The Saints Scoop! – October 18, 2020

October 18, 2020


  • The email with the appointment link was sent last week.  Please remember that you have until Monday (tomorrow) at noon to book an appointment:


  • 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:
  • UBC Aboriginal Program Information: Please see the attached information from the Aboriginal program for an online information session for Indigenous grade 11/12 students: SD 35 UBC Information Session Poster
  • UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems – We appreciate you and your students may not know much about LFS, and we hope to share more about the Faculty and programs we love so much. With the shift to virtual recruitment by the University this year, in addition to the UBC events and visits you’ve come to know, we have developed some LFS-specific fun and engaging virtual programming we hope you will share with your students.  
    • Our programs in LFS are ideal for students who want to pursue a science program that focuses on using that knowledge to have social impact. If you have students who you think would be a great fit for LFS, we are offering a number of ways for students interested in applying to our programs to connect with us and learn more.
    • For full details, please visit our LFS Events and Visits page. You can also download, print and post or distribute this PDF that summarizes our fall outreach activities.
  • Message from ScholarTree:
    • Scholarship season is fully underway. There is currently over 7 Million Dollars worth of scholarships that are open for applications on ScholarTree! Once students complete their profile they will be matched to all of the awards that they qualify for.
    • We know many people have been negatively affected financially this year so we wanted to create a short presentation about where students can find scholarships and provide some tips to improve their scholarship application.
    • Access the presentation here:
  • 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!”


  • On Saturday October 24, many of our school gyms across the District will be used as provincial election polling stations from 8am – 8pm, including the LSS Small Gym. As guided by Section 81 of the Election Act “accommodation in a school that is the property of a board of school trustees under the School Act must be made available by the board for use as a voting place.” As always, the health and safety of our students, staff and school community is a priority. With COVID-19, we understand this may raise some questions and concerns about the use of District property. 
  • In an effort to be transparent with our families, we want you to know the following:
    • 32 school sites will be used. Please see full list here
    • Gymnasiums will be used. No public access to other parts of the school.
    • Set-up will occur the day before. No students will be onsite due to Pro-D day.
    • Elections BC staff will follow their own cleaning protocols on election day.
    • District custodial staff will be cleaning sites prior to school opening on Monday.
    • Please take note of extra traffic in the area of these sites on election day. 


  • AVID 10 students have been developing their professional resumes and cover letters over the last week. Today they learned about job interviews, types of questions and how to respond with a quality answer.
  • They then completed mini speed date interviews to practice answering questions under pressure while making eye contact, projecting their voices and displaying their confidence as a quality applicant.
  • Next week they will have full mock interviews!
  • This week AVID 10 students ventured out to take photos and create inspirational and motivational posters that represent their choice of topics: leadership, confidence, self love, growth mindset, teamwork, work ethic, goal setting, facing challenges, etc.  The combination of positive messages and thoughtful photos create powerful posters! Here are just a few:


  • At our Staff Meeting this past week, staff looked at Social-Emotional Learning to build up our “tool kits”, both for ourselves, and for our students. During this pandemic, the importance of helping students sort through their emotions in positive and healthy ways is especially vital.
  • We then had Mrs. Thornburn lead staff through an activity in which we linked the Provincial Core Competencies, the LSS Work Habits Rubric, and the First Peoples Principles of Learning.  Staff worked in small groups to review each of these documents, then make connections across these three important ideas. Thanks to Mrs. Thornburn for an engaging and thought-provoking activity!


  • On Tuesday, October 27, LSS will be hosting a speaker from University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).  This speaker will talk about ELL programs and careers for Grade 11 and 12 ELL students.  The event runs from 11:30 am to 1 pm, and includes a pizza lunch!!!  Please see Mr. Davis, Mrs. Pais-Martins, or Ms. Dhaliwal for more information.


  • 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


  • The PAC Meeting Schedule for 2020/21 is:
    • Monday, Oct 19 – 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
    • Monday, Nov 23 – 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
    • Monday, Jan 25 – 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
    • Monday, Feb 22 – 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
    • Monday, Apr 19 – 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
    • Monday, May 17 – 7 pm, Library Learning Commons (also the AGM)


    Students in Senior Foods work on different cooking methods for rice…

    …Each group had a slightly different recipe to see the effects of cooking with long grain vs. short grain rices!

    What is that in the distance???

    Ohhh! It’s a concrete picnic table being placed on our concrete walkway! We had several concrete benches and tables placed throughout the courtyard this past week for student and staff use!

    The amazing view of the new courtyard, facing 56th Avenue…!


  • 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 Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at 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.
  • FamilySmart(R) online session – “Parenting When Our Kids Can’t Go to School” – please see the attached regarding the upcoming In the Know online session: “Parenting When Our Kids Can’t Go To School.” October FS_ITK_Poster_2020.10.20-SryDelWr.Lng-sess2
  • Parent Education Events – The Langley Children Committee is working hard to host parent education events on a variety of topics for Langley families. We are hosting all our upcoming events either at no charge or at a minimal fee, however if that is ever a barrier for you or a family you work with, please contact and we will ensure ALL families can participate.
  • 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 19 – Quarter 1 “Half-time”- FIRST DAY Classes SWAP, from a.m. to p.m., and p.m. to a.m.
  • Oct 19 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • Oct 21 – Parent/Teacher Early Dismissal, 1 hour Early; Conferences from 2 pm to 6 pm
  • Oct 19-23 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – virtual and phone meetings
  • Oct 23 – Provincial Professional Development Day (Students NOT in Session)
  • Oct 27 – UFV ELL Presentation and Pizza Lunch
  • Nov 2-6 – Provincial Grade 10 Literacy and Numeracy Assessments
  • Nov 23 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • 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