langley eNews
October 25, 2018
from the ptsa president
Langley is fortunate to have engaging teachers, a dedicated staff, a visionary administrative team and a beautifully renovated facility. Your PTSA membership aids this wonderful environment, providing valuable resources that supports our students and teachers throughout the year. To name just a few of the enrichments your membership has supported, last week we were thrilled to fund these items:

  • English: Membean vocabulary software and a digital download of Shakespeare’s Macbeth
  • Humanities: Periodical subscriptions for Langley’s Forensics and Debate teams
  • Special education: Functional skills curriculum and teaching manual
  • Performing arts: Professional support for orchestra concerts and licensing for the spring theatre production
  • Professional development: Grants for five teachers from the English, Social Studies and Math departments to participate in courses that enrich their teaching expertise.

Thank you for joining the Langley PTSA and supporting these activities. Haven’t gotten around to it yet? See our membership box below and use the link to sign up now!

As an adjunct to the Spirit Week and Homecoming festivities, Langley hosted a safe driving event for students over lunch this Monday. See the story below for details, and I wish all of you a happy and safe Homecoming weekend! See you at the festivities!

~ Patty Burgess, PTSA President
safe driving event
Saxons had a glimpse at the consequences of distracted driving during a program held in the Langley Cafeteria during lunch periods this Mon, Oct 22. Using virtual reality devices, simulators and games, students learned that distracted driving comes from anything that takes attention away from the road, such as phones, friends, music, and eating and drinking. Langley partnered with the Art of Driving, AT&T, State Farm and INOVA Fairfax Hospital to host the event.
In addition, as students drove from Langley’s parking lot in the afternoon, McLean District Station police officers stopped all cars and spoke with drivers about safe driving. The officers checked for seat belt use and handed those with buckled seat belts coupons for free french fries at Santini’s Deli in McLean. LHS thanks the McLean District Station and our other partners for helping with this program!
saxons, did you know...
. . . that Virginia has a zero tolerance law for underage drinking? Anyone convicted of underage drinking (blood alcohol content of 0.02 percent or higher) and driving will lose their driver's license for one year from the date of conviction, and receive a mandatory minimum fine of $500 or 50 hours of community service.
author inspires all
Students and teachers alike were inspired by Andrew Forsthhoefel, who visited LHS earlier this month for a day as author of this year’s Langley Read selection, Walking to Listen.

Please click here to read the wonderful note by Langley Librarian Kathleen Ortiz, reflecting on the day and noting the comments of attendees. To experience a bit of the day with the inspiring author, click here to view a video of Forsthoefel’s talk. 
orchestra concert
The first orchestra concert of the year, Spookfest, is next Tue, Oct 30, 7 pm in the Langley Auditorium . Spookfest will feature spooky compositions and the musicians will be decked out in costumes and spirit wear. Kids coming to the concert are welcome to wear costumes too! Come early and enjoy drinks and deserts at the hospitality table before the concert.
saxon fundraisers
holiday poinsettias:  Decorate your home for the holidays and support Langley girls’ lacrosse! Look for our table near the footfall field ticket booth at tomorrow’s Homecoming game and at the game on Fri, Nov 2.

Can’t make it to the games? Track down a girls’ lacrosse player or email Caroline at These beautiful flowers are available in a variety of colors and sizes. Orders are due by Fri, Nov 9 and will be delivered during the first week of December.  
langley license plate frames: Only o ne week left to order your license plate frames!  The last order goes in next Wed, Oct 31 . Customize your Saxon frames and show your student's graduation year, club, sport or other activity. Click here for an order form and info. Proceeds go to the Langley Choral Guild . Questions? Email Sarah at or call at 703-403-3072.
chipotle night:  Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Saxon Stage! Come to Chipotle in McLean on Tue, Oct 30, 4-8 pm and mention Saxon Stage when paying. One-third of the proceeds will be donated to Langley’s Theatre Department . See you there!
krispy kreme doughnuts:  No one does doughnuts like Krispy Kreme! The Langley Orchestra Society is selling these spooktacular treats for one day on Tue, Oct 30, 3:35-7 pm in the Langley Main Entrance . Buy a dozen for $9 and head down to the Auditorium for the Spookfest concert that evening at 7 pm .
reflections contest
Do your students love dance, art, photography, music, video or writing? If so, the Reflections Art Contest is a great venue for their talents! Click here for all the info to submit an entry. The theme this year is "Heroes Around Me." Entries are due next Fri, Nov 2. Go for it! Questions? Email .
credit expungements
Attention freshmen! Wish you hadn't taken geometry as an 8th grader? Next Fri, Nov 2 is the deadline for 9th graders' requests to expunge high school credit-bearing courses from 8th grade. Guidelines, procedures and forms are all here. Still not sure? See your counselor for advice and more info.
act practice test
Calling all sophomores and juniors! Come to Langley on Sat, Nov 10, 9 am-1 pm and take a full-length, practice ACT in a simulated test environment, and get a detailed score report to help study for the real one. The event is sponsored by the Langley Academic Boosters and PTSA with Educational Connections, Inc. Spaces are filling up , so click here to register.
ads for grads
Congratulations, parents of seniors, on making it this far! Commemorate your senior’s Langley career with a quarter-page or half-page ad in Langley's 2019 Shire . Your senior will love to see a couple favorite photos and inspirational quotes from you.

