The Saints Scoop! – October 1, 2017

October 1, 2017



  • Attached please find correspondence from the Superintendent to parents/guardians regarding the status of teacher staffing in the District.  As you read the letter discussing teacher staffing in Langley, please know that LSS has also been diligently working to fill teaching positions.  We are now at two positions left to fill, both involving our Resource students; we expect those potions to  be filled by the end of the week.  We thank parents and students for their patience while this challenging process unfolds.  Letter to Parents – School Startup 2017Sep28


  • Mr. Camara Scholarship:  Djiba Camara was a remarkable man who devoted the latter part of his life to humanitarian work.  During his time at HD Stafford Middle School, his ‘Drop Off to Africa’ initiative fostered a culture of care throughout the school and community.  He was also a retired professional soccer player and enjoyed an illustrious coaching career. The Djiba Camara Memorial Scholarship was created in his memory.  It will be awarded to a recipient(s) who excels in academic achievement and community/school service, combined with soccer aptitude; this scholarship is only for LSS students.  To learn more about the scholarship and how to apply, please see the attached: Djiba Camara Memorial Scholarship
  • $10,000 scholarships for students in their final year of high school – deadline Wednesday, October 25 – The Horatio Alger Association of Canada provides $650,000 annually in need-based scholarship support for deserving students in all Canadian provinces and territories. Scholarships of up to $10,000 are awarded to full-time students in their terminal year of high school with financial need (family income under $65,000) who have demonstrated integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, a commitment to pursue a post-secondary education, a desire to con- tribute to society, and a good academic record.
  • LAUNCH FAIR POSTER – Interested in Graphic Design?  Check out the details to an event at Langara College in Vancouver on Saturday, October 14, from 10 am to 1 pm.
  • BOOK NOW! Grad Photos!  Its already time to start booking your graduation photo appointments!  Grad photos will run from October 4 to 8 in a mobile studio at LSS.  Be among the first to sign up and get your preferred date and time!


  • Congratulations to the students and staff at LSS for an amazing school-wide event, where the entire school completed a 2.5 km trek around the Derek Doubleday Arboretum.  This type of event takes an incredible amount of planning and cooperation from all involved, and we are thankful to all who led and participated – these are the events that make a difference, and to see the whole school participate was heart-warming!  Ms. Wood, one of the AVID teachers and organizers stated, “The AVID program worked together to organize the school wide Terry Fox Walk/Run. They set a goal of $800.00 and for the first time in Saints history they not only achieved their goal, but BEAT it!!  It was an amazing day of teamwork, school pride and walking for a great cause. Thank you to all students and parents who donated to help us reach our goal!”  Ms. Pagnanini, also an AVID teacher and organizer, added, “Our AVID kids were so excited that they could take ownership of this and make it happen. Their faces and enthusiasm today when we hit goal in the last minutes of the day were priceless!”  Thank you and well done, LSS Saints!

    LSS students line-up in the Castle Lobby to get in to the Main Gym, and begin their Terry Fox Run/Walk.

    Just before they entered the Main Gym, students were able to get a washable “Terry Fox” tattoo, as well as write on a large sticker who they were running for, as most students and staff at LSS have had someone in their lives affected by Cancer.

    Students are lined up to cross 56th Avenue and get to the Derek Doubleday Arboretum, where the majority of the run/walk was located.

    Safety First! Thanks to PE students and staff who organized the crosswalk on 56th Avenue, to ensure that almost 1000 students and staff could safely cross the street.

    Waiting for the students when they returned were pears, courtesy of the province’s Fruit and Veggie program, as well as these smiling AVID faces!

    It was the grade 9s who got to leave LSS first to complete the route, and it was grade 9 student Isaac who also crossed the finish line first!

    Mr. Kardos also ran the route, and was one of the first finishers!

    AVID students lined up near the finish line and cheered on runners as they completed their route – how awesome is that!

    Mr. Palichuk, Ms. Weir, and Mr. Kardos, three of our staff runners, pose after the run.

    Our four AVID Homeroom teachers, proud of the students’ work in organizing the awesome event!

