langley eNews
May 28, 2020
from the ptsa president
There are just two weeks of school left and yet it feels as though school ended 11 weeks ago. At least what we associate with school -- our kids seeing their teachers and administrators every day, hanging out with their friends during lunch and sitting next to them in class, participating in extracurricular activities and cheering on and participating in their favorite spring sports. To say it has been a challenging spring is an understatement.

And through it all, the Langley community has pulled together. I have never been prouder to be a part of this community and am grateful and honored to have served as PTSA President this year. Our team of dedicated and hard-working volunteers has remained committed to continuing the programs that we could and finding creative solutions for the things that could not. The eNews has become more valuable than ever -- disseminating important information and helping keep us connected.

I'd like to thank all of the parent volunteers who have shared so generously their time and talents. Thank you to Principal Greer and the administrators for supporting the PTSA. Special thanks to Tricia Poythress , who serves as our staff liaison, for her partnership. It has been wonderful working with our President-Elect, Kitty Gonzalez . Kitty's support and perspective has been invaluable and the PTSA is so fortunate to have her in the President role. There is no doubt the 2020-21 school year will be challenging and there will be a new "normal", but I have great confidence that we are in good hands with Kitty and the rest of the Executive Board leading the way.

I hope that all in our Langley community are safe and well. We will get through this together!

~ Laura Skeen, PTSA President
cheer on the seniors
Langley Saxon Class of 2020 and families, it’s time to celebrate! You did it! You graduated! Let’s have a parade! The socially-distanced celebration will take place on Mon, Jun 1 starting in the LHS main parking lot Seniors, meet in the parking lot at 9:45 am and the parade will begin at 10 am .

We mapped out a route that goes through or near most neighborhoods. We need to keep the parade on streets where families can drive quickly or walk to the route and stand in a safe place to celebrate the graduates as they drive by. See this attachment for route details.

We hope teachers, staff, families and friends in the Langley pyramid will find a safe and socially-distanced spot along the route to cheer for our seniors as they drive through the Langley boundary!
virtual wellness room
Check out the new Langley HS Wellness Room! Created by Anna Davis , School Psychologist, and Catherine Kennedy , School Social Worker, the website contains wellness activities and mental health resources for educators and students. Click here to access the Wellness Room. Students, you do need to be logged on to your email.
angp refunds
In compliance with the Governor’s orders and CDC recommendations, the Langley All-Night Grad Party has been cancelled. ANGP and limo raffle tickets that were purchased will be refunded by Jun 1 via the method that payment was received (PayPal, check, etc.).

To view or confirm what you had ordered, click here . Questions regarding your order? Please contact Kari Lervick at .
shire yearbook
The clock is ticking to get your yearbook! The deadline to order is this coming Mon, Jun 1 , while supplies last (so don’t wait)!

Click here to purchase and use Langley's school code 4159 .
rising 9th grade families
Do you know any families that will be new to Langley next year? Please forward this newsletter issue to them with a note to look for this Langley eNews sign-up link (also found on the Langley PTSA  home and newsletter pages).

We welcome new Langley families and invite them to sign up now for the weekly eNews , so that they receive issues right from the start next fall.
practice, practice!
The Langley Academic Boosters is hosting a full-length  mock SAT , open to students in all grades, in a simulated test environment on  Sat, June 6  at  9 am. It will be taken at home via computer and students will receive a score report afterwards.

To participate, students will need access to an internet-connected computer and install and access Zoom . Click  here  for the flyer and  here  to register by Jun 2 . Questions? Email
donate to the courtyard
We're still planning to landscape Langley's main courtyard as soon as possible. Just how gorgeous and green it will be depends upon how many donations are made. Please donate a leaf to the Langley Legacy Tree, the beautiful wall sculpture that is “growing” in the Langley Lobby. Over 40 leaves and several birds were added to the tree right before school was closed.
Leaves make great gifts for grads! About 100 of our seniors already have a leaf inscribed in their honor. Leaves are a great way to pay tribute to teachers, family and friends. Giving levels are copper leaf ($50), silver leaf ($100), gold leaf ($200), and acorn or bird ($500). With a $1,000+ donation, your family's name is included on the Courtyard Benefactor Plaque, which will be installed next to the Tree.

Click here to make and personalize your donation. Questions? Email
sports notes
Interested in Langley volleyball next year? If so, fill out this  form  (log into your FCPS Gmail to access it). Please also share this with any rising 9th graders who may be interested!
class notes
Check here each week for class updates. Click on the green buttons to go to the class webpages for details.
class webpage: We continue to update the class webpage with content as information becomes available. The Class Events sidebar lists items by due date and the Senior Events button links to a master document , also found here (as of May 27), that provides most information in one place. A quick summary of key dates is included here.

yard signs: Last chance! Order by this Sun, May 31 to get your Congratulations Graduate yard sign. Click here to personalize and buy your sign.

yearbooks : Don't forget to order one! The deadline is this Mon, Jun 1 . Click here to purchase, and use Langley code 4159. (You can use the same link to confirm your order.) The Shire staff is committed to distributing to all seniors, exact details TBD.

