langley eNews
September 27, 2018
message from the ptsa president
Who doesn’t love winning a prize? A gift card to Bed Bath and Beyond! Tickets to the Redskins next week! The excitement builds for our teachers every 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 were looking for to find a home for some wonderful items or tickets you can’t use. Or perhaps you'll pick up a gift card the next time you’re shopping and contribute that to our raffle prizes. Please contact Jamie Loving at or Kitty Gonzalez at with any donations. We can provide a receipt on request. 

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

~ Patty Burgess, PTSA President
reserve your directory:
deadline is oct 1
Have you joined the PTSA this year? Don’t wait! Join by Mon, Oct 1 to guarantee your print copy of the ' 18-'19 LHS Directory . The printed directory is included with your PTSA membership. We can’t guarantee printed directories for those who join after the deadline. In addition to this helpful resource, your annual PTSA membership and donation supports innovative teaching development, cutting-edge technology, special programs and extra materials that enhance our students' education.

Thanks for your support!
orchestra carwash
Langley Orchestra students will host a car wash fundraiser on Sat, Sept 29 from 10 am – 4 pm at the McLean BP Gas Station (1423 Chain Bridge Rd). Donations will go toward instrument repairs and programs for this year's concerts. Come on by!
verify your '18-'19 directory info
Did you receive an email from Langley HS Directory with a link to the online directory? If not , contact, as this means that we do not have a valid email address for you. We'll be glad to assist you with updating your account.
Verify your directory information or opt out by October 1.

 Important changes: Due to new state regulations, your entry in the directory may be incomplete.
  • New Students: Add your contact information, including address and phone numbers, and verify that all other information is correct.
  • Returning Students: Your address and phone numbers are retained from last year. Verify all your information and make any necessary updates.

All LHS families will have access to the online directory throughout the school year.  Join the LHS PTSA by Oct 1   to reserve your print copy of the directory. Thank you for taking the time to update your information and helping to make our directory a valuable resource to the LHS community.
traffic congestion survey
please fill out our survey
Have your shared your opinions on Georgetown Pike, Balls Hill, and Dead Run congestion and VDOT's proposed pilot to shut down the 495-N ramp from 1-7 pm weekdays? If not, time is running out. The last day to participate in this confidential, anonymous PTSA survey is this Fri, Sept 28

Parents, teachers and staff, please take a few moments to provide your feedback so that our opinions can have an impact . Results will be furnished to VDOT and FFC officials, as well as shared with our LHS community. 

Click here for the parent survey; click here for the teacher and staff survey. 
academic boosters
Academic Boosters support activities that encourage academic curiosity and promote the intellectual endeavors of LHS students, including academic teams, competitions and extra-curricular activities. Highlights from last year include:

  • Contributing to Computer Science Club, Model United Nations, Langley Robotics, and Science Olympiad
  • Funding USA Biology Olympiad participation
  • Providing incentives to students receiving Academic Support
  • Purchasing puzzles for Langley Library
  • Furnishing refreshments for Academic Awards Ceremonies
  • Distributing 2,228 goody bags to students during AP testing

We need your help to continue supporting these endeavors! Click here to join LHS Academic Boosters.   Want to support a specific club or group?  You may now indicate your preference when joining online. 100% of membership fees and donations go to support LHS academics and are tax-deductible. 

For up-to-date information on academic clubs and competitions, find Academic Boosters on Facebook @LHSAcademics and follow us on Twitter @LHSAcademics . Questions or comments? Email us at .
choral fundraisers
Show your Saxon pride with Langley license plate frames Proceeds go to the Langley Choral Guild. The first order of frames will go in on Sun, Sept 30; the last order will be placed 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? Contact Sarah Kirk at or 703-403-3072.

The Langley Choral Guild also is raffling off two fantastic opportunities for learning assistance. You can choose either the SAT Success Course or 3 hours of private tutoring, generously donated by Georgetown Learning Centers . Raffle tickets for the SAT class are $25 each (an $849 value), and tickets for the 3 tutoring sessions are $5 each (a $270 value).  Drawings will be held on Thur, Oct 18 at the Fall Chorus Concert. You do not need to be present to win. More information can be found here. Questions? Contact Cindy Lund at Good luck!
halloween candygrams
Support ANGP 2019 and send your students, teachers and staff members Halloween candygrams! 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). Questions? Email Beth Harkaway at
oodles of college info
Mark your calendar for the annual FCPS College Fair, to be held Sun, Oct 14, 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Fair Oaks Mall. The College Fair allows high school students and parents the chance to meet with any of over 400 college and university reps to learn about their institutions. Learn more by clicking here.
saxons, did you know ...
Teens who start drinking before age 15 are six times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking after age 21.
sports and music
Come out and cheer on our Saxons! Bring your family and enjoy an evening supporting our Saxons at one of these events the rest of this week and next:
Thur, Sept 27
  • F/JV/Varsity Volleyball takes on Yorktown @ Yorktown HS, starting at 5 pm

