This weekend a small group of volunteers planted about 70 trees and shrubs on the west-facing side of Langley Elementary and on the hill down to Harry Thomas park. Our community now has access to blueberries, figs, persimmons, sumac, mulberry, paw paw, pears, persimmons and more. The trees and plants will take some time to mature and bear fruit, but we can all be part of caring for them and watching them grow.
We would have loved to have a big event to help plant the trees and share information about the Food Forest with the neighborhood and community, but had to keep it super small because of COVID-19.
There will be a second phase of planting in the spring, and we hope to have a larger community event at that time. In the meantime, please check it out and feel free to do some weeding in the mulched beds!
A special thanks to DDOT’s Urban Forestry Division, Lincoln Smith of Forested, FreshFarms FoodPrints, and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (with funding from Vitafusion) for supporting the project, and to the Langley Elementary PTO and Eckington Parks and Arts for mobilizing volunteers!
Please feel free to message me with any questions.
Langley PTO Garden & Wellness member organizing the Food Forest Project
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.
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
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.
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 PTO 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. We are having virtual "meet ups" for new parents to connect and ask questions of current parents. Email us if you are interested in joining and we will send you the zoom link.
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?
When was the last time you were able to get together with your friends and family to celebrate your community school?
For me and for many others, it was Saturday, March 7th at Boundary Stone Tavern in Bloomingdale for the “Make Some Noise” Fundraiser. Seems like ages ago, right? The Langley Elementary School Tiger Family was fortunate to get together one last time in person to continue fundraising efforts supporting the PTSA and the school as a whole.
Thank you to the parent volunteers who have offered to serve the Langley community as PTSA officers for the 2019-2020 school year. These leadership positions are crucial as the PTSA strives to make more gains in fundraising and community-building this year, so we can ensure our teachers, staff, administrators and children have the support they need to be successful. Click "Read more" below to get to know the president, vice president, treasurer and secretary a little better. And when you see these women at school, be sure to thank them for stepping up!