Happy Summer Break from the Bobcat’s Den – July 2, 2017

ENJOY A WONDERFUL SUMMER HOLIDAY!


This is the final Bobcat’s Den for the 2016-2017 school year. It has been a wonderful and eventful year culminating with our Graduation festivities that took place late last week. Please see below for a few photos of these events.

Additionally, Report cards were released last week on MyEDBC and parents should be able to access their son/daughter’s final marks for this school year. For more information, please visit out website and check for the myEDBC link under the Parent/Community tab. If you are still having difficulty, please contact the school office during the first two weeks of July.

Although it is exciting for most of us to look forward to our holidays, it is also a sad time as we say farewell to some quality people who have been an invaluable part of our staff over many years. Farewell to Ms. C. Whitrow (retiring), Mr. P. Legentil (retired), Mr. J. Bron (Chilliwack), Ms. A. McCallum (Maple Ridge), Ms. F. Murad (DW Poppy). Also leaving our STRIVE program are Ms. K. Gauthier and Ms. G. Smith and Ms. M. Johnstone from our Resource program. Each of these individuals provided valuable contributions to Bobcat Country and are a part of the fabric of our school community. They will be missed but we hope to see them visiting us often! 🙂

Finally, thank you parents for your support of our school, by staying informed through our blog, and hopefully getting involved through opportunities like our PAC, breakfast program, athletics and arts programs and many many other ways. Our school is a community and parents/guardians are an important part of it.

I sincerely hope that everyone who is a part of Bobcat Country will have a safe and enjoyable summer with family and friends! See you all in September!


CONGRATS TO OUR 2017 GRADUATES


Our 2017 Graduates enjoyed a series of amazing events to celebrate their graduation starting with a Grad Breakfast hosted by school staff prior to the Grad Walk.


GRAD WALK


This year’s grad walk was a new event patterned after a similar event that was held at LSS last year. Our Graduates were offered the opportunity to sign up for one of two buses that would take them to visit their former elementary schools: Noel Booth, Alice Brown, Belmont and Glenwood. These represent the four elementary feeder schools for Brookswood Secondary. The students were met at the elementary schools by the School Principal who greeted them and welcomed them into their schools.

In each case, elementary students came out of their classes or interrupted their sports day (@ Belmont) to greet our Grads. A few of our Backstreet Studios students went along and captured video of the events. Check it out below!

Thank you to Harrison, Liv, Kendra and Emily for their work in filming and editing this video so that it could be shown at the Commencement Ceremony later that same day!

 


COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Our commencement featured return visits from former Principals, Mr. Moino & Mr. Gill (Currently Assistant Superintendent of Schools) as well as former Vice-Principal’s Mr. Despotakis (Britannia Secondary) and Mr. Lyndon (ACSS). Grads were greeted by Trustee Alison McVeigh & current Princpal Mr. John Pusic.

Congrats to our Valedictorian and Governor’s General Award Winner, Ms. Erin Maloney and BSS Grad of the Year, Ms. Ashley Haines.


GRADUATION BANQUET


The Graduation Banquet took place at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre in Langley. Ms. Kait Neufeld addressed students at the request of the graduating class. Also, speaking were Spencer Mitchell (honouring parents) and Toni Mitchell (Parent toast to Grads). The annual grad slideshow was also presented and then a parent/student dance followed by dancing and celebrations. After the banquet, students then proceeded to Castle Fun Park in Abbotsford to enjoy the Dry Grad event organized by parents.


It was a special day for all Grads and guests! Congrats Brookswood Graduates of 2017! 


SCHOOL AND DISTRICT NEWS



COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS


SD35 COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

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BOBCAT COUNTRY CALENDER

Our School Office will be OPEN until July 14th – 8:30am – 2:30pm

Brookswood Secondary School will be closed to the public from July 15th until August 21st for the summer holidays. Although Langley School District Summer Session will be operating in the school for the majority of the summer, they will not be responding to enrollment or transcript requests for Brookswood Secondary. Please submit these requests through our website or by contacting the Langley School District – 604.534.7891.

The School Office will be open from Monday, August 21st, 2017 to
Friday, September 1st, 2017 from 
8:30am to 2:30pm. 

First day of school for Grade 8 Students and New Students is September 5, 2017.

 


June 26, 2017 – News from the Bobcat’s Den

In this edition
• GRAD BREAKFAST/WALK • COMMENCEMENT • BANQUET • DRY GRAD •
• REPORT CARDS • BACKSTREET STUDIOS •
• FRAL 12 BREAKFAST • HEAD OF THE CLASS
 • GR 7 TRANSITION • ABORIGINAL DAY • CHANGE •
• CHOICE PROGRAMS •
 PAC SCHEDULE •
• COMMUNITY • BOBCAT DATES •

GRAD WEEK HERE WE COME!


This week is Grad week in Bobcat Country. We are very much looking forward to celebrating an outstanding graduating class of 2017 at the various events coming up this week. Below is the pertinent information for parents and students.

GRAD WALK & BREAKFAST – NEW!!

On Wednesday morning, we will begin our celebration of our Grade 12 graduates with a new event this year. A Grad Walk is an opportunity for our grads to pay a visit to the elementary schools within our family of schools. In many cases, this is an opportunity for students to return to their formal schools, but even students who came to Brookswood from out of catchment are welcome to join us! Grads are encouraged to participate in one of two options:

Trip A – Belmont & Glenwood
Trip B – Noel Booth & Alice Brown

Each bus will be accompanied by students from our Film and Television program who will capture photos and videos that they will later tie together into a short video reflection of the event.

A tentative schedule is…

  • 8:45am – GRAD Breakfast will be provided in the Courtyard
  • 9:15am – begin loading buses (as above listed above)
  • 9:30am – Buses depart for Elementary Schools
  • 11:00am – Buses return to BSS

Students are requested to arrive at Brookswood between 8:45-9:00am to enjoy a quick breakfast, pick up their hats and gowns and load buses. We will be departing at 9:30am sharp and will not be waiting for late students as we are disrupting classes in session at the elementary schools (as well as at least one sports day) and wish to minimize inconveniences. We are hoping that students will be returned to Brookswood by 11am after completing their Grad walk.


COMMENCEMENT

Wednesday, June 28th – Chandos Pattison Auditorium
(Pacific Academy @ 10238 168 St, Surrey, BC V4N 1Z4)

A mandatory rehearsal for all students will be held at 1:00pm at the Auditorium.
The Commencement will begin at 6:30pm. Students should arrive at 5:30pm so that they can be organized prior to the event.

Please allow plenty of driving time as the it can take as much as an hour to drive from Brookswood to Chandos Pattison during the late afternoon rush hour.


BANQUET

Thursday, June 29th – Coast Hotel and Convention Centre in Langley.
(20393 Fraser Hwy, Langley, BC V3A 7N2)

Students are asked to arrive at the Convention Centre between 6:00-6:15pm so that we can have everyone seated by 6:45pm. Parents with Dessert tickets will be welcomed into the banquet beginning at 8pm.

Arrival: 6:00-6:15pm
Dinner: 6:45pm
Parents Arrive: 7:45pm-8:00pm
Parent/Student Dance: 8:45pm
Parents Depart: 9:00pm


DRY GRAD

Hello from your BSS Dry grad committee. Just a last reminder of our Dry grad event on June 29th

Dry Grad 2017 will be held following the Grad Dinner Dance on Thur, June 29th    at Castle Fun Park (36165 N Parallel Rd, Abbotsford). Only students and their guests attending the dinner dance will be permitted to attend Dry Grad.

All dry grad consent forms were to be handed in to the dry grad committee to attend the Dry grad event. If we do not have your forms you will NOT be permitted to attend the Dry grad event.

Students will be permitted & encouraged to change from their formal attire at the Coast Hotel prior to boarding the buses. The amount of space in the coat check area at Castle Fun park is limited.  

Please arrange to send clothing home before you depart to the Dry Grad party at Castle Fun Park.  Belongings brought to Castle Fun Park will be inspected at security check before boarding the bus.

A security check (hand bag/belongings check) & registration will take place in the lobby by the banquet room before students board the bus. Tickets need to be submitted & hands stamped.  Students are to proceed directly to the buses located at the east entrance of the hotel.

Should any prohibited items be found, the student will not be permitted to attend Dry Grad.  Parents/guardians will be contacted.

Transportation will be provided by bus from the Coast Hotel to Castle Fun Park leaving at approximately 11:00pm. Student and their guests MUST be transported to & from the Dry Grad party by the buses provided.

A secure monitored coat check area will be provided at Castle Fun Park for students to store belongings. Students’ belongings are subject to search at any time.

Return transportation to the Coast Hotel is provided again by bus leaving Castle Fun Park between 4:00-4:30am

Arrangements for pick up must be made for the Students and their guests at The Coast Hotel between 5:30-6:00am (Fri. June 30th).

If students/guests MUST leave Castle Fun Park before 4:00 am the parent/guardian who signed the Consent and Release form MUST pick up the student or guest.

Upon arrival at the Coast Hotel the Dry Grad Committee is released of responsibility for the students attending Dry Grad.

Dry Grad Committee contact in case of emergency:

1. At the Coast Hotel: Line Therrien # 604-866-5607
2. At Castle Fun Park: Toni Mitchell # 604-866-5112


REPORT CARDS

This coming week we are completing each student’s final report card. The process involves confirming that:

  • requirements have been met for promotion to the next grade level
  • necessary prerequisites are complete for new courses selected
  • required courses have been chosen and timetabled

Administration also reviews report cards for errors and omissions. With over 1100 students at Brookswood, errors do occur, but we are trying our best to minimize them. Parents play an important part of this process as you have an intimate knowledge of your child’s program of study. If you have questions or see errors in your son/daughter’s report card, please contact administration or counselling staff to let us know. You can do this by calling the school or emailing us. Email addresses are available on our school website.  

Report cards will be released online on Thursday at 12:00pm at the earliest. We will communicate their release through our Twitter account and Catz Cal app. Instructions for accessing your son/daughter’s report card are on the school website under the parent community tab. www.brookswoodsecondary.com.


CLASS & FIELD TRIP EXPERIENCES


DID YOU KNOW?

Here are but a few of the many projects that our Film and Television program students attended to this past year!

1). 2 students per home game (25 games) running the play-by-play cameras at George Preston for the Langley Rivermen

2). SASSY Awards — numerous students involved in creating the videos played during the ceremony, as well as attending and capturing the event live for their web promotion

3). Langley Heritage Society — students work with Mark Forsythe (retired from CBC) to create the heritage videos on the website (there are four done by us to date over the past 2 years).

4). Langley Int Film Festival — Mr. French sits on the board and our students create videos for the student showcase annually

5). Multiple film shoots coming to the school utilizing job shadows ( I think this was our busiest year yet)

6). TEDxYouth@Langley — creation of videos from the Langley community event in Fort Langley posted to the TEDx youtube channel.

7). Zoomfest — student film contest to produce a 7 minute film in 48 hours — were were 9 teams this year with approx. 40 students involved

8). BC Student Film Festival — the main film festival for film students. We won awards for top junior music video and top editor in BC and had films nominated in another 9 categories.

9). Summer Video Camp — one week immersive video camp for students in grades 4 – 7 mostly for our feeder schools. Typically 15 – 20 current students volunteer to help run it.


FRAL 12 YEAR END BREAKFAST – M. Harding

Madam Harding’s FRAL 12 students were treated to an excellent year end breakfast at the Roadhouse Cafe in South Surrey last week. At the breakfast, students were presented with awards and had an opportunity to share their reflections on five years within the Brookswood French Immersion program. It was my pleasure to join them for their celebration!


BOBCAT SPORTS & CLUBS


HEAD OF THE CLASS 2017

http://theprovince.com/feature/head-of-the-class-2017-louise-forsyth


SCHOOL AND DISTRICT NEWS


GRADE 7 TRANSITION DAY

On Thursday, June 23rd, we hosted many of the Grade 7 students that will be joining Bobcat Country in September. Students were greeted by counsellors and administrators in the theatre before being divided into groups and lead through a series of mini-workshops and activities by our Catz Pack Ambassadors from Grades 9-12. It was a fun day that provided our students with an orientation to Brookswood and an opportunity to reduce some of the anxiety of coming to a new school in September.


ABORIGINAL DAY – JUNE 21

We were treated to a surprise on June 21st as Aboriginal students came to Brookswood and shared some drumming and songs to make the day just a little bit more special and raise awareness of Aboriginal Day.

It is important to note that the Langley School District lies on the traditional unceded territories of the Kwantlen, Katsie, Matsqui and Semiahmoo First Nations. We are pleased to celebrate Aboriginal Day.


STUDENTS ADVOCATING FOR CHANGE

Our Student Council President, Ashley Haines, joined some of her peers from across the Fraser Valley including another Brookswood student, Jordyn Laird, to advocate for meaningful change in our school system to our Board of Education. After having presented to the BC Ministry of Education in Victoria previously, they attending the School District’s June Board Meeting share their important message with our Trustees as well.


POLICY 5084 – Admission to Choice Programs
“Policy 5084 – Admission to Choice Programs is now effective for program entry for September 2018.  If one of your children currently in the school has a younger sibling who is not already on either the central program list maintained at the School Board Office or the one held at the school please be aware you will have to apply on-line in October for admission for the sibling as per the regulations to Policy 5084 on the District website.”


