langley eNews
March 5, 2020
from the ptsa president
In just over a month , work will begin on beautifying two of our courtyards. Our focus will be on the main courtyard outside of the cafeteria where students can enjoy their lunch when the weather is nice. And, if we raise enough funds, we will transform one of the smaller courtyards into a nature-filled sanctuary.

Funds raised in the next couple of weeks will determine just how much we can do.  You can contribute to our Courtyard Campaign by donating a leaf, bird or acorn to our Langley Legacy Tree which is currently "growing" in the Langley Lobby. This beautiful tree sculpture is filling up with the leaves purchased in the first phase of our fundraising campaign. 
The Legacy Tree is a permanent sculpture on which you can recognize your student, favorite teacher, family and friends. Leaves make great gifts and start at just $50! Choose from a copper leaf ($50), silver leaf ($100), or gold leaf ($200) or really "wow" them with an acorn or bird ($500) . With a donation of $1,000 or more, your family or business will be included on our Courtyard Benefactor Plaque , which will be installed adjacent to the tree.

Click here to donate. Questions? Email chrissielavin1@gmail.com .

~ Laura Skeen, PTSA President
coronavirus updates
Amid growing concerns about the coronavirus situation, FCPS is working with the Fairfax County Health Department and closely monitoring the health crisis as well as any impact it may have locally.

As of Feb 28, there are no cases of COVID-19 infection in Fairfax County , in Virginia, or in the National Capital Region. The situation is ever changing, so a coronavirus webpage has been established to provide updates as needed. Check the webpage often for the latest FCPS updates. The CDC website is an excellent source for background info on the virus as well as current news and advisories.
meet the new school board rep
Join us at 9:30 am on Wed, March 11 for our next PTSA meeting . Our guest speaker will be Elaine Tholen , our new Dranesville District School Board representative. Mrs. Tholen will share her vision and plans for her term as our representative and will update us on the proposed FY21 Budget, the Capitol Improvement Program (CIP) and potential boundary changes .

We will also introduce our slate of PTSA officers for the 2020-21 school year. Remote access will be available for those unable to attend the meeting, just click  here  and you will be connected.  See you there!
flowers for mom
The Langley Baseball Program is holding its Annual Mother's Day Flower Fundraiser! These beautiful flowers are available in large pots or large hanging baskets and will be available for pickup right in time for Mother’s Day! 

Please find a baseball player to order yours or contact Coach Sronce at jwcronce@fcps.edu . Plants are $50 each and checks should be made out to LHS Boosters . Orders will be taken until March 30.
ethics day
A few more adult volunteers are needed for the 16th Annual Langley Ethics Day , an event for our seniors on Tues, Mar 17

Table leader alternates are needed . Come in the morning, enjoy some refreshments and if you’re not needed, your day is free after all! Click  here  for more info and to sign up. Questions? Contact Danica at danica.alink@hotmail.com or 469-744-7130.
music notes
bands : Congratulations to the Langley band students who auditioned at JMU last weekend and made All-State Band! Kudos to Justin Bahr, Cherri Chen, Beth Johnston, Kevin Phlips, Jeffrey Song and Clark Tao , and also to alternates Muriel Wallach and Amanda Yo . A special hat tip to Kevin and Cherri, who made first chair for their instruments!

The Langley Flute Choir had a great performance at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, held at the Dulles Hilton, Feb 15-16.  Congratulations!

Kudos to the Langley Jazz Band , which successfully auditioned for a performance at the 40th Annual Jazz Festival at Chantilly High School on May 8.  
upcoming concerts: The next couple of weeks are filled with concerts for any musical taste! Come hear the Langley Bands on Thurs, March 5 and Thurs, March 12 or catch the Choral Concert on Tues, March 10 and the Orchestra Pyramid Concert on Wed, Mar 11 . All concerts begin at 7 pm .
sports notes
spring sport yard signs: Do you have a student in a spring sport? Get a yard sign! These signs are durable and look great both indoors and outside . Don’t wait — the deadline is this Fri, Mar 6 . Click here to order. Thanks for supporting your athlete and the Langley Boosters!
volleyball camp:  Do you know any future Saxons interested in volleyball? Tell them about the Langley Volleyball Camp ! It's for girls and boys ages 8-14 and no experience is needed. The camp is June 15-19, 9 am-2 pm in the LHS Gym. Click  here  for the flyer and here to register. Questions? Contact Coach Shifflett at  susan.shifflett@fcps.edu  or 703-287-2752. 
show our appreciation
Langley is fortunate to have hard-working, dedicated teachers and staff who care for and challenge our students to be their best. Each year we honor the staff and show our appreciation by giving every staff member a $25 gift card at our staff appreciation luncheon . Over the next couple of weeks, we will be collecting contributions toward this effort.  Donations can be made at each of the upcoming Class Forums or you can drop off a check, made payable to LHS PTSA , at the front desk. Thank you in advance for helping us honor our staff!
saxons, did you know …
As adolescents start making their own decision on things like clothing, music and friends, make sure their health is included in the decision-making process. The National Institute of Health published “Take Charge of Your Heath: A Guide for Teenagers.” Here is the full article.
class notes
Read this section for class news and click the green class buttons to go to each class page for more details.
Did you know it is less than 90 days to graduation?   Time is flying by so don't forget to purchase ANGP (All Night Grad Party) tickets for your senior!   Your student will not want to miss this event! Tickets are $85 until May 25 .   Also, now is a great time to make a  tax-deductible donation to ANGP  to help defray the cost of games, prizes, food, decorations and mementos. For more info, visit our  ANGP page to buy tickets and to sign the parent-student authorization form . Not sure if you have purchased a ticket yet? Contact Kari Lervick at  klervick@yahoo.com .

