The Saints Scoop! – November 11, 2018

November 11, 2018


  • This past Thursday, LSS held our Remembrance Day Assemblies, one for grade 9 and 10 students and the second for grade 11 and 12 students.  In both assemblies, the students quietly and respectfully entered the small gym to the sound of bagpipes, as played by student Aiden Fowler.  Once students were seated, the school’s choir led the audience in singing “O Canada.”  After a few words by Mr. Moino, students the heard the stories of five LSS students/graduates who fought in World War II:  Lorne Chapman, Bill Berry, Eldon Porter, Joan Bethell, and Robin Kendall (who was killed in action); the stories were researched by Ms. Zyra’s AVID 11 class using original yearbooks from the 1940s.  After the students watched a video by Langley District students, the students then listened to the Last Post (trumpeted by LSS student Alex Kerry), reflected in the moment of silence, then heard the Rouse before the assembly ended.  Students and staff commented on the meaningful and respectful tone of the assembly; thank you to all staff and students who assisted in putting together this important assembly.
  • Thanks to the Art Department for decorating the gym; as the sign reads, poppies are placed on the floor for each member of the LSS who fought in WW II.

    The poppies line the floor of the small gym, with the PowerPoint behind.

    Each poppy has the name of someone from LSS who fought in WW II, from this list created shortly after the war.

    Aiden Fowler playing the bagpipes as students enter.

    Students respectfully enter… by the time they leave the assembly, many students were reading the names of students past… Lest we forget…

    During the assembly…

    Our student musicians and readers.


  • BCIT Big Info on Wednesday, November 14 – Big Info is the largest program expo and information session at BCIT. Your students can get their questions answered by faculty and current students from over 300 programs – all in one place.  To help spread the word, we have prepared a printable poster and digital slide ready for download.
    • Wednesday, Nov 14
      4:30-7:30 pm
      BCIT Burnaby Campus
      3700 Willingdon Avenue
      Note: Parking on campus is free after 3:30 pm.  Students also have a chance to win one of three prizes of $1000 in tuition. See contest rules for details.
  • REMINDER! UBC Pharmacy Day! We invite you to spread the word about Discover Pharmacy Day on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, University of British Columbia!Discover Pharmacy Day is a one-day event that gives high school students a sneak-peak into the world of pharmacy. This event is geared towards high school students in grades 10-12 who are interested in health sciences programs and want to learn more about what it means to be a pharmacist! Participants will participate in two workshops, sit in on an interesting lecture from our very own Dr. James P. McCormack, Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Co-host of the popular Best Science (BS) Medicine Podcast, and learn about how to start their journey to pharmacy school. Participants will receive a certificate to acknowledge their participation in the learning sessions – after all, many of the workshops are taken straight from Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum!
    • Spaces are limited. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
    • More information can be found on our event webpage.
    • To apply, complete this application form
  • ***See below in “Careers” for more post-secondary opportunities!
  • REMINDER! The Fairy Godmother Foundation: Helping you get ready for Prom! – The Fairy Godmother Foundation is here to help grade 12 students in Langley high schools, whose families may be facing financial adversity, get ready for Prom.  The foundation helps by providing students with a gown or suit, accessories, and even shoes.  The program application process is confidential, but space is limited so we need to hear back from interested students ASAP.  If you would like to be part of this experience, please contact Mrs. Stewart-Lee, Mr. Lewis, Ms. Kauldher, Ms. Salmon, Ms. Danielle Smith, Mr. Juan SanchezVilla, or Ms. Nicole Kercher.  ***The deadline date for referrals is February 1st.
  • REMINDER! Student Transcript Service (STS) – Just a reminder that it is essential for all of our grade 12’s to sign up for a Student Transcript Service (STS) account as soon as possible, so that they are able to order transcripts in future, and so they can give permission to postsecondary institutions to view their grades throughout this year.  LSS Counsellors are especially concerned because SFU reminded them about the importance of STS this past week at Counsellors’ day (they will be relying on it for admission decisions this year) …  Our Counsellors have also run into a handful of 12’s lately who do not seem to be aware of this procedure, or even what STS is.
  • REMINDER! Grad Council meets every Tuesday at lunch in the small gym – Grade 12s are invited to impact their grad year, and make it the best grad year ever!  See Mrs. Thornburn if you have any questions!
  • REMINDER! from Dry Grad:
    • The Dry Grad committee has Willowbrook Charity shopping event tickets available. $10 gets a ticket for this exclusive shopping night on Nov 20th from 6:30-9:30pm. Lots of prizes to be won, special sales, refreshments, and  live entertainment. Get a jump on your holiday shopping.  Best part is that 100% of the proceeds goes to the LSS Dry Grad.  Email Anne at if you would like to purchase a ticket.
    • Grads and Families, Please join us on Dec 6th for our Christmas themed Fashion Show. Something new this year…we are hosting a consignment sale so that previous grads can sell their formal wear. And we are opening this up to grads from other schools too. All we ask is that sellers buy a ticket to the event and pre-register by emailing Lisa at All negotiations and transactions will be between the seller and the buyer. So please help us by spreading the word to any grads you know and be sure to buy a ticket to this fun event.
    • Be sure to join the LSS Dry Grad 2019 Facebook page as the best way to stay up-to-date on this year’s Dry Grad event!
    • We now have an account open at Willowbrook recycling (19641 60 Ave.). Bring in your cans and bottles and just tell them you’d like to credit the LSS Dry Grad 2019 account #606.


