langley eNews
April 2, 2020
from the ptsa president
Last week , the FCPS School Board met to review the Virginia Department of Education Guidance on School Closure and present the Distance Learning Plan for Continuity of Learning . You can access the presentation here .

Langley teachers began training this week in distance learning and plan to proceed with continuity of learning on April 14 . See more regarding distance learning below. Please be mindful that Langley teachers are tasked with continuing to teach under these new conditions. Many have children and family at home and are faced with the same challenges and emotions that we are going through. If there ever was a time to practice patience, it is now.

This is a trying time for all. We are social creatures who yearn to be with others. Thankfully, we have technology that allows us to connect with those we are unable to see in person. If you haven't "Zoomed" or FaceTimed lately with extended family and friends, I highly recommend it. And encourage your kids to do the same. Although we cannot be together in person, those face-to-face interactions are extremely uplifting . For a start, check out the video below from Director of Student Services, Braden Peterson .

Stay home, stay safe and stay well.

~ Laura Skeen, PTSA President
fcps distance learning
FCPS announced that distance learning will begin on Tues, Apr 14 . The plan is to include a combination of about three hours per day total of teacher-led, teacher-supported and independent learning across all courses via Blackboard and Google Classroom . The full (20 page) Distance Plan PDF is posted on the FCPS website here . You will also find helpful information, including updated FAQ's , on the FCPS homepage . Also note, the third quarter grade book is not yet closed .
ap updates
As most students in AP courses know, the AP exam format this year will be 45-minute free response exams on-line . Click here for updates from the College Board, and go to the AP YouTube channel for course content and review sessions. Tomorrow, April 3 , the College Board will announce the exam schedule
message from mr. peterson
Langley's own Director of Student Services, Braden Peterson , reaches out to Langley students and families through a YouTube video on "Unchartered Waters." In this video, Mr. Peterson encourages everyone to practice physical distance vs social distance and discusses the importance of staying connected. 

View his message by clicking on this link and stay tuned in the coming weeks for more videos and information. You can also follow Mr. Peterson on twitter at @BradenJPeterson .
ptsa expenses & reimbursements
Through the generosity of your time and donations, we are able to sponsor programs throughout the school year that enhance your child's education. If you have volunteered for any of the PTSA programs and incurred an expense while hosting that event, please submit a Reimbursement Form so we can send you a check. If you have any questions, contact the PTSA Treasurer Lisa Givens at lisa.givens@ymail.com .
staff appreciation
The first week of May is teacher appreciation week! Despite (or especially during) the school closure, the Langley community and PTSA wants to show its appreciation for our 200+ Langley staff by  gifting each staff member a $25 gift card.

Click  here  to donate, and PTSA volunteers will purchase the cards.  Thank you for helping to continue this tradition of thanking our teachers and staff! 
shire yearbook
A bit of good news! The  Shire  will still be published this year , and given the school closure, it will be an even more important memento for students.  It’s not too late to purchase a yearbook! Click  here  to order, using Langley's school code  4159 . The deadline is May 2 .
donate your leaf!
We’ll still landscape Langley's main courtyard as soon as we have access to it.

Just how gorgeous and green it will be, however, depends upon how many donations are made ASAP! Please donate a leaf or two to the Langley Legacy Tree , the wall sculpture growing in the Langley Lobby . As seen in the photo, dozens of leaves and birds were added to the tree just before the school closure.

About 100 of our seniors already have a leaf inscribed in their honor. Add your senior! Leaves also 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.

Go to the PTSA webpage  to donate and provide your inscription. Questions or suggestions? Email  chrissielavin1@gmail.com .
vote for the langley mcc rep
Six Langley students are running for the Langley slot on the McLean Community Center Board , and you can vote by mail. Just email MCC at elections@mcleancenter.org 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 great candidates: Selina Al-Shihabi, Ivy Chen, Maria Kim, Aidan Nguyen, Fay Shuai  and  Emily Siryani.
2024 class parents needed
Each spring, the PTSA helps identify Class Parents for the incoming freshman class . If you, or someone you know, have a rising freshman and would be interested in serving as a Class Parent , please contact Kitty Gonzalez at kittygonzalez@verizon.net .

