The Saints Scoop! – October 7, 2018

October 8, 2018

It’s always interesting when ancient wisdom is supported by current research.  The idea of making “thanksgiving” an actual day is an interesting one, and I wonder if we would have been smart enough to do it today.  The idea of “thanksgiving” or being grateful is a very old one in numerous cultures around the world.  In North America, we famously connect it to the Pilgrims and the First Nations sharing a meal about 400 years ago.  In Canada, the first “thanksgiving” meal between Europeans and First Nations actually happened earlier than that! (go to the link for more info:  Thanksgiving Day itself became a national holiday in Canada in 1879.

So, historically, our ancestors from around the world acknowledged that giving thanks and being grateful were good things.  Recent research shows that they knew what they were talking about:  being grateful is actually good for your mind and physical health!  Various studies show that regularly being grateful and showing gratitude increases an individual’s sense of happiness and reduces depressive symptoms. Regularly showing gratitude is also shown to improve physical health by improving sleep and affecting how people actually care for themselves.  In short, taking the time to make gratitude part of your daily or weekly routine is good for your mind and good for your body, and helps make the relationships around you more positive!  So, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones, and I wish you a healthy dose of gratitude this weekend and for the rest of this school year!

Some additional reading on the health effects of “thanksgiving” or gratitude:


  • DUE THIS WEEK! Grad Trans Part 1 is due on October 12th!  Grad Trans support workshop is happening all day Tuesday in Room 213.
  • THIS WEEK! Grad Photo Sessions:  Reminder to sign up for your Grad Photo Sessions at  Many Grads have not yet signed up!    Grad photo sessions will be taking place this week, so please sign up as soon as possible.
  • LFS Fall Preview Day at UBC! This event will take place on Saturday, November 24 out at UBC – you can find more information about the event here. If any of your students have expressed interest in studying food systems, biology, global food markets, human health, food, nutrition, animals, plants, the environment or sustainability etc., I recommend that they join us at this event, so that they can determine if an LFS program may be for them.
  • The BCIT Interior Design department is holding a free information session on Tuesday, October 16 covering six program options. This is a great opportunity for students seeking a career in interior design, decorating or staging, or those with an interest in home economics, textiles, tech ed, woodworking, and art. Students will have an opportunity to hear from faculty, current students, and recent graduates on their experience and successes in the programs. More information on the programs covered at the info session (click on the links below):
  • Congratulations to last year’s Grads who were University of Victoria Scholarship winners!
Conway, Parker
Faculty of Engineering: Dean’s Entrance Scholarship ($2500)
General Undergraduate Scholarship ($3000)
Liu, Yuyanran
University of Victoria Entrance Scholarship ($2000)
MacMillan, Hannah
University of Victoria Entrance Scholarship ($2000)
  • Scholarship Info from a private website:  “ScholarTree is still committed to helping reduce student debt in Canada by making scholarship more accessible. Most people don’t realise how many scholarships are awarded early in the school year. has $997,500 worth of scholarships that are currently accepting applications. Students can find which scholarships are best fit for them by signing up at
    • To help with students prepare and transition to post-secondary life we have launched the ScholarTree Blog. University students write the blog because we want the information to be as relevant to current student life as possible. The main areas of focus for the blog are:
      • Student Life: general advice and hacks
      • Scholarship Tips
      • Entrepreneurial Spotlight: stories about students starting their startup or not for profit
      • How to: tips for applying and getting into prestigious programs
      • Make sure to subscribe, so you don’t miss the weekly updates.”
  • THIS WEEK! Grads:  An ImportantReminderGrad Trans (GT), Part 1 is due on October 12th!  Remember that  GT is a requirement for Graduation, AND GT must completed before you are allowed to buy a ticket to the Grad Cruise on October 18!
  • Grad Council meets every Tuesday at lunch in the small gym – Grade 12s are invited to impact their grad year, and make it the best grad year ever!  See Mrs. Thornburn if you have any questions!
  • THIS WEEK! Dry Grad Update: Dry Grad Parent Committee is now up and running!  The group has already started meeting. The group’s next meeting is Wednesday, October 10, in the LSS library.
    • Be sure to join the LSS Dry Grad 2019 Facebook page!
    • We now have an account open at Willowbrook recycling (19641 60 Ave.). Bring in your cans and bottles and just tell them you’d like to credit the LSS Dry Grad 2019 account #606.
    • NEW!!!  The Fashion Show sign up sheet has been posted in the main hallway near the castle lobby. This is to see if there is enough interest to start the planning process. You have until Wednesday to sign up”


