langley eNews
September 26, 2019
from the ptsa president
It's fall, y'all! Though this week's temperatures may have you fooled, Monday was the official beginning of fall. Beautiful autumn foliage, pumpkin spice lattes and Homecoming games and dances...what's not to like?

Fall is also the time of year when the Langley PTSA conducts its only membership fundraising drive for the school year. Every student, teacher and classroom benefits from your generous contributions.
Oct 1 is the deadline to ensure you receive a printed copy of this year's student directory.  Not sure if you've joined? Contact Annette Bellino at Remember, if your company will match funds, you can easily  double your support for Langley! Ask your HR department or email us at

This is a busy weekend with all the festivities on Friday and Saturday. I wish all of you a happy and safe Homecoming weekend!

~ Laura Skeen, PTSA President
homecoming weekend
Saxons have been showing their spirit all week leading up to Homecoming Weekend! Tomorrow’s theme is  Saxon Country Day . Don’t forget to wear your class t-shirt, and come out to cheer on the Saxons at the football game against Oakton HS at 7 pm tomorrow night!

The Homecoming Dance is  this   Sat, Sept 28, 8:30 pm-10:30 pm in the Main Gym . Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door . Advance tickets are on sale during lunch in the Cafeteria tomorrow. Tickets must be presented to enter the dance. Bringing a guest from another school? Pick up a guest form at the ticket table. Let's Glow Crazy!
join the PTSA and reserve your copy of the directory
Have you become a PTSA member this year? Join now to reserve your print copy of the 2019-20 Student Directory! Our directory order deadline is Oct 1 and we can’t guarantee printed directories for members who join after that date.

In addition to this important resource, your PTSA membership and donation supports innovative teaching development, cutting-edge technology, special programs and extra materials that enhance your child's education. 

Click  here  to join and donate online or fill out the PTSA Membership  Form  and return it with a check written to Langley PTSA to Langley HS, ATTN:  PTSA Membership, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean VA  22101. Unsure whether you’ve joined? Contact Annette Bellino at .
verify your directory info
Did you receive an email from the Langley HS Directory with your link to the online directory? If not, please contact l , as we don't have a valid email address for you.

New students : add your address and phone numbers and verify that all other info is correct.

Returning students : your contact info from last year is listed. Verify your info and make any updates.

Please verify your info by Oct 1 . All LHS families will have access to the online directory throughout the school year. We appreciate your help!
national honor society
Juniors and seniors , want to join the National Honor Society ? Applications are due Sat, Sept 28 . Log into your school Google accounts to access and submit the application. You’ll need the NHS Google Classroom code  lwwttdv.   

Questions? Contact Mrs. Conner at or Ms. Stankiewicz at .
mock sat
There’s still time to sign up for a practice SAT this Saturday at Langley! The mock SAT, hosted by The Langley Academic Boosters and Educational Connections, Inc , offers students an opportunity to take a full SAT in a real-test environment, with score reports available afterwards. Click  here  to register. Questions? Email .
psat is coming up
Is your student ready for the PSAT? All sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT on Wed, Oct 16 . Click  here for important info about the PSAT process. 
sports notes
track and field: Planning to run indoor or outdoor track? Just want to get in shape? All students are welcome to attend pre-season workouts Tues and Thurs 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Indoor track interest meetings every Tuesday with Coach Diller. Students need their physical and concussion education forms on file to participate. Questions? Contact Coach Diller at

youth volleyball night: Save the date! All youth wearing a volleyball team jersey or t-shirt get free admission to the home game on Thurs, Oct 3, 7 pm . There will be t-shirt giveaways, door prizes (including a free registration to the Langley volleyball summer camp) and a serving contest. Click on the  flyer for more info. Saxons, come out and cheer on our volleyball team!
saxons, did you know …
Binge drinking is the most common, costly and deadly pattern of excessive alcohol use in the country. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 g/dL. This typically happens when men consume 5 or more drinks or women consume 4 or more drinks in about 2 hours.

As homecoming festivities approach, talk to your teen about the dangers of binge drinking. Make sure your family has a safety plan in the event your teen needs help.
orchestra car wash
Make your ride to the Homecoming dance clean and shiny!

Support the Langley orchestra and get your car washed at the McLean BP gas station on Sat, Sept 28, 9 am-3:30 pm .    
news by class
Seniors, see our recently updated class  webpage for the LHS Student Services College Application checklist and links to all handouts and documents needed.  

