langley eNews
February 21, 2019
from the ptsa president
The Langley community is fortunate to work with the Safe Community Coalition (SCC) , which is a local organization working with our schools in Great Falls and McLean to provide programs and resources to reduce stress , foster mental wellness and empower youth to make responsible choices. In its focus this year on youth anxiety, the SCC is hosting Lynn Lyons , co-author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents , in April. Leading up to that, Principal Greer will host a book chat on Lyons’ book in March. More info on these events is below. 

Next Thur, Feb 28 , the LHS PTSA is partnering with SCC to present a screening of the IndieFlix original film Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety at 7pm in the Langley Auditorium . Featured in the documentary are students affected by anxiety, mental health professionals and mental health advocate Olympian Michael Phelps , who share their stories and provide hope and resources around a topic that many find difficult to discuss. Anxiety disorders are highly common and highly treatable , yet most who suffer don’t seek assistance. 

Following the movie , we are pleased to have a panel discussion featuring Jennifer Weaver , founder of the McLean-based psychotherapy practice Weaver and Associates, and Adrian Brown , a psychiatrist in McLean and professor at Georgetown University Medical Center. Rounding out the panel will be our own Donna Barnsley , clinical social worker and Deb Lane , school psychologist, both in Langley’s Student Services Department. The event is free and recommended for adults and students 6th grade and up. Please join us for the movie and subsequent discussion around this important topic.

~ Patty Burgess, PTSA President
snowdown throwdown
Snowdown Throwdown is here! Plan on coming to Langley’s 2019 Winter Dance this Sat, Feb 23 in the Langley Gym from 8-10 pm . Tickets are $10 and can be purchased during lunch this week or at the door. 

Come have fun and support a great cause at the same time. Proceeds from the dance go to Cars for the Cure , which was founded by Langley grad Michael Sevila and his late father, Butch .
crew news
Tag Day! This Sat, Feb 23 is Tag Day for Langley Crew. Saxon’s rowers will be canvassing our neighborhoods in Great Falls and McLean to ask for donations to support crew. Crew receives no financial support from FCPS , and is funded solely by parents and community donations. Please be on the look out for our rowers in your area, and thank you for donating! Langley Crew Boosters Club is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible .

Also, last call! Stadium chairs make it easy to cheer on the Saxons at every sporting event. Buy one here by tomorrow, Fri, Feb 22 ! Your seat will thank you and so will Langley Crew
Congratulations to the Langley Science Bowl team! Competing against 16 teams statewide, Langley snagged second place at the 2019 Virginia Regional High School Science Bowl, which was held Feb 2 at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News. The team earned a trophy and $500 for their second place finish, after facing off with questions covering math, biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics and energy. 

Pictured are Belinda Xi, Daniel Mousavi, Dan Ni and Stephanie Bi, next to Science Department Chair and Olympiad Coach Leah Puhlick .
share the tree with langley alumni
Psst -- pass it on!  Quite a few LHS alumni have made leaf donations to the Legacy Tree , Langley’s courtyard renovation fundraiser. How cool is that? We are thrilled to add the names of former Saxons in the branches of our Legacy Tree! Leaf donations are a wonderful way for both current and alumni families to leave their mark on Langley . Or, use a leaf to honor a teacher, coach, Langley team or activity. 

Help spread the word! Please forward this information to any LHS alumni you know. If you're an alumni member, please post on your class Facebook page .

Langley's Courtyard Fundraiser Legacy Tree will be a beautiful wall sculpture that will soon adorn Langley's front entryway (across from the main office). Money raised from the donation of Legacy Tree leaves (copper $50, silver $100, gold $200) or acorns ($500) will be used to transform Langley's three courtyards into verdant green spaces that also serve as outdoor classrooms.

With enough donations, the completed project will include trees, a pond, a sensory garden, a rock garden, and dozens of ways to incorporate hands-on, experiential learning into the school day  To order your leaf — or leaves! — visit the  PTSA website . Questions? Email .

Donate now so Wheat's Landscaping can begin planting this spring!
angst screening & discussion
All teens experience some amount of anxiety. But when temporary worries or fears interfere with daily life,  anxiety disorders are at play. How can our community recognize the signs of this mental health epidemic and what resources are available?

The  Safe Community Coalition, in conjunction with the  Langley PTSA, is hosting a free showing of  Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety on  Thurs, Feb 28 at 7 pm in the Langley Auditorium. This documentary features students affected by anxiety, mental health professionals and  Olympian Michael Phelps in opening up the conversation around this topic. 

