langley eNews
April 11, 2019
from the ptsa president
Where has the year gone? Spring Break is almost here, exams commence shortly thereafter in May, and before we know it, the kids will have another year behind them. The last quarter of school is filled with final concerts and sports banquets, and as such it's a good time to thank all those who impact your child’s experience at Langley

We’re so fortunate to have such a fantastic school with beautiful facilities, professional and inspiring teachers, and a dedicated administration and staff. From the maintenance staff who work behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly, to the cafeteria staff who feed our kids, safety staff, student services … it takes a village! Let’s take a moment to thank everyone who contributes to the Langley experience. 

The PTSA is hosting a staff appreciation luncheon in May and it’s our tradition to give a $25 gift card to each staff member as a token of appreciation . We’d love you to contribute to the cause, either by purchasing a gift card, or sending us the cash (we’ll do the shopping). Donations can be left at the LHS front desk , with checks written to LHS PTSA . Thanks for your support!

Enjoy your spring break!

~ Patty Burgess, PTSA President
spring musical
Saxon Stage presents the smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! opening Thur, April 25 and running two weekends through May 5 . Tickets are $12 and available here . Seating is reserved, so get your tickets now!

The cast will have you dancing and singing in the aislesyou won’t want to miss it!
prom tickets
Buy tickets now for the 2019 Langley Junior/Senior Prom! The event is Sat, May 18 at the Mellon Auditorium ( 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, in DC). The evening's theme is A Night in Black and White … Old Hollywood at the Mellon. Tickets are $80 and available at MySchoolBucks . Questions? Email Christina Treacy at  or Lisa Nevins at .

Volunteers both moms and dadsare needed to help the prom run smoothly. No worries about your presence embarrassing your student, as parent volunteers primarily work in the wings by taking tickets, manning the coat check and doing other back-of-house jobs . Bring your spouse or a friend! It will be a lively evening, with refreshments provided for volunteers. Click here to sign up.
english honors society
The National English Honor Society (NEHS) is an active honor society serving our Langley community . We'll be welcoming new members to the Langley Chapter next year, so current sophomores and juniors interested in applying for new membership should complete the application by Fri, May 10 . Contact Ms. Chern at or access the form via students' Google classroom accounts.
Watch this YouTube link to learn about NEHS and our service activities, and click here to watch Langley's recent Poetry Slam!

All LHS students are invited to attend Shakespeare's Birthday Bash on April 24, 3-4 pm in the Lecture Hall . Come enjoy games, quizzes, role plays and parodies to celebrate the words of the Bard!
sports honors
Langley ice hockey team captain Christian Tschampel and alternate captain Max Campbell earned All-Met honors from the Washington Post . Each season, the Post's All-Met picks highlight the best athletes in each sport in the Washington DC metro area. See the article here . Congratulations!
orchestra news
Last week the Langley Orchestra traveled to Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary where they performed to a packed house at the historic Minoritenkirche church. They also visited Stephansdom, Schönbrunn Palace and the Central Cemetery, where they visited the graves of many great composers, including Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms.

In Budapest, the group toured the Matthias Church and enjoyed a beautiful dinner cruise along the Danube River. On the cruise they were pleased to be joined by David Kostelancik, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary and former Langley pyramid parent.

Many thanks to our director Doc McCormick, administrator Laura Moore, the parent trip organizing committee and all the fearless chaperones!
phase 1 donation deadline
It's time to make some tough choices! On May 16 we will meet with Wheat's Landscaping architects and determine which elements we can afford to include in phase 1 of Langley's three courtyard renovations and which ones will have to wait. If you'd like your courtyard donation to be included in phase 1, please donate by May 15! The more Saxons who donate before May 15th, the more we can accomplish this year.   

If every Langley family donates before the May 15 deadline, we could complete the entire courtyard project in one fell swoop!
Consider donating a leaf (copper $50, silver $100, gold $200) or bird or acorn ($500) to the Legacy Tree. You choose the engraved message. The Legacy Tree, a wall sculpture that will soon adorn Langley's lobby (across from the office), will be permanent, prominent record of generous courtyard contributors and a lasting legacy for Langley and your family. Leaves also make great tributes to teachers, friends and graduates!

