langley eNews 
9/22 /2016 

Thank you to all who have submitted class dues, t-shirt sizes and class dinner registration.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Freshman Class Dinner  on  Tues, Sept 27 at 6:30 pm , LHS Cafeteria . Good luck to all students participating in the Class Officer elections!

The Spirit Week t-shirt order gets finalized this week! To ensure your student gets a t-shirt, the Class Dues & Registration form and check must be received by Fri, Sept 23. If you need a copy of the form, click this link to the Langley website. The form/check can be dropped off in the main office.

Join us for our first Parent Coffee of the year next Tues, Sept 27 at 9 am, Cooper MS, Room 130. If you can bring something, please sign up here.

Please remember to pay your class dues! Senior class dues are mandatory and must be paid before your student can participate in senior year events, including field trips and graduation. The form is available on our class webpage or in your green senior folder.
As discussed at Senior College Night, the transcript request deadline for Early Action Oct 15 schools is Sept 23.  The deadline for Early Action Nov 1 schools is Oct 6.  Please contact counselors with questions. 
Distribution of Spirit Week t-shirts (paid for with class dues) and any senior swag ordered will take place during all lunches Homecoming week.  Please remind your student to pick up their Spirit Week t-shirts as they will need to wear them on Fri, Oct 14 for the  pep rally, senior panoramic photo and senior picnic.  
Our first Senior Class Coffee will be held Thurs, Nov 10, at Cooper MS. Save the date.
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a message from the ptsa president
What if your best friend came down with a contagious disease and needed someone to care for her? Would you go to her aide? If the disease in question were potentially lethal . . . with a survival rate of only 30 percent, would you still go? If so, would that be fair to your family? This is the type of ethical dilemma our seniors will grapple with at Langley's annual Ethics Forum, fast approaching on  Wed, Oct 19. All Langley parents are encouraged to "pay it forward" and volunteer at least once before their child's senior year. (To promote a free exchange of ideas, parents of seniors cannot volunteer.) 

By signing up to be a table leader, you'll guide a group of eight students through several ethical dilemma modules, facilitate discussions, and get a fascinating glimpse into the psyches of our seniors--an impressive group! Chances are you'll get as much out of the day as our seniors. The commitment is from 8:15 am to 2:45 pm and includes lunch. 
You can click here to sign up. For more information, contact Kim Wenk at

There are other Langley volunteer opportunities to consider as well. The school clinic, for example, needs additional parents to train to work the occasional hour in the clinic. To volunteer for Ethics Forum, the school clinic or a number of other jobs, fill out the PTSA Volunteer Form in your child's back-to-school packet, or click this link to download a form. 

~ Chrissie Lavin, Langley PTSA President 
principal's coffee/ptsa general membership meeting 
Mark your calendar for the first  Prin cipal's Coffee of the school- year:  Wed, Oct 5 at 9 am, Cooper MS , 977 Balls Hill Road, McLean (due to lack of parking at Langley this year). All are welcome . We will quickly run through 10 minutes of PTSA business, then spend the rest of the time hearing Principal Amico and other administrators discuss what's new and noteworthy at LHS. Topics will range from a renovation update to this year's grading policy changes . The emphasis will be on how to help your child have a great year.
you make the difference 
Your annual PTSA membership and donation supports innovative teaching development, cutting-edge technology, special programs, renovation upgrades and extra materials that enhance your child's education.  The PTSA suggests a $100 donation per family , in addition to the annual membership fee of $25, to support the LHS community, but any amount is greatly appreciated. 

Remember to join before  Langley student directories  are distributed this fall. Membership includes a printed directory for your home.

You can find PTSA Membership & Donation forms here or you can donate online. Don't forget about company match donations! Any questions? Contact PTSA Membership chairs Patty Burgess, or Lisa Givens,
free performance: Enjoy a cup of coffee and  beautiful music performed by LHS Chamber Ensemble this  Sat, Sept  24 . The group will perform at Greenberry's Coffee Co., 6839 Redmond Drive, from 8:30-10 am .  Stop by and enjoy the concert!
volleyball: The Langley Girls' Volleyball team is an exciting and crowd-pleasing team.   We appreciate the fan support and look forward to hearing the chants and cheers as the team challenges for Conference, Regional and State titles!  Led by seniors Jess Dean, Sarah Maebius, Lauren Pratte, Raya Mufti and Kelsey Sherry, o ur next home match is against Potomac Falls Sept 29 .

Our annual Dig Pink Tournament was this past Saturday to help raise awareness for breast cancer research . Check the website to help contribute. 

