Edition 2019/05/03 In The Loop

May 3, 2019



Substances/Substance Use Survey – Seeking Your Feedback!
Please click HERE for an anonymous brief survey regarding formal and informal teaching practices and resources regarding Substances/Substance Use at the Elementary, Middle, and Secondary levels. We are interested in hearing from teachers, counsellors, child/youth care workers, and administrators. The survey was designed in collaboration with a couple of District School Psychologists with the goal of identifying needed and useful resources or professional development opportunities. Your thoughts, experience, and expertise are very valuable.

If you wish to have your name entered into a draw for one of four $25 gift cards (Starbucks or Chapters), you will have the opportunity to enter your name at the end of this survey.

Thank you for all the important work you do and for taking the time to provide this valuable information.  The survey closes on May 17, 2019.

Building ‘STEAM’ – May 9 4:00pm–7:00pm ***CANCELLED***
Science World, in collaboration with the Langley School District, presents Building STEAM, an inquiry group for teachers interested in STEAM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). During this learning series teachers will explore how design thinking and inquiry-based learning can be used to interconnect Science, Math and ADST. Working in inquiry teams, teachers will be paired with Science World Educators and members of Langley’s Instructional Services team. Throughout the program, beginning in early May 2019, teams will collaborate as they co-plan and teach lessons focused on the cross-cutting concepts routed in the curricular competencies of Math, Science and ADST. Click HERE to register.

Reggio-Inspired Math Group – May 14 4:00pm-5:30pm
This group is for those wanting to explore mathematics with a Reggio influence. To help guide and inspire our group discussions, we will explore and share the use of materials and resources. Each session will allow connections with colleagues, rich mathematical discussions, examples of activities and provocations, and access to a limited lending library of books and materials. Hosted by Amanda Slade. Click HERE to register.

Wellbeing Workshop – May 14 4:00pm-7:00pm
Dr. Sabre Cherkowski, from UBC Okanagan, will be presenting the idea of “Flourishing” in schools and workplaces. This workshop will provide teams with the framework and ideas to create, build and practice wellbeing as a work team. Dr. Cherkowski describes the idea of Flourishing and ways to work together to notice, nurture and sustain wellbeing in the workplace. In this workshop she will help provide a framework for school and workplace teams to use to develop and practice wellbeing in their own work context and in a way that works for them. Dinner will be provided. Click HERE to register.

Big Ideas for Expanding Minds – May 27 3:30pm–4:15pm
As the numbers of ELLs continues to grow, Big Ideas for Expanding Minds offers teachers a practical, Canadian research-based guide to instructional strategies that are appropriate for all students learning English. Come and join this innovative group to talk about teaching tactics, techniques, and methods that can be put to work immediately across the content areas. We will also be offering a separate BONUS session to Skype with the author, Margaret Early. A copy of the book will be provided to participants. Participants are expected to attend all three sessions in order to keep the book. If you have any questions, contact Janis Sawatzky, ELL District Teacher.Click HERE to register.

Attention Teachers and Administrators:
April 29-May 3 is Screen Smart Challenge Week all across Canada. Why not invite your students to join the challenge to be screen smart? The Screen Smart Program is about managing screen time (TV, computer games, internet surfing, social media etc.) to achieve a healthy, balanced lifestyle. This program helps students become more aware of their recreational screen time and balance it with other activities.

  • Too much screen time can be harmful to children. It can interfere with academic success through reducing a child’s attention span and slowing the rate of reading skill development. Excessive screen time may also lead to poor social skills and behavior problems
  • When children are watching their screens they are not being active and they are also being exposed to the marketing of unhealthy food and drink choices. Children who watch more TV snack more, and drink more sugary drinks, than children with less screen

If you are interested in holding a Screen Smart Challenge in your school or classroom, please click HERE to access the support materials and detailed information. You will find all the resources you will need to organize this worthwhile event, including parent information and student activities linked to the curriculum.

Career Ed Youth TRAIN in Trades Staff Exploration Tour – June 24, 2019 8:00am-2:45pm
Visit Langley’s Youth TRAIN in Trades (formerly ACE IT) programs at four school sites and learn from students and staff about the depth and impact of these great student opportunities. Lunch will be provided. Click HERE to register.


Professional Learning and Graduate Programs at UBC: Click HERE for further details.


Attention Primary Teachers: The DLC has some quality Scholastic inquiry and book club kits available to borrow for your K-3 classroom. Please click HERE to view a list of titles by grade level, along with the relevant Big Ideas and Curriculum Connections for each kit! These kits also have fantastic connections to the Core Competencies.

We also have new “We Are All Connected” kits which are excellent resources for your grade 2/3 classroom pertaining to Science, Indigenous communities, and Social Studies. Check them out!

“We Are All Connected” is a series that explores how we all live together in a shared balance upon Mother Earth. Each book explores a specific ecosystem with a focus on one animal and its adaptations for survival within that ecosystem. Indigenous interviewees, each living within the same area, have responded to strategic questions as to how their community interacts with the land, their traditional territory. Explore each text with a sense of inquiry in mind.

If you need help accessing the DLC’s booking system, click HERE, talk to your Teacher-Librarian, or email av@sd35.bc.ca for assistance.


Greg & Lynie Tener, Laurel Peck, Debbie Becker, Kathy McDonald & LTA President Wendy Cook
Newlands Golf and Country Club (Regency )
21025 48th Avenue, Langley
May 16, 2019 5:30pm
Click HERE for further details.

Calvin Leung
Richard Bulpitt Elementary Gym
20965 77A Avenue, Langley
June 7, 2019 5:00pm (doors open at 4:30pm)
Click HERE for further details.

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