The Saints Scoop! – November 8, 2020

November 8, 2020

STUDENT SAFETY AROUND SCHOOLS – WEATHER

  • With the days growing shorter and the weather changing to rain, fog, and frost, LSS is reminding all our students to take extra precaution when walking to and from school. Please be aware of your surroundings, walk on the sidewalk and with someone whenever possible, and avoid wearing headphones. We also ask drivers in our school community to be vigilant on our roads. Student safety is our priority. Thank you for your cooperation and support in keeping everyone safe.

GRAD GAB!

  • REMINDER: BC Excellence Scholarship – Students who want to be considered for this, please fill out the nomination form and submit to the Main Office by November 30.  Schools are only allowed to make one nomination. .  Below is the link for the nomination form:
  • 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!”

LSS IN THE NEWS

FINAL REMINDER: REMEMBRANCE DAY CHANGE

  • It is a long-standing tradition for schools to support our veterans and the efforts of the Royal Canadian Legion. Due to our COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, the distribution and collection of funds for poppies will be different. Please note that our school will be receiving a poppy for every student. We will be distributing them to classes in a safe manner. We will continue to collect funds this year in support of the Legion’s Poppy Campaign. but kindly ask students and their families to donate online via School Cash Onlinehttps://sd35.schoolcashonline.com/
  • Please do not send any cash or cheques with your child to school. We appreciate your generosity. As always, our school is committed to educating our community about the meaning of the poppy and Remembrance Day.

CAREERS CORNER

  • Career Life Connections 12 Students are learning about financial literacy this month.  The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has workshops for anyone to attend.  Parents and community members are welcome to register too.
  • Event: CRA Post-Secondary Students & Financial Literacy Presentation
    • Description of Event: Taking care of your tax and benefit affairs can pay off! You could get a tax refund, and benefit and credit payments. Some of the benefits and credits to which you may be eligible for are the Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax Credit, the Disability tax credit, the Canada child benefit, and the Child disability benefit.
    • Time: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Pacific Standard Time

COVID-19 – RESOURCES TO OVERCOME HARDSHIPS

  • Mobile Foodbank Organized by Douglas Park and Nicomekl
    • As most of you are aware, we ran a mobile food bank all summer out of Douglas Park Community Elementary.  As the weeks went on, we noticed the need for this service growing and looked at ways to sustain this program during the school year.
    • We have been fortunate enough to secure a spot at Douglas Park Recreation Centre @ 20550 Douglas Crescent.
    • The next food bank will be this Friday, November 13 with NEW HOURS – between 11 am and 1 pm.  And will run every Friday at the same time.  Families will have to pre-register in order to access the food bank at the link below:
      • https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=rvqr_Ar4dE-2p7oVwqS7JEZPM4P8m6xIr2jFiRDEdkJUMzdORzlQTVRKWFRPR1MwRkVVUU1RWEYwUC4u
      • One person per family allowed to shop
      • Clients must enter and exit only through designated doors (one door for entry, one for exit)
      • Health check posted at entrance door indicating that anyone experiencing symptoms or who had travelled outside of Canada could not come in
      • Clients required to use hand sanitizer provided at entrance and when they leave
      • Clients must be on registration list in order to shop,
      • Only 6 clients allowed in a time, depending on the size of the space for social distancing
      • Clients must stay 2 metres apart from staff and others
    • Please register by Thursday, Nov. 12.  This will be an ongoing registration throughout the year.
    • If anyone has any questions, please contact Brad Hendy @ bhendy@sd35.bc.ca or Kim Langford @klangford@sd35.bc.ca
  • 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!

