Sept 3, 2012 – This week in the Bobcat’s Den

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June 24 – This week in the Bobcats Den

This will be a bitter-sweet week at Brookswood, full of celebration and farewells.  We will celebrate our Commencement Ceremony on Wednesday at Christian Life Assembly, followed closely by our our Graduation banquet on Thursday at the The Coast Hotel in Langley City.  At the same time, we will be saying farewell to students who have graced our hallways at Brookswood for the better part of five years, as well as farewell to several staff members who have helped to define our school as a safe, caring, and exciting place to be.  We wish nothing but the best that life has to offer to all who are leaving, and a safe, restful, and reflective summer to those who are returning in September … see you in two months!

  • Grade 11 Barbeque: Brookswood hosted a hot dog barbeque for the grade 11 students as they left their final Provincial exam of the year, and handed out wrist bracelets with “Grad 2014” emblazoned on them.  The result was a great atmosphere as our grade 11 students quickly realized that they were now our grade 12 students!  A great idea usually starts with one person (thank you Mrs. Allen!) but it always takes the work of many to turn it into fruition – thanks to the numerous staff who helped to set-up the grill, as well as helped cook, serve, and clean-up; I would also like to thank Mrs. Van Noort and the PAC for their generous support of the event, as well as to Mr. Mitchell and Dessertco for donating the cookies.  Thanks to all who came down and turned this into a wonderfully symbolic event.  When I asked the grade 11s if they were finished their grade 11 exams, and then congratulated them for now being a grade 12 student, I could see a realization and spark of pride in their eyes; many then sat in the unofficial “grad zone” and enjoyed some grub!  The event had the intended effect of connecting these students to Brookswood as grads, and then some!
  • Master grillers Mrs. Cockerill and Mr. Allen.

    Master grillers Mrs. Cockerill and Mr. Allen.

    Grade 11 students "dressing their 'dogs", while Mr. Allen and Mr. Howlett are grilling up another batch in the background!

    Grade 11 students “dressing their ‘dogs”, while Mr. Allen and Mr. Howlett are grilling up another batch in the background!

  • One of our Key skills and attributes is Social Responsibility, and our staff and students have been excellent ambassadors of the school in this respect.  The school has raised over $5000 and collected over 2000 cans for Groups such as Canadian Cancer Society, Canuck Place, Free the Children, Canadian Red Cross, Langley Animal Protection Society, Critter Care, Children’s Hospital, Langley Food Bank, and KIVA (a micro financing initiative).  We also have 100 students participating in the Relay for Life, which will likely raise thousands more.  Thanks to Ms. McLeod, Mrs. Kelly, and Mr. Esplen for their work with Student’s Council, Leadership, and Social Justice, as well as to all staff and students who have contributed time, energy, and funds to these worthwhile causes.
  • The School’s Green Team, led by Mrs. Kelly, Ms. Myckatyn and Mr. Lyndon, has also had a great year at Brookswood, implementing and promoting organic and paper recycling to reduce the stream of waste headed to our landfills.  One example of the Green Teams work was to collect pens that were destined for the garbage, and to instead send them to a local recycler; as you can imagine, a lot of pens are used in a school, so this proved to be a very successful effort!

    One of several bags of pens...NOT in a landfill!

    One of several bags of pens…NOT in a landfill!

  • Reminder:  You might have noticed Brookswood’s Yearbook come home in the past week or so.  If you did, you also might have noticed what an accomplished piece of art work and storytelling that it is!  Thanks to Mrs. Costopoulos and her Yearbook editor and classes for their work and creativity.  I am sure that planning has already begun on next year’s…  In the mean time, please enjoy this year’s!  (If you do not yet have one and would like one, they are for sale at the office for $60.)
  • Reminder: The Foundation is looking for students in grade 10, 11 or 12 to volunteer at its Summer Camp as team leaders and station leaders; the nearest camp to Brookswood will be at Belmont, on 40th Ave just a few blocks from Brookswood.  Volunteers can earn funds for their schools (sport teams, field trips, departments etc.) and at the same time receive credit for volunteer hours.  Preference will be given to students who sign up for the entire two weeks.If you are interested in volunteering and helping out Brookswood as well, please send me a message at mmoino@sd35.bc.ca and I can take your information.  Here’s the link to the Foundation with information on the camps: http://www.langleyschooldistrictfoundation.com/
  • Reminder: The City of Langley is hosting its Summer Jam activities for the summer, available to students aged 10-15 years of age.  Please see the attached flyer for more information: summerjamposterfinal2013
  • Reminder: Science World is offering a 2-for-1 youth coupon to come visit Science World this summer. The coupon is downloadable from their website at: scienceworld.ca/promotions.  I have to admit that I love a great deal!
  • June 24:  Fral 12 Provincial Exam
  • June 26:  Grad Ceremony, CLA, 7 pm
  • June 27:  Final Report Card Issued, 10 am
  • June 27:  Grad Banquet, Coast Hotel, 6:30 pm

June 17 – This week in the Bobcats Den

As Brookswood continues to redefine itself for its 40th Anniversary in the 2013/14 school year and for the next several years, one of the activities sponsored by our Marketing class was for students to design a new school logo for our athletic teams and for other groups in the school.  After numerous students submitted a great number of proposals, staff and students voted on their favourite.  And the winner is… Caitlin Herrington’s Bobcat Design:

Original Logo by Caitlin Herrington

Original Logo by Caitlin Herrington

Congratulations Caitlin on a stunning design!