2017-2018 PAC Meeting Schedule

Please consider joining our Parent Advisory Council for 2017-2018. If you wish not to join, you are still welcome to attend any of our meetings to meet other parents, administrators and learn about school events and new programs and plans for the school year. It’s also a great opportunity to ask questions related to your son or daughter’s studies at Brookswood.

Next year’s dates are Tuesdays on a monthly basis:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
No meeting in December
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Tuesday, June 12, 2018.


COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS


For more community event information, please visit the SD#35 Community Bulletin Board.



BOBCAT COUNTRY CALENDAR


 Jun 26:           Communications 12 Provincial Exam (9am)
Jun 27:            Français Langue Seconde 12 Immersion Provincial Exam (9am)
Jun 28:            Grad Breakfast / Grad Walk – 8:45am
jun 28:            Grad Rehearsal, Chandos Pattison Auditorium, 1:00pm
Jun 28:            Grad Ceremony, Chandos Pattison Auditorium, 6:30pm
Jun 29:            Grad Banquet, Coast Hotel, Langley, 6:30pm
Jun 29:            Report Card Online Release – 12:00pm

June 19, 2017 – News from the Bobcat’s Den

In this edition
• APPRECIATION • SELF-ASSESSMENT • AWARDS •
• B’FAST CLUB • BEES • 
LASER ACCURACY • ATHLETIC AWARDS • DRY GRAD •
• BSS AMBASSADOR •
 COMMUNITY • SUMMER READING •
• BOBCAT CLUBS & DATES •

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!


STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCH

Thank you to our PAC for treating us to an Staff Appreciation Lunch this past Wednesday. It was a pleasure to be treated well and the rain held off long enough for a wine draw! Thank you to our wonderful PAC!!


CORE COMPETENCY SELF-ASSESSMENT

This week all of our grade 8 to 11 students completed the first ever Self-Assessment of Core Competencies. Thank you to our Block A teachers who used GLT Resets over the past few months to review the Core Competencies with lesson planning materials provided by our school Core Competency committee. Students were guided through a process of reflecting on and identifying evidence of their personal growth in one of the core competency areas: Thinking, Communicating and Personal and Social Responsibility.

All parents/guardians are encouraged to review your child’s self-assessment and discuss their reflections. Students can use their self-assessment of core competencies to help tie together their learning from various curricular areas in meaningful ways and better prepare themselves success in new and diverse opportunities throughout their lives.  Please see the Ministry of Education’s website for more details on the new Core Competency curriculum:  https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/competencies


ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

On Tuesday, June 13th, Brookswood held it’s annual awards ceremony to honour students achievement throughout the year in academic and elective courses. It was amazing to see all of the students honoured including those who earned Honour standing with an average of 90% or greater in all of their courses.


BREAKFAST CLUB THANK YOU!

Thanks must be extended from the entire Bobcat Country community to Ms. Line Therrien and her team of volunteers for their work in feeding our students this year! Everyday, scores of volunteers come early and set up a tasty breakfast for our students, serve and then clean up after themselves and prepare for the next day. With the wind up of the school year nearby, staff have taken over for the last few days (photos below). Thanks again Line!

 

 

 


CLASS & FIELD TRIP EXPERIENCES


#SAVETHEBEES – Ms. Gauthier’s Social Justice 12

SAVE THE BEES… Ms. Gauthier’s Social Justice class planned to make a bee sanctuary and build boxes at BSS and in the local community garden at HD Stafford. Here are some pics from the bee garden this morning here at BSS as well as some photos from the HDSMS Community Garden!  


PROBLEM BASED LEARNING – LASER REFLECTIONS

Ms. Noakes’ students were engaged in a Problem-based learning assignment where they were tasked with using mirrors to reflect a laser around an obstacle to a set target. Students were required to use their knowledge of mathematics and science skills in order to develop a plan on paper. Once a complete plan was presented, they were able to test it on a pegboard structure that was made with the help of our tech department!


BOBCAT SPORTS & CLUBS


ATHLETICS AWARDS

Last Monday evening, the Athletics Awards Ceremony took place in our Theatre. Each team’s coach had the opportunity to recognize her/his team and individual players that stood out over the course of the season. Additionally, outstanding athletic achievement awards were presented and school athletic block awards were recognized. Congratulations to all of our student athletes and thank you to the many members of Brookswood staff and community members who step up to contribute in ways that make a meaningful difference for our students and school community.


IN THE SPORTS NEWS…

’Cats capture Cup


SCHOOL AND DISTRICT NEWS


BROOKSWOOD DRY GRAD 2017

Party Details

Dry Grad 2017 will be held following the Grad Dinner Dance on Thur, June 29th at Castle Fun Park (36165 N Parallel Rd, Abbotsford). Only students and their guests attending the dinner dance will be permitted to attend Dry Grad.

Students will be permitted to change from their formal attire at the Coast Hotel prior to boarding the bus should they wish to do so. Please arrange to send clothing home before you depart to the Dry Grad party at Castle Fun Park. Belongings brought to Castle Fun Park will be inspected at security check before boarding the bus.

A security check (hand bag/belongings check) & registration will take place in the lobby by the banquet room before students board the bus. Tickets need to be submitted & hands stamped. Students are to proceed directly to the buses located at the east entrance of the hotel. Should any prohibited items be found, the student will not be permitted to attend Dry Grad. Parents/guardians will be contacted.

Transportation will be provided by bus from the Coast Hotel to Castle Fun Park leaving at approximately 11:00pm. Student and their guests MUST be transported to & from the Dry Grad party by the buses provided.

A secure monitored coat check area will be provided at Castle Fun Park for students to store belongings. Students’ belongings are subject to search at any time.

Return transportation to the Coast Hotel is provided again by bus leaving Castle Fun Park between 4:00-4:30am.

Arrangements for pick up must be made for the Students and their guests at The Coast Hotel between 5:30-6:00am (Fri June 30th).

If students/guests MUST leave Castle Fun Park before 4:00 am the parent/guardian who signed the Consent and Release form MUST pick up the student or guest.

Upon arrival at the Coast Hotel the Dry Grad Committee is released of responsibility for the students attending Dry Grad.

Dry Grad Committee contact in case of emergency – phone numbers were provided in most recent email.

Thank you,

BSS Dry grad 2017 committee
(Please reply to : Tonim5@shaw.ca )


COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS


FUTURE AMBASSADOR 2017-2018

Congratulations to Hannah Billings who has been chosen as a French for the Future Ambassador for 2017-2018. She will be attending training in Prince Edward Island this summer. To learn more about Hannah’s wonderful opportunity, visit the following link: http://french-future.org/programs/nayf/2017-ambassadors/

See Hannah’s entry video below:


SD35 COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

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SUMMER READING CLUB

Registration for Summer Reading Club 2017 begins Wednesday, June 21, at all Langley libraries. 



CLUBS AND DATES


BOBCAT ATHLETICS AND CLUBS


BOBCAT COUNTRY CALENDAR

Jun 19:            Blocks E (9-11am) & F (12-2pm) — Dismissal at 2pm
Jun 20:            Blocks G (9-11am) & H (12-2pm) — Dismissal at 2pm
Jun 20:            Last Day classes are in session
Jun 21:            Flex Day – students may attend to complete missed or incomplete work
Jun 23:            English 12 Provincial Exam (9am)
Jun 26:            Communications 12 Provincial Exam (9am)
Jun 27:            Français Langue Seconde 12 Immersion Provincial Exam (9am)
GRADUATION ACTIVITIES
Jun 28:            Grad Walk: Busses leave at 9:30am
jun 28:            Grad Rehearsal, Chandos Pattison Auditorium, 1:00pm
Jun 28:            Grad Ceremony, Chandos Pattison Auditorium, 6:30pm
Jun 29:            Grad Banquet, Coast Hotel, Langley, 6:30pm
Jun 29:            Report Card Distribution

June 12, 2017 – News from the Bobcat’s Den

In this edition
• OSCARS • RELAY FOR LIFE • BBQ & MUSIC •
• TRACKSHOES • CHAMPIONS!! • DRY GRAD •
ENVIRONMENTROTARY • ORCHESTRA? •
• COMMUNITY • BOBCAT CLUBS & DATES

Another busy week in Bobcat Country featured our annual Backstreet Oscars Night as well as fundraising for the Relay for Life 2017 in Langley, Summer BBQ Music Concert and a group of students that travelled to Victoria to take part in Operation Trackshoes. This week we will be hosting our Athletic Awards Night (Monday evening), Academic Awards (Tuesday afternoon), Final PAC Meeting (Tuesday evening) and District Retirement Celebration (Tuesday evening). This year Bobcat Country says a sad farewell to Mr. Philippe Legentil, Ms. Connie Whitrow & Mr. Neil Brown who are (or have) retired this year. We will miss each of them as the embark on a transition of their own. This week we are also looking forward to being treated to a staff appreciation luncheon by our wonderful PAC on Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday we will begin a double block rotation for the last four full attendance days. The morning block will run from 9am until 11am and the afternoon will run from 12pm until 2pm. Dismissal will occur at 2pm on June 15/16 & 19/20th.


BACKSTREET OSCARS

An evening of celebration of student work during 2016/2017 in our Film and Television program. Selected student films are shown with junior projects screened initially and then senior works are shown after a short intermission. Additionally, a tribute movie of our graduating students is shared and students come on stage in Oscar-like fashion to announce awards for achievement in video production. Congrats to all students in our programs this year!


RELAY FOR LIFE 2017 IN LANGLEY

In a course of 4 days, BSS raised over $1300 for the Canadian Cancer Society-great job, Bobcats! Thank you to the staff who volunteered themselves to take turns in a Dunk Tank for eager students to take their turns dunking them this past Wednesday. Also, on Friday night, Brookswood represented well at Relay for Life with a team of about 30 students. BSS also won the Youth Spirit Award! Thank you to all who came out, especially to Ashley and her fellow team captains Roxanne, Jas, and Paul.

For more information on the Relay for Life, visit the following link:

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.langleyadvance.com/news/langley-relay-for-life-makes-tracks/amp/


SUMMER BBQ MUSIC CONCERT

Any night is a wonderful night for music and outstanding performances from our students at the annual Summer BBQ Concert!


OPERATION TRACKSHOES 

Congratulations to our Brookswood Bobcats who attended and took part in this year’s Operation Trackshoes in Victoria this weekend. Our Bobcat’s were names Most Sportsmanlike Team. Here’s a photo of our team

Jennifer holds the Sportsmanlike Team trophy!


BOBCAT SPORTS & CLUBS


CONGRATS TO BOBCAT HOCKEY CHAMPIONS!

Our Bobcat Hockey team defeated Langley Fundamental Titans 4-0 in this year’s Langley Hockey Championship game. Congrats to our community coach, John Forman and thank you for your commitment to make sure the boys were focused on the team goal, winning the championship.

Michael, played three phenomenal games to help lead the team to the Championship. He stood on his head in the final game. Parker, Quintan, Dominic and Matieu all scored goals.

The team successful upset favoured teams throughout the playoffs to achieve success! Congrats team!


SCHOOL AND DISTRICT NEWS


DRY GRAD UPDATE

From your 2017 Brookswood Dry Grad Committee,

As you all are well aware our Dry Grad event for 2017 is quickly approaching. With this is mind we are looking to fill our final planning needs of volunteers. Please contact Toni Mitchell (email below) with your first choice option along with 2 backups. We ask this as we may have numerous volunteers for the same job so we will have to delegate other duties should the need arise. Once we have all spots filled by volunteers I will email a final detailed list to all with further details.

Please note for those volunteering for the Bus & Castle Fun Park chaperone that you will be committing your time for the entire evening into the morning hours.

We are in desperate need of volunteers in order to ensure our children have an amazing experience, one they’ll remember for years to come. To be sure this happens we need your participation. Quite simply if we don’t the evening will not happen.

Thanks again for everyone’s help, let’s make this a enjoyable and safe evening for all.

Dry Grad bag check at Hotel
Parent Volunteer list

Your Brookswood 2017 Dry Grad Committee.

(Please reply to : Tonim5@shaw.ca )


COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS


Saturday morning, BSS student Sophia was honoured by Langley for her generous and selfless efforts to make Langley more environmentally friendly and aware. She was honoured with a House of Commons folder with a certificate from Langley MP Mark Wawara and Langley-Cloverdale MP John Aldag. Congratulations for all of your hard work, Sophia!


ROTARY FOLLOW UP ON SASSY AWARDS
This past Friday morning, I had the opportunity to speak to the Rotary Club of Aldergrove about the SASSY Awards, and the importance of supporting youth leaders in our community. It was a great experience and I am forever grateful of all the support Rotary has supplied to me:) Thank you to the club and a special thanks to Rotarian George Bryce (pictured below with Ashley) for inviting me!


LANGLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT HONOUR ORCHESTRA

After a very successful inaugural year, the Langley School District Honour Orchestra is looking for participants for next year. Please email Rob Goddard at ldhorchestra@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the ensemble. Auditions are June 21st/22nd from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at 7:15pm at Langley Fine Arts School.


