The Saints Scoop! – November 29, 2020

November 29, 2020

GRAD GAB!

      1. Go to https://www.blood.ca/en
      2. Create an account!
      3. Go to the dashboard on your account and join our Partners For Life team using the PFL ID LANG0091491 in order for your donation to be tracked under Langley Secondary. (this can’t be done on the app)
      4. Take the eligibility quiz to make sure your eligible to donate. https://myaccount.blood.ca/en/eligibility-quiz
      5. Book an appointment and donate!
    • Visit our Instagram page for more information! https://www.instagram.com/studentblooddrive/
    • Mya, one of the LSS organizers of this event, showing how easy it is to donate!

      Cassie, the other LSS organizer, gives the “thumbs up” approval – consider signing up today!

  • REMINDER: Post-Secondary Institution Selections Using the StudentTranscripts Service
    • About the StudentTranscripts Service (STS)
      • Students can get their transcript from their school or online using the StudentTranscripts Service (STS) at www.studenttranscripts.gov.bc.ca. Students can also view their Unofficial Transcript of Grades and can send transcripts directly to post-secondary institutions using STS.
    • How can students send their official transcripts to Post-Secondary Institutions (PSIs)?
      • Current students can pre-order interim or final grades to be sent to PSIs directly from the Ministry of Education. They may also be able to authorize select PSIs to retrieve ongoing transcript updates.
      • How and when the transcript information is sent will depend on the PSI and option selected by the student (see Help Videos for more details). Interim pre-orders for eligible PSIs must be placed by April 23 and final transcript pre-orders should be placed by July 10 – per the 2020/2021 Chart of Important Dates.
      • Students may make up to 25 PSI selections free of charge within six months of completing their last course. After six months, all STS users are charged $10 per transcript.
    • How do students get their own copy of a final, official transcript? 
      • The Ministry of Education no longer automatically mails a student’s final transcript to them after graduation. Students must first confirm their current address by placing an order through the STS website and choosing the “Send a Printed Transcript by mail” option. The $10 fee is waived for the first printed transcript order placed within six months after the student has completed their last course.
      • Schools are still responsible for signing and distributing original graduation certificates to students. Chapter 6 – Student Credentials in the BC Graduation Program Handbook of Procedures provides more detail. Students can also order replacement certificates through STS for a $10 fee.
    • More information on the StudentTranscripts Service
      • Three how-to videos provide detailed walk-throughs of service registration and ordering options:
        • Registering for a BCeID and Accessing the StudentTranscripts Service
        • How to order and send a transcript to a Post-Secondary Institution
        • How to send a transcript to an employer, yourself or anyone.
      • For a detailed resource, please also see the STS Help Manual.
  • REMINDER: DO I BUY A DRESS/TUX FOR GRAD??? – We have has some phone calls from parents asking this question…  Our answer is that if you are buying something specifically for the Grad Banquet, then you are probably better off waiting, as the rules limiting group gatherings to only 50 still exist.  As long as this rule still exists, then venues cannot host a Grad Banquet.  
  • REMINDER: GRAD PHOTO WEEK! – For grade 12s, Grad Portrait Week will be February 22-27, 2021 – Be sure to “Save the Date!”

SCHOOL PHOTOS – ORDER ONLINE

LSS HOCKEY ACADEMY

  • With the start of the 2nd Quarter has also come the start of the LSS Hockey Academy for the 2020/21 school year. Following Provincial Health Officer orders for sport, Mr. Bannister has the students getting the same ice time that they would have had in a semester system, but compressed into the Quarter system… That means a lot of days on the ice for these students over the almost 10 weeks of Quarter 2!  For any students interested in the Hockey Academy for next year, be sure to see Mr. Bannister, as Course Planning for September 2021 starts in February!

LSS IN THE NEWS

REMINDER: GRADE 9 IMMUNIZATIONS UPDATE

  • The District has been advised by Fraser Health that school immunizations are expected to take place in January. As in previous years, students in grades 6 and 9 will have the opportunity to be vaccinated. Fraser Health will also provide catch up immunizations to students who did not complete their immunizations last year or over the summer. If you have any questions, please contact the Langley Health Unit 604-539-2900.

REMINDER: SASSY AWARDS ARE BACK!

  • SASSY (Service Above Self Student Youth) Awards – The four Rotary Clubs of Langley are once again holding SASSY Awards Langley; the awards aim to recognize and celebrate the leadership achievements of Langley youth who make a positive impact in our Langley communities. Prizes of $1000 in each of the seven categories and each of the two runners up in each category will receive $500, for a total of $14,000 to worthy youth in Langley. Last year, 59 applications were received and over the past five years close to $65,000 has been awarded to Langley students.
  • Attached you will find the SASSY Application Package: 2021 SASSY LANGLEY_Nomination Final
  • The criteria for the seven categories are listed on pages 2 and 3 of the application. More information can be found at HERE.
  • Please distribute the attached application package to your senior students and encourage them to apply!

COVID-19 – RESOURCES TO OVERCOME HARDSHIPS

  • REMINDER: 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

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK!

  • The first focus this week is on Mr. Kuo’s 2 blocks of Life Sciences 11, as they continue the Science Department’s goal of active learning through labs.  Here, they are doing a scientific methods lab using molasses and yeast. Notice how students are engaged in observing, recording, and interpreting results:
  • Our second focus this week is on Mrs. Turpin’s Art class and the student project of designing and making of cardboard homes using completely recyclable materials. You can see in the first photo the level of detail is stunning… the remaining photos show where they are in display, in the Castle Lobby:
  • Our LSS choir physically separating AND wearing masks in a ventilated environment…

    …and a bird’s eye view of Mrs. Thorpe playing the piano for the choir!

    Thank you to Miya Stregger for their drawing of Charlie Brown and Linus, advertising this year’s Musical Theatre COVID-safe presentation of the 1967 musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

    Our final photo of the week is credited to Ms. Lee… a rainbow over the new LSS!

DISTRICT & COMMUNITY NEWS

  • Pregnant and Parenting Youth – Please see the attached December 2020 calendar: PPY December 2020
  • THIS WEEK! December Virtual In The Know presentation on “Doing the Holidays Differently” to help lower stress on families and students struggling with mental health – coming up on December 2. Please see the attachment for more information: 12.02.2020-6.30-Langley-DECEMBER 2020 ItK Poster (2)
  • 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 or www.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 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/

CALENDAR

  • Dec 2 – Fire Drill, in the a.m.
  • Dec 8 – Lockdown Drill, in the a.m.
  • Dec 18 – Quarter 2 Midterm Marks Issued
  • Dec 18 – Last Day of Classes before Winter/Christmas Break
  • Jan 5 – First Day Back after Winter/Christmas Break
  • Jan 5 – Quarter 2 Classes “Flip”: A.M. classes become P.M. classes/ Vice versa
  • Jan 5 – Parent-Teacher Interim Week
  • Jan 6 – 1 Hour Early Dismissal
  • Jan 25 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • Feb 22 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • Feb 22-27 – Grad Portrait Week
  • Apr 19 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • May 17 – PAC Meeting and AGM, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • June 16 – LSS Grad Ceremony, Tentatively Booked at CLA, 7 pm
  • June 29 – Final Report Cards Issued

Langley Secondary School

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