Langley Incoming Families Call
What are your questions for the Langley PTSA about Langley, the upcoming school year or anything else?
How big are classrooms? How many classes are there?
6 PreK classrooms
Prek3 cap at 14 with 2, 1 aid and 1 teacher
Mixed classrooms at 16, 1 aid and 1 teacher
Prek4 at 17, 1 aid and 1 teacher
We balance classes on gender, race, age - very balanced class room
This year we have 3 preK 3 classes and 1 mixed class
In aftercare all classes mix PreK3 - K
We loop teachers for 2 years to have strong relationships b/w kids, teachers & parents
Before, after care & camps?
OSTP after care sign up starts on May 1
Flex after care in ongoing and offers pre-care and camps
Flex also has enrichment classes
They don’t have to be potty trained, we have bathrooms in classrooms, pull ups, etc...
Can you tell us more about socio emotional learning?
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 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!
See blog & website: https://www.langleyelementary.org/tiger-tales/my-child-is-enrolled-at-langleynow-what4929618
Khaki, white and black. You can get uniforms in many stores, such as Target or Amazon. Not strictly enforced.
Also in blog: https://www.langleyelementary.org/tiger-tales/my-child-is-enrolled-at-langleynow-what4929618
What does a typical day look like?
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. Specials include art, music, PE.
See in blog
How can parents get engaged? Parent involvement?
2 home visits, class apps, social media, texts, newsletter
2 parents teacher nights
Several fun school events
Always need volunteers for gardening, field trips, events, etc...
Parents come and share their jobs/do presentations/etc
Large classes, lots of light.
Used to be a middle school so a lot of space with 2 gyms, auditorium, large cafeteria
How does drop off work? Can you park?
You can always find parking…
A little crazy the first week, then it gets better
T street is busy b/c 3 schools and a bus but you can always find parking
For Prek3 & 4 - you walk your kid to the class, K up they go alone, pre-care brings them to class
Weather policy - do you go out in all weather?
Also 2 gyms to burn off energy
Whats’ great about Langley?
Tell us more about teachers
Great teachers big priority for Pr Drumm
Great retention in past 3 years
High standards for our Langley staff (and they meet them). Most teachers have masters degrees. If a child is at grade level (or above) they are tasked with bringing the child 1 year ahead of where they start. If a child is behind - they are tasked with. bringing the child a year and 1/2 ahead of where they started.
Playdates over summer for kids to see class rooms and meet teachers and staff
Otherwise will offer more virtual sessions like this
Would you like to join the PTSA and be added to the Langley PTSA google group? If so, please fill this form and send it to us:
Blog - We are at Langley, now what: https://www.langleyelementary.org/tiger-tales/my-child-is-enrolled-at-langleynow-what4929618
Langley website: https://www.langleyelementary.org/tiger-tales/my-child-is-enrolled-at-langleynow-what4929618