  • This week we are focusing on all of the ways LSS teachers have responded to 2 hour 10 minute classes by continuing to work towards one of our goals last year: Making Learning More Active and Visible. This goal is especially important this year, as teachers understand that students need to MOVE and DO to better activate their brain cells and to ensure that learning is student-centred. See below for how teachers in different subjects and grades are all working towards this goal.
    • Ms. Wood’s Avid 10 class presented their post-secondary school research projects to each other this week, learning about university campus life, programs, tuition and transportation!
    • Ms. Kear’s English 9 class used the Castle Lobby to move through learning stations, while Mrs. Lidemark’s dance class was also there practicing for the Remembrance day video!
    • Mr. Bannister’s CLE 10 class had a friend of Mr. Bannister from Victoria do a presentation on loans, mortgages, and credit this past Wednesday. He is going to do another presentation on investment basics.
    • Ms. Courchene took a few photos from her Foundations of Math 11 class this morning. Students were collecting data inside and outside of the school this morning for their linear inequalities project.
    • Ms. Wood’s English 9 class is seen finishing their literature circle meeting this week with a poem-writing-turned-Rap-Battles activity!
    • Ms. Pagnanini’s Avid 9 class worked on team-building and group problem-solving as they completed a cup-stacking challenge.  They were not allowed to touch the cups; they had to use only one elastic band per group and one string of thread per person!
    • Mrs. Lidemark’s LSS Dancers rehearsed this past week for the Remembrance Day Video that will be shown to classes on November 10; we are creating a video because we are unable to host large assemblies due to the pandemic. LSS dancers also have a different kind of show to end this quarter.  On Friday, November 13th, the dancers will participate in a special Video Performance.  Watch out for clips, videos and a special showing on the LSS TVs soon!
    • The LSS Admin Team walked two various classes with ice cream sandwich bars last week to congratulate the classes that won the Hallowe’en Door Decorating challenges!

      Mr. McMath prepared the Drama classroom, while Mr. Howlett took the video as, in this photo, Mr. Moino prepares to read out parts of his introduction to the Remembrance Day video ceremony, happening this Tuesday at 10 am.

REMINDER: NOMINATE AN LSS EDUCATOR!

  • The Langley Advance Times is highlighting the efforts of seven local educators who go “Above and Beyond” in an upcoming special publication. The paper is looking for anyone involved in education in Langley – teachers, administrators, education assistants, Aboriginal support workers, coaches, club leaders, custodial staff, bus drivers – who have made a big difference for Langley students during the pandemic. Each person selected will be the subject of a feature article and photo in an upcoming publication. To nominate someone, email contests@langleyadvancetimes.com and submit up to 250 words explaining why the person you are nominating deserves to be featured. Please include your contact information so staff at the paper can follow up with you and reach out to your nominee. A small committee at the Langley Advance Times will be making decisions, so there is a November 13th (5 pm) deadline for nominations.

DISTRICT & COMMUNITY NEWS

  • November 24th Heart-Mind Live Webinar:
    • Screen Time & Our Kids’ Well-Being!Learning how to skillfully navigate an increasingly digital world with the children and youth in our lives is an ongoing challenge. How can we help young people use technology in constructive and beneficial ways, while protecting them from the adversities of screen time? How can technology be used as a way to strengthen rather than deteriorate relationships within families?This webinar will explore evidence-informed, practical and self-empowering ideas on how to support children’s well-being and help them to self-regulate in our digital culture.
    • Fiona Douglas-Crampton will host our expert panelists:Dr. Dan Siegel
      Dr. Jennifer Shapka & Natasha Parent

      Dr. Shimi Kang
    • Webinar Details:
      Tuesday, November 24, 2020
      9:30 – 11:00 AM PST
      REGISTER NOW!
  • 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

  • Nov 8 – National Aboriginal Veterans Day
  • Nov 9-13 – Grade 12 Capstone Presentations
  • Nov 11 – Remembrance Day, School CLOSED
  • Nov 12-13 – Dance Show Video Performance
  • Nov 13 – World Kindness Day
  • Nov 17 – Last Day of Quarter 1
  • Nov 18 – Design and Assessment Day – Students NOT in Session
  • Nov 19 – First Day of Quarter 2
  • Nov 23 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • Nov 24 – Focus Mood Walk
  • Nov 25 – Quarter 1 Final Report Cards Issued
  • Nov 27 – Aboriginal Christmas Drive Thru/Walk Thru Family Gathering
  • Dec 18 – Quarter 2 Midterm Marks Issued
  • Dec 18 – Last Day of Classes before Winter/Christmas Break
  • 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
BC, V2Y 2N1
Phone: 604-534-4171
Fax: 604-534-9518