langley eNews 
4/5 / 2018  

Langley Leap applications are  due THIS FRIDAY, Apr 6.
Our final Senior Parent Lunch -- and it's always an emotional one! -- will be April 24 at noon, location still TBD. For our last gathering as senior class parents, we will cover all-things-graduation ... the ceremony, baccalaureate, ANGP, etc. Join fellow senior parents for lunch and information-sharing. If you can help bring something to the lunch, please sign up here.

Join us for the last Parent Coffee of the year will be Wed, Apr 25 at 9:30 am at Cooper MS. Check out our Sign-Up Genius to see how you can help.
Our final Sophomore Parent Forum is 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. Sign up here to bring bite-sized snacks.
We are thrilled to have Jennifer Weaver, LCSW, RPT-S join us to share the latest research on 16-year-olds. She will also be providing tips for sophomore parents on how to help their student build life skills for resiliency and success in the upper grades and on into their college years. Dr. Weaver has over 20 years of experience in psychotherapy and counseling. Her specialties include treating anxiety, depression and challenging behaviors, and strategizing with parents in new ways of interacting with and supporting their children. Her full bio can be found here.  
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ptsa president's notes
If you have to keep checking your calendar to remember what day of the week it is, you're not the only one! From snow days to Spring Break to teacher workdays to the end of the quarter, we have had several shortened weeks in a row. I hope you've marked your calendar for next Fri, April 13 when your students will be released two hours early on the last day of the 3rd quarter, followed by the student holiday on Mon, April 16. Your students should be sure they're up-to-date with all their third quarter assignments, quizzes and tests.

An official announcement was made this week that our Principal Fred Amico will retire after 31 years working as an educator in FCPS. His positive energy, enthusiasm and hard work to support and inspire every child in the building will be greatly missed. We appreciate his many years of dedication to FCPS students and his leadership here at Langley. Details about the process of selecting our new Principal will be announced by FCPS in the next few weeks.

I hope to see you at our PTSA meeting next week (see below for details)!

~ Jennifer Feinstein, LHS PTSA President
ptsa meeting announcement
notebook_coffee.jpg Want to learn more about what's happening in the world of college admissions for our LHS students? Then, come to our next Principal's Coffee/PTSA meeting on Wed, April 11, 9 am, at Cooper MS. Our featured speaker is Langley College and Career Counselor Hannah Wolff, who will present Trends in College Admissions. Ms. Wolff will analyze college acceptance data from the last several years, both at Langley and nationally, to give parents an idea of emerging trends. Ms. Wolff will be joined by Principal Amico, who will provide school updates and answer parent questions. Please join us!
saxons, did you know?

Saxons, did you know . . . When vaping, nicotine doesn't just disappear in the air -- it's carried in the vapor, and it lands. The residue can be found on walls, countertops, any surface. If someone is vaping near you when you eat, that second-hand nicotine could end up in your food.