  • Report Cards will be published and handed out this Friday, November 16, 2018.  The best place to access your student’s Report Card is on the Parent Portal.  We will also be distributing copies of paper Report Cards to students, while the LSS community transitions to greater use on the Portal. Please see the attachment below if you need a reminder or assistance in getting on to the Portal:
  •   Reminder-Family Portal-Report Cards-Nov 16,2018


  • Dear lovely, patient folk – if you want to save time on your Christmas shopping, AND help out the music students at the same time, we have a fundraiser going on right now:
    • Purdy’s!  Delivered to your hands without you having to brave the mall.   This one you can do online:  Langley Secondary Music is fundraising with Purdy’s Chocolatier, just in time for Christmas!  If you’d like to support us through purchasing some very sweet Christmas gifts for friends, family and yourself, please click the link below:  After you’ve signed in you can buy our amazing chocolates or invite others to join and support our Fundraising Campaign.  Deadline for orders is Nov. 28.  If you have any questions, please email Ms. Thorpe at


  • The Annual Christmas family gathering will take place on Friday, November 30th at 5-8pm at HD Stafford.  A full Christmas dinner will be provided as well as children’s activities, entertainment, vendor tables and  Elf shop to get your picture taken with Santa!  All families, friends of families, teachers and staff welcome! 


  • On Saturday, November 17, dozens of crafters and other vendors will descend on LSS to show off their wares, and just in time for Christmas and the Holiday Season!  Thanks to the LSS PAC for hosting this event, with net proceeds of table rentals and snack sales to benefit LSS students and programs. Entry to the event is by donation. So, come on out and show your support for LSS, while also finding some great buys!


  • Lab Tour registration and Student Team Tour registration are now open! We are anticipating all tours filling up well in advance of the date, so encourage your students to sign up soon.  The links are live, but won’t be posted to our website until Saturday, November 10 – only those who have already registered for the UBC Engineering & Architecture Open House and yourself are receiving these links today! Lab Tour Registration: https://ubclabtours2018.eventbrite.caStudent Team Tour Registration:
  • Girls in grades 10, 11, and 12 can also register for the Women in Engineering Panel and Lunch. This is a unique opportunity to connect with our current women students and faculty.Our program will be shared online shortly and will help students “Engineer their Day” and take in everything UBC Engineering & Architecture has to offer. We look forward to seeing you at the UBC Engineering & Architecture Open House on Saturday, November 24, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm.  Women in Engineering Lunch Registration: https://ubcwielunch2018.eventbrite.caSchool of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) information:
  • Girls in Engineering Event at the Vancouver Aquarium – On December 3Let’s Talk Science UBC has partnered up with Ocean Wise to host a symposium for girls around Marine Engineering at the Vancouver Aquarium. The event is FREE to attend but registration is mandatory. The registration system is opened for students to register themselves not for educators. If an educator wishes to register a class or cohort of girls, they must ask each individual student to register themselves for the event. Attached is a poster for the event that I hope you can distribute. Here is the link for the online registration form:
  • DUAL CREDIT OPPORTUNITY!  Interested in an opportunity similar to what you just read above?  Students in grade 11 or 12 who are interested in joining one of the dual credit programs (Piping/Plumbing, Carpentry, Automotive, Hairdressing, Electrical) should see Mrs. Blessing in the Counselling area as soon as possible. There may be seats available for this coming February.  Act now and take advantage of this careers opportunity!
  • THIS WEEK!  The ACSS Hairdressing Program is hosting a Hair Show!  To learn more about the program and this special evening, please see the attached and below: hairshow 2018
  • REMINDER! City of Langley Fire Hall Work Experience – 90 Hour Experience; Applications due November 30, 2018 City Fire Hall
  • THIS WEEK! Take Our Kids to Work Day (TOKTWD)– for Grade 9 Students is on November 14.  Take Our Kids to Work Day!  Handouts that included consent forms were sent out last week – be sure to get them returned ASAP!  Extra copies can be found in the main office.  You can also print the package at this website:


