langley eNews
March 14, 2019
from the ptsa president
The day your 16-year-old gets his or her license is one of both joy and trepidation. One of the biggest fears as a parent is the potential for your teen to drive distracted or while impaired. The PTSA annually partners with Langley administration and Fairfax County Police to present  Dangers of Impaired Driving. Previously known as Spring Alcohol Awareness, this program has been expanded to include the dangers of texting while driving. All juniors and seniors will participate next week, wearing goggles that mimic the effects of impairment as they try to conduct simple and complex tasks, including "driving" a wheelchair with a passenger and participating in a mock sobriety check with Fairfax County police officers. 
This valuable program will be held next Wed, March 20 and Thur, March 21 during the school day. With one thousand students participating, we need many helping hands for crowd management, to guide students through the different stations. Volunteers are needed for full or half-day shifts ( 7:45 am-11:15 am and 11 am-2:55 pm ) on each of the days. Please consider taking a few hours of your day next week to assist with this important program. Sign up to volunteer here . If you have questions, feel free to contact Betsy Shomaker at , Julie Hohl at or Kelly Rankin at .

~ Patty Burgess, PTSA President
come out to the ice tonight!
The Virginia state ice hockey champs our Saxons play Bishop O’Connell HS in a regional playoff game of the USA Hockey Nationals tournament tonight, Thur, March 14, 8:10 pm in Springfield! The venue is only a half-hour away, so come out and cheer on the Saxons! Click here for directions to the St. James Sports Complex

Fresh off its #6 regional ranking by the Washington Post , the Saxon skaters have achieved new heights this year for Langley’s hockey program. Read a great article in the Post about the team , and click here for rankings . 

Saxon fans brought it to the state champs! Let’s bring it again tonight— see you there! 
chipotle on monday
Plan on Chipotle for dinner next Monday! The Langley Crew Club is celebrating the opening of regatta season with a fundraiser at Chipotle (6707 Old Dominion Drive) on Mon, March 18, 5-9 pm. One-third of the proceeds will go to Crew. Make sure to order in person, as on-line purchases don’t count. Mention Langley Crew or show the flyer.
haven't read the book?
Everyone is invited next Mon, March 18,12 pm to join Principle Greer in the Langley Lecture Hall, where she'll lead 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. Don't worry if you haven't finished the book or even bought it! If the topic interests you, please join the conversation. Bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided. 

You can still buy tickets here to see the co-author, Lynn Lyons, speak on Mon, April 1,7 pm at the McLean Community Center .
what's with the police cars?
Don’t be too alarmed if you see multiple police cars at Langley next week. About 20 Fairfax County police officers will be on campus March 20-21 for the Dangers of Impaired Driving program for juniors and seniors. 

During lunch periods , students in all grades will be able to visit the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) trailer located during the event outside the Langley Cafeteria. Students will learn about the DEA mobile lab and the dangers of opioids

Parent volunteers are needed to help on both days. Click here to sign up. 
join the bands on the run
birds in the legacy tree
Due to popular request, we have added 'birds' to the items that can be engraved and donated to Langley's Legacy Tree courtyard fundraiser.

The birds will perch in and fly around the Legacy Tree, adding to the beauty of this work of art, which will grow in the Langley Lobby across from the office.
Your contribution will be a lasting legacy for both Langley and your family no matter what item you choose to engrave and donate a leaf (copper $50, silver $100, gold $200), acorn or bird ($500). The Legacy Tree also is a great way to pay tribute to a sport or club accomplishment, teacher or friend! 
With your support, Wheat's Landscaping will transform our three courtyards (now just concrete and scrubs of grass) into verdant green spaces that will function as outdoor classrooms and areas of beauty. Opportunities for experiential learning in ecology, botany, geology and water testing will abound!

Visit the PTSA website to buy your leaf, acorn or bird. Email Chrissie Lavin at with any questions or suggestions.
online epf registration
Is your student’s desired course schedule too full? Many Langley students take the FCPS Economics and Personal Finance course online and over the summer. Registration for this course runs from March 11-April 12 for Session 1 and March 11-June 14 for Session 2. Click here for info and to register.

