The Saints Scoop! – November 24, 2019

November 24, 2019

GRAD GAB!

  • Beedie Luminaries Class of 2020 – Scholarship Applications Are Now Open!
    • Bright minds are more than grades, and our scholarship is more than money. We give students what they need for a brighter future. We look for the diamond in the rough.  We look beyond the grades.  We look for potential because we believe investing in our youth has the potential to transform families and communities.
    • Do you know of a student or students who fit this criteria? Please let them know about Beedie Luminaries and encourage them to APPLY today!
    • The 2019/2020 Applications are open until January 20, 2020, 9:00 am PST.  BeedieLuminaries.ca
  • REMINDER: The Fairy Godmother Foundation is a Langley-based organization dedicated to providing grad wear and accessories to those grads who may not be fortunate to afford them.
    • If you know of grads who may be in this situation, please refer them asap (and confidentially) to an LSS Counsellor, Ms Kercher or Ms Jackson, our Aboriginal Youth and Family Worker.  For further information, the website is:  fairygodmotherfoundation@telus.net Referral Deadline is Feb 15, 2020 … the number of referrals is limited so please ask any grads to see one of us asap.”
  • REMINDER: Post-Secondary Institution Selections on the Student Transcripts Service (STS) Website – Information for students on how to use the new STS website to access and select post-secondary institutions for transcript submission is now available.
    • Distributing Transcripts to Post-Secondary Institutions:
      • The Ministry of Education distributes transcript information to post-secondary institutions (PSIs) following the selection of a PSI by a student in the StudentTranscripts Service (STS). Distribution occurs through a variety of mechanisms. For PSIs with XML data transfer capabilities, transcripts will be sent throughout the year. For PSIs on the electronic batch process, interim transcript information will be sent in early May, and final year-end transcript information distributed in late July.
    • How to Use the StudentTranscripts Service:
      • Students can access the StudentTranscripts Service at the new StudentTranscripts Service website. To get started, students will pick the type of student they are (for example, current student, former student or returning user). They will then select ‘Order’ which is found on the top right corner or left tab and then select ‘Register’ to create a Basic BCeID account to access their transcript information.
      • Students must create a Basic BCeID account to access their information. Students need only complete their PSI selections once in the current school year. Students may add to their selections at any time up through July 10, 2019. Students may make up to 25 selections free of charge within six months after completing their last course. After six months, students will be charged $10 per transcript, payable on the StudentTranscripts Service.
    • More Information on the StudentTranscripts Service:
  • REMINDER:  Dry Grad Update
    • The next Dry Grad meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 5 at 7:15 pm.
      • Dec 21 & 22 – grocery bagging fundraiser @ Otter Co-op
      • February 29 – casino night fundraiser
    • There is a Facebook event page for the Dry Grad event.  Parents & students are welcome to join at https://www.facebook.com/groups/896435014073566/
    • Encorp Recycling – we have an account set up at the ENCORP Recycling.
      • IN PERSON drop off of sorted items to the depot at 20137 Industrial Ave, Langley City.  Please mention LSS Dry Grad 2020 or account #794 when you drop off your sorted returns.
      • EXPRESS DROP OFF to ANY Encorp Recycling location please use phone number 604-790-0291 when checking in at the on-site kiosk.  Remember to bring items in a CLEAR bag
    • December 21 & 22 – Grocery Bagging Fundraiser at Otter Coop.  Please e-mail hurfy101@hotmail.com for more information and to sign up

LSS FOOTBALL GOING TO THE AA PROVINCIAL FINALS!

  • In a thrilling game, LSS pulled out a nail-biting 33-32 victory over GW Graham on Saturday afternoon, earning a birth in the AA Provincial Football Finals next Saturday!  While this is a team that lives by the run, it was other factors that helped this team in the final moments of the game.
  • After stopping GW Graham on the first play of the game, the teams traded touchdowns on the next six possessions, going in to the half tied 20-20.
    • LSS warming up to start the 2nd half.

      Some of our dedicated Staff and parents, enjoying an entertaining football game!

      Mr. Palichuk and Mr. Calderon also enjoying the action!

      There were dozens and dozens more LSS staff and families at the game… including Mrs. Pagnanini and her two children (one showing, the other on the far right… with his knee showing!)

