Ms. Overton and Ms. Cartwright's Pre-K 3 class, decked out in PJs on the last day before holiday break.
What an outstanding first half of the school year! Thank you teachers, staff, students and families for the hard work, dedication and LOVE - the essential ingredients to our special community. Enjoy a well-earned holiday break and come back refreshed on Jan. 2nd.
Happy holidays and see you next year, Tigers!
A group of determined Langley parents, staff and community volunteers spent a muddy Saturday clearing out the garden in front of the school. Friendship and kid-baked pumpkin bread made an ambitious project manageable, and after a few hours we saw great progress. Only the safety enclosure for our hibernating rescue turtle was left standing.
As little kids grow and develop, so do schools. We’ve welcomed more students, growing to three PK-3 classrooms and a larger total enrollment. Conscious Discipline is in its second year, and our partnership with FRESHFARM’s Foodprints is teaching gardening, cooking and nutrition to more and more kids. The rooftop beehives, the butterfly garden, the little turtle and flourishing plants - all these things bring our children learning and joy. And with your support, the PTSA has grown from a dogged startup to a small but fierce Tiger parent organization. All of this has been made possible with the support of our community—volunteers, neighborhood businesses, generous donors, and everyone who wishes us well.
We couldn’t be prouder of Langley’s growth! But we have a challenge this year. The garden needs a full overhaul to accommodate our growing school and our ambitious plans. We’re hoping to install permanent seating for an outdoor classroom so classes can easily gather and learn in the space. It’s important to have accessible garden beds and pavers between them so that we can welcome all of our children, parents and grandparents, even those with limited mobility or wheelchairs. The garden will need an irrigation system so it can be managed efficiently and we’d love to have a space where we can host chickens too.
A garden should be built to last, and all of these things have a cost. We have set a fundraising goal of $20,000--- several times more than the PTA has raised in any previous year. Grant applications are underway, and we’ll have a Parents Night Out at Spark on January 11th as a general fundraiser. Please come! But we’re also asking you to consider us in your year-end giving. The PTSA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and would be thrilled to receive your donations. We use PayPal at LangleyPTApayments@gmail.com, receive mail at 101 T St. NE, and can make other arrangements for your convenience.
A thriving neighborhood school is possible only with your support. Thank you so much for believing in us and sharing our dream for an inclusive and effective learning garden!
Langley Kindergarteners were treated to a special field trip on Friday.
For the third year in a row, the PTSA secured a grant from the Kennedy Center for a free performance for our Kindergarteners. They went to see 'How to catch a star.' Based on the book by Oliver Jeffers, it is the story of a boy chasing his dream to catch a star - a story of persistence, curiosity and friendship.
The kids truly enjoyed the experience; they were engaged, entertained and stayed focused throughout the duration of the show! The ride on the school bus, also generously provided by the Kennedy Center, brought the excitement to another level. For many of the children, it was their first time at the Kennedy Center, and they said they cannot wait to come back again. Thank you, Kennedy Center, for this great opportunity to introduce our kids to the world of art and musical performance!
Langley school family, we need your help!
First: just close your eyes.
Picture yourself walking toward the school's front doors, passing our garden on the way. Imagine a welcoming gate, open and beaconing. Beyond the gate lay pavers that wind through the space - to green bean teepees that provide shade and whimsy for imaginative play, to accessible garden beds where all our students can learn, to a corner where students can sit and paint portraits of our new chickens. This, and so much more, are within reach through our partnership with FoodPrints.
But, we can't do it alone. We need help raising money - if that's an interest of yours please contact PTSA President Christina Robbins (firstname.lastname@example.org). And we need to secure grants (contact Sandra Vijn at email@example.com). And on Dec. 1 from 10-4, we need some hard workers willing to assist in cleaning the space out.
If you're able to pitch in that day please confirm with Sarah Gaudreau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together we can bring this dream to life.
Please join us for the PTSA meeting this Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6:30-7:30 PM. Childcare will be provided.
We have a packed agenda - including introducing new officers, taking a look at the year's schedule and finances, and hearing from a representative from each of our four committees (fundraising, grants, garden and wellness and family engagement).
There will also be time to hear from attendees regarding their comments, concerns and ideas. We look forward to gathering with you and discussing how we can support our children and their school.
