langley eNews
February 28, 2019
from the ptsa president
February has disappeared in a flurry of school holidays and, well, flurries of another sort! I hope that March brings us an early spring, and, please, no more snow days or late starts ... after tomorrow?

Looking ahead, there are two great opportunities to gather information about our FCPS schools. Plan to attend the March 12 PTSA meeting for a presentation on the FCPS Capital Improvement Plan, which outlines projected population growth, long-term planning for facilities, and potential boundary changes. This meeting will include a discussion of Langley’s under-enrollment and the potential impact on our school’s staffing, programming and boundaries. Guest speaker Janie Strauss, the Dranesville District School Board representative, along with Principal Greer, will address issues of growth and management of resources in county schools. Join us on Tues, March 12 in the Langley Lecture Hall at 9:30 am.  

On Tues, March 5, at 7 pm, FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand, EdD, and Rep Strauss will speak at the Mclean Community Center. The event will focus on mental health, academic pressure and the vision for schools in McLean and Great Falls. Bring your students, as they will be given priority to ask questions.  

~ Patty Burgess, PTSA President
dangers of impaired driving
Langley and the PTSA is partnering with Fairfax County Police to present the Dangers of Impaired Driving program for all juniors and seniors. Kids will learn about the dangers of underage drinking as well as those posed by driving while impaired by alcohol or distraction. They will wear goggles that mimic the effects of impairment as they try to conduct simple and complex tasks, including "driving" a wheelchair with a passenger and participating in a mock sobriety check with Fairfax County police officers. Dangers of Impaired Driving was formerly known as Spring Alcohol Awareness Program but it has been expanded to include the dangers of texting while driving

The program is next Wed, March 20 and Thurs, March 21 during the school day. Since we have 1000 students participating in this important program, we need a lot of adult help. We would appreciate at least 10 volunteers from approximately 7:45-11:15 am and from 11 am-2:55 pm each of the two days; you are welcome to volunteer all day or just half a day. Sign up to volunteer here. If you have questions, feel free to contact Betsy Shomaker at, Julie Hohl at, or Kelly Rankin at
student peace awards
Students from 22 schools have been named recipients of the 2019 Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County, designed to recognize young people who work as peacemakers. Langley’s winner is Sumaiya Haque, who organized a team to conduct a Snapshot Project in Bangladesh. In her project, cameras were provided to children who could then tell their own stories through visual images, while building self-confidence. Recipients will be recognized at a reception on March 10 at the Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax. ( You can find more info on the project in the next article.)
100cameras project
The Langley community is invited to the 100Cameras Snapshot Dhaka Gallery Event on Wed, March 20 from 6-9 pm, hosted by the Langley National Art Honor Society and the Photography Club.
100Cameras Snapshot Dhaka is an arts initiative in which two students from Langley, Sumaiya Haque and Ananya Amirthalingam, together with two kids from TJHSST, traveled to Bangladesh in the summer of 2018 to share their love for photography with local children. Working with the nonprofit organization Teach for Bangladesh, they conducted a two-week workshop for 25 children aged 8-15, teaching them photography composition and techniques, as well as storytelling. Over the course of the project, the Bangladeshi students took many beautiful photos, which will be displayed at LHS.
Part of Youth Art Month, this gallery event will also function as a silent auction for prints of the photography. Proceeds raised from the event will be directed back to our Bangladeshi students, ideally in the form of higher-education scholarships. Light refreshments will be served.
If you want to learn more about the project, the team and the journey, visit the project website. And, if you’d like a sneak peak of some student photos, visit the online gallery. Feel free to contact faculty liaison Ryan Jackson at with any questions.
saxons skate for the title!
The Langley Ice Hockey Team has knocked off the #2 and #1 seeds in succession and will skate for the NVSHL championship this Fri, March 1 at 8 pm at the Ashburn Ice House.  After beating the Oakton Cougars 6-1 last Fri, the Saxon skaters upset #2 seeded Stonebridge 3-1 to advance to the NVSHL Final Four on Wed night, where the Saxons held off #1 seed Chantilly 3-2. Paint your face, put on your Saxon horns and come support your seniors Max Campbell, Christian Tschampel, and Stan Kolodin in their quest for another upset. #wewanthecup
langley band performs at carnegie hall
The Langley Bands had a fun-filled and event-packed three-day trip to New York City last week, highlighted by an outstanding performance in Carnegie Hall on Feb 18. Langley’s concert performance was part of the Distinguished Concert International Series, which invites accomplished band, orchestral and choral groups to perform at Carnegie Hall. It goes without saying that the Langley band did not disappoint, and they played magnificently to a nearly sold-out house! Congratulations to the band, Director Doug Martin and Assistant Director Kyle Harrington!
angst screening & discussion - tonight!
Come to LHS tonight at 7 pm for a viewing of the IndieFlix original film Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety in the Auditorium. Featured in the documentary are students affected by anxiety, mental health professionals and mental health advocate Olympian Michael Phelps, who share their stories and provide insight into a topic that challenges many students.  

