We hope you all had an incredible summer and are excited for our upcoming school year! Our PTSA made great strides last year and was able to raise over 10 times more funds than years past.
Because of our increase in fundraising we were able to replenish classroom libraries, paint the hallways bright colors, rebuild our garden, pay for the 5th-grade graduating class to go to Dave & Buster’s, host luncheons thanking our staff for all their hard work and much more!
We created new traditions, including the Fall Festival, Make Some Noise fundraiser, Scholastic Book Fair, End of Year Block Party, Free Little Library and a new Flex Academies/PTSA summer camp.
In the upcoming year we hope to build on our growth and support of our school. We are dedicating $5,000 to help pay for more free after school clubs/classes and $6,000 so that every grade K-5th has $1,000 to use towards field trips.
Our goal for the fall is to have a room parent for every class who can assist the teacher & the PTSA in supporting our classroom families.
We are also looking for parents to serve as PTSA Board Members, committee members and/or chairs and members of the Fundraising Cmte, Family Engagement Cmte, Grants Cmte and Garden & Wellness Cmte. Something as simple as being the chair of a specific event or helping with a specific task here or there would be a huge help, so let us know of your interests and special skills!
Want to help donate items for our classrooms? We created an Amazon Smile Charity Wish List:
Items will be sent directly to the school and recorded in our PTSA donations.
Lastly, our garden is in full swing and there is produce thriving. We are looking for volunteers to help us with weeding, planting and harvesting so that the garden stays productive and tidy.
Interested in helping with any of the above? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Not a member but want to be part of the exciting group helping make great things happen at Langley? Fill out the PTSA Membership form and turn it into the school office or email it to email@example.com
Langley Elementary PTSA Board
Christina Robbins (Pres), Dawn Madura (VP), Annie Wright (Sec), Julia Hedlund (Treas)
We are happy to share some amazing news: Flex Academies is our awesome new before and after care provider who will provide safe, nurturing, and fun before and aftercare to kids Pre-k to 5th grade. Flex Academies is a local company that serves more than 80 schools. And ,Flex Academies is familiar to our community, as they have been providing enrichment at Langley for three years.
What makes Flex Academies special? Flex Academies will combine enrichment classes with aftercare so that kids can choose if they would like to do yoga, art, Spanish, soccer or other sessions. The prices will be less expensive than what Langely was able to offer last year. Flex Academies will also offer sponsorships to select kids who cannot afford enrichment or aftercare classes. Flex Academies will also be more involved in our school community and join school events. Last school, year they sponsored a face painter, and attended Summer Splash and our end of year Block Party.
Where do I sign up? Please register here. Enrollment is available year round. Drop in rates are available.
What are the hours? How will kids get to/from class? Pre-care will be from 7 to 8:15 am and aftercare from 3:15 to 6pm. The aftercare teachers will come to each class and pick the kids up and walk them to their enrichment and/or the aftercare class.
Who are the teachers and what are their qualifications? Flex Academies is still hiring the director and teachers. Flex Academies is hoping to build a team mainly from Langley’s teacher community. All selected teachers will be highly qualified, have background checks and will be certified in five important categories (CPR, First Aid, Epi Pen, Concussion Protocol, Spotting Abuse/Neglect). Once a director and teachers are appointed, Flex Academies will send an email to all registered parents with more information.
What will the schedule look like? Pre-care usually involves some quiet time, homework assistance if needed and getting ready for the school day. Aftercare includes snack, a special project, reading/homework help, and free play (all in that order). Kids often go to the playground or the gym to play.
Where do I drop off/pick up? You will drop off and pick up from a dedicated classroom.
Will there be care on days off and during vacations? Full day programming will be offered at Langley on professional development days, parent/teacher conference days, and during February and Spring Break.
How will Flex Academies communicate with parents? Flex Academies promises to be more proactive in sharing the schedule, updates and also join many school events to gain feedback and communicate with our school family.
More questions? See our FAQ here or reach the Flex Academies team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The summer is in full swing! While school is closed for the summer break, our kids and teachers are still having a blast at Langley. They are part of our first summer camp offered by Flex Academies.
Flex Academies has been Langley’s enrichment class provider for a few years now, offering yoga, soccer, music and dance to children after school. This Fall they will also provide pre- and after care.