  • You might have noticed Brookswood’s Yearbook come home in the past week or so.  If you did, you also might have noticed what an accomplished piece of art work and storytelling that it is!  Thanks to Mrs. Costopoulos and her Yearbook editor and classes for their work and creativity.  I am sure that planning has already begun on next year’s…  In the mean time, please enjoy this year’s!  (If you do not yet have one and would like one, they are for sale at the office for $60.)
  • This past Thursday, our Low Incidence program hosted its annual Strawberry Tea Event.  Mr. Camparmo and our SEAs welcomed parents and students from our Low Incidence program, as well as other staff and students who have worked with this group into room 123 for vegetables, desserts, and of course, Strawberry Shortcake with fresh strawberries on the side!  The guests were also treated to various slideshows celebrating a phenomenal year, and wishing a farewell to those students leaving the program.  It was certainly an afternoon to remember!
  • In a follow-up to a recent note in this blog, one of our Backstreet students (Hannah Vogel) was on Global TV yesterday, promoting her Burn PSA that she shot this term. She mentioned Brookswood and Backstreet and they used clips of the PSA in the 12 minute segment.Here’s the link: http://globalnews.ca/video/633179/fire-safety-tips-2
  • The Foundation is looking for students in grade 10, 11 or 12 to volunteer at its Summer Camp as team leaders and station leaders; the nearest camp to Brookswood will be at Belmont, on 40th Ave just a few blocks from Brookswood.  Volunteers can earn funds for their schools (sport teams, field trips, departments etc.) and at the same time receive credit for volunteer hours.  Preference will be given to students who sign up for the entire two weeks.If you are interested in volunteering and helping out Brookswood as well, please send me a message at mmoino@sd35.bc.ca and I can take your information.  Here’s the link to the Foundation with information on the camps: http://www.langleyschooldistrictfoundation.com/
  • Summer break brings increased time online. It is important for parents to help their children enjoy the benefits of the Internet, while learning to navigate the online world safely & respectfully. For more parent information please visit: http://online-kidz.weebly.com/parent-tips.html
  • Reminder: On Tuesday, June 18 is Incomplete Resolution Day – Students must be invited by individual teachers to attend on this day.  This is meant for students who have been given I’s in term 3 or who have yet to demonstrate only a few more outcomes before the teacher is satisfied that the student will pass the course for the year.  This is NOT meant for students who have missed a significant number of outcomes during the year, and have missed numerous opportunities to make these assignments up.  It would be impossible for a student to make up these significant numbers of outcomes in just one day.  Thus, as stated above, a student will be invited to attend this day at school based on the teacher’s professional judgment and discretion.  Please contact the teacher or administration if you have further questions.
  • Reminder: The City of Langley is hosting its Summer Jam activities for the summer, available to students aged 10-15 years of age.  Please see the attached flyer for more information: summerjamposterfinal2013
  • Reminder: Science World is offering a 2-for-1 youth coupon to come visit Science World this summer. The coupon is downloadable from their website at: scienceworld.ca/promotions.  I have to admit that I love a great deal!
  • June 19:  Provincial Exams begin – Math 10
  • June 20:  Eng 12, Science 10, and Comm 12 Prov. Exams
  • June 21:  SS 11, Eng 10 Prov. Exams
  • June 21:  Grade 11 Tailgate Party, after SS 11 Provincials
  • June 24:  Fral 12 Provincial Exam
  • June 26:  Grad Ceremony, CLA, 7 pm
  • June 27:  Grad Banquet, Coast Hotel, 6:30 pm

June 10 – This week in the Bobcats Den

A reminder to all students and parents that our altered schedule begins this week.  Monday and Tuesday are regular days, with classes the usual 63 or 64 minutes.  Starting on Wednesday, the schedule changes to allow for each class to be two hours for Final Assessments and other Final activities; this altered schedule will run from Wednesday,  June 12 until Monday, June 17.  Some key details:

  • Students are required to be in attendance for these classes, as teachers are planning a variety of activities, including Final Exams, Final Assessments.
  • Starting Wednesday, June 12, the schedule will be:

Monday, June 10

  • Blocks 43221
  • Homeroom midday for locker clean-up

Tuesday, June 11

  • Blocks 8765
  • 1:20 pm – Awards Assesmbly, Main Gym

Wednesday, June 12

  • 8:30 am – Tutorial Time, Textbook return
  • 9 am – 11 am – Block 1
  • 11 am – 12 am – Lunch
  • 12 pm – 2 pm – Block 2
  • 2 pm – 2:45 pm – Tutorial Time, Text return

