The Saints Scoop! – November 18, 2018

November 17, 2018


  • KPU has a TONNE of EVENTS THIS FALL!  – The Fall events season is in full swing at KPU! We thank those of you who were able to join us at our recent Counsellors’ Conference and at KPU Richmond Open House in October. This month, we at the Future Students’ Office are planning and participating in a few exciting events that you and your students are invited to join us for.
    • KPU Tech Open House
      Tuesday, November 20
      3:00pm to 7:00pm
      5500 180th Street, Cloverdale
      Register at

      • The Future Students’ Office is excited to host our first Open House at KPU’s dedicated Trades and Technology campus in Cloverdale. Take a campus tour, explore our workshops, listen to informative presentations, and learn more about the programs on offer at KPU Tech. This event will be particularly interesting to students intending to pursue studies and careers in the following areas: Appliance Servicing, Applied Physics, Automotive Service Technician, Brewing & Brewery Operations, Carpentry, Computer Aided Design & Drafting (CADD), Electrical, Farrier Training, Horticulture, Masonry, Mechatronics, Metal Fabrication, Millwright, Parts & Warehousing, Plumbing & Piping, Product Design, Supply Chain Management, Adult Basic Education/Adult upgrading, and Welding. Registration is encouraged, as students who register and attend the Open House have a chance to win a pair of Canucks tickets and one of two $500 tuition waivers! 
    • Surrey Tree Lighting Festival
      Saturday, November 24
      12:00pm to 7:00pm
      Surrey Civic Plaza, 13450 104 Avenue
      Event details at

      • KPU is once again sponsoring the digital photobooth at this fun and family-friendly annual event at Surrey Civic Plaza—the site of KPU’s newest campus, which will open in 2019. Stop by and say hello to our KPU student ambassador team, take home some free swag, and get your photo taken with Santa. No registration is required.
    • Education and Career Fair Surrey
      Wednesday, November 28
      9:00am to 2:00pm
      KPU Surrey, 12666 72 Avenue

      • Register on Eventbrite
      • KPU will exhibit at all five Education and Career Fairs this fall (including fairs in Vancouver, Kelowna, Abbotsford, and Nanaimo), but we are particularly excited about ECF Surrey, which will be hosted at our bustling Surrey campus. Guests in attendance will have the opportunity to explore hundreds of jobs, careers, and postsecondary institutions by speaking with representatives from various organizations and attending workshops in the Learning Lounge. The fairs are geared specifically toward learners and job-seekers in grades 10-12 and their parents, career counsellors, young adults, and new immigrants. You canregister via Eventbrite if your school has not already registered a group.
    • National Portfolio Day
      Saturday, December 1
      hosted at KPU Richmond’s new Wilson School of Design
      11:00am to 3:00pm
      5600 Kwantlen Street, Richmond
      Event details at and preregistration on Eventbrite

      • The brand new Wilson School of Design is delighted to welcome the National Portfolio Day Association on campus for its annual Vancouver event. National Portfolio Day provides a unique opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing careers in art and design to meet individually with representatives of accredited colleges and universities to receive valuable feedback and guidance on their portfolios before they submit them as part of their official applications. Students should bring a portfolio of visual artwork, including no more than 15 works, and be prepared to explain how they develop their ideas. The event is free and open to the public, with a first-come, first-served format, so arrive early and be prepared for long lineups! Pre-registration on Eventbrite by November 30 is required.
  • 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:
    • THIS WEEK!  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 were published and handed out this past Friday, November 16, 2018.  The best place to access your student’s Report Card is on the Parent 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


  • This past Thursday, LSS’ Concert Band, along with Ms. Thorpe and student teacher Ms. Lee, joined Concert Bands from around the District in performing at WGSS.  The bleachers at WGSS were full, as family, friends, and staff listened to the different sounds of each Concert Band.  LSS’ Concert Band performed the Canadian piece “Billy Miner” and a Russian piece, and performed exceedingly well!  Congratulations to our Concert band, our dedicated Band teachers, and to the District for hosting an important event that showcased our District’s strengths in the musical fine arts!
  • Ms. Thorpe, addressing the full gymnasium, explaining a little bit about the pieces LSS was about to play.

    Ms. Lee leading the first piece, “Billy Miner,” with Ms. Thorpe on the side.

    Ms. Thorpe’s turn to conduct, this time the Russian piece!

    After their performance, the Concert Band gathered around Ms. Thorpe and Ms. Lee – well done to all!

