The Saints Scoop – May 7, 2017

May 7, 2017


As you scroll down the newsletter below, I hope you get a sense of some of the numerous opportunities that exist at LSS.  These opportunities are put together by LSS staff so that our students have a chance to learn more about the world around them, while also learning more about their own strengths and interests.  I encourage you to read on so that you be sure that you have the “Scoop” on what is happening at LSS!


  • The Grad List Letters are being sent out THIS WEEK:  Please be aware that Grad List letters are being sent home this week if the student is NOT on the Grad List; the Grad List is the list of students who are expected to graduate from LSS, and who will be crossing the stage at the Grad Ceremony at CLA on June 15, 2017.  This list will also be posted within the school.  As for students NOT on the Grad List, there are a few different letters that are being sent home.  Please take a minute to read the summary below
    • Not Graduating – Not enough Credits: This letter simply states that this student is not graduating at this time, as he/she does not have enough requirements to graduate for this June.  Depending on the circumstances, the student may be able to enrol for one more semester with the permission of administration.
    • Not Graduating – Failing a course or missing Grad Transitions:  This letter states that the student CAN graduate this year, BUT he/she is currently failing a course and/or missing Grad Transitions assignments.  If the student completes missing work and is passing courses, this student MAY still graduate this year.  Please see your admin or counsellor to find out what needs to happen!
    • Graduating, so far, but BARELY!  This letter states that the student is currently passing courses, BUT is close to 50% and close to NOT passing.  This purpose of this letter is to ensure that the student is aware of this, and that he/she FINISHES STRONGLY!
  • (THIS WEEK!) Grad Movie Night:  There is a movie night coming up for all 2017 Grads on Monday, May 8th Free event with drinks and snacks.  For more info, check out the Grad Facebook Page!
  • (DEADLINE IN 1 WEEK!) Grad Dinner Dance Guest Passes:  Guest Pass Applications for the 2017 Grad Dinner Dance are available for pick-up in the Main Office.  Deadline for handing in the form is Monday, May 15th.
  • (THIS WEEK!) English 12 Provincial Re-Writes:  Are you unhappy with your English 12 Provincial Exam mark from last year or first semester?  Grade 12’s should know that they have nothing to lose by rewriting their English 12 provincial exam this Thursday!  They are permitted to rewrite once after their initial write. Students can see one of the counsellors to register…
  • 2017 – 2018 BCIT ENTRANCE AWARDS:  We are pleased to announce that the following Entrance Awards are available to students who are planning to attend BCIT commencing . We are pleased to announce that the following Entrance Awards are available to students who are planning to attend BCIT commencing April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
    • Up to 25 BCIT President’s Entrance Awards, available only to current High School students.  Valued up to $4,000 each.  Deadline: August 5, 2017
    • Over 90 additional BCIT Entrance Awards.  Valued up to $5,000 each.  Deadlines: August 5, 2017 and January 6, 2018
    • Please see the Entrance Awards Booklet for your reference.  Copies of this booklet and the application forms can also be downloaded directly from our web site at  Help your students pay for their education by encouraging them to apply!  
  • Thanks to Ms. Bhandari, Ms. Winsor, and Ms. Batistel for their work in helping to organize the Grad hoodies. Here, Ms. Winsor is handing out a hoodie to a patient grad!


  • Ms. Wood and Mr. Hantke, along with LSS’ AVID 11 students and ACSS’ AVID 11 students went on a post-secondary tour in BC’s interior this past Wednesday and Thursday.  In two short days, the group travelled by charter bus to UBC-Okanagan in Kelowna and to Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, and were introduced to the programs and the people at both universities, getting a taste of the post-secondary experience… and students liked what the universities had to offer!

    Langley students exploring post-secondary options in the BC interior.


  • Mr. Dickson’s Transitions to Work class recently had a field trip to the Finishing Trades Institute in Surrey ( Students learned about training and apprenticeship opportunities in Painting, Drywalling, and Glazing. Some students are already working in this field as part of their educational program. Work Experience can be a valuable tool to explore career options and develop the maturity needed to be successful. Students interested in career opportunities should see one of our Career Team members:  Mr. Palichuk, Mr. Dickson, Ms. Blessing, Ms. Rand, Ms. Babecoff-Kimhi. 

    LSS students checking out the different trades at the Finishing Trades Institute in Surrey.

    Hands-on (and helmets on!) experiences for our LSS students!

