The Saints Scoop! – October 15, 2017

October 15, 2017


    Earlier this week, parents and guardians were sent an email from LSS detailing how to make an appointment to meet your student’s teachers on Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19.  Here are the details again:

    • Parents are able to book their appointment times online at – you will need to setup an account and then you can book your appointments.  Appointments are 10 minutes long, and can be made according to the following schedule:
      • Wednesday, October 18th:   2:00-7:30 – (Staff not available during dinner, from 5:00-5:40 pm) – IN THE MAIN GYM
      • Thursday, October 19th:   2:00 – 4:30 – IN THE MAIN GYM
    • Appointment bookings will close on Tuesday, October 16 at Noon – be sure to book in time, so you don’t miss out!


  • THIS WEEK! Grad Cruise Tickets are going on sale THIS MONDAY, October 16th at lunchtime.  A reminder to students that outstanding student fees, grad fees and textbooks/library book fines must be paid or books returned PRIOR to purchasing a grad cruise ticket.  If you have a special circumstance and you are not able to pay your fees this week, please speak to your Vice-Principal or have your parent/guardian contact Mr. Moino.  For more information about Grad Cruise, please see the following attachment: GRAD CRUISE OVERVIEW and reminders
  • STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS – The Ministry of Education has just launched the StudentTranscripts Service (STS), a new online application for students to view their marks, scholarships and transcripts, and send transcripts to post-secondary institutions and third parties. We are opening the ability to send transcripts to post-secondary institutions (PSIs) to all current grades 10, 11, 12, and adult students. These current students may access up to 25 complimentary – please note these 25 complimentary selections are not ongoing after graduation. Past graduates may access additional copies of their transcripts via this service for a fee of $10 per copy.  To access the service, students will go to the Ministry of Education’s transcripts and certificates website at Please note that all students must register for a BC Government account (a BCeID). After registering for a BCeID, students follow the system prompts and register for STS. Finally, they log in to the StudentTranscripts Service using the BCeID. From a student’s STS Dashboard, they are able to make post-secondary institution selections, view their transcript and assessment results, and send transcripts immediately to post-secondary institutions and other third parties.
  • THIS WEEK! Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Information Sessions and Building Tours at the UBC Sauder School of Business – These small gatherings provide a casual setting for prospective students in grades 8-12 to visit the UBC Vancouver campus and learn more about the BCom program. We invite counsellors and teachers to encourage their students and classes to take advantage of this opportunity to explore their career possibilities in business. See a sample post below that your school may use to advertise the session on social media. The upcoming session is October 20, 2017: 12:30PM – 2:00PM.  Registration to attend can be found at the following link: Please note that more sessions will become available starting in 2018 that will correspond with Professional Development days to allow students to attend on their day off.
  • 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.


  • The small gym has been completed and is back in operation, available for PE classes and ready for Musical Theatre to use!  The next phase will be starting this week, as demolition of the old Metal/Electronics/Computers building, as well as the 2 block-offed Science rooms should begin this week.


  • Do you want to play soccer at lunchtime?  Until this upcoming Friday, you can sign up for Soccer Intramurals in the Castle Lobby at lunchtime.


  • Marketing 12 students had the opportunity to experience the “Barter System” and the challenges of trying to acquire and dispose of goods, without being able to use and/or exchange currency.  As you can see from what they started with compared to what they finished with, students were able to come up with some creative negotiation tactics to end up with some interesting items.  Mr. Cortese would like to thank the staff and students of LSS for helping to make this a fun and valuable learning experience.  And thanks, of course, to Mr. Cortese!


  • REMINDER – 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!
  • REMINDER – 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.


  1. Info on using Word on any recently imaged school computers (i.e. Computer Lab and library) using their district-created log-in for OneDrive.  Here is the link to the post:   The instruction sheet (a “how to” with screenshots) is also attached: Instructions for using WORD in the LSS Library and Lab
  2. On a related note, here is a blog post about OneDrive – how to use it from home and also how to download Office at home for free  Once again, the how to with screenshots is attached: Instructions-for-Student-OneDrive-accounts


Mr. Dickson brought his Trades 1 and Transitions Work Experience students, as well as Mr. Lalley’s Piping and Plumbing Train in Trades students on a trip to BCIT this past week.

The bus ride there looks like it was a lot of fun!

Once they were at BCIT, however, it was all business!

Hands on demonstrations at BCIT engaged all the students!  Interestingly, the Piping and Plumbing students will be attending full time at BCIT for 8 weeks soon, so they can receive post-secondary credits!


  • Every year, between December 27th and 31st, 97 representatives of youth organizations from across British Columbia gather at the Provincial Legislature in Victoria for the annual session of British Columbia youth Parliament. Members sit as independents — not representing any political party and voting with their individual consciences on all issues. Members learn about, and experience firsthand the parliamentary process, debate topics of interest, and plan numerous activities for the upcoming year. After Session, members put these activities and projects into action. Proposed activities are presented in the form of government bills; once passed they’re actually put into effect! This is where BC youth Parliament differs from its counterparts — BCYP is in no way a “model” or “mock” parliament; our legislation actually translates into real action in the community.  Application Information: The application deadline for the 89th British Columbia youth Parliament is October 24th, 2017. If you are aged 16 to 21, you may be able to get involved in youth parliament!  To apply, print off an attached application, have an organization/school/group sponsor you, write a personal statement and mail, email or fax in a completed application form: BCYPBrochure – Application89


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!

  • NEW!  Junior Basketball:  All Grade 9 and 10 boys who want to try out for the Junior Basketball Team need to come to a meeting in Room 217 on Tuesday at lunch.
  • NEW!  Debating Club:  Come on out to the LSS Debating Club every Wednesday at lunchtime in Ms. Lee’s Room 218.  Members will practice PF (Public Forum) and CNDF (Canadian Debating Forum) and if possible, will participate at a few debate tournaments.
  • Makerspace Club:   Met last Thursday, October 5th at lunch in Room 98 (across from the wood shop).  If you missed this meeting, please see Mr. Powell!  Their goal is to define a school Makerspace Club by its purpose and simplest of terms: it is a place where young people (both girls and boys!) have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual, and develop creative projects.  All students are welcome to attend.
  • Geeky Hang Out Days:  Please join Ms. Hajdecki for Geeky Hang Out Days in Room 123!
    • Magic the Gathering Mondays
    • Wii U Wednesdays
    • Tabletop Thursdays
    • Featured Anime Fridays
  • 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



  • Oct. 17:    PAC Meeting, Rm 128, 7pm
  • 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. 23:    District Choir Festival, RE Mountain Secondary, 7:30 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. 11:     Remembrance Day
  • Nov. 13:     Remembrance Day Observed, Schools CLOSED
  • Nov. 14:     PAC Meeting, Rm 128, 7pm
  • 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. 16:     PAC Meeting, Rm 128, 7pm
  • 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
  • Feb. 20:     PAC Meeting, Rm 128, 7pm
  • Apr. 16:      PAC Meeting, Rm 128, 7pm
  • May 22:     PAC Meeting and AGM, Rm 128, 7pm
  • June 21:    LSS Grad Ceremony, CLA
  • June 22:    LSS Grad Dinner and Dance, Coast Hotel
  • June 27:    LSS Awards Night

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