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It's Not Too Late!

Have you joined Langley's PTSA? It's not too late. Your Langley PTSA membership and donation will support your student's experience this year with teaching tools and technology, student programs and guest speakers, staff support and professional development and student awards and scholarships.  

 

And, if you join before December 18th, you could win a Tervis Saxon water bottle and Saxon car magnet. Click here to join the ’20-21 PTSA and you will be entered into our raffle. Thank you for supporting your students, teachers and staff, and Langley!

The Future of College Admissions

Tuesday, December 8, at 7pm

Mark your calendar and save the date for our upcoming webinar, "The Future of College Admissions," presented by Jeff Selingo, best-selling author, engaging speaker, and college admissions expert, on Tuesday, December 8, at 7 pm. 

 

Mr. Selingo immersed himself in the world of college admissions for a year to answer a question on the minds of many high school students and parents alike: how do colleges select their freshman class? The result is his latest book, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions

 

In his presentation, Mr. Selingo will dispel entrenched notions of how to compete and win at the admissions game, reveal why families have much to gain by broadening their notion of what qualifies as a “good college," and explain how the pandemic is impacting admissions. The session will wrap up with a Q&A.

Parents and students can register by clicking on this link: The Future of College Admissions. To submit questions for the webinar, click here.

Together We CAN Fight Hunger!

Monday, December 7th from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Langley HS Parking Lot

Calling all Cooper students and Langley Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors! Langley High School's PTSA is pleased to partner with our local food bank, Share of McLean, for its fall food drive. Food insecurity has increased in our community during the pandemic, and SHARE is supporting 50+ families in McLean with food supplies twice a week. Share what you CAN to help keep SHARE's shelves stocked!

 

On Monday, December 7th from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm in the LHS parking lot, Langley and Cooper students are invited to bring non-perishable, unexpired food items to their Class' designated drop-off station. Click here for a list of requested items. In the spirit of giving, the LHS Class with the most participants and/or donated food items will receive recognition. Additionally, all Langley HS and Cooper MS participants can submit a selfie in front of the SHARE banner/truck and submit on x2vol for one hour of service learning. Masks are mandatory for all participants.

 

Parent and student volunteers are needed to help with this worthwhile event. Masks and gloves are required. Please click here to volunteer.

Parenting During the Pandemic

On Thursday, Nov. 12th, McLean-based psychotherapist Jennifer Weaver, shared with Langley parents her insights on Parenting During the Pandemic.

 

A recording of the presentation may be found here and click here for Ms. Weaver's handouts.

PTSA General Membership Meeting

November 18th

9:30 am

Join us for our next virtual PTSA General Membership Meeting on Wed, Nov 18 at 9:30 am. Langley's Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Kelly Rankin, will share the latest findings from the FCPS Youth Survey and talk about substance abuse trends among teens during the pandemic. We’ll also present updates from the PTSA and the latest happenings at Langley.  Click here for the link (also posted on the PTSA website calendar).

Langley Cares

The PTSA’s Langley Cares Fund provides assistance to students and their families during times of acute financial need. Support is provided through gift cards for groceries and basic care items. The gift cards are distributed by the LHS Social Worker and the names of all recipients remain anonymous to the PTSA. We are currently accepting donations to augment the Langley Cares Fund during this time of economic uncertainty. Thank you for helping your fellow Langley High School students and families. All donations are tax-deductible. Please click here to donate to Langley Cares.

New! Saxon Parents Walk & Talk

Parents Walk & Talk (9-10 Gr): Tues 10/20, 11/10, 12/1 at 1:30-2:30pm

Parents Walk & Talk (11-12 Gr): Tues 10/27, 11/17, 12/8 at 1:30-2:30pm

Feeling a bit disconnected this year? Missing interacting with other Langley parents? Join us on the LHS track and connect with others in the Langley parent community. The first Saxon Parents Walk & Talk is Tues, Oct 20, 1:30-2:30 pm. Grab your mask, park in the rear Langley parking lot and we'll meet up on the track.

 

Some walks are loosely designated for freshman/sophomore parents and others for junior/senior parents, but feel free to attend any and all walks regardless of the grade of your student.

 

  • Parents Walk & Talk (9-10 Gr): Tues 10/20, 11/10, 12/1 at 1:30-2:30pm

  • Parents Walk & Talk (11-12 Gr): Tues 10/27, 11/17, 12/8 at 1:30-2:30pm

 

Be sure to check the PTSA Twitter feed for any weather-related cancellations @LangleyHS_PTSA

Gift Cards for Langley Teachers & Staff

Parents, please consider donating gift cards to support the Langley teacher/staff raffle! Throughout the year, the PTSA holds raffles for teachers and staff who've joined the PTSA, and donations from Langley families are key to the raffles’ success. 

