langley eNews
October 31, 2019
from the ptsa president
It’s hard to believe, but the first quarter wraps up tomorrow . The start of the school year can be an adjustment for students, but by November, most have settled into a routine and are comfortable with their courses.  If your child is struggling in a class , encourage them to seek academic support from their teachers during  Saxon time   or before or after school. Langley also has a wonderful program of in-school peer tutoring . Teachers and counselors can direct your student to this outstanding resource.

Looking ahead,  Wed, Nov 13, 9:30 am  is our  next PTSA meeting in the Lecture Hall . Enter through Door 9 for easy access. Kelly Rankin , Langley’s Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, will share the latest findings from the FCPS Youth Survey and we’ll hear updates from the PTSA and about the latest happenings at LHS. 

Can't make it? No worries!  Remote access will be available through this link . Mark your calendars and I hope you can join us!

~ Laura Skeen, PTSA President
distracted driving experiences
Last week, Langley students were reminded of the dangers of distracted driving through daily videos and a program during lunches on Friday, which allowed them to experience the possible consequences of distracted driving using virtual reality goggles and a simulator.

Students talked with experts from INOVA Fairfax, AT&T, State Farm and the DEA about distracted driving. They learned that distracted driving not only includes driving while texting, but also can include driving with passengers, listening to the radio, and eating or drinking while driving -- anything that takes your mind and eyes off the road! Officers from the McLean District of FCPD reinforced these conversations in stops as the students drove from the parking lot at the end of the day.

Many thanks to Santini’s of McLean for coupons for free fries for the students who stopped and spoke with the officers, as well as our community partners who made the program possible.
lhs renovation award
We all know that the recent renovations at Langley are exceptional and enjoyed by all, but in addition, LHS has been recognized with the County's 2019 James M. Scott Exceptional Design Merit Award . The award, established in 1984, recognizes achievement in the total design of a building and its site. The renovations incorporated student feedback into the design while also emphasizing innovation and environmental sustainability. Construction was completed last year after four year’s duration. A re-opening ceremony is being planned for later this year. Stay tuned for details!
winter guard tryouts
Do you like rhythmic movement or dance and choreography? Are you looking for a great activity over the winter? Look into the Langley Winter Guard team!

The team, which is open to guys and girls, performs choreographed dance and movement routines while spinning and tossing rifles, sabres and flags and dressed in thematic costumes. Practices start in November and the team performs in competitions in February through April.

Tryouts are next Thurs, Nov 7, 3:15 pm and Fri, Nov 8, 3:15 pm in Langley Hall . Beginners welcome! Questions? Contact Coach Kira Gaylik at .
help our school nurse
Vision and hearing screenings will be given to all sophomores and new students next week and Langley’s health clinic needs many more volunteers to help conduct the screenings. 

Time slots are available in the mornings and afternoons for next Thurs, Nov 7 and Fri, Nov 8 . Come meet other parents and Langley staff, enjoy some coffee and help out our health staff! Click here to sign up. Thank you for your help!
castles and crowns trip
Langley parents and students, looking for a summer trip? Visit must-see locations across the pond! Join a group of 30 LHS travelers on the Langley UK Castles and Crowns Trip to England and Scotland next June 16-24, 2020 . Over the nine days, you'll explore historic and cultural sites in London, Oxford, Edinburgh and others along the route. This fabulous trip, organized by FCPS and World Strides Company, will be led by experienced Langley history teachers, and students may earn three college prep credits. Full details are found in this flyer and on the trip website

Interested? Contact Christine McComma s at and attend the parent interest meeting on Nov 14 at 10 am in the Lecture Hall
orchestra fundraiser
Support the LHS Orchestra and get a jump on the holidays! The orchestra is continuing its tradition of selling White House Christmas Ornaments. The White House Historical Association’s official 2019 ornament honors President Dwight D. Eisenhower and symbolizes his commitment to innovation.

​Ornaments are $25. To purchase, mail a check payable to Langley Orchestra Society to Becky Fulton , 6772 Baron Road; Mclean, VA 22101. Click here for the order form. The ornaments will be personally delivered to you.
teacher and staff raffle
Help the PTSA by contributing raffle prizes for teacher and staff members! If you’re ordering ornaments from the Langley orchestra, why not order one more and donate it towards the teacher and staff raffle? The raffle is a great way to let our LHS staff know how much we appreciate their work with our students. There are many ways to contribute! You can donate an “experience,” such as tickets to an event that you can’t use, or perhaps pick up a gift card and contribute that to the raffle. Contact Annette Bellino at with any donations. A receipt can be provided upon request.

