langley eNews
December 6, 2018
from the ptsa president
Did you miss the PTSA General Membership Meeting last month? Langley's Student Services Department presented results from the Annual FCPS Youth Survey, summarizing trends in youth's risky behaviors (such as drinking, vaping and texting while driving) and mental health (such as stress, lack of sleep, bullying and dating abuse).

The engaging presentation and ensuing discussion were led by Student Services Director Braden Peterson, School Psychologist Deb Lane and Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Kelly Rankin.

Click here for their presentation, which is now available on the Langley PTSA website. Please take a look, to stay informed on the latest trends from our FCPS youth and to start a conversation with your teen tonight.

~ Patty Burgess, PTSA President
staff spotlight
Jenica Hardy has taught French for 15 years , including the last four at Langley.

“In college, I took a year and a half off to be a missionary for my church and was assigned to France,” Ms Hardy explained. “ I really loved France once I was fully immersed in the language and culture. When I got home, I wanted to maintain my fluency and have a career teaching French.”

One of Ms Hardy's greatest rewards is watching students improve through the years. “ I like seeing the progress students make, from not being able to communicate at all to having conversations on a huge variety of topics,” she said.

Ms Hardy’s love for France goes beyond teaching the language. She appreciates the cuisine, elaborate architecture, rich history and the French culture of strike and protest. “In France, workers go on strike often … even students can go on strike!” she added. “They are passionate about fighting for their rights and for a healthy work-life balance."

Besides teaching French, Madame Hardy enjoys hiking, knitting, sewing and reading. Soon she will be trilingual, as she is also studying Spanish.

~ Mariam Shakeel , Saxon Scope staff writer
subscribe to the scope
Get in on the award-winning Saxon Scope ! Subscribe to Langley’s monthly student newsmagazine and receive the magazine editions plus the year-end Senior Scope. Order by Fri, Dec 21, via MySchoolBucks, to make sure you receive a copy of Issue One. For other news and features, check out the Scope's website.
practice practice practice
Sophomores and juniors, looking for an easy way to start prepping for the SAT ? Mark your calendars for Sat, Jan 19 from 9 am-1 pm. Langley is hosting a practice SAT in a simulated test environment at LHS, complete with a score report afterwards.

The event is sponsored by the Langley Academic Boosters with Educational Connections, Inc. Register here. Questions? Email .
langley fundraisers
saxons sports yard signs: Due to popular demand, the order deadline for Langley Saxons winter sports yard signs is extended to Sun, Dec 9 . Choose from several winter sports logos and personalize the sign with your student's name. Your Saxon athlete appreciates seeing these signs , so order one for your yard or their bedroom decor! Click here for the order form, also available at the Langley Athletic Boosters store .
white house ornaments: Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Langley Orchestra is selling these beautiful and distinctive ornaments . Order by Thu, Dec 17 ; get one for your tree and buy more as gifts.The $25 ornaments feature an intricate design on each side. Use this order form or email Becky at for info.

Sales support the non-partisan, non-profit White House Historical Association , which preserves the history of the White House and promotes public access and enjoyment of the mansion and grounds.
orchestra concert
Come enjoy the Langley Orchestra as it performs " An Evening in Vienna" on Tue, Dec 11 at 7 pm. The concert will feature well-known and loved pieces that the orchestra will play on its trip to Vienna and Budapest this spring. Arrive early, as White House ornaments and Krispy Kreme donuts will be available for sale in Langley Hall before the concert.
sports notes
girls’ basketball:  Next week is a great chance to catch a home-court basketball game at Langley. The Saxons take on Chantilly HS on Tue, Dec 11 and Oakton HS on Fri, Dec 14. The action starts at 4:30 pm (Frosh) and continues at 5:45 pm (JV) and 7:30 (Varsity). Go Saxons!
green days: Trying out for Saxon softball or girls' lacrosse? Come to Green Days , which are out-of-season practices open to all who are interested. Click here for forms and info, as all forms must be completed before the first Green Day. 

