langley eNews
October 18, 2018
message from the ptsa president
Remember the famous joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice!” The same can be said for preparing for standardized tests … a little practice can go along way towards getting kids the grades they want.

The Academic Boosters and PTSA have partnered to host a practice ACT test next month at Langley. If November doesn’t work for you, watch for another practice test opportunity coming after the new year. Check out all the details in the article below. We wish all test-takers the best of luck!

~ Patty Burgess, PTSA President
survey supports I-495 ramp closure
The results of the Langley PTSA traffic survey  are in!

A majority of respondents support VDOT's pilot proposal to close the I-495N ramp at Georgetown Pike weekdays from 1-7pm.  

VDOT and the county are considering this limited closure to help address the afternoon traffic woes in surrounding neighborhoods. Want to know more? Click here for a summary of the PTSA survey’s key findings. Thanks to all the families and teachers/staff who participated.

A second community meeting coordinated by VDOT and Fairfax County about the proposal and other possible traffic remedies takes place TONIGHT, Oct 18, 7 pm at McLean HS. VDOT and county staff will give an update on input received since the first community meeting in early August, and will answer questions. Come to the meeting to learn more about the options and to provide your input.
spirit week
Spirit week is next week, Oct 22-26! The theme is Haunted Homecoming: Till Death Do Us Party , so dress the part!

Monday: Sleepy Hollow - Pajama Day
Tuesday: Hiding from the Monsters - Camo Out
Wednesday: Scare Cancer Away - Pink Out
Thurs: Red, White, and Boo - America Out
Fri: Spooky Saxons - Class T-shirt Day

Come out and cheer on the Saxons against Herndon HS at the game on Fri, Oct 26, 7 pm. The dance is Sat, Oct 27, 8-10:30 pm in the Langley Gym. Don’t forget tickets! They’re on sale this week during all lunch periods for $10; they are $15 next week and $20 at the door. Bringing a guest from another school? Fill out the guest form and present it when buying your guest’s ticket. Some parent volunteer slots for the dance are still available; sign up here
saxons, did you know...
. . . marijuana is both addictive and harmful to the human brain, especially when used as an adolescent. One in every six 16 year-olds who try marijuana will become addicted to it.  
school fundraisers
Sweets for the sweet! Indulge your sweet tooth this Sun, Oct 21 and help the Langley Dance team!

To support their trip to Nationals this winter, the dance team will be selling delicious baked goods in front of the McLean CVS and Great Falls CVS this Sunday from 10 am-2pm. See you there!
Show your Saxon pride with Langley license plate frames! Proceeds go to the Langley Choral Guild . Final orders for frames will go in on Wed, Oct 31 . You can customize your frames, for example indicating your student's graduation year, sport or club. Click here for an ordering form and info. Questions? Connect with Sarah Kirk at or 703-403-3072.
Halloween is coming up and students, teachers and staff love getting Halloween candygrams in school! The $3 chocolate and fruit candy treats will be delivered during first block on Tues, Oct 30 . To send your treat, print out and mail the candygram form here (also found on the PTSA website ). Thank you for supporting ANGP 2019 ! Questions? Email Beth Harkaway at .
reflections deadline nov 2
Do your student love dance, art, photography, music, video or writing? If so, the Reflections Art Contest is a great venue for them! Click here for all the info.

This year's theme is "Heroes Around Me."

Go for it! Due date for entries is Fri, Nov 2. Contact with any questions.
act practice test
Calling all sophomores and juniors! Mark your calendars for Sat, Nov 10, 9 am-1 pm . Langley is providing these students the opportunity to take a full-length, practice ACT in a simulated test environment at LHS, complete with a score report afterwards. The event is sponsored by Langley’s Academic Boosters and PTSA in conjunction with Educational Connections, Inc. Space is limited , so click here to register now!
lhs hosts students from seoul
Thirty-five students from the Gyeonggi Academy of Foreign Languages in Seoul, South Korea visited Langley last Thursday as part of the Academy’s annual Global Vision Trip. The visitors were paired with Langley sophomores and followed their hosts’ schedules for the day. Both hosts and visitors greatly enjoyed the opportunity to share their educational experiences and exchange ideas.
ads for grads
Congratulations, parents of seniors, on making it this far! Commemorate your senior’s Langley career with a quarter or half-page yearbook ad in the 2019 Shire . Your senior would love to see a couple favorite photos and inspirational quotes.

To submit an ad, click here  and enter Langley’s order number (4159). Deadline is Nov 21 , but please help our Shire Yearbook staff by submitting them early.
news by class
Pick up class t-shirts and senior swag orders during lunch next week, and don’t forget to wear your t-shirt on Fri, Oct 26 . It’s pep rally and senior picnic day, and we’ll take the senior panoramic photo . Order forms for the pano photo will be out next week, or stop by the main office for one.

Plan to submit your photos of Spirit Week and Homecoming fun for our senior graduation montage. Have those juniors step aside and include only seniors in the shots. Click here to submit to the senior photo Dropbox file.

Make sure to choose your senior portrait yearbook pose by Fri, Nov 9 . After that, the company lab’s default choice will be published in the Shire.
Thanks for paying class dues and pre-ordering class t-shirts for Spirit Week. Stop by the Cafeteria during lunch next Tuesday through Thursday for your t-shirt. Extras of all sizes were ordered, so if you didn’t already pay, come with a $35 check and this form. After Thursdsay, remaining t-shirts will be available from Ms. Baker in Room 2506 . Wear your class t-shirt next Friday !
Get your class t-shirts during lunch next week, and bring an extra $5 for a pair of Saxon sunglasses . If you haven’t paid the sophomore class dues, fill out this form and bring $35 cash or check and purchase one of the extra t-shirts. T-shirt sizes are first come, first served while they last for those who didn’t pay class dues by Oct 1.  
Follow the older classes to the Cafeteria next week to pick up your class t-shirt ! Don’t forget to wear it next Friday.  

The Freshman Class Parent Forum also is next week, Thur, Oct 25, 9:30-11 am , in the LHS Lecture Hall. Hannah Wolff, Career and College Counselor, and Betsy Shomaker, Department of Student Services, will give a presentation on Naviance
are you on the list?

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 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're not there, join today using this link .

Another perk of PTSA membership is that YOU could win! Join now to be eligible for our upcoming drawing for Langley spirit wear.  Stay tuned, as details will follow soon.  Thanks for your support!
service learning and community opportunities
5K for Mental Health
Turner Farm Park
925 Springvale Road, Great Falls
Sat, Oct 20, 9-11 am

The Becky Love Foundation , a family charity in Great Falls , is hosting a 1k and 5k run to promote awareness for mental health and support bereavement camps for kids who have lost a loved one. Click here to register. We hope our friends from the Langley community can join us !
Drug Take-Back Day
McLean District Police Station
1437 Balls Hill Rd, McLean
Sat, Oct 27, 10 am-2 pm

Save the 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

Please register for our next meal packaging event! The goal is 300,000 meals . Come see how good it feels to help this cause-- we’ll need 1000+ volunteers over the course of 3 shifts :

Shift 1: 8am – 10:30am -- sets the tone for the day
Shift 2: 11am – 1:30pm -- packages the greatest number of meals
Shift 3: 2pm – 4:30pm -- finishes the meal packaging and help clean up

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  for step-by-step instructions. 
upcoming events
Oct 25: Freshman Parent Coffee, 9:30 am
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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