SD35 COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

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CLUBS AND DATES


BOBCAT ATHLETICS AND CLUBS

  • Head of Rugby

    Mr. Dino Camparmo

    Rugby – Girls’  

    Mr. Glenndenning (CC)

    Rugby – Boys’

    Jeff Mitchell (CC), Dino Camparmo

    Rugby – Jr. Boys

    Carl Hunter

    Soccer – Gr. 8/9 Girls’

    Charlotte Noakes

    Soccer – Sr. Girls’

    No team this year

    Hockey

    John Forman (CC), Sponsor: Mr. Pawar

    Track and Field

    Kristen Hind, Katie Glover

    Golf

    Dan Allingham

    Tennis Club

    Sponsor: Nancy Walton

    Weight Training Club

    Mr. Dennis  Wednesdays afterschool

    Students’ Council

    Mrs. Neufeld Rm 102, Tues @ 3pm

    Ski Club

    Feb/Mar, sponsored by PAC VP Mrs. Mitchell

    Board Games Club

    Mr. Tan

    French Movie Club

    Mr. Tan

    Conflict Resolution Team

    Ms. Dean & Mrs. Dennison

    #not a film club

    Mr. French (for film students)

    Junior Winds Honour Band

    Mr. Turi

    Chamber Ensemble

    Mr. Turi (coming in the Spring!)

    Percussion Ensemble

    Mr. Turi (coming in the Spring!)

    Card and Games Club

    Ms. Yun/Ms. Hryciuk – Rm 210

    Math Club

    Mr. Krahn

    Magic Club

    Mr. Krahn

    Basketball – Girls

    Ms. Shinkaruk, Mr. Veale (CC), Mr. Brown (CC), Ms Cameron (CC), Mr. Smith (CC)

    Basketball – Boys

    Mr. Allen, Mr. Allingham, Mr. Pawar, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Flint (CC), Mr. Taylor (CC)

    Hiking Club

    Mrs. English

    Curling Club

    Mrs. Gauthier

    Grad Council

    Mrs. McGowan / Mrs. McCullough

    Green Team

    Ms. Whitrow, Rm 232

    Multicultural Club

    Ms. Dufort


BOBCAT COUNTRY CALENDER

June 12 – Athletic Awards – 7pm
June 13 – Academic Awards – 1:30pm
June 14 – Core Competency Self-Assessment
June 14 – Locker Clean up
June 14 – PAC – Staff Appreciation Lunch
June 14 – Term 3 Ends
June 14 – Grade 12 Year Book Distribution – GLT in Library
June 15 – Grade 10/11 Year Book Distribution – 2pm in Cafeteria
June 16 – Grade 8/9 Year Book Distribution – 2pm in Cafeteria
June 20 – Lock Off locker Day – by 3pm
June 21 – “I-Flex” day
June 22 – Grade 7 Orientation/BBQ – 9:30-12
June 23 – English 12 Exam – 9am
June 26 – Communications 12 Exam – 9am
June 26 – Promotional Meetings – Time – TBD
June 27 – FRAL 12 Exam – 9am
June 29 – Report Cards RELEASED ONLINE 9am

GRADUATION INFORMATION
Jun. 28:           Grad Walk @ 9:30am
Jun. 28:           Commencement Rehearsal @ 1pm – Chandos Pattison Auditorium (Mandatory)
Jun. 28:           Grad Ceremony, Chandos Pattison Auditorium, 6:30 pm
Jun. 29:           Grad banquet, Coast Hotel, Langley, 6:30 pm

June 5, 2017 – News from the Bobcat’s Den

In this edition
• IMMUNITY • FSL PICNIC & CELEBRATION •
• PE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH •
 SWING NIGHT • TENNIS
• TEAM JANSEN •
AMAZNG SCIENCE • SUMMER DRIVE 35 •
MEMORIES • PASSPORT • DRY GRAD •
• CANOEING FOR CANADA • 
BOBCAT CLUBS & DATES •

On Thursday of last week, Mr. Pue and I had the pleasure of returning to enjoy the commencement of our former school, Aldergrove Community Secondary at the Christian Life Assembly in Langley. It was extremely rewarding shaking hands with each of the graduates as they crossed the stage. Planning and preparation for our Brookswood Graduation commencement and banquet are well on the way. Students who have not purchased banquet tickets should do so at the main office as soon as possible. Presently, parent tickets to the Banquet dessert are sold out. Unfortunately, we are limited by the size of the venue to 400 attendees in total. In order to ensure every graduating student has the opportunity to attend, only 150 tickets were made available to parents/relatives. Although we are keeping a waitlist, there is no guarantee that additional tickets will be available. We will release any remaining tickets on June 22nd to the waitlist. Tickets to the commencement (Thursday, June 28th) are still available by contacting the main office.

On Friday night, the 9th annual Swing night took place in our small gymnasium. It was a beautiful sunny evening only topped by the amazing job our music parents did of decorating the gymnasium, setting up refreshments and a silent auction. This was the first one for myself and Mr. Keen and it would be an understatement to say we were impressed! See photos farther below.


CLASS & FIELD TRIP EXPERIENCES


IMMUNE SYSTEM EXPERIMENTS – Ms. Murad

Below are some images of science 8 students designing their  immune system experiments. Students were given only materials while they had to come up with a plan on how to demonstrate the skin as the first line of defence. 

Students completed their experiments over the next week and compiled their own lab write-ups for a job well done! 

Below are some photos of ELL Science 10 students having researched different mutations and the diseases that would result from them. Students put together presentations and presented in small groups. They took notes and asked questions on each presentation making for an excellent and strong learning environment. 


FRENCH PICNIC – Ms. Spori (Blk F)


FRENCH YEAR END CELEBRATION – Ms. Spori (Blk E)


PE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH


SWING NIGHT

On Friday evening, the Brookswood Music Program hosted our popular Swing Night. Over 200 students, parents and staff enjoyed an evening of learning how to swing dance. The small gymnasium was beautifully decorated and refreshments were served and a silent auction was hosted to fundraise for the music program.


BOBCAT SPORTS & CLUBS


TENNIS CLUB – Ms. Tressel

Here are a few photos of our Bobcat Tennis club


INTRAMURALS

Congrats to “Team Janzen”, team Handball Champions for 2017. This caps a 5 year run for the boys – lots of games but lots of maturing as well. Thanks for the Memories, it was a pleasure!
– Ms Lochbaum


AmazNG SCIENCE

Friday brought an AmazNG end to a fabulous 10 weeks of AmazNG Science!

After successfully building their VEX IQ robots over the last 2 weeks, today students focussed on developing their robot driving skills OR programming their robots to operate autonomously:

Students learn how to pilot their newly robots to complete a robotics challenge. (click on the photo above to see a video of the robots in action!)

Mr. Krahn helps Connor get his V-rex walking!

Students explore how to program their Armbots to do their bidding!

Check out this hilarious video of robot IKE battling V-rex:

Click on the photo above to view video of visit:  https://goo.gl/photos/9bv85hQFQaAKxpp18

No students were harmed in the making of this video, but in full transparency, one V-rex arm was ripped off, and egos may have been slightly bruised :>)

Check out our full photo gallery of this afternoon’s robotic adventure here: https://goo.gl/photos/cvy6K82NbCzXy8x68

Special thanks to:

-Nicole Francis, our beloved co-founder of the AmazNG Science club.  We missed you today!  Thank you for all the AmazNG things you have done to make this club possible!

Principal John Pusic for purchasing the essential software we needed to get the kids programming this afternoon, and for many days to come

Principal Marcello Moino for helping us successfully apply for the District Innovation Grant needed to purchase the robots

Jim Cartlidge,  our in-house tech guru, for getting our newly purchased FLOWOL programming interface ready for our students

Chris Krahn, our physics/math teacher extraordinaire by day, and this afternoon, our on the spot mechanical engineer for Connor’s V-rex!

our dedicated student helpers and regular club members who make every Friday afternoon a blast!

And of course, a huge thanks to the BSS PAC and the SD35 District Leadership Team for your generous sponsorship of AmazNG Science and our class set of VEX IQ Robots!

Thank you all for an AmazNG 10 weeks!  Have a safe, fun-filled summer and we look forward to seeing you all again in September 2017!

Stay AmazNG!
Darren Ng + Nicole Francis  

P.S.  Rumour has it, we may be starting a SECOND club devoted solely to ROBOTICS next year…stay tuned!


SUMMER DRIVE 35 – FINAL RESULTS

 Thank you to all students and staff that contributed to the Food Drive Campaign our Junior Leadership class organized last week! 5 high schools participated in this event (BSS, REMSS, LSS, WGSS and ACSS). It was wonderful to see the empathy developed by students within these 5 schools and recognizing the need to support our Food Bank during the summer months as many families rely on the Breakfast and Snack Programs in our district throughout the school year.  Rebecca Thompson, one of our Jr. Leadership students took it one step further and brought awareness to this need to Alice Brown principal Mr. Sarban Sangha. They in turn ran a food drive at the same time and brought in more non-perishable items for our cause. 

Several schools dropped off their food donations on May 30th at our booth set up in the staff parking lot and celebrated their hard work with food, sweet treats, music and great camaraderie! Sources Food Bank came, thanked the students for their hard work and collected the goods. Sources food Bank shared the fact that 600+ families use their support in a week and that the shelves were getting very lean at this time of year and were happy that we took on this cause. The results were received for this “competition” and Brookswood WON with bringing in 878 lbs while the other schools collectively brought in 537 lbs! A grand total of 1415 lbs! AWESOME WORK DONE BY ALL! 

FoodDrive 1

 

– See more at: https://www.sd35.bc.ca/news-events/district-board-news/view/students-lead-the-way-in-summer-food-drive/#sthash.i02euWxe.dpuf


SCHOOL AND DISTRICT NEWS


BEST HIGH SCHOOL MEMORY SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN

A few of our graduating students were recently interviewed by the School District as part of their upcoming social media campaign. They were so excited, that they shared this photo after the filming! Stay tuned.


PASSPORT TO BOBCAT COUNTRY – REPEAT

Brookswood Secondary School will be running a summer transition program for our incoming Grade 8s again this year. We will focus on team building, opening lockers, getting to know the school, school spirit activities, and learning tips to navigate the first year of high school smoothly. 

We ran this program last year, and found that the students who attended who were particularly anxious about coming to high school were more comfortable in the first few weeks of September than they may have been without the program. They were more comfortable with the layout of the school, and they knew some friendly faces when moving through the halls. 

Interested students should submit the application form to your elementary school’s office by Friday, June 9 at 3:00 pm


DRY GRAD UPDATE

From your 2017 Brookswood Dry Grad Committee,

As you all are well aware our Dry Grad event for 2017 is quickly approaching. With this is mind we are looking to fill our final planning needs of volunteers. Please contact Toni Mitchell (email below) with your first choice option along with 2 backups. We ask this as we may have numerous volunteers for the same job so we will have to delegate other duties should the need arise. Once we have all spots filled by volunteers I will email a final detailed list to all with further details.

Please note for those volunteering for the Bus & Castle Fun Park chaperone that you will be committing your time for the entire evening into the morning hours.

We are in desperate need of volunteers in order to ensure our children have an amazing experience, one they’ll remember for years to come. To be sure this happens we need your participation. Quite simply if we don’t the evening will not happen.

Thanks again for everyone’s help, let’s make this a enjoyable and safe evening for all.

Dry Grad bag check at Hotel
Parent Volunteer list

Your Brookswood 2017 Dry Grad Committee.

(Please reply to : Tonim5@shaw.ca )


COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS


BOBCAT MAKES CANADA SUMMER GAMES TEAM!

A huge congrats to Quinn Thomson who paddles sprint canoe with the False Creek Sprint Canoe Club. This past weekend, he was in Kamloops at Shumway Lake participating in the Canada Summer Games trials for Canoe/ Kayak for the BC Team.  It was announced by Canoe Kayak BC yesterday that he had been selected as one of the alternates (spares) for the BC Canoe/ Kayak Canada Summer Games team!  As an alternate/ spare, he may not actually paddle in the Summer Games unless another athlete is injured or becomes ill, but the fact that he was selected at his age (14) is quite an accomplishment as the boys he was racing against ranged in age from 15-20. Quite the accomplishment Quinn. Here’s hoping he enjoys the Canada Summer Games and gets a chance to show Canada what Bobcat’s are made of!

Brookswood’s Quinn Thomson was named as an Alternate for the BC Men’s Canoe Team. (click photo for the full story)


SD35 COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

For more community event information, please visit the SD#35 Community Bulletin Board.



CLUBS AND DATES


BOBCAT ATHLETICS AND CLUBS

Our annual Athletics Awards Night will take place on June 12th @ 7pm in the Theatre. Any student who has played on a Brookswood team is invited!! Awards will be followed by dessert and refreshments.

  • Head of Rugby

    Mr. Dino Camparmo

    Rugby – Girls’  

    Mr. Glenndenning (CC)

    Rugby – Boys’

    Jeff Mitchell (CC), Dino Camparmo

    Rugby – Jr. Boys

    Carl Hunter

    Soccer – Gr. 8/9 Girls’

    Charlotte Noakes

    Soccer – Sr. Girls’

    No team this year

    Hockey

    John Forman (CC), Sponsor: Mr. Pawar

    Track and Field

    Kristen Hind, Katie Glover

    Golf

    Dan Allingham

    Tennis Club

    Sponsor: Nancy Walton

    Weight Training Club

    Mr. Dennis  Wednesdays afterschool

    Students’ Council

    Mrs. Neufeld Rm 102, Tues @ 3pm

    Ski Club

    Feb/Mar, sponsored by PAC VP Mrs. Mitchell

    Board Games Club

    Mr. Tan

    French Movie Club

    Mr. Tan

    Conflict Resolution Team

    Ms. Dean & Mrs. Dennison

    #not a film club

    Mr. French (for film students)

    Junior Winds Honour Band

    Mr. Turi

    Chamber Ensemble

    Mr. Turi (coming in the Spring!)