Thursday, June 13

  • 8:30 am – Tutorial Time, Textbook return
  • 9 am – 11 am – Block 3
  • 11 am – 12 am – Lunch
  • 12 pm – 2 pm – Block 4
  • 2 pm – 2:45 pm – Tutorial Time, Text return

Friday, June 14

  • 8:30 am – Tutorial Time, Textbook return
  • 9 am – 11 am – Block 5
  • 11 am – 12 am – Lunch
  • 12 pm – 2 pm – Block 6
  • 2 pm – 2:45 pm – Tutorial Time, Text return

Monday, June 17

  • 8:30 am – Tutorial Time, Textbook return
  • 9 am – 11 am – Block 7
  • 11 am – 12 am – Lunch
  • 12 pm – 2 pm – Block 8
  • 2 pm – 2:45 pm – Tutorial Time, Text return
  • On Tuesday, June 18 is Incomplete Resolution Day – Students must be invited by individual teachers to attend on this day.  This is meant for students who have been given I’s in term 3 or who have yet to demonstrate a only a few more outcomes before the teacher is satisfied that the student will pass the course for the year.  This is NOT meant for students who have missed a significant number of outcomes during the year, and have missed numerous opportunities to make these assignments up.  It would be impossible for a student to make up these significant numbers of outcomes in just one day.  Thus, as stated above, a student will be invited to attend this day at school based on the teacher’s professional judgment and discretion.  Please contact the teacher or administration if you have further questions.
  • On Wednesday, June 5, The BackStreet Studio hosted its very own BackStreet Oscars!  The best videos produced this school year were shown and awards were given for excellence in each category.  This gala event was hosted by grade 12’s in our Video Production program, and was a superb way to tend the year: showcasing all of the skills and knowledge learned by our students in Video Production 10-12.  Bravo to Mr. French, Mr. Hofbauer, Film 12 students, and all the parents and students who helped to make this such a memorable evening.  Finally, the thanks would not be complete if we didn’t mention all the Pie and Dessert-makers who kindly supplied these tasty resources for the intermission in our beautiful courtyard!  Congratulations to all!
  • Congratulations also to the Athletic Department for hosting a superb event this past Thursday evening in the theatre.  Several hundred people were in attendance as Mr. Adrian and Mr. Brown called up to the stage the various coaches and student-athletes to celebrate the different teams who have represented Brookswood over the past school year.  Students were awarded Brookswood t-shirts for a variety of categories, including MVP, Most Improved, Highest GPA, Most Coachable, Best Team Player, among others.  Students were also awarded Block awards for continued, long term participation and success in Brookswood athletics.  Finally, after all grade 12 graduating athletes were brought on stage and feted, the evening ended in the cafeteria, where our generous PAC hosted a dessert event.  Thanks to all organizers, coaches (from both staff and community), parents, and student-athletes for their respective roles in making for such a positive and reaffirming evening.  The future of Brookswood athletics looks bright, indeed!
  • This past Saturday, Brookswood Secondary re-introduced itself to the Brookswood Business Improvement Association, as the school participated in the BIA’s Brookswood Days for the first time in several years.  Thanks to Mrs. Allen, Mr. Allen, and all the staff and students who particpated in the event.  Of course, we can’t forget to thank Russell the Bobcat, who made a surprise appearance on Saturday!

Russel the Bobcat at Brookswood Days on 200th Ave

  • Update –  Track and Field – Our track and field athletes all did an excellent job in their events over the last weekend. They showed sportsmanship as well as school spirit. Special recognition should go out to Adam Marshall as he is a modest and humble winner. He got personal bests in both the 800m and the 2000m steeple (both very difficult and competitive events). He also won the gold medal in the 2000m steeplechase. Please congratulate him in becoming a Provincial Champion!
  • The City of Langley is hosting its Summer Jam activities for the summer, available to students aged 10-15 years of age.  Please see the attached flyer for more information: summerjamposterfinal2013
  • Reminder: Science World is offering a 2-for-1 youth coupon to come visit Science World this summer. The coupon is downloadable from their website at: scienceworld.ca/promotions.  I have to admit that I love a great deal!
  • Reminder: Uke Camp 2013!!! Are you looking for a fun musical experience for your child(ren)? The seventh annual Ukulele Summer Camp is a terrific opportunity for students to learn how to play a musical instrument and have fun at the same time. The summer classes will be taught by Jamie Thomas of Belmont School and instructors from the Langley Ukulele Ensemble. Thanks to generous contributions by the City and Township of Langley, registration is $75.00; however, if you register your child by June 30th, early-bird registration is only $60.00! Please call 778-840-8537 or email ukesinfo@langleyukes.com for more information.
  • Reminder:  IMPORTANT GRAD INFORMATION:-Free 2 day TransLink passes are available for all Grads only.  Valid May 15 to June 30 for buses or Skytrain.  Please pick up pass at the office.- Renting a Tux for Grad?   Vouchers are also available at the office for $20 off a Tux or suit rental.  See the office staff for more information.
  • June 10:  XCEL Program Registration in Library, 9 am
  • June 11:  PAC AGM, Library, 7 pm
  • June 12-17:  In-Class Final Assessments (altered schedule)
  • June 13:  Strawberry Tea, Low Incidence Program, 12:30 pm
  • June 14-16:  Operation Trackshoes-UVIC  Low Incidence Program & students
  • June 19:  Provincial Exams begin – Math 10
  • June 20:  Eng 12, Science 10, and Comm 12 Prov. Exams
  • June 21:  SS 11, Eng 10 Prov. Exams
  • June 21:  Grade 11 Tailgate Party, after SS 11 Provincials
  • June 24:  Fral 12 Provincial Exam
  • June 26:  Grad Ceremony, CLA, 7 pm
  • June 27:  Grad Banquet, Coast Hotel, 6:30 pm

