langley eNews
January 16, 2020
from the ptsa president
Snow days!  Last week's surprise snow day was a good reminder that, although it has felt more like June than January, you never know what Mother Nature has up her sleeve! These winter days can prove challenging for FCPS as it makes decisions regarding snow day closures, delayed start times and early closings . Fairfax county is a very large county and what might seem clear in our area may be unsafe in other parts of the county.

Read about FCPS weather cancellation procedures here; follow @fcpsnews or check the FCPS website alerts to be the first to know about FCPS closures and updates ; and follow @langleysports to get the latest information on cancelled sports practices or games .

Speaking of days off, there are a bunch of school holidays and workdays in the next couple of months. Jan 20, 27 and 28 , Feb 17 and Mar 3 are all school holidays. Schedule a weekend getaway, take a college tour or just sleep in ... no matter what you choose, enjoy!

~ Laura Skeen, PTSA President
lhs ribbon cutting
On Dec 17, Langley invited FCPS School Board members and other dignitaries , including former principal Fred Amico , to a Ribbon Cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of our renovated school. A beautiful reception was held in Langley's Library with a special performance by Langley's wonderful orchestra .

Stay tuned for more information on a Grand Opening Celebration which will be held in the spring for the Langley community.
step up for angp
Did you know The Capitol Steps performance is the largest All Night Grad Party (ANGP) fundraiser? Support the Class of 2020 while enjoying an evening of hilarious, bipartisan lampooning from DC’s own political satire group. The Capitol Steps will perform live at  LHS on Sun, Feb 23 at 7 pm . Tickets are $37 . Order  online, or print this order form  and mail it with your payment to the address on the form. Tickets will be held at will-call the night of the performance. For more info, check the ANGP website  or contact Annette Bellino at .
sports notes
hockey:  Langley Ice Hockey will be celebrating Senior Night this Fri, Jan 17 at Reston SkateQuest before facing off against Dominion/Potomac Falls at 9:40 pm . The pregame ceremony will celebrate the Class of 2020 players on the roster and what they have achieved in helping to build a championship hockey program at Langley. Arrive early for the seniors, and stay to watch the game action and cheer on the Saxons! 
basketball:   Langley Boys’ Basketball Youth Night is coming! Families, friends and neighbors with boys who play hoops are especially invited to come out to the boys’ games at Langley on Fri, Jan 24 . Click here for the flyer. The Saxons take on Yorktown HS starting at 4:30 pm (JV) and continuing at 5:45 pm (Freshmen) and 7:30 pm (Varsity) . All boys wearing basketball jerseys get in  free   and the night includes prizes, giveaways and halftime fun!
saxons, did you know …
From 1995 to 1997, Kaiser Permante conducted a study to collect data on adverse childhood experiences ( the ACE Study ). Over 17,000 Health Maintenance Organization members from Southern California completed confidential surveys regarding their childhood experiences and current health status and behaviors . The CDC and Kaiser joined forces and continue to use outcomes of the ACE Study to educate doctors, communities, and mental health providers on the long-term effects of negative childhood experiences . Read more about the ACE Study here .
class notes
Check here for important updates by class. Click on the green class buttons to go directly to each class page for more details.
Parents, please join us for our Senior Parent Forum on Tues, Feb 4, 9:30-11 am in the LHS Lecture Hall ( remote access also available ). Topics include: tips from Hannah Wolff on college selection; detailed senior calendar review, including graduation events and All Night Grad Party (ANGP) ; what to do now to prepare your family for life after high school graduation ; Q&A. Please send any additional topics/questions you would like to have covered to .

A reminder that graduation and ANGP   will be here before you know it! Tickets are $75; the price rises to $85 after Mar 1 . Pay online or mail in the ANGP form . ANGP attendees also must turn in this signed Authorization Form .

Help us have a great ANGP by participating in these fundraisers!

