langley eNews
March 7, 2019
from the ptsa president
What is a legacy? It’s something that’s part of your history or that remains from an earlier time . Four years at Langley will, no doubt, give your children inspirational teachers, defining life moments and fond memories . Whether it be participation in a sport, performing arts, clubs or the simple pleasures of lunch with friends, football games and prom, the high school experience is part of your child’s history

Purchasing a leaf for the Langley Courtyard Legacy Tree is a wonderful way to pay tribute to your student or recognize a special team or teacher . Or perhaps you walked the halls yourself and would like to participate! The legacy tree is being created by students in the Tech Ed department and will bloom into a permanent and prominent sculpture in the Langley lobby. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to landscape and create outdoor classrooms in Langley’s three interior courtyards. Details and a link for online donations can be found below. Today is a great day to support the school and create your own legacy at LHS!

~ Patty Burgess, PTSA President
fcps capital improvement plan
Plan to attend the  March 12 PTSA meeting for a presentation on the  FCPS Capital Improvement Plan , which outlines  projected population growth, long-term planning for facilities  and potential boundary changes . This meeting will include a discussion of  Langley’s under-enrollment  and the potential impact on our school’s staffing, programming and boundaries. Guest speaker  Janie Strauss , the Dranesville District School Board representative, along with  Principal Greer , will address issues of growth and management of resources in county schools. Join us on  Tues, March 12  in the  Langley Lecture Hall at 9:30 am .
bands on the run
Calling all runners and walkers! The first ever Langley and Cooper Bands on the Run 5K and Family Fun Walk is Sun , March 31, 8 am – less than a month away! This event is open to the entire community. Lace up your running shoes, bring your friends and family, and run or walk with us! There will be music , prizes and sponsors’ tables to browse as well. 

Proceeds of the 5K will benefit the 300+ students in the band programs at LHS and CMS by helping furnish those things not funded by FCPS but that make these band programs exceptional: sectional teachers and guest clinicians, equipment and instrument repair, uniforms and transportation to competitions . The Langley Bands website has all the details or register here .

The sponsorship deadline is March 13 — if you can’t attend the race but would like to sponsor or donate to the event, please click here .
Thank You to our
Most Recent Sponsors!

Richman-KCM Tax Credit Advisors

Drum Major
Dermatology Associates of McLean (Drs. Alms, Fisher & Dadlani)

First Chair
Ackerman & Falcon, LLP

Ensemble Player
Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Other Donations
Absolute Carpet Care
American Prime Restaurant
Andy's Pizza at Tysons2
Nancy Blum
Lebanese Taverna
Sweet Green
Urban Plates
order spring yard signs now
Celebrate your athlete while contributing to the Athletic Boosters by purchasing a Yard Sign! But be quick, because the deadline to order is this Fri, March 8, for delivery around Mar 15. It’s easy to do with this quick link .
hockey state champions
We got the cup! Entering the 2018-19 NVSHL championship as a 7 seed, not many people thought that the Saxons would do much damage in the tournament. But damage was done, and history was made!  By beating Briar Woods 4-2 in the NVSHL cup final, the Saxons Ice Hockey team became the first Fairfax county school to win the NVSHL title.  Along the way, the Saxon skaters beat two Loudoun teams, Stonebridge and Briar Woods, that had amassed 10 titles between them. A big shout out to all the students who came and cheered the team to victory!  

In his first year at the helm , Coach Patrick Keough delivered Langley its first ever State title for ice hockey. Now, the Saxon skaters will face Bishop O’Connell in regional qualifiers on March 14, 8 pm at the St James Sports Complex, 6805 Industrial Rd, Springfield. The winner advances to play in Cleveland at the end of March. Briar Woods fans were loud, and O’Connell fans will be louder, so come on out and let’s keep this thing going!  Follow us on Instagram @langley_ice_hockey or Twitter @LHS_Ice_Hockey for game updates and details.
state champs in theatre too!
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Pillow Talk for their first-place victory and four superior ratings at the VHSL state championship in Charlottesville on March 2. Cole Sitilides and Samuel Buroker were awarded two of the top four best actor honors. Pictured are Samuel Buroker, Emma Connolly, Deena Daneshvaziri, Jane Gerrard, Josh Guinn, Mary Kurbanov, Zoe Patton and Cole Sitilides .