  • Girls' Golf goes against South Lakes @ Reston National, starting at 4 pm
Fri, Sept 28
  • JV/Varsity Field Hockey takes the field against Marshall @ Marshall HS, starting at 6:15 pm

Sat, Sept 29
  • The Marching Saxons compete at the NOVA Regional Showcase of Bands @ Herndon HS, performing at 5:30 pm
Wed, Oct 3
  • JV/Varsity Cheerleaders compete @ South Lakes HS, starting at 6:30 pm

Sat, Oct 6
  • JV Cheerleaders compete @ Yorktown HS, starting at 3:30 pm

saxon service
More than 250 Langley students spent their Saxon Time last Thursday helping others during the first Saxon Service event of the school year. With 14 different charitable activities from which to choose, our Saxons' good works ranged from making blankets for homeless shelters to making chew toys for animal shelters . The next Saxon Service event takes place on Oct 18 . Please encourage your student to participate!
news by class
Our first Senior Parent Coffee will be held Wed, Oct 3, 9:30 - 11 am in the Langley Lecture Hall. We'll discuss senior year activities and important dates. We'll also have the opportunity to meet and talk with our new Principal, Kim Greer. Please enter through Door 9 at the back of the school.

As discussed at Senior College Night, the transcript request deadline for Early Action, Early Decision or Priority schools is Fri, Oct 5. Please contact counselors with questions.

If your student has not had a Senior Portrait taken for the yearbook, the last chance for photo make-ups will be Oct 8 - 11 at LHS. To confirm or make an appointment, click here to contact Lifetouch/Prestige Portraits.
Our first Junior Parent Forum will be held Wed, Oct 10, 9:30 - 11 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike. Virtual access will be provided via this link. Speakers will include Principal Greer, College and Career Specialist Ms. Wolff and Counselor Mr. Ready will talk about Student Services Junior College Admissions Program, held in conjunction with our Class Dinner on Feb 13. They also will answer questions about counselor support during junior year. Try not to have your juniors schedule time with Ms. Wolff until she gets the seniors sorted out– have your questions ready for our junior parent forum.
Thank you to everyone who completed our survey of topics for parent forums. Please join us at our first Sophomore Parent Forum , to be held Fri, Oct 12, 9:30 - 11 am in the Langley Lecture Hall. See you there!
Mark your calendars-- the first Freshman Parent Forum will be held Thur, Oct 25, 9:30 - 11 am in the Langley Lecture Hall. Come meet other parents and hear info that will help make your freshman's year a great first year at Langley.
mental health and awareness conference
Register here to attend the 5th annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference on Sat, Sept 29 at Fairfax HS, 8 am - 1:30 pm. Amy Przeworski, PhD (Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences, Case Western University), will give the keynote presentation: " Using Stress to Your Advantage in Achieving Academic Success and Emotional Well Being."

Bring your teens-- for the first time, the conference will include an " Our Minds Matter Teen Summit " for middle and high school students, sponsored by the Josh Anderson Foundation. 

Participants in this free conference will be able to choose from a wide variety of breakout sessions, and there will be resource tables available from organizations providing an array of services within our schools and community.
service learning and community opportunities
McLean 5K Fun Run
McLean Square Shopping Center
6631 Old Dominion Drive, McLean
Sat, Oct 6, 8-10 am 

The McLean 5K Fun Run benefits the McLean Community Foundation. It's forecasted to be a sunny day! Come out and enjoy a run-- register by clicking here.
Rise Against Hunger McLean
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
1545 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean
Sat, Nov 3.

Registration is open for the 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 -- most heavily enrolled; packages the greatest number of meals
Shift 3: 2pm – 4:30pm -- finishes the meal packaging and assists with clean-up

Please visit this webpage 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. 
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upcoming events
Sept 29: Orchestra Carwash, McLean BP
Sept 29: Mental Health & Wellness Conference, Fairfax HS
Oct 1: Back-to-School Night, All Grades
Oct 1: Junior Parking Lottery
Oct 3: Senior Parent Coffee, Lecture Hall
Oct 8: Holiday, Teacher Work Day
Oct 8-11: Senior Portrait Makeups
Oct 9: Fall Academic Awards, Saxon Time, Langley Hall & Auditorium
Oct 10: PSAT & 2-hour Early Release (senior holiday)
Oct 10: Junior Parent Forum, St. John’s Episcopal Church
Oct 12: Sophomore Parent Forum, Lecture Hall
Oct 18: Saxon Service Time, Choral Concert
Oct 25: Freshman Parent Coffee
Oct 27: Homecoming Dance
Langley PTSA Communications Committee:
Stephanie Maxwell, Helen Miller, Jane Riddle, Anne Whipple

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