June 3 – This week in the Bobcats Den

  • Langley School District held its Aboriginal Achievement Awards this past Wednesday, May 29, celebrating Aboriginal student successes in the District.  Congratulations to all Brookswood award winners, including the following winners of the Golden Eagle award:

    (Students from left to right) Wayde Wilm, Janelle Trapp, Tai-Lynn St. Pierre, Amanda Renardy, and Aldea Ducharme, along with BSS Aboriginal Support Worker Pam Goldsack (centre).  These students were "blanketed" as part of receiving the Golden Eagle Award.

    (Students from left to right) Wayde Wilm, Janelle Trapp, Tai-Lynn St. Pierre, Amanda Renardy, and Aldea Ducharme, along with BSS Aboriginal Support Worker Pam Goldsack (centre). These students were “blanketed” as part of receiving the Golden Eagle Award.

  • Congratulations to Brookswood students Jake Guy and Mitch Deeming, as these TV Video students won the Township of Langley Water Wise Contest in the Digital Category.  Each of the students will be receiving a $50 ITunes gift card and will have their winning entry displayed at the Township of Langley civic facility in the coming weeks.
  • Another one of our grade 12 film students, Hannah Vogel, is the daughter of the director of the BC Firefighters Burn Victim unit, Erik Vogel. She has finished a great Public Service Announcement (PSA) on the dangers of mixing gasoline and campfires, hoping to get it out wide to the schools in Langley (and elsewhere) for grad season. Our TV Video teacher Mr. French has posted it on VIMEO, so that schools, teachers, administrators, and anyone else can download and use it as needed.  Please help get this out to students and the community. Here is the link: https://vimeo.com/67172034
  • Congratulations once again to the Senior Jazz Band for their Kiwanis Festival performance.  Not only did our students receive a Gold Award, but they also won a trophy and a Long and McQuade gift cerftificate as Most Promising Jazz Band – Brookswood was one of only two schools to receive this in the Senior Jazz Band category!  Congrats and well done once again to Mr. Turi and the Senior Jazz Band!
  • On Wednesday June 5 in our very own Brookswood Theatre at 6:30 p.m., the BackStreet Oscars will be happening!  The best videos produced this year will be shown and awards will be given for excellence in each category.  Don’t miss this gala event hosted by grade 12’s.  Come support your friends and be entertained!  Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults — at the door.  If you plan on taking Video Production 10 next year, this is your chance to see what kind of stuff we do!
  • Congratulations to the Brookswood students who competed in the BC Track and Field Championships.  Results will be updated as they come in:

Grade 12 – Adam Marshall and Allison Giesbrecht

Grade 9 – Jaclyn Pauley

Grade 8 – Brooke Hoolsema, Louise Forsyth, Ashley Haidish and Rachel Trummler 

  • Update –  Track and Field – Our track and field athletes all did an excellent job in their events over the weekend. They showed sportsmanship as well as school spirit. Special recognition should go out to Adam Marshall as he is a modest and humble winner. He got personal bests in both the 800m and the 2000m steeple (both very difficult and competitive events). He also won the gold metal in the 2000m steeplechase. Please congratulate him in becoming a Provincial Champion
  • Track Athletes and their events:

    Allison Giesbrecht -100m and 200m

    Adam Marshall – 800m and 2000m Steeple (scratch from the 1500m)

    Jaclyn Pauly – High jump, long jump, 80m hurdles

    Brooke Hoolsema -1500m, 3000m, 4×400 (scratched from the 800m)

