September 23, 2017 – News from The Bobcat’s Den

In this edition

Another fantastic week at Brookswood Secondary, with exciting events happening in and outside of the classroom!  As the end of summer hit us on Friday, we have settled into what looks to be the start of good routine, for staff and students alike.  Hopefully drop off and pick up has been running smoother for everyone as students begin to use the crosswalk on 208th and walking via the field side of 37A, and as we have fewer parents coming to the front of the school.  In the classroom, we have finished up our Flex introduction, and will be allowing students to begin to manage their own Flex block this week.  Lastly, this sunny Sunday we welcomed a number of beautiful cars onto the school grounds to raise money for programs at the school, including the Breakfast Club and the Music program.  Read on for more information and updates from BSS this past and upcoming week.


The first annual BSS Car Show took place on Sunday, Septemeber 24th under beautiful sunny skies in the front field, and boasted performances by the school’s music students under the direction of Mr. Turi.  While some teachers could be found wandering the field with their families, a few other key teachers–Mr. Loewen, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis, Ms. Wright and Mr. Hunter –should be congratulated on helping host an excellent event!  The BSS leadership students, lead by Ms. Yun and Ms. Coulas were on hand to provide a delicious pancake breakfast, and even more community volunteers made this event one to be remembered.  This car show moved to BSS from a local fire hall when it became too popular–we were happy to host, and even happier to raise much needed funds for our Breakfast Club and music programs. Finally, a HUGE thank you to our key organizer and the person behind the event from the start! Ms. Angie Venne. A parent and dedicated member of our school community. Angie has worked tirelessly since the start of planning back in May to pull this day off and she did!! Thanks Angie!

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Our senior leadership students kicked off their year with some team building at Derby Reach Park early this past week with Ms. Yun, through an exciting “lost at sea” scenario, with teams seeking out life-saving supplies.   Through these fun activities, students got to know each other and then brainstormed for the upcoming year– students in this class make a huge difference at BSS, and we are very excited to see what they have in store for Bobcat Country!

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Our PE Staff continue to be a “witness to fitness” to their students by running the 2400 m and participating in intramurals!  This week at lunch, intramural Volleyball began in the big gym, and we will keep you posted as the tournament progresses.  Each year at BSS we offer a ton of opportunities for students to participate in sports outside of traditional teams through intramurals, from badminton to basketball.  Thanks to Ms. Lochbaum for all her time and effort in organizing and supervising intramurals–for some students, this is the highlight of their time at BSS!

We also had our first fire drill at BSS this week, and thanks to staff and students alike, it was a successful evacuation.  Students learn a number of safety protocols throughout the school year.  Please note that if you arrive at the school during an planned drill, we ask that you do not enter the school or drop off area in front of the school until students are back in the building.

Mr. Boulter supervises the student population during their evacuation to the all-weather field.


Please feel free to come and meet our teachers on Thursday evening!  The schedule is a bit different this year, with a more informal opportunity to introduce yourself to your student’s teachers.   Please note that this is an informal chance to meet our teachers, and one-on-one interviews will be conducted November 1/2.  

The schedule for Thursday is as follows:

6:00pm Grade 8/9 Parent’s Presentation (Theatre)

6:30pm Grade 8/9 Parent’s open visiting

7:00pm Grade 10-12 Parent’s Presentation (Theatre)

7:30pm Grade 10-12 Parent’s open visiting

8:30pm Wrap up



The Grad Cruise is happening on October 5th.  Students are asked to arrive at 4:15 so we can leave and be on the boat by 6:00.  We will disembark the cruise at 9:00, and should return to the school by 10:15.  Forms and payment are due by SEPTEMBER 25, with forms to the office and payment done online.  ALL STUDENTS MUST TRAVEL VIA OUR BUSSES, NO EXCEPTIONS.  

Dry Grad is meeting September 26th at 7pm in the Library. 


Flex time is a period of instructional time built into the BSS daily schedule that empowers students by giving them some measure of choice and control over their own learning. During flex time, students are expected to be in a class, working on school work, either individually or in groups, meeting with teachers for support on classwork, or working on projects, under teacher supervision, that they are passionate about.   Please click HERE for more information–we will be working with students this week as we launch flex outside of period 1 classes.


In the coming weeks, we will be adding a new section to our website which details some classroom needs of our teachers.  From DSLR cameras to costumes, if you have it available at home and are willing to donate–we are willing to accept.  COMING SOON!


Did you know the school district has a community bulletin board, loaded with tons of informations for parents and members of the community?  Click here to visit: COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD



In recognition and support of Langley’s Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement, the DPAC is pleased to open the year with a traditional Aboriginal Drumming and Blanket Exercise acknowledging the traditional territories of Kwantlen, Katzie, Matsqui and Semiahmoo First Nations.  Please join us for this special event.

DPAC General Meetings are held in the Boardroom at the Langley School Board Office (4875 222 Street) beginning at 7pm and are open to ALL parents.  Please see our website for more details:





This September we have launched not only our fall sports, but our fall clubs as well!  They include:

German Club          Ms. Spori   Room 117 (Meets every EFGH day at lunch)

Hiking Club            Mrs. English     Room 201 (Listen for announcements)

Curling Team         Mrs. Gauthier       Room 208 (See Mrs. Gauthier)

Restorative Action Team     Ms. Dowedoff     Room 229 (See Ms. Dowedoff)

Choir                      Mr. Turi    Room 107


On Tuesday September 26 during block D (first block of the day) the Aboriginal Program will be having a Mini Metis Sash Workshop. If you are in the Aboriginal Program and would like to attend please go to  Room 108 (Art Room) at the first bell of the day.

On Friday, September 29th, we will be wearing ORANGE SHIRTS as a school to show support for Reconciliation, and the “Every Child Matters” campaign.  We will be doing a school photo at the beginning of lunch of you are wearing your orange shirt!  Click here for more information: .


Sep 28:           Meet the Teacher Night
Sep 29:           Orange Shirt Day!– (What is Orange Shirt Day? Click here!)
Oct 2:              Post Secondary Institute Day
Oct 3:              Grade 8 Trackmeet
Oct 5:              Grad Cruise
Oct 5:              World Teacher’s Day!
Oct 6:              Curriculum Implementation Day — students do not attend.
Oct. 9:             HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!
Oct 10:             PAC MEETING–PLEASE JOIN US
Oct 12:             Photo Retakes