    Percussion Ensemble

    Mr. Turi (coming in the Spring!)

    Card and Games Club

    Ms. Yun/Ms. Hryciuk – Rm 210

    Math Club

    Mr. Krahn

    Magic Club

    Mr. Krahn

    Basketball – Girls

    Ms. Shinkaruk, Mr. Veale (CC), Mr. Brown (CC), Ms Cameron (CC), Mr. Smith (CC)

    Basketball – Boys

    Mr. Allen, Mr. Allingham, Mr. Pawar, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Flint (CC), Mr. Taylor (CC)

    Hiking Club

    Mrs. English

    Curling Club

    Mrs. Gauthier

    Grad Council

    Mrs. McGowan / Mrs. McCullough

    Green Team

    Ms. Whitrow, Rm 232

    Multicultural Club

    Ms. Dufort


BOBCAT COUNTRY CALENDER

Jun 6:              Backstreet Studios Oscars 2017 (Theatre 6pm)
Jun 8:              Summer BBQ Concert
Jun 12:            Athletics Awards Night 7pm Theatre
Jun 13:            Academic Awards Celebration 1:20pm Main Gym
Jun 20:            Last Day classes are in session
Jun 21:            Flex Day – students can complete missed or incomplete work
Jun 22             Grade 7 visit
Jun 23:            English 12 Provincial Exam
Jun 26:            Communications 12 Provincial Exam
Jun 27:            Français Langue Seconde 12 Immersion Provincial Exam
Jun 28:            Grad Ceremony, Chandos Pattison Auditorium, 6:30pm
Jun 29:            Grad Banquet, Coast Hotel, Langley, 6:30pm
Jun 29:            Report Card Distribution

May 29, 2017 – News from the Bobcat’s Den

In this edition
• GRAD IS COMING •
• SPIRIT WEEK • STAVE LAKE 
• SAVE THE BEES •
• DANCING/SINGING • TRANSITIONS • WARRIORS •
INTRAMURALS • GOLDEN EAGLES • PASSPORT •
DRY GRAD • POST-SEC VISITS • TEEN READING • GENOME CAMP •
• CHOIR •
 COMMUNITY • BOBCAT CLUBS & DATES

It is that time of year again! For me, it means attending five different Graduation Ceremonies. While these tend to be long and drawn out evenings of celebration, they are the most exciting time of year! Our purpose as educators is to prepare our students for a successful post-secondary transition. Notice I did not say to prepare our students for graduation! It’s really not about graduation. Grad is nice and to be celebrated, but the ultimate goal is for us, together, to prepare ‘our’ children (yours and ours as educators) to successfully transition into the next phase of their lives. Post-Secondary means something different for each student and the challenge is to help ensure they have skills that are adaptable and flexible for whatever they choose to pursue (higher education, apprenticeships, work, travel…etc.). This week, I am excited to return to my previous school, Aldergrove Community Secondary School, for their commencement ceremony on Thursday evening. It will be pleasure to shake the hands of students I’ve known since they came to ACSS as young Grade 6 explorations students. Now they prepare to leave as young adults. Those years passed in a flash!

Last week, I was even more excited to revert to my parent role and attend the commencement ceremony of my youngest son, Nicholas, who is part of the Earl Marriott Secondary graduation class this year. Their grad class included 390 students. Congrats Nic!

Additionally, on May 17th students and staff were able to celebrate the Aboriginal Achievement Awards Night (photos below in the School & District section) where our aboriginal graduates received their Golden Eagle awards.

Finally, on Tuesday evening, the Langley School District held it’s annual Evening of Inspiration where graduating students from each secondary school were recognized for demonstrating the District’s Core Values of Courage, Community, Integrity and Excellence. Each school was permitted to nominate 10 students for this evening’s event though in truth, we felt we could have sent quite a few more!

L-R: Mr. Pue, Ashley, Meaghan, Elliot, Brett, Louise, Summer, Helen, Sydney, Erin, Paul, Mr. Pusic


SPIRIT WEEK
It was a busy week in Bobcat Country this week with our Student Council organizing a number of spirit days including: Bobcat Colours on Tuesday, Socks and Sandals on Wednesday, Twins Day on Thursday and Crazy Hat Day on Friday! Here are few photos of our staff (& admin) Twins! 🙂

  


CLASS & FIELD TRIP EXPERIENCES


SUSTAINABLE RESOURCES FIELD TRIP TO STAVE LAKE – Ms. Murad

Below are some photos from our May 24 field trip. Having the beautiful weather, we arrived early enough to explore Stave lake and enjoy the sunlight. With hydropower as the world’s largest source of renewable energy, the program was designed around how hydro dams work and the history of BC’s very own Stave Falls Hydro dam. Students learned about alternate power sources, those from streams, rivers and creeks. They learned how flow and gravity contribute to this energy source as well. 

Students also were able to see one of the first electric cars that was built in 1912. It still runs well! Alas, we could not take it for a spin. 🙁

Ms. Murad would like to thank all the teachers who allowed the students to miss their classes to enable them to have this experience. 


SAVE THE BEES! – Ms Gauthier

Social Justice 12 has decided on their action project plan for this year!  SAVE THE BEES… we plan to make a bee sanctuary and build boxes at BSS and in the local community garden at HD Stafford. To create awareness for this issue students went to classes on Tuesday the 23rd  to give a short presentation. The students are selling Freezies at lunch time to start raising money for supplies. They are also looking for donations of soil, potted flowers and wood in order to build their bee sanctuary.

Check out the informational video clip here:


DANCING AND SINGING EN FRANÇAIS – Ms. Spori


POST-SECONDARY TRANSITIONS CONFERENCE

Here are few photos from our post-secondary transitions conference:

It seems… vacation/travel money is more important than a new couch. I’m good with that! LOL


BOBCAT SPORTS & CLUBS


BROOKSWOOD WARRIOR’S CLUB

The Brookswood Warrior Club is a new club that the School District Aboriginal program has developed for male Aboriginal students to connect with an Aboriginal male role model throughout the school year. This program is designed to support Aboriginal students in grades 9-12. The Brookswood Warrior Club is small but it is well attended. They are working on there self-esteem by engaging in various activities such as Crossfit, working with honey bees and attending the Women’s march.

Recently, the Brookswood Warriors were invited to join the Boys’ Club Network for an event hosting Toronto Maple Leaf’s Assistant Captain, Morgan Reilly. It was a fun event for all who attended.


INTRAMURALS

These photos come from a few weeks ago, but are too good not to post!

 


SCHOOL AND DISTRICT NEWS


ABORIGINAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

The Aboriginal Achievement Awards are held each year to recognize the successes of Aboriginal students throughout the district. Students are recognized as Golden Eagles as they graduate with various other awards presented in the course of the evening to many middle and secondary students. – See more photos at: https://www.sd35.bc.ca/news-events/district-board-news/view/aboriginal-achievement-awards-2017/#sthash.vXcKBkz9.dpuf


PASSPORT TO BOBCAT COUNTRY

Brookswood Secondary School will be running a summer transition program for our incoming Grade 8s again this year. We will focus on team building, opening lockers, getting to know the school, school spirit activities, and learning tips to navigate the first year of high school smoothly. 

We ran this program last year, and found that the students who attended who were particularly anxious about coming to high school were more comfortable in the first few weeks of September than they may have been without the program. They were more comfortable with the layout of the school, and they knew some friendly faces when moving through the halls. 

Interested students should submit the application form to your elementary school’s office by Friday, June 9 at 3:00 pm


DRY GRAD UPDATE

From your 2017 Brookswood Dry Grad Committee,

Hello from the BSS Dry grad committee

Dry grad tickets & consent forms:
Tickets will be given out on Wed May 31st ,  Thur Jun 01st , & Fri Jun, 2nd  at lunch in the foyer. Please note tickets will not be issued until we have all forms & guest approvals.  If you have not paid for a guest that will be attending and has already been approved you will need to pay at this time.   **Only grads and their guests attending the dinner dance will be permitted to attend Dry grad**

Please follow the link below for Dry grad party info.

DRY GRAD PARTY DETAILS 2017

Dry grad meeting:
PLEASE NOTE Dry grad meeting has been rescheduled for Thur June 15th @ 7pm in room 126. This will be the last Dry grad meeting before the big event.  All future correspondence will be sent via email.

Thank you,

BSS Dry grad 2017 committee
(Please reply to : Tonim5@shaw.ca )


POST-SECONDARY VISITS
NOTE
: This information will be repeated until the final visit is completed!

Brookswood will be hosting a series of Post-secondary Institution Information Sessions on Wednesdays during GLT. The following schools will be presenting:

May 24: KPU Workshop
May 31: BCIT


COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS


TEEN SUMMER READING CLUB

Students entering Grades 7 to 12 in September can register for Teen Summer Reading Club 2017 beginning  Wednesday, June 21 at all seven  Langley libraries.


Genome BC – Geneskool Summer Science Program for Teens

This week-long day program offers students that have completed Science 9 or higher a unique opportunity to explore aspects of biotechnology, genomics, inheritance, virology, forensics and microbiology and use their new knowledge to solve a puzzling mystery. Hosted at Capilano University in North Vancouver, students will participate in a variety of hands-on labs using state-of-the-art lab facilities and learn the molecular biology techniques that scientists use every day. In addition to labs, students have an opportunity to tour the campus, hear from fascinating guest speakers, and explore potential education and career paths. Program dates are August 21st – 25th, 2017; space is limited; registration ends August 14th. More information and application can be found at www.geneskool.com<http://www.geneskool.com/>.


LANGLEY CHILDREN’S CHOIR

Langley Children’s Chorus is looking for singers! Openings are now available for grades 4 to 8 in September.

For more information, click this link –> langley children’s choir.


For more community event information, please visit the SD#35 Community Bulletin Board.



CLUBS AND DATES


BOBCAT ATHLETICS AND CLUBS

Our annual Athletics Awards Night will take place on June 12th @ 7pm in the Theatre. Any student who has played on a Brookswood team is invited!! Awards will be followed by dessert and refreshments.

  • Head of Rugby

    Mr. Dino Camparmo

    Rugby – Girls’  

    Mr. Glenndenning (CC)

    Rugby – Boys’

    Jeff Mitchell (CC), Dino Camparmo

    Rugby – Jr. Boys

    Carl Hunter

    Soccer – Gr. 8/9 Girls’

    Charlotte Noakes

    Soccer – Sr. Girls’

    No team this year

    Hockey

    John Forman (CC), Sponsor: Mr. Pawar

    Track and Field

    Kristen Hind, Katie Glover

    Golf

    Dan Allingham

    Tennis Club

    Sponsor: Nancy Walton

    Weight Training Club

    Mr. Dennis  Wednesdays afterschool

    Students’ Council

    Mrs. Neufeld Rm 102, Tues @ 3pm

    Ski Club

    Feb/Mar, sponsored by PAC VP Mrs. Mitchell

    Board Games Club

    Mr. Tan

    French Movie Club

    Mr. Tan

    Conflict Resolution Team

    Ms. Dean & Mrs. Dennison

    #not a film club

    Mr. French (for film students)

    Junior Winds Honour Band

    Mr. Turi

    Chamber Ensemble

    Mr. Turi (coming in the Spring!)

    Percussion Ensemble

    Mr. Turi (coming in the Spring!)

    Card and Games Club

    Ms. Yun/Ms. Hryciuk – Rm 210

    Math Club

    Mr. Krahn

    Magic Club

    Mr. Krahn

    Basketball – Girls

    Ms. Shinkaruk, Mr. Veale (CC), Mr. Brown (CC), Ms Cameron (CC), Mr. Smith (CC)

    Basketball – Boys

    Mr. Allen, Mr. Allingham, Mr. Pawar, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Flint (CC), Mr. Taylor (CC)

    Hiking Club

    Mrs. English

    Curling Club

    Mrs. Gauthier

    Grad Council

    Mrs. McGowan / Mrs. McCullough

    Green Team

    Ms. Whitrow, Rm 232

    Multicultural Club

    Ms. Dufort


BOBCAT COUNTRY CALENDER

May 23 – 30:  Non-perishable goods Food Drive – Jr. Leadership
May 24:          KPU Information Session during GLT
May 24-26:    Showcase – Theatre 7pm
May 31:          BCIT Information Session during GLT
May 31:          2400 Fitness run make-up & Fitness Testing – during GLT
Jun 1:              2400 Fitness run make-up & Fitness Testing – during GLT
Jun 2:              9th Annual Swing Night
Jun 8:              Summer BBQ Concert
Jun 12:            Athletics Awards Night 7pm Theatre
Jun 13:            Academic Awards Celebration 1:30pm Main Gym
Jun 20:            Last Day classes are in session
Jun 21:            Flex Day – students can complete missed or incomplete work
Jun 23:            English 12 Provincial Exam
Jun 26:            Communications 12 Provincial Exam
Jun 27:            Français Langue Seconde 12 Immersion Provincial Exam
Jun 28:            Grad Ceremony, Chandos Pattison Auditorium, 6:30pm
Jun 29:            Grad Banquet, Coast Hotel, Langley, 6:30pm
Jun 29:            Report Card Distribution

 

May 23, 2017 – News from the Bobcat’s Den

In this edition
• SHOWCASE • KIWANIS • LRTA • IMPROV •
• POLICE • SUMMER DRIVE 35 • WOODWORK •
• HOCKEY • TRACK AND FIELD • VBALL TRYOUTS •
• DRY GRAD
 • SUMMER SESSION •
• VIDEO CAMP • POST-SEC • GENOME CAMP •
CHOIR • COMMUNITY
 • BOBCAT CLUBS & DATES

 

SHOWCASE IS HERE!