  • Feb 23: Capitol Steps ($37)
  • Apr 30: Congratulations Graduate yard signs ($30)
  • May 15: Raffle Tickets for Limo Ride & Box Seats in Constitution Hall for Graduation, ($10/ticket or $25/3 tickets)
Save the date for the Junior Class Dinner and College Search Prep Night on Thurs Feb 13 at 6 pm in the Cafeteria . College admissions counselors will discuss the college search and application process. Parents and students must register via MySchoolBucks .
You won’t want to miss the Sophomore Class Dinner for parents and students on Feb 12 at 6 pm in the Cafeteria . Dinner will be followed by a Mock College Admissions Case Studies program, during which parents and students can participate in small group sessions with admissions counselors representing more than 30 universities from across the country. Register on My School Bucks by Fri, Feb 7 .  
The next Freshmen Parent Forum is Thurs, Feb 6, 9:30-11 am in the Lecture Hall . See you there!
vaping education for parents
Are you worried that your kids or their friends are vaping? If you find the evidence of vaping, do you know how help your child create a safe and healthy path for quitting? What happens if FCPS students are caught vaping at school? 
Even if your kids are not vaping, and especially if they are, come to this free presentation sponsored by the Safe Community Coalition called A Parent’s Journey: Keys to Successful Vaping Intervention on Thurs, Jan 23 at 7 pm at the McLean Community Center . A local mom, Gail Embt , will share her family’s story of when vaping hit close to home, and parents will learn about treatment options when kids become addicted to nicotine.  
Learn about tools to assess tween and teen risk and intervention approaches , how to talk to your child about the dangers of vaping and what to do if you catch them with vaping products. More details about Gail and her journey can be found here . For questions about the program, contact .
rise against hunger
Join the mission to end hunger!   Rise Against Hunger  will host a meal packaging event on Sat, Feb 8 at Colvin Run ES . The Langley Pyramid goal is to raise $34,000 by Jan 24 in order to package 100,000 meals (34 cents per meal). We are currently at 10% of our goal. Click  here  to make a tax-deductible donation.

Students can earn community service hours by helping at the event. Sign up here   to volunteer . Last year’s event was a huge success! This is a great opportunity to help children in need.
award opportunities
High school students are invited to showcase their artistic achievements  in the  2020 James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition . The competition is open to  9th-12th-grade students  who reside in or attend school in Dranesville Small Tax District 1A. The deadline to apply is  Fri, Jan 24 .

A $1,200 scholarship prize will be given to first-place winners in each of the following categories:  Dance, Theater, Vocal Music and Instrumental Music ; second-place winners in each category receive $800; third-place winners receive $400. Finalists must be present and prepared to perform in the  preliminary round of the competition the week of Feb 3 , and at the final competition on Wed, Mar 18 , to be eligible to receive an award.

Info and applications are  online . A non-refundable $20 fee is required with each submission. Questions? Contact Alden Youth Theatre Programs Director Danielle Van Hook at or 703-790-0123.
What does it take to be a good citizen? Have a try at the topic in the Virginia PTA Citizen Essay contest . Submissions must be at least 750 words and are due Feb 1 . District winners proceed to the state level, where winners receive cash prizes and are featured in Virginia PTA publications. Click here for the rules and entry form. 
Are you a foodie?  The Virginia PTA Power Plates Program recipe contest promotes healthy eating. It has five categories (breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snack) and you can enter in multiple categories. Entries consist of your recipe, photo of the dish and a short (less than 100 words) statement. Click here for the rules and entry form and here to view the flyer. The deadline in Feb 3
Seniors, would you like to win a $1,000 award?  The Virginia PTA honors seniors who’ve demonstrated a commitment to community service and academic achievement . Applications must be mailed (no electronic submissions) by March 2 . Click  here  for the application and here for more info. 
upcoming events
Jan 16-18: One Acts, 7pm
Jan 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No School
Jan 22: Choral Pyramid Concert, 7 pm
Jan 24: End of 2nd Quarter
Jan 27: Teacher Workday - Student Holiday
Jan 28: Staff Development - Student Holiday
Jan 29: Saxon Service
Feb 4: Senior Class Parent Forum, 9:30 am
Feb 5: Rising Freshman Orientation, 6:30 pm
Feb 6: Freshman Class Parent Forum, 9:30 am
Feb 12: Sophomore Class Dinner and Presentation, 6 pm
Feb 13: Junior Class Dinner and Presentation, 6 pm
Feb 17: President's Day Holiday - No School
Feb 26: Saxon Service
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