langley eNews
October 3, 2019
from the ptsa president
Who doesn't love winning a prize? An Amazon gift card! Tickets to the Redskins! The excitement builds for our teachers each time we hold a raffle and what a fun way to let our LHS staff know how much we appreciate their work on behalf of our students.

How can you contribute? Hopefully this is just the opportunity you have been looking for to find a home for some wonderful items or tickets that you can't use . Or perhaps you'll pick up a gift card the next time you are shopping and contribute that to our raffle prizes. Contact Annette Bellino at with any donations. We can provide a receipt upon request.

Thank you for your continued support of our teachers, staff and the PTSA!

~ Laura Skeen, PTSA President
boundary study approved
At the FCPS School Board meeting last week , the School Board voted to approve an amendment to the Capital Improvement Program, introduced by Dranesville School Board member Janie Strauss , to begin studying a school boundary adjustment between McLean HS and Langley HS . McLean is at 116 percent capacity and Langley is at 82 percent capacity.

School board staff will study the overcrowding issue and recommend the size , scope and timing of a boundary adjustment between the two schools. The community will have opportunities for input before the school board approves any adjustment. Based on discussion during the meeting, a plan could possibly be in place for the 2020-2021 school year.
student directory deadline extended!
Have you become a PTSA member this year? If not, there’s still time -- our directory order deadline has been extended until close of school on Fri, Oct 4 . Due to cost constraints, we are unable to guarantee printed directories this year for members who join after that date. 

Click here to join and donate online or fill out the PTSA Membership Form and return it with a check written to Langley PTSA to Langley HS, ATTN: PTSA Membership, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean VA 22101. Unsure whether you’ve joined? Contact Annette Bellino at .
bands on the run logo contest
Can you design a logo? The Langley HS and Cooper MS Bands on the Run 5K, slated this year for April 26, is holding a contest for its annual 5K logo. The winner gets $50, and a t-shirt with the logo to add to their art portfolio. Ideas should relate to running or movement and music or bands, with a pop of color and relatively clean lines. Last year’s winner was Jason Deng

Entries are due by Oct 15 at midnight, and must be in .jpeg and .pdf formats. Multiple entries per person are permitted (and encouraged)! Print this flyer for important details and visit the band website. Questions? Contact
Let your creative side shine ! This year's Reflections contest theme is Look Within. Choose your artistic method, and go for it.  NEW due date: Mon, Oct 28 .

The rules and process information can be accessed here. Click on each category for specific rules: photography, film production, visual arts, music composition, literature, dance choreography and special artist. Students must be PTSA members to enter the contest. Membership is $5 and they can join here.

Entries at Langley are due on Oct 28 in the front office. All entries need an entry form and most need a thumb drive with the entry on it.  Any question or need help getting started? Email
psat is coming up
Is your student ready for the PSAT? All sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT on Wed, Oct 16 . Click  here for important info about the PSAT process. 
marching saxons
Langley's Marching Saxons and Color Guard are off to a great start this year with strong performances of their show, From Darkness to Light, at two competitions and three home football games so far. Competing at the Marine Corps Invitational last Saturday in Annapolis, the band took home second place in its class and fourth overall out of 34 bands. Congrats, Saxons!
Color guard members Melinda Hauda and Alisha Qian are captured in a mid-air spin and toss of their rifles at the Homecoming half-time show last Friday. 
Ryker Bendewald was the lead drum major in a camp of over 100 drum majors at James Madison University this summer, and is in his third year with the title at Langley. 
The marching band and color guard includes over 130 students , and performs at each home football game and competes in several competitions throughout the fall. 
saxons, did you know …
Psychology Today reports "Everyone is abuzz with talk of pumpkin spice lattes, sweater weather and rain boots. The truth is that for many people, the transition to fall is tough and the transition to winter is even tougher." 

Here are five ways seasonal change affects mental health and what you can do about it
news by class
Seniors, see our recently updated class  webpage for the LHS Student Services College Application checklist and links to all handouts and documents needed. If your student is applying Early (Decision/Action/Rolling) , their materials are due to their counselor tomorrow , Fri, Oct 4 and they should sign up to meet with their counselor ASAP .

Our first Senior Parent Forum is next T hurs, Oct 10, 9:30 am-11 am in the LHS Lecture Hall. Park in the bus parking are behind LHS and enter through Door 9 ). Click here for the Remote Access   link . You'll learn about the college application process, Langley Leap and senior activities. Guest speakers include Jim Robertson , Braden Peterson , Ryan Jackson and a panel of Langley graduates and parents of graduates

The Senior yearbook ad deadline is Oct 14! Click here to create an ad and to order a yearbook. More details here or on the class webpage

Send in your photos from homecoming, theatre, choir and other activities to ensure your senior is included in the Senior Slide Show . Group photos are preferred! Email them to .
It's never too early to sign up for this year’s Junior Class Dinner – the date is set for Thurs, Feb 13 at 6pm at Langley

Go to MySchoolBucks to sign up today!
Our first Freshman Class Forum is Wed, Oct 23, 9:30 am-11 am in the LHS Lecture Hall . Freshmen Forums are a great way to find out what is happening at Langley! Braden Peterson , Director of Student Services, will focus on the theme "Who am I and Where am I Going?" He'll discuss the trickier points of the transition from middle school to high school and how you can be sure your child thrives throughout high school. 

