langley eNews 
6/7 / 2018  

Parents, are you receiving the Class of 2019 emails from Steven Toole via our Parent GoogleGroup? If you're not a member, please join by clicking this link and then subscribe to the group. If you signed up for the Group, but aren't receiving the emails, check that your email delivery preference is set to receive notifications. We strongly recommend that all Junior (soon to be Senior) parents join, because next year all Back-to-School information and updates about graduation, ANGP, picnics etc. will be sent online. Plus, there is scads of info that will come out all year about being a senior and college applicant, and you won't want to miss any of it.
P ayment of class dues is also moving online through This is the online tool FCPS uses for lunch money and school fees (and prom tickets). Now is a good time for parents to set up a account for your student, if you don't already have one, or check that you can access your account.
Students and parents!  We need your photos for our graduation slideshow next June. Please submit them to the 2019 Junior Year Dropbox, using this link. If you have any questions, contact Lysa Van Beuren,
The Junior Class Parents are looking for a Chairperson for next year's Baccalaureate (June 2019), if interested, contact Maura Bollinger,
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message from the ptsa president
The Career Fair hosted in Langley Hall last week is a great event for our students in two ways. First, our student-led committee gets real-life experience planning the event. Second, all students benefit from meeting professionals and learning about their career paths.
Over 40 professionals volunteered their time this year to discuss careers such as being an author, private equity investing, working as a statistician and being an intelligence analyst, among others. Our guests said the students asked great questions and had in-depth conversations with them about their education, career paths and job responsibilities. Our Saxons were engaged and curious to hear about future professions available to them.

After serving as committee members last year, seniors Ian Shaw, Nico Vasiliadis and Raafay Jamil chaired the event this year and worked on all the last-minute details as their Langley Leap project. They worked diligently with our PTSA Career Fair Chairs Suzie Grieco and Lee Ann Brownlee, Dir of Student Services Davina Johnson, and College and Career Counselor Hannah Wolff, to plan this event. Part of their responsibilities are to train the juniors -- Kendall Beckett, Isabel Daniel and Courtney Kuby -- who will be taking over next year. Also serving on the committee were freshman Dani Greico and Ariana Sanjideh.
Many thanks to our Career Fair Committee for planning this informative event for our community. We're also very appreciative of all our presenters who took the morning off from work to give our students an inside look at their professions. The future is looking bright!

~ Jennifer Feinstein, PTSA President
ptsa awards deserving students
The PTSA annually recognizes outstanding students with two awards:
The Scott Stone Memorial Award for Outstanding Citizenship is awarded annually to two Langley seniors who throughout their years at Langley demonstrated qualities of outstanding character, leadership and humanitarianism. The winners, nominated by Langley faculty and selected by Langley administrators, have greatly contributed to the community with random acts of kindness, friendly rapport with peers and faculty, compassion for others, and by serving as positive role models. In memory of Langley science teacher Scott Stone, this award, presented with $500, is given to students whose enthusiasm, thoughtfulness and citizenship made Langley a better place to go to school. This year's winners are Nate Ludlow and Ashley Baradari. 

Reflecting LHS's emphasis on service, the PTSA Service Award recognizes a student in his or her junior year who has demonstrated excellence in volunteerism and who is committed to making a difference in our community. This year we had a tie and each student was awarded $250. The winners are Ryan Herberg and Nicole Haley.
Congratulations to all of our winners!
more furniture for the science wing
More new furniture has arrived! Thanks again to the generous donations of our parents, the PTSA has purchased furniture for our 1st and 2nd floor hallways in the Science Wing. These ottomans and tables can be rearranged so students can work alone or in small groups. We're so happy our Saxons no longer have to sit on the floor
while doing schoolwork and socializing.
saxons, did you know?
Teen drivers are more likely than other age groups to be involved in a fatal crash where distraction is reported.

This regular enews 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 decision-making with your teen and family.
staff spotlight
Norma Benabdelouahab started her job as a French teacher for the Langley community last summer. She got her education from The French School of Journalism, The University of Maryland and Washington University of Virginia, earning degrees in translations, linguistics and international education.

"I love teaching. The students are very respectful, motivated, smart, and I like that. I like the school environment," Mrs. Benabdelouahab said.

Originally, Mrs. Benabdelouahab anticipated a career in journalism, and came to this country as a journalist for a food column . But after having children, she was offered an opportunity that resulted in a career change. A World Bank scholarship took her back to school so she could be a teacher. "I love people, and this was an exciting opportunity for me," she said.