    Bonus photo: Mr. Jackson and his wife attended the Festival for two reasons, to support LSS’ students, and to support their own daughter, playing for another Langley school Concert Band!


  • Speaking of the Band… 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


  • This past Thursday, LSS teachers had our monthly Staff Meeting.  One of the main topics was delving into the power of Formative Assessment in helping students engage and focus on their own growth and learning.  Ms. Wood, Mr. VanBergen, and Mr. Hantke led the staff through a variety of activities, including the ones you see below, where staff were fully engaged in their own learning about Formative Assessment.  And no one seemed to mind that the meeting went well past its usual finish time… now THAT is a REAL sign of being “in the flow!
  • Some problem solving…

    Some collaboration…

    Some deep-thinking…

    Some risk-taking…

    Lot’s of writing…

    And even some laughter were all part of the activity!  A huge thank you to Ms. Wood, Mr. VanBergen, and Mr. Hantke for time and thinking required to plan and execute the learning at the Staff Meeting!


  • 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! 


  • The annual Craft Fair at LSS, put on by our wonderful PAC parents, was successful again in bringing the community and the school together, and in raising funds for the school.  Running from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, a steady flow of parents, students, staff, and community members came through our Castle Lobby and into the large gym, where dozens of vendors, including groups from LSS, showed off their various wares.  Christmas music by artists such as Michael Bublé filled the air, creating a festive atmosphere that definitely put a spring in the steps of those inside!  Thanks to the LSS PAC parent organizers, and to the volunteers and vendors that helped to make this annual event a continued delight for all.
  • The whiteboard that greeted all in the castle Lobby!

    Better than any whiteboard were the smiling faces of our LSS student volunteers who greeted guests (entry was by donation)!

    And who could resist a treat from these Senior Girls Basketball players, with funds raised going to help out the Senior Girls basketball team and Dry Grad?!

    Once inside the Large Gym, one could see dozens of vendors and patrons!

    …including staff and student volunteers at the GSA and Band/Choir tables!

    And thanks to Mrs. Yzerman, LSS staff member, who came to support the Fair, and walked away with her very own ornament!


  • REMINDER! 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:
  • REMINDER! 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:
  • REMINDER! 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!
  • REMINDER! City of Langley Fire Hall Work Experience – 90 Hour Experience; Applications due November 30, 2018 City Fire Hall


  • SENIOR BOYS:  The Senior Boys are playing in the AA Provincial Soccer Championships in Burnaby this week.  Join us in wishing the team well as they represent LSS!


  • How do you make History come alive? Your connect history to students’ own experiences…

    Students created and played Totalitarian Board Games in Ms. Sewell’s History 12 class…

    Students created games that explored the characteristics of a totalitarian state and the terms of government structures…

    Yes, learning History can be both FUN and PURPOSEFUL!

    In honour of Children’s Grief Awareness day, the Langley Hospice Society had a “blue light” in the Counselling Centre.

    More student art “covering” and beautifying the effects of the construction at LSS!


  • 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.
  • THIS WEEK! 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.


  • Jam Night at Timms!
    • Who: Open to youth grades 6-12
    • What: Jam Night is an ideal program for the music lover. Sing karaoke, play an instrument, or just kick back, relax, and listen to music (some instruments provided).
    • Where: Timms Community Centre
    • When: Wednesdays from 7-8:30pm
    • Why: A fun night out to hang with friends and an awesome opportunity for young musicians to collab!
    • Cost: FREE with the purchase of a Games and Track Pass ($10/year) – This pass will also get you access into all of our drop-in youth programs, and our games room during regular operating hours.
  • Langley Junior Toast Masters – 
    • We are trying to build awareness for the Langley Youth ToastMasters club, the Langley’s After Dark Gaveliers.
    • It is a great way to help kids build their self esteem, self confidence, and communication skills, Speaking in public is not an art, but a skill that can be mastered by everybody and  a skill that will help them be successful in their personal and professional life.
    • If you could post the photo on your school’s social media and use the #CGAD2018 and #LangleyCares tags, that would be great! Please also tag @langleyhospice and @lhteentalk
    • But best of all we create a fun and supporting environment, in which we invite and encourage all kids to have fun with speaking and expressing themselves. See below for details!
  • THIS WEEK! 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 on November 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. 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

21405 - 56 Avenue, Langley
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Phone: 604-534-4171
Fax: 604-534-9518