langley eNews
February 27, 2020
from the ptsa president
And just like that, it's almost March! With a junior and senior in my household, it feels like we're racing toward the finish line.  

February was filled with a flurry of activities and school holidays. This past weekend brought Love Sick (produced by our award-winning Saxon Stage), Pardi Gras (I hope your students had a great time at the dance) and the Capitol Steps (a great show and a wonderful fundraiser for our seniors’ ANGP)! Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to put on these fantastic Langley events!

March kicks off with a student holiday on Mar 3, due to the primary elections. On Wed, Mar 11 you’ll want to attend our PTSA meeting where  Elaine Tholen, the new Dranesville District School Board representative, will be the guest speaker. Ms. Tholen will share her vision and plans for her term as our representative and will provide an update on the proposed FY21 Budget, Capitol Improvement Program and potential boundary changes. I hope to see you there!

~ Laura Skeen, PTSA President
give for the courtyard!
Over Spring Break, Wheat's Landscaping will transform our Langley Courtyard from concrete and scrub grass into a nature-filled sanctuary.  But — we are only half-way to our target fundraising goal.

Please don't wait! Your generous donation is needed now to turn the landscape vision into reality. The more raised over the next few weeks, the greener our Courtyard will be.  

To help, donate a leaf or two to the Langley Legacy Tree, the beautiful wall sculpture that is “growing” in the Langley Lobby.
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 or bird ($500). With a $1,000+ donation, your family's name is included on the Courtyard Benefactor Plaque, which will be installed next to the Tree. 

Click here to donate. Questions? Email Thank you for your generous donation!
many thanks
Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the Capitol Steps last Sunday, and to support the Class of 2020 All Night Grad Party in the process. The event was a big success! Perhaps owing to this crazy election year, many in the community attended the show in addition to Langley families. 

Thanks also to those who donated tickets to Langley. Five Langley staff won a pair of tickets to the show: Val Cukierman, Mary Gratz, Allison Herzig, Margaret Scheirer and Elisa Steele. 

Finally, a shout out to all the volunteers (parents, seniors and siblings) who sold tickets and concessions, staffed the will call table and handed out programs. The ANGP Committee couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you to all!
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.
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 or 469-744-7130.
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 next 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 or 703-287-2752. 
saxons, did you know …
social media can bring friends together, but also social media can create anxiety, social isolation and fear of missing out. Take a break now and then from social media — it feels great! Click here for a helpful article on ways to take that break.
class notes
Read this section for class news and click the green class buttons to go to each class page for more details.
The application deadline for the Virginia PTA scholarship is this Mon, Mar 2. The Virginia PTA honors seniors who've shown a commitment to community service and academic achievement, with the winner receiving $1,000. Click  here for the app and  here for details. Questions? Email

ANGP ticket prices go up this weekend. ANGP is June 1-2 at the Oak Marr Rec Center. Tickets are $75 now but go up to $85 this Sun, Mar 1. Click the ANGP website to buy tickets and to sign the parent-student authorization form.

Save the date! Baccalaureate is Sun, May 31, 5 pm-6 pm in the Langley Auditorium. The event is a non-denominational event for reflection and celebration for our seniors, their families and friends. This year’s parent co-chairs, Dana de Kanter and Kathy Viola, are recruiting student co-chairs, parent+student committee members, and seniors who'd like to participate with music, drama, readings or art.

To volunteer or recommend a parent or student, email or .  Also, if you know a parent or significant person in the life of one of our seniors who would be a great keynote speaker, please contact us!
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. 
spanish exchange program: Interested in hosting a student from Spain this summer? Area families are needed to host Spanish students ages 12-18 from June 19 - July 10. Host families receive $1,200 per student for food and other expenses. The students are taken on an excursion each week and day camps can be arranged if necessary. 

There's also a one-week program for American students to visit Spain during July 10 -19. This program carries health insurance for the students and does police checks. Click here for more info or contact the program coordinator, Dawn Jones, at 703-517-2800 or
upcoming events
Mar 2: Spring Sports Meet the Coach Night, 7 pm
Mar 3: Student Holiday (Super Tuesday Primaries)
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
Langley PTSA eNews Editors
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