  • SENIOR BOYS:  Congratulations to LSS, the 2018 AA Senior Boys Fraser Valley Champions!  The team defeated Thomas Haney 4-0 in a game that the boys clearly wanted and worked hard to win.  Next up:  the AA Senior Boys Provincial Championships in Burnaby, starting the week of November 19.  Best wishes to the team as they move on to their next challenge!
  • Team meeting (with coaches) before the FV Championship game…

  • Proud players showing off their medals!

    Proud administrators with the Fraser Valley banner!

    And one of the proud couches (Mr. Mahil) with the banner, plaque, and hardware!

    And the whole team after the win!


  • The Senior Boys Football team lost a tough game 21-14 to Ballenas this past Friday, falling just one yard short of a tying touchdown.  This means the Saints season is now over, with coaches beginning preparations for next year already.  As disappointing as this loss was, the team has plenty to be proud of, with 11 Conference All-Stars, a record for the program, and several players continuing their football careers at post-secondary or potentially in the community.  The team also had plenty of praise from opposition coaches; LSS has built a strong program with five consecutive years of playoff appearances!  Congratulations to the team and to the coaches – you provided us with plenty of exciting moments and games in this very memorable season, and we are proud of all that you have accomplished!


  • This past week was the High School Swim Meet at Surrey Sports and Leisure Complex – it was supposed to be 2 weeks ago, when after an hour into the meet it was cancelled due to a power outage from to a nearby vehicle accident. Dina Ehl swam for LSSand qualified for PROVINCIALS (to be held in Richmond, Friday, Nov. 16. In each event, the TOP TEN swimmers go to Provincials.
  • Dina placed:
    • 1)  9th of 80 swimmers for the 50m Breastroke.
    • 2) 13th of 100 swimmers for 50m Free
    • 3) I just found out that Dina placed 11th in the 50m FLY, missing the automatic Provincials placement by 0.2 seconds!  This means she will be an alternate in the Provincials for this event in case someone scratches.
  • Dina also met a former LSS student who now coaches for South Delta Secondary, Richard Hortness.  Richard made it to the 2008 (Beijing) and 2012 (London) Olympics for swimming.  What an exciting day for Dina – congratulations on a superb day of swimming!
  • Congratulations to Dina on a busy and successful swim meet!

    Dina with former LSS student and Olympian Richard Hortness!

    Richard Hortness’ Olympic ring – very cool!


  • Grade 12s working on Part 2 of the Grad Trans assignment, in Room 128 – thanks for working with this group, Ms. Sewell!

    AVID grade 11 and 12 students working in focus study groups, collaboratively problem solving on points of confusion.

    More AVID students… sometimes they DO take a break!

    Assemblies like the ones for Remembrance Day take a lot of helping hands. Thanks to PE staff and students for the set-up of the small gym, and Ms. Pais Martin’s students for helping PE with the “take down” of the gym.

    A fabulous piece of door art in the Art Wing, along with the fabulous artist!

    Speaking of Art, Ms. Rees sets upside art work in the display cabinet in the Main Foyer!