  • The third quarter did not treat LSS quite so well, however, as GW Graham stopped LSS, then scored a touchdown before picking up an LSS fumble and scoring another touchdown, to make the score 32-20 for GW Graham by the end of the 3rd quarter.
  • The Saints started the 4th quarter determined to get back in the game, and they brought themselves closer to doing so, scoring their 4th rushing touchdown of the game, to make the score 32-27.  On GW Graham’s next possession, the LSS defence came up big with an interception, pushing GW Graham deep into their zone.  It was at this point that LSS’ running back and leading rusher in the province Kai Thomas suffered what looked like a lower leg injury that forced him out of the rest of the game.  Down by 5 midway through the 4th quarter, LSS threw only its second pass of the game for a touchdown, making the score 33-32, with LSS now having to defend a 1 point lead.  In the end, a goal line stand by the defence in the last minute of the game that forced a GW Graham fumble with less than 10 seconds left gave LSS the final possession of the game, and the hard-earned win.  What a barnburner of a game this was, with both teams playing clean, hard-hitting football.
    • LSS players realizing that they had just recovered the fumble deep in their own territory.

      The whole team storms the field after running out the clock to preserve the one-point win!

      A team huddle after the game, with words of praise and sportsmanship from our coaches.

      A time to celebrate a close win!

  • Congratulations to both teams for an outstanding game that will long be remembered in LSS football lore.
  • Next Saturday is the AA Provincial Football Finals at BC Place, with LSS taking on the AA #1 ranked Vernon Panthers.  More details will be shared once we have the confirmed game time…  we hope to see a HUGE LSS contingent out to support the football team next week!

SENIOR DRAMA CLASS PERFORMS

  • During Flex last week, the Senior Drama Class performed of Look me in the Eye by Lindsay Price. It’s set in a dystopian future where there is no crime. This is from the website’s description of the piece.
    • “Teenagers in the future are obedient, polite, and respectful. This is due in large part to the government-required “Observation Sessions.” But there is a dark underside to this utopian vision. After learning her brother is scheduled to be “observed,” one of the most obedient students starts to question the system. She must decide whether to remain obedient or speak out and face the consequences.”
  • Interested in seeing this play for yourself? This Wednesday at 6:30 pm, the Drama class will be doing one more performance in the drama room!

LSS NOW HAS A GARDEN TOWER!

  • This past week, representatives from Canada Bread and the Langley School District Foundation came to LSS to help us put together a brand new Garden Tower, generously donated by Canada Bread!  LSS will be growing vegetables and herbs for our breakfast and lunch programs, while also using the tower as a learning tool in Life Sciences and Environmental Sciences classes.  A huge thank you to Canada Bread and the Langley School District Foundation for adding another important layer to LSS’ food and learning strategies!
    • The early stages of “construction”…

      …with help from a few friends!

      …what progress looks like!

      What the finished product looks like!

      A huge thank you to our student volunteers and our donors for making this project a reality at LSS… we look forward to years of growing and learning!

ERASE REPORTING TOOL

  • The provincial government is promoting its new anti-bullying Reporting tool to help keep schools feeling safe for students.  LSS Admin are hosting grade assemblies during the week of November 25th during FLEX in the small gym to educate our students on the new ERASE Reporting tool.
    • November 25: grade 9
    • November 26: grade 10
    • November 27: grade 11
    • November 28: grade 12

FROM THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT

CAREERS CORNER

    • REMINDER:  Parents and Teachers: Work and Volunteer Experience students are ready to work! If you or someone you know could hire or host one or more LSS students in paid or unpaid positions in your place of work, (preferably outside school hours, but potentially full time during winter, spring or summer break) please contact our Career Facilitator Rachel Kiers at rkiers@sd35.bc.ca

REMINDER:  LSS TUTORING AVAILABLE!

  • Starting October 16, LSS Graduate and current UFV student Conner Frey, and Ms. Wood and Ms. Sewell have teamed up to have Leadership students provide a FREE student tutoring service, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays after school!  See Ms. Wood or Ms. Sewell in Rooms A210 or A211 to find out more!

REMINDER:  PANAGO PIZZA FUNDRAISER

  • Langley Secondary PAC is selling Panago Certificates to raise funds to support school initiatives. For each $12 Panago certificate you buy, you can…
    • order ANY MEDIUM PIZZA at ANY PANAGO LOCATION, including the GLUTEN FREE option
    • use more than one certificate at one time, making these certificates ideal for birthday parties, team parties, Friday night hangouts, etc…
    • The only restriction is that the certificate should be used within 90 days of the date stamped on the certificate.
    • There are 50 certificates available each month. Certificates will be distributed “first come, first served” based on when payment is received. You will receive an email to confirm that your payment has been received and when your certificates will be delivered to the school office.
  • Orders can be placed through this link: LSS Panago Pizza Certificate Order FormIf you have any questions, please contact Christine Hylands at christine@cmhv.ca or at (604) 514-8373.  Thank you in advance for your support!

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

  • Are those doughnuts in the LSS Staffroom?! Why yes, they are, thanks to our friends at Christian Life Assembly, who wants to wish us a very Merry Christmas!