Save the date for our first Senior Parent Forum on Thurs, Oct 10 from 9:30-11 am in the LHS Lecture Hall to learn more about the College Applications Process and Senior Activities. Remote access will be available for those unable to attend.

After the Pep Rally   tomorrow, Fri, Sept 27 , seniors will stay in the LHS Stadium for their Senior Picture and the Senior Picnic . Seniors, be sure to wear your class t-shirt! If you have not picked up your t-shirt, we will have them for you at the Stadium right before the Senior Picture.
Join us for the Sophomore Parent Forum on Thurs, Oct 3, 9:30 am-11 am in the LHS Lecture Hall. Park in the bus area and enter through Door 9. Guest speaker Jennifer Weaver will give a presentation on "Parenting Your Sophomore.” Ms. Weaver, who leads an award-winning therapy practice in McLean, will discuss the sophomore psychology, the challenges sophomores face emotionally, and what we can do to help them with the stress and anxiety of navigating the year. We’ll also hear updates from Langley staff and Class Parents. 

Can’t attend the forum in person? We’ll broadcast live with both Blackboard Connect and Facebook Live . Click  here  to donate food or help clean up after the forum.
Have you paid your student’s class dues? Freshman class dues are $35 and are used to purchase class homecoming t shirts and to fund Spirit Week activities, Parent Forums and Student Treat Days. Class dues are collected each year and also help fund Prom and 2023 Graduation. Pay online at  MySchoolBucks

Save the Date! Our first Freshman Class Forum is Wed, Oct 23 from 9:30-11 am in the LHS Lecture Hall . Freshmen Forums are a great way to find out what is happening at Langley!
affiliated fundraising
The PTSA has joined CauseNetwork , a new kind of marketplace where  up to 10 percent of purchases  support Langley HS students and staff. There are over 1,000 participating stores, including many of the brands you know and love. Click  here   for instructions on how to join. 

Parents, take a moment to  link your Harris Teeter grocery card  to effortlessly raise funds for Langley! 
mclean 5k
Come out and join the McLean 5K Fun Run! The run, which benefits the McLean Community Foundation , is Sat, Oct 5, 8 am and starts from the McLean Square Shopping Center (6631 Old Dominion Dr). Walkers, strollers and friendly pets are welcome too! Click  here to register and   here to view the flyer. 
Are you using technology or is technology using you? Technology is here to stay and social media is a place to connect, share and express our feelings. It is also a place of self-comparison, constant fear of missing out and a way to channel our addictive tendencies, which can be harmful for mental health. 

What’s going on behind the screens? While we are more connected than ever, it’s hard to know if technology is helping us or hurting us, yet we do have a choice when it comes to managing the way we use technology.

As part of a year-long focus on social media wellness, the Safe Community Coalition , in conjunction with the PTSAs of Langley HS and McLean HS invite you to a free community showing of the compelling new IndieFlix Original Documentary LIKE :

  • Thurs, Oct 10, 7 pm-8:30 pm in the Langley HS Auditorium
  • Tues, Oct 15, 7 pm-8:30 pm in the McLean HS Auditorium  

LIKE explores the social impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of the film is to educate, inspire and equip us to self-regulate. After the film, discussion will be led by Dr. Cliff Sussman, a DC-based psychiatrist and expert on helping people achieve a more balanced relationship with digital technology. This event is free and recommended for adults and students of any age who have phones.
college events
Each year, FCPS offers high school students and parents chances to meet with colleges and universities to share info and answer questions about their institutions. This year’s College Fair and College Night events are Sun, Oct 20 and Mon, Oct 21 . Representatives from nearly 400 colleges and universities are on hand at these events. College Night also features workshops related to the college admissions process. To register, click  here .

2019 FCPS College Fair                                    2019 FCPS College Night
Fair Oaks Mall                                                   Hayfield SS
Sun, Oct 20, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm                          Mon, Oct 21, 7pm-9 pm
upcoming events
Sept 27: Saxon Country Day
Sept 27: Homecoming Football Game, 7 pm
Sept 28: Practice SAT
Sept 28: Homecoming Dance, 8:30 pm
Oct 3: Sophomore Parent Forum, 9:30 am
Oct 4: Powderpuff Football Game
Oct 7: LHS Financial Aid Night, 6:30 pm, at McLean HS
Oct 10: Senior Parent Forum, 9:30 am
Oct 10: Softball Interest Meeting, 3 pm
Oct 16: PSAT, Sophomores and Juniors
Oct 23: Freshman Class Forum, 9:30 am
Langley PTSA eNews Editors
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