The Saints Scoop! – September 24, 2017

September 24, 2017



  • Towards the end of last year, a producer from World Rugby Television (aren’t they a HUGE international company?  Yes, they are!) came to LSS to talk to some of our Karen refugee students about how rugby has helped to shape their lives.  The result is this video, released this past week by World Rugby TV – (believe me – this is worth the time to watch it):


  • As mentioned two weeks ago in the Saints Scoop, FLEX training was just beginning, as we reviewed topics such as goal-setting, time management, and other skills that would assist students in maximizing the benefits of FLEX time.  They even had time to do homework in their first period classes, as part of their training, so that they all could see some immediate benefits of FLEX.  It is time now to go to the next step – to go boldly where LSS has never gone before… starting Monday, students will be able to choose where THEY want to go for FLEX time, as long as it meets some simple parameters, such as: they must stay at LSS; for grades 9-11, it must be in one of their current teacher’s classrooms; grade 12 students may also choose to go the library; and students cannot go to a room that is already full – that is why students have been able to sign-up in advance for the past few days for where they choose to be.  To learn more about FLEX, please click on this link to a video out together by Mr. Hantke and Mr. Howlett, and starring some LSS students!


  • Calling all Grade 12s who hope to graduate!  We have two important meetings this week, on Tuesday and Wednesday, during FLEX time (don’t worry – we won’t do this very often!), in the Library.  At this meeting, Mr. Lewis will hand out your Diploma Verifications to make sure your courses are correct and that you are in line to graduate; we will also be having grade 12s sign the “Pledge to Graduate” banner that has been an LSS tradition for several years.  If your last name begins with letters A-L, you will go to the library on Tuesday during FLEX.  If your last name begins with letters M-Z, you will go to the library on Wednesday during FLEX.
  • Madison Guy, from “Grant Me,” will be coming to LSS to do a FREE seminar on Scholarships and grants that can help pay for post-secondary schooling.  Click on the link, and then come to the Library on Monday, September 25 at 7 pm to find out more!  Madison Guy LSS poster
  • $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.
  • THIS WEEK! Langley KPU Open House – KPU will host the annual Langley Open House on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, from 3-7pm. Mark your calendars and share this information with your students. Everyone is invited to an afternoon of learning, touring, listening to music, meeting with instructors and current students. There will be food and refreshments too.
  • THIS WEEK! Wondering how you are going to pay for post-secondary?
    • Then you will be very interested in this FREE workshop that gives some tips and pathways for helping your student to get grants and scholarships.  Madison Guy, from “GrantMe” will share her experience and tips on Monday, September 25 at 7 pm in the LSS library.  This event is open to parents and students in LSS, from grades 9 – 12.  Be sure to mark this date in your calendar!  For more information on Madison Guy and “GrantMe”, please see the following link: Madison Guy LSS poster
  • BOOK NOW! Grad Photos!  Its already time to start booking your graduation photo appointments!  Grad photos will run from October 4 to 8 in a mobile studio at LSS.  Be among the first to sign up and get your preferred date and time!


  • The Terry Fox Run will be taking place on Thursday, September 28th.  Each year, millions of people around the world discover that they have cancer.  If you care and are willing to help, please bring in your donations.  Every day, AVID students will be coming around in Block 1 to each classroom to collect donations!  Please help us reach our goal of a minimum of $1 per person!


  • Orange Shirt Day is on Friday, September 29th.  Please join us in recognizing and honouring our residential school survivors.  Our very own Makayla Goldsmith has designed this year’s shirt.  Orange shirts will be on sale at lunchtime every day this week in the Castle Lobby for $4.00 each.


  • PRICE GOES UP AFTER THIS WEEK!  Purchase your Yearbook for the Early Bird Price of $45 up until September 30th.  Yearbooks will then cost $65.


  • FINAL REMINDER! LSS goes to Italy during the 2018 Spring Break! Come to the information meeting on September 26th at 6pm in the library to discuss itinerary, tour and costs. 


  • 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!
  • 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.


Grade 9s prepare to hear speaker Michael Bortolotto speak about his experiences, and they helped him overcome obstacles and become a successful speaker. Grades 10-12 students also got the chance to listen to him later in the day.

Mr. Palichuk and Mr. Moino thank Michael Bortolotto (centre) with an LSS Saints t-shirt and make him an honorary Saint!

On Tuesday, Leadership sponsored the annual “Fly on the Wall” contest, to see which LSS Staff Member could stay “stuck” to the wall the longest! Congratulations to Mr. Calderon for winning this year’s crown!

A healthy crowd gathers in the cafeteria to watch the Fly on the Wall competition take place!

This past week was also LSS Saints Spirit Week. Mr. Hantke sure has a lot of LSS Spirit!!! (Are those Saints socks?!?!)

Secondary Administrators from around Langley joined the District’s Leadership Team in visiting LSS last week.

Students in Trades 1, as well as in several other rooms throughout the school, showed off some of their projects, as seen below…


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 THIS WEEK!  LSS Book Club: Thursdays 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.
  • NEW THIS WEEK!  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.
  • NEW THIS WEEK!  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 CouncilThis week’s Grad Council Meeting with take place on Monday at lunch in Room 132…  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.


  • The Fall Edition of Student Success is out and in the schools. View it here:   Student Success magazine is published by the Langley Foundation.
  • OPENS NEXT MONDAY – Choice Program Reminder for your School Newsletter – Families applying for first year entry into any choice program for September 2018 will need to apply online.
    • The online application system opens at 12:00PM (noon) Monday, October 2, 2017 and closes 12:00PM (noon), Monday, October 16, 2017.
    • On December 8, 2015, the Board of Education adopted changes to Policy 5084 (Application to Enter Choice Programs).  Important information outlining these changes may be found here, under Programs & Initiatives, Programs of Choice.
      • These programs include:
        • Early French Immersion (Kindergarten – Belmont, James Kennedy)
        • Late French Immersion (Grade 6 – Alex Hope, Noel Booth, Betty Gilbert)
        • Montessori (Kindergarten – Uplands)
        • Fine Arts (Kindergarten – Langley Fine Arts)
        • Fundamental (Kindergarten – Coghlan, Langley Fundamental Elementary)
        • U-Connect (Kindergarten – Simonds)
        • Outdoor Education (K-3 – Fort Langley)



  • Sept. 27:   Homelessness Awareness Event, Library, 1:30 pm
  • Sept. 28:   Terry Fox Run
  • Sept. 29:   Orange Short Day:  Every Child Matters
  • Oct. 4:      Grad Mobile Studio Arrives (Grad Photos run October 4-8)
  • Oct. 4;      Interim Reports Issued
  • Oct. 5:      International Day of the Teacher
  • Oct. 6:      Curriculum Implementation Day, Students NOT in Session
  • Oct. 6-9:   Power at LSS scheduled to be OFF for Construction
  • Oct. 9:      Thanksgiving Day, Schools CLOSED
  • Oct. 13:    School Picture Retakes
  • Oct. 18:    Parent Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm
  • Oct. 19:    Parent Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm
  • Oct. 20:    Professional Development Day, Students NOT in Session
  • Oct. 23:    Staff Collaboration, Early Dismissal at 1:30 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. 13:     Remembrance Day, Schools CLOSED

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Phone: 604-534-4171
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