Brookswood Theatre students are presenting their annual Showcase Theatre this week!

Tickets $5, (cash only) box office opens at 6pm,
doors open at 6:30
Shows start at 7pm

Wed May  24th

  • The Power of Love by Brett Dick
  • The Getaway  by Taylor Braithwaite
  • The Pursuit of Happiness by Kiera Muelaner
  • The Babes  by Shayna Loden 

Thursday May 25th

  • The One With All the Jealousy  by Angel Dick
  • Surfdom  by Ashley Yates
  • Miss Continental Breakfast. by Cameron Empey

Friday May 26th

  • Solar Dysfunction by Nicole Lanki
  • The Agenda by Autumn Kempter
  • The Switch  by Talia Rice
  • The Strange Outbreak   by Ally Ray

 


CLASS & FIELD TRIP EXPERIENCES


KIWANIS MUSIC FESTIVAL

Last Friday our Senior Concert band was awarded a Gold award for their performance at Kiwanis Music Festival!  This performance complimented some outstanding results last week. Congrats as well to the following groups for outstanding performances at the Kiwanis Music Festival:

Senior Jazz Band – Gold
Junior Jazz Band –
 Silver
Grade 8 BandGold
Grade 9 BandGold

In total, Brookswood students earned 4 GOLD and 1 SILVER. Amazing performances! Mr. Turi is VERY happy! 🙂


 

LANGLEY RETIRED TEACHER’S ASSOCIATION PERFORMANCE


BSS FRAL 11:  hilarity ensued in class today, as students adopted a character and then performed an improv in French in that character.


VANCOUVER POLICE MUSEUM

Here are some photos of our Science Tech visit to the Vancouver police museum. Students had a chance to look through the museum which is Vancouver’s former coroner’s office. They were given a tour through the morgue and the autopsy room and completed a kidnapping mystery using different forensic techniques such as blood spatter analysis, bite marks and DNA analysis. It was quite eye opening for the amount and bizarreness of criminal activity in the city over past decades.


SUMMER DRIVE 35 – MAY 23-30

Several high schools in Langley are rallying to collect non-perishable food items from May 23-30. This Food Drive is critical as summer is coming and many families depend on Food Banks as there are no breakfast, snack or lunch programs to help support their children as they are not in school. Did you know that we have 9 schools with Breakfast Club and Healthy Snacks programs and over 150 families are being supported through the Weekend Fuel Bag and Starfish Backpack programs? Did you know that we have over 3000 kids in Langley that come to school hungry or without a packed lunch? Please help us by sending goods to support our Food Drive between May 23 and 30th. Students can drop off their donations in their Block C classes or in the Collection Box in the foyer. The class that collects the most donations will win a GOURMET Donut Party hosted by the Junior Leadership class! The following pictures have our Junior Leadership students, Erica, Brook and Amelia in action soliciting donations by leaving collection bags in certain neighbourhoods that will be picked up on Wednesday. Also, many students like Rebecca here have taken on a few streets around their homes and collected donations… neighbours were impressed by her commitment of social responsibility and many donated generously!

More Junior Leadership photos at IGA this weekend…

 

WOODWORKING FUN!

Saved these photos for ‘after’ Mother’s Day…just in case! 😉

Our students are making some amazing things in Wood classes! 🙂

 


BOBCAT SPORTS & CLUBS


BOBCAT HOCKEY

The Varsity Hockey team beat DW Poppy yesterday 10-2. They move on to a playoff game Thursday vs LSS, which will be a tough game.


TRACK AND FIELD

Fraser Valley Track and Field Championships
Congratulations to the following athletes who qualified for the BC Championships!

Louise Forsyth

  • Discus 5th
  • 400m 7th

Aaron Li

  • 2000m SC 8th

 Kayla Weltzin

  • Steeple Chase 6th
  • 800m 3rd

Andrew Meier

  • 200m H 4th

Gr. 8 Boys 4x100m

  • 6th place

Here are some photos from the Fraser Valley Championships:


VOLLEYBALL TRY-OUTS






SCHOOL AND DISTRICT NEWS


DRY GRAD UPDATE

From your 2017 Brookswood Dry Grad Committee,

As you all are well aware our Dry Grad event for 2017 is quickly approaching. With this is mind we are looking to fill our final planning needs of volunteers. Please contact Toni Mitchell (email below) with your first choice option along with 2 backups. We ask this as we may have numerous volunteers for the same job so we will have to delegate other duties should the need arise. Once we have all spots filled by volunteers I will email a final detailed list to all with further details.

Please note for those volunteering for the Bus & Castle Fun Park chaperone that you will be committing your time for the entire evening into the morning hours.

We are in desperate need of volunteers in order to ensure our children have an amazing experience, one they’ll remember for years to come. To be sure this happens we need your participation. Quite simply if we don’t the evening will not happen.

Thanks again for everyone’s help, let’s make this a enjoyable and safe evening for all.

Dry Grad bag check at Hotel
Parent Volunteer list

Your Brookswood 2017 Dry Grad Committee.

(Please reply to : Tonim5@shaw.ca )


FINAL NOTICE – SUMMER SESSION 2017 INFORMATION
This year, Brookswood will be one of the two sites for Secondary classes (Grades 8-12) of Summer Session. Over the past few years, Summer session courses have increased in registration, with over 1700 secondary students taking part in classes at the Secondary Summer Session 2016. These courses are no longer just for students who have failed course work and are trying to catch up. Many students are registering to “get ahead” and create room in their schedules to take more courses and receive more educational opportunities.

What courses are available?
For grades 8&9, there will be academic remedial courses in Math, Science, Social Studies and English for those students who were not successful in that course during the regular school year. These courses run from July 6 – August 2 at either 8:30 – 10:40am or 11:00am – 1:10pm (please note that Math 8 & 9 runs 8:30am – 12:00pm). All of these courses will be available at Brookswood Secondary.

For grades 10-12, there will be full credit courses available in Math, Science, Social Studies and English. These courses will run from July 6 – August 10 at either 8:30am – 12:00pm or 12:30 – 4:00pm (Please note that a few courses are only offered at the WGSS site).

How do I register?
Online registration is available at sd35.coresolutions.ca. This is only for current Langley School District students and is the quickest way to register.

Information required when registering:

  • Student’s PEN / Personal Education Number, a nine digit number located on report cards, permanent records or transcripts.
  • Student’s legal and English name if different, phone number(s), address, and parent guardian(s) name(s) and e-mail address.

For more information on the specific courses, locations and registration, visit sd35summersession.ca or drop by the BSS office and ask for a summer session brochure

Summer Session poster.pdf


FINAL NOTICE – BACKSTREET STUDIOS – SUMMER CAMP

CLICK the link below for the annual Backstreet Studios Summer Video Camp. Mr. French will be running this camp again this summer. There is a downloadable registration form on the website. The camp runs from August 21 – 25, 2017. Many of our past and current video students got their start at the Backstreet Studios Summer camp!

http://www.backstreetstudios.com/


POST-SECONDARY VISITS
NOTE
: This information will be repeated until the final visit is completed!

Brookswood will be hosting a series of Post-secondary Institution Information Sessions on Wednesdays during GLT. The following schools will be presenting:

May 24: KPU Workshop
May 31: BCIT


COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS


Genome BC – Geneskool Summer Science Program for Teens

This week-long day program offers students that have completed Science 9 or higher a unique opportunity to explore aspects of biotechnology, genomics, inheritance, virology, forensics and microbiology and use their new knowledge to solve a puzzling mystery. Hosted at Capilano University in North Vancouver, students will participate in a variety of hands-on labs using state-of-the-art lab facilities and learn the molecular biology techniques that scientists use every day. In addition to labs, students have an opportunity to tour the campus, hear from fascinating guest speakers, and explore potential education and career paths. Program dates are August 21st – 25th, 2017; space is limited; registration ends August 14th. More information and application can be found at www.geneskool.com<http://www.geneskool.com/>.


LANGLEY CHILDREN’S CHOIR

Langley Children’s Chorus is looking for singers! Openings are now available for grades 4 to 8 in September.

For more information, click this link –> langley children’s choir.


SD35 COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

For more community event information, please visit the SD#35 Community Bulletin Board.



CLUBS AND DATES


BOBCAT ATHLETICS AND CLUBS

Our annual Athletics Awards Night will take place on June 12th @ 7pm in the Theatre. Any student who has played on a Brookswood team is invited!! Awards will be followed by dessert and refreshments.

  • Head of Rugby

    Mr. Dino Camparmo

    Rugby – Girls’  

    Mr. Glenndenning (CC)

    Rugby – Boys’

    Jeff Mitchell (CC), Dino Camparmo

    Rugby – Jr. Boys

    Carl Hunter

    Soccer – Gr. 8/9 Girls’

    Charlotte Noakes

    Soccer – Sr. Girls’

    No team this year

    Hockey

    John Forman (CC), Sponsor: Mr. Pawar

    Track and Field

    Kristen Hind, Katie Glover

    Golf

    Dan Allingham

    Tennis Club

    Sponsor: Nancy Walton

    Weight Training Club

    Mr. Dennis  Wednesdays afterschool

    Students’ Council

    Mrs. Neufeld Rm 102, Tues @ 3pm

    Ski Club

    Feb/Mar, sponsored by PAC VP Mrs. Mitchell

    Board Games Club

    Mr. Tan

    French Movie Club

    Mr. Tan

    Conflict Resolution Team

    Ms. Dean & Mrs. Dennison

    #not a film club

    Mr. French (for film students)

    Junior Winds Honour Band

    Mr. Turi

    Chamber Ensemble

    Mr. Turi (coming in the Spring!)

    Percussion Ensemble

    Mr. Turi (coming in the Spring!)

    Card and Games Club

    Ms. Yun/Ms. Hryciuk – Rm 210

    Math Club

    Mr. Krahn

    Magic Club

    Mr. Krahn

    Basketball – Girls

    Ms. Shinkaruk, Mr. Veale (CC), Mr. Brown (CC), Ms Cameron (CC), Mr. Smith (CC)

    Basketball – Boys

    Mr. Allen, Mr. Allingham, Mr. Pawar, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Flint (CC), Mr. Taylor (CC)

    Hiking Club

    Mrs. English

    Curling Club

    Mrs. Gauthier

    Grad Council

    Mrs. McGowan / Mrs. McCullough

    Green Team

    Ms. Whitrow, Rm 232

    Multicultural Club

    Ms. Dufort


BOBCAT COUNTRY CALENDER

The NEXT TWO WEEKS in Bobcat Country from our Brookswood Calendar:
May 23 – 30:  Non-perishable goods Food Drive – Jr. Leadership
May 24:          KPU Information Session during GLT
May 24-26:    Showcase – Theatre 7pm
May 31:         BCIT Information Session during GLT
Jun 2:             9th Annual Swing Night

GRADUATION INFORMATION
Jun. 28:           Grad Ceremony, Chandos Pattison Auditorium, 6:30 pm
Jun. 29:           Grad banquet, Coast Hotel, Langley, 6:30 pm

May 15, 2017 – News from the Bobcat’s Den

In this edition
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
SUMMER BASH • BACKSTREET • VOTE RESULTS
INFO OFFICERS • THE GOONS WIN! • RUGBY
AmaziNG SCIENCE • SUMMER SESSION
VIDEO CAMP • POST-SEC VISITS • UNLOCK YOUR FUTURE
FAMILY SMART • COMMUNITY
BANQUET & BOBCAT CLUBS & DATES

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

This past week we ran through many of the new emergency preparedness procedures to begin training the school community on the new language being implemented. In the past, we have used the word “LOCKDOWN” (either Code RED or YELLOW) to secure the school and students for any number of real or perceived threats. And, as one would expect, the school community would experience significant anxiety whenever a lock down was called. From a school perspective, even though we know parents need information about what is happening, it can be challenging to keep our community informed and deal with the issues at hand simultaneously. New language allows us to manage external situations without heightening anxiety within the school. For example an issue in the community, not directly impacting the school, would trigger a HOLD AND SECURE or SHELTER IN PLACE strategy. In both cases, actions are taken to protect the students and staff immediately and efficiently while the terms communicate meaningful information to the school community of the level of concern. Should the situation escalate, a LOCKDOWN could be initiated. Below are the categories established with our new District-wide Emergency Preparedness strategy.

LOCKDOWN — Used in response to an armed and dangerous assailant WITHIN the school
HOLD AND SECURE — Used if there is a security concern within the neighbourhood
EVACUATE — Used to move people out of the school when a hazard exists inside
SHELTER IN PLACE — Used if an environmental hazard may impact the school
ROOM CLEAR — Used to move people away from a hazard contained in one room/area
DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON — Used in the event of an earthquake explosion, or any event that shakes the school.


SUMMER BASH

Another great Student Council sponsored event was the SUMMER BASH held this past week. It might not have been a sunny & bright day, but our students were definitely having a blast!


IN-CLASS & FIELD TRIP EXPERIENCES


BACKSTREET STUDIO – Mr. French

I am continually amazed at the talent of our students in so many different areas. Recently, our video production students were shooting videos for the annual Rotary SASSY Awards which were featured in last week’s blog. Today, we highlight some more of their outstanding work:

Backstreet Studio students have been working closely with Mark Forsythe of the Langley Heritage Society to create information videos of various Langley heritage sites. These videos are now posted on their website:

http://www.langleyheritage.ca/videos/


STUDENT VOTE

Here are the results of our Student Vote conducted on May 2nd, 2017.