To order your leaf -- or leaves! -- visit the PTSA website . Questions? Email .
Langley families get only six tickets for graduation, leaving many loved ones left out and with only a virtual view of the momentous occasion through the live-feed broadcast of the ceremony. Baccaluareate19 is the perfect solution to this problem!  

Held the night before graduation, everyone is invited to join their graduates for Langley’s first annual pre-graduation ceremony. All are welcome to gather comfortably in the intimate and reverent setting of our Langley Auditorium for a spirit-filled evening of personal performance and reflection. This is a great opportunity to capture the moment, as your graduate crosses the stage to receive their certificate in honor of the spiritual journey of wisdom and knowledge finally achieved after twelve years of hard work, dedication and perseverance!

Students: create your own graduation experience using your talents and abilities. Sing, dance, play an instrument or perform a spoken piece.  Join in the fun of the production!

Parents: give your family and friends the gift of a live ceremony with great views of your graduates in an easy, accessible venue without the hassle of downtown traffic and parking. (Handicap accessible entrance, parking and seating is available.) 

The event is Sun, June 2, 5:30-7 pm in the auditorium with a reception to follow (note date correction from last week’s eNews).

Want to get involved? Join the Student/Parent Organizing Committee here or contribute here. Questions? Email

As a community-sponsored event, LHS Baccalaureate19 is non-denominational, all-inclusive and made possible only by your contributions of time and funding.
help LHS this summer
Have free time this summer? Want to earn service hours? Enjoy computers? Mr. Choobineh , Langley's Technology Support Specialist, is looking for 20-30 students to help unload, inventory and prepare 2,100 laptops for distribution to our Saxons next year as part of the FCPSOn technology initiative.

Students are needed Monday through Friday, 8 am-3 pm, July 1 through early August.

Bring a friend and sign up together! No tech experience required. See Betsy Shomaker or contact her at or 703-287-2723.
lost and found
Our lost and found is overflowing!

Is your student missing a sweater? Jacket? Anything else? Please ask them to check the lost and found, located in the cafeteria. 
class notes
Is it really time for my child to drive!? Find out all you need to know at the Freshman Class Parent Forum on  Tue, April 23, 9:30-11 am in the  LHS Lecture Hall. Heath and PE teacher Cheryl Buffo will address what all Langley freshman parents should know about the  Drivers Ed program and will answer questions regarding learners permit, required seminars and everything else you need to know about the process.  

Wayne Biernesser, Class of 2022 Administrator, will also be on hand to answer questions and address any concerns you have surrounding expectations for sophomore year. Please park in the back bus area and enter through door 9.
Join us Thur, April 25, 9:30-11 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church for our final Junior Parent Forum. Last spring we learned how students build life skills and resiliency. This spring our guest speaker, Dr Anita Auerbach, will focus on parents, including offering practical tips on managing anxiety and stress, communicating effectively with 17-18 year-olds and creating successful family transitions, especially regarding the application/selection process and transition to college. See our class webpage for more info, and sign up here to bring refreshments. We'll also discuss prom and other important info for junior parents.  
drug take back day
DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Sat, April 27 . You can drop off unused or expired drugs (pills and liquids only, no pressurized canisters or needles).   Disposal is free and confidential . The closest drop-off is at the McLean District Station (1437 Balls Hill Rd). Click here for more locations.
upcoming events
April 15-19: Spring Break
April 20: It’s Academic on NBC, 10:30 am
April 23: Freshman Parent Coffee, 9:30 am
April 25: Saxon Service at Saxon Time
April 25: Junior Parent Forum, 9:30 am
April 25-28: Mamma Mia!
May 2-5: Mamma Mia!
May 6: AP exams begin
May 8: PTSA General Membership Meeting, 8 am
May 18: Junior/Senior Prom, 8 pm, Mellon Auditorium 
May 20-24: Langley Leap
May 22-23: Choral Show, 7 pm
Langley PTSA Communications Committee
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