langley eNews 
8/31/ 2017  

If you haven't yet, please pay your class dues! The form was in your student's Back-To-School Packet or it can be found here or on the Langley PTSA website . The form and your check can be dropped off by your student at the main office.

We hope to see everyone at the class dinner next Tuesday, right before the mandatory senior college night program. We will have a limited number of extra dinner tickets available for purchase at the door for $15 starting at 6:45pm.

Our first class coffee will be held at Cooper MS, Room 130, on Thurs, Nov 9.

Senior Swag order deadline is Sept 22, click here to order.

If you are not receiving our class emails, please contact and request to be added to the google group.

Please remember to send in your student's Junior Class Dues & Registration. You can find an online copy of the form on the Class of 2019 webpage. It's due back Thurs, Sept 21 and can be dropped off in the main office by your student. 

Join us for our first Parent Coffee of the year on Mon, Sept 18 at 9:30 am at Cooper MS, Room 130. Hear the latest news for junior parents. If you'd like to volunteer to help with the coffees (or other Junior events), sign up here

If you're not receiving Class of 2019 emails, please sign-up for our GoogleGroup for parents by following this link.

Please remember to send in your student's sophomore class dues, Spirit Week T-shirt size, etc. using the Sophomore Class Dues form. Key dates and information for Sophomores can be found in the
Sophomore Class  LetterYou can always find relevant information and dates on the sophomore class webpage

Upcoming dates for parents:
Sept 12: Back to School Night for all grades 
Sept 25, 7 pm  sharp: Sophomore Parent/Teen Driver's Education Program in LHS Auditorium
Sept 27, 9 amPrincipal Coffee and PTSA Meeting at Cooper MS
Oct 25, 9:30-11 am: First Sophomore Parent Forum at St. John's Episcopal Church

If you didn't receive a class email on Aug 17, please contact If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact

Freshman class dues ($35) are due Fri, Sept 8. Dues are used to fund activities such as Back-to-School packets, Parent Coffees, and Student Treat Days. Class dues include your freshman's Homecoming t-shirt!  Dues & order form are in your student's Back-to-School packet.

The class dinner will be held  Thurs, Sept 28, 6:30-8pm in the Langley cafeteria. Class of 2021 students and their families are invited to meet key staff and other freshmen families at this fundraiser dinner. Tickets are $20 per person. Catering will be by Moby Dick House of Kabob in McLean. An RSVP form was included in Back-to-School packet .

If you're not receiving Class of 2021 emails, please visit our class webpage and click on  Sign up for our Mailing List .  Emails will be our primary means of communicating all class events and information for the next four years.
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a message from the ptsa president
Welcome, Saxon families!   On behalf of Langley HS's Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), it's a pleasure to welcome you to the 2017-18 school year. The PTSA works closely with the school administration and staff to support the curriculum and provide programs that directly benefit our children. We could not do this without our Langley parents who play a vital role in maintaining a tradition of excellence at our school. 

I invite each of you to find a meaningful way to connect and engage with the Langley community. To do this, I encourage you to:

Attend PTSA meetings.  To be a parent in the know, plan to attend all the  PTSA meetings this year. Hear the latest scoop from Principal Amico, discuss important issues and have your questions answered. Due to Langley's ongoing construction and limited parking, this year's meetings will be held at 9 am at Cooper Middle School on Sept 27, Nov 15, Jan 17, and March 14. (The May meeting is tentatively scheduled for the 23rd with location TBD). 

Stay informed. If you're reading this copy of our weekly electronic newsletter, then you're off to a good start! It's packed full of information about things going on at the school and in our community. Be sure to subscribe at  so it will arrive in your inbox every Thursday. Please check the PTSA website frequently for the latest updates and helpful links.

Volunteer. We rely on the time and expertise of our parents! Your participation in the PTSA will enhance your child's experience, give you a voice and help you stay connected. Make a pledge to volunteer at least once this year. There are multitudes of ways to get involved, including providing baked goods for Hospitality events, being a table leader at Senior Ethics Day, or chaperoning school dances. For more volunteer options, click  here .