Following the movie, a panel discussion will feature Jennifer Weaver, founder of the McLean-based psychotherapy practice Weaver and Associates, and Adrian Brown, a psychiatrist in McLean and professor at Georgetown U Medical Center. Rounding out the panel will be Donna Barnsley, clinical social worker, and Deb Lane, school psychologist, both in Langley’s Student Services Dept. The event is free and recommended for adults and students 6th grade and up
anxious book events
Anxiety can be a very persistent master! When it moves into families, it can take over daily routines, schoolwork, bedtime/sleep and even recreation. Langley and the Safe Community Coalition invite you to attend these two events, which highlight an acclaimed book, its authors, and concrete strategies to prevent and control anxiety

discuss the book: Join Principal Greer on Mon, March 18 at 12 pm in Langley's Lecture Room for a discussion on  Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children ,  by Reid Wilson and Lynn Lyons . With anxiety at epidemic levels among youth, the book provides practical strategies that parents and educators can use to break the cycle of anxious worrying . Click here to purchase the book through Amazon. Bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks and dessert are provided. 

meet the author: Lynn Lyons is a nationally recognized licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist and speaker as well as co-author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents . As part of the Safe Community Coalition’s year-long focus on anxiety in youth, come hear Lyons on Mon, Apr 1 at 7 pm at the McLean Community Center’s Alden Theater

Lyons will discuss strategies that parents and educators can use with youth to handle anxiety now, and also to help prevent anxiety and depression from developing later in life. Tickets are $25 and are available here . Books and DVDs will be available for purchase at the event.  
courtyard benefactors
Those who can support Langley's courtyard fundraising at the highest level -- $1,000 and up -- are called Courtyard Benefactors. Becoming a Courtyard Benefactor means your family name (or business name) will be included on a wall plaque listing premium donors, adjacent to the Langley Legacy Tree. As a bonus, we'll engrave up to six complimentary Legacy Tree leaves for our Courtyard Benefactors -- enough to pay tribute to your student and also a favorite friend, sport, activity, teacher, and coach! (Note: the PTSA is a 501(c)(3) organization and can receive tax-deductible donations.)

If that's not the donation level you're looking for, there are many options to consider. Langley Legacy Tree giving levels are copper leaf ($50), silver leaf ( $100), gold leaf ($200), or an acorn ($500). You choose the engraved message! Donations of all amounts are greatly appreciated and will be used to transform our courtyards into beautiful outdoor classrooms .

With enough donations, the completed project will include trees, a pond, a sensory garden, a rock garden, and dozens of ways to incorporate hands-on, experiential learning into the school day  To order your leaf — or leaves! — visit the  PTSA website . Questions? Email .
bands on the run
Calling all runners and walkers! The Bands on the Run 5K Fun Run and Family Fun Walk is coming to LHS on Sun, March 31, 8 am

Proceeds of the 5K will benefit the 300-plus students who participate in the bands at both LHS and Cooper MS, including the curricular bands, various performing concert ensembles, Marching Band, Jazz Band and United Sound.

The 5K course begins and ends at Langley, and the morning will include door prizes and music! This event is open to the entire community -- the more the merrier. The Langley Bands website has all the details or register here. Come run with the bands!
THANK YOU to our Inital Sponsors!

McLean Artisans – Fine Cabinetry
and Millwork

Drum Major
Tracy Williams, TTR Sotheby’s
International Realty

First Chair
Care of Trees
Case Design/FRED Home Improvement
Monica Gibson, Keller Williams Realty
Joy Custom Design
Skill Builders

Ensemble Player
Chain Bridge Bank
LiftMeUp! Therapeutic Riding
Susan Tull O'Reilly, McEarney Associates

Other Donations
Adagio Ballet
The Artisans
Ballet Nova
McLean Giant
Potomac River Running
Reston Limo
Study Pro
TTR Sotheby's
saxons, did you know ...
The New York Times recently published an article entitled “Addicted to Vaped Nicotine, Teenagers Have No Clear Path to Quitting.” Included are stats from the annual Monitoring the Future survey, noting that the rise in nicotine vaping was the largest spike for any substance recorded by the study in 44 years. The survey also found that many students believe they are vaping “just flavoring.”  