 If your student is interested in joining the wrestling team, contact Coach Mye  at

fall sports:  Come out and support your fellow Saxons. Game schedules are available by clicking here. Fans can also follow us on Twitter for updates @langleysports. 
boosters: Click here for membership, booster wear, Saxon sales and sponsorships. 
congratulations to these lhs national merit finalists
Langley is proud that these students:  Ahmed Allawi, Elizabeth Ellinger, Alexander Feng, Richard Gagnon, Matthew Gregory, Emma Kohm, James Morrissey, Alexander Owen, Robert Pei, Nitin Rao, Kanishk Singh, Emily Stranne, Sivan Tretiak, Jay Uitz, and Andrew Vinter.   

They were among the 213 in Fairfax County to be named National Merit Semifinalists, part of a nationwide pool made up of less than 1% of all high school seniors in the US. 
national honor society
If your rising junior or senior would like to be a part of the National  Honor Society for the 2016-17 school year, the application is now available on the  PTSA  website. Applications will be accepted until 3 pm on Sept 30  and should be turned into Melissa Connor in room 205.
club day is next week 
Club day  is  Sept 30 during all lunches . Students will get information about clubs and service learning opportunities. Click  here  for the most up-to-date club list and how to start a new club. If you have questions about a specific club, please contact the teacher sponsor or general questions can be submitted to  Nancy Ayoub  at
free nova teen driving program
Reality Check Teen Driving is a parent/teen  driving  program that offers parents and teens a bird's eye view of the  consequences of destructive driving decisions The event will be held on  Sat, Oct 15 from 10 am to 1:30 pm at Inova Fairfax Hospital located at 3300 Gallows Rd, Falls Church,   in the Physician's Conference Center. The program is free and open to the public. Just click here to sign up. 
service learning opps 
Here are some upcoming service learning opportunities in our area (for additional opportunities, please visit the x2VOL link on your student's Family Connection Page on Blackboard).

Lewinsville Retirement Residence-Falls Church Homeless Shelter-Chesterbrook Residences
Sat, Oct 1, 8:30 am
Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, McLean
In partnership with Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, the Langley Pyramid schools are working together to help out the residents at Lewinsville Retirement Residence, Falls Church Homeless Shelter, and Chesterbrook Residences. We will be doing light cleaning, painting, creating decorations for an October Gala. For all projects, meet at Lewinsville Presbyterian. To get more information and to signup, click here.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016, 10 am to 5 pm 
McLean Central Park (intersection of Rt. 123 and Old Dominion Dr.)
If you love art, volunteering and learning more about your community, come join the 10th Anniversary MPAartfest community of volunteers!  McLean Project for the Arts invites you to volunteer during its 10th annual MPAartfest, McLean's premier, free, outdoor arts festival. Sign up today here, or email
 for more information. 

Teen Volunteer Information Nights
Wed, Sept 28 at  Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria
Tues, October 4 at  Chantilly Regional Library, Chantilly
Wed, October 5 at  Reston Regional Library, Reston
In order to assist students who need to fulfill a service hours requirement for a school class, club or other activity, the FCPL and Volunteer Fairfax are sponsoring this series of  Teen Volunteer Information Nights . Staff from Volunteer Fairfax will show teens how to find agencies in need of volunteers and  explore upcoming volunteer opportunities.
volunteers needed now! 
Parent and community volunteers are needed to serve as table leaders at the annual  Senior Ethics Forum, to be held on  Wed, Oct 19 from 8:15 am to 2:45 pm.  Please note that the Forum is being held in October, not May, as in previous years.
Seniors rotate through three modules where an ethical dilemma is presented, followed by group discussions facilitated by volunteer table leaders. Senior parents, teachers and school staff do not serve in this capacity, so we need parents of underclassmen or adults outside of the Langley parent community. Don't worry, 
training is provided!

Feedback from the past senior classes has been overwhelmingly positive. Many table leaders return year after year and truly value spending the day with Langley students. Don't miss the opportunity to participate in this important program.  You can click  here  to sign up. If you'd like more information, please contact Kim Wenk at
meals tax: vote on nov. 8
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~ Sponsored by Invest in Fairfax and the Fairfax County Council of PTAs
Sept 26
Driver's Ed Program, 7 pm
Sept 27
Junior Parent Coffee, 9 am
Freshman Class Dinner, 6:30 pm
Sept 30
Club Day
Oct 4 Financial Aid Night, 7 pm
Oct 5  Principal's Coffee/PTSA General Membership Meeting, 9 am 
Oct 6 Saxon Service at Saxon Time
Sophomore Parent Coffee, 9:30am, GF Library
Oct 7 Student Holiday
Oct 10 Columbus Day
Oct 12 New Family Coffee, 9:30 am
Oct 14 Homecoming Game
Oct 15 Homecoming Dance

For additional details about these events, visit the Langley calendar