Invest in our children. Your PTSA membership and donation dollars provide many of the supplemental items that the FCPS budget cannot, from basic supplies, such as skeleton models, to Chromebooks, iPads and computer monitors. Your donations also fund substance abuse prevention programs, continuing education programs for teachers, teacher appreciation events, this newsletter and much more. Click  here  to donate and/or become a member of the PTSA. Please don't forget that membership should be renewed annually and that PTSA dues are different from class dues.

Provide feedback. How can the PTSA better support you and your child? What changes would like to see at Langley? Is there a program you'd like to see implemented?  Please send questions, comments, and suggestions to me at

I am looking forward to working with all of you to make this another successful school year.

~ Jennifer Feinstein, LHS PTSA President 2017-18
be our kids' champion
As Jennifer said above, your support provides many of the extras that the cash-strapped FCPS budget cannot, from basic supplies, like  science lab equipment, to high-tech equipment for our broadcast journalism studio. Please join/donate today.  PTSA Membership has a NEW ONLINE form! And it's so easy to use! You can cross this off your back-to-school "to do" list by simply clicking 
here . Thanks for your support! 

~ 2017-18 PTSA Membership Co-Chairs  Jamie Loving ( and Lisa Givens (  
welcoming new families
The school was buzzing with activity last Wednesday as freshman and new 10 th , 11 th and 12th families came to the school for orientation. Our drum line, cheerleaders, dance team, student ambassadors, student leadership and Saxon links showed up in full force to make new students feel part of the Langley community. Parents were lined up at our tables to gather information, join our parent organizations, and buy spirit wear. Special thanks to our administrators, counselors, sponsors, and PTSA and Booster volunteers for supporting this energetic kick off to the school year. 
welcome back breakfast
The PTSA hosted a Welcome Back Breakfast for the entire Langley staff. This was a festive occasion as staff members greeted each other and caught up after the summer break. You could feel the excitement in the air as everyone was gearing up to start the new school year. The staff enjoyed coffee and breakfast in the Library before they headed to the lecture hall in the new section of the school for an orientation lead by Principal Amico Thank you to our fabulous PTSA Hospitality members and volunteer bakers for pulling together this great kick-off for the new school year.
welcome to new staff members, too
The PTSA provided a welcome breakfast for our new faculty members as well. Their orientation included introductions to many of the Langley staff members, a tour of the school via a scavenger hunt, and setting up their computers. We welcome them and wish them well  as they settle in at Langley.
Davina Johnson
Director of Student Services
Nichole Bernard
Student Services
Betsy Shomaker
Student Services
Alexandra Niehaus
Mark Witzel
Social Studies
Shirley Weng Science
Pamela Dodd
Special Ed
Debra Dornemann
Special Ed
Tameka Gibson
Special Ed
Cassie Thompson
Visual Arts
Noura Benabdelouahab
World Languages
Heather Mason
World Languages
Elisabeth Musso
World Languages
Nazelie Nersesian
World Languages
Khairina Worthey
Support Staff
John Morris School Resource Officer (SRO)
supporting reflections
Here's your first chance to voluntee r to get things done! The National PTA offers students an opportunity to participate in a Reflections program that recognizes achievements in the arts. The theme this year is Within Reach. We need one or two parents willing to advertise the event and coordinate the submissions of Langley students. There will be a training reception for all Chairs on  Thurs, Sept 14 at 6:30 pm. Click here to find more information about the program. Please send an email to if you would like to help. We will not be able to offer this program to our students without parent support!
they gotta eat
Here are three ways to purchase cafeteria meals:
1) Credit Card. Go online to . Once a student account is open, parents can check and replenish the fund at any time.

2) Write a check payable to Langley High School Food Services.  The check can be dropped in the school office to be placed in the mailbox of the food service manager Dalwinder (Dee) Sohi, dropped off directly with Dee in the cafeteria, or mailed to Food and Nutrition Services, 6840 Industrial Road, Springfield, VA 22151. A local address and phone number must be printed or handwritten on the check. The student name and PIN number are required on the check  memo line.

