langley eNews
October 10, 2019
from the ptsa president
Plan on coming to Langley tonight! The Safe Community Coalition and Langley are presenting a free screening of LIKE at 7 pm this evening in the LHS Auditorium . LIKE is a documentary about the impact of social media on our lives, and is aimed at both teens and parents. If your child is active on any kind of social media, this is a must see. The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local experts . Read below for more information. 

If you’re the parent of a ninth or tenth grader, ask them about LIKE -- they were treated to the film during school today. Juniors and seniors won’t have a chance to view the film in school, so I hope they can catch it this evening. 

See you tonight!

~ Laura Skeen, PTSA President
Are you using technology or is technology using you? What’s going on behind the screens? Come watch the highly acclaimed documentary LIKE   tonight, Thurs, Oct 10 at 7 pm in the LHS Auditorium.

The compelling film explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. LIKE features experts from tech, medicine, mental health and education , and weaves in personal accounts from an array of social media consumers.

Following the screening, Dr. Cliff Sussman , a DC-area psychiatrist, will lead a discussion. The event is recommended for phone users of all ages! 

Click here for the movie trailer and here for more info about the Safe Community Coalition. If you can’t make it tonight, the film is also being shown Tues, Oct 15, 7 pm-8:30 pm  at McLean HS in its auditorium  
ads for grads
Attention, Senior Parents! Congratulate your grad by purchasing an ad in their last Langley yearbook. Senior ads, often accompanied by a few favorite family photos and inspirational quotes, are a wonderful way to honor your student. 

Click here to submit an ad in the Shire . Need ideas? Click here for examples and details. The deadline is THIS Mon, Oct 14 , so don’t wait! 
health screening
It’s a great time to volunteer at Langley! Each year, sophomores and new students receive vision and hearing screenings and our school nurse needs help to facilitate the screenings. 

Volunteers are needed for morning and afternoon slots on Thurs, Nov 7 and Fri, Nov 8 . Come meet other parents and Langley staff, enjoy some coffee and help our health staff! Click here to find a time that suits your schedule.
senior regional orchestra: Alyssa Kim, Gabriel Krieger, Olivia Lin and Fay Shuai were selected last week among the hundreds who auditioned for this year’s Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra. The regional concert will be held at Fauquier HS in Warrenton on Sat, Nov 9 . Congrats, Saxons!

flute choir: The Langley Flute Choir was selected to perform at the Virginia Music Educators Association annual conference this November in Hot Springs, VA. Langley’s flute choir, which is only in its second year, was chosen through competitive auditions of small ensembles from across Virginia. Congratulations, Flute Choir!
faculty appreciation lunch
Langley faculty and staff enjoyed a delicious BBQ lunch last week, hosted by the PTSA and catered by Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls. The festive decorations and sunny weather added a perfect touch to the delicious fare. A giant thank you to Clare Bradshaw and Langley’s PTSA Hospitality Committee for coordinating such a great event in honor of our faculty and staff!
want to get involved?
Looking to get more involved with the Langley community? If you are looking for a one-time event, or want more and have a few hours a week or a month, the Langley PTSA has opportunities for you!

membership/fundraising: We are seeking an additional person to help with membership and fundraising. You won’t be working alone — come join Annette Bellino , who has gotten the year off to a great start.

staff appreciation: In addition to hosting faculty events, the Langley PTSA puts together events and tokens of appreciation for our incredible custodians, cafeteria workers and bus drivers. Anastasia Karloutsos chairs the Appreciation Committee and would love your help with any of these events.

Please contact Laura Skeen at to learn more.
saxons, did you know …
clinical psychologist Adam Price writes in Psychology Today about the complicated relationship and communication between parents and teens. Click here to read “Ten Mistakes Parents Should Never Make.” Being aware of these pitfalls will help avoid a fight or two, he adds.
bands on the run logo contest
Calling all artists! Can you design a logo? The Langley and Cooper Bands on the Run 5K is holding a contest for its annual logo. The winner gets $50 and a t-shirt with the logo to add to their art portfolio. Ideas should relate to running or movement and music or bands, with a pop of color and clean lines.

Entries are due by Oct 15 at midnight , and must be in .jpeg and .pdf formats. Multiple entries per person are permitted (and encouraged)! Print this flyer for important details and visit the band website. Questions? Contact
psat is next week
Is your student ready for the PSAT? All sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT next Wed, Oct 16 . Click  here for important info about the PSAT process. 
news by class
Don’t forget — the deadline for senior ads in the Shire is this Mon, Oct 14!  Click  here  to create an ad and here for more details, or visit our class  webpage

While you’re browsing photos over the long weekend, please take a moment to send your Homecoming group photos (or any group pictures from band, theatre, choir or other activities ) for the Class of 2020. Email them to . We cannot include your senior in the Senior Video if you don’t submit pictures!
college events
Each year, FCPS offers high school students and parents chances to meet with colleges and universities to share info and answer questions about their institutions. This year’s College Fair and College Night events are Sun, Oct 20 and Mon, Oct 21 . Representatives from nearly 400 colleges and universities are on hand at these events. College Night also features workshops related to the college admissions process. To register, click  here .
2019 FCPS College Fair   
Fair Oaks Mall 
Sun, Oct 20, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm 
2019 FCPS College Night
Hayfield SS
Mon, Oct 21, 7pm-9 pm
upcoming events
Oct 10: Softball Interest Meeting, 3 pm
Oct 14: Student Holiday
Oct 16: PSAT, Sophomores and Juniors, 12:55 pm Dismissal
Oct 20: College Fair, 7:30 pm, Fair Oaks Mall
Oct 21: College Night, 7 pm, Hayfield SS
Oct 22: Orchestra Concert, 7 pm
Oct 23: Freshman Class Forum, 9:30 am
Oct 30: Saxon Service
Nov 13: PTSA General Membership Meeting, 9:30 am
Langley PTSA eNews Editors
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