langley eNews
April 16, 2020
from the ptsa president
Each spring, the Langley PTSA elects new officers for the next school year. The 2020-'21 slate of officers was presented at the PTSA General Membership meeting in March and had been scheduled for a vote at the meeting in May. Due to the school closure, the vote will be done by email, following FCCPTA guidelines.

All PTSA members in good standing as of May 1 will be emailed in early May a ballot with instructions. Please keep an eye out for an email from . Two positions are up for vote: President-Elect ( Clare Bradshaw ) and VP-Professional Development Fund ( Heather Murphy Capps). The remaining PTSA Executive Committee officers will begin the second year of their terms, and the current President-Elect automatically succeeds to the role of President.

If you haven't joined the PTSA this year you won't receive a ballot. If you'd like to, please join the PTSA for this school year   here , by Fri, May 1.

 Thank you for your membership and participation!

~ Laura Skeen, PTSA President
all-virginia music
Congrats to the 13 Langley students selected this year for All-Virginia Band, Chorus and Orchestra! Students went through a rigorous audition process and would have rehearsed and performed with nationally-recognized conductors, had the event been held.

Kudos to Justin Bahr, Cherri Chen, Beth Johnston, Kevin Phlips, Jeffrey Song and Clark Tao who made it to all-state band. Claire Doody, Tamara Haidar, Eleanor Smedberg, Will Yang and Kaylie Yim were selected for choir. Alyssa Kim and Gabriel Krieger were chosen for orchestra.
chess champs
At the Virginia Scholastic and College Chess Championships, held last month at Thomas Jefferson HS, Isaac Chiu tied for first place and was named the Grade K-12 State Co-Champ

The Langley team won second place overall, and consisted of Arshak Avetisyan, Isaac Chiu, Steve Draughn and Brandon Ou. Click here for the full results. Congratulations, Saxons!
stem award
Congrats to Emily Sun and Abigail Xu , who won this year's AAUW McLean Area STEM Excellence Award . This year the students participated in a Virtual Science Fair by submitting three-minute videos for judges to review.

The duo developed and tested a "Flashlight Powered by Heat of Human Hand.” Click here to read more in the Connection newspaper and here for info about the McLean branch of the AAUW.
staff spotlight
Langley welcomes Andrew Kobele, who is in his first year at LHS and teaches physics. Teaching is a second career for Mr. Kobele, who worked for years in the area with firms such as Lockheed Martin and IBM , after earning double degrees in Systems Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Virginia.

Teaching was always in the back of Mr. Kobele s mind, however, as the next step after retiring from his engineering career.  I ve always enjoyed working and helping people understand things,” he said.  I always thought that after I retired, I d go into teaching because I like training people and helping them learn.”

Mr. Kobele earned his Virginia teaching certificate from George Mason University and landed his first teaching job at Luther Jackson MS, where he taught physical science for 15 years.

I enjoyed it,” he recalled,  but felt that I always got along with the people who are a little more academically inclined.” Combined with his experience of coaching basketball at the high school level, he realized that he was meant to teach at the high school level.

After gladly accepting the opportunity at Langley, Mr. Kobele has really enjoyed getting to know his students and teaching physics. He hopes to keep the connections going strong with his classes during the closure, and looks forward to seeing students next year.

~ Sammy Dallas , Saxon Scope staff writer
langley charity club
Langley students are helping the Patrick Henry Family Shelter during the covid crisis. Homeless shelters are struggling during this time, as in-person donations are down.

Due to the virus, donations to the ShelterHouse must be received by mail. Items can be ordered on Amazon and delivered directly or purchased and personally mailed. Mail items to: Patrick Henry Family Shelter, 3080 Patrick Henry Drive, Falls Church, VA, 22044.

Needed items at the shelter include feminine hygiene pads; toiletries (soap, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, African American hair care products); dish soap and laundry detergent; baby wipes and size 4 diapers; and disinfectant wipes and sprays.

Please email a list of items you donate and their prices to . Questions? Contact the Langley Charity Club at the same email. Thank you for your help, Langley families!
langley student mcc rep
Six Langley students are running for the Langley slot on the McLean Community Center Board , and you can vote by mail. Email MCC at indicating the number of youth candidate ballots needed and they'll be mailed to your home. Ballots due by Wed, May 13.

Click here for voting details and to read the statements of the six candidates: Selina Al-Shihabi, Ivy Chen, Maria Kim, Aidan Nguyen, Fay Shuai  and  Emily Siryani.
order your yearbook
Act fast -- the deadline to order the  Shire   is Sat, May 2. Click  here  to order, using Langley's school code  4159 .
appreciated by all
Teacher Appreciation week is three weeks away and we're halfway to our goal. This year, we plan to email Amazon gift cards to our 200+ Langley staff, since we won't be able to thank them in person. Please show your appreciation by clicking here  to donate. Thanks for helping to continue this tradition of thanking our teachers and staff!

Also, click here to view a special message from the Langley staff and check out how they've been spending their time in physical distancing.
ptsa service award
Do you know a Langley junior whose dedication to volunteerism is exemplary? The  PTSA's LHS Award for Outstanding Service honors a junior who's demonstrated excellent service achievement and an ongoing sense of commitment to a worthy cause at Langley or the community at large. The winner receives a certificate and monetary award. 

