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1/4 / 2018  

curriculum night resked
Tonight's Curriculum Night has been rescheduled for Jan 9 at 6:30 pm.
sophomores
Our second Sophomore Parent Forum is on Wed, Feb 7, 9:30-11 am at St. John's Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike, McLean VA 22101. Join us for sophomore-specific updates on all aspects of Langley.

Email photos from LHS concerts, sports, and activities to
lhs2020photos@gmail.com . Include only pictures of the Class of 2020 and only Langley HS events. Please send us your BEST SHOT.  If you take 30 pics at an event, send us your 1 or 2 favorite photos, not all 30. Email subject line = name/date of event. For more recommendations, see the sophomore class webpage.

juniors
February 27 at 6 pm is our Junior Class Dinner, followed by
college planning night hosted by Student Services. If you can't recall if you bought tickets to the dinner, check with Maura Bollinger, mauraecb@verison.net,or Ann Haley, ann@2haley.com. Or you can purchase tickets by using the class dues form and sending in your payment ($20 per person) to the main office.
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notes from the ptsa president
Happy 2018! Welcome back from what we hope was a fun and relaxing winter break.

As the new year begins, our students will start contemplating their futures .... at least as it relates to classes for next year! Unfortunately tonight's Curriculum Night was cancelled because of the bad weather. It has been rescheduled for Jan 9, when we can learn more about the offerings for next year and the work load differences between general, honors and AP level courses.

 

Counselors will meet with students in coming weeks to discuss schedules and advise them on what might be the best course of action. Students should talk to their current teachers for recommendations for next-level subject matter. Please remind your students that they should pick the best-fit classes for themselves and not try to take classes with their friends -- probably one of the hardest choices for our children to make!

 

Also keep in mind the two B's: Best Fit and Balance. You'll frequently hear the term "best fit" when it comes to choosing classes. This is all about getting your child in a class in which they feel challenged but not overwhelmed. Students should ask themselves what subjects they are passionate about when deciding which higher-level classes they should take, as they usually do better in course work that interests them.

 

Being mindful of keeping a balance is the very important second step in setting up a manageable schedule. While students may be capable of the individual course work in all of their best-fit classes, think about what happens when they put together their entire schedule -- classes, sports, activities, community service, work, family time, etc. There are only so many hours in the day and getting enough sleep is an important part of the equation!

 

If you have questions about course selections for next year, please email or call your student's counselor or check in with their current teachers.

 

~ Jennifer Feinstein, PTSA President

lhs alumni at college fair
LHS alumni currently enrolled in college will return to Langley Hall on Fri, Jan 5 from 9:30-11:15 am to talk to current students about their college experiences.  ~ Hannah Wolff, Career Center   
2018-19 school calendar
The Fairfax County School Board has adopted the standard school year calendar for the 2018-19 school year, which starts school for students on Tue, Aug 28, 2018, and ends the school year on Thurs, Jun 13, 2019.

The calendar provides a three-day break for Thanksgiving, Nov 21-23, 2018.  Winter break  is scheduled from Dec 24, 2018, through Jan 4, 2019, and spring break is scheduled for the week of Apr 15, 2019.  Click here to learn more about the 2018-19 school year calendar.
lend a hand and earn money for langley
Let's make money for Langley in 2018! This year you can donate money while you shop, book travel or donate vehicles and used electronics.  It's so simple:
  • Download the CauseNetwork app
  • Set up an account and search for Langley HS as your cause
  • Link your Giant and Harris Teeter grocery cards to Langley HS and a portion of your purchase is donated
  • Shop online and  make travel arrangements through the app and Langley receives a portion of your purchase
  • Donate used tech devices or used vehicles through the app and Langley receives a donation when these items are resold

Click here for more info. 

know the signs of suicide
Attention 9th Grade Parents: Mental health problems  can develop in adolescence, most commonly depression. Depression is treatable but serious; it's a leading risk factor for suicide. To help address mental illness in our school community, LHS will provide depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the "SOS: Signs of Suicide Prevention" program. Our goals are to
  • Help our students understand that depression is treatable.
  • Provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in themselves or a friend.
  • Help students know whom in the school they can turn to for help, if they need it.
The SOS program will be presented to our 9th graders on Mon, Jan 8 and Tues, Jan 9 during Saxon Time. Students will view the SOS Friends for Life video and take a brief screening.

Unfortunately the parent review time scheduled for today was snowed out, but if you have questions about the program, email Alex Mantel at armantel@fcps.edu or Davina Johnson at drjohnson@fcps.edu.
combatting anxiety workshop
The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a free parent workshop, Identifying and Treating Anxiety in Children and Teens.  Dr. Krystal M. Lewis from the National Institute of Mental Health, Development and Affective Neuroscience Section, will present the science and biological roots of anxiety in children and teens on Fri, Jan 19, 10 am to 12 pm, Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1 - Room 100.  The workshop will cover:
  • How to identify anxious youth
  • How to change anxious thinking through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Strategies for treating specific anxiety disorders
Click here to register. The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers free parent workshops throughout the year. The full schedule is available here.
we want to hear from YOU!
The eNews team is glad to bring  reports of our great school and its  students and staff to  the Langley parent community . The newsletter is put together by a very small group of parent volunteers without the resources to be real reporters. We compile submissions from teachers, administrators, coaches, FCPS sources, and parents and students themselves into a publication that we hope is useful to many. 

If you don't see a report of your child's team's achievement, please let us know! If his or her classroom has embarked on a cool project, write to us about it! If someone is representing LHS in any venue, we would love to know. Is there someone in school who  deserves a spotlight?

Some guidelines: If it's a report of  individual achievement, the honor should be significant. We can't promote a business or an outside organization. Best stories relate to activities within the school or at least adjacent! Photos always a plus. Feel free to contact us at enewslangley@gmail.com.
calendar
Jan 5 LHS Alum College Fair, 9:35-11:15 am 
Jan 15 MLK Day -- student holiday
Jan 17 Principal Coffee/PTSA General Membership Meeting, 9 am at Cooper MS
Jan 24 Choral Concert
Jan 25 End of Q2
Jan 26
Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
Jan 29 Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
   
For a full list of upcoming events, visit the LHS website Events page