CONGRATS & THANK YOU
Langley East District Electoral Office wishes to thank two of our students for taking part in the “Youth in the Booth” programme. Kaitlyn Doerksen & Kyle Kohler worked election day as Information Officers at sites in Langley. Ashley Haines also worked as an information officer at the Brookswood polling station taking place in our small gym. These are the students I am aware of, but their may be others. I am very impressed with our student involvement throughout this year’s election cycle! Congrats Kaitlyn, Kyle & Ashley!


BOBCAT SPORTS & CLUBS


INTRAMURALS

It took a while to get to the finals because there were SO MANY teams involved in the tournament, but we finally got down to the final 2! “The Goons” played many exciting games to advance to the final but were defeated by the mighty “Coca Cola Boys” who had an amazing run and were the eventual Champions! Many of these fine young men have been involved in Intramurals since Grade 8 and it will be strange not spending lunch hours with them in the gym next year.  I’m confident they found this experience an enriching part of their time at Brookswood and wish them well with their future endeavours! Last event of this year: European Handball!


RUGBY

Last week, Our jr boys finished off their season with a loss vs Rick Hansen. See below for updates for Sr. boys and girls action.

In the photo above, Brookswood Secondary’s Molly Major punches in from the 5m line to score a try in a 34-10 victory over Guildford Park Thursday in the first round of playoffs for girls Fraser Valley Rugby championships. Tries were also scored by Jordyn Myers (3) of Walnut Grove Secondary, and Brookswood’s Cassidy Chmelyk, and scoring her first try ever Summer Lee. Playoff action resumes next Tuesday as the Bobcats take on cross town rivals DW Poppy. the Bobcats can’t wait to avenge their 15-14 loss vs DWP earlier this season.

Good luck  to our Sr Girls team! Regardless of the outcome on Tuesday, the Girls will have another game on Thursday (location TBA).

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Our Sr Boys team lost a heart breaker yesterday vs Westview in the FV Tier 2 Semi Final (0-7). The Boys played hard right to the end, however they could not capitalize on their chances. Westview’s only point came off a penalty try (this is where the ref awards one team the point due to an infraction). Next week (Thur May 18), our Sr Boys will travel to Chilliwack for their final game. 


AFTERSCHOOL SCIENCE CLUB – AmaziNG SCIENCE!

It’s been quite a while since we last chatted so I thought I’d give you all a quick update on the AmazNG things we have been up to with the AmazNG Science! club:

Rise of the Robots!

Earlier this week, thanks to the generous support of the Langley District Innovation fund, we received our first class set of VEX IQ Robotics kits valued at $5500!

So of course, we had to get them into the hands of our 20+ AmazNG Science students to give them their first test drive!  In groups of 1-3, students were given the task of building their choice of 1 of 7 fun, yet sophisticated, robotic companions:

In my 4+ years of teaching at BSS, I have seldom seen such extensive engagement, focus, teamwork, and problem solving over a 2 hr period! (especially on sunny Friday afternoon!) Sadly, we had to close the doors at 5pm, but multiple teams of kids asked if they could stay later!

I loved watching how each student approached the task of building a very complex robot….Some carefully organized the many pieces involved before digging in, others were already building without even totally unboxing their kits!  One industrious student chose to build his robot solo, while other kids opted to build their robots in teams.  Whatever their building preference, it was very evident that the students were tremendously enjoying this rich learning experience.

Over our final 3 weeks of AmazNG Science, students will finish constructing their robots and then transition into the challenging (but very rewarding task) of learning how to program their new creations to do their bidding!  Click here to see the full photo gallery of our fun Friday together:  https://goo.gl/photos/iFMBiHT8pmvL3UmR6

What Else Has Been AmazNG?

Over the last two months, we have been BUSY!  Read below to see what we’ve been up to:

I’ve Got Gas!
During this week’s club, we explored the various physical and chemical properties of various gasses, including flaming natural gas soap bubbles, a VERY explosive liquid nitrogen garbage can rocket, and ultra cool liquid nitrogen ice cream!

Check out the full photo gallery here:  https://goo.gl/photos/f85QJoqpfTqMQGcH9  The liquid nitrogen explosions are particularly amusing!

Science Hunger Games
Ms Francis got the kids to compete in various engineering challenges that encouraged creative thinking and revealed how much a kid would do for a piece of extremely yummy chocolate!

Check out the full photo gallery here:  https://goo.gl/photos/bnHBg56FyUj4qfY78

Under Pressure!
Students explored various ways pressure can be used to get things to move in a variety of fun (and sometimes explosive) ways!

Check out the full photo gallery here: https://goo.gl/photos/m5YThVkVMF2ZLHLM7

Lego AmazNG Contraptions
Students built Lego drag racers, extendo-claws, and spinning tops out of recently acquired Lego Technic kits!

Check out the full photo gallery here: https://goo.gl/photos/GQCASHxBBZhtBeR99

All of these AmazNG times have been made possible by the generous financial support of the PAC and District as well as the continuous encouragement!   Thanks for helping to make Science become alive for our BSS students!

Our last AmazNG Science for this year will be June 2… Rumor has it we might end things with an end-of-year pizza party!  Stay tuned!


SCHOOL AND DISTRICT NEWS


SUMMER SESSION 2017 INFORMATION
This year, Brookswood will be one of the two sites for Secondary classes (Grades 8-12) of Summer Session. Over the past few years, Summer session courses have increased in registration, with over 1700 secondary students taking part in classes at the Secondary Summer Session 2016. These courses are no longer just for students who have failed course work and are trying to catch up. Many students are registering to “get ahead” and create room in their schedules to take more courses and receive more educational opportunities.

What courses are available?
For grades 8&9, there will be academic remedial courses in Math, Science, Social Studies and English for those students who were not successful in that course during the regular school year. These courses run from July 6 – August 2 at either 8:30 – 10:40am or 11:00am – 1:10pm (please note that Math 8 & 9 runs 8:30am – 12:00pm). All of these courses will be available at Brookswood Secondary.

For grades 10-12, there will be full credit courses available in Math, Science, Social Studies and English. These courses will run from July 6 – August 10 at either 8:30am – 12:00pm or 12:30 – 4:00pm (Please note that a few courses are only offered at the WGSS site).

How do I register?
Online registration is available at sd35.coresolutions.ca. This is only for current Langley School District students and is the quickest way to register.

Information required when registering:

  • Student’s PEN / Personal Education Number, a nine digit number located on report cards, permanent records or transcripts.
  • Student’s legal and English name if different, phone number(s), address, and parent guardian(s) name(s) and e-mail address.

For more information on the specific courses, locations and registration, visit sd35summersession.ca or drop by the BSS office and ask for a summer session brochure

Summer Session poster.pdf


BACKSTREET STUDIOS – SUMMER CAMP

CLICK the link below for the annual Backstreet Studios Summer Video Camp. Mr. French will be running this camp again this summer. There is a downloadable registration form on the website. The camp runs from August 21 – 25, 2017. Many of our past and current video students got their start at the Backstreet Studios Summer camp!

http://www.backstreetstudios.com/


POST-SECONDARY VISITS
NOTE
: This information will be repeated until the final visit is completed!

Brookswood will be hosting a series of Post-secondary Institution Information Sessions on Wednesdays during GLT. The following schools will be presenting:

May 17: UBC
May 24: KPU Workshop
May 31: BCIT


COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS


UNLOCK YOUR FUTURE

Join Brittany Palmer of Unlock your Future as she leads students and parents through a step-by-step program for navigating the scholarship process. Grade 10/11 students and parents are welcome and encouraged to attend: it is never too early to get started. This comprehensive presentation covers topics ranging from building your scholarship foundation to crafting a strong personal statement. Contrary to popular belief, students do not need 95% averages or international achievements to win scholarships. Through this seminar, Brittany debunks common scholarship myths and breaks down the complex process into a manageable form. Using this program, Brittany and her younger brother Bo collectively won 35 scholarships totaLling over $125,000. Since 2005, she has shared her story and strategies with tens of thousands of students, parents and educators. The Unlock your Future Scholarship Workbook ($25) and Scholarship Kit ($30), which are accompaniments to the program, will be available for purchase. Through this dynamic and informative presentation, Brittany demonstrates that scholarships are indeed possible.


FAMILY SMART – IN THE KNOW

On Tuesday, May 23 FAMILY SMART will host Chelsea Conron as their guest speaker. Her topic is “Help them stay safe: What Parents of teens need to know.” 

Chelsea will speak to us on why it is so important to have conversations with our youth around drug use, parties and risky behaviours. How do we encourage youth to think about safety for themselves and their friends? As parents, what do we need to know?
Please RSVP to reserve your seat as space is limited.


SD35 COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

For more community event information, please visit the SD#35 Community Bulletin Board.



CLUBS AND DATES


BOBCAT ATHLETICS AND CLUBS

Our annual Athletics Awards Night will take place on June 12th @ 7pm in the Theatre. Any student who has played on a Brookswood team is invited!! Awards will be followed by dessert and refreshments.

  • Head of Rugby

    Mr. Dino Camparmo

    Rugby – Girls’  

    Mr. Glenndenning (CC)

    Rugby – Boys’

    Jeff Mitchell (CC), Dino Camparmo

    Rugby – Jr. Boys

    Carl Hunter

    Soccer – Gr. 8/9 Girls’

    Charlotte Noakes

    Soccer – Sr. Girls’

    No team this year

    Hockey

    John Forman (CC), Sponsor: Mr. Pawar

    Track and Field

    Kristen Hind, Katie Glover

    Golf

    Dan Allingham

    Tennis Club

    Sponsor: Nancy Walton

    Weight Training Club

    Mr. Dennis  Wednesdays afterschool

    Students’ Council

    Mrs. Neufeld Rm 102, Tues @ 3pm

    Ski Club

    Feb/Mar, sponsored by PAC VP Mrs. Mitchell

    Board Games Club

    Mr. Tan

    French Movie Club

    Mr. Tan

    Conflict Resolution Team

    Ms. Dean & Mrs. Dennison

    #not a film club

    Mr. French (for film students)

    Junior Winds Honour Band

    Mr. Turi

    Chamber Ensemble

    Mr. Turi (coming in the Spring!)

    Percussion Ensemble

    Mr. Turi (coming in the Spring!)

    Card and Games Club

    Ms. Yun/Ms. Hryciuk – Rm 210

    Math Club

    Mr. Krahn

    Magic Club

    Mr. Krahn

    Basketball – Girls

    Ms. Shinkaruk, Mr. Veale (CC), Mr. Brown (CC), Ms Cameron (CC), Mr. Smith (CC)

    Basketball – Boys

    Mr. Allen, Mr. Allingham, Mr. Pawar, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Flint (CC), Mr. Taylor (CC)

    Hiking Club

    Mrs. English

    Curling Club

    Mrs. Gauthier

    Grad Council

    Mrs. McGowan / Mrs. McCullough

    Green Team

    Ms. Whitrow, Rm 232

    Multicultural Club

    Ms. Dufort


BOBCAT COUNTRY CALENDER

The NEXT TWO WEEKS in Bobcat Country from our Brookswood Calendar:
May 17           Junior Achievement Economics for Success Program – Grade 9s
May 17           Aboriginal Achievement Awards
May 17:          UBC Information Session during GLT
May 19:          Vancouver Police Museum 9am – 1:30pm (Dowedoff)
May 22:          Victoria Day – School is not in session
May 24:          KPU Information Session during GLT
May 24-26:     Showcase – Theatre 7pm

GRADUATION INFORMATION
Jun. 28:           Grad Ceremony, Chandos Pattison Auditorium, 6:30 pm
Jun. 29:           Grad banquet, Coast Hotel, Langley, 6:30 pm

May 8, 2017 – News from the Bobcat’s Den

In this edition
STUDENT VOTE • EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
ROTARY • PE STUDENTS OF MONTH • CV FUN RUN
YOUTH LEADERSHIP • CURLING REP • BUNTZEN LAKE • GLOBAL GAMES
WARRIORS & HONEY • SUMMER SESSION • POST-SEC
DPAC SURVEY • SCHOLARLY ADVICE • CPF • DRY GRAD
COMMUNITY • 
BOBCAT CLUBS & DATES

Click to read more…  http://www.langleyadvance.com/news/langley-high-school-students-have-already-voted-have-you/#

STUDENT VOTE!

Last week our Grade 11 students lead by Ms. Neufeld and Ms. Glover hosted the three local political candidates of the Liberal, NDP and Green Parties to answer questions from Brookswood students. (See additional photos below as shared by Mr. Anthony Biondi, SD35)

On May 2nd, Brookswood students held their own voting day. The event was organized by Emma Friesen, Delaney Hamilton, Tanya Murphy, Marina Van Muyen, Montana Finn, Becca Vnuk, Alexandrea Pont, Andrea Whatley, and teachers Kait Neufeld & Katie Glover. The event was a great success as students discussed political issues as part of their SS 11 classes, educated themselves at the Town Hall Meeting as well as through party platform information posted throughout the school. They then proceeded to take part in the school wide vote on May 2nd. Results will be shared after election day as per Elections BC protocol. This has proven to be an excellent educational opportunity for our students.

More photos of STUDENT VOTE 2017!