    Rachel Trummler – Discus, long jump, triple jump and 4×400

    Ashley Haidish – 4×400

    Louise Forsyth – 4×400

  • I just wanted to comment on the excellent plays presented Tuesday evening to Friday evening this past week at Showcase, in the school’s theatre.  The acting and delivery were superb, as were the sets and stage managing.  The plays themselves dealt with issues in both comic and thoughtful ways.  Finally, I know how tired I felt on Thursday at about 9:45 pm, after the last play that I watched ended.  I can’t imagine how tired Ms Conrad and Mr Hamilton must have been on their four nights in a row, running the show behind the scenes – a huge thank you and congratulations to them and to all of the students involved for their efforts!
  • Reminder: From the Community:  Langley United youth soccer, the largest sports club in Langley, provides more than 2100 girls and boys aged 4 to 17 with soccer playing opportunities in fall, winter and spring.  They provide soccer at all levels – from recreational to more serious – with the main goal being to keep kids and teens active and burning off their energy in a positive way.  Registration for the 2013-14 fall season starting in September is now open.  Please see the attached soccer registration poster for more details. Langley United soccer reg poster Fall 2013
  • Reminder: Science World is offering a 2-for-1 youth coupon to come visit Science World this summer. The coupon is downloadable from their website at: scienceworld.ca/promotions.  I have to admit that I love a great deal!
  • Reminder: Uke Camp 2013!!! Are you looking for a fun musical experience for your child(ren)? The seventh annual Ukulele Summer Camp is a terrific opportunity for students to learn how to play a musical instrument and have fun at the same time. The summer classes will be taught by Jamie Thomas of Belmont School and instructors from the Langley Ukulele Ensemble. Thanks to generous contributions by the City and Township of Langley, registration is $75.00; however, if you register your child by June 30th, early-bird registration is only $60.00! Please call 778-840-8537 or email ukesinfo@langleyukes.com for more information.
  • Reminder:  IMPORTANT GRAD INFORMATION:-Free 2 day TransLink passes are available for all Grads only.  Valid May 15 to June 30 for buses or Skytrain.  Please pick up pass at the office.- Renting a Tux for Grad?   Vouchers are also available at the office for $20 off a Tux or suit rental.  See the office staff for more information.
  • Reminder:  Important Update: Registration for Langley Foundation Summer Camp is NOW OPEN!  Register online at www.langleyschooldistrictfoundation.com or by contacting scairns@sd35.bc.ca.g.  Please see the attached flyer for more information. Summer camp
  • Reminder:  If you are interested in volunteering for Summer Camp, the Foundation is looking for students in grades 10-12 as team leaders and station leaders.  Volunteers can earn funds for their schools (sport teams, field trips, departments etc.) and at the same time receive credit for volunteer hours.  Preference will be given to students who sign up for the entire two weeks.  If you are interested in putting a team together please complete the attached form and forward to Andrea Danyluk at andreamariadanyluk@gmail.com
  • June 5:  BSS Backstreet Oscars, Theatre, 7 pm
  • June 6:  BSS Athletic Awards Dessert, Theatre, 7 pm
  • June 8:  Brookswood Days, Hosted by the BIA, 200th street
  • June 12-17:  In-Class Final Assessments (altered schedule)
  • June 14-16:  Operation Trackshoes-UVIC  Low Incidence Program & students
  • June 19:  Provincial Exams begin – Math 10
  • June 20:  Eng 12, Science 10, and Comm 12 Prov. Exams
  • June 21:  SS 11, Eng 10 Prov. Exams
  • June 24:  Fral 12 Provincial Exam
  • June 26:  Grad Ceremony, CLA, 7 pm
  • June 27:  Grad Banquet, Coast Hotel, 6:30 pm

May 27 – This week in the Bobcats Den

The first phase of the Vision process is now complete.  Thanks to all the parents, students and staff who engaged in the process by answering surveys and helping us to create the initial vision of our 5 key skills and attributes that we believe all Brookswood graduates should possess when they leave our building .  Also, thanks to staff who voted in the Vision Contest, helping us choose the winning entries.  As you may know, the contest ended up being about two parts:

1) Vision statement

2) Vision Visual

So, who are the winners of the contest?

The winning Vision Statement was entered by Michelle and Devon Allen.  The new Vision statement:

Positively Shaping our World through our Actions, Words, and Learning

In terms of Vision Visual, there were TWO winning entries that we will use for two different purposes.   One winning entry, the “Redesigned BSS Crest with two bobcats facing inward” was entered by Seth Lanki and Chris Burden; this entry will be painted in several locations around the building.  The second entry, the “Tree with 5 skills and 5 attributes at its roots” was entered by Derek Poustie and Micah Barrett; this entry will become a poster for classrooms to emphasize the 5 skills and 5 attributes that we believe our graduates should possess. (See below)

BSS vision logo FV – Seth Lanki and Chris Burden copy

Vision Poster - Derek Poustie and Micah Barrett2 copy

I hope you agree that both visuals are stunning!  We will implement both the statement and the visuals for the 2013/14 school year.  The next phase will be to incorporate the ideas at the heart of these visuals into what we do on a daily basis: defining what it is to be a Bobcat through these 5 key skills and 5 key attributes.  Again, thank you to everyone for taking part – it has been a very positive experience!