  • REMINDER – The Careers Program is bigger and better than ever, offering more opportunities for LSS students to explore career options, and possibly gain valuable Work Experience course credits!  See below for some of the opportunities being offered now, and be sure to click oral of the Blue links for more info! Careers General
    • NEW! Interested in Apprenticeship Opportunities?  Click on the following link for upcoming intake information for January: youth-train-program-brochure
    • City of Langley Fire Hall Work Experience – 90 Hour Experience; Applications due November 30, 2018 City Fire Hall
    • Take Our Kids to Work Day – for Grade 9 Students on November 14; See Ms. Blessing in the Counselling Office for more Information! TOKWD Grade 9s
  • This past week was also our Post-Secondary Institution Day, with grade 11 and 12 students having the opportunity to learn more about post-secondary options they are considering.  It was a very successful day, with presenters from more than a dozen post-secondary options coming to LSS.  See below for photos of how the morning went!
    • Before the busy-ness began… this is the hallway outside of the cafeteria…

      Now the hallway is a bit more full as students engage with each representative!

      With lots of conversations…

      And questions!

      Students gather, with all of their materials, and discuss what they learned about each post-secondary option!


  • During Football season, we hope to regularly update the community on the progress of our Junior and Senior Varsity teams.  See below for the latest!
    • (From Howard Tsumura’s Varsity Letters) MAPLE RIDGE — This is who they are.
    • Kori Johnson carried 17 times for 139 yards and three touchdowns while Kai Thomas rushed seven times for 83 yards and another score as the Saints (3-1, 1-0) opened conference play with a resounding victory over the No. 5 Titans (2-2, 0-1).
    • “We had a game plan, and that was to pound the rock, and create an identity for ourselves,” said Saints coach Ryk Piche. “We challenged our boys this week, and they answered. The offensive line played their best game of the year thus far. The defence stuck to their game plan and really dominated.”
    • Johnson’s great day included a team-leading nine tackles, while Harshaad Johul had five tackles and a fumble recovery. Kai Thomas four tackles and Brody Thomas three tackles and a sack.
    • Our football program’s season is under way. The coaches are always seeking new players from Grades 9-12, no experience necessary. We boast a fantastic group of coaches, led by Mr. Wyse, who have won at every level they have coached at and have collegiate experience amongst them. Practices run Monday-Thursday right after school at McLeod Athletic Park right behind the school.

      The game of football is an excellent choice to learn critical life skills : Organization, work ethic, resilience. The most unique part about football is the concept of working individually as part of a team towards a common goal. There are 11 players on the field, each with their own assignment on every play. When the players buy in to the coaches message and systems, and each do their own part and trust in their team to do their assignment, results are sure to follow.

      Last year, Langley Secondary 2017 Grad Landon MacArthur was awarded a scholarship to play for the University of Alberta Golden Bears, due to his tremendous 2017 season. This year, the team looks primed for a deep run in the playoffs, with several potential candadite players to move on to the next level.

  • One last detail:  LSS’ Provincial ranking changed…  we are now ranked 4th at AA in BC!


  • Social Justice students working hard, learning about various homelessness and poverty demographics in Vancouver… Who said Numeracy was just a skill for Math classes?!?!

    More photos from the September Mood Walk…the first of its kind in BC!  The next Mood Walk will be to Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam on October 17. Special thank you to Overwaitea-Save On Food Group for donating the lunches!

    Grade 12 students working on Grad Trans, with Mr. Powell offering his support!

    Mr. Powell even had iPads brought up to Ms. Wood’s room for the grade 12s to use, as an additional Grad Trans support!

    The LSS Breakfast Club continues to offer students healthier options in the morning, for ALL students. Here is a full cafeteria of students eating and socializing… a great start to every morning!

    A group of 14 top-notch applicants for the Langley Memorial Hospital Work Experience placement listen to Mrs. Blessing… unfortunately, we only had 3 spaces for LSS, so we had to conduct a draw to see who would go.

    The vast majority of students continue to use FLEX time effectively – making a difference in their understanding and homework completion… and in their grades and overall success!

    Leadership students lead team-bonding games with other students, so that they can practice organization, decision making, and public speaking skills!

    They then had a class-wide reflection on how they contributed and engaged, before setting goals for future opportunities!

    This reflection AFTER the learning experience is an example of how the Core Competencies work… they get us to think about our experience and reflect on how we can improve! This is also an example of Formative Assessment – getting students to assess where they are at so they can continue to learn and get better at whatever skill is being examined!


