langley eNews 
4/19 / 2018  

Order your "Congratulations Graduate" yard sign for $30 before the April 30 deadline. Personalize it with your student's name. To order, send in check written out to LHS ANGP and this form. While you're at it, buy your $85 ANGP ticket as well!   For more info, visit the ANGP page .
Join us for the last Parent Coffee/Lunch of the year - next Tues, April 24 at 12 pm at the Barakat  home - 1177 Ballantrae Lane, McLean . We will cover all things related to graduation, and a catered lunch will be provided. Please park along the long driveway.

Our last Parent Coffee of the year will be Wed, Apr 25 at 9:30 am at Cooper MS. Join us and learn about important senior year activities and deadlines, bring your laptop and we will walk parents through the Naviance tool with them. You will also hear about school updates from Mr. Penn, our assistant principal. If you would like to bring refreshments or help with note-taking, please click here.
Do you know a junior whose dedication to volunteerism is exemplary? The PTSA-sponsored Award for Outstanding Service honors a junior who has demonstrated excellent service achievement and an ongoing sense of dedication to a worthy cause at LHS and/or the community at large. The award will be presented with a certificate and $500. Teachers, peers, parents, coaches, guidance counselors and club/organization sponsors can all nominate a student. Self-nominations are also encouraged. Click here to nominate a deserving student. 

We hope you can join us in person for our final  Sophomore Parent Forum tomorrow , Fri, April 20, 9:30-11 am at St. John's Episcopal Church, 
6715 Georgetown Pike . Join us for sophomore-specific updates on all aspects of Langley and to learn how to help your student build life skills for resiliency from our guest speaker, Jennifer Weaver . We hope you can join us early for coffee and snacks. 

For those who cannot attend in person, please use this link to join remotely from your computer. See our class webpage for additional remote access information and the full speaker bio.

Join us on Thurs, April 26 for the  last Freshman Parent Forum , at Cooper MS, Room 130, 9:30-11 am.  Learn more about topics relevant to our soon-to-be rising sophomores including Naviance, driver's ed and behind the wheel classes, and balancing student course load and extracurricular activities.
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message from the ptsa president
In my first eNews article, one thing I advocated was for every parent to volunteer  at least once this year. I hope you've already been able to see your kids in action at school while helping out somehow. And since this is National Volunteer Week , it's the perfect time to remind everyone that there are still opportunities to lend a helping hand. Plus, while you help our community, research shows that you'll enjoy personal benefits as well, including lower blood pressure , increased protection from Alzheimer's  and decreased mortality rates -- and who couldn't use that?

To name a few upcoming activities : We're looking for parent volunteers to help the staff proctor AP exams ; at  Career Day  on May 31 you could talk to our students about your profession; chaperones will be needed at the Prom ; the junior class will need helpers to host the senior breakfast  in June; all the performing arts groups have end of year concerts  and productions that require parent support; spring sports  are in full swing, which means help is needed at the ticket booth  and in the concessions stands ; and every class will be asking for volunteers to help support ANGP . And this is only off the top of my head! Everyone can surely find something to fit his or her schedule.

Thank you to everyone who has already done something . All the time and effort given to support the PTSA, Class Parents, Athletic Boosters, Academic Boosters, the Orchestra, Band, Choral and Theater Guilds , and all of the activities going on at Langley are much appreciated.

We also appreciate our student volunteers! Please look under juniors in the sidebar for info about the PTSA Award for Outstanding Service, and consider nominating a junior who is doing exceptional service work.

Volunteers are the strength of our community and make Langley a better place for our teachers and students. Our parents play a vital role in maintaining the tradition of excellence here at Langley. Thank you for all you do!

~ Jennifer Feinstein, LHS PTSA President
reminder: principal selection input needed
Please remember your input on our Principal selection is requested!  The deadline is tomorrow, Fri, April 20

Share your ideas via email.  Send your thoughts about the qualities you hope our new principal will have, along with any challenges or issues specific to Langley . Input is confidential. Email your ideas to Linda Peace at .

Submit your name for consideration to serve as a parent representative on the Principal selection panel.  Email Jennifer Feinstein  by 11 am tomorrow  at Visit the PTSA website for more information.
saxons, did you know?

Saxons, did you know . . . Youth who start drinking before age 15 are SIX times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at or after age 21. 

This feature gives an important piece of info on drugs, alcohol or mental wellness. We hope these messages serve as conversation starters about substance use, stress and decisionmaking with your teen and family.
let's say thank you to the staff!
It's a wonderful time of the year ... to show our fabulous Langley staff members how much we appreciate them! The PTSA's Hospitality Committee will host a Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Fri, May 4. Each year, we ask parents to help us by donating $25 gift cards that will be given to each staff member during the event. Please consider participating! There are two ways you can give:

1. Donate $25 gift cards -- some popular cards in the past have included: Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Amazon, Target, Macy's, Nordstrom, Home Depot, Sephora, gas cards and restaurant cards.