  • SHOWCASE 2013
  • The 12 plays in this year’s Showcase are presented to you from Tues. May 28 – Fri. May 31.  You’ll see three different shows each evening!
  • Tickets:
  • $9.00 for reserved seating (see Ms. C. in the Green Rm. during the school day to reserve your seats) OR
  • $6.00 for rush seating (available each evening at the Box Office) OR
  • $20.00 for a Showcase Pass to see all 12 plays (available on the evening of Tues. May 28 at the Box Office)
  • Curtain Time:  7:00 p.m.
  • Box Office opens at 6:15 p.m.
  •  Tues. May 28
  1. Kerplunk by Lana Brown
  2. Beyond the Couch Cushions by Mackenzie Watson
  3. Is It Cold Down Here? by Kevin Koltai                    
  • Wed. May 29
  1. Scary Monsters & Small Spaces by Seth Lavigne
  2. The Minor Key by Hayley Reekie
  3. North of the Border by Alisha Millington
  • Thurs. May 30
  1. Your Charming Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse by Keenan Marchand   
  2. Tea Time by Jessica Karroll
  3. Where the Wild Things Were by Berlynn Warkentin
  • Fri. May 31
  • 1.  Behind the 8-Ball by Emily Weldon
  • 2.  Lovesick by Kayla Smith
  • 3.  Sugar & Spice & Some Advice by Emily Peck
  • Did you know?  The Fraser Valley Slam Poetry Competition took place on May 4th.  Brookswood’s own Rachel Sault took first place!  I have heard Rachel recite two of her poem’s at the Youth Philanthropy Initiative Assembly two weeks ago, and I have to say that her her word choice, and the meter, cadence, and passion with which she delivers those words are captivating.  She draws the audience in and delivers her message with confidence and conviction.  Congratulations, Rachel!
  • Congratulations to the Grade 8 Boys Rugby team for capturing the Tier 2 Championships this past week!  Please see the attached article for all the details: http://ow.ly/ll5Cr
  • This past Wednesday, ten Brookswood students participated in the Celebration of Achievement, hosted by School Board Chair Wendy Johnson and Superintendant Suzanne Hoffman at Newlands.  Each High School in Langley was asked to name five top academic students at each of grade 11 and 12; these students and their parents were then invited to attend to Newlands so that they could be acknowledged by the School District for both their academic successes, as well as their contributions to the school and local community – and there were many successes and contributions to celebrate!  Congratulations to Brookswood’s excellent representatives:

Grade 11

Kevin Dahl

Meera Mathew

Talor Mykle-Winkler

Mitch Syberg-Olsen

Ty Winslade

Grade 12

Kyle Chesley

Trevor Gauthier

Mykensie Kendrick

Ryan Moloney

Emily Peck

  • From the Community:  Langley United youth soccer, the largest sports club in Langley, provides more than 2100 girls and boys aged 4 to 17 with soccer playing opportunities in fall, winter and spring.  They provide soccer at all levels – from recreational to more serious – with the main goal being to keep kids and teens active and burning off their energy in a positive way.  Registration for the 2013-14 fall season starting in September is now open.  Please see the attached soccer registration poster for more details. Langley United soccer reg poster Fall 2013
  • Science World is offering a 2-for-1 youth coupon to come visit Science World this summer. The coupon is downloadable from their website at: scienceworld.ca/promotions.  I have to admit that I love a great deal!
  • Uke Camp 2013!!! Are you looking for a fun musical experience for your child(ren)? The seventh annual Ukulele Summer Camp is a terrific opportunity for students to learn how to play a musical instrument and have fun at the same time. The summer classes will be taught by Jamie Thomas of Belmont School and instructors from the Langley Ukulele Ensemble. Thanks to generous contributions by the City and Township of Langley, registration is $75.00; however, if you register your child by June 30th, early-bird registration is only $60.00! Please call 778-840-8537 or email ukesinfo@langleyukes.com for more information.
  • Reminder:
  • 1) Commissioner’s XV – District Awards (tentatively set for May 28 @ WGSS)
  • 2) Rugby Wind-up – May 29 – Burger lunch in the courtyard at BSS for all rugby players
  • 3) BSS Athletics Awards/Dessert – June 6
  • Reminder:  The Langley School District Foundation is holding their 8th Annual Grand Prix Gala on Sunday, June 2 at Thunderbird Show Park. All proceeds from this year’s event will go towards the purchase of iPads for Langley School District classrooms. The event includes an international horse jumping competition, wine tastings, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, delicious desserts and a silent auction. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon for a great cause.  Please see the attached 8th Annual Grand Prix Gala flyer for more information.
  • Reminder:  IMPORTANT GRAD INFORMATION:-Free 2 day TransLink passes are available for all Grads only.  Valid May 15 to June 30 for buses or Skytrain.  Please pick up pass at the office.- Renting a Tux for Grad?   Vouchers are also available at the office for $20 off a Tux or suit rental.  See the office staff for more information.
  • Reminder:  GRAD TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE AT THE SCHOOL OFFICE FROM MAY 27 to MAY 31 ONLY.*Commencement Tickets – 4 free tickets per Grad –  $10 for extra tickets (Limited tickets are available. You will be put on a waiting list and these tickets will be distributed once all grads have received their first four tickets.)*Dinner/Dance:  $85 per ticket – reserved seating at tables of 10. (Start planning your group of 10 or less)*Dessert Tickets for Parents, who would like to attend  $15 per ticket.
  • Reminder:  Have you ever thought about hosting one of Langley’s many International students, either short term, for a days or for a few weeks, or longer term, for the entire school year?  If so, please see the attached flyer for more details, including how to apply to be a Home Stay familyHome Stay Flyer
  • Reminder:  UBC-Summer World Studies Courses:  15-18 year olds     Whatever your chosen career path, pre-university courses at UBC can be a great first step toward realizing your dream.  These week-long intensive summer institutes let you experience university without the pressures of admission requirements, exams or term papers.  You’ll be surprised how much you can learn in a short timeframe – and how much fun university can be.  Some of the courses are:  Intro to International Law;  Islamic World History;  French, Language, Culture and Global Citizenship.     For more info go to http://www.cstudies.ubc.ca/hs
  • Reminder:  Important Update: Registration for Langley Foundation Summer Camp is NOW OPEN!  Register online at www.langleyschooldistrictfoundation.com or by contacting scairns@sd35.bc.ca.g.  Please see the attached flyer for more information. Summer camp
  • Reminder:  If you are interested in volunteering for Summer Camp, the Foundation is looking for students in grades 10-12 as team leaders and station leaders.  Volunteers can earn funds for their schools (sport teams, field trips, departments etc.) and at the same time receive credit for volunteer hours.  Preference will be given to students who sign up for the entire two weeks.  If you are interested in putting a team together please complete the attached form and forward to Andrea Danyluk at andreamariadanyluk@gmail.com
  • May 29:  PE 12 Boys – Langley Rod and Gun Club
  • June 6:  BSS Athletic Awards Dessert, Theatre, 7 pm
  • June 12-17:  In-Class Final Assessments (altered schedule)
  • June 14-16:  Operation Trackshoes-UVIC  Low Incidence Program & students
  • June 19:  Provincial Exams begin – Math 10
  • June 20:  Eng 12, Science 10, and Comm 12 Prov. Exams
  • June 21:  SS 11, Eng 10 Prov. Exams
  • June 24:  Fral 12 Provincial Exam
  • June 26:  Grad Ceremony, CLA, 7 pm
  • June 27:  Grad Banquet, Coast Hotel, 6:30 pm

