Friday Memo – March 13, 2009

March 23rd is a school day!!

Volunteer Opportunities for Parents!

This week you received an email for the Langston Board of Directors informing you about the upcoming election of officers on April 23.  Here is a link to the letter in case you missed it. This is the slate of current candidates and open seats.

Chair- Brett Pyle.

Vice Chair – Scott Zemitis

Registrar- Terry Pilch

Public Relations - Judy Johnson

Governance - Tammy Ferrell                  

Human Resources - Beth Mixson

Academic Affairs - Elaine Wiegert

Legislative Liaison - Lisa Stevens

Secretary – OPEN

Campus Activities Director - OPEN

Treasurer - OPEN                                   

Alumni Director - OPEN

Ways and Means -   OPEN

Serving on the board is open to all parents, relatives, friends and community members; in fact, a diverse group is in the best interest of the school.

Anyone wishing to serve will simply complete the self-nomination form ( and will send it to our principal, Greg Abel.

If you would like to talk to someone about what is involved or suggest an ideal candidate, please contact:

Lisa Stevens, Chairman

Brett Pyle, Vice-Chair

Tammy Ferrell, Governance Chair

Another Volunteer Opportunity…

The following letter is from Della Hutto.

It’s almost Spring and that means YARD WORK!  I hope I can drum up some excitement and get some eager volunteers to help me out.  This is my first time to be in charge of a volunteer opportunity, and I am excited to get the grounds spruced up.

Our first work day will be Saturday, April 4th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  There’s lots to do, so bring shovels, weed eaters, clippers, chain saws, rakes, work gloves, and any other tools you think might be helpful.  Also, any snacks and drinks would be greatly appreciated.  Lawn mowers aren’t necessary, that’s all taken care of – we just need to “blaze the trail” to make it easier to cut the grass.  We do need pick up trucks, and hopefully several of you will be willing to haul things to the dump.

Please send me an e-mail ( or call me at 918-2200 to let me know if you can help in any way.  Thanks so much!!

I scream, you scream, we all scream…

for Marble Slab!!   Our Marble Slab fundraiser kicks off today.  We hope to earn money for physical education equipment.  We will be selling ice cream certificates and Friday taste tests.   Information was sent home today with the students.

The Community Service Spotlight is on…

Eli Johns (57.50 hrs) and Stephen Ruhl (52.00 hrs).  Good work!

What’s the deal with the Really Radical Scavenger Hunt?

The Really Radical Scavenger Hunt on April 18 is a fun family and friend oriented fundraiser event.   Registration forms and details will be sent home with students next week, but here is a Sneak Peek at what is to come!!

How it Works:

You organize a team that will fit into one car. Your team can be 1 person or more, depending on the vehicle.  A team can be a family, a mix of family and friends, co-workers, neighbors.  Teams do not have to be Langston families.  The more teams the better.

You pre-register your team by April 13, and on Saturday, April 18 you all meet at Langston at 12:30 pm.

All teams will be given a Hunt Packet which will include a super secret list of items your team will need to scavenger for and find.  Some items will be common, others rare. There will be some team challenges involving photos. Of course no Hunt is complete without some RADICAL, off the wall, crazy; make you laugh your head off items.   Each item will have a point value.  There is a shot gun start, and all teams are cut loose and given until 5:00pm to return to campus.   Upon return, the team will report what items they found, points will be tallied, and the winners will walk away with trophies and bragging rights.

After your team returns we will have Sticky Fingers BBQ and a HUGE Raffle and auction.  We have everything in the Raffle/Auction from a BMW to restaurant gift certificates.  We have baskets with fun themes and private tutoring with your favorite teacher.

But there is an added twist!  If you want to ensure an UNFAIR ADVANTAGE for your team then you will want to BUY A TEACHER, and add him or her to your team.  Next week, we will publish a list of participating teachers, and from that list you can submit a sealed bid to BUY A TEACHER.  On March 31 we will open the sealed bids, and the highest bidder for each teacher wins that teacher.   The teacher will go on the Hunt with your team.   What is the UNFAIR ADVANTAGE?  All teachers have placed a secret item on the hunt list that only they have access to.  When you buy a teacher you are assured of not only a great time hanging out with your favorite teacher but also 30 extra points!!

This is a fundraiser to benefit the Langston Foundation and our future building program.  You can earn volunteer and community service hours by participating in the Hunt and by helping the committee on the day of the Hunt.

We will also sell t-shirts which can be worn to school on T-shirt/Hoodie day!  (Pssst…buy a t-shirt, it’s worth bonus points!)

To volunteer on the day of the Hunt, contact Lisa Stevens: or 350-6666


The Chorus will meet on the next three Mondays from 3:30 until 4:15.  The dates are March 16, 23 and 30.  If you are not in the chorus, but would like to be, consider coming to the practices.  The students are practicing for a performance that will be at school during school hours.

Talent Show…

Talent show auditions will be Monday, March 30th, at 3:40 in our auditorium.  The Talent Show will be Friday, April 24th, at 6:00pm in the auditorium.

Uniform Sales…

If you have gently used uniform items that you would like to sell before the end of the school year please contact Holly Ludke at 967-2788 or  Include all the details (item, size, and price) and we will post the information on the website.

Thank you…

Thanks to Mrs. Weston, Mrs. Watson and Mrs. Woodson for providing snacks for the faculty meeting.  Thanks to Mrs. Arnold (Hannah Spellman’s Grandmother) who is still working on our front garden.

On Going…

We are still looking for items for publication in the paper.  If you know of any awards given to our students, or any personal accomplishments that are worthy of publishing, please forward the information to Elaine Avila at

The Knotty Knitters are still meeting on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 4:30 in Mrs. Tate’s portable.

Please remember to send in a written note when your child is absent from school.

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