- PTSA Leadership Team
Join local urban farming expert Ted McGinn for an exclusive one-day gardening class on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 3:30-5:30 PM.
Mr. Ted, a longtime Langley Elementary volunteer and the founder of our own productive teaching garden, will instruct students on milk crate gardening as an easy and space-efficient method for growing food. Students will go home with their own planter, ready to use - plus all the knowledge needed to start growing crops, right here in the city!
Tickets are $20 and all proceeds support the Langley PTSA. Spaces are limited, so secure your spot now! Purchase tickets here.
Through Nov 2, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to Langley Education Campus PTSA when you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/80-0731016. #AmazonSmile #StartWithaSmile
Treat yourself to something, get a jump start on your holiday gift list or donate supplies to Langley's music program - don't let this unprecedented promotion pass on by!
Hello Langley PTSA,
Mark your calendars for our first PTSA meeting of this school year - Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 PM. Childcare will be provided.
Various committees and individuals have been meeting and making things happen already! This is an excellent opportunity to share what we've all been up to, and to generate ideas and support for moving forward.
We'll introduce new officers, talk about fundraising and grants, school community building events and communications. We'll also hear from Principal Drumm and leave time for additional topics to be discussed.
Please feel free to contact me if there is anything else you'd like included on the agenda.
Thanks so much - I look forward to seeing everyone there!
Members of the Langley Elementary community gather for the first meeting of the Pre-K Committee on Sept. 20, 2018. Joining Pre-K Committee is one way people can get involved and make a positive impact at the school.
Public schools such as Langley Elementary face many challenges. Donations of money and supplies are always welcome and go a long way to close gaps in school funding. If your family runs on a tight budget, or if you're the sort of person who likes to get your hands dirty, there are other ways to support the school - and many require only your time and energy. Learn more about how you can get involved at Langley. With a robust team of volunteers, we can accomplish anything!
The Parent Teacher Student Association is a chance for parents (or other caregivers), educators, students and citizens to be active members of the school community. The meetings have historically been held on Tuesdays, less than once monthly, and usually last for an hour. Elections for the officer positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary are happening now and the chosen leadership will set the schedule for upcoming meetings. The PTSA's goals often center around fundraising efforts, community service, educational enrichment, community-building events and identifying opportunities for improvement. Members are invited to pay $10 in annual dues, though that is optional. Whether you'd like to just sit back and learn more about the school and its needs or you've got a list of awesome ideas ready to share, come to the next meeting. It's a perfect start to getting involved.
Contact: LangleyPTA101@gmail.com or stay tuned for the date and time of the next meeting
This committee is concerned with issues and planning related specifically to our two early childhood education grades, pre-K 3 and pre-K 4. It is headed by Langley's Family Engagement Coordinator, LaToya Smith, as well as two elected co-chairs and a secretary, who have been selected for the 2018/19 school year. The group meets on the third Thursday of every month, from 8:30-9:30 AM, and its second meeting is planned for Thursday, Oct. 18th. The group tackles goals such as improving preschool attendance, supporting childhood development, planning preschool-focused events and ensuring Kindergarten readiness. The Pre-K Committee hosts a popular family dinner and support group series called Pre-K Parent Cafe, which is an excellent way to get to know other families, share experiences and learn about your growing kids.
Contact: LaToya Smith; LaToya.Smith@dc.gov
The Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) is a group of elected and appointed members that exists for every District of Columbia Public School. The LSAT is a key lever to increasing transparency at DCPS and ensuring decisions affecting school communities are made collaboratively with the help of a diverse group of school stakeholders. The team, which has been elected for the 2018/19 school year, meets once monthly with teams from all other schools and reports back to Langley's principal and vice principal. Other community members are welcome to attend meetings as well.
Contact: Principal Drumm; Vanessa.Drumm@dc.gov or AP Jennings; Shaunte.Daniel@dc.gov
Classroom or Special Subjects Volunteer
Volunteers who want to be really effective on a grassroots level should consider working in the classrooms. Extra hands are needed during events like field trips and field day. Classrooms with struggling readers could use help working one-on-one with students. To learn more about classrooms with these types of needs, contact the front office and you'll be connected with the right teacher. Please note: volunteers in the classrooms are required to get clearance through DCPS first.
Contact: Main Office; (202) 724-4223