langley eNews 
12/14 / 2017  

white house ornaments 
still available
Last chance to support the Langley Orchestra with your purchase of a
2017 White House Christmas ornament!  Only $23 each, they're a perfect holiday or hostess gift and keepsake. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the LHS orchestra.  Click here for the order form and delivery to your home, or contact Mary Welch,  maryswelch@verizon.net,  for immediate delivery.



spirit wear available too!
If you're looking for last minute items to fill your gift or wish list, look no further!  Our brand new Warm Reversible Saxons Scarf is priced at just $20. So spread the Langley spirit and go to langleyboosters.org to order today! Orders received by Dec 23 can be delivered or picked up before the holidays.

lost and found
Missing a jacket or sweatshirt? It may be in Langley's large lost & found collection. Please have your student stop by the lost and found box located across from the Clinic
to look through the items. Any items remaining will be donated to charity during the winter break.
clarification
Last week, we ran an article about vaping, with illustrations. The captions on the pictures should have been more specific. So, please go to ptsalangley.org  and look for "Vaping Devices" to see the pictures with clear descriptions below each. Thanks!
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principal's letter
This upcoming winter break is wonderful opportunity to discuss mental wellness, good decision-making, and resilience with your child. As we know all too well, high school is a stressful time for all students. They all feel anxiety about homework, social relationships, and the impending independence of future plans, be that work, college or something else. What is significant is how your child deals with this stress.
 
Resilience is the ability to manage stress through positive behaviors, thoughts or actions. It's also the ability to adapt well to stressors through coping skills, and the ability to bounce back from adversity or disappointment. Whatever type of stress is affecting your child, here are some factors that contribute to resilience:
  • opportunities for meaningful participation (for example, extracurriculars and community service)
  • caring and support from adults (parents available for help, community adults to talk to, teachers recognizing good work)
  • self-confidence and a belief in one's strengths and abilities
Please think about what you can do as a family to strengthen your child's resilience. It will benefit your student as well as your whole family when stress can be better managed.

I'm writing this as concluded our last holiday concert for our students. The orchestra, chorus, and band performed three concerts for their fellow students. As always, the atmosphere and support were amazing. The performers were superlative, and the audience participated and enjoyed themselves.

As we go on break, I hope to keep that spirit going at Langley.  When we return, we'll be concentrating on positivity within the school. Both the students and teachers will find unique ways to recognize students for positive things.

Lastly, I'd like to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season. I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy their friends and family.  See you next year!

~ Fred Amico, LHS Principal
calling lhs alumni for college fair
LHS alumni currently enrolled in college are invited to return to Langley Hall on Fri, Jan 5 from 9:30-11:15 am to talk to current students about their college experiences. This is a college fair format, so if you're interested in attending, feel free to approach your college admissions office for materials to bring with you to the event. Note: You're not the admissions office, so you don't need to prep for this event necessarily, as we just want you  to talk about the college from your perspective.
 
So, don your college gear and sign-up here! Please also note we welcome multiple students from any college.
 
~ Hannah Wolff, Career Center   
making holidays happy for all 
Holiday season is fast approaching! Time to start shopping for that perfect gift, and this year you can be donating up 10% while you shop, extending the Giving Spirit which supports Langley HS students and staff. Click here for links on several ways to donate. 

round 2: outstanding langley employees 
Nominations for Langley's Outstanding Teacher of the Year have been cast. Now it's time to acknowledge other Langley staff superstars. Which of our new teachers (at Langley three years or less) has wowed you with his/her dedication or know-how? Which Langley leader or support employee has impressed you with kindness or a can-do attitude? To give our most stellar staff members the recognition they deserve, we need your nominations for: 
 
Outstanding New Teacher - a teacher or librarian with less than 3 years of experience
 
Outstanding Leader - School-Based Technology Specialists, Technology Support Specialist, Assistant Principal, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor
 
Outstanding Support Employee - administrative and office assistants, custodial staff, food service staff, Instructional Assistants, Public Health Assistants, Public Health Training Assistants
 
The deadline to submit a nomination is Fri, Dec 15. Click here to nominate. Note: you are not required to nominate in each category. Click "next" to move to the position for which you'd like to nominate. Questions? Contact Laura Moore, lamoore2@fcps.edu .
have a great break! 
All of us on the 
eNews staff wish the whole Langley community a joyous, healthy, rejuvenating, enchanted, sparkly, toasty, yummy, jingly, peaceful and loving holiday season -- and a happy new year!
calendar
 Dec 18   Start of winter break 
 Jan 2   Back to school! 
   
For a full list of upcoming events, visit the LHS website Events page