3) Cash may be brought to the food service manager's office for deposit on student's account, or students may pay cash daily.
nhs apps due very soon
Juniors and seniors interested in applying for the National Honor Society can access the application packet by enrolling in the Langley NHS Google Classroom page using code 50wqv2g. The application and teacher recommendations are due by Fri, Sept 22. For more info, click herePlease send any questions to Mrs. Conner, , or Ms. Stankiewicz
it's great to be a joiner
Joining one of Langley's many clubs is a great way to connect with peers and get involved. LHS will host a Club Day on Fri, Sept 29, in Langley Hall, where students can learn more about the various activity options. In the meantime, encourage your student to attend one of these upcoming club events:
  • The It's Academic club is having its first meeting after school this Fri, Sept 1, in room 2406. We're looking forward to a very active year with lots of opportunities for participation in tournaments and just having fun each Friday after school. All are welcome!
  • There will be a Model United Nations interest meeting on Tues, Sept 12, after school, from 3-4 pm in the lecture hall. All interested students welcome!
  • The interest meeting for the Latin Club and Latin Honor Society will be held Wed, Sept 13, 3 pm, in Trailer #8. All are welcome!
more about sports and clubs
boys' golf: The varsity golf team has gotten off to a great start this season, winning its first four tournaments, including the prestigious Independence Invitational. Senior Matthew Feinstein won individual honors at the Bear Classic, with a 69. He also got a hole-in-one at Independence. Nikita Gubenko had a 68 at the Herndon tournament, and Eli Thrasher had top three finishes in two tournaments. John Schindler posted 73-72 at Independence.  Kelly Chinn posted a 69 at the Patriot  Invitational, and Chris Dillard, Brian Feinstein, Kenny Lippman and Brian Kim have all  contributed counting scores.   

field hockey: The girls opened their season and district play with a 3-1 win over Washington-Lee High School. They are also coming off a 4-0 performance at the South County  field hockey tournament where they earned wins over Stafford, Chantilly, Hayfield and TC Williams. 

O n Aug 18 the
Field Hockey Team raised $1903.21
Second Story,  a local organization that supports abused and homeless children in our area providing a variety of vital services. Despite the heat of the day, the girls were motivated and made it happen.  It was amazing to see the amount of school supplies the team was able to buy!  Thanks to everyone who participated and donated. Well done girls!

volleyball: The girls' volleyball team is once again going to have an exciting and crowd-pleasing team. We appreciate the fan support over the years and we look forward to hearing the chants and cheers as the team challenges for Conference, Regional and State titles! Led by seniors Hanna Curtis, Allison Franke (committed to Franklin and Marshall), Julia Mays, Christy Qian, Grace Roemer and Elena Shklyar (committed to Michigan State), the fun will begin with our first home match against Stone Bridge Sept 6. Other highlight home matches are Madison, Sept 11, McLean, Oct 3, and Senior night vs. Yorktown on Oct 17. Dig Pink Tournament on Sat, Sept 23 is at Robinson SS. The Dig Pink tournament is to help raise awareness for breast cancer research.  Check the website to help contribute. Come out and enjoy the action!!

crew: Wondering if rowing could be the right sport for your kid?  Langley Crew offers an intro to the sport of rowing for kids grades 8 and up. The Learn to Row session runs every Saturday from Sept. 9 through Oct. 28, from 11 am to 1:30 pm at Sandy Run Regional Park. This class introduces the basics of rowing - such as language and handling of equipment, performing rowing drills and rowing all eight. No previous experience is needed (a swim test is required). Go to for more information and registration. Also, Langley Crew is hosting an Open House on Sept. 9 from 9 am to noon at our boathouse at Sandy Run Regional Park, 10450 Van Thompson Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039. Varsity athletes and parents will be ready to show you around and answer any questions you might have. 

clubs: If you are interested in joining a club or starting a new club, click  here for information.