Since school let out for the summer, kids have been having a blast at camp - doing sports, arts and crafts and lots of free play inside and outside. They are also doing some writing and math so they don’t forget everything they learned during the school year.
The camp director is the fabulous Ms. Ashley Greer, who has been part of Langley’s before and aftercare for three years. She makes sure the camp runs smoothly and that all children are having fun and being safe! Ms. Megan McDonald is the assistant camp director. She is a Langley educational aide and has been volunteering and working with children since she was 14 years old. All camp teachers have had background checks and are CPR certified. We Langley parents can rest easy knowing our kids already have great relationships with these trusted camp leaders and it also made the transition a breeze.
Sign up: All children are invited to attend, regardless of the school they typically attend or where they live. There is still time to register your kids for camp. Find out more here.
Hours: Camp runs from 9am to 4pm, with an extended day option from 8am to 5pm.
Schedule: Every week has a different theme. Below is an example of the daily schedule.
Check In: Check in at the main entrance. You can walk your kid to the cafeteria, where they children gather for breakfast to fuel up for the day.
Food: Lunch and breakfast is provided and you can find a food schedule here. Please remember to pack snacks for your children, as those are not provided. .
Hydration: Please pack a reusable water bottle. The campers go outside and we want to make sure everyone stays hydrated! The campers will be able to refill their bottles at water fountains throughout the day.
Clothes: Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and athletic shoes. No sandals, please!
Nap: There will be nap time/quiet time for the younger children. Cots will be provided for them to use. Please pack anything your child might like, such as a blanket, pillow, stuffed animal.
Security: Each camp leader carries a walkie talkie so they can communicate any issues. Those who enter the building must be buzzed into the front door and sign in under the watchful eye of the security guard, who is on site at all times.
Other FAQs: Check them out here.
If you have any questions, contact Stephen at Stephen@flexacademies.com.
What a year of growth and gains for the Langley Elementary community!
Thank you to the teachers, administrators, aides and staff for the hard work and dedication, to the families who pitched in and participated, to the PTSA for their pride and support, and to the children for lighting up all our lives.
Enjoy the well-earned break.
This Friday, May 17, kicks off the national Little Free Library's Big Share event in honor of Little Free Library's 10th anniversary. You can participate in The Big Share right here at Langley by leaving a children's book on our Little Free Library bookshelf. And while you are there, take a photo of yourself sharing a book and post it on social media with tags #LFL10 and #LangleyElementary. Sharing on social media with tag #LFL10 enters you to win a $20 gift card to Little Free Library's online store. But more importantly, you will help us keep circulating great books for Langley families to enjoy at home.
Our Little Free Library shelf is located across from Assistant Principal Jenning's office. As you enter the building from the front door, it is down the east hallway and on the right.
Thank you to all of the families, teachers, and staff who support and use the Little Free Library. We would literally be nothing (but an empty shelf) without you!
North Highland Consulting's "A Day of Giving Back" resulted in beautiful soothing colors on Langley hallways, a blossoming friendship between the company and our school - and now ... $2,000 for our PTSA!
That's right, 125 volunteers and a slew of social media posts boosted this joint effort and secured a win for the DC branch of the company, which beat out competition from Tallahassee, Philadelphia, Houston and New York City! The top spot came with $5,000 in prize money, $2,000 of which North Highland Consulting's DC branch is graciously donating back to Langley Elementary.
We're so glad to have kind and generous friends like North Highland Consulting and we can't wait to tackle the next challenge together. From the bottoms of our hearts, thank you.
- Langley Elementary PTSA
We are thrilled to welcome all new and returning Langley Tiger Families. We love our school family and want to make everyone feel welcome and prepared for the new school year.
Especially if your child is starting PreK-3 and attending school for the first time, we know firsthand that the transition to school is both exciting and hard. So, we thought we'd answer some of the questions that we had when we were joining the Langley community.
Most importantly, if you have any questions, no matter how big or small, email email@example.com. That address is monitored by our four PTSA officers: the president, vice president, treasurer and secretary - these individuals know our community inside and out and can get you your answers, or direct you to the person who can. Also, join us for one of the upcoming play dates (Saturday, June 1, 10 am - noon and Saturday, July 13, 10 am - noon) - you and the kids get to visit classrooms, meet Langley tigers and staff and chat with families!
