langley eNews
February 14, 2019
from the ptsa president
How has your freshman assimilated into the Langley community? By second semester, we hope your student is feeling confident with the academics, is building relationships with teachers and has found a way to connect with others through sports, music or clubs. 

If your student is still looking for a way to participate and serve at Langley, the perfect opportunity is in store next week! Langley Links, the freshman mentors, will be bringing one-half of the freshman class to Saxon Service next week and the second half to Saxon Service in March. Working side by side with fellow classmates, while participating in service learning projects, fosters a sense of community that we hope every student will feel while at LHS.  

Over 400 students are expected to participate on these freshman-designated dates, so extra helping hands are needed to help administrate the activities. Please consider volunteering for a couple of hours next Thu, Feb 21 or Thu, Mar 28 from 9-11 am in the Langley Cafeteria. 

LHS is committed to promoting service to others. Encourage your student to get involved in Saxon Service!

~ Patty Burgess, PTSA President
monday, tuesday dinners done!
monday at chipotle: Foil your dinner plans and come to Chipotle in McLean (6707 Old Dominion Dr) this Mon, Feb 18, 4-8 pm! Langley juniors are raising money to support the 2019 Junior/Senior Prom, so please stop by. Show the flyer or just mention “Langley Prom” at checkout and Chipotle will donate 1/3 of the proceeds to our event. Please order and pay inside ( online orders don’t count). 
tuesday at the diner: Plan on dinner at the Silver Diner in Tysons (1801 Fletcher St) this Tue, Feb 19, 5-8 pm! The Langley Dance Team is traveling in March to the Contest of Champions National Dance Competition in Florida and would love your support! The dance team will be there, so eat in as well, or you can carry out. Mention Langley Dance when ordering and paying.  
snowdown throwdown
Get your tickets next week for the 2019 Winter Dance , hosted by Langley SGA. Snowdown Throwdown! is next Sat, Feb 23, 8-10 pm in the Langley Gym. Tickets are $10 in advance and at the door, and will be on sale during lunch.

Proceeds from this year's Winter Dance will benefit Cars for the Cure, an annual car, truck and motorcycle show founded in 2012 by Langley grad Michael Sevila and his late father Butch, who is still very much missed in our community. Cars for the Cure raises money for Type 1 diabetes research and JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Sevila’s organization has raised $250,000 so far!

Langley Prom is Saturday, May 18, 2019!
Location to be revealed soon!

Follow @2019Langley on Twitter and
@langleyprom2019 on Instagram for the latest.
help grow the courtyard legacy tree
What are the Langley Courtyard renovation plans? Our students and teachers wished for an inspirational outdoor space with hands-on learning opportunities. Ideas include trees for shade and beautiful foliage, a small pond for water habitat studies, a rock garden for earth science studies, a no-mow wild life area for ecological exploration, a sensory garden, a weather station, solar-powered features and more!

Your donation is needed to turn the vision into reality! Please donate a leaf or two to the Langley Legacy Tree, a beautiful wall sculpture that will adorn Langley’s Main Hall. The Legacy Tree will be a permanent and prominent record of generous courtyard contributors. 
Choose your engraved message — leaves make wonderful tributes to students, teachers, family and friends! Giving levels are copper leaf ($50), silver leaf ($100), gold leaf ($200) and acorn ($500)

Click on for info and to buy leaves. Questions or suggestions? Email

Please donate now, so Wheat's Landscaping can begin this spring!
interested in engineering ...
The 3rd annual National Engineers Week Youth Conference is at GMU this Sun, Feb 17, 9 am-2 pm.

Come hear keynote speakers, get tips on how to pursue an engineering degree, and attend workshop sessions in bioengineering, civil, mechanical, systems, cybersecurity, computer science and technology

Hands-on activities include chances to design and build structures, learn about smart home tech and wearable tech, explore nanotech in prosthetics, apply computer science to solve problems in medicine, develop cybersecurity strategies, and observe robot and drone demonstrations. Click here for info and here to register. Questions? Contact Kammy Sanghera at 703-362-2474 or
... or in politics & public policy?
Each year FCPS students in grades 9-11 can apply to be the student representative to the FCPS Board. The student rep serves in a nonvoting advisory capacity and represents interests of students in FCPS. Click here for info and here to apply. Applications are due Mon, March 18. Past student reps from Langley have had a great experience with this opportunity! 
your voice, your vote
Fairfax County PTA and the League of Women Voters have joined forces to promote voter registration through the FCPS High School Registration Challenge. The school registering the largest share of eligible voters wins the trophy for the year and is entered in the state-wide Governors Challenge. The winners include each and every student who registers and votes, engaging in our civic responsibility and democratic values. 

Saxons, if you turn 18 before Nov 5 you can register now. Then, vote on Nov 5 in this year’s elections for the Virginia General Assembly! Register online here, and click here for helpful new voter information. 
undefeated hoops season
Way to go Saxons! The girls’ JV and freshman basketball teams ended their seasons last week undefeated!

The JV team, coached by Drew Eddy and assisted by Samantha Kane, includes Anna Carlucci, Faith Ann Finch, Danielle Grieco, Heather Hughes, Devran Johnson, Adelaide Loving, Taylor Maguire, Ihuoma Mere, Sarah Mocknick, Alexandra Romero, Reese Torres and Olivia Walke.