  • Girls' LAX Green days are Thursdays at 5:30-7:30 pm from Dec 6-Feb 7 (no practice Dec 27 or Jan 3); and Saturdays at 12-2 pm on Jan 12 and Feb 2.

  • Softball Green days are Tuesdays at 7:30-9:00 pm from Jan 8-Feb 5
join the boosters

Langley parents, get in on the action! Haven't joined the Langley Athletic Boosters yet?  Here are a few good reasons to join:

  • Donations are tax deductible  
  • Booster Passes make great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers
  • Booster Passes are good for the entire school year
  • Spring sport families: your athletes are training now, so show your support by joining now

Membership at the Green & Gold level and above includes  passes to every regular season home game – every season, every sport! Click  here to join.

Please support our athletes. FCPS only pays for officials, coaches and some buses. Langley Athletic Boosters fills the funding gap for all students in every sport.  
you lost it? we found it
Is your student still missing that favorite hoodie? It may be in Langley’s very large lost and found collection. Please stop and check the lost and found area, located in the Langley Main Hall across from the Clinic.

Items not claimed by Fri, Dec 14 will be donated to charity.
saxons, did you know...
… according to the FCPS Youth Survey, half of students who consume alcohol get it from a family member, friend or acquaintance, and 20 percent give money to someone to buy it

Parents, as older siblings come home for the break and as you host holiday parties, please be aware of the increased access your teens have to alcohol.
news by class
The Senior Parent Coffee is next Wed, Dec 12 at 9:30 am in the Langley Lecture Hall. School Psychologist Deb Lane will talk about helping seniors deal with the stresses of this year's decisions and how they can prepare for next year.  Ryan Jackson will explain the Langley Leap program. Bring your questions and join in the discussion! Sign up here to help with coffee or refreshments.
3 cheers for our ptsa members!

We appreciate the 675 members (parents, students and teachers) who have joined the PTSA this year, including three parent-member spirit wear prize winners: Tami Dibble, Renata Nowak and Jill Farah ! Belonging to the Langley PTSA strengthens and enriches our Langley community through your involvement and financial support. 

 Haven’t joined PTSA yet? There’s still time! Membership is just a click away. In a minute or less, you can support all the programs of the Langley PTSA: technology, teacher appreciation, classroom teaching tools, fine arts and much more. Click here to verify your membership. If you're not on the list, join today using this link

We also have a few extra student directories for purchase at $5 each. Contact to inquire!

On behalf of our students and teachers, thanks for your support!
angst: screening and discussion
What: Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
When: Tonight, Thur, Dec 6 at 7 pm
Where: McLean HS Auditorium
Sponsors: Safe Community Coalition and McLean HS PTSA
Cost: Free

Anxiety affects up to a third of our youth, but most never ask for help. Come watch this riveting documentary, which features Olympian Michael Phelps, mental health professionals and youth affected by anxiety.

After the film, stay for a discussion and Q&A session with a panel of mental health professionals. This event is recommended for 6th graders and older. Click for info about the film Angst and about the Safe Community Coalition .
CrisisText is a messaging tool for students and parents who need help with mental health, depression or thoughts of suicide. It is a confidential, safe, non-judgmental and 24/7 resource when you need someone to talk to. Trained crisis counselors will respond, and also can provide info about local emergency resources.

CrisisText is available on the FCPS Mobile App and by sending a text to 85511 and entering NEEDHELP . For student wellness tips and a video about CrisisText, click this FCPS link.
upcoming events
Dec 7-8: Madrigal Feaste, 7 pm
Dec 11: Orchestra Concert, 7 pm
Dec 12: Senior Parent Coffee, 9:30 am
Dec 13: Band Concert (featuring LHS & Cooper MS Bands), 7 pm
Dec 14: 3-Hour Early Release
Dec 18: Band Concert, 7 pm
Dec 20: Choral Concert, 7 pm
Dec 24-Jan 4: Winter Break
Jan 16: Principal Coffee/PTSA General Membership Meeting, 9:30 am
Feb 10: The Capitol Steps, 7 pm
Langley PTSA Communications Committee:
Stephanie Maxwell, Helen Miller, Jane Riddle, Anne Whipple

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