    Can you see the suspense as Ms. Pagnanini and her AVID students counted the donations, getting ever closer to the $800 goal? Or maybe they were just having fun counting the money!

    Hey look, everyone, LSS did it – we achieved the school goal!

    The last photo goes to Mr. Calderon and Mr. Palichuk, along with a 2-eared character on Mr. Calderon’s right shoulder, standing below our electronic sign advertising the event. I can’t wait until next year’s run!


  • Dozens of staff and students also participated in Orange Shirt day, recognizing the negative effects of Canada’s history with its Aboriginal people, as well as looking forward at reconciliation for all people in Canada.  Our very own Makayla Goldsmith designed the t-shirts and set up the display in the Main Foyer.  We are proud to acknowledge that Langley District has been a leader provincially in working with our First nations communities to ensure that all of our students know and feel that Every Child Matters.

    Mr. Moino poses with the “Makayla-designed” t-shirt!

    Trades 1 students in their Orange Shirts!

    The glass display case in the Main Foyer.

    A close up…


  • Just a reminder to families that INTERIM REPORTS will be coming home this week.  The official day for them to come home is October 4; however, teachers will be letting parents and guardians know sometime this week about their student’s progress.  As this is an informal report, teachers may let parents know about student progress via email, a phone call, or some other method – the key here is that some type of contact is made.  If you have any questions about your student’s progress, please contact your student’s teacher directly.  Any general questions can be directed to the Main Office; one of the administrators would be happy to help!


  • Students and staff have had an excellent first week with Flex, as the vast majority of students have been setting their plans, and using their time well to complete homework and other class assignments!  We want to be sure to continue the positive momentum we have built in the first few weeks of training and actual Flex.


  • Mr. Dickson Podcast: Would you like to learn more about Piping and Plumbing and its history at LSS?  If so, listen to Mr. Dickson – the founder of the “P & P” Program – on “The Guild” Podcast from this past August!
  • First Responders Workshop:  All students interested in learning more about the Roles of First Responders may wish to attend an upcoming workshop put on by the Langley RCMP and BC Ambulance to guide students through a simulation car crash.  Please see Mrs. Blessing in the Counselling Centre for an application to participate in this workshop!
  • Langley Memorial Hospital Explorations Program or the Township of Langley Fire Hall Work Experience: Grade 11 and 12 students interested in applying for the Langley Memorial Hospital Explorations Program or the Township of Langley Fire Hall Work Experience, please see Mrs. Blessing in the Counselling Centre for an application.


This weekend Ms. Wood and 3 leadership students attended the Student Voice conference! They discussed topics like texting and driving, children’s health statistics, bullying and leadership pillars in the business world!

Of course, active work leads to people being hungry!

And thirsty, too (for a glow in the dark bubble tea, slurpee or something?!)!

Dozens of parents and students also turned out for the “Grant Me” presentation by Madison Guy this past Monday, on how best to access post-sencndary scholarships and grants!

Mr. Lewis and Mr. Hantke presented to our grade 12s this past week on several important topics, including graduation requirements, grad events, and so much more!

The football team gathers at the end of a practice to listen to words of wisdom and to end on with a sense of teamwork.

Ms. Wood’s classroom is a test room for “flexible furniture,” helping the school learn about how some of the new furniture and space can be used in the re-built LSS.

On of the keys to the New/Revised Curriculum, as well as to the flexible furniture, is students being to move around the classroom to engage in different, active learning strategies.

LSS students, along with other Langley students, also took part in the Canadian Student Leadership Conference this past week in Waterloo, Ontario.

A snapshot of Nathan as CSLC students arrived for tour of the University of Waterloo, where they attended innovation and entrepreneurial workshops and listened to a number of speakers. They also got to attend TEDx Kitchener!

More than 100 LSS students had the honour of being the final school on the “Push for Change” tour, raising awareness for Homelessness and Youth Homelessness across Canada.

Here, Joe Roberts shares a video clip and speaks about his experience walking across Canada.

Langley RCMP also attended the event, in support of the work that Joe does to keep young people from having to live on the streets.

