langley eNews 
1/5 /2017 

Our next freshman parent coffee is  Tues, Jan 17, 9:30-11 am at St. John's Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike. Featured speakers include Student Services Dir Sonya Williams and Assessment Coach Jan Dabroski. Topics include: Curriculum Night Q&A, SOS (Signs of Suicide) results, PSAT/other testing insights and more. Send email to if you have questions or comments.

Submit photos of students from holiday concerts, winter sports, service learning, and other activities. Only include pictures of the Class of 2020 and only LHS events. Email For more recommendations, see our class webpage.

Save the date for our next Senior Coffee to be held on Feb 2 at 9 am at Cooper MS in Room 130. We have a wonderful guest speaker!  How do you launch your child so that he will be a happy college student? Melissa Sporn, Ph.D, will offer advice to help get your child ready, and she'll provide info you can share with your student to help himself be happy at college.
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notes from the ptsa president: the best fit 
As we return from a well-deserved winter break, it's time for students to begin contemplating their future ... or at least their classes for the next school year! 

Curriculum Night -- now rescheduled for Thurs, Jan 12, due to inclement weather -- details the substantive differences between the levels of core subjects. The evening  launches the registration process for 2017-18. You are invited, together with your student, to come listen and ask questions. 

Students will meet with their counselors over the next month or so to discuss schedules. Current teachers can also help with recommendations for the next class to take.

The goal: Determine the "best fit" classes and schedule.

You probably hear this term often at Langley. Whether it's selecting the best-fit classes or the best-fit college, the aim is for students to consider what they are most passionate about. Further, we all must be mindful of maintaining a healthy balance between classes, sports, activities, work, and family time. Ideally, students should feel both challenged and successful. It's a tough balance to strike, so encourage your student to choose classes carefully.

Final course selection will begin later this month. If you have questions, email or call your student's counselor. You can also email your child's teachers to discuss their recommendations for next year's classes.

~ Chrissie Lavin, PTSA President
Join Saxon Stage on Fri, Jan 14 for a night  of  student-directed One-Act s , as well as a preview of the upcoming VHSL performance of the moving musical Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris . Please come out and support our talented LHS thespians! 

join a great team 
You're invited to become part of a wonderful group of parents dedicated to creating the best possible learning experience for Langley students: the PTSA. By volunteering for a job on next year's PTSA, you'll help make LHS the kind of school you want for your child. There are  many different opportunities for parents to help out -- and a place for everyone! For more info on PTSA positions, please email Patty Burgess, , or Lisa Givens, , and check out the Langley  PTSA website.
open forum on superintendent to be held at lhs
The search for a new FCPS Superintendent has begun, and a firm was retained to provide counsel for the School Board. A series of ten Community Forums will gather input on the characteristics we seek as we replace Dr. Karen Garza. The  last forum will be held at LHS  on Wed, Jan 18 at 7 pm. For info on forums held at other schools on earlier days in the month, visit this  FCPS webpage .

An online survey will be posted on on Jan 9, which will allow community members to submit their opinions electronically. Additional information on the superintendent search will be posted online as it becomes available.
your old car can be a boon for lhs! 
Don't want to pay property taxes on that old car? Donate today!

With the help of CauseNetwork, your used vehicles generate donations to support LHS. A simple, 3-step process makes the donation quick and easy, and we'll take them no matter what shape they're in! Click on this link for information and forms.
everyone can use a good laugh 
The Capitol Steps will  perform their musical satire in the LHS Auditorium on  Sun, Jan 29 at 7 pm. Their latest program,  "What to Expect When You're Electing,"  is constantly being updated and is hilarious.  Everyone is invited to attend for nonpartisan fun!  Tickets are on sale NOW and can be purchased on the order form found  here . Proceeds from the show  support the Class of 2017 All Night Grad Party,  a fun-filled and safe event for our graduating seniors. The show is open to the general public, so buy tickets for friends and family!
fashion marketing news
Langley DECA (fashion and marketing students) donated approximately 200 gifts to Our Neighbor's Child this holiday season! ONC is a nonprofit community-based organization, that began in 1992 providing holiday gifts for children in low-income families in western Fairfax County.

Note from the eNews editors: We love to show everyone what kids are doing at  LHS! If your student is part of a group, club, or team that we can highlight, please send us text and pics! LHS students and activities only, please.
forum on new  opioid recovery program
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board  is hosting a public information session for people who know someone who has opioid or heroin dependency on Tues, Jan 17, from 7-9 pm at the  Merrifield Center , 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive in Fairfax. All are invited to this free, open session to learn about a new CSB opioid dependency treatment group that starts in February. Resolve to help those you love start their journey to recovery in 2017. For more information, click here
Jan 12
Curriculum Night, 6:30 pm (rescheduled from 1/5)
Jan 12-13
Student-directed one-act plays
Jan 16
Student Holiday (MLK Day)
Jan 17
Freshman parent coffee, 9:30 am
Jan 19
Saxon Service at Saxon Time
Jan 20
Student Holiday (Inauguration)
Feb 2 Senior parent coffee, 9 am

For additional details about these and other events, visit the Langley calendar