What makes Langley special?
Our vision is that every student feels loved, challenged, and prepared to positively influence society and thrive in life. We care about the whole child, and their emotional development is just as important to us as their academic growth, especially during the crucial early years when developing pro-social behavior is so critical. We aim to provide a safe, nurturing, loving home-away-from-home where the learning comes more easily, because the children's emotional needs are met first.
We are a community school! Parents, teachers, EVERYONE is very engaged. There are lots of opportunities to contribute and participate. You will not go long before every member of our community, from the principal to fellow parents know your child's name and what they're all about.
What is Conscious Discipline?
Langley utilizes Conscious Discipline, a social-emotional learning and classroom management program, as the main component of its school culture plan for all students. This means we put a lot of emphasis on creating a loving school and classroom environment, done with daily routines and rituals to connect. How does this translate into practice? Principal Drumm or a designated teacher greets each and every child every morning, as they enter the school. We have a school song and each class has its own theme and class song. Children are taught techniques to calm themselves, so they can begin to name, and eventually tame, their surprising emotions. Some of these techniques include mindful breathing, meditation and self-directed alone time. For example, each classroom also has a "safe place," a cozy space where a kid can settle down and cool off, and a kindness tree where kids compliment one another with supportive sticky notes. Follow Conscious Discipline on Instagram to learn about their approaches and use them at home to get the full benefit of the program. Langley will also offer two free coaching sessions for parents a year. Plan on it - they are invaluable!
Who is Principal Drumm and the leadership team?
Langley's outstanding leadership team is made up of Principal Vanessa Drumm-Canepa, Assistant Principal Shaunte Jennings, Dean of Students Monique Robinson and Director of Specialized Instruction Justin Lien. The Washington Post recently published a story about Principal Drumm. Read it here to learn more about what she prioritizes and why.
Who are our amazing teachers?
We love our teachers! Parents can rest easy knowing that they truly care about the children and work so hard each day to give our kids their best. Langley invests a lot in professional development so that the staff has the best tools and techniques to teach. Read about some of our amazing teachers here.
What are we excited about?
Our school is growing year by year and with that growth comes additional resources. We look forward to welcoming new leadership team members and new staff members too! We have a big facility and plenty of room to continue expanding. In addition to paid staff, we are gaining more and more engaged parents who understand that a few volunteer hours, a small donation, or even just speaking up during a PTSA meeting, helps our school thrive.
We are getting a beautiful new garden!
This year's PTSA leadership team was tasked with replacing the educational garden in front of the school. The goal was to build an attractive, safe and highly usable space that each and every member of our community could benefit from - and to do so without spending any money raised by the PTSA (which is reserved for more direct help for students and teachers).
We are halfway to our goal, thanks to the grants we have received. Children are already learning in the space. But there's more work to be done! Be sure to get involved if you would like to be a part of completing our "dream garden" rebuild.
How to stay up to date?
Langley uses every tool at its disposal to reach families, because we know communication is key to helping busy families succeed. Count on a monthly newsletter written by Principal Drumm-Canepa, which will arrive home in your child's backpack and is also published here. You will occasionally receive robocall and emails from the school, when the subject is time-sensitive or urgent. You must register to receive them with the front office.
The PTSA helps bridge potential gaps in communication through the use of this website - which is completely volunteer managed and funded. Explore it thoroughly to find useful info, including the school calendar, staff phone numbers and email addresses, and of course this blog: Tiger Tales, which features news, photos and notices of events!
You can also stay up to date by connecting with Langley on social media. Click on the buttons on our homepage to find them.
Who is on our PTSA and what do they do?
Langley's PTSA is open to parents, teachers, students and community members - all are welcome to join and to attend meetings. The meetings are lead by our four officers: the president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. Many of our members have also joined committees; they are Fundraising, Grants, Family Engagement and Garden and Wellness committee. Each committee meets separately and updates are given during the larger, nearly monthly, PTSA meeting. If you would like to join the PTSA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read here the minutes from the last meetings.
Getting ready for PreK
What to bring to school?
