langley eNews
March 26, 2020
from the ptsa president
Monday's announcement from the Governor, while perhaps not surprising, hit very hard in my household, as I’m sure it did in yours. The reality of this abrupt end to the school year, and all that comes with it, has left many feeling sad and anxious. There is a lot we don't know right now. I can tell you that the Langley staff and PTSA are committed to doing whatever we can to support the Langley community and, if possible, salvage some of the end-of-year activities, especially for seniors.

Langley teachers and staff will be working to figure out how to finish out the school year in an online format and how to address new content. The PTSA is continuing to work , determining which initiatives can move forward and which cannot. One ongoing initiative is our Staff Appreciation effort . More than ever, we'd like to show our appreciation. Please donate  here to help reach our goal of gifting each member of the Langley staff with a $25 gift card.

Thank you all for your patience during these uncertain times. The eNews will continue to share your news, as well as school-related information as it becomes available. And, though the building will remain closed, we've been informed that Langley staff will return to work virtually next week and will begin reaching out to students. 

Wishing you all good health and wellness.

~ Laura Skeen, PTSA President
need wifi?
If your student doesn’t happen to have access to the internet at home, you might be eligible for a WiFi Mobile HotSpot provided by FCPS. If interested, fill out this short survey.
shire yearbook
A bit of good news! The Shire will still be published this year, and given the closure, it will be an even more important memento for students. 

If you have photos of spring activities or sports, please email them with a short note THIS WEEK by Fri, March 27 to (This is a hard deadline, as the Shire’s deadline to the publisher is Mon, March 30.)

It’s not too late to purchase a yearbook, and students will definitely want one this year. Click here to order, using Langley's school code 4159.
online epf course opens early
Each year, numerous Langley students take the Economics and Personal Finance course online over the summer. If you’ve signed up for either of the two course periods, FCPS just announced that you can start the course as early as Mon, March 30 and have until July 31 to complete it. FCPS will email students registered for the course with sign-in info.

If you haven’t signed up but are now interested, there’s still room. Click here to register and for more info.
science fair winners
Congratulations to twelve Langley students who won awards at the 65th Annual FCPS Science and Engineering Fair, which was held this month virtually, with recorded videos. The grand prize and first place winners will move on to the (virtual) state fair in April.

The Grand Prize in Chemistry went to Parker Hoang for Designing a smarter smart hydrogel: optimization of poly(vinyl alcohol)-sodium borate hydrogels by physical crosslinking with sodium alginate for pH-responsive controlled drug delivery.

A first place in microbiology went to Casey Lim and Daevin Oey for The effect of the type of algae on biofuel production.

Second place winners include Anthony Bowers in biomedical engineering with Wifi-enabled blood sugar monitoring system, Nathalie Hoffman in physics/astronomy with The effect of parachute shape and material on the descent of an object for drone applications, Kathleen O’Donovan in engineering mechanics with A voice-activated remote delivery system for the disabled, and Emily Sun and Abigail Xu in engineering mechanics with Flashlight powered by heat of human hand.

Honorable mentions include Pengrui Chen and Muge Yang in engineering mechanics with How to make a water filter, Ryan DAquila in engineering mechanics with Emergency rappelling device (ERD), and Michael Kuligowski in chemistry with The effect of concentration of salt on voltage produced. Congratulations, Saxons!
photography winner
Winning a silver medal in the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Program is Zeynep Yardimci. Congratulations! She is one of only 18 winners in FCPS. Over 300,000 entries were submitted from across the country in all the categories in this nearly 100-year old contest.

Zeynep took her winning aerial photo, entitled Utah, from a jet upon take-off this winter from the Salt Lake International Airport.
it's time to donate your leaf!
We’ll still landscape Langley's main courtyard as soon as we have access to it. 

Just how gorgeous and green it will be, however, depends upon how many donations are made ASAP! Please donate a leaf or two to the Langley Legacy Tree , the wall sculpture growing in the Langley Lobby. As seen in the photo, dozens of leaves and birds were added to the tree just before the school closure.
About 100 of our seniors already have a leaf inscribed in their honor. Add your senior! Leaves also are a great way to pay tribute to 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. 

Go to the PTSA webpage to donate and provide your inscription. Questions or suggestions? Email
staff appreciation
The first week of May is teacher appreciation week , and despite (or especially during) this closure, the Langley community and PTSA wants to show its appreciation for our Langley staff by gifting each staff member a $25 gift card.

Click  here  to donate, and PTSA volunteers will purchase the cards. Thank you for helping to continue this tradition of thanking our teachers! 
vote for the langley mcc rep
Six Langley students are running for the Langley slot on the McLean Community Center Board , and you can vote by mail. Just email MCC at indicating the number of youth candidate ballots needed and they'll be mailed to your home. Ballots due by Wed, May 13.

Click here for voting details and to read the statements of the six great candidates: Selina Al-Shihabi, Ivy Chen, Maria Kim, Aidan Nguyen, Fay Shuai  and  Emily Siryani.
join the eNews team!
Looking for a fun, flexible and at-home way to be involved with Langley next year? Consider joining the  langley eNews  team! 

We are four happy volunteers who take turns to put together the  eNews   and we’d love to welcome one more editor for next year, when our senior parent graduates this June.

Interested? Contact any of us: Stephanie Maxwell ( ), Helen Miller ( ), Amy Prewett ( ) or Jane Riddle ( ). 
upcoming events
School closure through the end of the year, per the Governor of Virginia.

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