September 27, 2020
“MEET THE TEACHER EVENING” HAS “PIVOTED”
- Traditionally, LSS hosts the Meet the Teacher Evening for parents to meet with LSS teachers and admin, and for the school to welcome parents and guardians to the new school year. With COVID, face to face meetings should only happen when absolutely necessary, and large crowds of people in a school that are not students should be avoided. As a result, we have altered our plans to meet COVID requirements, but to also ensure that you have had a chance to at least be introduced to your student’s teachers.
- By the end of this week, all teachers will have sent out a “welcome email” that introduces them to you, and that includes a copy of the course syllabus. If you still have any questions after the email, please contact your student’s teacher. Our hope is to find creative ways to keep our parents and guardians connected to LSS, since a strong connection between home and school helps our students be successful at school.
- JOSTENS RINGS COMING TO LSS! – We have met with the Jostens Rings representative and reviewed their safety protocols; the school is satisfied that their protocols meet District and Provincial standards. With that, if your grad is interested in purchasing a Grad ring, the rep. will be situated on the 2nd floor of the 2-Storey New Build, on Thursday and Friday, October 8th and 9th
- We will also be hosting our “Grad Banner Signing” on Friday, October 9… stay tuned for details!
- GRAD PHOTO WEEK! – For grade 12s, Grad Portrait Week will be February 22-27, 2021 – Be sure to “Save the Date!”
- REMINDER: HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING AFTER GRADUATION AT LSS? Please see the attached poster to see which post-secondary school have already begun accepting applications!
COVID-19 – RESOURCES TO OVERCOME HARDSHIPS
- Mobile Food Bank – Our Mobile Food Bank will be re-opening:
- Location: Douglas Park Recreation Centre @ 20550 Douglas Crescent.
- When: Friday, October 2 between 12 – 2. And will run every Friday at the same time. You will need to select a time slot on the survey below, between
- 12 – 1 or 1 -2
- You need to pre-register at:
- Only one person per family is allowed to shop, please leave younger children at home if possible
- You must enter and exit only through designated doors (one door for entry, one for exit)
- The health check will be posted at the entrance door, if you are experiencing symptoms or have travelled outside of Canada you will not be allowed in
- You will be required to use hand sanitizer provided at the entrance and when you leave
- You must be on the registration list in order to shop
- You must stay 2 metres apart from staff and others
- Please bring your own shopping bags/boxes
- 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
IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS ABOUT PERMISSIONS
- Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA)
- The school will be sending out Permission Forms via myEDBC in the coming days.
- We appreciate the cooperation from families in completing school permission forms online through myEDBC. The purpose of these forms is to ensure our students are healthy and safe and to inform parents/guardians of activities that take place or are related to school. Our District is committed to the protection of privacy and is guided by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA). Under FOIPPA, secondary school aged students are able to provide their own media release consent as long as they are deemed fit to make that decision. Please have a discussion with your child about completing the media release consent form. If you have any questions, please contact your administrator.
PAC MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 2020/21
- The PAC met this past Monday and had a tour of the New Admin and Counselling Offices, before getting down to business. Besides setting some priorities for the year, they also set their meeting dates. Please mark these dates in your calendar… they would love to meet you (physically distanced, of course!) 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)
- Please see the attached Resume Clinic poster. SWIS staff is offering a Resumé Clinic for permanent resident card holders and refugees: Resume Clinic Poster v2 Sep19
REMINDER: NEW DISTRICT OPTION: DISTRIBUTED LEARNING (DL) AT UCONNECT
- District staff are continuing to explore potential options for families who feel the Transition Support Model is not right for them, and would like to continue the online option for longer than the 1st Quarter. The District is pleased to report that we are expanding the Kindergarten to Grade 7 blended program and have developed a new full-time online learning program for students in Grades 1-9. Please contact Mr. Moino via email if this is an option you would like to pursue at: firstname.lastname@example.org
FAMILIES NEEDING EXTRA SUPPORT
- One of the effects of COVID is the impact on families and their finances. As a community, we are doing best to help out within our means. One way is by assisting families with our Lunch program. Another is by lending technology for student learning to families who do not have tech at home.
- Lunch Program: The lunch program is specific to families that struggle with providing a nutritious lunch each day. This program is based on necessity not convenience. If your family has difficulty in providing a nutritious lunch for your student, please click on the following link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=rvqr_Ar4dE-2p7oVwqS7JDdB1hVTs1VMsw24uCKTq71UREVBS0MzTksxMkY4VjdBTjkwWkhIVzhJRi4u
- Technology: Below, you will find minimum recommended requirements for technology that connects with District apps and programs. If your family has difficulty in providing this technology for connecting to Teams, etc., please click on the following link. (Priority will be given in the short term to families using the Transition Support Model and students who are on hybrid learning at LSS: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=rvqr_Ar4dE-2p7oVwqS7JDdB1hVTs1VMsw24uCKTq71UM0RKNVlWVEc4NzZKTVdFTVUzQ0lYSlIzUy4u
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK!
- Mrs. McNeill’s AVID 12 class made tie-dye masks last week as an AVID-family bonding activity — here are a few photos from Ms. Sewell! Stay tuned for photos of the completed masks next week once they’ve been washed/dried!!
DISTRICT & COMMUNITY NEWS
- THIS WEEK – DPAC Presents: “Let’s Talk Substances” Zoom event on September 29th. Please see the attached flyer for more information:
- 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/
- Sept 29/30 – Admin presentations to Grade 9 cohorts
- Sept 30 – Every Child Matters – Orange Shirt Day
- Sept 30 – Virtual Terry Fox School Run
- Oct 5 – World Teachers’ Day
- Oct 6 – Mood Walk, Campbell Valley Park
- Oct 9 – Grad Banner Signing!
- Oct 12 – Thanksgiving (School CLOSED)
- Oct 13 – School Photo Retake Day (in the morning)
- Oct 16 – Quarter 1 “Half-time” – Classes SWAP, from a.m. to p.m., and p.m. to a.m.
- Oct 19 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
- Oct 19-23 – Parent/Teacher Conversations
- Oct 23 – Provincial Professional Development Day (Students NOT in Session)
- 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