lhs2020 communication: eNews and LHS communications to the Class of 2020 are scheduled to end in mid-June. The only way for us to communicate with parents and graduates will be via LHS2020 Google Group email and Class Webpage : . Contact to be added to email list.

senior awards and class parent videos: We're sorry that we won't be able to gather for our traditional Senior Family Breakfast , Senior Awards Ceremony and communal viewing of the Class Parent Video on May 29 as originally scheduled. Instead, links will be distributed next week to the Class Parent Video and Senior Awards Video. Special thanks to Jane Riddle and Amy Doherty for all their hard work to create the Class Parent Senior video, capturing all four years at Langley. Additional thanks to all the students and families who submitted pictures, voiceovers, etc. Shout-out to Mrs. Mulligan for her amazing contribution.

fcps/lhs commitments: All financial obligations must be paid by tomorrow , May 29 . All FCPS/LHS property should be returned to Langley by tomorrow , May 29 . All student property at Langley should be picked up by tomorrow , May 29 .

transcripts to colleges: 55 seniors have not completed the Senior Survey and will not have transcripts sent to their college next week. Complete the FCPS Senior Survey ASAP ( before Jun 1 )! Click here for instructions.

caps and gowns pickup: Seniors pickup caps, gowns, tassels and earned cords/medals on Wed, Jun 3 . See class webpage for details.

fcps/lhs conferring diplomas: Seniors sign-up here for a day/time to pick up diplomas , final transcript and awards during Jun 9-12 and 16-18 . Professional and DIY photo opportunities are also available. See class webpage for details.

fcps/lhs virtual graduation video celebration: Senior parents received an email with details on May 27. Seniors will receive emails (FCPS email) with instructions to participate soon. Deadline to submit items is Jun 12 . Tentative streaming date is Jul 2 at 6 pm .
Our virtual Junior Class Parent Forum is this coming  Wed, Jun 3  at  11 am . Join us and hear from Langley College and Career Counselor Hannah Wolff , who’ll discuss  The Changing Landscape of College Admissions. The link will be posted prior to the event. 
community opps
Calling all actors! Langley student actors are invited to audition for the Alden Theatre’s Drive-Thru Drama production this summer, which will consist of live performances that audiences experience from their cars. Auditions will be held via Instagram.

T he play being cast is Small Change , which follows the travels of a dollar bill as it journeys through time and space, interacting with different people’s lives and leaving its mark on the world. Actors will perform the story through short monologues at stations in the theatre’s parking lot, and audience members will drive the route from actor to actor. Performances are slated for Jul 3-5 and Jul 9-11 at 6 pm-8 pm .

To audition, tag your video monologue from the play script with #thealdendrivethrudrama, upload it to Instagram and submit the casting form to the Alden Theatre website by Mon, Jun 15. Click here for the monologue info and cast form.
The coronavirus has disrupted the old way of life and for some it poses a grave threat to life. Teens United, a non-profit co-founded by Langley sophomore Nadia Malik,  has jumped to action.

The mission of Teens United is to create a network of volunteers  who are passionate about aiding their community and high-risk populations. Through its  website , the group provides  contactless and free delivery of groceries medicine  and  other essential items . This way, high-risk populations, such as some seniors, are not forced to shop in stores and medical staff who are busy saving lives can focus and be at ease. 

We're asking for everyone from teens to adults to  help . From physically delivering items to helping with online delivery coordination to donating supplies or funds,  everyone has the potential to join the Teens United team  and help during this pandemic. 

“Compassion. During this time of crisis, we can’t just think about ourselves. That’s why we created Teens United.  To help others .”   ~ Nadia Malik, sophomore and co-founder
a fond farewell
When I arrived at Langley eight years ago with my twins, I was quickly recruited by Betsy Shomaker onto the PTSA newsletter team along with Anne Whipple . Back then our editor-in-chief was Colette Worm and the LHS newsletter was a monthly publication that was about 30+ pages long. It was printed on paper and somehow delivered to every LHS family! Anne and I said it was time to go online and after finding Constant Contact, the PTSA's Langley eNews was born!

Since then my original eNews teammates have graduated or moved away but I’ve been here for a solid eight years. It’s been a rewarding way to serve the LHS community with the added benefit of being a “mom in the know.” Now that my youngest child is graduating, it’s time for me to move on to other projects. Saying goodbye to the team is bittersweet but they are a great crew and I know the eNews is in good hands. Thank you to Michelle Francis , who has generously agreed to take my place. Best wishes to the eNews team and farewell to the LHS faculty, staff and community.

~ Jane Riddle
from the rest of the team: While eNews will be published next week, this is Jane's last issue. She has been a steady mentor , fountain of wisdom and tech guru, and she takes care of things with quiet, unflappable competence. Among other hats she wears, she's also wrapping up the year as Langley Orchestra Society President and editor for the Class Parent Senior Video . The eNews team will miss you, Jane, and your warmth, humor and guidance. Thank you for being a great friend and for your dedication to Langley!

~ Amy, Helen and Stephanie
helpful links
FCPS Distance Learning Plan webpage
FCPS Daily Updates webpage
Follow FCPS on Twitter @fcpsnews
Langley PTSA eNews Editors
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