2. Make a cash/check donation  (any amount) and we'll buy the cards for you. Make checks payable to LHS PTSA.  

You or your child can drop off gift cards and/or monetary donations in the Langley front office in an envelope marked Staff Appreciation; or mail them to LHS PTSA, Staff Appreciation Committee, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101. Make sure your donation is received by April 30. We appreciate any support you can provide! Questions? Contact Jennifer Feinstein at
evita on stage
From poverty to stardom to political dominance , Evita follows the life of Eva PerĂ³n and her ascent to the top as the First Lady of Argentina. This celebrated Tony Award-winning rock opera features a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice including many of the dynamic duo's most famous songs, like "Don't Cry for Me Argentina,"  "Buenos Aires," and "Another Suitcase, Another Hall." Don't miss Saxon Stage's exciting production of this iconic musical, seldom produced by high schools. Performances are Thurs, April 19 through Sat, April 21, and Thurs, April 26 through Sat, April 28. Curtain is at 7 pm

For more info, visit or purchase tickets via this link.
staff spotlight
Spanish teacher Elisabeth Musso has always been interested in languages. She remembers sitting at the dinner table with her family and not being able to understand her sisters speaking in Spanish and her parents speaking in Italian.

"I got so excited about the different cultures and traveling and became so interested in languages." Ms. Musso said. 
Ms. Musso studied Spanish in school and has lived in many Spanish-speaking countries, including Spain, Costa Rica and Mexico. She taught  Spanish  summer toddler programs and coached middle school field hockey. Her favorite part about teaching high school Spanish is  "being able to show my students that there's a relevance to what they're learning," Ms. Musso said. 

Ms. Musso doesn't enjoy watching her students struggle with grammar, so she gets creative with her teaching,  designing games similar to the 
Amazing Race and 
Jeopardy  to make it easier.  

Ms. Musso mostly loves seeing students have those "a-ha" moments. She is truly passionate about her job.

~ Sofia Garay, Saxon Scope Reporter
summer sports camps
T he following LHS summer sports camps will be held at Cooper MS. Info can be found here. Don't wait to sign up, as camp rosters fill quickly.

Football Camp: June 11, 12 & 13
Volleyball Camp: Week of June 18
Girls' Basketball Camp: Week of June 25
Boys' Basketball Ca mp: Week of July 9 and week of July 16
stationary bike request
Do you have a stationary bike that's gathering dust or being used as a clothes hanger? Please consider donating it to be put to good use by the PE Faculty. Contact Sue Shifflett,, for details .
japan bowl
On April 13  Langley competed at the National Japan Bowl in Chevy Chase, MD. The LHS level-3 team of Helena Lu, Ashley Wang, and Rheta Kiefman won the National Championship! The competition consists of Japanese speaking and reading ability as well history, pop culture, and other Japan-centric topics. All the top Japanese public and private school programs in North America competed. No other FCPS schools made the top 4 in any level. This championship cements Langley's place as one of the top Japanese programs in the nation. They were coached by their teacher Andrew Scronce.

Our LHS Seniors  participated Tuesday in "Perils of the College Drinking Culture," a program hosted by the LHS Administration in partnership with the PTSA. This program included a viewing of an award-winning film, HAZE , that documents college binge drinking. University of Colorado freshman Gordie Bailey died from alcohol poisoning after drinking as part of a fraternity initiation. The film was then followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Sara Freund , FCPS consultant, which included local experts. The panelists delivered important messages from different perspectives about preventing underage and binge drinking and warned of the related consequences which include increased risk of sexual assault, injury and even death.

There were some take-aways 
from the day that can benefit us all. No child should be afraid to make a phone call and get help -- the possibility of getting in trouble should be less important than saving a life. Kids should challenge themselves to find activities  that don't involve alcohol and be positive influences on their friends. And when they're out, kids should stay in groups, stick together and look out for each other.
choose the next langley read
The Langley Read  is an LHS tradition to encourage conversations throughout the school based on a common theme. The Langley Read community, made up of students, faculty, staff and family members, read the selected book over the summer and come prepared to discuss and utilize the book throughout the year. The 2018-19 theme for the Langley Read is  Building Bridges. 

There will be one book for all rising 9th and 10th graders and one book for all rising 11th and 12th graders. Select one book from each list, found at this link. Each has been reviewed by a Langley Read committee member. There are also links to Amazon reviews of each one. Vote to help select your Langley Read! 
parenting book club
Are you a well-meaning parent who is unwittingly taking away the opportunities your child needs to grow stronger and more confident? It's a worrisome parenting trend, say authors of The Self-Driven Child, clinical neuropsychologist  William Stixrud, Ph.D., and test-prep guru  Ned Johnson. Let's talk about what we can do to avoid this parenting pitfall. On Thurs, May 3, from 10:30 - 11:30 am , in the Principal's Conference Room (down the hall from the school office), the PTSA's Family Network will be hosting a parent book discussion lead by Director of Student Services Davina Johnson. Join us for what we hope will be a lively discussion on the benefits of giving teens more autonomy and control  in their lives in order to release their full potential -- as well as the challenges we parents experience when relinquishing  control . The discussion will focus on Chapter 5 and Chapter 8 Haven't read the book? No worries! Come enjoy the conversation.  
angp news
This year marks the 29th annual LHS All-Night Graduation Party (ANGP). The events provides our graduating seniors with a fun, safe, and alcohol and drug free  evening to celebrate their success! Our goal is to reduce the risk of teen drinking and drug use on graduation night, saving the lives of our teens and other drivers. 