In the 2nd floor hallway, one of our classes created a visual representation to show people the difference in sugar amounts in each type of drink… yikes, that’s a lot of sugar!

Finally, we are pleased to have added some clerical time to the Counselling Centre, as Ms. Battistel works to support the counsellors in the tremendously important work that they do!


Throughout the school year, we will have important information on students clubs and teams in this section of the Scoop!  If you want to meet new people and have fun while learning something new, then read below… and join an LSS club or team!

  • LSS Book ClubThursdays at lunch in room 220. All students are welcome to attend. Snacks and tea will be served at each meeting, along with talking about our book of the month.
  • 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.
  • Youth Unlimited Hangar 17:  Wednesday’s at the Langley Airport!  Creative life & drop in (free art program and drop-in centre) from 3:30-5:30pm.  Community meal (free supper!) from 5:30-6:30pm.  Spiritual life (a safe space to discuss life, faith and deeper questions) from 6:30-7:30pm.  Shuttle bus pick-up at Langley Secondary at 3:25pm.  Shuttle rides home are offered at 6:30pm and 7:45pm (waivers are required and are available in the school office!).  For more information:  604-557-6507 or
  • Wrestling – Langley United:  We are asking all interested students from grades 9-12 to attend a meeting next Thursday, September 21st at LSS @ 3:30 pm in the Cafeteria.
  • GSA Alliance:  The LSS Gender and Sexuality Alliance will be meeting on Tuesdays at lunchtime in the Drama Room, beginning September 21st!  All students are welcome to attend!
  • LSS Dance Team:  Would you like to try out for the LSS Dance Team and perform jazz and hip hop?  The Dance Team practices at lunchtime twice a week and performs at various events!  All dance levels are welcome!  Practices take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunch in the new Dance Studio.
  • Grad Council:  Usual meetings of Grad Council take place on Tuesdays at lunchtime in Room 132.  All grads are welcome!  Get involved in Grad 2018!
  • 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 meetings are on Wednesdays at lunch in Room 213 with Ms. Wood and Ms. Sewell.


    • DID YOU KNOW… that School District 35 students have access to 15 licenses for MS Office?  This means that they can download MS Office for FREE on to 15 family devices at home.  Please see the following attachment for instructions on how to download, and how to log-in: MS Office Download Steps[1]  Office 365 Student Login
    • Hallowe’en Night Fundraiser – October 31st – Willowbrook Shopping Centre is holding their annual Trick or Treating Fundraiser again this year.  The popular and lively Hallowe’en event takes place from 5 pm to 6 pm at the mall.  Entry is by donation and includes a trick or treat bag filled with goodies to the first 1500 children.  Proceeds from the event will support the Foundation to put towards school programs.
    • That’s the Spirit Shopping Night – Tuesday, November 14th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Willowbrook Shopping Centre.  This exclusive ticketed shopping event represents an opportunity for schools and PACs to raise funds for school programs and initiatives.  If you sell tickets to the event – $10 allows attendees to enjoy an elevated holiday shopping experience and take advantage of exclusive savings, participate in chances to win $20,000 in prizes and giveaways, gift with purchase offers, free refreshments and snacks, live entertainment and store discounts of up to 50% off and more – you receive the funds to put towards to your programs.  PACs or schools who would like to participate should contact Laura d’Alva at 604-534-7891 ext. 363 to order tickets to sell.  All monies received from ticket sales will be attributed to the school or PAC who sold them.
    • Gift Wrapping – The Foundation has again been chosen to run the gift wrapping centre at the Willowbrook Shopping Centre, every day all day from December 10th to 24th.  This is a huge opportunity for PACs and schools to raise funds to put towards their specific programs and initiatives.  To participate and take advantage of the funds raised, you must put together a team including supervisors and up to 10 wrappers (depending on the dates of your shifts).  You can choose as many 4-hour shifts as you can handle.  For more information, please contact Susan Cairns at or Laura d’Alva at
  • OPENS MONDAY – FINAL REMINDER – Choice Program Reminder for your School Newsletter – Families applying for first year entry into any choice program for September 2018 will need to apply online.
    • The online application system opens at 12:00PM (noon) Monday, October 2, 2017 and closes 12:00PM (noon), Monday, October 16, 2017.
    • On December 8, 2015, the Board of Education adopted changes to Policy 5084 (Application to Enter Choice Programs).  Important information outlining these changes may be found here, under Programs & Initiatives, Programs of Choice.
      • These programs include:
        • Early French Immersion (Kindergarten – Belmont, James Kennedy)
        • Late French Immersion (Grade 6 – Alex Hope, Noel Booth, Betty Gilbert)
        • Montessori (Kindergarten – Uplands)
        • Fine Arts (Kindergarten – Langley Fine Arts)
        • Fundamental (Kindergarten – Coghlan, Langley Fundamental Elementary)
        • U-Connect (Kindergarten – Simonds)
        • Outdoor Education (K-3 – Fort Langley)