By popular demand , Pillow Talk is being performed during Saxon Time this week. Ninth and tenth graders had the chance to attend this morning, and juniors and seniors can attend tomorrow, Fri March 8.
writing awards
Two LHS students won awards in the recent 2019 Regional Scholastic Writing Awards competition. Congratulations to Madeleine Assaad , who won a Silver Key award for her poem “Writing is Torture,” and to Virginia Lee Lucey for two Honorable Mentions for her pieces of flash fiction, “Robot” and “Memory.” All regional winners will be recognized at a ceremony on Sun, March 10, at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue in DC .
saxons, did you know ...
Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States, with 37.6 million users in the past year. Marijuana use may have a wide range of health effects on the body and brain , particularly for younger people. Visit this link   to learn the full story about the effects of marijuana.  
appreciation events
The building engineers and custodial staff work tirelessly every day to maintain our beautiful new facility. The PTSA hosted an appreciation lunch as a big thank you to our busy staff. 

Also, Student services has been working overtime on student schedules! For a special treat, they were served a delicious breakfast by the PTSA. We love and appreciate our Langley staff!
fcps board student rep
FCPS students can apply now for the position of student representative to the School Board . The student rep serves in a nonvoting, advisory capacity, representing the interests of the students of FCPS . Students currently in grades 9, 10, and 11 are eligible to apply. Applications are due March 18 ; the app and related details can be found here .
teen job fair
Fairfax County high school students looking for their first part-time job, summer and seasonal job opportunities, or who want more information about potential career pathways are invited to attend one of six upcoming teen job fairs and resume building workshops in Fairfax County. Local businesses and agencies will be on hand to offer a range of opportunities including part-time employment , internships and volunteer work for prospective students. Click here for more information or to register.

Volunteer opportunities and resume-building workshops will be available for younger students. Free booth spaces are provided to local businesses. The first two job fairs will be held on Sat, March 9, at Woodson HS from 1-3 pm , and on Sat, March 23, at West Springfield HS from 10 am to noon.
courtyard update - 40% there!
Thanks to all the Langley families and alumni who’ve donated leaves to the Langley Legacy Tree, a beautiful wall sculpture that will soon adorn Langley‘s lobby. We’re approaching the halfway point of our courtyard renovation fundraising campaign, but hundreds of leaf donations are still needed to fund the project. 

If we reach our fundraising goal, the courtyards — now just concrete and patches of grass—will include trees for shade and foliage , a pond for water habitat studies, a sensory garden , a rock garden for earth science studies, "no-mow" wild life areas for ecological exploration, and more!

Consider donating a leaf (copper $50, silver $100, gold $200) or acorn ($500). You choose the engraved message! The Legacy Tree will serve as a permanent and prominent record of generous courtyard contributors . Leaves also make great gifts for teachers, friends, and graduates!

Visit the PTSA website to buy your leaf. Donate now so Wheat's Landscaping can begin planting soon! Questions or suggestions? Email .
bought the book yet?
Join Principal Greer on Mon, March 18 at noon in Langley's Lecture Room for a discussion on Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children, by Reid Wilson and Lynn Lyons . With anxiety at epidemic levels among youth, the book provides practical strategies that parents and educators can use to break the cycle of anxious worrying . Click here to purchase the book through Amazon. Bring a brown bag lunch; drinks and dessert are provided. 

Then mark your calendar to hear the author Lynn Lyons speak at the McLean Community Center on Mon, April 1 at 7 pm. Lyons is a nationally recognized licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist and speaker as well as co-author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents .

Lyons will discuss strategies that parents and educators can use with youth to handle anxiety now, and also to help prevent anxiety and depression from developing later in life. Tickets are $25 and are available here . Books and DVDs will be available for purchase at the event.
follow up to angst presentation
Attendees of last week's presentation of the film Angst learned how to identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety as well as some of the treatments. The film, sponsored by the Safe Community Coalition and Langley's PTSA , was followed by a panel discussion led by mental health professionals, including Deb Lane , our school psychologist and Donna Barnsley , Langley's school social worker. If you missed the event, some notes are available here .

Additional resources: 
upcoming events
Mar 11: 3-Hour Early Release
Mar 12: Principal's Coffee/PTSA Meeting, 9:30 am
Mar 12: Band Concert, 7 pm
Mar 13: Choral Concert, 7 pm
Mar 18: Book Discussion, 12 pm
Mar 20: 100Cameras Snapshot Dhaka Gallery Event, 6 pm
Mar 20-21: Alcohol Awareness program
Mar 22: Langley Leap Applications due
Mar 26: Senior Ethics Day
Mar 27: Senior Parents Coffee, 9:30 am
Mar 28: Saxon Service during Saxon Time
Mar 31: Bands on the Run 5K Fun Run, 8 am
April 1: Meet the Author event, McLean Community Center, 7 pm
April 4: End of 3rd Quarter
April 4: Sophomore Dinner/Sophomore Night, 6 pm
April 5: Teacher Workday - No School for Students
Langley PTSA Communications Committee:
Stephanie Maxwell, Helen Miller, Jane Riddle, Anne Whipple

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