The Saints Scoop! – October 8, 2017

October 9, 2017


Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all LSS friends and families!  While Thanksgiving has become synonymous with having a day off of work and school, recent research shows that being thankful or grateful is actually good for you.  All people have both positive and negative events that happen in their lives – this is how life is, for better and for worse.  Being grateful is good for us because it helps us focus more on the positive things in our life.  When we take the time to think about what we are grateful for, even during our toughest times, our entire psychology changes.  We stop dwelling on the negative parts in our lives, and see that there IS good amidst the bad… by focusing on the good, we become more optimistic.  Research also shows that optimistic people attract other optimistic people and positive opportunities, what some people call “good luck”.  In a sense, by being grateful, the research tells us that we end up creating good opportunities and “good luck” for ourselves!  So, with all this in mind, what are YOU grateful for this weekend?


  • Grad Cruise Tickets are going on sale SOON!  Stay tuned for announcements at school in the coming days!
  • 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.
  • McGILL University Open House – Sunday, October 29, 2017 – We are pleased to inform you that McGill University will be hosting its annual Open House for prospective students and their families on Sunday, October 29, 2017.  We would appreciate your help in publicizing the event to your students.  Faculty, students and administrative staff from all units, including the academic departments, Admissions, Recruitment, Scholarships and Financial Aid, Student Services and members of McGill’s student societies, will be on hand to answer questions and talk about academic and student life at McGill. Tours of campus, residences, libraries and the athletics facilities will also be provided.  We expect to welcome approximately 6,000 visitors from across Quebec, Canada, the U.S. and other international locations and we encourage students to register online to attend the event at: Should you have questions, please consult our website or contact the Open House Team at
  • 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.


  • Last week, you should have had some type of informal update regarding your student’s progress in class.  As this is an informal report, teachers may have 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.  Many teachers used MyEDBC to update progress…  to see these updates, be sure to log-in to your Parent Portal:
    • Visit
    • Make sure popups are enabled for your browser
    • NOTE: Both user name and password are case sensitive
    • Enter your user name and password then click Log On to access thesystem.
    • Once inside the MyEducation BC system you can navigate around to view information for your student(s).
    • If you have any problems accessing the Portal, Parent Portal site support is found at the email:


  • This past Monday, October 2, grade 11 and 12 students had the opportunity to learn about different post-secondary options from a wide range of schools and organizations.  Students attended information sessions in the first part of the morning where they could learn about entrance requirements and different opportunities available at each institution; the second part of the morning involved information booths set up in the Castle Lobby and down the cafeteria hallway.  As you can see below, students’ interests were definitely sparked on this day, as they asked the various representatives tonnes of questions.  Special thanks to Ms. Blessing for spear-heading this incredibly successful and informative day for our LSS students!
  • University of Victoria

    Langara College

    University of the Fraser Valley

    Simon Fraser University

    Douglas College

    And free pamphlets, too!

    Mr. Lewis and Ms. Blessing, as they check out the various booths – thinking about going back to school again, as well?!


  • This past Friday, LSS staff travelled to Yorkson Middle School to work on topics related to the Revised Curriculum, and to continue our own journey as learners in the classroom; LSS was closed for the day so that BC Hydro could work on electrical upgrades related to the New Build construction.  LSS staff and District staff combined to offer 12 different workshops throughout the day, allowing staff to choose topics that they wanted to develop within their own practice as educators.  See below for some of the workshops offered:

    Mr. Powell offered a workshop on Design Thinking.

    Mr. Jennens, a teacher at Brookwood, offered a session on helping students develop questions before they look for the answers.

    Ms. Salmon and Mr. Palichuk worked with staff on student de-escalation techniques.

    Ms. Wood worked with staff on activities related to Core Competencies.

    Ms. Petrie, a District teacher and Equestrian teacher at BSS, discusses embedding Careers in the classroom.

    Ms. Sewell works with staff on developing Essential Questions.

    Mr. Hantke demonstrates the benefits of immediate feedback using video and an app called Plicker.

    Ms. Ellis and Ms. Pagnanini look at different strategies to develop student study and organization skills.

    Mr. Rowe demonstrated on how to actively work with the Big Ideas in the new curriculum.


  • Students and staff continue to use Flex in different ways to meet their own unique needs – and that is the point of Flex:  to help students to develop ownership of their own learning… and the results have been positive thus far!

    Students in Ms. Sewell’s Social Studies class working on Math together during Flex…


  • 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.


One final photo of Mohnish and Nathan in Waterloo for the 2017 Canadian Student Leadership Conference!

Ms. Spreitzer, our Learning Commons teacher, helped to set up this awesome “classroom library” in a Social Studies classroom!

AVID students celebrate achieving some significant goals with a pizza lunch party!

AVID teachers Ms. Pagnanini and Ms. Wood flank the AVID administrator, Mr. Hantke!

This past Thursday was World Teachers Day – celebrating the incredible work of educators around the world. At LSS, staff was treated to a pancake breakfast, as well as Crispy Creme doughnuts for the LTA.

The chefs, from left to right: Mr. Moino, Mr. Palichuk, and Mr. Hantke.

And the biggest pancake of all, courtesy of Mr. Hantke and Mr. Palichuk, goes to Mr. Pulice!


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! 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.
  • NEW! 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
    • The lunch group in Ms. Hajdecki’s class – playing card games on this particular day!

      Landon says everything is “A-OK!”

  • 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


  • Please find the Langley Youth Hub calendar for October 2017 attached: 17 Youth Calendar Oct 2017
  • Parents of Dorothy – Offered by Encompass Support Services – Please find our flyer (below) for our new support group for parents & caregiver of LGBTQ2+ children and youth (0-19 years old), Parents of Dorothy, attached. We will be holding an information session on Wed, Oct.18 and our 10 session weekly support group begins Wed, Oct.25 from 6-8pm.  
  • 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. 9:      Thanksgiving Day, Schools CLOSED
  • Oct. 13:    School Photo Retakes
  • 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

Langley Secondary School

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