The ANGP starts on Thurs, June 7 at 11 pm and ends Fri, June 8 at 4 am at the McLean Sport & Health
, 1800 Old Meadow Road, McLean . Why attend?

- Your kids' friends will be there! More than 80% of LHS graduating seniors attend ANGP.
- Your kids will be safe! Fairfax County Police Officers, lifeguards, and 100+ parent chaperones will be on site.
- Your kids will have fun! They'll enjoy the inflatable games, DJs, food, casino, karaoke, pool, prizes, and more!
This party is alcohol and drug free!

Buy your ANGP ticket now. Your student will not want to miss it! Tickets are $85. For more info, visit our ANGP page or fill out the ANGP ticket & Authorization forms.

Want to help?  Volunteer! Many, many volunteers are needed to host this celebration for our Seniors. To volunteer, click here . We look forward to celebrating with our  2018 Graduates ! Thanks for your support!!!
2018-2019 school calendar
If you're planning ahead, check out the 2018-19 school year calendar online. Notable dates include the first day of school, August 28; Thanksgiving break, November 21-23; Winter break, December 24, 2018-January 4, 2019 ; Spring Break, April 15-19, 2019 ; and the last day of school, June 13, 2019 . See the 2018-19 school year calendar here.
all the info on volunteer recognition at graduation
and Diploma CIVIC SEAL documentation - due Friday, May 18th (last day before Langley Leap)

service cord:  All documentation for proof of your 40 hours of service is  due to the Student Services  Dept by Fri, May 18  (please be sure to include your reflections ). Hours may be submitted by a print-out of your x2VOL hours and/or handwritten documentation . Students earning 40 hours of service will be awarded a Service Cord to be worn at graduation. 

civic seal: A completed application for the Civic Seal on the diploma is due to counselors by Fri, May
18. Please note the requirements and fill out the application completely  for the Civic Seal. Click here for the application.

questions:  If you need assistance in recording your service hours on x2VOL , please see the PowerPoint
 on the LHS PTSA Website home page and scroll down to "Recording Hours thru x2VOL". All other questions, see Ms Shomaker in the Student Services Dept or email her at
service volunteer opportunity
s pring hill elementary school:  Fun Fair, Saturday, Apr 21.  Attention all students in need of volunteer hours!  The Spring Hill Fun Fair needs your help with games and activities
Available shifts: Shift 1: 10:45 - 12:35, Shift 2: 12:25 - 2:15, Shift 3: 2:05 - 4:00, Clean Up: 4:00 - 5:00
To sign up, please e-mail us with your preferred shift(s) at

special olympics virginia: Sat, April 28. Area 26 Gold's Rush Powerlifting Tournament
Location: Gold's Gym  ( 21625 Red Rum Dr. Ashburn, VA 20147 )
Volunteers are needed to assist with this event. For more information please click here.

long & foster community "shred event": Sat, April 28, 9 am - 12 pm.
We need strong young men and women to help remove cartons, boxes, bags of old papers, stock reports, checks, personal letters etc to the truck where the items are shredded. We also collect and ask for donated sports equipment which is then given to those children who cannot afford to buy new equipment. All those outgrown Lacrosse, tennis, basketballs, golf, and fitness items will be collected and turned over to Further information will be sent to those who respond to the call. For further information please contact or
the art and science of talking with your kids
You know those conversations with your kids you wish you could rewind and redo?  On Wed, May 2,  at 7 pm at the Temple Rodef Shalom in McLean, The Safe Community Coalition will present parenting expert and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Wendy Mogel . She'll teach us all how to avoid those do-over moments. 

In her new book, Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say it, and When to Listen , Dr. Mogel offers an essential guide to the art of talking with children of all ages,  showing us how a change in voice can transform communication and ease the relationship between parents and children. Her research-based guidelines help parents communicate with more warmth, respect and sincerity, as well as foster open parent-child relationships that will help ensure our children's success in the classroom and in life. This event will sell out! Buy your tickets by clicking here
Apr 19-21 Evita, 7 pm
Apr 20 Sophomore Parent Forum, 9:30 - 11 am, St John's Episcopal Church
Apr 20
Deadlines! Input for Principal Selection Process / Notification to PTSA President of Willingness to Serve as a Community Representative on the Principal Selection Panel
Apr 24
Senior Coffee/Lunch, noon, location TBD
Apr 25 Junior Class Coffee, 9:30 am, Cooper MS
Apr 26 Freshman Parent Forum, 9:30 am, Cooper MS
Apr 26-28
Evita, 7 pm
For a full list of upcoming events, visit the LHS website Events page