Bring two complete outfit changes that the kids keep in class. The kids will need a cot sheet and blanket for nap time. They have to bring it to school on Mondays and will come home with it on Friday, for laundering.
You can pack lunch and snacks for them. There is no fridge so add some cooling elements to the lunch box. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are served for free, but if your kid prefers his/her own food, pack it!
How do school meals work?
The school will serve free breakfast, lunch and snacks. Vegetarian options are available.
What’s the school uniform?
Our school uniform colors are khaki, white, brown and orange. Kids usually wear kaki bottoms/dresses and white, black or orange polos. You can now also wear blue school t-shirts every day. You can purchase them in the front office. Also the school has some that they can provide, if you can’t get it.
The School Routine
What does a typical school day look like?
A typical preschool day includes a free breakfast in the classroom, Morning Meeting, writing practice, choice of activity centers, math activities, a Special (Art, Music, PE, Spanish, Library), free lunch, recess, rest time and snack.
Morning drop off happens between 8:15 - 8:30 and pickup is 3:15 - 3:30. Classes start with a wonderful routine based on Conscious Discipline. Kids greet each other at circle time and sing their class song, then do breathing exercises to ground themselves and make a commitment, such as listening ears, gentle hands or quiet feet.
We have lots of special events. See our school calendar here.
How does pre- and after-care work?
DCPS offers after-care from 3 to 6 pm every day. Registrations started on May 1. Spots usually fill up pretty fast. It is around $90 a month for the first child and has decreasing rates for multiple kids. Find more info here.
We also have a private aftercare provider, Flex. They offer pre and after care from 7 to 8 am and from 3 to 6 pm. They also offer care on professional development days when school is closed, over February break and they have flexible and part-time drop in option. There are unlimited spots and sign-up will start over the summer.
The routine of snack, outside/gym time, inside playtime is the same for both DCPS and Flex. Read our blog about after care at Langley here.
Are there other enrichment offerings for kids?
Yes! Flex Academics will also offer interesting classes every semester like soccer, yoga, ballet, art. They usually cost around 15$ per class and run for a semester. The school and the PTSA will circulate the offerings and remind you to sign up. They are also running our summer camp this summer for the first time!
How will I get updates about the school day?
Many teachers have Instagram accounts. You can follow them as well as Principal Drumm-Canepa and Vice Principal Jennings to get photos and updates. Check in on our Tiger Tales blog for photos and stories.
The first few days...
School for Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 starts on Thursday, August 29th. It will be a full day with pre- and after care, if needed. The first few days and weeks really focus on getting everyone comfortable and happy in the school routine. For some families, the transition is bumpy at first as your child gets acquainted with the new faces, places and schedule. You will have had a visit from your teacher and teachers aide, prior to the first day of school. Be aware that you'll get a call from them ahead of time to schedule this and to determine a location - either your home or a public place. The visit will help your child by giving them a chance to connect with his or her teachers and it will help you communicate any special needs or concerns you may have before the big day.
How to help kids transition to the school environment?
Come to the play dates - come to several of them - the kids get to see classes, meet teachers and friends. It will make the first days easier. Some kids transition very easily. For others, it is an adjustment that comes with some tears. What helped our kids? Reading books about going to school, talking about how doing something new is both fun and hard. Rely on the preschool teachers - they are pros! All of our preschool teachers come with MANY years of experience and have seen it all. They have creative ways to solve any difficult situation.
What to do if my kid is sick?
If your kid is sick or can’t come to school, let the front office now. We will miss our Langley Tiger and want to know that they are ok. Please call or email Ms. Graham in the front office. It is important that every absence, even in preschool, is approved with a valid reason.
What about school days off & camp options?
Springboard, Langley’s private after care provider, will offer camp on all professional development days and also during the February Break! Langley will be hosting a summer camp with Flex Academics for the first time this year! We are exploring with them if they can also offer spring break camp!
How can you engage and help us grow?
We are a growing school. Having an active parent community makes a huge difference. Please join the PTSA as an active member. Join a committee, get involved by doing what you know, what you love, what interests you! If you can't commit to regular volunteering, but want to pitch in on a Saturday here and there, that's great too! Get on the PTSA google group by emailing email@example.com, and you'll hear about every chance to get involved.