May 21 – This week in the Bobcats Den

With Final Assessments for the year coming up over the next several weeks, it is important that students are in class as much as possible, and focussed.  This coming week, we have both the English and Social Studies departments having their Composition Week.  For most classes in these departments, students will be taking all of the literacy and critical thinking skills that they have been practicing all year and putting them all together into in-class, written compositions.  If your child must be away due to illness or other unavoidable circumstance, please be sure that your child or you is in contact with your teacher.

  • May 21 – 24 is Composition Week for English and Social Studies classes.  Be sure that your student is reviewing and practicing!
  • Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI)  –  This past Wednesday, 8 groups of students, as well as student entertainers, wowed their grade 10 peers in an afternoon that connected Brookswood Secondary to its local community.  Over the past 5 weeks, Planning 10 classes having been working on group projects in which they had to research local non-profit groups that make a difference in the local Langley community.  This research included making direct contact with these local non-profits, and finding out about what services they offer, who benefits from these services, and other details to help the students understand how the non-profit groups work.  Each group then presented their projects to their classes, with one group selected to move on to the next stage: an assembly for all grade 10 students, including judges representing Langley School District, the local community, and the school.  The results were outstanding.  I just wanted to thank and congratulate all of the staff and students who were a part of the grade 10 assembly Wednesday afternoon.  The 8 student presentations on local charities were inspiring and of high quality; the courage it took for these students to get on the stage and present to 200 of their peers on a serious topic is something that we as a staff and community can be proud of.  The assignment itself connected students to their local community, to needs and circumstances that affect people right here in Langley, in Brookswood, and within our very own school.  Finally, to the Planning 10 teachers (Lela Leslie, Scott Stevenson, Derrick Turi, and Sylvie Dufort) who worked with our Vice Principal Jeremy Lyndon to plan this event from Feb 15 Pro-D until yesterday, who incorporated inquiry learning into their classes, and who saw a high level of engagement by so many grade 10 students, congratulations on having such a huge impact on our grade 10s and on the entire school culture.  Oh yeah…and the winners were:  Congratulations to Amber Schneider, Kelland McMillan and  Daven Kind who won $5000 for the Fraser Valley Therapeutic Riding Association!
2 of 3 Recipients Collecting the cheque for their non-profit.

2 of 3 Recipients Collecting the cheque for their non-profit.

The cheque for $5000 to the Fraser Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association, and the three winning presenters!

The cheque for $5000 to the Fraser Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association, and the three winning presenters!

  • Several Brookswood students competed in the Provincial Concours D’Art Oratoire (The Provincial French Speaking Competition).  Congratulations to Michael Pratt, who beat out some very tough competitors from public and private schools from around the province to come first overall in the French Immersion 10 category!  Congratulations again to all of the participants!
Michael Pratt and Camille Belanger

Michael Pratt and Camille Belanger

Participants and winners at the Concours D'Art Oratoire.

Winners at the Provincial Concours D’Art Oratoire.

  • More congratulations are in order, as the Brookswood Track and Field Team competed in the Fraser Valleys this past week.  Of particular note, our small team of grade 8 girls managed to beat out a lot of larger teams to bring home a banner!!!   Great work to all of the team, including those who move on to the Provincial championships at the end of May.
Grade 8 girls - Fraser Valley Champions!