Click here  and enter Langley’s order number (4159) to submit your ad. The deadline is  Wed, Nov 21 , but please help out our Shire staff and submit them early.
Congratulations to the Saxon Varsity Field Hockey team for taking the Liberty District title for the second straight year! Come out and cheer on the awesome Saxons tonight at 7 pm, as Langley is hosting the second round of Regionals.

Also, a big shout out to the field hockey Saxons who won these Liberty accolades
  • Player of the Year: Maddie McGaughey
  • First Team: Bella Holloman, Maddie McGaughey, Mikayla Schoff
  • Second Team: Emma Cole, Courtney Kuligowski, Erin Sweat, Aly Trumbull
  • Honorable Mention: Lucy DuBois, Chloe Reed
Pictured: Lauren Treacy, Lucy DuBois, Ellie Scherping, Emily Treacy, Courtney Kuligowski, Anna Carlucci, Megan Markwart, Aly Trumbull, Kim Purdy, Asst Coach McGaughey, Kendall Wilson, Hannah Abele, Chloe Reed, Maddie McGaughey, Emma Cole, Erin Sweat, Bella Holloman, Caroline Lavin, Mikayla Schoff, Coach Robinson.
you gotta be in it to win it!

Our PTSA membership is growing , and we want you with us! Membership is a click away. In a minute or less, you can support all the programs of the Langley PTSA: technology, teacher appreciation, classroom teaching tools, fine arts and much more. If you're not sure if you're a member, click here for the list. If you don't see your name, join today using this link . Thank you for your support!

Our PTSA You Gotta Be In It To Win It member prize drawing for a Langley spirit wear item starts next week! If you’re a PTSA member, YOU could win!
news by class
Seniors, wear your class t-shirts tomorrow for the pep rally, senior panoramic photo and senior picnic!

After Friday, seniors who haven’t picked up their class t-shirt or senior swag orders can get them from Ms. Hamilton in Room 2425. All seniors get a class t-shirt.
Juniors, wear your class t-shirts tomorrow! Pick them up from Ms. Baker in Room 2506. We ordered extras! If you haven’t paid, take this form and a check to Ms. Baker for a t-shirt to wear Friday.

Please submit photos from spirit week, Homecoming, fall sports and activities for our senior slide show. Include only pictures of the class of 2020 at LHS events and email them to with the name/date in the subject line. Gather juniors together for a great picture and send us your best shot! Click here for more recommendations.
Save the date! The Sophomore Class Dinner is Thu, Nov 15 at 6 pm. Join us for “ The College Best Fit,” by College and Career Counselor Hannah Wolff, and a delicious meal catered by Listrani’s Restaurant of McLean. Dinner entrees include chicken, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The cost is $20 per person and the entire family is welcome! Please sign up and pay using MySchoolBucks (look for the class dinner icon) or click here for the form. 

Wear your class of 2021 t-shirts tomorrow and see you at the game!
Freshmen, don’t forget to wear your class of 2022 t-shirts tomorrow during the day and at the Homecoming football game!

Thank you to everyone who came to the Freshman Class Parent Forum this morning!
service learning and community opportunities
Drug Take-Back Day
McLean District Police Station
1437 Balls Hill Rd, McLean
Sat, Oct 27, 10 am-2 pm

Save our bay on drug take-back day! Properly disposing of unused or expired drugs in household cabinets can stop misuse , accidental poisonings and also protects the Chesapeake Bay . To help, Fairfax County sponsors semi-annual drug take-back days. For more info, click here . 
Rise Against Hunger McLean
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
1545 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean
Sat, Nov 3, 8 am-4:30 pm

Help us package 300,000 meals at our meal packaging event next Saturday! Spaces are still available for the shift between 8-10:30 am, so please click here to register.
Questions about the FCPS service learning system, x2vol ? Need help setting up an account, finding opportunities or logging hours? Click here  and look for "recording volunteer hours" for detailed instructions. 
upcoming events
Oct 26: Homecoming Football Game
Oct 27: Homecoming Dance
Oct 30: Orchestra Concert
Nov 2: End of 1st Quarter
Nov 3: It’s Academic Team, NBC Channel 4, 10:30 am
Nov 5-6: No School for Students (Teacher Work Days)
Nov 7: National Honor Society Inductions
Nov 10: ACT Practice Test (Optional)
Nov 12: Meet the Coach Night
Nov 13: Band Concert 
Nov 14: Principal Coffee/PTSA General Membership Meeting, 9:30 am
Nov 15: Sophomore Class Dinner
Langley PTSA Communications Committee:
Stephanie Maxwell, Helen Miller, Jane Riddle, Anne Whipple

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