The Saints Scoop! – November 3, 2019

November 3, 2019


  • Scholarship Opportunity:  For more information on the Prospera Credit Union Educational Awards Program, please see the attached pamphlet: Prospera-2020-EAP-fillable
  • LSS Grad Cruise!  More than 200 students and staff sailed through False Creek almost 2 weeks ago on a cool but dry evening.  The Grads and their guests started with a pizza dinner, followed by some dancing, a Candy “Bar,” and more dancing, before ending this fun and laughter-filled evening!  See the photos below for a sense of the evening:
    • Dressed up and ready to have some fun!


      And more dancing (with colourful strobe lights)…

      And more dancing and lights…

      And even a dance-off and lights!

      Some of the stunning scenery in Vancouver…

      More bright lights!

      The top deck…

      And the Candy Bar…! (there was one more table filled with options!)

  • REMINDER:  Dry Grad Update
      • Dec 21 & 22 – grocery bagging fundraiser @ Otter Co-op
      • February 29 – casino night fundraiser
    • Dry Grad parties typically offer an exciting and absorbing variety of fun activities, compelling entertainment and valuable prizes in order to entice graduates and their guests to attend and experience a fun time without alcohol and other substances.  Dry Grad parties offer the students a time to celebrate their educational achievements in a safe, fun environment with their school friends before venturing out in to the “real world”.
    • October 15 through 18 – grade 12 students will be eligible to vote for what activities they would like to have available to participate in during the Dry Grad event.  Ballot boxes will be in the Artona photo trailer as well as at the LSS New Build Library.  Please ensure to stop by and have your say in your celebration.
    • There is a Facebook event page for the Dry Grad event.  Parents & students are welcome to join at
    • 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 for more information and to sign up


  • Any Grade 11 and 12 student who has not written the Numeracy Assessment MUST write it next week.  For Grade 12s, not writing the Numeracy Assessment means that you will NOT graduate in June!  The writing sessions will take place November 4, 5, and 6 at 8:35 am and November 7 at 12:20 pm.  We are putting up schedules around the school, including inside the Main Office, in the Learning Commons, and in the Castle Lobby, where students will be assigned a time to write the assessment.  Students with any questions will need to see Mr. Howlett.


  • Congratulations to the Cross Country Team for their successes at the Eastern Fraser Valley Championships!  Our finishes included:
    • Cecilia Eich for her 21st place finish in the Sr. Girls group.
    • Danielle Hagyard with an 11th place finish for Jr. Girls and a qualification for the BC Championships, which occurred this weekend.
    • Nicholas Mein, Caleb Faust, Jaden Lamonthe, Ayden Watt and Parker Wynn with their 4th place team finish for Sr. Boys team category. They also advanced to the BC Championships this weekend!



  • On Monday, October 28th Langley Secondary School hosted “BC Post-Secondary Information Day.”  We had representation from 16 Post Secondary Institutes.  All students in grades 11 and 12 were invited to attend sessions of their choice.  After the session, students went to the small gym for a Mini Fair.  College/University Reps made important connections with our students, giving out swag and making available current campus view books.
  • A huge thank you to Mrs. Blessing, Mrs. Kiers, and the entire Careers Department for their important work in helping our students think about careers options!


  • On October 15 and 16, the choir participated in a mass choir rehearsal and their own private workshop with the amazing Dinah Helgeson, who was this year’s choral clinician.  Dinah gave the choir great advice and encouragement.  On October 22, at the Langley District Choral Festival, the Langley Secondary Choir performed two songs on their own and then two more songs with 300+ other singers under Dinah Helgeson‘s direction.   It was an inspiring evening and we are very proud of our soloists in the mass choir, Eden Rempel and Sean Hylands, and even more proud of our choir, who made a great connection with the audience with their songs and sang beautifully as well.  Congratulations to Mrs. Thorpe and the entire choir for an excellent evening of music!
    • The LSS Choir…

      And the FULL ENSEMBLE!


  • This past Thursday, students and staff alike dressed up in various costumes to create a bit of fun!  As you can see below, the variety and creativity had no bounds!
    • The winning costume of the student competition at lunch!


  • Please know that the New parking lot at the back of the school will be open on Tuesday, November 5.  While it has been partially open for the past week, it will be closed on Monday. November 4 for some painting and other finishing work.  Thanks for your patience to start the year – the good news is that our patience has been rewarded with an excellent facility!


Each week, we will highlight different classes throughout the school that have students being more active, and that help make the students’ learning more visible – one of our three big goals for this school year  See below for this week’s highlights:

  • Re-thinking student Math:  These pictures are of Mr. van Bergen’s Pre-Calculus 12 students graphing complex trigonometric equations. Since this required graph paper they used whiteboard posters with graph paper on them and taped three of them on the inside of the glass doors as you can see from one picture that was taken from the hallway.
  • English Visual Representation:  While writing is still one of the main skills practices in English classes, we are also aware that we are in a more visual world.  Being able to communicate complex ideas visually is also an important skill. Here are some tableaus from Ms. Zyra’s English 10 class. Ms. Zyra’s class went on the upstairs bridge to show our interpretation of quotes from the short story “Autumntime”
  • International Connections:  Mr. Janzen and Ms. Li had 16 students arrive from Utsunomiya-Kaisei Girls’ Junior High to interact with their two blocks of Japanese 9/Intro to Japanese 11 students in the morning. Each block started off with the students doing a little getting-to-know-you information exchange, with Canadian students using Japanese whenever possible to write and speak. The Utsunomiya girls prepared two song performances for us, as well as cultural activities such as writing Canadian names in Kanji, showing students how to fold origami, and dressing them up in Yukata (light summer kimonos). Our students also gave them a school tour during Flex time, and we could hear the Japanese girls exclaiming how envious they were of the new build and furniture! All in all, it was a very positive interaction with lots of smiles and laughter all around.
  • Lab Science:  Students in Chemistry 12 complete a Solubility Lab in Mrs. Synychych’s class, and students burn copper to create their own version of LSS green in Mr. Hill’s Science 9 class!
  • Cake Bake: Students in Ms. Brown’s and Ms. DeCambra’s Foods classes took part in a Hallowe’en Cake Competition this past week, with student designs and creativity taking centre stage!
  • Mood Walk: This year’s most recent Mood Walk took students in the FOCUS program to Campbell Valley Park, where they experienced a stunning fall day in the Fraser Valley.