Open Class Parent positions include:

Treasurer – manage all financial responsibilities for the class funds

Communications – establish and manage class website, post notices in PTSA eNews and LHS website and handle email correspondence with parents using online communications tools (i.e. Google Groups, Mailchimp)

Class Dinner Coordinator – coordinate details for class dinner (1 event per year), which is the primary class fundraiser each year

Class Coffee Coordinator – coordinate refreshments for the class coffees/forums (3 per year)

Volunteer Coordinator – manage volunteer needs/recruitment and Sign-Up Genius for events

Class Photo Coordinator – collect and manage photos for all 4 years and prepare a class slide show senior year

Prom Coordinato r – planning begins sophomore year

ANGP (All Night Grad Party) – in freshman and sophomore year, manage set-up for the current class’ ANGP. Manage clean-up junior year and senior year, plan the event for the class of 2024
join the eNews team!
Looking for a fun, flexible and at-home way to be involved with Langley next year? Consider joining the  langley eNews  team! 

We are four happy volunteers who take turns to put together the  eNews   and we’d love to welcome one more editor for next year, when our senior parent graduates this June.

Interested? Contact any of us: Stephanie Maxwell ( smaxwell200@outlook.com ), Helen Miller ( cerbycat2000@yahoo.com ), Amy Prewett ( acprewett@yahoo.com ) or Jane Riddle ( jriddle13998@gmail.com ). 
class notes
Check here each week for important updates for your student’s class. Clicking on your class button will take you directly to your class page for more details .
Many thanks to an LHS parent for sending us this open letter to high school seniors from Chris Dier , whose own senior year was disrupted by Hurricane Katrina. The letter appears in the blog of Louisiana teacher Mercedes Schneide r and articulates some of our thoughts and sentiments for our Class of 2020 .

Please know that Langley Administration, Teachers, Class Sponsors, PTSA, and Class Parents are all committed to creatively plan meaningful events available to all Langley seniors and families that follow CDC, Commonwealth of Virginia, Fairfax County, and FCPS guidelines. We will update our class webpage once we have any definitive updates.

During your time at home, we are asking every family to send us their five favorite pictures of their senior and other seniors participating in a Langley activity to be included in the Senior Video . Email photos to lhs2020photos@gmail.com . It would be ideal to have one picture from each year. Please send all pictures by midnight, Mon, May 18 .
Finally, get ready for some fun! DJ Chris Styles is throwing a “Virtual Prom” Facebook live stream party on Sat, Apr 18 from 7-10 pm for the Class of 2020 . Click here for the event invite and more info .
Freshman parents , note that our Freshman Class Forum on Apr 21 has been canceled . We are not planning to reschedule at this time. Stay well everyone!
service opps
During this time of physical distancing , there are still ways for students to volunteer and earn service hours. Have an adult verify your time and donation and log hours in x2vol as usual. Here are this week’s suggested activities.
blood donations needed: Langley High School had planned to hold a blood drive in conjunction with INOVA on Apr 16. Needless to say, the blood drive has been cancelled. However, INOVA’s need for blood remains high! Students can donate blood and earn service hours ; just be sure to get an adult to verify your time and donation. Information to schedule a donation, including donation centers and dates/times can be found here . Donations are encouraged at one of the INOVA centers in late April and early May. Call 866-256-6372 to schedule an appointment. Donors that are 17 and older will not need a signed parental consent.
mask makers: Students can use their sewing skills to make face masks to donate, as well as for personal use . This Joann Fabrics webpage links to videos giving directions for various types of face masks. Joann’s is also offering a discount on materials. 

Finished masks can be returned to Joann’s for donation to local hospitals and healthcare systems that are in need. Find a location and check store hours here . Families can donate directly to a local organization; just verify before donating to ensure that the organization can accept handmade masks. Log hours in x2vol and have an adult verify time. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students who can sew to provide community service.
pillowcases : Many students have worked to make pillowcases during Saxon Service. Now you can earn community service hours at home! The attached pdf has directions on making the pillowcases. It’s a little harder than sewing three straight lines because the pillowcases need to be able to withstand being washed in industrial washing machines at hospitals. Nevertheless, the directions are still quite easy. Please contact Effie Hoffman at caseforsmilesvadc@gmail.com if you have any questions or for directions on when and how to get your finished pillowcases to her. Ms. Hoffman gives one hour of community service for each pillowcase sewn.
upcoming events
School closure through the end of the year, per the Governor of Virginia.

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Langley PTSA eNews Editors
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