langley eNews 
4/27/ 2017  

The Class of 2017 invites you to this year's Baccalaureate, a non-denominational service to be held on Sun, June 11, 4 to 5:30 pm, that seeks to help graduates find spiritual meaning in this milestone in their lives. We invite seniors to sign up to share their talents. They can sing, dance, play an instrument, read a poem, speak from the heart ... the possibilities are endless. Sign up by following this link.
Don't forget to purchase a ticket for your student to attend ANGP, on June 15, graduation night. Your senior won't want to miss it.

Congratulations Graduate yard sign orders must be received by April 30. For more info, visit our ANGP webpage.
Remember to keep those photos coming. We hope to have a photo of each senior in the end of year video. Group shots are preferred; send to Photo submission deadline is May 26.

Graduation information: Review the 2017 Graduation Letter and other very important information from Laura Moore, our Class of 2017 Assistant Principal. Click  here to view the letter and here to view all graduation news. 

May 12 at 9 am is our final Junior Parent Coffee , and the topic is "Launching Your Child for College." Hear expert perspective on the question, "What do you wish the parents had done to really prepare their kids for college?" This will be held at the home of Arezoo Niliaram Kaviani , 801 Lawton St, McLean. 

Our junior class prom committee will be selling prom tickets May 8-25.  We need a few parents to help assist with the ticket sales during lunches. If you can volunteer, please sign up here.

We're collecting photos of the Class of 2018 for our Senior Video. We need your help to ensure that all students and all aspects of life at Langley are presented (sports, performing arts, social, academic, etc.). Group shots are preferred, but only with Class of 2018 students. Please also identify students in the photo if possible. Send all photos to

Our final Sophomore Parent Coffee will be held  Fri, May 5 at 9:30 am at the Dolley Madison Library in McLean. Please note this is a change in date from previously announced. Mr. Penn, our AP, will give us a "Glimpse into the Junior Year at Langley" and we'll hear updates on renovation and PTSA events. If you have a question or topic you'd like addressed at the coffee, email Maura Bollinger If you'd like to volunteer to help with the event, sign up here.

Our final freshman parent coffee is Fri, April 28, 9:30-11 am at St. John's Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike. Bring your wi-fi-enabled laptop or tablet for hands-on review and training for ParentVUE/SIS, Blackboard, Family Connection, and more. Guest speakers include Sonya Williams, Hannah Wolff, Jim Robertson, and Betsy Shomaker. You won't want to miss it!
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a message from the ptsa president
Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. In a perfect world, we'd express our gratitude to our outstanding teachers, counselors and administrators all year long. But if you're like me, the school year has flown by, and though you've felt grateful to your children's teachers countless times, you may not have taken the time to express your appreciation. 
If that's the case, now's the perfect time to say "thanks!" to teachers for all they do.
Take a few minutes next week to send an email or hand-written note to your child's teachers -- and perhaps have your student write one, too -- expressing your appreciation. Teachers tell us every year how much they appreciate notes from students and parents, because those
personal connections are so important.
If you'd like to make a more tangible expression of gratitude, you'll find info in the next article about how to contribute a gift card that will be given to a lucky teacher at the upcoming luncheon.   
As Langley parents, our educational expectations are high. Also high is our level of appreciation for our faculty members who meet -- and often exceed -- those expectations. Let's make sure they know it!
~ Chrissie Lavin, PTSA President
how to give to teachers
It's that time of year again ... time to show the entire Langley staff how important they are to us. The PTSA's Hospitality Committee will host a  Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 12. We are requesting gift card donations from parents that will be given to each staff member during the event. We need your help -- wouldn't you like to show the staff how much we value all they do for our kids?
There are two ways for you to participate:

1.  Donate gift cards. Some popular cards in the past include: Amazon, Target, Macy's, Nordstrom, Home Depot, movie theaters, Sephora, gas cards - really anything -- in $25 amounts.
2. Make a cash/check donation (any amount) and we'll buy the cards for you. Make checks payable to Langley HS PTSA.

You or your child can drop off gift cards and/or monetary donations to Front Office Administrator Mary Vitale in an envelope marked Staff Appreciation, or mail them to Aradhana Luthra, 8401 Parham Court, Mclean, VA 22102, no later than May 8. Questions? Contact 
there's nobody like betsy!
Betsy Shomaker was nominated by Langley HS to receive a Fairfax County Volunteer Service Award.

Thank you to Betsy for all her volunteer hours at Langley HS to facilitate Saxon Service, HAZE, Teen Safe Driving, Spring Alcohol Awareness, and PTSA book club meetings, plus much more .