This couldn’t be farther from the truth! Have the conversation as a family about the dangers of vaping and nicotine addiction. If your teen needs help quitting, consult your pediatrician.  

Also, here’s an informative video featuring FCPS students talking about their experiences with vaping.
upcoming service opps
Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge
Fri, March 1 and Sat, March 2

It’s the 6 th annual Real Food for Kids challenge! Adult and student volunteers are needed this weekend to assist with this student culinary competition and showcase . See individual assignments for description, hours and type of volunteer needed – you can sign up and find more info here .
It’s fun for families to attend as well! Twenty-seven teams from across the metro area will compete. There’s no charge, but you need to register to attend here .
Spring Hill ES Funfair
Sat, March 23

Help is needed with games and activities , like the frog whomp, cake walk, hair styling, face painting, zoo dip, and so much more! Click here to sign up. Make it even more fun by volunteering with your friends! Direct questions to: .
Saxon Time -- Saxon Service
For your calendars, note that the schedule for the remaining Saxon Service opportunities has changed

March 28 instead of March 21
April 25 instead of April 11
it’s academic 
The LHS It’s Academic team, led by veterans Matt Rubin and Selena Bao, joined by newcomer Ari Tretiak, spent the morning of Feb 16 at NBC4 Studios for another exciting taping of the longest-running game show in the US.

Tune in to NBC4 at 10:30 am on April 20 to see Matt, Selena, and Ari represent Langley against Wootton and Northwest and find out how our Saxons did.
news by class
Mark your calendars for our last Senior Parent Coffee on March 27, 9:30 am in the Lecture Hall to hear about graduation details and more.

If you still haven’t completed the FAFSA financial aid form, there will be one more FCPS workshop to help, on March 23, from 9 am til noon, at Justice HS. Register to attend the College Access Fairfax workshops on the College Access Fairfax website.
If you have photos of your freshman with other freshman (not with family or students in other grades), send your photos to our Dropbox! Have your student send us photos, too. It’s never too early to contribute to the senior year slideshow
award opportunity

Seniors, would you like $1000? The Virginia PTA is offering $1000 scholarships to high school seniors in Virginia. The criteria include a demonstrated commitment to and engagement in community service, academic achievement and financial need . Awards look good on applications and resumes, and every little bit of funding helps! The  application deadline is tomorrow, March 1 . Click here for the application and more info. 

local meetings with county reps
what’s the budget? Take advantage of this chance to meet and talk with Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust and County CFO Joe Mondoro regarding the county’s 2020 budget. The meeting is at the Mclean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave) tonight: Thur, Feb 28 at 7 pm.   
meet the super: Come meet and talk with FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand, EdD, and Janie Strauss. The event will focus on mental health, academic pressure and the vision for schools in McLean and Great Falls. Bring the entire family, as students will be given priority to ask questions. The meeting is at the McLean Community Center on Tue, Mar 5 at 7 pm.  
upcoming events
Feb 28: Angst documentary and panel discussion, 7 pm
Mar 4: Meet the Coach night
Mar 5: Student/Parent Driver's Ed program, 7 pm doors close
Mar 5: Supt Braband and Rep Strauss at MCC, 7 pm
Mar 11: 3-Hour Early Release
Mar 12: Principal's Coffee/PTSA Meeting, 9:30 am
Mar 12: Band Concert, 7 pm
Mar 13: Choral Concert, 7 pm
Mar 18: Book Discussion, 12 pm
Mar 20: 100Cameras Snapshot Dhaka Gallery Event, 6 pm
Mar 20-21: Alcohol Awareness program
Mar 22: Langley Leap Applications due
Mar 26: Senior Ethics Day
Mar 27: Senior Parents Coffee, 9:30 am
Mar 28: Saxon Service during Saxon Time
Mar 31: Bands on the Run 5K event, 8 am
April 1: Meet the Author event, McLean Community Center, 7 pm
Langley PTSA Communications Committee:
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