May 31, 2020
UPDATED! ON-GOING LEARNING PLAN – CHANGES FOR JUNE 1st
- The school’s plan was sent out in an email to those who stated “Yes” to returning to LSS during the week of June 1. If you said “Yes” and did not receive the email package, please email Mr. Moino at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
- Also, with so many textbooks and library books having been lent out to students before Spring Break, please be sure to return textbooks once you no longer need them for classes. You can return the books EITHER to the Main Office, in the Old Library, OR to the New Library Learning Commons, in the New Build (entrance from the back parking lot). Thank you in advance!
- Bussing questions:
- We will be sending out Bussing information Sunday evening to those students who were already on the District Bus lists before Spring Break, AND who also said “Yes” to returning and indicated they needed bussing.
- To clarify, if your student did NOT get bussing before Spring break, he/she will NOT get bussing in June.
- THIS WEEK! – GRAD CEREMONY UPDATE
- Grad Ceremony 2020 – Adapted Plan
- Over 3 days, from Tuesday, June 2 to Thursday, June 4, the LSS graduates will take part in an adapted Graduation Ceremony that attempts to provide our grads and families with a memorable and tangible experience, while meeting the requirements of the BC Public Health Officer that are meant to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and families.
- The Graduation Ceremony will take place with smaller groups of graduates, with 2 ceremonies per day over the 3 days (noted above). The adapted ceremonies will take place at 11 am and 2 pm, on each of the 3 days.
- Video cameras will be set-up, with each ceremony being video recorded. This various video recordings will be edited together and the entire “Grad Ceremony” will be released as a “Premiere event” on what would have been the Grad ceremony evening, on Wednesday, June 17.
- The Details:
- When do Grads Come to LSS?
- Tuesday, June 2
- 11 am Ceremony* – Grads with last names A-C
- 2 pm Ceremony** – Grads with last names D-G
- Wednesday, June 3
- 11 am Ceremony* – Grads with last names H-K
- 2 pm Ceremony** – Grads with last names L-P
- Thursday, June 4
- 11 am Ceremony* – Grads with last names R-T
- 2 pm Ceremony** – Grads with last names U-Z
- Tuesday, June 2
- *Grads in the 11 am Ceremony should arrive by 10:30 am in the Library Learning Commons to get their gowns, before lining up in the hallway.
- **Grads in the 2 pm Ceremony should arrive by 1:30 pm in the Library Learning Commons to get their gowns, before lining up in the hallway.
- Be sure to dress nicely AND comfortably!
- We will gather approximately 30 graduates per ceremony, by alphabetical order.
- Students will gather first in the Library and Student Commons and practice Physical Distancing while picking up their grad gowns, grad caps, and grad stoles.
- After they put on their caps, gowns, and stoles, students will be lined up in alphabetical order in the hallway outside the Commons areas, 6 feet apart.
- Large Gym
- They will then walk to the Large Gym, where they will be seated in chairs across the gym, again, at least 6 feet apart.
- In the Large Gym, students will hear a few messages from staff and others, both on the video screen and in person. This should take no more than 20-30 minutes. The purpose of this is to ensure that the Grads know that, even though things are different, they are not forgotten by those who care about them in the school system.
- Small Gym
- The small gym will be the area where students “cross the stage.”
- It will be decorated with flowers and LSS banners, similar to the stage at CLA. The curtains will be extended and the black mat will be placed on the floor. Lighting will also be set-up.
- Video cameras will be set-up, with each ceremony being video recorded. This various video recordings will be edited together and released on what would have been the Grad ceremony evening, on Wednesday, June 17.
- Each grad will be able to invite one parent/guest to sit in the small gym bleachers.
- In the bleachers, we will have up to 30 parents/guests in seats at least 6 feet apart. Seats are already marked with tape.
- The role of the parents in the bleachers will be to clap and support each student as they cross the stage; parents/guests may also take photos as they please.
- The question of whether grads can invite a second guest has come up with some parents. If a 2nd parent/guest would like to wait outside until their grad crosses the stage, they may, as long as they remain physically distanced from one another. They will be required to remain outside until their grad’s name is called; they may stand in the gym while their grad crosses the stage, and then they must leave after their grad leaves. This is similar to what other schools that allow two parents are doing.
- If fewer grads or fewer than 30 parents/guests show up, then we may be able to let the 2nd parent/guest be seated in the small gym bleachers.
- NEW DETAIL – Parent Entrance: Parents should line up at the PE hallway doors (North, facing the portables). Both students and parents should plan to arrive about ½ hour before each Ceremony is scheduled to begin (at 10:30 am for the 11 am Ceremony, and at 1:30 pm for the 2 pm Ceremony).
- Crossing the Stage
- Stage comments will be read by a staff member for each student.
- The video will show each student crossing the stage, with the comment being read out for her/him.
- We want this to be as “tight” as possible to recreate the formality and gravitas of Grad.
- This also allows for a continuous video that will make the editing of the final video much more manageable for Mr. Howlett.
- The video will include a valedictorian speech and a principal’s speech. We also have some special video messages from various dignitaries from around Langley that will be added to the video.
- Photos with professional quality camera after they exit stage, before they leave the gym.
- Grads will keep the gowns… they take them home and keep them! Photos can take place at home.
- GRAD LIST – We emailed a final Grad List earlier this week to Grade 12 families. If you did not receive this email, please email Mr. Moino at email@example.com
- Grad Gown Photo Shoot – Thanks to the students who responded to Ms. Rees’ call-out for the photoshoot in Campbell Valley. Photos below in the “Photos the Week”!
- NEW! – SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY!