We all appreciate all the time, dedication, and caring that Betsy brings every day to help make Langley a better place.
share your expertise
Langley HS is looking for a wide range of professionals  to share information about their industry and career with LHS students, at an event  on Tues, June 6, from 8:30 - 11 am. We particularly need medical doctors, engineers, scientists, performing and visual artists, but ALL professions are still needed. Our goal is to offer students the opportunity to become more familiar with a wide range of professions and industries. If you are a parent, former LHS Alumni, or know someone who might be interested in participating, contact Suzie Grieco at or Hannah Wolff at
vote on the langley read!
Vote for the 2017-18 Langley Read today! Each summer, the Langley community selects books for students, families and faculty to read and discuss in the coming year. Langley runs programs connected to the Read that range from in-class to school-wide discussions and activities. This year the theme for the Langley Read is Chasing Dreams. There are four sections of nominated books to select from, and the Langley community will have a choice of four books for the Read. You may read one book or all four. Vote today to be a part of the Read selection process -- click on this link.
special ed pta for fcps families
Parents are organizing the new Fairfax County Special Education PTA for parents and guardians of students receiving special ed services in FCPS. The organization will meet Tues, April 25, at 7 pm at Fairfax Circle Church, 3110 Chichester Lane, Fairfax. Members will vote on bylaws and the executive board at this meeting. Contact for more information.  
mclean theatre brings family fun!
McLean HS's spring musical Seussical is family-friendly fun for all ages. Tickets are $12-15 and can be ordered in advance here. The show will go on at 7 pm on April 28, 29 and May 6. Matinees at 1:30 pm will be performed on April 29, 30 and May 6, 7. All shows will be at McLean HS, 1633 Davidson Rd, McLean.
mini service days
We are offering a Mini Saxon Service on Thursdays during AP and most of SOL testing:  May 4, 11,18, and 25. Tables will be set up in the hallway outside the clinic where students can earn service hours by participating with the following activities:  dog and cat toys for Arlington Animal Welfare, blankets for Embry Rucker, origami for Cranes for Cancer, cards for Active Duty Military, Cards for Kids, and Project Turquoise.
lhs charging through the it's academic competition
This past Saturday, LHS's Academic Team competed in the It's Academic TV taping of the semifinal competition. Representing LHS were Nikhil Rao, Nitin Rao, and Annie Wang, with Surya Ambardar as the alternate. Inspirational poetry from Sivan Tretiak and a pep talk from Principal Amico propelled the team into uncharted waters. They started strong and never trailed the entire game, going on to defeat perennial powers Georgetown Day and Quince Orchard. The finals will be taped on May 20. If you're interested in watching how the team advanced, tune in Saturday mornings on NBC Channel 4. The second round will air on May 27 at 10:30; the semifinal game will air June 24 at 10 am, with the finals immediately following at 10:30. A bonus "Super Bowl" match will air at 7 pm that night. Teams representing Baltimore, Central Virginia, and DC will battle in that bonus game.
take-back day
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Fri, April 29, 10 am - 2 pm, aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.  To find a collection site near you, click here.
latin students garner awards
Congratulations to the students listed below on their awards on the 2017 National Latin Exam. The exam, given in late Feb through mid-March, was taken by more than 149,000 students from all 50 states and 16 foreign countries including Australia, China, France, Germany, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and the UK. The exam consists of 40 multiple choice items on Latin syntax, Roman mythology, culture and history.

Certificates are awarded for Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude scores. Medals and certificates are awarded for Maxima Cum Laude (Silver) and Summa Cum Laude (Gold) scores. LHS scored successfully in all levels and categories. Our kids did a great job!
Latin 1 - Gold Medal Summa Cum Laude: Lawrence Feng
Latin 2 - Gold Medal Summa Cum Laude: Annabel  Lian, Avarie Rembert, Bridget Lee, Caitlin Cunningham, Dakota Brookfield, Daniel Hulett, Emily Elkas, Gautham Pillai, Isaac Chiu, James O'Donovan, Justin Gomez, Kimberly Han, Stephanie Bi, Surya Reddy, Daniel Mousavi, Dzifa Nepenthe
Latin 2 - Silver Medal  Maxima Cum Laude: Aliie Lailas, Ananya Amirthalingam, Dane Hoover, Hiller Hoover, Julia Bullock, Lindsay Nyquist, Maddy Rubin, Meghan Blaul, Nick Hodge, Rose Lee, Stephanie Long, Zack Hamilton, Zainab Sarfraz
Latin 2 - Magna Cum Laude  Certificate: Claire Alink, Claire White, Eden Ferreira-Widener, Lauren Maloney
Latin 2 - Cum Laude Certificate: Burhan Sheikh, Caroline Galbreath
Latin 3 - Gold Medal Summa Cum Laude: Adam Dawer, Adam Kmec, Anna Huang, Brian Kim, Christy Qian, Dana Hamad, Giles Steiner, Jonathan Li, Madison Deyo, Matteo de Laurentiis, Mayaa Appiah, Patrick Welch, Sophia Song
Latin 3 - Silver Medal Maxima Cum Laude: Alison Kim, Caroline Burnham, Grace Nalepka, Junnah Mozaffar, Madeline Yu, Mallory Garner, Mark Drasbek
Latin 4  Poetry - Silver Medal  Maxima Cum Laude: Ashley Zhang
Register NOW for the FCPS Athletic Training Program Pre-Participation Screenings (Physicals/PPE) at Langley on
June 5. Go to

Summer Sport Camps:
Volleyball Summer Camp - Week of June 26 @ Cooper MS
Boys Basketball Camp - Week of July 10 and July 17 @ Cooper MS
Girls Basketball Camp - Week of July 24 @ Cooper MS 
Go to this  link for camp application and registration information.
parenting in the digital age
McLean's Safe Community Coalition (SCC) presents "The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age," featuring best-selling author Dr. Steiner-Adair on Wed, May 17 at 7:30 pm at Temple Rodef Shalom in McLean. Dr. Steiner-Adair, a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, will discuss how technology is affecting our children and our family relationships. Her talk will offer insights and advice to help parents achieve greater understanding, authority, and confidence as they face the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms.  The presentation will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Tickets, $20, are available here
Apr 27 Senior Class Coffee, 9 am, Cooper MS
Apr 28 Freshman Parent Coffee, 9:30 to 11 am, St. John's Episcopal Church
Apr 27-29 Theatre performance, Gypsy, 7 pm
May 1-12
AP Exams
May 4 Saxon Service at Saxon Time
May 5
Sophomore Parent Coffee, 9:30 am, Dolley Madison Library
May 11-13
Drama Short Play Festival
May 12
Junior Parent Coffee, 9 am, Kaviani home
May 20
Relay for Life
May 26
Two-hour Early Release
May 29
Memorial Day Holiday

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar