langley eNews
December 12, 2019
from the ptsa president
It takes a village! An important goal of our PTSA is to keep the Langley community informed , and at a school as large and accomplished as Langley, there’s much to report! Thank you to our webmaster Betsy Vrankovich , who beautifully maintains the PTSA website and keeps it up to date, and to our eNews team (listed below) for its dedication to disseminating news and events to Langley each week. 

Special thanks go to Langley’s class parent leaders and teams , who work an entire four years on behalf of our students. The class parent committees are led by Elizabeth Trumbull (Class of 2020), Lee Ann Brownlee and Noelle Soobert (Class of 2021), Amy Swaak (Class of 2022) and Connie Colabatistto (Class of 2023). Each class has a team of about 10 parents who work on several events including Class Dinners, Spirit Week, Homecoming, Prom, Senior Slideshow and All Night Grad Party . The committees work throughout the year to keep Langley parents and students informed of important events and timelines pertinent to each class. They also organize four class forums each year , where timely and practical information is provided to help parents guide their students through everything from new student orientation, to course selection and planning, to driver's ed, to SATs and ACTs, to college applications and, finally, graduation!

If you haven’t tapped into your class group yet, please take advantage of this great resource, and access your class page  here .

~ Laura Skeen, PTSA President
langley/mclean boundary update
About 200 people attended the Langley/McLean boundary meetings held earlier this month at Langley and McLean High Schools. FCPS staff presented overviews and maps of three boundary options and attendees reviewed the options and provided comments and questions. The feedback was posted during the meetings and is slated to be available online from FCPS.  

The neighborhoods involved in the options  are in the boundaries of  Spring Hill ES and Colvin Run ES These schools are split-feeders , and so are thought by some to be the easiest to redistrict. In addition to providing detailed feedback about the options, some attendees noted longer-term goals, including the ongoing need for renovations and expansion at McLean HS and an aim to keep all Great Falls residents in the Langley HS boundary. 

FCPS states it may make changes in time for next year (2020-21) or may wait until 2021-22. Next steps include meetings in spring 2020 and recommendations following that to the School Board. Click here to view current FCPS boundary maps . Two local news articles about the meetings are available here and here .   
langley grads home on break?
Do you know an LHS grad home from college over their winter break? Langley is holding an Alumni College Fair next Fri, Dec 20, 11:15 am-1:15 pm in Langley Hall and needs our grads!

At the Fair, college students would be available to talk with current Langley students about their schools, based on their own perspectives and experiences. No prep is needed — just wear your college sweatshirt! Interested Langley students from any grade can attend the Fair during their lunch period. 

Click here to sign up. Don’t worry if others are signed up from your school — several "reps" from the same college are fine! Questions? Contact Hannah Wolfe at hwwolff@fcps.edu .
holiday concerts
Ticket holders, see you this weekend at the Langley chorus’  Renaissance Feaste, Fri, Dec 13  and  Sat, Dec 14  at  7 pm! (This popular event is sold out remember next year to get your tickets early!)

Don’t miss the winter performances of Langley’s jazz band and three concert bands next Tues, Dec 17 at 7 pm . The winter concert is festive and includes a dessert reception immediately afterwards, in Langley Hall. The event is free and all are invited!
last call for ornaments
Last call the LHS Orchestra Society still has White House Christmas Ornaments for sale. This year's ornament honors President Dwight D. Eisenhower and symbolizes his commitment to innovation. Ornaments are $25. Click  here  for the order form and instructions.
sports notes
hockey: Come cheer on the Saxons ice hockey team tomorrow, Fri, Dec 13! The puck drops at 6:10 pm at Reston SkateQuest  against Independence/Rock Ridge. Students in the stands can be on the receiving end of a t-shirt toss between periods. Free hockey and free t-shirts — a great way to start your weekend off right! Go Saxons!
girls' basketball youth night:   All girls wearing basketball jerseys get in free at youth night this Fri, Dec 13 as the girls' basketball teams take on Chantilly HS. The freshman tip-off is at 4:30 pm , JV at 5:45 pm and varsity at 7:30 pm . Click here for details about youth night.
youth dance clinic:   Calling all young dancers who’d like to practice and perform with the Langley Dance Team! The team is hosting a youth dance clinic on Sat, Jan 11, 9 am-12 pm at LHS for boys and girls in 1st through 8th grades. No dance experience is needed. In addition to the clinic, the participants will perform with the Saxons dancers at a Langley basketball game! 

Registration is due next Fri, Dec 20 . Click here to register online and here to view the flyer and a form, to register by mail. The info also is available on the Langley Boosters website . Questions? Contact the team coaches at  langleydancers@gmail.com .
rugby club: Interested in playing rugby? Spring leagues are forming now in McLean, Great Falls and Reston for boys in 5th through 12th grades . Click here for the flyer.  Questions? Contact  gary@greatfallsrugby.com .
saxon service
Saxon Service is back! Come to the Cafeteria during  Saxon Time  next Wed, Dec 18 . Watch this awesome video , made by sophomore Eleanor Lavin , to get a glimpse of the fun that students have participating in this rewarding service opportunity.   

Langley thanks  Giant Food Stores (McLean and Sterling) and Costco (Sterling)
for their generous donations for supplies for Saxon Service. They’re great community partners! Questions about Saxon Service or x2Vol? Email   enshomaker@fcps.edu  or visit the Student Services Department.
food drive
The Langley Girl Up Club is coordinating a Holiday Food Drive all next week ( Dec 16-20 ) to support the Capital Area Food Bank . Please bring a canned good or other nonperishable item. A collection box is in the Front Office . Thank you for your help!
saxons, did you know …
according to the 2018 FCPS Youth Survey,  57 percent of Langley seniors reported texting or emailing while driving during the prior 30-day period. Let’s remind our students that checking their phones while driving is dangerous!
class notes
Seniors and parents, if you'd like to order Langley graduation announcements and thank-you cards , you must fill out this form and s ubmit to your English teacher by next Fri, Dec 20
award opportunities
Seniors, would you like to win a $1,000 award?  The Virginia PTA honors seniors who’ve demonstrated a commitment to community service and academic achievement . Applications must be mailed (no electronic submissions) by March 2 . Click  here  for the application and here for more info. 
Are you a foodie?  The Virginia PTA Power Plates Program recipe contest promotes healthy eating. It has five categories (breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snack) and you can enter in multiple categories. Entries consist of your recipe, photo of the dish and a short (less than 100 words) statement. Click here for the rules and entry form and here to view the flyer. The deadline in Feb 3
What does it take to be a good citizen? Have a try at the topic in the Virginia PTA Citizen Essay contest . Submissions must be at least 750 words and are due Feb 1 . District winners proceed to the state level, where winners receive cash prizes and are featured in Virginia PTA publications. Click here for the rules and entry form. 
easy cash for lhs
Did you know that through your gift giving, party preparations and spirit of the season you can earn easy money for our students?

Designate the Langley High PTSA as your AmazonSmile charity, and we receive a 0.5 percent donation for all eligible purchases. AmazonSmile features all the same products and prices as Amazon. Click here to create your account.
upcoming events
Dec 13: Ice Hockey, Reston SkateQuest, 6:10 pm
Dec 13: Girls' Basketball Youth Night
Dec 13-14: Chorus Renaissance Feaste, 7 pm
Dec 17: Band Concert, 7 pm
Dec 18: Saxon Service, Saxon Time
Dec 19: Choral Concert, 7 pm
Dec 20: Alumni College Fair, 11:15 am
Dec 23-Jan 3: Winter Break
Jan 11: Dance Team Youth Clinic, 9 am
Langley PTSA eNews Editors
Stephanie Maxwell, Helen Miller, Amy Prewett, Jane Riddle
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The Langley eNews is published by PTSA volunteers and includes news that pertains to LHS, PTSA and FCPS.
Any opinions expressed herein are those of the submitter and not necessarily those of LHS, PTSA or FCPS.