Thank you for your continued support of our teachers, staff and PTSA!
sports notes
ice hockey: Season Opener! As fall sports wind down, the Langley varsity ice hockey team returns to the ice on Fri, Nov 1 with a 7:55 pm game at Reston Skatequest . Come cheer on the defending NVSHL Champions as they battle South Lakes HS .

Make it a full evening with game night dinner specials at Taco Zocalo for your Saxon students -- buy 2 tacos, get 1 free! (Student ID required; max 6 tacos per person; located across Sunset Hills Drive from Skatequest.) Game attendance is always free , so come show your Saxon Spirit. Follow the team on Twitter (@LHS_Ice_Hockey) and Instagram (@langley_ice_hockey) for news and updates all season long.
winter sports tryouts: Hoops, gymnastics, swim/dive, indoor track and wrestling -- it all starts soon! Langley winter sports tryouts begin Mon, Nov 11.  

Before tryouts, students need to submit their VHSL Physical Exam and Emergency Care forms to the Student Activities Office and must complete the online concussion program with a parent. Click here for more info.
practice act & sat
Sophomores and juniors, don't forget to register for the mock ACT on Sat, Nov 16 at 9 am and the mock SAT on Sat, Nov 23 at 9 am. The Langley Academic Boosters and Educational Connections, Inc. are hosting these opportunities to take full-length practice tests at Langley, complete with a score report afterwards.

Space is limited, so sign up soon. Click here for the ACT and here for the SAT. Questions? More info can be found here or email your questions to us at: .
saxons, did you know …
… The FDA announced that, for the first time, it has authorized the marketing of products through the modified risk tobacco product pathway . The authorizations are for eight Swedish Match USA, Inc. snus smokeless tobacco products sold under the “General” brand name. The press release also states, “In an effort to help prevent youth access and exposure, the agency has also placed stringent advertising and promotion restrictions on the products, including a requirement to restrict advertising to adults. The decision permits the eight General brand snus smokeless tobacco products to be sold in the U.S. with a modified risk claim, it does not mean these products are safe or FDA approved.”

Parents should be aware of what this product looks like - click here . Other forms of smokeless tobacco have been linked to oral cancers , including cancer of the mouth, throat, cheek, gums, lips or tongue. The Mayo Clinic website includes more information about smokeless tobacco risks.
have a car to donate?
Do you have an old car taking up space in your garage? Have the tires gone flat on the panel station wagon in the driveway? Let Langley's fundraising partners help you lock in your tax-deductible donation for that car, motorcycle or airplane before the end of the year , all while helping support the Langley PTSA.

There are three simple steps and you only have to complete one short form. Click here to find out how to get someone else to haul that vehicle away, free of charge!

Ready to take it up a notch? Channel your inner Marie Kondo and help your neighbors or parents rid themselves of their unwanted vehicles. By following the easy steps in the link above, Langley PTSA benefits from all vehicle donations. The car doesn't even have to be in working condition!  
edison academy career fair
Edison Academy hosts the Apprenticeships and Skilled Workforce Career Fair on Thurs, Nov 7, 11 am-1:30 pm at Edison Academy, 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA. Fairfax County high school students , recent graduates and their parents are invited to attend this free event to meet business, education and industry leaders from Northern Virginia who offer skilled workforce employment, education, training and apprenticeship programs in in-demand skilled career fields. Get more information and register for the Career Fair here .
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upcoming events
Nov 1: End of 1st Quarter
Nov 4: No School
Nov 5: No School
Nov 7: Apprenticeships and Skilled Workforce Career Fair, Edison Academy
Nov 11: Winter Sports Tryouts Begin
Nov 12: Band Concert, 7 pm
Nov 13: PTSA General Membership Meeting, 9:30 am
Nov 16: Mock ACT, 9 am
Nov 18: Driver's Ed Meeting, 6:30 pm. Doors close promptly!
Nov 20: Saxon Service
Nov 23: Mock SAT, 9 am
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