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We are Longfellow Lions, a community of parents, students, and educators who strive to create caring and critical thinkers. We set high expectations and provide a rigorous and positive learning environment to prepare our students to be healthy, positive, and productive citizens who have a solid foundation for middle school, high school, college and career
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Long Beach Unified Teams Up with Covered California (El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Long Beach Forma Equipo con Covered California)
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Important Information For Students Who Ride Long Beach Transit (Información Importante Para Los Estudiantes Que Viajan En Long Beach Transit)
Principal's Message - January 2015
Dear Longfellow Families,
Welcome back from Winter Break! As we embark on a new year I want to give a “shout out” to the 460 Longfellow Lions who earned a perfect attendance award for trimester one. Almost 50% of our Longfellow Lions were at school every day during the first trimester. We strongly believe (and research shows) that kids who come to school (every day that they are physically healthy enough to do so) and work hard achieve both academically and socially.
Therefore ensuring your child attends school every day is critical. For each day a student misses school, he/she can get more than two days behind with schoolwork. This is because the student must make up missed learning and catch up with new learning at the same time. In addition, for each student who misses an entire day of school, even for an excused absence, the district loses approximately $28 per day. This is the equivalent of the cost of several library books or a dozen reams of paper – for ONE day of absence! For an elementary school the size of Longfellow with 1,078 students, the district lost out on approximately $200,000 last year due to absences.
The top three most common reasons for absence are illness, a medical appointment, and family business. We would like to try to minimize the days a student is absent. Illness should be taken seriously, and students should stay home when they have a fever or are contagious. Appointments of any kind should be scheduled before or after school if possible. If an appointment must be made during school hours, it is advised that the student come to school before the appointment and return after the appointment, if possible. Partial daily attendance is better than not attending at all. Family business should also be scheduled after school hours, on weekends, or during non-school days. If a vacation must be planned during the school week, and it will be for five days or longer, an Independent Study Agreement for absences may be requested.
Our school goal is for every Longfellow Lion to earn at least one Perfect Trimester Attendance award this year. To reach our goal I am asking for your support to make sure that your child comes to school every that he/she is able to do so!
Parent Math Trainings
Teachers will be providing a math training for parents on the following dates:
TK/K - January 12, 2015
1st - January 13, 2015
2nd - January 14, 2015
3rd - January 20, 2015
4th and RSP students- January 21, 2015
5th - January 22, 2015
All trainings will take place in the library from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. If you haven't already sent in an RSVP, please do so to the office so we can plan accordingly. Hope to see you there!
Traffic Safety – A Non-Negotiable Expectation for Our School
Nothing is more important than working together – students, teachers, staff and families – to help maintain safety at Longfellow. Our school’s programs, including Valet Drop Off (on Bixby Avenue), written reminders, a detailed drop off map in our Longfellow Handbook, Walk to School Wednesdays, adult supervision, traffic cones and working with our city’s traffic patrol officers are all aimed at helping our Longfellow Lions return home at the end of the day healthy and safely. We need to continue to work together to make sure that we… Never park in red curb zones, never drop off students in the middle of the street, never speed in our neighborhood, and never compromise the safety of our students with unsafe driving habits. Your commitment to traffic safety is essential. The LBPD also monitors the area to support our traffic safety efforts. While the morning can be a busy time of day, please leave home with plenty of time so that we never have to compromise the safety of anyone.
Registration packets are available daily from 8:00-noon or 1:00-3:00 from our enrollment clerk, Ms. Diane Eley. Items needed to register your child are a birth certificate, proof of residency and immunization record. For more details about these items, please click on the registration button.
The Longfellow Lion Look from Head to Toe
Please take some time to review Longfellow’s uniform policy also known as The Longfellow Lion Look from Head to Toe which is included in this edition of the link. It also is posted on the school website. Please review the information with your child. In a nutshell, The Longfellow Lion Look from Head to Toe is solid navy, white or red collared tops or Longfellow spirit wear, solid navy bottoms and solid colored outerwear. One of our biggest efforts is to bring uniformity to outer wear so please plan ahead!
Our Kindergarten Playground
A Learning Garden is Built!
Our Learning Garden!
Longfellow Elementary would like to thank the American Heart Association and Girl Scout Troop 213 for providing our school with an edible garden. Students across the grades will learn through hands-on experiences about health, science, math, and literacy. Our goal is for children to take those experiences and use them to make healthier choices.
After School Pickup Procedures
We ask you to remember that school is in session from 8:00 a.m. until 2:05 p.m. M,T,W, & F for grades 1, 2, & 3 and 2:10 p.m. M,T,W, & F for grades 4 & 5 (1:30 p.m. on Thursday for grades 1-5). The gates will be opened daily by the end of the school day to accommodate parents, guardians & child care providers wishing to come on campus to pick up students. We respectfully request that you wait off campus until the gates are opened. You may wish to have your child meet you at a designated spot on the large playground in case you are not able to pick them up on time. This way, they are supervised and less concerned if you are late. The playground is supervised daily until 3:10 p.m.
Thank you for understanding our need to keep our students safe and secure and our campus quiet and calm so our teachers can focus on teaching and learning all day at Longfellow. Should you have any questions, please feel free to call our office at your convenience.
LONGFELLOW ATTENDANCE UPDATE
It is our school goal for every Longfellow Lion to earn at least one perfect trimester attendance award. However, we realize there are valid reasons for students to miss school. Absences due to illness, family funerals, religious holidays, and doctor and dentist appointments are excused. However, according to state law, absences for any other reason are unexcused.
After 3 unexcused absences or tardies in excess of 30 minutes,parents will receive a letter that notifies them that their child is being “reported to the Long Beach Unified School District as a truant from school pursuant to the provisions of Section 48260 of the Education Codes.” So if your child has three or more unexcused absences, or tardies of more than 30 minutes, you can expect to receive a “truancy letter” the week of November 1st. Attendance notes are due the day the child returns to school. If you have attendance questions, contact our attendance clerk, Ms. Diane Eley, or our counselor, Dr. Rima Hosen.
LBUSD Policy concerning Sun Protection for your child
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Monthly Spirit Assembly
School of Excellence Recognition!
Join us at our Flag Ceremony in the courtyard beginning at 8 a.m.
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Extended Recreation Hours
Extended Recreation Hours
We are happy to let you know that our after school recreation program has extended its hours. Starting immediately, the playground will be opened from dismissal time until 3:45 p.m. Please remember that our school office closes at 4:00 p.m. so it is mandatory that all students be picked up on time.
Longfellow Link Now Available Online!
You can now view the Longfellow Link in the locker section of our Homepage.
Box Top Information
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