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. Coming to the April 11 PTSA meeting? Bring your gift cards or donations then. We appreciate any support you can provide! Questions? Contact Jennifer Feinstein at
last chance for spring yard signs
For those who missed out on ordering their Spring Athlete's Yard Sign, we have opened up the ordering site for this week ONLY. 
The site will expire Fri, April 6. Click on this link to order.
support l angley crew
Eat one for the team! Langley Crew is having a fundraiser at the McLean Chipotle, 6707 Old Dominion Dr, on Sun, April 8, 4-8 pm. The crew team will receive 50% of all in-store (not on-line) purchases. You must tell the cashier, before paying, you're eating to support the Langley Crew team!
does your kid need volunteer hours?
What a great way to log some volunteer hours! Great Falls Little League needs older kids to ensure that opening day is fun and memorable. Opening day is this Sat, April 7, at Nike Park. To assist with opening day ceremony activities, click here. To work a shift in the Snack Shack, click here.
russian students brave frozen foreign land!
Dr Valentin Cukierman, also known as "Kapitan," has been taking his students to visit his native land for years. This Spring Break, 17 LHS students went to Moscow and St Petersburg, where they toured historic sites, tried their language abilities, and had homestays with Russian students. Everyone agreed it was a fantastic trip and an amazing opportunity ... if a bit cold!
langley students bring home history prizes
Five Langley students won awards at the 2018 Virginia District 5 National History Day Competition at Mt. Vernon High School. They have advanced to the state level competition to be held in Richmond on April 21
Jane Carskaddan won first place in the Senior Historical Paper category, for her paper 444 Days in the Dark: The Iran Hostage Crisis. She also received the George C. Marshall Prize in Diplomacy, a special award that recognizes entries that show how effective diplomacy, at any time in history, combines selflessness and integrity with national interests.
Bella Holloman, Samantha Rosenbloom and Minna Thompson won second place in the Senior Group Exhibit category, for their project A Captivating ARRGument: The Second Barbary War and Decatur's Algerian Treaty.
You can learn more about the competition here.
medicine cabinet clean-out
Take advantage of convenient, confidential and safe disposal of unused or expired medications on Sat, April 28, from 10 am-2 pm, at the McLean District Police Station 1437 Balls Hill Road. Drug take-back programs are a safe way to dispose of prescription drugs, which helps prevent drug abuse and misuse, accidental poisoning and protects the environment. Medications (pills or liquids) can be dropped off at any of the eight Fairfax County District Police Stations. For a complete list of drop off locations, visit this website.
f airfax county teen job fairs
Fairfax County high school students looking for their first part-time job, summer and seasonal job opportunities, or who want more information about potential career pathways, are invited to attend one of four upcoming teen job fairs in Fairfax County:

Sat, April 7, 11 am-1 pm, Chantilly HS, 
4201 Stringfellow Road . This event will run concurrently with a resume workshop, which students are also invited to attend.
Sat, April 14, 11 am-1 pm, Mount Vernon HS
8515 Old Mount Vernon Road, Alexandria
Sat, April 21, 11 am-1 pm, South Lakes HS, 
11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston
Sat, April 28, noon-2 pm, West Springfield HS
6100 Rolling Road, Springfield

Local businesses and agencies will offer a range of opportunities, including part-time employment, internships and volunteer work for students. Click here to register.
add your voice to
Graduation week will lead off with the Baccalaureate on Sun, June 3, from 4-5:30 pm. A Baccalaureate is a faith-based service sponsored by the senior parents. During the service, seniors  of all faiths  and their families come together  to celebrate their graduation. Seniors who choose to participate can do so in many ways. Reading a poem, scripture, reading from a faith-based book of choice, playing and/or singing a song,  we would love to have as many seniors participate as possible. If your senior would like to participate in any way, please have them email Amy Hunt at .
service learning opportunities
Childrens' Health Awareness Program in Schools (CHAPS), April 7, 1:45-3 pm
Arlington Mill Community and Senior Center, 909 S Dinwiddie St, Arlington, VA

The Childrens' Health Awareness Program in Schools (CHAPS) is proud to announce its third annual health convention, aiming to create awareness about the holistic approach to healthy living, created for the children, by the children. Shreya Papneja, currently a freshman at Langley HS, initiated this nonprofit a few years ago, wanting to improve health in children in our local community. Fun activities will include a healthy food drive, a dance activity (Dance for Health - DaFoH) and a raffle. To make this conference successful, we need your help! Send an email to  if you'd like to volunteer and receive service hours, or be a participant at the event. For more information, click here.
SHARE of McLean Food Drive, April 7, 9 am-4:30 pm
Adult, high school and middle school students wanting to volunteer, should sign-up by clicking here. Please note some volunteer slots are at McLean Giant and some are at SHARE, located at McLean Baptist Church. Please dress for the weather, as you will be outside.
Apr 6
Langley Leap applications due
Apr 11
Principal's Coffee/PTSA meeting, 9 am at Cooper MS - New Date!
Apr 13
Two-hour early release
Apr 16
Teacher work day, student holiday
Apr 20 Sophomore Parent Forum, 9:30 - 11 am, St John's Episcopal Church
Apr 24
Senior Coffee/Lunch, noon, location TBD
Apr 25 Junior Class Coffee, 9:30 am, Cooper MS
For a full list of upcoming events, visit the LHS website Events page