ANGP needs Corporate Sponsors!  As a corporate sponsor, your company name will be listed as a sponsor on materials at the ANGP and distributed to all Seniors (400+) in the event packets. You are welcome to donate corporate logo items/swag for the events packets as well. Visit the  ANGP Donations page  to help sponsor this alcohol and drug-free celebration for our Class of 2020 graduates!
The junior class hosts its final Parent Form on Fri, March 20 from 9:30 am-11 am . Our guest speaker, Dr. Anita Auerbach, is a clinical psychologist who will offer practical tips for effectively communicating with your teenager and helping them manage any anxiety and/or stress . Learn more about Dr. Auerbach by clicking here . For parents who can't join in person, we continue to offer the ability to listen to the presentation online through this link
Save the Date! Our last Freshman Class Forum of this year is Tues, April 21 from 9:30 am-11 am in the LHS Lecture Hall . Topics for discussion include: ANGP, Drivers Ed, End of Year Schedule, Parent View/SIS, Naviance, and Family Connection Review.
community opps
board slot for langley student:  Are you interested in government, business or leadership? The McLean Community Center governing board includes two youth seats, serving one-year terms , one each from Langley HS and McLean HS. Click  here  for info. The deadline for candidate petitions is Fri, Mar 13, 5 pm .
meet the super: All are invited to an open forum with FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand and Dranesville District School Board Member Elaine Tholen on Mon, Mar 16, 6:30-8:30 pm at the McLean Community Center . The forum will focus on mental health, academic pressure and the vision for schools in the Langley and McLean boundaries. Students have priority in the Q&A session.  
school board student rep: Each year, FCPS students have the opportunity to apply for the position of the student representative to the School Board. The student rep is not a member of the School Board but serves in a nonvoting, advisory capacity, representing the interests of the students of Fairfax County Public Schools. For more information on this role, see FCPS Policy 1802. 

Students who are currently in grades 9, 10, and 11 are eligible and they do not need to be current members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SAC). Applications are due March 24 and can be found here .
help in the search
FCPS has initiated a search for a permanent Director, Food and Nutrition Services . Parents and community members are invited to attend two upcoming meetings to identify the characteristics the school division seeks in the new director. The meetings will be held on the following dates, both at the Gatehouse Administration Center, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, in the locations indicated: Tues, March 10 at 4 pm in the Café and Thurs, March 12 at 7 pm in Room 1600 .
fcps tip line
FCPS has an anonymous tip line and the number has changed. Call 571-423-2020, text TIP FCPS to 888-777 or submit online .

Use the tip line to report school safety issues including threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft, vandalism, weapons and gang activity as well as concerns about student wellness. Click here for info.
help wanted
Want to be (nearly) the first to know what's going on at Langley High School? Looking for a way to contribute that's flexible, fun and (not usually) fast-paced?

Consider joining our eNews team! We are four happy editors who enjoy putting together this e-newsletter each week, but we’d love to welcome one more helper for next year when our senior parent graduates in June. To learn more, contact any one of us: Stephanie Maxwell, smaxwell200@outlook.com ; Helen Miller, cerbycat2000@yahoo.com ; Amy Prewett , acprewett@yahoo.com , or Jane Riddle , jriddle13998@gmail.com .
upcoming events
Mar 5: Band Concert (Wind Symphony), 7 pm
Mar 10: Choral Concert, 7 pm
Mar 11: PTSA General Membership Meeting, 9:30 am
Mar 11: Orchestra Pyramid Concert, 7 pm
Mar 12: Band Concert (Jazz, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic), 7 pm
Mar 16: Open Forum with Superintendent & Dranesville Rep, 6:30 pm
Mar 17: Senior Ethics Day
Mar 18: Sophomore/Parent Drivers Ed Meeting, 6:30 pm
Mar 20: Junior Class Parent Forum, 9:30 am
Mar 24: Sophomore Class Parent Forum, 9:30 am
Mar 25: Saxon Service, 9:45 am
Apr 6-10: Spring Break
Apr 13: Teacher Workday – No School
Langley PTSA eNews Editors
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