Grade 8 girls – Fraser Valley Champions!

  • A huge Thank You to all of the Brookswood Rugby players, coaches, and parents for all your time and effort you spent supporting our Grade 8 boys, Junior boys & Senior Girls teams this year.  It was great to see the rejuvenation of our Junior Boys and Senior Girls teams.  And the season is not over yet for the Rugby program, as the Grade 8 Boys won 17-15 over Clayburn and are off to the Tier 2 Finals on Wednesday, May 22 vs South Delta.  Go Bobcats!  Finally, there are three more events left:
  • 1) Commissioner’s XV – District Awards (tentatively set for May 28 @ WGSS)
  • 2) Rugby Wind-up – May 29 – Burger lunch in the courtyard at BSS for all rugby players
  • 3) BSS Athletics Awards/Dessert – June 6
  • The Langley School District Foundation is holding their 8th Annual Grand Prix Gala on Sunday, June 2 at Thunderbird Show Park. All proceeds from this year’s event will go towards the purchase of iPads for Langley School District classrooms. The event includes an international horse jumping competition, wine tastings, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, delicious desserts and a silent auction. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon for a great cause.  Please see the attached 8th Annual Grand Prix Gala flyer for more information.
  • The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has partnered with the Government of Canada for the launch of a new resource for youth aged 13-17 called Need Help Now (www.NeedHelpNow.ca).  This new online resource is designed to help Canadian youth manage the negative consequences that can occur in the creation and distribution of sexual images online. Need Help Now provides teens with: practical steps to regain control over the situation; helpful information on how they can go about seeking the support of a safe adult; and strategies for managing harassment that may occur both online and offline.  The Centre has also provided an overview and list of resources.  Please see the attached flyer for more information. SPEX Guide Overview
  • Reminder:  IMPORTANT GRAD INFORMATION:-Free 2 day TransLink passes are available for all Grads only.  Valid May 15 to June 30 for buses or Skytrain.  Please pick up pass at the office.- Renting a Tux for Grad?   Vouchers are also available at the office for $20 off a Tux or suit rental.  See the office staff for more information.
  • Reminder:  GRAD TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE AT THE SCHOOL OFFICE FROM MAY 27 to MAY 31 ONLY.*Commencement Tickets – 4 free tickets per Grad –  $10 for extra tickets (Limited tickets are available. You will be put on a waiting list and these tickets will be distributed once all grads have received their first four tickets.)*Dinner/Dance:  $85 per ticket – reserved seating at tables of 10. (Start planning your group of 10 or less)*Dessert Tickets for Parents, who would like to attend  $15 per ticket.
  • Reminder:  Track and Field season is upon us, with some important dates to note:  Provincials May 31-June 1&2nd.  Be sure to listen to announcements, and let Mrs. Proust know if you are interested in being a part of the team.
  • Reminder:  Have you ever thought about hosting one of Langley’s many International students, either short term, for a days or for a few weeks, or longer term, for the entire school year?  If so, please see the attached flyer for more details, including how to apply to be a Home Stay familyHome Stay Flyer
  • Reminder:  UBC-Summer World Studies Courses:  15-18 year olds     Whatever your chosen career path, pre-university courses at UBC can be a great first step toward realizing your dream.  These week-long intensive summer institutes let you experience university without the pressures of admission requirements, exams or term papers.  You’ll be surprised how much you can learn in a short timeframe – and how much fun university can be.  Some of the courses are:  Intro to International Law;  Islamic World History;  French, Language, Culture and Global Citizenship.     For more info go to http://www.cstudies.ubc.ca/hs
  • Reminder:  Important Update: Registration for Langley Foundation Summer Camp is NOW OPEN!  Register online at www.langleyschooldistrictfoundation.com or by contacting scairns@sd35.bc.ca.g.  Please see the attached flyer for more information. Summer camp
  • Reminder:  If you are interested in volunteering for Summer Camp, the Foundation is looking for students in grades 10-12 as team leaders and station leaders.  Volunteers can earn funds for their schools (sport teams, field trips, departments etc.) and at the same time receive credit for volunteer hours.  Preference will be given to students who sign up for the entire two weeks.  If you are interested in putting a team together please complete the attached form and forward to Andrea Danyluk at andreamariadanyluk@gmail.com
  • May 24:  Marketing 12 – Rogers Arena
  • May 29:  PE 12 Boys – Langley Rod and Gun Club
  • June 6:  BSS Athletic Awards Dessert, Theatre, 7 pm
  • June 12-17:  In-Class Final Assessments (altered schedule)
  • June 14-16:  Operation Trackshoes-UVIC  Low Incidence Program & students
  • June 19:  Provincial Exams begin – Math 10
  • June 20:  Eng 12, Science 10, and Comm 12 Prov. Exams
  • June 21:  SS 11, Eng 10 Prov. Exams
  • June 24:  Fral 12 Provincial Exam
  • June 26:  Grad Ceremony, CLA, 7 pm
  • June 27:  Grad Banquet, Coast Hotel, 6:30 pm