 

In the past, teachers/staff have greatly appreciated gift cards to stores such as Amazon, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts as well as local businesses. All gift cards are greatly appreciated, but a larger number of gift cards in small dollar amounts helps us hold more raffles. To donate gift cards, contact Kristen Simko at kristen.simko@gmail.com

Saxon Shoutouts

Students and parents, do you know a Langley teacher or staff member who is going above and beyond in our virtual learning environment?

 

Use this form to write a note saying thank you! Then, the PTSA will transfer your note onto a larger, eye-catching Super Saxon Shoutout template and will deliver it to the recipient within a week to 10 days after your submission. There's no deadline, and send as many as you like!

PTSA General Membership Meeting and Principal's Coffee

Link to presentation slides

Link to online recording of the  meeting

 

Our first of five PTSA Meetings was held Wednesday, September 23rd. Principal Greer updated all on the first weeks of school, including information on the Schoology Pilot, Rolling Grading and Langley's Statement of Acceptance. President Kitty Gonzalez and other PTSA leaders shared their plans for the year including the '20-'21 budget, which was voted on and adopted by PTSA members at the meeting. Minutes from the March GMM and '19-'20 Financial Review (Audit) were also voted on and approved.

 

The meeting's presentation can be found here and a recording of the meeting may be found here. Please join us at our next meeting on November 18 @ 9:30 am.

LHS Library Curbside Pickup

Mondays from 1-3pm

Students will be able to check out books from the Langley library’s online catalog and pick them up curbside at LHS on Mondays from 1-3 pm, beginning Sept 28. View this flyer for details.

 

Questions? Email Mr. Clark at paclark@fcps.edu or Ms. Ortiz at klortiz@fcps.edu.

Back to School Night Videos

Langley's 2020-21 Back-to-School Night was held on September 21st. Important information and updates were shared by FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand and School Board members; Principal Kimberly Greer and other LHS administrators; PTSA President Kitty Gonzalez and your student's classroom teachers. All sessions were recorded and can be viewed here.

Virtual Learning Technology Tips and Videos

Langley Schoology resources: https://langleyhs.fcps.edu/announcements/schoology-resources

  • Schoology login

  • Parents will log in using their ParentVUE credentials

  • Students will log in using their student ID and password

Student and Parent IT Support:  https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsuport

Visit "Self-Help Hub" or submit a ticked for help

Videos and other support for families:

New videos have been posted on the virtual learning playlist. They include tips on signing in, locating assignments, and submitting assignments in Google Classroom, as well as how to use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU). 

 

Go to the video learning playlist

Access videos and resources to help your student in the virtual learning environment on the Technology Support for Families webpage

FCPS New Parent Technology Help Desk and Other Support

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, Fairfax County Public Schools is launching a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

2020-21Freshman & New Family Virtual Orientation Sessions

Wednesday, September 2

Freshmen Students and Parents 9am

10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students and Parents 11am

Virtual orientation sessions for both Freshmen Students and Parents was held on Wednesday, September 2 at 9 am. These were separate orientation sessions. Click here to view a recording of the Parent session.

 

Parents and Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 who are new to Langley, were encouraged to attend a virtual Orientation Session together specifically for New Families, which was also on Wednesday, September 2 at 11am. Click here to view a recording of this New Family Orientation Session.

 

A copy of last year's New Family Presentation can be found here and additional resources are available on the Langley High School website under Student Services -> New Family/Student Guide

The Courtyard Has Trees!

 

When students (eventually!) return to Langley,

a greener courtyard awaits!  Wheat's just completed

Phase 1 of the main courtyard landscaping project,

which includes an abundance of trees, shrubs, and

plants.  Many thanks to the hundreds of Langley

families who donated a leaf to the Langley Legacy

Tree to support the project.

 

Help Transform Langley's Courtyards:

Buy a "Leaf" for the Courtyard Legacy Tree Fundraiser

If you haven't yet donated, now's your chance! We still have an empty Science Courtyard that needs landscaping. Donate a leaf to the Langley Legacy Tree, the beautiful wall sculpture that is "growing" in Langley’s lobby (across from the main office). The Legacy Tree is a permanent and prominent record of generous courtyard contributors. Choose your engraved message — leaves make wonderful tributes to students, teachers, family and friends! Giving levels are copper leaf ($50), silver leaf ($100), gold leaf ($200) and acorn or bird ($500).  Questions Email chrissielavin1@gmail.com

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