- Each year, the Alexandra Foundation for Neighbourhood Houses provides financial assistance to deserving students who wish to pursue post-secondary training in the artistic, academic or technical field. Up to eight Elmer Helm Youth Fund awards may be presented, of which a minimum of four will go to new recipients, while up to four may be given to prior recipients who are continuing their undergraduate studies. Each recipient will receive $1,500.00 in two payments of $750.00 in early August and January.
- To be eligible for this award, students must demonstrate they are planning to pursue studies in a certificate or degree program at the college or university level, and must be significantly involved in their community in a volunteer capacity. Please distribute the enclosed information on the Elmer Helm Youth Fund to the appropriate candidates. If you have any questions regarding the eligibility or application process, please contact Carly Geistlinger at firstname.lastname@example.org
- What is the Elmer Helm Youth Fund?
- Each year, hundreds of youth are denied their dream of post-secondary education. This is not for lack of talent or commitment, it’s because they lack the financial means. Elmer Helm had a dream: to make a positive difference in the community by acting on the belief that when people work together to strengthen their neighborhoods, everyone benefits.
- This fund is to assist youth who may not have the financial means to participate in achieving their goal of post-secondary education. Students who receive this award are eligible for funding for up to 4 years. The fund is open to young people under the age of 25 years old. This fund is not a primarily academic competition. Of equal importance to academic success is contribution to the community exemplifying the Neighbourhood House ideal of community service and strengthening communities. Recipients of the fund will receive $1500 in two installments (August and January) over the course of the year.
- Application Procedure:
- The following information should be mailed to The Alexandra Foundation for Neighbourhood Houses at 203-3102 Main Street, Vancouver BC V5T 3G7 (Attention: Carly Geistlinger) or via email to email@example.com:
- 1) A letter from the candidate outlining personal and career goals, and an explanation of why the candidate believes he or she should be selected for the award.
- 2) Three letters of reference from members of the community or from school.
- 3) Documentation regarding academic standing and other accomplishments (i.e. transcripts).
- 4) Contact information ( Name, Phone number, address, and Email Address)
- The deadline for all applications is Tuesday, June 30, 2020. All applications must be received by 5:00pm on this date.
- For more information, please visit www.alexandrafoundation.org
- See the attached handout for more info: 2020 Elmer Helm Youth Fund Information Package
PAC ELECTION RESULTS!
- Congratulations to our parents elected to the PAC Executive this past week. Some of the key roles include:
- President: Michael Hylands
- Treasurer: Erika Peebles
- Secretary: Kim Yettaw
REMINDER! – HOCKEY ACADEMY IS BACK!
- LSS is proud to announce the return of the Hockey Academy in September 2020! We are looking forward to having another opportunity for students to pursue their passions while attending school. The Hockey Academy has had a long and positive history at LSS. With the return of the Hockey Academy, LSS now is back to having 3 sports Academies (Hockey, Baseball and Softball) that allow LSS students to excel in their sports and academics. There are still spots available for students to register; if you are interested, please contact Mr. Bannister (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
REMINDER! – SUMMER SESSION REGISTRATION STARTS MONDAY!
- Online Registration Opens This Monday – May 25th
- The only options for open registration this year are Full Credit grade 10-12 classes. The full details, including the format for this year’s “Blended Summer Learning” along with the specific classes that are offered can be found at:
- Langley School District students get priority registration for Blended Summer Learning classes from Monday, May 25th to Sunday, June 7th. From June 8th onward, registration is open to all eligible students from other districts.
- Blended Summer Learning
- The “Blended” part of Summer Learning this year is a mix of Moodle, Teams and opportunities for in-person assistance (optional for students) at REMSS. Students can complete their whole course even if they are unable to attend the in-person sessions, but we know it will give them a greater chance for success if they are able to attend in person for their scheduled times.
- Other Details
- You will find the most information if you go to the website linked above (http://sd35summersession.ca/).
- Students will only be able to sign up for one Full Credit class this year due to the schedule and also due to the intense nature of Blended Summer Learning in the short time available.
THIS WEEK! – MESSAGE OF CARE FOR LANGLEY SENIORS
- (From the District). Let’s help bring some joy and a sense of community to our seniors. Ahead of Seniors Week June 1st to 8th, the Langley Human Dignity Coalition is encouraging our community to help raise spirits for some of our most vulnerable. The current pandemic has been difficult for everyone but it has been especially hard on seniors. The loneliness that our seniors are experiencing due to being isolated from family, friends, and community is devastating. The Coalition is asking children and youth to create paintings, drawings, or poems, for the seniors in our community. For info on how you can help: https://bit.ly/2zq1fV1
REMINDER – 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.
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 email@example.com
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:
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
DISTRICT & COMMUNITY NEWS
- School District Playgrounds Open as of June 1st
- Playgrounds on all District sites will be open as of June 1st.
- District staff will be removing caution tape and posting signage beginning Friday, May 29th.
- During school hours, school sites are closed campuses.
- During school hours, playgrounds will be utilized under the health and safety guidelines specific to the school.
- Students using playgrounds will continue to follow handwashing guidelines.
- Playgrounds are not being regularly sanitized; please follow all signage and practice appropriate health and safety guidelines.
- Issues, complaints, or concerns related to playground equipment or usage at or near schools should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pregnant and Parenting Youth June Calendar – June 2020
- On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, check out the following hashtag for photos and ideas from around the District!
- 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/
- 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.
- June 1 – Return to partial schooling begins in BC
- June 2-4 – Grad Ceremony (See details above!)
- June 10-11 – AVID Portfolio Interviews
- June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day; Father’s Day
- June 25 – Final Report Cards Issued
- July 1 – Canada Day (Happy 153rd Birthday, Canada!)