 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WEEK

In conjunction with the provincial Emergency Preparedness Week, we will be holding drills and training all week in order to familiarize ourselves with the District’s new emergency terminology.  The district has moved away from the Code system (red, yellow, green) to a more inclusive and specific system so staff/students are more aware of the purpose of the emergency (see list below).  We will be training students with the following drills this coming week.

Monday – Earthquake Drill (Drop, Cover and Hold on)
Tuesday – Training day – what is the new language and why the new language, review                   evacuation procedures and marshalling area
Wednesday – Hold and Secure
Thursday – Lockdown
Friday – Fire Drill with Evacuation

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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CHART

LOCKDOWN — Used in response to an armed and dangerous assailant WITHIN the school
HOLD AND SECURE — Used if there is a security concern within the neighbourhood
EVACUATE — Used to move people out of the school when a hazard exists inside
SHELTER IN PLACE — Used if an environmental hazard may impact the school
ROOM CLEAR — Used to move people away from a hazard contained in one room/area
DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON — Used in the event of an earthquake explosion, or any event that shakes the school.


ROTARY ADVENTURES IN CITIZENSHIP – OTTAWA

This past week, Student Council President Ashley Haines had the opportunity to be one of 200 students from across Canada representing their schools and communities to learn more about what it means to be a Canadian citizen. They met many political figures and leaders within Canadian government, spoke with war veterans, engaged in French-Canadian culture, learned the importance of electing more women in elections, and more. Ashley’s favourite part was being able to sit in the chamber of the House of Commons in Mr. Justin Trudeau’s seat. She represented BC by acting as our Premier, and gave a speech to her peers on their last day in Ottawa. Ashley says: “It was a rewarding experience and it made me even more proud to say that I am Canadian :)”


IN-CLASS & FIELD TRIP EXPERIENCES


PHYSICAL EDUCATION STUDENTS OF THE MONTH


CAMPBELL VALLEY RUN

This week our PE Department hosted the 23rd Annual Campbell Valley Run. Three buses transported students and staff on a beautiful sunny day in Campbell Valley park. Enjoy the photos by clicking or tapping in each one to enlarge it.


YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

On May 5th, our BSS Leadership students hosted their annual Youth Conference for students throughout our community. The school was decorated and buzzing with energy as students lead the youth through activites, experiments, yoga and more…

 


BOBCAT SPORTS & CLUBS


CURLING – Congratulations

Congrats to our curling coach, Ms. Jennifer Gauthier, who is the lead on the Kim Dennis rink playing out of the Richmond Curling Club. In April, The Kim Dennis rink won the Pacific International Cup bonspiel! This positive result means that Ms. Gauthier and the rest of the team will be representing British Columbia at the Traveler’s Canadian Club Championships in Kingston Ontario in November! Congrats and Good luck to Ms. Gauthier!


HIKING CLUB

This weekend, our hiking club worked their way around Buntzen Lake! It looks like they had an amazing day!


FORSYTH AMONG ELITE INVITEES

Louise Forsyth was in Brantford, Ontario this weekend competing with other top athletes in the 2017 Across Border Global Games. See the article

Forsyth among elite invitees


WARRIORS CLUB

Special thanks to our Honourary Bobcat, Mr. Ryk Piche. He works at Uplands Elementary and LMCS Elementary Schools, but as part of our District Aboriginal School, runs the Warriors club here at Brookswood.

“Warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The Warrior is not someone who fights, because no one has the right to take another life. The Warrior for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others.

His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenceless, those who cannot provide for themselves, and above all the children, the future of humanity.” 

-Sitting Bull


SCHOOL AND DISTRICT NEWS


SUMMER SESSION 2017 INFORMATION
This year, Brookswood will be one of the two sites for Secondary classes (Grades 8-12) of Summer Session. Over the past few years, Summer session courses have increased in registration, with over 1700 secondary students taking part in classes at the Secondary Summer Session 2016. These courses are no longer just for students who have failed course work and are trying to catch up. Many students are registering to “get ahead” and create room in their schedules to take more courses and receive more educational opportunities.

What courses are available?
For grades 8&9, there will be academic remedial courses in Math, Science, Social Studies and English for those students who were not successful in that course during the regular school year. These courses run from July 6 – August 2 at either 8:30 – 10:40am or 11:00am – 1:10pm (please note that Math 8 & 9 runs 8:30am – 12:00pm). All of these courses will be available at Brookswood Secondary.

For grades 10-12, there will be full credit courses available in Math, Science, Social Studies and English. These courses will run from July 6 – August 10 at either 8:30am – 12:00pm or 12:30 – 4:00pm (Please note that a few courses are only offered at the WGSS site).

How do I register?
Online registration is available at sd35.coresolutions.ca. This is only for current Langley School District students and is the quickest way to register.

Information required when registering:

  • Student’s PEN / Personal Education Number, a nine digit number located on report cards, permanent records or transcripts.
  • Student’s legal and English name if different, phone number(s), address, and parent guardian(s) name(s) and e-mail address.

For more information on the specific courses, locations and registration, visit sd35summersession.ca or drop by the BSS office and ask for a summer session brochure

Summer Session poster.pdf


BACKSTREET STUDIOS – SUMMER CAMP

CLICK the link below for the annual Backstreet Studios Summer Video Camp. Mr. French will be running this camp again this summer. There is a downloadable registration form on the website. The camp runs from August 21 – 25, 2017. Many of our past and current video students got their start at the Backstreet Studios Summer camp!

http://www.backstreetstudios.com/


POST-SECONDARY VISITS
NOTE
: This information will be repeated until the final visit is completed!

Brookswood will be hosting a series of Post-secondary Institution Information Sessions on Wednesdays during GLT. The following schools will be presenting:

May 10: Capilano
May 17: UBC
May 24: TBD
May 31: TBD


DPAC SURVEY
District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) is the collective voice of the parents of the Langley School District (SD#35).

In the interest of serving your needs to the best of our abilities, we encourage all parents to complete this short survey to assist us in the future planning of how to serve all PACs and parents better. We encourage you to email the following link to all your parents and encourage them to participate. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdPecGv5WeU8SPd1B_L2mSVdtIbpDTZU1xnSWAZ9bXdnnCUqw/viewform?usp=sf_link

This survey contains 24 questions and should take you approximately 5 minutes to complete. We appreciate your participation, and thank you for your time. If you have any ideas or questions about or arising from this survey, please feel free to contact us at: info@langleydpac.ca.


SCHOLAR SEMINAR

From 7:00pm to 9:00pm on May 13th, Andy Zeng will be speaking alongside 3 other accomplished students (each receiving over $60,000 in scholarships to UBC or SFU) at the Scholar Seminar, a university preparation seminar held in support of the Canadian Red Cross. They will each be sharing their experiences and offering advice spanning academics, extra-curriculars, and scholarships, as well as engaging in question and answer sessions afterwards.

As this is a one-time event, they want to make sure they can impact as many students and families at Brookswood as possible.

Detailed information about the event, speakers, and tickets can be found here: 

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/scholar-seminar-tickets-34136488155 


COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS


CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH (CPF)

As you know, Brookswood Secondary School is a member of Canadian Parents for French (CPF).  We are holding a public information session and AGM (in English) on Tuesday May 9 at 7PM in room 355 of the Langley School Board Office, 4875 – 222nd Street in Murrayville, Langley.  We invite parents to attend.  Individual membership is not necessary in order to attend, but memberships are available at the door and new members will be entered into a draw for an overnight stay in an oTENTik inside the Fort Langley National Historic Site.  We appreciate your support and would welcome a representative from Brookswood.

Regards,
Martin Fandrich
President, Canadian Parents for French – Langley Chapter
langleycpf@gmail.com        604 455 0718


DRY GRAD 

Please do not drop off forms at the office.

We will advise as to when forms are to be handed in to a Dry grad committee parent during school hours in the foyer.  All forms & guest approval are required before tickets will be issued.  Admin will look at guest approval once Grad dinner tickets go on sale.  Anyone who is not in the BSS graduating class is considered a guest. **Only students and their guests attending the dinner dance will be permitted to attend Dry Grad**


Party Details
Dry Grad 2017 will be held following the Grad Dinner Dance on Thur, June 29th at Castle Fun Park (36165 N Parallel Rd, Abbotsford). Only students and their guests attending the dinner dance will be permitted to attend Dry Grad.

Students will be permitted to change from their formal attire at the Coast Hotel prior to boarding the bus should they wish to do so. Please arrange to send clothing home before you depart to the Dry Grad party at Castle Fun Park. Belongings brought to Castle Fun Park will be inspected at security check before boarding the bus.

A security check (hand bag/belongings check) & registration will take place in the lobby by the banquet room before students board the bus.

Tickets need to be submitted & hands stamped. Students are to proceed directly to the buses located at the east entrance of the hotel.

Should any prohibited items be found, the student will not be permitted to attend Dry Grad. Parents/guardians will be contacted.

Transportation will be provided by bus from the Coast Hotel to Castle Fun Park leaving at approximately 11:00pm. Student and their guests MUST be transported to & from the Dry Grad party by the bus provided. A secure monitored coat check area will be provided at Castle Fun Park for students to store belongings. Students’ belongings are subject to search at any time.

Return transportation to Brookswood Secondary School is provided again by bus leaving Castle Fun Park between 4:00-4:30am. Arrangements for pick up must be made for the Students and their guests at Brookswood Secondary School between 5:00–5:30am (Fri June 30th).

If students/guests MUST leave Castle Fun Park before 4:00 am the parent/guardian who signed the Consent and Release form MUST pick up the student or guest.

Upon arrival at Brookswood Secondary the Dry Grad Committee is released of responsibility for the students attending Dry Grad. Students are responsible to make arrangements for transportation from Brookswood Secondary.

Dry Grad Committee contact in case of emergency:
At the Coast Hotel: Line Therrien # 604-866-5607
At Castle Fun Park: Toni Mitchell # 604-866-5112

Any questions please contact us @bssdrygrad2017@gmail.com


SD35 COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

For more community event information, please visit the SD#35 Community Bulletin Board.


CLUBS AND DATES


BOBCAT ATHLETICS AND CLUBS

– Many thanks to the staff and volunteers that work hard to provide valuable opportunities for our students! Community Coaches volunteer their time to support our students and programs. They are denoted by (CC).

  • Head of Rugby

    Mr. Dino Camparmo

    Rugby – Girls’  

    Mr. Glenndenning (CC)

    Rugby – Boys’

    Jeff Mitchell (CC), Dino Camparmo

    Rugby – Jr. Boys

    Carl Hunter

    Soccer – Gr. 8/9 Girls’

    Charlotte Noakes

    Soccer – Sr. Girls’

    No team this year

    Hockey

    John Forman (CC), Sponsor: Mr. Pawar

    Track and Field

    Kristen Hind, Katie Glover

    Golf

    Dan Allingham

    Tennis Club

    Sponsor: Nancy Walton

    Weight Training Club

    Mr. Dennis  Wednesdays afterschool

    Students’ Council

    Mrs. Neufeld Rm 102, Tues @ 3pm

    Ski Club

    Feb/Mar, sponsored by PAC VP Mrs. Mitchell

    Board Games Club

    Mr. Tan

    French Movie Club

    Mr. Tan

    Conflict Resolution Team

    Ms. Dean & Mrs. Dennison

    #not a film club

    Mr. French (for film students)

    Junior Winds Honour Band

    Mr. Turi

    Chamber Ensemble

    Mr. Turi (coming in the Spring!)

    Percussion Ensemble

    Mr. Turi (coming in the Spring!)

    Card and Games Club

    Ms. Yun/Ms. Hryciuk – Rm 210

    Math Club

    Mr. Krahn

    Magic Club

    Mr. Krahn

    Basketball – Girls

    Ms. Shinkaruk, Mr. Veale (CC), Mr. Brown (CC), Ms Cameron (CC), Mr. Smith (CC)

    Basketball – Boys

    Mr. Allen, Mr. Allingham, Mr. Pawar, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Flint (CC), Mr. Taylor (CC)

    Hiking Club

    Mrs. English

    Curling Club

    Mrs. Gauthier

    Grad Council

    Mrs. McGowan / Mrs. McCullough

    Green Team

    Ms. Whitrow, Rm 232

    Multicultural Club

    Ms. Dufort


BOBCAT COUNTRY CALENDER

The NEXT TWO WEEKS in Bobcat Country from our Brookswood Calendar:

May 8-12:       Grad Tickets on Sale at the office
May 9:            BC Provincial Election Day – Brookswood Poll open 7am
May 9:            ICBC Presentation for Grade 11/12 students
May 10:          Capilano Information Session during GLT
May 11:          Collaboration Day – Early Dismissal @ 1:23pm
May 17           Junior Achievement Economics for Success Program – Grade 9s
May 17           Aboriginal Achievement Awards
May 17:          UBC Information Session during GLT
May 22:          Victoria Day Holiday

GRADUATION INFORMATION
Jun. 28:           Grad Ceremony, Chandos Pattison Auditorium, 6:30 pm
Jun. 29:           Grad banquet, Coast Hotel, Langley, 6:30 pm

May 1, 2017 – News from the Bobcat’s Den

In this edition
INTERIMS • TOWN HALL • SASSY • DELF 
WEDDING CAKE • BILINGUALISM • VANAQUA
ZOO • CONCOURS • BROWN DOWN • HOCKEY • RUGBY & MORE
13RW TALKING POINTS • DRY GRAD • POST-SEC • CPF
COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD• 
BOBCAT CLUBS & DATES

INTERIM REPORTS

This past Thursday, Teachers began sending home Interim Reports to students in every class. The final interim report consists of a student self-assessment on their work habits which was reviewed by teachers before being given to students to take home and share with their parent/guardians. Teachers may add additional comments where necessary. Since these reports were given to students to take home, if you did not receive an interim report for one of your child’s class, please ask your child or contact their teacher. Teachers have original copies of each interim. As always, if you have concerns about your child’s progress in a course, please contact teachers either by email or by telephone.