Teachers, peers, parents, coaches, guidance counselors, club and organization sponsors all can submit nominations. Self-nominations are allowed too! The deadline is Fri, May 8 . Click here to nominate a student.
ptsa expenses & reimbursements
Through the generosity of Langley families' time and monetary donations, the PTSA is able to sponsor programs throughout the year that enhance our students' education and experience at LHS. If you've volunteered for any PTSA program and incurred an expense while hosting that event, please submit a reimbursement form. Q uestions? Contact PTSA Treasurer Lisa Givens at .
saxons, did you know ...
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... in Psychology Today, David Braucher, PhD writes, “Although we may have a fair amount of anxiety concerning the potential health and financial impact of the virus, there is also an insidious loss ... when we are unable to engage in our daily and weekly routines.”

 The article talks about ways to regain one's sense of self during these challenging times. Click here for the article.
class notes
Check here each week for class updates. Click on the class buttons to go to the class webpages for more details.
Join us virtually for the final senior parent forum next Thurs, April 23, 9:30-11 am. Our guest speaker is Jennifer Weaver , LCSW, RPT-S, a psychotherapist and professor with nearly 25 years of experience with adolescents, young adults and families. Click here for her bio. Jennifer will spend 45 minutes with us offering tips to help prepare for graduation, the transitional summer and freshman year of college. She'll discuss the impact of covid-19 during this already stressful time. To join the forum, click here .
During the second half of the forum, we'll discuss the knowns and un-knowns regarding end-of-year activities, including how info will be communicated going forward. Please send topics and questions you'd like addressed in either section of the forum to

Honor your grad! You can still order a personalized “Congratulations Graduate” yard sign to honor your student's achievements. Personalize and pay for your sign online by Thurs, April 30.  The ANGP committee will let everyone know when the signs are in and how the signs will be safely distributed.

Send photos for the Senior Video! Please email five photos of your senior and other seniors participating in a Langley activity! Email photos to . It'd be great to have a photo from each year. Please send photos by midnight, Mon, May 18 .
Local DJ Chris Styles is throwing a  Virtual Prom for the Class of 2020! It's a Facebook live stream party this Sat, April 18, 7-10 pm. Use Zoom or FaceTime with your Prom group and have a safe and fun evening! Click here for t he invite and more info.
The Saxon News broadcast class is crafting a virtual senior picnic and wants the following from each senior: a 5-15 second video filmed horizontally, stating your name and plans for next year. Wear your college gear if possible in the video and email it to by Fri, April 24 .
Junior Summer Thomas showed her love for the Class of 2020! Thanks, Summer, for sending our seniors some love!
Mrs. Wolff's note to the junior class: Your school counselor and I are available to chat with you regarding your college planning next steps, and to answer any questions that you may have. You're not required to meet with me or your counselor, but we're happy to answer questions and provide you a head start on your college planning.

Complete this form and I'll schedule you on our calendar! We'll have a copy of your transcript and will send you a form to complete prior to the meeting, which I'll send once I have you scheduled. 

I also want to share a virtual college fair opportunity to hear from over 300 colleges. There'll be resources for out-of-state schools, the evolving, test optional changes, how to navigate next year with a different-looking transcript based on school cancellation, and more. Registration for students and parents is here. Questions? Email Mrs. Wolff at

Strive Virtual College Exploration Week: Mon, Apr 20- Thurs, Apr 23
•  300+ colleges from 44 states and 10 countries
•  96 sessions over 4 days
•  Day and evening presentations
•  Panel presentations on a range of topics
•  Free and open to students nationwide
The Freshman Class Forum scheduled for Apr 21 has been canceled and will not be conducted virtually . We're not planning to reschedule at this time. Stay well everyone!
service opps
During this time of physical distancing , there are still ways to volunteer and earn service hours. Have an adult verify your time and donation and log hours in x2vol. Here are this week’s suggested activities.
blood donations: Langley had planned to hold a blood drive on campus with INOVA this month. INOVA’s need for blood remains high , and students can still donate blood (and earn service hours). Click here to schedule and for info on donation centers and dates/times, or call 866-256-6372.
masks: Students can sew face masks to donate or for personal use . This Joann Fabrics webpage links to videos with directions for various face masks. Joann’s is offering a discount on materials. You can donate masks directly or they can be returned to Joann’s for donation to local hospitals. Find a location and check store hours here .
pillowcases : This pdf has directions for making pillowcases. It’s more involved than might be expected, since they need to withstand industrial washing machines at hospitals. Nevertheless, the directions are still easy. Email Effie Hoffman at with questions and for directions on getting pillowcases to her. One hour of community service is earned for each pillowcase.
fcps notes
lunch money in your account? Any money in a student's lunch account can be rolled over to next year, transferred to another student or refunded. Seniors' lunch balances won't appear in MySchoolBucks after June 30. Click here for more info.
mental health resources: Parents can schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with an FCPS school psychologist or social worker for themselves or for their student.

The parent consultations are intended to help parents support their student's emotional well-being during this time away from school. The student consultations are intended to help students having difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, peer or family interactions during this time. Click here to schedule.

(In an emergency, families should call 911 or access mental health support online)
School closure through the end of the year, per the Governor of Virginia.

FCPS Distance Learning Plan webpage
FCPS Daily Updates webpage
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