  • Community Connections:  Thank you for the community support of work programs. A  recent call to Mr. Dickson by a construction contractor has resulted in two work experience opportunities for our students. We have students interested in many fields. If you are able to support a work experience or job shadowing opportunity please contact Mr. Dickson at


  • On Monday, May 8, in anticipation of the Provincial election and to increase student interest and awareness in government and the democratic process, LSS will host its own Student Vote 2017.  Voting stations will be located outside Room 223 from 8 am until 3 pm, and in front of the main office at lunch. Be sure to encourage your student to vote!


  • For those who saw last week’s Scoop, you will know that our Jazz Band played some tunes at HD Stafford just over a week ago.  The LSS Band followed up with their next “hit” performance by playing in LSS’ Main Foyer this past week!  They provided quite the welcome to staff and students alike.  If you are interested in learning how to play an instrument, it is NEVER too late!  Please see Ms. Thorpe in the Music room (across from the Dance Studio) and ask about taking a Beginner’s Band class for 2017/18!

    Members of the Jazz band make some big -time sounds in the LSS foyer this past week!

    Ms. Thorpe, accompanying the Jazz band on the piano. (Photos courtesy of Ms. Winsor)


  • Speaking of LSS’ Music program, congratulations to the Senior Choir who performed at the Kiwanis Fraser Valley International Music Festival this past week.  The choir had excellent feedback from the adjudicator and the students received an outstanding result for their efforts: a Silver Medal!


  • LSS Track and Field:  (Courtesy of Ms. Ellis) The LSS track team participated in the Upper Fraser Valleys this past week.  A huge congratulations goes out to all the athletes that participated: Morgan Astles, David Basso, Riley King, Nathan King and Kevin HughesNathan King placed 5th in the high jump and 11th in the 200m.  Kevin Hughes placed first in the 100m, 200m and 400m, winning the aggregate award for the meet.  Both Kevin and Nathan will be competing for LSS at the Fraser Valley Track Meet, May 15-18 in Coquitlam.

    Riley King running the 3000 Metre race.

    Nathan King in the high jump

    Morgan Astles showing fine technique as she is about to throw the javelin.

    Kevin Hughes and Nathan King run the 200 metre sprint final.

    David Basso and his leap into the long jump pit!

    Kevin Hughes shows off his aggregate award as top male in his age group, for coming first in three separate events – congratulations to Kevin and to all of his teammates! (And thanks to Ms. Ellis for her photos, and her coaching!)

  • Senior Girls Soccer:  (Courtesy of Ms. Ellis) Congratulations to all the girls who participated on the senior girls’ soccer team.  The team is in a rebuilding phase and built on the success of last year.  This year the team won a regular season game and was in most games.  The team participated in a one day tournament in Surrey.  The team played in the quarter finals, losing in a shoot out to the team that went on to win the tournament.  Mr. Mahil, Mr. Pulice and Ms Ellis would like to thank all the girls for their participation and look forward to next season.


  • If you would like to have an influence in how PAC supports LSS, please consider attending the next PAC Meeting on May 15, at 7 pm.  Next year’s Executive will be elected at this meeting!


  • District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) is the collective voice of the parents of the Langley School District (SD#35).  In the interest of serving your needs to the best of our abilities, we encourage all parents to complete this short survey to assist us in the future planning of how to serve all PACs and parents better. Please click on the following link for the survey:
  • This survey contains 24 questions and should take you approximately 5 minutes to complete. We appreciate your participation, and thank you for your time. If you have any ideas or questions about or arising from this survey, please feel free to contact us at:


  • (Courtesy of Mr. Mccarthy) The LSS Junior Varsity hockey team finished their regular season of play in a convincing way against the Aldergrove Totems. In net for the Saints was Kylie Mebbs, who played a solid game and rose to the occasion when asked upon. The game was somewhat of a lop- sided one as the Totems could not match the Saints play or skill.
    • The first period was a tightly played period with good play-making on behalf of the Saints, and some good defensive play for the Totems. It wasn’t until the six minute mark that the Saints would net their first goal of the game with a nice goal by Justin Ralph, assisted by Ayden Power; 1-0 Saints.
    • The second period is where the Saints skill, hard work and excellent playmaking really took off with six unanswered goals coming in from, Ayden Power, assisted by Jacob Wright; Jake Herod, assisted by Justin Ralph; Jacob Wright, assisted by Jake Herod; Justin Ralph, assisted by Jacob Wright; Sean Bertram, assisted by Stephen Sielsky, and Ayden Power; Jacob Wright, assisted by Coleton Fisher, and Jake Herod; 7-0 Saints.
    • The third period was a continuation of the second period, with great puck movement, hard work, and awesome defense, which held the Totems offense at bay, and limited their opportunities on net minder Kylie Mebbs. It would be the Saints again who would score first in the period and would never let up or take a shift off for the rest of the game. Scoring the Saints eight goal was Kurtis Trowell, assisted by Sean Bertram; 8-0 Saints. The Saints would go on to score three more unanswered goals by, Justin Ralph, assisted by Jaydon Atkins; Sean Bertram, assisted by Kurtris Trowell, and finally, Coleton Fisher, assisted by Jake Herod and Ayden Power; 11-0 Saints. The final score would end up being 11-0 Saints and Kylie Mebbs would get a shutout on the game!
    • The team will now start their playoffs next week, but no schedule has been released as of yet. Way to go Saints!!