TOWN HALL MEETING – BC Votes Candidates

On Friday April 28th at Brookswood Secondary School Grade 11 and 12 students welcomed Mary Polak, Gail Chaddock-Costello and Elizabeth Walker into their school to discuss key platform issues that mattered to them. Coordinated by Social Studies teachers Katie Glover and Kait Neufeld, Grade 11 Brookswood Social Studies students created unique questions to ask at the candidates at the Town Hall Meeting and selected student representatives to ask the questions on their behalf. Students asked questions about public transportation, education, minimum wage and the issue of homelessness in Langley.

The Town Hall Meeting provided a unique opportunity for students to engage in the political process, with unprecedented access to the political change makers in their neighbourhoods. Teachers Katie Glover and Kait Neufeld said they were motivated to create the Town Hall Meeting by the Student Vote Pro-D event they attended earlier in the year. Educator Katie Glover says that participating in events such as Student Vote is important for students as “voting is a habit, and voting in Student Vote helps teenagers build the habit of becoming engaged citizens who vote.” Kait Neufeld said that she was thrilled that Brookswood could host the Town Hall Meeting as she hopes “political engagement events like this will build a life-long passion for democracy and help our students develop into critical thinkers after high school.”

Both Katie and Kait hope that students use the information they learned in the Town Hall Meeting on Friday to decide who they are casting their vote for in the Student Vote day being held in the school library on May 2nd as well as influence their parents and friends of voting age in the general election on May 9th.


SASSY Langley, in its second year, has now given $13000.00 to Langley high school students.  Last night was the awards night at Chief Sepass Theatre and it was a great time. These students make us all proud. Congratulations to the three Brookswood students who were nominated: Ashley Haines (Youth Leadership), Paul Kaita (Arts & Culture) & Meaghan Laycock. Of the seven category winners, two, Ashley and Paul, were from Brookswood! Congrats to all of you!

http://www.langleyadvance.com/community/youth-awards-night-in-fort-langley-included-10000-give-back/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/LangleyAdvance/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1305051682877409


Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF)

Fifty BSS students sat the DELF exams this past week, the highest number for any school in Langley. This has become an annual tradition at BSS, with students enrolled in grade 12 Core French and French Immersion courses choosing to be tested to receive this prestigious and useful certification. 

DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française) is a certification awarded by the French Ministry of Education to assess language skills of people whose first language is not French. The fee for taking this exam is $175 to $270, depending on the level; however, Langley School District completely subsidizes this cost, allowing eligible students to write the exam for no charge. Upon successful completion of the exam students are awarded the DELF certification that is valid for life and is recognized worldwide. This certification adds value to résumés, as a continuously growing number of administrative bodies, employers and educational institutions recognize it as a measure of French as a second language proficiency.

Those who are certified at level B2 do not need to pass the pre-admission French language tests to enter a French language university anywhere in the world. There are DELF exam centres in 167 countries, including 23 in Canada.

 


IN-CLASS & FIELD TRIP EXPERIENCES


Grade 8 Art wedding cake design challenge


Bilingualism Conference

Here are some pics of our grade10 immersion kids at their bilingualism conference today. They did workshops on cultural diversity, leadership, freedom of expression & met with bilingual recruitment folks from universities, armed forces, and employers such as air Canada and the federal govt. Tout en français. We also had a concert and a free lunch! BSS had the second biggest group of participants & were very inspired.


VanAqua Field Trip for Biology 11 – Mr. Ashcroft

Here are photos from our Biology 11 VanAqua field trip on April 21st. The pictures were taken during a hands on activity at VanAqua behind the scenes in their educational Wet Lab. 


Say “oui” to French at Brookswood! – FSL 8 Field Trip to the Greater Vancouver Zoo – Ms. Tressel, Ms. Spori

This Friday 77 Core French 8 and French Immersion 8 students visited Greater Vancouver Zoo to learn about our social responsibilities to our Planet.  Both parent supervisors and zoo staff were impressed with their mature behaviour and their inquisitive minds.  We are the only high school to “brave” these visits.  We can be proud that our young students take responsibility for their learning and engage so well, when we give them structured freedom.  To date the groups have had educational outings to Cora Restaurant, Krause Berry Farms, the Olympic Oval for fencing, skating at George Preston, and, most recently, the zoo.  Different groups had different activities, but examples of assignments ranged from a description in French of a hybrid animal of their choosing to a plan and listing of items at an ideal zoo.  Even a former graduate accompanied us as chaperone on Friday, which most certainly shows that we can make lasting impressions on our students.  Thank you to parents for their interest and continued support. 

Note the new Brookswood rain gear fashion created from our own garbage bags.


French Immersion and Core French students represent their schools at District’s annual French language speaking competitions

– See more at: https://www.sd35.bc.ca/news-events/district-board-news/view/french-immersion-and-core-french-students-represent-their-schools-at-districts-annual-french-language-speaking-competitions/#sthash.sFKlffle.dpuf

 


BOBCAT SPORTS & CLUBS


BROWN STEPS DOWN FROM COACHING BOBCATS

Long time Coach Neil Brown, recently retired as a teacher in the Langley School District has indicated that he will not be returning as Coach of the Bobcat Senior Girls’ Basketball team. Neil coached our Bobcats to a run of three consecutive BC Championships from 2014-2016 and took this year’s team back to the tournament again as defending champions. Although they fell just short finishing 3rd in BC, it was another of a long run of successful seasons for the Bobcats establishing us as a perennial power in BC Girls’ Basketball. Though his future plans are not clear, I am sure Neil will stay involved in BC Basketball at some level. Coach Chris Veale will be returning to guide Brookswood girl’s basketball for the 2017-2018 season. Congrats Neil and thank you for you investment in Brookswood hoops!


HOCKEY

The Bobcat Hockey team took on Langley Fundamental Titans in high school hockey action. While leading for much of the game, the Titans took over the lead in the 3rd period before a late goal earned a 4-4 tie for our Bobcats!


RUBGY GIRLS


TRACK AND FIELD

The Upper Fraser Valley Meet Qualifier takes place this Wednesday and Thursday, May 3rd & 4th. Good luck to our Bobcat athletes!


OUTDOOR BASKETBALL COURT

Check the gofundme page, link below, for an update on our Outdoor Hoop project. This project was fortunate to win a Langley Township grant for $5000 and is well on its way!

Langley teen holding court

Here is a gofundme page, to help Colin raise the funds to make this dream a reality!

https://www.gofundme.com/outdoor-basketball-court

 


SCHOOL AND DISTRICT NEWS


13 REASONS WHY

Dear Parents:

As some of you may be aware, there is a new Netflix series called “13 Reasons Why” that has been getting a lot of attention in the news and social media.  While it is rated 16+ years through Common Sense Media (click here for more information: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/tv-reviews/13-reasons-why ), we are aware that some of our younger students are watching the show.

While a very well done series, it does raise a lot of difficult subjects such as bullying, suicide, rape and drunk driving. These are important topics for our youth and it is essential that students have the opportunity to talk about some of these issues with a supportive adult if they are indeed watching the series.

If your son or daughter is watching the series or is planning to watch the series, we encourage you to watch along with them. Better yet, watch it first and decide if it is suitable for your child. We have attached a couple resources that some parents may find useful in discussing the series with their children.

13REASONS WHY Talking Points


DRY GRAD MEETING POSTPONED

PLEASE note Dry grad meeting for this week has been postponed until Thur May 11th @ 7pm in room 126

Dry grad ticket:

For those students who are still wanting to pay for their dry grad ticket deposit please let me know via email (tonim5@shaw.ca)

Reminder:

Dry Grad is a parent run committee. The Langley School District, BSS Administration and staff serve only to support parents organizing the event by assisting with communication strategies and meeting facilities but are not involved in the planning and decisions made about the actual Dry Grad event nor any fundraising initiatives leading up to the event. Any inquiries regarding the dinner and Cap & gown ceremonies please contact the school office.

Dry Grad is a longstanding tradition at BSS that is organized each year for the graduating class by a dedicated parent committee.  The purpose of Dry Grad is to provide an inclusive, fun and alcohol and drug-free event for the all of the grads. Dry Grad 2017 will be held following the Grad Dinner Dance on Thur, June 29th    at Castle Fun Park (36165 N Parallel Rd, Abbotsford). Only students and their guests attending the dinner dance will be permitted to attend Dry Grad.

Stay tuned for more info regarding the dry grad event.

Thank you
Dry grad committee 2017


POST-SECONDARY VISITS
NOTE
: This information will be repeated until the final visit is completed!

Brookswood will be hosting a series of Post-secondary Institution Information Sessions on Wednesdays during GLT. The following schools will be presenting:

May 3: BCIT
May 10: Capilano
May 17: UBC
May 24: TBD
May 31: TBD


COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS


CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH (CPF)

As you know, Brookswood Secondary School is a member of Canadian Parents for French (CPF).  We are holding a public information session and AGM (in English) on Tuesday May 9 at 7PM in room 355 of the Langley School Board Office, 4875 – 222nd Street in Murrayville, Langley.  We invite parents to attend.  Individual membership is not necessary in order to attend, but memberships are available at the door and new members will be entered into a draw for an overnight stay in an oTENTik inside the Fort Langley National Historic Site.  We appreciate your support and would welcome a representative from Brookswood.

Regards,
Martin Fandrich
President, Canadian Parents for French – Langley Chapter
langleycpf@gmail.com        604 455 0718


SD35 COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

For more community event information, please visit the SD#35 Community Bulletin Board.

Latest Posts:

Langley Environmental Hero Awards Nominate Your Hero Today Poster – Please note that Rosemary Wallace is supporting this Community Poster, encouraging parents, district staff to consider finding a nominee for this great project.
Deadline April 21, 2017 – application form info is right on the poster.

WALK IN A BOX – Help the Alzheimer Society of BC make memories matter with Walk in a Box – Sunday, May 7, 

Also there is information related to Al Anderson Pool and the TOL Annual Walk.


CLUBS AND DATES


BOBCAT ATHLETICS AND CLUBS

– Many thanks to the staff and volunteers that work hard to provide valuable opportunities for our students! Community Coaches volunteer their time to support our students and programs. They are denoted by (CC).

  • Head of Rugby

    Mr. Dino Camparmo

    Rugby – Girls’  

    Mr. Glenndenning (CC)

    Rugby – Boys’

    Jeff Mitchell (CC), Dino Camparmo

    Rugby – Jr. Boys

    Carl Hunter

    Soccer – Gr. 8/9 Girls’

    Charlotte Noakes

    Soccer – Sr. Girls’

    Kristen Hind – This team has folded for the 2017 season

    Hockey

    John Forman (CC), Sponsor: Mr. Pawar

    Track and Field

    Kristen Hind, Katie Glover

    Golf

    Dan Allingham

    Tennis Club

    Sponsor: Nancy Walton

    Weight Training Club

    Mr. Dennis  Wednesdays after school

    Students’ Council

    Mrs. Neufeld Rm 102, Tues @ 3pm

    Ski Club

    Feb/Mar, sponsored by PAC VP Mrs. Mitchell

    Board Games Club

    Mr. Tan

    French Movie Club

    Mr. Tan

    Conflict Resolution Team

    Ms. Dean & Mrs. Dennison

    #not a film club

    Mr. French (for film students)

    Junior Winds Honour Band

    Mr. Turi

    Chamber Ensemble

    Mr. Turi (coming in the Spring!)

    Percussion Ensemble

    Mr. Turi (coming in the Spring!)

    Card and Games Club

    Ms. Yun/Ms. Hryciuk – Rm 210 NEW

    Math Club

    Mr. Krahn

    Magic Club

    Mr. Krahn

    Basketball – Girls

    Ms. Shinkaruk, Mr. Veale (CC), Mr. Brown (CC), Ms Cameron (CC), Mr. Smith (CC)

    Basketball – Boys

    Mr. Allen, Mr. Allingham, Mr. Pawar, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Flint (CC), Mr. Taylor (CC)

    Hiking Club

    Mrs. English

    Curling Club

    Mrs. Gauthier

    Grad Council

    Mrs. McGowan / Mrs. McCullough

    Green Team

    Ms. Whitrow, Rm 232

    Multicultural Club

    Ms. Dufort


BOBCAT COUNTRY CALENDER

The NEXT TWO WEEKS in Bobcat Country from our Brookswood Calendar:

May 1:            Bake Sale at lunch in Foyer (Equestrian)
May 2:            Student Vote – School Wide
May 3:            BCIT Information Session during GLT
May 4:            Campbell Valley Fun Run  (Lochbaum)
May 9:            BC Provincial Election Day – Brookswood Poll open 7am
May 9:            ICBC Presentation for Grade 11/12 students
May 10:          Capilano Information Session during GLT
May 11:          Collaboration Day – Early Dismissal @ 1:23pm

GRADUATION INFORMATION
Jun. 28:           Grad Ceremony, Chandos Pattison Auditorium, 6:30 pm
Jun. 29:           Grad banquet, Coast Hotel, Langley, 6:30 pm