FCPS offers several other summer courses online. Registration for those courses opens April 29. Click here for info.
The Langley PTSA is pleased to announce the following proposed slate of Executive Committee Officers for 2019-20.
Positions will be voted on at the May 8 PTSA General Meeting. 
President* — Laura Skeen
President-Elect — Kitty Gonzalez
1st & 2st VPs, Membership/Nominating & Fundraising — Jennisse Silvestri & Annette Bellino
3rd VP, Professional Development Fund — Kathleen Tobin Schoff*
4th VP, Appropriations — Jamie Loving
Recording Secretary — Jill Holloman
Corresponding Secretary — Katie Connolly
Treasurer — Lisa Givens
Faculty Representative* — Tricia Poythress
Parliamentarian* — Mary Kunkemueller

* Note: President (no vote) succeeds to the office after serving as President-Elect. Third VP is serving the 2nd of a 2-year term (no vote). Faculty Rep and Parliamentarian are appointed positions (no vote).  
saxons, did you know ...
... Virginia Governor Ralph Northam recently signed a bill raising the legal age from18 years to 21 years old to purchase tobacco, including vaping products. This is great news, as communities and the nation work to combat the epidemic of vaping in schools. The new law is effective July 1. See the bill here.
langley pyramid art show
March is Youth Art Month in communities across the nation . Come see the art work of Langley students, along with our middle and elementary school pyramid students, featured in the Langley Pyramid Youth Art Show. The exhibit runs through next Tue, March 19 at the McLean Project for the Arts (1446 Chain Bridge Rd). Gallery hours are Mon-Thur, 10 am-5 pm and Fri-Sat, 10 am-4 pm.
The opening reception was well attended by artists, their families and art teachers, and art aficionados including School Board Rep Janie Strauss (in center above). 
Art works from Langley students and the pyramid's middle and elementary school artists are on display through March 19.
student rep deadline
March 18 is the deadline for applying for the position of student representative to the FCPS Board . The student rep serves in a nonvoting, advisory capacity, representing the interests of FCPS students . Those currently in grades 9, 10 and 11 are eligible. Click here for the application and more info.
oratorial contest
The Great Falls Optimist Club invites Langley students to enter its annual Oratorical Contest. Winners go on to districts and potentially the regional, national and international level. At every level, winners are awarded money, medals and recognition. Contact Hannah Wolfe in the LHS Career Center or Sheela Rao at for the application and info. Applications are due April 12; the contest is in Great Falls on April 25.
teen job fair
Fairfax County is hosting job fairs this spring for high school students , with resume and internship info provided for younger teens. Over a hundred local businesses and agencies are expected to be on hand. Click here to register or for more info.
The next fair is Sat, March 23, 10 am-12 pm at West Springfield HS.
special education conference
This year's FCPS Special Education Conference is Sat, April 6, 7:45 am-1:30 pm at Lake Braddock Secondary School. The keynote speaker is Mary Morningstar, PhD, co-director of Portland State University’s Think College Inclusion Oregon project. Morningstar will speak about moving from compliance to quality transition outcomes.
The overall focus of the conference is on FCPS's Portrait of a Graduate attributes and building inclusive, post-secondary practices to support the development of 21st century skills . Click here for more info and to register.
upcoming events
Mar 18: Book Discussion, 12 pm
Mar 20: 100Cameras Snapshot Dhaka Gallery Event, 6 pm
Mar 20-21: Dangers of Impaired Driving program
Mar 22: Langley Leap Applications deadline
Mar 26: Senior Ethics Day
Mar 27: Senior Parents Coffee, 9:30 am
Mar 28: Saxon Service during Saxon Time
Mar 31: Bands on the Run 5K Run & Walk, 8 am
April 4: End of 3rd Quarter
April 4: Sophomore Dinner/Sophomore Night, 6 pm
April 5: Teacher Workday - No School for Students
Langley PTSA Communications Committee
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