  • Clubs are starting to kick off at LSS.  Getting involved is one of the ingredients to a successful school year…  So, take a moment to see what your student what might be interested in, and encourage him/her to go these rooms below to find out more!
    • NEW! Senior Boys Open Gym:  Every Tuesday after school in the Small Gym.
    • NEW! Manga Club:  Are you interested in Manga, anime of Japanese-style art?  The Mange Club will be meeting Wednesdays after school in the Library.
    • NEW! After School Dance Club!  The After School Dance Club is starting up again. This class runs every Tuesday from 3-4pm in the dance studio. This is an open class for all students at LSS who would like to participate in a dance class.  Come and experience Hip Hop, Jazz, Zumba, Lyrical and Contemporary Dance. Bring a friend and enjoy Dance!  Please sign up in the Dance studio.  First class will be next Tuesday Oct, 9th.
    • 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.
    • WEX (Work Experience) Wednesday Flex:  Students who are registered or interested in Work Experience, please join us on Wednesdays during Flex Block in Room 136.
    • Grad Council meets every Tuesday at lunch in the small gym – Grade 12s are invited to impact their grad year, and make it the best grad year ever!  See Mrs. Thornburn if you have ay questions!
    • LSS Debate and Model UN Club: Join us every Thursday at lunchtime in Room 220. Members will learn how to debate, examine current events, and prepare for upcoming MUN conferences and debate tournaments. New members are always welcome.
    • Tabletop Thursdays with Mr. Nicol in Room 111 Thursdays at lunch and after school – come and find out what different tabletop games and activities are being offered!
    • 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 runs Wednesdays at lunch in Room 213.


  • “Harvest Glow – The Warmth of the Season” will go towards the Food for Thought Campaign and Tower Garden Initiative! Please encourage families and staff to attend this event! Families will be able to pick their perfect pumpkin from the Indoor Pumpkin Patch, play a round of Mini Putt, participate in the Mystery Corn Maze and enjoy the delights from several Food Truck vendors. Harvest Glow starts NOW and ends on October 31st. Please see the attached poster for more information: Glow_Harvest_poster_11x17_langley_school
  • REMINDER: The Fall Edition of Student Success Magazine is now available!  All advertising revenue from the magazine is used to support Langley School District Programs. I have also attached a digital version of the magazine for distribution. Thank you for helping us to help our Langley students.  Please download at – or see the PDF version by clicking on the link: Student Success PDF


  • Langley Youth Hub Calendar and Events:
  • City of Langley and the Timms Community Centre Updates:
  • The Achieve Anything Foundation inspires female future leaders in high tech fields, from shop floor to top floor, with incredible hands-on experience events. APPLY NOW!!!  FREE EVENT!
    • Achieve Anything Foundation’s Operation: This IS You! – Day Sail on a Warship with the Royal Canadian Navy
    • LOCATION: Esquimalt, BC – Saturday, October 20, 2018 – 0900 (ish) -1600
    • **Please note we’ll be adjusting the check-in time to account mainlanders catching the first ferry**
    • Restrictions: Minimum Age – 12 Years, no upper limit.  Mom’s encouraged to apply with their daughters (each must use a unique email address).
    • This day sail should be particularly exciting as we’ll be getting the debut SAR demo from the Royal Canadian Air Force’s brand new Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter.  Activities include tours of ship duty stations, crew quarters and operational equipment; RCAF joint search and rescue demonstration, ship firefighting simulation, and demonstration of the warship’s impressive manoeuvring capabilities. Lunch will be provided.


  • Oct. 8 – Thanksgiving Day – School is CLOSED
  • Oct. 15 – Photo Retake Day!
  • Oct. 18 – Grad Cruise
  • Oct. 18 – The Great BC Shake-Out Earthquake Drill
  • Oct. 19 – Provincial Professional Development Day – Students NOT in Session
  • Oct. 22 – PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm
  • Oct. 24 – Parent Teacher Interviews – Students Dismissed at 1:30 pm.  Interviews from 2 pm-7:45 pm
  • Oct. 25 – Parent Teacher Interviews – Students Dismissed at 1:30 pm. Interviews from 2 pm-4:30 pm
  • Oct. 29 – Collaboration Afternoon – Students Dismissed at 1:15 pm
  • Oct. 31 – Hallowe’en!
  • Nov. 17 – LSS Craft Fair – Save the Date!
  • Nov. 19 –  PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm
  • Jan. 21 –  PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm
  • Feb. 11 –  PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm
  • Apr. 15 –  PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm
  • May 27 –  PAC AGM and Regular Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm
  • June 14 – LSS Graduation Ceremony, CLA, 7 pm
  • June 21 – LSS Graduation Banquet, Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, 6:30 pm

Langley Secondary School

21405 - 56 Avenue, Langley
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Phone: 604-534-4171
Fax: 604-534-9518