  • Pregnant and Parenting Youth has published its October calendar.  Please see the attached for more information:
  • The Royal Canadian Navy is interested in inspiring more women to pursue careers in Aviation, Aerospace, Marine & Defence and other STEM fields.  To learn more about some pretty cool opportunities, please click on the following link: AAF Press Release 14 Sept 2017 – Rear Adm. Royal Canadian Navy calls fo…
  • Youth Drop-In:  Langley City runs (mostly) free drop-in youth programs out of Timms Community Centre. Attached are posters for 2 of our weekly programs: drop-in basketball, and youth night. youth basketball drop in – youth night aug 2017
  • Langley Hospice Society – Is offering a support group for people who have suffered loss as a result of suicide and overdose.  Please see the attached poster for more details: LHS Suicide Overdose Loss Support Group_September 2017[1]
  • 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!


  • Oct. 2:      PSI Day – Grade 11s and 12s learn about Post Secondary options, 9:30 am
  • Oct. 4:      Grad Mobile Studio Arrives (Grad Photos run October 4-8)
  • Oct. 4;      Interim Reports Issued
  • Oct. 5:      International Day of the Teacher
  • Oct. 6:      Curriculum Implementation Day, Students NOT in Session
  • Oct. 6-9:   Power at LSS scheduled to be OFF for Construction
  • Oct. 9:      Thanksgiving Day, Schools CLOSED
  • Oct. 13:    School Photo Retakes
  • Oct. 18:    Parent Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm
  • Oct. 19:    Parent Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm
  • Oct. 19:    The Great BC ShakeOut Earthquake Drill
  • Oct. 20:    Professional Development Day, Students NOT in Session
  • Oct. 23:    Staff Collaboration, Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm
  • Oct. 26:    Grad Cruise, Departing LSS at 4:45 pm
  • Oct. 27:     Semester 1, Term 1 Ends
  • Oct. 30:     Report Card Preparation, Half Day Early Dismissal (Students attend in the a.m.)
  • Oct. 31:     Hallowe’en – Dress up at LSS!
  • Nov. 10:     Calendar Variation/Non-Instructional Day – Students NOT in Session
  • Nov. 13:     Remembrance Day, Schools CLOSED
  • Nov. 21:     Staff Collaboration, Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm
  • Nov. 24:     Aboriginal Department Christmas, HDSMS, 5 pm
  • Dec. 22:     Last Day of Classes before Christmas/Winter Break
  • Jan. 8:        School Re-Opens
  • Jan. 15:     Staff Collaboration, Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm
  • Jan. 17:     LSS Piping Orientation for Students and Parents, Library, 7 pm
  • Jan. 24:     Last Day of Classes – Semester 1
  • Jan. 26:     Taste of LSS for Grade 7 and 8 students from HDSMS
  • Jan. 29:     Semester 2 Classes Begin
  • Feb. 7:       Staff Collaboration, Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm
  • Feb. 9:       Semester 1 Report Cards Issued
  • Feb. 12:     BC Family Day, Schools CLOSED

Langley Secondary School

21405 - 56 Avenue, Langley
BC, V2Y 2N1
Phone: 604-534-4171
Fax: 604-534-9518