Langley Elementary (and the neighborhood!) is getting a Food Forest! Persimmon, pear, apple, paw paw, pomegranate, fig and many other exciting (and delicious) fruit-bearing trees and shrubs will be planted on the West-facing side of the school and at the top of Harry Thomas park field. This exciting new community asset is brought to us through a partnership with the Urban Forestry Division of DDOT, Forested, the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, Freshfarms Foodprints, and the Langley PTO.
We are seeking volunteers to plant trees and shrubs at the school on October 31 and November 1. We are making this volunteer opportunity as safe as possible by targeting our volunteer outreach, limiting the number of volunteers on site at a time, and requesting that all volunteers wear masks and practice social distancing.
We have set up a spreadsheet to help with coordinating and making sure we have enough people to get all the trees and shrubs planted. Please sign up here if you can commit to planting trees and shrubs for a couple hours (or more!) on one or both days. Experienced gardeners and arborists will be on site to provide guidance and information about the food forest, so please don’t be shy if you’re not a professional gardener! :)
Please feel free to email email@example.com with any questions about the Food Forest or the planting day.
WOW Wednesdays with Inner City Inner Child
Beginning Wednesday, September 30th, there will be an eight-week arts program for our Early Childhood classes. There will be 2 sessions, one from 10:00 am-10:30 am and another from 1:30 pm-2:00 pm. Links will be available on your teachers’ Canvas page.
We will begin our pilot virtual literacy tutoring program with a group of 3rd graders starting in late October.
Girl Scouts Nation's Capital
Beginning this fall Girl Scouts Nation's Capital will be offering virtual programming for our 5th grade girls so they can gain leadership experience from home. Girls can participate in 60-90 minutes of structured programming once a week for four consecutive weeks with experienced Girl Scout staff in topics of Girl Scout traditions, STEM, life skills, and the outdoors, plus activities to complete at home after program hours.
Please reach out to Mr. Carr at Dwaine.firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
Community Cares Community Does
CCCD will offer a multi-stage leadership program for our 4th grade students. Designed to inform and inspire, the program, through its volunteer experts, will offer interactive training in three core areas: (a) community leadership; (b) political leadership; and (c) entrepreneurship and business leadership. We will have our first session on October 7th at 10 am. More information will be sent out in the coming days.
Kindred Equity partnership
Langley Leadership is looking for 10 parents to participate in our partnership with Kindred Equity. Please email Mr. Carr at Dwaine.email@example.com for more information.
Hispanic Heritage Month
The Inner Core team (Art, Health/PE(HPE), Library, Music) has planned a month of engaging activities to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. In addition to hearing stories featuring Hispanic characters and culture, students will have access to virtual Hispanic Heritage Month libraries. In music, students will learn about the history and origins of the music of Celia Cruz, Tito Puente and Selena Quintanilla. During HPE class students will participate in Zumba Kids to continue to stay physically active while celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Finally, students will study the art of Frida Kahlo, Picasso and will take a visual field trip to Frida Kahlo's home museum "Casa Azul". For a complete calendar of DCPS virtual events, visit here.
Flex Academies is offering online enrichment in a theme-based enrichment experience within a virtual setting including lively instructors-Club Captains, emphasizing peer to peer connections and fun activities that will keep them laughing and learning. Activities include arts/crafts, zoom games, book talks, math games and much more. If interested in paid enrichment click here.
Please click here attend Conscious Discipline event, Sept. 29 at 5pm.
We are excited to formally introduce your new SY20-21 PTO Board:
The SY19-20 Exec Board’s term has come to an end. It has been our honor to serve the Langley staff, families and PTO community. We will continue to support the new team in their transition, but they are now the decision makers and your new leaders. Want to reach out to them with questions? Email LangleyPTA101@gmail.com
The new team will send a note introducing themselves, sharing their priorities for the year and announcing the first PTO meeting of the new school year.
How can you help the new PTO right now? Join the PTO by filling out your membership form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5DX9YWH.
It was our pleasure to work with you last year. You are an incredible group of educators and we look forward to partnering with you even more this year!
Your SY19-20 PTO Executive Board
Christina Robbins, President
Kiyana Ingram, Vice President
Kathrin Frauscher, Secretary
LaChelle Campell, Treasurer
Langley PTO Accomplishments SY19-20
Fundraising, Grants & Events:
Family Engagement and Support:
Garden & Wellness:
PTO Updates & Changes in Langley Leadership
Please join us tonight from 6pm- 730p for our Virtual Back to School Night!
The event will be happening via Microsoft Teams - to ensure security for this online school event, you will need to log into your child's Microsoft Teams account gain access.
Click here to join: https://bit.ly/3ihhbtS
Hi Langley Families -
We hope you are staying safe and are excited for the upcoming school year. Teachers are back at school today for professional development & training. Class assignments and virtual orientation will be announced this week.
Reminder that technology pickup (student laptop or iPad) is this week (if you filled out the survey and said you needed one).
Grades 3, 4, 5: Wednesday, August 26 (12pm – 4pm)
Grades K, 1, 2: Friday, August 28 (12pm – 4pm)
Grades Pk3, Pk4: Monday, August 31 (12pm – 4pm)
*The goal is to be sure all kids who don't have access to technology get devices. If you have a device at home that your child can use, or in a position to purchase one, please do so.
All DCPS dates (when we have school, when school is closed etc...) are on our school calendar - https://www.langleyelementary.org/school-calendar.html
You can synchronize it to your personal device to save all the dates. We will add more as we have them.
1st day of K-5 is next Monday 8/31
1st day of school for PK3 & PK4 is Thursday 9/3
You can also view all the information for DCPS virtual learning here - https://dcpsreopenstrong.com/
See below to view Chancellor Ferebee's latest message sent Friday, Aug. 21 to parents:
The Food Forest (funded by DDOT) is still on track to come to Langley this Fall. Landscape Architect, Lincoln Smith designed these sketches after speaking with our Garden Committee leaders, FoodPrints and school administration. Langley has also received a grant from the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation who will work closely with Lincoln Smith, our leadership team and PTSA volunteers to make the food forest possible. We are working towards a volunteer day on Sunday, Nov. 1st when we will plant these trees and shrubs in the ground. Stay tuned for final details when we have everything confirmed.
Our Garden Committee is looking for members to help maintain the garden (weed, water, harvest fresh fruits and vegetables) please email our new garden committee chair, Katie Gima, firstname.lastname@example.org to join.