In her free time, Mrs. Benabdelouahab enjoys activities that involve lots of relaxation.  She practices yoga and loves to read.

"Right now, I'm revisiting some books I have read in my past. I love Russian literature, for example, The Brothers Karamazov. I'm interested in many types of literature," she said.

~ Lina Al-Atrash, Saxon Scope Staff Writer
prom thank-you's
The Class of 2019 would like to thank all the parents and staff who helped to make the Senior/Junior Prom a safe and fun night! A special shout-out goes to the Prom Committee parents: Tanya Loftus, Margaret Brown, Jill Farah, Michelle Gasparis and Melissa Schwartz -- you rock! We also had a huge assist from our class teacher-sponsor Marc Brooks and Langley's wonderful financial guru Debbie Myren.

get your meds back
All medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than 11 am on June 15.  Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded. It is school policy that prescription medication must be picked up by the parent or guardian; it cannot be sent home with your student. However, with parent or guardian permission, a student may transport over-the-counter medication to and from the school health room. If you have any questions, contact your school health room aide,  Maha Mossad , at
angp notes
Tonight is the All-Night Grad Party! The LHS Class of 2018 greatly appreciates the generosity and support of following donors who contributed to this year's ANGP.
Corporate Donors: Artius Integrative Medicine; Carelife Style Medical Aesthetics; Chain Bridge Bank; Chipotle; Deirdre Maull Orthodontics; Eclips Salon; Equinoxys, Inc.; Great Falls Area Ministries; Great Falls Creamery, LLC; John Nugent & Sons, Inc.; JTI, Inc., KPMG, LLC; Land Art Design; Luposello & Marzban Orthodontics; McLean Dental Care; Rappaport; RBKL Family Foundation; STEMZ; and the Village Green Day School.
Prize Donors: Café Oggi, Carelife Style Medical Aesthetics, Cheesecake Factory, Chop't, Dave and Busters, District Taco, Dorm, Eclips Salon, Embassy Autowash, Glory Days Grill, Great American Restaurants, Great Falls Animal Hospital, Great Falls Florist, Jeff Lubin Fine Portrait Studio, King's Dominion, Listrani's, McLean Dental Care, Paul Levine Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Roti, Steve Madden, Ltd, Subway, Sweet Leaf, Uber, Vineyard Vines, Wasabi Co., and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
Food Donors: Mookie's BBQ, Chick Fil A in Tyson's, Krispy Kreme Donuts in Alexandria, the Langley Athletic Boosters, Wheat's Landscaping, and Trader Joe's in Falls Church.

We thank all our donors for helping to make tonight's event a memorable and safe one for our newly minted graduates!
fle materials available for review
The FCPS-recommended Family Life Education (FLE) materials are available for community review through the close of business on Fri, Jun 8.  Recommended materials under review, including media and lesson objectives, will affect students in grades 4 and 7-12. Click here for more information about the recommended materials.
colleges still accepting applications
Do you know a high school senior still looking for the right college fit for the fall? The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has released their annual list of institutions still accepting applications from prospective freshmen or transfer students for the fall of 2018. It's recommended that students and families contact their school counselor and career center specialist with any questions.  
volunteer to give tours!
Do you have an hour in your schedule to give? We need parents to provide guided tours of LHS. This is a great PTSA volunteer option for parents with minimal time. Tours are scheduled throughout the school year to accommodate families relocating to the Langley boundaries or considering a public high school. Requests are arranged through the front office. Training will be provided - no experience necessary! Email Mary Welch at if you're interested or would like more information.
advertise in next year's directory
AtoZ Directories is already hard at work on our directory for the 2018-2019 school year. AtoZ Directories produces our print directory and our directory app free of charge for our school. The PTSA is thrilled to be working with them again.
Our directory is an ideal way to promote your business, firm, practice or community partnership. There's no better way to connect directly with families in our community AND support our school at the same time. Click here to view the advertising rate card, with an advertising opportunity for every budget. Premium spots will sell quickly. Contact AtoZ today to ensure you find the best ad space for you and your business.
Email AtoZ's Monica Christensen at for more information or to secure your placement before summer break. Thank you for your participation and support of Langley!
June 7 Graduation
June 7-8 All-Night Grad Party, McLean Sport & Health
June 15 Last day of school! Dismissal at 10:10 am.
For a full list of upcoming events, visit the LHS Calendar