The Saints Scoop! – October 25, 2020

October 25, 2020

DRIVING SAFETY AT LSS

  • With the days getting shorter (and more hours of darkness), and the weather getting wetter, we wanted to take a moment to remind parents/guardians and students to be alert and cautious when driving around LSS.  When dropping off or picking up each day, please be sure to drive slowly and watch for student pedestrians,  Some details to be aware of:
    • Drop off and pick up is best on/adjacent to LSS property, specifically in the front drive through, in the back parking lot, or on 213a.
    • We recognize that many families do use CLA for drop off and pick up; we simply ask that parents and students be respectful of our neighbours by driving slowly and safely, and by keeping the space clean.

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: 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
  • 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 SPIRIT WEEK THIS WEEK!

  • It’s SPOOKY SEASON, SAINTS!  Halloween Spirit Week is here!!  Be sure to read below for each day’s theme, and then take part!
    • Rock those comfy cozy PJ’s on Monday
    • Grab your bestie and get twinning for Twin Tuesday
    • The grade competition is REAL on Wednesday for Colour Day
    • We’re throwing it back to decades past on Thursday
    • And we will be turning heads with our best Halloween Costumes on Friday
      • The Leadership class got a head start on Hallowe’en with some spooky spider webs on the windows overlooking the courtyard…

        Either that… or we have some REALLY BIG spiders at LSS!!!

        Whew! No, not spiders, just awesome Leadership students!!!

CAREERS CORNER: MOCK INTERVIEWS

  • One of the goals of our Careers Department is to help students develop skills that will help them in whatever their life goals are.  One of these skills is the ability to be able to communicate well during an interview.  With this goal in mind, most of our grade 10 students will be doing mock job interviews this school year.
  • Along with Mr. Bannister‘s CLE 10, we also had Ms. Wood‘s AVID 10 also engaged in mock interviews this past week:
  • Finally, in a shift to Careers 12 (LC 12), congratulations to Jacob and Ethan, who, in doing their Capstone, supported Cystic Fibrosis this past weekend through a car wash fundraiser…  Well done to these two organizers, and to all of their volunteers!

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.

THIS WEEK! – OPPORTUNITY FOR SENIOR ELL STUDENTS

  • 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.

COVID-19 – RESOURCES TO OVERCOME HARDSHIPS

  • 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!

    Ms. Li and Ms. Zyra went to the ELL class last Friday and this past Wednesday to teach students how to knit!
  • We swapped classes with Ms. Pais-Martins and Mr. Davis. The students were really getting the hang of things by the second time and it was really exciting to see!

    LSS Dancers enjoy the sunshine…

    …and the open space of the Castle Lobby …

    … as they practice their dance routines.

    Mr. Kardos, Ms. Turpin, Mrs. Kauldher, Mr. Fauteux, and Mr. Tesan all taking turns presenting to students using Teams last Monday, as they prepared students for a survey on school identity.

    We finally have our bike racks in place, in the courtyard, near the Student Commons (cafeteria) entrance!

DISTRICT & COMMUNITY NEWS

  • 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 

  • Oct 26 – Drop Everything and Read
  • 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