langley eNews
December 5, 2019
from the ptsa president
It seems that every time one turns on the news, there is a new report about vaping and the devastating consequences it is having on our youth.  

At the PTSA general membership meeting last month, Langley's Student Services Department presented the most recent results from the Annual FCPS Youth Survey , summarizing trends in youth's risky behaviors (such as drinking, vaping and texting while driving) and mental health (such as stress, lack of sleep, bullying and dating abuse).

Langley's Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Kelly Rankin, presented the results and led the engaging discussion that followed. Click here for the presentation, which is also available on the Langley PTSA website .

~ Laura Skeen, PTSA President
romeo and juliet
It begins tonight! The Saxon Stage presents Romeo and Juliet , Shakespeare's classic tale of romance and rivalry, with a modern twist . This contemporary production is set in summer 2020, in the nation's capital amidst the heated political climate of a Presidential election.

The play runs Thurs, Dec 5 - Sun, Dec 8 . Order tickets online here .
time to feaste
In preparation for their annual LHS Renaissance Feaste , the Langley Madrigals have been performing for local groups to spread the holiday cheer. This week they sang for members of the Great Falls Senior Center and they have another concert next week. It's nice to see Langley students sharing the gift of song with the community!

The Renaissance Feaste is Fri, Dec 13 and Sat, Dec 14 at 7 pm . This wonderful holiday event includes dinner and performances of traditional carols from England, France, Germany and Italy. Click this link for all the details. 
and the winner is …
Congratulations to Coach Brian Lamb, who won the first PTSA raffle in November for teachers and staff! He won a gift card to Safeway. Keep those goodies coming, Langley families! Your donations let our Langley staff know how much we appreciate their work on behalf of our students. Want to donate a gift card, item of interest, or tickets that you can’t use, or do you have a question? Contact Annette Bellino at a .
looking for a tax-deductible donation?
Did you know that donations to the Langley PTSA are tax deductible?  Haven’t joined yet? Membership is a click away. Join online using this link . In a minute or less, you can join, donate and support all Langley PTSA programs: technology , teacher appreciation , classroom teaching tools , fine arts and much more . On behalf of our students and teachers, thank you for your support!
last call for ornaments!
Procrastinators alert! The LHS Orchestra Society still has ornaments for sale during its annual White House Christmas Ornaments fundraiser.  The White House Historical Association’s official 2019 ornament honors President Dwight D. Eisenhower and symbolizes his commitment to innovation. Ornaments are $25   and will be for sale at the Orchestra Concert this Tues, Dec 10 at 7 pm .

​To purchase by mail , send a check payable to Langley Orchestra Society to  Becky Fulton , 6772 Baron Road; Mclean, VA 22101. Click  here  for the order form. The ornaments will be personally delivered to you.
castles and crowns trip
This summer, Langley History Department faculty are leading a group of 30 travelers on a nine-day tour of England and Scotland . LHS students, parents and friends are invited on the June 16-24 trip! The group will explore historic and cultural sites in London, Oxford, Edinburgh and others such as Shakespeare’s birthplace. 

Soccer fans take note: the group will be in London during the Euro 2020 London Football Festival and will take in some of the festivities! Click here to view and print Langley’s info page about the trip.

Registration is at MySchoolBucks and the deadline is Jan15 . Email Mrs. McCommas at if you would like to meet at LHS at your convenience and discuss the trip. Click here to view the World Strides tour page. 
sports notes
girls' lacrosse: The 2018-19 LHS girls' varsity lacrosse team will be presented with their State Championship Ring this Fri, Dec 6 ! The presentation takes place during half-time at the boys' varsity basketball game against Madison , which starts at 7:30 pm .  
ice hockey:   Hockey fans! Come cheer on the Langley ice hockey team on Fri, Dec 6 as they face off against Oakton . The puck drops at 7:55 pm at Reston SkateQuest . Admission is free , so come show your Saxon Spirit at the rink. Be sure to follow the team on Twitter (@LHS_Ice_Hockey) and Instagram (@langley_ice_hockey) for news and updates all season long.
girls' basketball youth night:  On Fri, Dec 13 the LHS girls' basketball teams will be hosting a youth night during their games against Chantilly . All youth girls wearing jerseys will get in free ! The freshman game will start at 4:30 pm , JV at 5:45 pm and the varsity game starts at 7:30 pm . Click this link for details on all the fun.
saxons, did you know …
… According to the Annual FCPS Youth Survey, physical activity levels are down and screen time is up. The share of students engaging in an hour or more of physical activity at least five days a week fell from 43 percent in 2010 to 38 percent in 2019. Also in 2019, almost two-thirds of students reported getting three or more hours of screen time each day
class notes
Seniors and parents , if you would like to order Langley graduation announcements and thank-you cards for your soon-to-be graduate, please fill out this form . Seniors should submit this form to their English teacher by Fri, Dec 20
Join our Junior Class Parent Forum this Friday at 9:15 am! Our topic is Taking Some Stress out of Standardized Tests with guest speaker, Langley’s Assessment Coach Jan Dabroski . She will answer questions about standardized tests, including the SAT , ACT and AP exams

Can’t make it to Langley? Join us virtually, via BlackBoard Collaborate ! Click here for our class page and view the side bar for instructions.
easy cash for langley
With the holiday season upon us , you're likely shopping online. Did you know that your gift giving, party preparations and spirit of the season can earn easy money for our students?

Please designate the Langley High PTSA as your AmazonSmile charity, and we receive a 0.5 percent donation for all eligible purchases. AmazonSmile features all the same products and prices as Amazon. Click here to create your account.
service opps
SHARE of McLean: Join the fun and help our neighbors in need during the holiday season! This Sat, Dec 7 , we'll be greeting and handing out flyers to shoppers at Giant Food Store in McLean , then sorting and loading donations on the truck. Click here to sign up.
citizens advisory committee: The McLean Police District Station is looking for two Langley students to join its Citizens Advisory Committee and work on its Youth and School Safety program.

The committee will help design a Youth Safety Program regarding issues of interest to teens and young students, and help implement the events and advertise them on social media. Contact Lourdes Venes at or 703-868-1211 for more info.
upcoming events
Dec 5-7: Saxon Stage Romeo & Juliet, 7 pm
Dec 6: Junior Class Parent Forum, 9:15 am
Dec 8: Saxon Stage Romeo & Juliet, 2 pm
Dec 10: Orchestra Concert, 7 pm
Dec 11: Jazz Band Concert, 7 pm
Dec 13-14: Chorus Renaissance Feaste, 7 pm
Dec 17: Band Concert, 7 pm
Dec 19: Choral Concert, 7 pm
Dec 23-Jan 3: Winter Break
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