a new sports cup:  In the spirit of the long-time friendly rivalry, Langley and McLean High Schools will be starting an annual "Chain Bridge Cup" competition. At the end of each spring season, this trophy will be awarded to the school that has accumulated the most points in the Langley vs McLean varsity athletic contests throughout the entire school year. The competition officially started this week with golf! Stay tuned throughout the school year for information and updates by following @langleysports on Twitter.
saxon stage auditions next week
Have an aspiring actor in the family? Auditions for the play Dining Room are scheduled for Wed, Sept 6 and Thurs, Sept 7. Callbacks will be on Fri, Sept 8. For more information, contact drama teacher Valerie Karasek, .
all about saxon service
Langley HS is committed to promoting service within our community. Participation with service organizations has been proven to reduce stress, create a sense of community, foster relationships, and promote self-esteem and a s ense of pride by contributing to someone or something in a meaningful way. LHS offers Saxon Service on the first and third Thursday of every month; it is an opportunity to engage in service and earn hours right here in the building during Saxon Time.
The first Saxon Service will be held on Thurs, Sept 21, from 10:37-11:11. The activities available for students include making sandwiches and blankets for Embry-Rucker Shelter, sorting crayons for the Crayon Initiative, making dog and cat toys for Arlington Animal Welfare League, ironing pillowcases for Case For Smiles, folding origami for Cranes for Cancer, knitting blankets for Second Story Young Mothers Program, writing notes of thanks/support to our active duty military, writing notes of encouragement to children at INOVA Hospital, preparing art kits for Jill's House, making beads for Village of Hope-Haiti, and donating rice for UN World Food Program.
Please encourage your student to participate. Student should register with X2VOL on their Family Connections page in order to sign in to activities at Saxon Service. Each student engaged in a service activity will earn one hour of service learning credit. Hours can be logged on their X2VOL account or on the Service Learning Application found  here on the PTSA website.
more service learning notes
Saxon Service is looking for donations of these items:  t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodie sweatshirts, fleece remnants or blankets, tennis balls, ping-pong balls, unused plastic rectangular tables clothes, disposable food preparation gloves, sewing machines in good working condition, colorful patterned cotton fabric 12"x12" or bigger.

So before you toss out "old stuff" or "don't want stuff" from your cleaned out closets/lockers/cars, consider donating them to Saxon Service for their many programs.  Please place donations in the boxes by the Band Room or Main Office. And please r emember to save your crayons, as we will be collecting crayons in June.
how about academic boosters?
Academic Boosters supports activities which encourage academic curiosity and promote the intellectual endeavors of Langley High School students, including academic teams, competitions and extra-curricular activities.   Do you have an activity or club to suggest? Send email to .
Please join Langley Academic Boosters via the light aqua form in your student packet, or join online .  For up-to-date information on academic clubs & competitions find Academic Boosters on Facebook @LHSAcademics and follow us on Twitter @LHSAcademics.
fops back-to-school workshops & events
An Introduction to Executive Functioning: The brain's executive function enables people to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and multi-task successfully. Join us for this interactive workshop on Fri, Sept 8, 10 am to noon, to see how these skills affect your child's academic habits. Click  here to register.

Homework Made Simple: It's homework time again!  Don't miss this workshop by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., award-winning author of Homework Made Simple. Learn tips and strategies to make homework less stressful this school year. Click  here to register for the workshop on Fri, Sept 29, 10-11:30 am

Both workshops will be held at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1 - Room 100.
cause network
The PTSA has partnered with Cause Network to provide a free, easy to use,  one-stop application where your  daily activities earn money for our school!

No more websites to remember to go to; simply download the app, set up an account, and use it often!  Langley receives a donation when you: 
  • Shop or make travel arrangements online through the mobile or web app 
  • Donate used tech devices or used vehicles 
  • Link your Giant and Harris Teeter grocery cards
  • Purchase college textbooks
For more information, click here. To register, click here.
Aug 28
Underclass photos
Sept 1
Underclass photos
Sept 4
Labor Day student holiday
Sept 5
Senior class dinner and mandatory senior college night
Sept 12
Back-to-school night, all grades
Sept 18
Junior parent coffee
Sept 22
Student holiday (strategic planning)
Sept 25
Driver's Ed program, doors close at 7 pm sharp
Sept 27
Principal's coffee & PTSA membership meeting, Cooper MS Room 130, 9 am
Sept 28
Freshman class dinner
Sept 29
Club Day

For a full list of upcoming events, visit the LHS website Events page