  • Clubs are starting to kick off at LSS.  Getting involved is one of the ingredients to a successful school year…  So, take a moment to see what your student what might be interested in, and encourage him/her to go these rooms below to find out more!
    • The LSS Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) will be meeting at lunch time in Ms. Lee’s room, 218. This is a safe space for students to hang out and have open discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend!
    • Senior Boys Open Gym:  Every Tuesday after school in the Small Gym.
    • Manga Club:  Are you interested in Manga, anime of Japanese-style art?  The Mange Club will be meeting Wednesdays after school in the Library.
    • After School Dance Club!  The After School Dance Club is starting up again. This class runs every Tuesday from 3-4pm in the dance studio. This is an open class for all students at LSS who would like to participate in a dance class.  Come and experience Hip Hop, Jazz, Zumba, Lyrical and Contemporary Dance. Bring a friend and enjoy Dance!  Please sign up in the Dance studio.  First class will be next Tuesday Oct, 9th.
    • KnitWits Club:  Would you like to relax and learn a new skill?  Would you like to learn how to knit?  Please feel free to join us on Thursdays at lunch in Room 145. (Ms. Lee’s Foods Room).  The club is open to anyone, beginners to advanced knitters are welcome.
    • WEX (Work Experience) Wednesday Flex:  Students who are registered or interested in Work Experience, please join us on Wednesdays during Flex Block in Room 136.
    • Grad Council meets every Tuesday at lunch in the small gym – Grade 12s are invited to impact their grad year, and make it the best grad year ever!  See Mrs. Thornburn if you have ay questions!
    • LSS Debate and Model UN Club: Join us every Thursday at lunchtime in Room 220. Members will learn how to debate, examine current events, and prepare for upcoming MUN conferences and debate tournaments. New members are always welcome.
    • Tabletop Thursdays with Mr. Nicol in Room 111 Thursdays at lunch and after school – come and find out what different tabletop games and activities are being offered!
    • ME to WE Club:  If you are looking to volunteer, give back to your community and learn more about local and global issues, join ME to WE Club!  ME to WE Club runs Wednesdays at lunch in Room 213.


  • REMINDER! Your Students on the Prime Minister’s Youth Council
    The Prime Minister’s Youth Council (PMYC) is accepting applications for the next cohort of members. Canadian youth, permanent residents and protected persons aged 16-24 years can apply. This means that your students could be the next members of the PMYC!  The application deadline is November 30, 2018. Click HERE for further details.
  • REMINDER! MINDSET MATTERS – Community Dialogue Event
    You are invited to the screening of MINDSET MATTERS Empowering Youth Through Entrepreneurial Thinking.

    • What:   Community Dialogue Event
      When:  November 22, 2019
      Where: Chief Sepass Theatre, 9096 Trattle Street, Langley, BC
      Time:  6:15pm – Student Showcase; 7:00pm – Opening Remarks; 7:10pm – Screening; 8:00pm – Panel Discussion
    • Langley School District is open for business.  Join us for a dynamic Community Dialogue Event.  Learn about our District’s commitment to integrate entrepreneurship and innovation into our classrooms. Find out how you can get involved. Mindset Matters is a 45-minute documentary film that captures the stores of four students as the participate in PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs, a dynamic experiential learning program.  Students Josh, Emma, Muhamet and Abel are all tasked with creating their own business ventures.  They must take charge of their learning, make their own decisions and are free to make mistakes. A recent study states that 85% of jobs that will exist by the year 2030 have not been invented yet.  To flourish in tomorrow’s economy, students need to learn entrepreneurial skills including problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking and social responsibility.
    • Click HERE to Watch Trailer.
      Click HERE to Register.


  • POPARD is excited to offer a parent workshop covering topics of interest to parents of children and youth with autism spectrum disorders. Parents are welcome to attend the next session onNovember 21 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at The Pacific Autism Family Network, 3688 Cessna, Richmond, BC. – 3rd floor boardroom.  This is a great workshop for parents. Please see the attached for more information: 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!


Nov. 11 –  Remembrance Day

Nov. 12 –  Remembrance Day Observed, Schools CLOSED

Nov. 14 –  Grade 9 Take Our Kids to Work Day!

Nov. 15 –  District Concert Band Festival, WGSS, 7 pm

Nov. 16 –  Report Cards published to Parent Portal, by 3 pm

Nov. 17 –  LSS Craft Fair – Save the Date!

Nov. 19 –  Fire Drill

Nov. 19 –  PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

Nov. 20 –  Collaboration Afternoon, Early Dismissal, 1:30 pm

Nov. 21 – FOCUS Mood Walk, Tynehead Regional Park

Nov. 23-25 – Model UN Conference

Nov. 27 –  ISP Field Trip to Capilano Suspension Bridge

Nov. 29 – Human Dignity Coalition Youth Forum, LSS Small Gym

Nov. 30 – Aboriginal Department Christmas Family Gathering, HD Stafford, 5-8 pm

Jan. 21 –  PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

Feb. 11 –  PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

Apr. 15 –   PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

May 27 –  PAC AGM and Regular Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

June 14 – LSS Graduation Ceremony, CLA, 7 pm

June 21 – LSS Graduation Banquet, Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, 6:30 pm

Langley Secondary School

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