    Ms. Bhandari and Ms. Naples got the boxes ready for the rest of the staff to enjoy!

    Our generous Christmas elves from CLA – thank you!!!!!

    The multi-talents of LSS staff and students shared with the community – Spotted at Trinity Western University band and orchestra: Ms. Salmon, and 2019 LSS grad Dave Garcia!

    Bonus football photo: Also enjoying the game was LSS retired staff member Mr. Pulice, with Ms. Bakker photo-bombing in the background!

LSS CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES!

  • NEW! Writers’ Corner is happening on Wednesdays after school in the library lab. Write and Share your novels and short stories with us. There will be snacks!
  • The Langley United Wrestling Team is up and running once again. This Langley team has created provincial and national champions in past years. The Langley United Wrestling team is open to students from all secondary schools. Practices will occur at Langley Secondary School on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4:30pm and Thursdays at 6:00pm; no experience necessary!
  • Join the Alliance for Sustainability Club! – Monday’s at lunch, this alliance will work towards creating a greener school and spreading environmental awareness. Come support the movement and share your ideas. Everyone is welcome! Come to room A202 Monday at lunch! This can also count towards your volunteer hours!
  • Athletics and Physical Health and Education – Interested in keeping up-to-date with what is happening in the world of Athletics and Physical Health and Education (PHE) at LSS?  Then be sure to follow @langleysaints on Instagram!
  • LSS Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) – meetings at lunch every Tuesday in Ms. Lee’s rm. #A112– This is a safe space for students to hang out and have open discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend 
  • Grad Council:  Meeting every Tuesday at lunch in the Small Gym.
  • Dance Class: Free open dance class Tuesdays at Lunch in the dance studio. All Students Welcome. Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Zumba (Starts Sept 24th).
  • 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 253 (above old library/office). A great place to share your
  • Wii Wednesday: at lunch with Ms.Hajdecki Rm # A183
  • Tabletop Thursdays; Thursdays at lunch in Rm # A183 with Ms. Hajdecki
  • 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 184 (Ms. Decambra’s Foods Room).  The club is open to anyone, beginners to advanced knitters are welcome.
  • Model UN Club: the LSS Model United Nations Club is starting. New members are encouraged to join us this Thursdayat lunch in Room A215 (Ms.Cunningham’s).
  • Anime Club Friday is in Room #A183 at lunch with Ms.Hajdecki

FROM THE DISTRICT

  • Information About School Status During Inclement Weather
    • Snow closures and power outages are an annual occurrence in Langley School District. So where do you go to get information about the status of schools during periods of inclement weather? If you are able to access the internet via computer or smartphone, current information about Langley schools can be accessed on all school websites orwww.sd35.bc.ca. Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at www.facebook.com/langleyschooldistrict. If you don’t have internet connectivity but your phone is working, call a relative or friend in an area that has not been affected by the storm and ask them to check the district website for you. Local radio stations are also informed of school status in Langley. Tune in to CKWX 1130AM, CKNW 980AM, Country Radio 107.1FM, Pulse 107.7 or CBC 690AM or 88.1FM for updates.
    • Please note that Langley District schools are all considered ‘open’ until a decision to close is required. Decisions on school closures are usually made by 6:30am. As always, it is a parent’s decision whether to send their child to school based on safety and individual circumstances. If you feel it is unsafe for you or your child to travel to or attend an open school for any reason, please keep your child home and report an absence to the school.

COMMUNITY NEWS

CALENDAR 

  • Nov 25:     Semester 1, Term 1 Report Cards Published
  • Nov 25-28:  ERASE REPORT IT Assemblies
  • Nov 26:     FOCUS Mood Walk, Tynehead Regional Park
  • Nov 26:     French 11 Cultural field trip
  • Nov 27:     AVID University visit to UFV
  • Dec 2:       ISP field trip, Skating in Robson Park
  • Dec 9:       Law 12 field trip to the Law Courts
  • Dec 12:     Pep Rally!
  • Dec 19:     Winter Music Concert, Small Gym, 7 pm
  • Dec 20:     Last Day of Classes before Christmas/Winter Break
  • Dec 21 & 22:  Dry Grad Event:  Grocery bagging at Otter Co-Op
  • Jan 6:        First Day of Classes after Christmas/Winter Break
  • Jan 20:      PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • Feb 24:      PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • Feb 29:      Dry Grad Event:  Casino Night Fundraiser
  • Apr 27:      PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • May 25:     PAC AGM, 7 pm
  • June 17:    Grad Commencement Ceremony, CLA, 7 pm
  • June 19:    Grad Dinner & Dance, Coast Hotel, 6:30 pm

Langley Secondary School

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Phone: 604-534-4171
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