Staff News: October 2015
October 13, 2015
Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement Signed
Hereditary Kwantlen Chief Marilyn Gabriel, shown with her sisters, Cheryl Gabriel, who hosted and MC’d the signing event October 8th at the Kwantlen Cultural Centre, and Donna Robins, District Teacher in the Aboriginal Program. The signing of the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement is the culmination of incredible effort and cooperation between District staff and members of our local Aboriginal community over the last year. The event itself included a traditional opening with drumming and singing followed by the ‘Calling of Witnesses’ which consisted of various guests being asked to participate on behalf of all those gathered. Traditionally witnesses would then be responsible for ‘documenting’ what they saw and heard so that they could convey information back to their own communities. Signers of the agreement were led into the main area by a procession of drummers and singers just before lunch was served. After the formal signing of the document, a few witnesses were chosen to address the group and Chief Marilyn Gabriel thanked those that attended and participated. The event was a combination of solemn ceremony and fun celebration of the relationships between the District and the local Aboriginal community. To read more about the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement visit Board News from September 29th or check out the media release.
Last Chance to Register for Pro-D Day
If you are not sure how to register, view the video below to learn how to sign up for a new account. Registration deadline is Friday, October 16!
TEDxLangleyED Tickets Selling Fast!
Over half of the available tickets for TEDxLangleyED 2016 have already been sold, and its easy to see why after last year’s well-received event. This year, eleven leaders from the world of education and beyond will share their ideas about the future of our schools, including former Dragon’s Den star and restauranteur Vikram Vij. For more information on this year’s event, visit tedxlangleyed.com
Offtober and Power Smart Month
The Langley School District has been hard at work changing to more efficient lighting to reduce our electrical consumption. The latest projects include all the lights at Langley Fundamental and exterior lights for WGSS and ACSS. Those changes represent enough savings to power 11 households per year. But changes to hardware are not enough, it is still important to turn off lights when vacating rooms and areas – anytime you will be gone for about 30 minutes or more, it makes sense to turn off the lights. The District also boasts 2 LEED certified schools, Lynn Fripps and Richard Bulpitt, with a third, Yorkson Creek, up for certification soon. LEED buildings not only reduce power consumption but also provide a ‘greener’ environment for learning and working. Conservation efforts of students and staff along with hardware upgrades and initiatives has resulted in Langley being named a Top Power Smart School for 2014.
Arts Matter at LFAS
Langley Fine Arts School is pleased to invite you to attend the Arts Matter Artist Series 2015/16. The first guest this year is Lawrence Hill, Author of Book of Negroes, Blood, and The Illegal on Monday, October 19th at 7:30pm.
Retirements, Congratulations and Best Wishes
Principal of Yorkson Creek Middle Tim Everson has announced his retirement for December of 2015. Join Tim celebrating this milestone December 17 between 4:30 and 7:00pm at the Shark Club in Walnut Grove. The $30 cost covers dinner, dessert and a gift contribution. Gift contribution only is $10. Please contact Joan Beck by December 1st to RSVP.
Cindy Norman is also retiring and a celebration in her honour has been set for Thursday, October 29th at 5:00pm. The celebration includes a buffet dinner at the Aldergrove White Spot (3070 264th St.) and gift for $30. Please RSVP to Debbie Jones by October 19th.
Elaine Hough of the payroll department was surprised with a cake to celebrate her 50 years of service to the school district on September 8th. While the rest of the SBO staff new of the celebration, Elaine was under the impression there was a ‘staff meeting’ and was quite shocked when it turned out she was actually the guest of honour! Elaine is pictured at the right in her yearbook photo which was surreptitiously acquired from an archived Langley Secondary School yearbook. Elaine started working in the District in 1965 shortly after graduation. Congratulations and thank you!
Hump Day Hoops!
The District IT department started playing basketball on Wednesday afternoons to ‘work up a sweat’ and would like to invite all interested to come and play. The basketball is in the spirit of ‘wellness’ though some basic skills will make it fun for all. The goal is to have a good time with an eye toward getting staff active and socializing…and maybe a fundraising tournament down the road. Drop by Yorkson Creek for a court workout 4:00-6:00pm on Wednesdays. For more info contact Gilbert Monsanto.
Election Day October 19th
Just a reminder that many school sites are being used as polling stations on Monday, October 19th for the Federal Election. Please be aware that roads and areas around schools hosting voting activities may be busier than usual. If you are not sure whether you are registered or need to find out where to vote, visit www.elections.ca.
Orange Shirt Day in Langley
The Langley School District was wearing ORANGE September 30 to recognize Aboriginal Residential School Survivors. Many schools held assemblies or hosted Aboriginal Cultural Presenters to learn more about Residential Schools and Truth and Reconciliation. To view a collection of Twitter photos from around the District on Orange Shirt Day, visit this link or search #orangeSD35.
Canada Savings Bond Campaign Now Underway
The Langley School District is once again participating in the the Payroll Savings Program in conjunction with the annual Canada Savings Bond Campaign. Applications for enrolment must be submitted before November 1st at 5:00pm. More information and links to online forms may be found in the StaffNet section of the District website under the ‘Payroll & Benefits’ menu item and in this document: Employee Canada Savings Bonds 2015. Alternatively, you may visit the Canada Savings Bonds website directly.
Board News Top Headlines: September 29th
- Superintendent’s Report: Strategic Plan 2015-2019
- Superintendent’s Report: Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement
- Superintendent’s Report: New Curriculum Implementation
- Secretary Treasurer’s Report: Employment Practices Liability Program
- Committee Reports: Strategic Plan Committee
The Board of Education meeting schedule is available online and those interested are welcome to attend. The next scheduled Board meeting is Tuesday, October 27 and the public portion of the meeting begins at 7:00pm.
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