The freshman team, coached by Seth Richardson and managed by Sasha Makarova, includes Selina Al-Shihabi, Keelin Byrne, Julia Daly, Anna Deringer, Anna Detweiler, Lillian FitzGerald, Julia Fremberg, Tamara Haidar, Kimberly Purdy and Kendall Wilson.
LHS Junior Varsity Team
LHS Freshman Team
get your stadium chair
Stadium chairs make it easy to cheer on the Saxons at every sporting event.

Buy one here by next Fri, Feb 22!

Your seat will thank you and so will Langley Crew
happy new year!
Last Friday the PTSA Hospitality Committee hosted Langley faculty and staff to a delicious Chinese New Year luncheon! The event featured cuisine by House of Fortune, desserts baked by Langley parents and authentic New Year decorations lent by Langley families for the day. "You made our day!” said Principal Greer, "thank you for a delicious lunch!”

A big thank you to Clare Bradshaw, who organized the luncheon, and to all those who helped make the event possible: Amy Adams, Patty Burgess, Karen Doody, Ritika Fedewa, Jennifer Feinstein, Kimberly Jepsen, Chrissie Lavin, Catherine Macleod, Susanne Partridge, Hilary Proctor, Priya Rastogi, Heather Schone, Laura Skeen and Amelia Steiner.
Thanks to all the Saxons who participated in the Rise Against Hunger meal-packing event! For the last six years, Langley pyramid schools have raised money and helped assemble meal packages for developing countries.

Last weekend, over 93,000 meals were packaged and the Langley pyramid raised $27,000! Pictured are Faith Skeen, Alana Berlo and Kathryn Skeen at the event. 
saxons, did you know ...
… in 2018, The Virginia Highway Safety Office reported 26 alcohol-related accidents in Fairfax County among teen drivers. Parents, tell your teens that it’s not okay to drink and drive! But, make a plan in the event your teens or their drivers have been drinking.
Also, check out this Facebook Live from FCPS and the county’s Health Department on vaping.
news by class
Parents, there is still time to congratulate your senior with a personal ad in the 2019 Shire. Take a few minutes to pick out some memorable photos and phrases. Your son or daughter will keep this yearbook for decades and will appreciate your efforts! Look here to see sample ads and more info. Order here using school code 4159.
Please come enjoy the Sophomore Class Forum tomorrow, Fri, Feb 15 from 9:30-11 am in the Langley Lecture Hall. Our guest speaker is Jennifer Weaver, who’ll provide great tips on how our sophomores can build life skills for resiliency and success, both in the upper grades at Langley and on through college. Can't join in person? Sign in and watch via Blackboard Collaborate.

Also note, the final sophomore driver's ed program is scheduled for Tue, March 5, and for those who have registered, the new date for the Sophomore Class Dinner is Thu, Apr 4, 6-8 pm.
online info on vaping
FCPS has created a student-focused website that provides information about vaping risks, resources, and videos featuring FCPS students. Many students believe e-cigarettes are harmless, but that is not true. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can impact adolescent brain development beyond the teen years. Some e-cigarettes also contain other harmful chemicals. While usage is primarily seen at the high school level, middle school students are also engaging in this harmful activity.
FCPS encourages all parents to become better informed about this subject and to discuss the issue with your students, as appropriate. Get started with these tips from the Surgeon General and click here for more parent information. 
youth trafficking
In recognition of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, local organizations are holding a panel presentation and audience discussion featuring the Just Ask Prevention Project on how to identity and help prevent trafficking of youth. The event is this Tue, Feb 19, 7-8:30 pm at the McLean Presbyterian Church

Trafficking and exploitation of teens in Fairfax County happens but often isn’t reported. You can help stop this exploitation by learning what makes youth vulnerable, how to identify the signs of a possible victim and what to do if you suspect a teen is being exploited. Click here to RSVP and here to learn more about Just Ask. Questions? Email Kathryn at
local meetings with county reps
what’s the budget? Take advantage of this chance to meet and talk with Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust and County CFO Joe Mondoro regarding the county’s 2020 budget. The meeting is at the Mclean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave) on Thur, Feb 28 at 7 pm

meet the super! Come meet and talk with FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand, EdD, who’ll discuss his priorities and challenges for FCPS, including mental health, academic pressure, and the vision for McLean and Great Falls schools. He’ll be joined by FCPS School Board Representative Janie Strauss. The meeting is at the McLean Community Center on Tue, Mar 5 at 7 pm.  
upcoming events
Feb 15: Sophomore Parent Forum, 9:30 am
Feb 18: President's Day Holiday & Spring Sports Tryouts Begin
Feb 18: Junior Class Prom fundraiser at Chipotle, 4-8 pm
Feb 19: Dance fundraiser at Silver Diner, 5-8 pm
Feb 21: Saxon Service at Saxon Time
Feb 21: Band Concert, 7 pm
Feb 23: SGA Winter Dance, 8 pm 
Feb 26: Orchestra Concert, 7 pm
Feb 27: Poetry Slam, 3-4:30 pm
Feb 28: Screening of Angst documentary, 7 pm
Mar 4: Meet the Coach night
Mar 5: Student/Parent Driver's Ed program, 7 pm doors close
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 26: Senior Ethics Day
Langley PTSA Communications Committee:
Stephanie Maxwell, Helen Miller, Jane Riddle, Anne Whipple

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