  • 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!


  • LSS Annual Christmas Fair is being held on Saturday, November 16 from 9AM to 3PM in the big gym.  Please “like” our page on Facebook: and help us share the news with your friends.  Admission is by donation and all funds raised are returned to LSS for student programs.
  • If you, or someone you know, would like to be a vendor, please contact Tara at as limited tables are left.
  • Please mark your calendars and prepare to join us!


  • Students in Art started with a mask based on the shape of their own faces…

    Before turning them into artistic masterpieces, full of design and detail!

    Dressed as Construction Workers for Hallowe’en? No, they ARE construction workers, working on the next phase of the LSS Re-Build!

    Congratulations to Mrs. Lidemark, who was voted in as President of the BCDEA (BC Dance Educators Association)!

    LSS READS during the 2019 DEAR Campaign (Drop Everything and Read) two weeks ago… thanks to Ms. Li in the Library Learning Commons for organizing!

    It was Twins day this past week at LSS, where students and staff dressed alike in pairs…

    So… who is Mr. Heath and who is Mr. Hill?!?! Sheesh… identical twins are SOOO hard to tell apart!

    Twins dressed in plaid!

    Yowza… the admin took a step further, and turned it into Triplets day!

    LSS also had Bikers vs. Surfers day… Guess which one Ms. Bakker is?!

    And with Mr. Howlett’s Lifeguard t-shirts, the admin decide they are going to come to the rescue of any surfers in the area!

    Congratulations to October’s AVID 12 Students of the Month!

    Two photos just for the Math department…  Math doesn’t stop at Cross Country!

    Finally, thanks to REMSS, who provided some treats for LSS soccer players after a tough week…


  • 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


  • Young Parent Program at Langley Education Centre:   Please share with anyone who may be interested or in need of childcare while they attend school. LEC Poster
  • New BC “Well-being” Website – A new website providing direction/support around SEL, MH Literacy and Trauma Informed Practice and how they are connected. Well-being BC was created with funding provided by the BC Ministry of Education as part of a school-based mental health initiative to support three pillars of Well-being: Social Emotional Learning, Mental Health Literacy and Trauma-Informed Approaches


  • FREE Counselling: Just a reminder that Langley Community Services has a FREE counselling program for all adult residents of Langley and Aldergrove with priority given to Parents and Caregivers of children under 14 years of age. Community Counselling Poster (003) (002)
  • Langley Youth Hub:  Please see the following attachments to learn. more about the different events in November at the Youth Hub:
  • Township of Langley Climate Action Strategy – Public Event – Climate Action Strategy: Township of Langley – The TOL Climate Action Strategy will provide strategic direction, targets and actions for both adapting to future climate change impacts and reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, both corporately and throughout the community. Please join us on Tuesday, November 5th from 7pm – 8:30pm at the TOL Civic Facility (20338 65th Avenue) in the Fraser River Presentation Theatre to learn more. 19-577 PECA_8.5×11 poster_print2
  • Langley Christmas Wish Breakfast on Tuesday, November 26th Newlands Golf Course will be providing free breakfast to anyone who attends with a new unwrapped toy donation for the Langley Christmas Bureau from 6:30am to 9:30am.
    • The majority of Langley RCMP’s Community Policing Section will be in attendance, with all of our Youth Section there in Red Serge. We will be helping to collect the unwrapped toy donations and assist with traffic control.
    • Many of the toy donations from the breakfast will end up under the Christmas trees of many of the kids who attend our schools.
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  • Parent Education Series with Dr. Vanessa Lapointe – Dates for Session #, 3, and 4: Good morning! Please see the attached posters for our next three Parent Education Series events. All tickets are available via Eventbrite and are also linked through Facebook Events on the Langley Children Committee page if you are able to share and help promote.
  • 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 4:       Grade 9 Assembly at FLEX
  • Nov 4-7:   Numeracy Assessment for Grade 11 and 12s who have not yet written it
  • Nov 5:       Worldwide University Tours Presentation, Small Gym, 8:45 am
  • Nov 6:       Take Our Kids to Work Day, Grade 9 students
  • Nov 7:       Remembrance Day Ceremony, a.m.
  • Nov 8:       School NOT in Session
  • Nov 11:     Remembrance Day, Schools CLOSED
  • Nov 12:     PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • Nov 15:     UBC Presentation at Lunch
  • Nov 16:     LSS Annual Christmas Craft Fair, 9 am to 3 pm, LSS Large Gym
  • Nov 18:     Design and Assessment Day, Students NOT in Session
  • Nov 22:     Aboriginal Department Christmas Family Gathering, HD Stafford Middle School, 5 pm
  • Nov 25:     Semester 1, Term 1 Report Cards Published
  • Dec 21 & 22:  Dry Grad Event:  Grocery bagging at Otter Co-Op
  • 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

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