A panel discussion and Q&A session will follow the movie, as detailed in the PTSA President’s message above. This event is  free and recommended for adults and students in  6th grade and up.
anxious kids, anxious parents book events
Anxiety can be a very persistent master! When it moves into families, it can take over daily routines, schoolwork, bedtime/sleep and even recreation. Langley and the Safe Community Coalition invite you to attend these two events, which highlight an acclaimed book, its authors, and concrete strategies to prevent and control anxiety

Discuss the book: Please join Principal Greer on Mon, March 18 at 12 pm in Langley's Lecture Room for a discussion on  Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children ,  by Reid Wilson and Lynn Lyons . With anxiety at epidemic levels among youth, the book provides practical strategies that parents and educators can use to break the cycle of anxious worrying . Click here to purchase the book through Amazon. Bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks and dessert are provided. 

Meet the Author: Lynn Lyons is a nationally recognized licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist and speaker as well as co-author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents . As part of the Safe Community Coalition’s year-long focus on anxiety in youth, come hear Lyons on Mon, Apr 1 at 7 pm at the McLean Community Center’s Alden Theater

Lyons will discuss strategies that parents and educators can use with youth to handle anxiety now, and also to help prevent anxiety and depression from developing later in life. Tickets are $25 and are available here . Books and DVDs will be available for purchase at the event.  
saxons, did you know ...
… parents or other adults who provide alcohol to a minor have a civil liability to pay damages if a partygoer or another individual is injured. Adults also may face criminal charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. 

Even if no one is hurt, adults may face charges for providing or allowing alcohol to be used by minors in the home . Click here for details on adults’ responsibilities and Virginia alcohol laws.
news by class
Parents! A personal ad in the 2019 Shire is a great way to commemorate your senior’s career at Langley . Take a few minutes to write a note or pick out some memorable photos. Your senior will keep their last Shire yearbook for decades and will appreciate your efforts. Click here to see some sample ads and more info. Order here using school code 4159.
Juniors, please submit your winter pictures! Email to the best pics of juniors from the Band trip to NYC, Model UN conferences, Theater events, Winter Sports, Spirit Days, Junior College Night, etc. More details on our class webpage . Remember, if you don’t send them we cannot include them in the Senior Video next year!

The AP exam schedule has been posted here . Mark your calendars now!

Thank you to Sarah Tyler and Jen Lesan for a terrific Class Dinner last week. Thank you to Hannah Wolff for a wonderful Junior College Night. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to make the night better for juniors and their parents!
award opportunity

Seniors, would you like $1000? The Virginia PTA is offering $1000 scholarships to high school seniors in Virginia. The criteria include a demonstrated commitment to and engagement in community service, academic achievement and financial need . Awards look good on applications and resumes, and every little bit of funding helps! The  application deadline is next Fri, March 1 . Click here for the application and more info. 

study travel programs
The Fairfax County International Study Travel Program is participating in the 2020 Global Leadership Summit, scheduled for July 4-17, 2020 with a tour and events in Budapest, Vienna , Prague and Davos . It is open to high school students in 2020 (current 8-11 graders). An info and registration meeting is next Wed, Feb 27 at 6:30 pm at Hayfield MS . Click here to RSVP. For FCPS info about its travel and learning programs, click here . For additional information from the FCPS teacher/tour leader, click here
local meetings with county reps
What’s the budget? Take advantage of this chance to meet and talk with Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust and County CFO Joe Mondoro regarding the county’s 2020 budget. The meeting is at the Mclean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave) on Thur, Feb 28 at 7 pm

Meet the super! Come meet and talk with FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand, EdD, and Janie Strauss. The event will focus on mental health, academic pressure and the vision for schools in McLean and Great Falls. Bring the entire family, as students will be given priority to ask questions. The meeting is at the McLean Community Center on Tue, Mar 5 at 7 pm.  
upcoming events
Feb 21: Band Concert, 7 pm
Feb 23: SGA Winter Dance, 8 pm 
Feb 26: Orchestra Concert, 7 pm
Feb 27: Poetry Slam, 3-4:30 pm
Feb 28: Angst documentary and panel discussion, 7 pm
Mar 4: Meet the Coach night
Mar 5: Student/Parent Driver's Ed program, 7 pm doors close
Mar 11: 3-Hour Early Release
Mar 12: Principal's Coffee/PTSA Meeting, 9:30 am
Mar 12: Band Concert, 7 pm
Mar 13: Choral Concert, 7 pm
Mar 18: Book Discussion, 12 pm
Mar 20-21: Alcohol Awareness program
Mar 22: Langley Leap Applications due
Mar 26: Senior Ethics Day
Mar 27: Senior Parents Coffee, 9:30 am
Mar 28: Saxon Service during Saxon Time
April 1: Meet the Author event, McLean Community Center, 7 pm
Langley PTSA Communications Committee:
Stephanie Maxwell, Helen Miller, Jane Riddle, Anne Whipple

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