dinner Dance Tickets will be on sale for $65 each from Tuesday, May 23 to Friday June 2, For parents who want to only attend speeches, there is a dessert ticket available for $15 with parents having access to coffee and an array of desserts. The dessert tickets will be on sale from June 5 to 9.
- (REMINDER) Grads: You must return your overdue library books and textbooks ASAP in order to pick up your Grad Ceremony Tickets, as well as to purchase Dinner Dance Tickets. Please see the main office if you are not sure about owing books.
- (NEW!) Scholarships:
- The BCPVPA annually awards up to 20 scholarships, in the amount of $1000 each, to students who are graduating from the BC public school system and will proceed to a post-secondary institution. Completed applications are due by Friday, September 29. http://bcpvpa.bc.ca/student-scholarships/
- The BC Retired PVPA annually awards four $1000 scholarships to students who are graduating from the BC public school system and will proceed to a BC post-secondary institution. Completed applications are due by Friday, September 29. http://bcrpvpa.ca/
- The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology offers scholarships to Canadian students wishing to pursue their studies at a Japanese university. The scholarship covers: full tuition; monthly allowance; and, round-trip flight between Japan and Canada. The application deadline is Friday, June 9, 2017. Visit http://bit.ly/2p93S3a (see undergraduate scholarship).
- Johnson Scholarships – 50 $1000 scholarships available for graduating students. Apply by August 31. http://bit.ly/2pGP2l8
- BigSun Scholarship Deadline – The scholarship deadline for the BigSun Organization scholarship is only a month away. Deadline – June 19, 2017. Amount of Award – $500.00 Please visit our website at http://www.bigsunathletics.com
LSS COMMUNITY HELPS ITS OWN
- This story comes from Ms. Majdanac (Aboriginal Support Worker) and Ms. Kercher (Family Support Worker): “We would like to send a big shout-out to all the staff and students in the Foundations program! They used their coffee cart profits to buy pull-ups for one of our LSS families. We’re grateful for their generosity and thoughtful gesture. We’re still collecting pull-ups for a size 3 toddler, if anyone happens to come across some.” These are the types of stories that happen every day at LSS, thanks to an amazing group of staff, students, and community members who care about ALL of our learners. By the way, of you happen to have extra pull-ups for a size 3 toddler, please let the school know, and we can make sure they find a good home!!! 604-534-4171
(SAVE THE DATE!) EVENING OF DANCE – YEAR-END EVENT!
- Evening of Dance 2017: Time Capsule:
- Dancing to the Future
- Thursday June 8th 7pm
- Large Gym
- Tickets $5.00
- Featuring the Dance 9/10 Class and the Choreography 11/12 class.
- Featuring special works by the Drama class
LSS IS GOING TO ITALY!!!
- LSS visits Italy for Spring Break 2018 Update: Wednesday, May 31 is the LAST DAY for the Early Registration Discount. If you have any questions regarding the registration process please email Mr. Janzen at email@example.com.
(REMINDER) FOOD SAFE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY FOR LSS STUDENTS!
- Interested in a career (or finding a summer job!) in the food industry? If so, Food Safe Training is a definite must! If you are interested in getting Food Safe Training (Level 1) at a reasonable price, then please email Ms. Babecoff-Kimhi at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible! If we get enough students interested, then we can host a session at LSS and potentially have an even more reasonable price!
- Work Experience Helps NOW and in the FUTURE! We now have students on Work Experience placements that align with their career goals. These students have demonstrated their ability to keep up with their school work while working at least one shift per week as needed by the employer. Some of the current placements are in the areas of Landscaping, Carpentry, Painting, Tilesetting, Auto Mechanic, Plumbing, Sprinkler fitting, Warehousing, Manufacturing, and Photography. Some of these placements are a direct result of community members contacting Mr. Dickson. Thank you to those who are supporting our students. Even at this late stage of the school year please contact Mr. Dickson at email@example.com if you’d like to get involved.
- Work Experience Also Helps our ELL and Refugee Students! Here is a story that illustrates the positive effects that Work Experience can have (courtesy of Mr. Dickson): “You may recall that I’m teaching an ELL Transitions to Work block. A couple of the girls have done some volunteer shifts and are now paid painters! As a way of making the learning relevant, we’re going to take on the task of painting the kitchen of a local refugee family. I popped in to our local Benjamin Moore to see what they could do for us. It wasn’t too long before a former LSS student stepped up to the plate and got us a donation of a couple gallons of paint; and gave me some contact info for a company that is already supporting some Karen workers. What is it? Once a Saint….” Thanks for your amazing work with our students, Mr. Dickson!
- Letters of Acceptance: This week, several LSS students received their Youth Train in Trades acceptance letters for various programs in the District, including Piping and Plumbing, Horticulture, Culinary Arts, etc. See the photo below for more details!
IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION FOR PARENTS OF GRADE 9 STUDENTS
- Please see the attached letter for important information for parents of Grade 9 students: Grade 9 Immunization Review Letter April 2017
- Junior Varsity Hockey (Courtesy of Mr. McCarthy) – Congratulations to the Saints junior varsity team on their semi-final win over the Walnut Grove Gators by a score of 12-3. In net for the Saints was Kylie Mebs who played a spectacular game holding the Gators to just 3 goals. Scoring for the Saints were, Justin Ralph, who netted himself a natural hat-trick, Jacob Wright and Colton Wellburn , who both also scored hat-tricks, and Sean Bertram who scored two goals, and finally, Kurtis Trowell rounded out the scoring with a single. They now move onto the finals against the REMSS Titans next Wednesday at 2:00pm, Twin Rinks. Go Saints go!
- HD Stafford Rugby – Fraser Valley Champions! (Courtesy of Mr. Davids) – Rugby Boys Fraser Valley Champs: Our boys rugby team entered this past week with a record of 10 and 0 however on Wednesday they played the one they wanted the most. Against our cross town rivals, the WA Fraser Falcons, the Skyhawks squared off for the Lower Fraser Valley Championship. And our boys game out running and gunning right from the initial kickoff. It was a hard fought game and our boys emerged victorious, 34-12, bringing a banner home to our school. Congrats to Coach Colleen, Mr. Horrocks and the entire team! – See more at: https://hdsms.sd35.bc.ca/blog/hawk-squawk/hawk-squawk-may-26th/#sthash.4fUR2zkL.dpuf
(REMINDER) SUMMER SESSION IS COMING SOON!
- Ever thought of attending Summer Session? Did you know that students taking advanced credit courses typically make up about 70-80% of students in Summer Session? If you are interested, Summer Session information is now available! Information sheets are available for pick up in the Main Office, or click on one of the following attachments: SS 2017 Secondary Brochure v2 – SS 2017 Middle Brochure v2 – SS 2017 Elementary Brochure
LSS IN THE NEWS
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK!
FROM THE DISTRICT
- (REMINDER) 2017/18 Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance Summary of Insurance Benefits – Please find attached coverage information for 2017/18 for the Accidental Insurance Policy that parents can purchase. Please include this information in schools’ year end newsletters and encourage parents/guardians to purchase this to avoid having to incur possible significant costs for injuries not enrolled for. 2017 2018 Kids Plus Proposal
- (NEXT WEEKEND – JUNE 4!) 12th Annual Grand Prix Gala – The Foundation in partnership with Thunderbird Showpark is hosting the 12th Annual Grand Prix Gala. This premiere international equestrian event of the year, offers guests a front-row seat on the patio, just inches away from a huge spectacle. Lithe riders atop exquisite beasts leap over dazzling white fences, verdant green hedges and shimmering blue trenches as they compete for the National Cup – the most prestigious award of the year. And that’s not all. Guests are served an array of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, desserts and award-winning wines. Tickets are just $75 or $480 for a table of 8. All net proceeds go to support our Food For Thought Campaign and Homeless Initiative. Please click on the following link: packages3s or go to www.langleyschooldistrictfoundation.com.
- Summer Reading Clubs Open your World to Exciting Possibilities! Please see the attached flyers from Fraser Valley Libraries: TeenSRC2017_poster_sm – SRC2017_LangleyLibraries_Flyer
- 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/
(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.
- Students for Change: Meetings on Tuesdays at lunchtime in Ms. Stewart-Lee’s Office
- Hangar 17: What is Hangar 17? “The Hangar” is the home of Youth Unlimited at the Langley Airport. What looks like a warehouse on the outside is actually like a living room on the inside. There are couches, a TV, segways and tables where we eat together, play board games, catch up on homework, or just hang out. We open up space Wednesdays for our programs and for any students who just want a place to go after school. Please pick up a permission form and more information in the Main Office or check out www.youthunlimited.com!
- Girls Basketball: Any girls interested in playing basketball next year, please attend an open gym session after schools on Thursday at 3:10pm.
- 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 213 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!
- 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
- May 30: Robb Nash Assembly/Concert, Main Gym
- May 31: ELL Field Trip to Lulu Island
- May 31: Foods Field Trip on Safety
- June 1: Law 12 Field Trip to Law Courts
- Jun 6: Year-End Concert
- Jun 15: Grad Rehearsal and Grad Walk, 10 am – 1:30 pm
- Jun 15: Graduation Ceremony at CLA, 7 pm
- Jun 16: Graduation Dinner and Dance
- Jun 23: English 12 Provincial Exam, 9 am
- Jun 26: Communications 12 Provincial Exam, 9 am
- Jun 28: LSS Awards Night at CLA
- Jun 30: Report Cards Issued, details TBA