Have you paid your Class of 2023 dues? Freshman class dues are used to fund Spirit Week activities, Parent Forums and Student Treat Days. Class dues are collected each year and in the future will help fund Prom and 2023 Graduation . Pay online at  MySchoolBucks
mental health forum
FCPS is hosting the 2019 Mental Health and Wellness Conference this Sat, Oct 5, 8 am-12:30 pm at Fairfax HS. Langley’s own Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Kelly Rankin, will be one of the presenters.

Use this link for additional information and to register for the event.
Virginia Hospital Center is hosting a free community forum about mental wellness on Thurs, Oct 10 at 7 pm. Area experts on helping children and teens with anxiety will address a range of topics that are relevant to many families in our community. Click here for more info and here to register.

Topics include
  • Best practices for managing expectations for children in high-performing environments.
  • Methods to support teens struggling with anxiety or depression.
  • Ways to better navigate co-parenting and blended families.  
college events
Each year, FCPS offers high school students and parents chances to meet with colleges and universities to share info and answer questions about their institutions. This year’s College Fair and College Night events are Sun, Oct 20 and Mon, Oct 21 . Representatives from nearly 400 colleges and universities are on hand at these events. College Night also features workshops related to the college admissions process. To register, click  here .
2019 FCPS College Fair   
Fair Oaks Mall 
Sun, Oct 20, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm 
2019 FCPS College Night
Hayfield SS
Mon, Oct 21, 7pm-9 pm
affiliated fundraising
The PTSA has joined CauseNetwork , a new kind of marketplace where  up to 10 percent of purchases  support Langley HS students and staff. There are over 1,000 participating stores, including many of the brands you know and love. Click  here   for instructions on how to join. 

Parents, take a moment to  link your Harris Teeter grocery card  to effortlessly raise funds for Langley! 
mclean 5k
Come out and join the McLean 5K Fun Run! The run, which benefits the McLean Community Foundation , is Sat, Oct 5, 8 am and starts from the McLean Square Shopping Center (6631 Old Dominion Dr). Walkers, strollers and friendly pets are welcome too! Click  here to register and   here to view the flyer. 
new strategies for teens
Cooper MS welcomes the Langley community to an evening with  Andrew McPeak, co-author of  Marching Off the Map, this Mon, Oct 7, 7:30 pm at  Cooper MS in Room 130.
McPeak and his  co-author, education specialist Tim Elmore, are thought leaders on pioneering a way for parents and teachers to  help the hyper-connected Generation Z to avoid the crushing anxiety and artificial maturity that seem to be side effects of being as hyper-connected as this generation is.

McPeak’s presentation is interactive and packed with useful advice. Click  here for the flyer.
Are you using technology or is technology using you? What’s going on behind the screens? While we are more connected than ever, it’s hard to know if technology is helping us or hurting us , yet we do have a choice when it comes to managing the way we use technology.

As part of a year-long focus on social media wellness, the Safe Community Coalition , in conjunction with the PTSAs of Langley HS and McLean HS invite you to a free community showing of the compelling new IndieFlix Original Documentary LIKE :

  • Thurs, Oct 10, 7 pm-8:30 pm in the Langley HS Auditorium
  • Tues, Oct 15, 7 pm-8:30 pm in the McLean HS Auditorium  

LIKE explores the social impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of the film is to educate, inspire and equip us to self-regulate. After the film, discussion will be led by Dr. Cliff Sussman, a DC-based psychiatrist and expert on helping people achieve a more balanced relationship with digital technology. This event is free and recommended for adults and students of any age who have phones.
service learning opp
Join Rise Against Hunger and help their mission to end world hunger by 2030. Nov 2, 8 am-4:30 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1545 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean. Click here for more information and to register.
upcoming events
Oct 4: Powderpuff Football Game
Oct 7: LHS Financial Aid Night, 6:30 pm, McLean HS
Oct 10: Senior Parent Forum, 9:30 am
Oct 10: Softball Interest Meeting, 3 pm
Oct 14: Student Holiday
Oct 16: PSAT, Sophomores and Juniors, Early Dismissal
Oct 20: College Fair, 7:30 pm, Fair Oaks Mall
Oct 21: College Night, 7 pm, Hayfield SS
Oct 22: Orchestra Concert, 7 pm
Oct 23: Freshman Class Forum, 9:30 am
Oct 30: Saxon Service
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