  • 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


  • Work Experience – Did you know… Students can also receive course credits for Work Experience if they demonstrate educational growth during their placement?  Please see your counselor to add a Work Experience course to your course schedule for next September.  It is offered as either ‘Off the timetable’ or as a regularly scheduled course.
  • (IN JUST OVER 1 WEEK!) Scholarship Presentation:  Brittany Palmer, from “Unlock your Future,” will be presenting at LSS on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 pm on how to navigate the pathway to applying for scholarships.  This event is Free to LSS families.  All others will be charged a $5 entrance fee.  Please see the attached poster and invitation for more details. Poster-LSS – Invitation-LSS
  • UBC Opportunity for Indigenous Students:  A one-week cultural, health and science program for Indigenous students going into grades 9-12.The program promotes interest in health and science programs through firsthand experience at the University of British Columbia.Great opportunities to meet new friends, eat great food, connect with Elders and role models, and enjoy fun, laughter and learning.” from: Please Apply Quickly!


It’s 90s day at LSS as grads dress up in their parents’ coolest old clothing!!!

Another group of “90’s” students!

Word on the street is that LSS student Taylor Hurlburt will be a part of the Grand Entry at the Cloverdale Rodeo in 2 weeks time. Here she is, during one other many practice sessions!

Now that is a smile worthy of a Saint, an LSS Saint!

LSS staff on Pro-D day, with many gathered in the library, while others attended events throughout the District.

Staff at LSS took part in the Blanket activity, followed by reflection afterwards. This was a very powerful and meaningful exercise for LSS staff; thanks to District presenter Cecelia Reekie for an excellent morning!


  • (SAVE THE DATE – 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


  • Youth Hub Calendar:  Please see the attached calendar of events for the Youth Hub: 13 Youth Calendar May 2017
  • “In The Know” Series:  Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 23 and will feature Chelsea Conron as our guest speaker. The topic is “Help them stay safe: What Parents of teens need to know.”  Chelsea will speak to us on why it is so important to have conversations with our youth around drug use, parties and risky behaviours. How do we encourage youth to think about safety for themselves and their friends? As parents, what do we need to know? FamilySmart-ITK-Poster-Langley-May23-revised
  • (THIS WEEK) Career Fair!  Please see the attached Career Fair Poster for information on the upcoming event this Thursday, May 11:
  • The Fort Langley Kayak Canoe Club is hosting an open house.  Anybody who wants to come try a boat can do it for free on Saturday May 13th.  All ages!  Please see the attached poster for details:  Open House Poster
  • 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!


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
  • 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 or phone 604-557-6507. Please pick up a permission form in the office!  No membership fees.  All art supplies provided.


  • May 8:             Grad Movie Night, 7 pm!
  • May 9:             Provincial Election, Polling Station in the Library
  • May 11:           LSS Dance class at Ballet BC event in Vancouver!
  • May 11:           Staff Collaboration, Students Dismissed at 1:30 pm
  • May 15:           Project of Heart Canoe Presentations Begin in Library
  • May 15-18:      Honour Roll Assemblies
  • May 15:           PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm – Executive Vote
  • May 16:           Brittany Palmer (How to apply for Scholarships), LSS Library, 7 pm
  • May 17:           Careers 9 Assembly
  • May 17:           AVID Campus Tour of UBC
  • May 17:           Aboriginal Achievement Awards, WGSS, 5 pm
  • May 22:           Victoria Day, Schools are CLOSED
  • May 23:           Fire Drill
  • May 30:           Robb Nash Concert, Main Gym
  • Jun 15:            Graduation Ceremony at CLA, 7 pm
  • Jun 16:            Graduation Dinner and Dance
  • Jun 23:            English 12 Provincial Exam
  • Jun 26:            Communications 12 Provincial Exam

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