langley eNews 
11/16/ 2017  

The is deadline for senior yearbook ads (if quantities remain) is Nov 22 . Click here and enter school code 4159.

Don't forget to buy a ticket to the All-Night Grad Party (ANGP). It will be the seniors' final official Langley event, and one last chance to celebrate with their entire graduating class. The ticket order form and authorization form can be found on the Class of 2018 webpage. 

While you're buying your ANGP ticket, don't forget to buy tickets to see the Capitol Steps perform at Langley on Sun, Feb 11 at 7 pm.  

We'd also like to thank a few of the corporate sponsors who are generously supporting the Class of 2018 ANGP:  Great Falls Creamery; Eclips Salon; John Nugent & Sons; KPMG, LLC; Drs. Luposello & Marzban; Rappaport; and the Village Green Day School.  

Mark your calendars for the next Parent Coffee: Dec 6, 9:30 am at Cooper MS. Our speaker Hannah Wolff, LHS College and Career Specialist, will help parents understand what steps students should be taking now in the college process. You'll also hear updates from Principal Amico and from PTSA leadership. Can't make the coffee but have a question or topic you'd like addressed? Send it to, and we'll include the answer when we send our coffee recap to our parent GoogleGroup.

Volunteers are needed to help with the coffee and other future class events. If you'd like to help, visit our Sign-up Genius for all of this year's events. Click this link and scroll down to find an opportunity that fits your schedule. Thank you to all our parent volunteers, past and future.

Last call for tickets  to the Sophomore Class Dinner and Student Services Program : Wed, Dec 13, 6:30-8:30 pm in the LHS Cafeteria. Back by popular demand ... catering by Moby Dick, House of Kabob! LHS College and Career Specialist Hannah Wolff and another wonderful speaker will be sharing their perspectives on a best-fit college and what sophomores and their families can do now to discover and prepare. We received 300 reservations with class dues (thank you!). If you didn't already purchase tickets, please do so by Fri, Nov 17. The form can be found on our class webpage.
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letter from the principal
Dear Families,

As we approach Thanksgiving, I'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone (including myself) to be thankful for all we have. I'm particularly thankful for our students, staff and community. While Langley is far from perfect, I am thankful for all that we have. Our students are wonderful representatives of our community. I sat in on Absolute Ruler projects from Ms. Stankewicz's class and was amazed at the depth of knowledge, the maturity and the poise of some of our sophomores.

I attended the volleyball state semifinal game on Tuesday night, and was pleased to see over 25 staff members there to support their students. We had a large and vibrant student section, as well. Of course, our team exhibited skill, toughness and sportsmanship throughout their victory.

I'm thankful I've been able to see wonderful student productions in orchestra and band. I look forward to the Renaissance Feaste with great anticipation (tickets still available!). I'm thankful every Saxon Service day when I see our students giving back to the community. I urge all of us to remember how good we have it here.

I appreciate all our PTSA does for us and the support the community gives us . I want to wish you and your family a restful and peaceful Thanksgiving.
~ Fred Amico, Principal
front office wish list
The essential but unheralded folks in the front office have been given access to their newly renovated workroom, which also serves as a breakroom and lunchroom for the staff. Does anyone have a refrigerator and/or microwave in good working condition that you could donate for this new space? Please contact Jennifer Feinstein,, if you can help.
theatre this weekend
Saxon Stage proudly presents The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney, opening Thurs, Nov 16, continuing through Sat, Nov 18 at 7 pm in Langley's Auditorium. 

This delightful comedy takes a close look at fading family traditions over the decades, and the humorous, often poignant, effect this cultural shift has on family relationships.  For information and tickets, please visit Langley's theatre website,
get tickets now for holiday renaissance feaste
Reservations are now open for the annual Renaissance Feaste. Langley Hall will be transformed into a medieval banquet hall for a dinner theater experience, with much singing, dancing and laughter from our lords, ladies, pages, and jesters. There are two performances, Dec 1 and 2, both at 7 pm in Langley Hall. Order your tickets now to ensure a seat at this festive holiday event that sells out! Questions? Contact Kathleen
vehicle donation month
November is vehicle donation month! As the year comes to a close, wouldn't you love to not pay tax on that  old vehicle? Do you know a car dealer who would love to write off old inventory to a good cause? 
Now you can donate any car, truck, RV, motorcycle, or ATV, running or not, to benefit Langley. 
Proceeds from the resale of the vehicle is donat ed t o Langley PTSA and the donor gets a tax write-off for the full resale value of the vehicle. It's that simple! 
To learn more or donate today go to the Cause Network or download the app  today.
student directories are here
Directories were handed out to students (one per family) in the first week of November.  If you didn't yet receive one, ask your student to check with their Saxon Time teacherYou can purchase an extra copy for $5 at a PTSA meeting. Don't forget to check out the new and updated online directory on your computer or smartphone. Visit
fine arts fundraisers
saxon stage: Enjoy dinner at the McLean Chipotle on Mon, Dec 4 from 4-8 pm, at 6707 Old Dominion. Simply mention Saxon Stage or LHS Drama and we'll earn 50% of the proceeds.

orchestra: Support the Langley Orchestra with your purchase of a 2017 White House Christmas ornament! It's a perfect holiday or hostess gift, with a portion of the proceeds going to the LHS Orchestra. Visit this webpage to download the order form and have the ornaments delivered to your home. Contact Mary Welch, with any questions.
fine arts news
saxon stage: Auditions for Langley's spring play, Evitawill be Mon, Nov 20, 3:30-5:30 pm and Tues, Nov 21, 3:30-6:30 pm. Dance auditions will be on Mon, Nov 20, 5:30-6:30 pm. Callback auditions will be on Mon, Nov 27, 3:30-6:30 pm. Audition sign-ups will be posted in the Black Box one week prior to auditions. For auditions, actors should prepare a 32-bar excerpt from a song of their choice, preferably one that demonstrates vocal strength and range, as well as acting ability. Actors will also prepare one of several short excerpts from EVITA, which are posted on Saxon Stage Google Classroom. For more information, visit

choir:  Six Langley students were selected for the Virginia Honors Choir for 2017 . This select choir is open only to the top 125 singers in Virginia, and is the highest honor a choir student can attain during his or her high school career. Congratulations to Sophia Song, Caroline Galbreath, Audry Monserrate, Cori Trosch, Sean Lewis, and Bryan Bedell.
still time to join in
Now that students have the first quarter under their belts, it's a great time to get more involved at Langley. Encourage them to check out the after school clubs and organizations - it's not too late! You'll find all the options by clicking here.
hoops will benefit relay for life
Langley-McLean Relay for Life  strives to bring the community together in the battle against cancer. This year will be the two schools' sixth year organizing the event!

Relay is partnering with Great Falls Hoops to put on a 3on3 basketball tournament, Nov 18-19 at Colvin Run ES. Players from third grade and above are welcome to participate. Registration, as well as rules and guidelines, are found on the GF Hoops website. Each team should have at least 3 players plus one alternate. The cost of one team to register is $140. If you have questions, contact the Relay for Life committee at or call 703-937-1915.
student athlete award
Fairfax County's Athletic Council awarded LHS senior and varsity softball captain, Karlye Pallotta, the Dranesville District's 2017 Champions of Character Award for a female athlete. 
The award recognizes extraordinary service in modeling good sportsmanship, teamwork and leadership. Karlye was acknowledged for "her grit, determination and relentless effort with everything she does" and for "continuously working to be the best version of herself to make the biggest impact both on and off the field." Congratulations, Karlye!
volleyball: STATES!
The girls will again compete in the state final, tonight, Nov 16, at 7 pm in Richmond.
Many students will take the fan bus down to cheer on our Saxons. Here's a great article with a background about the team and the strength of the program over the years.
girls' golf: Four Langley students were among the top Virginia High School girls who qualified and played in the VHSL Girls State Golf Tournament on October 23rd and 24th. Mallory Langpaul, Miso Kim, Emma Ritchie, and Vibha Sankavaram endured windy conditions at the two-day tournament at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Virginia.
service learning opportunities
Lift Me Up!:   Sat, Nov 18, 6:30 pm.  Volunteers needed for the Lift Me Up Gala. Roles include event day setup, guest registration, greeters and human arrows, floaters, and more. Sign up by clicking here.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner: 
Nov 23, 12-2 pm. Lewinsville Retirement Residence, 1515 Chain Bridge Road. 
Lewinsville Presbyterian Church is partnering with Lewinsville Retirement Residence to host a Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day. They welcome young adults including college and graduate students, singles, families and elderly who are far from home or without family. Students have many service opportunities to help with decorations, hospitality and music, as well as food preparation, serving and clean-up.
distracted driving program
Before the quarter break,  students took part in the annual Distracted Driving Program in the cafeteria at lunchtime . Students used an interactive driving simulator and virtual reality goggles to witness what the tragic consequences can be when you're distracted either by texts or other outside influences . Also, students signed a banner with the pledge to keep two hands on the wheel and two eyes on the road .

On Nov 2, students were surprised to find the Fairfax County Police Dept in the parking lot handing out coupons to Santini's for having their seatbelts on , and reminding them to not text and drive . The PTSA would like to thank the Inova Trauma Center, AT&T, State Farm Insurance, Santini's in McLean and the Fairfax County Police Department for bringing this important message to our community!

 Nov 16-18   Fall play, The Dining Room 
 Nov 22   2-hour early release; senior yearbook ad deadline 
 Nov 23-24   Thanksgiving break 
 Nov 28   Parent-student driver's ed program, 7 pm 
 Dec 1 & 2   Renaissance Feaste, 7 pm 
 Dec 5   Orchestra concert, 7 pm 
 Dec 6   Junior parent coffee, 9:30 am 
 Dec 7   Band concert 
 Dec 12   Choral concert 
 Dec 13   Sophomore class dinner, 6:30-8:30 pm 
 Dec 14   Band concert 
 Dec 18   Start of winter break 
 Jan 2   Back to school! 
For a full list of upcoming events, visit the LHS website Events page