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Principal's Message - June 2015
Dear Longfellow Families,
It is with mixed emotions that I write what will be my last Longfellow message. After a long career with LBUSD I am retiring at the end of this school year. I was very lucky to spend my last four years working with the wonderful Longfellow school community - 1,100 Longfellow Lions, teachers, staff and parents. Together we have accomplished so much including the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, one of the most important changes I have experienced during my career in education. I am very excited about the future of education, and I am hopeful that our students (and one day my grandson) will have the critical thinking skills necessary to be “College and Career Ready.”
We have also weathered tough financial times, and I am happy to share that it seems as though the budgets for school funding continue to improve. Next year Longfellow’s support staff will continue to grow with the addition of two full time TOSA’s (teachers on special assignment) who will support our reading and language arts program. There is still work to do, but I believe we are moving in the right direction when it comes to funding for schools.
Longfellow is also blessed with a caring community and a fabulous PTA that provide our school with a tremendous amount of support. Besides being recognized for its growing membership, our PTA was honored this year as a PTA School of Excellence. I am very proud of the work we have accomplished together and I know that the Longfellow School community will continue its tradition of being the “very, very best.”
Joining me in retirement this year are teachers Connie Doss and Marynelle Evans. Our recreation leader Nancy Johnson will also be retiring from Longfellow. Together Mrs. Doss, Mrs. Evans and Coachie Nancy have provided Longfellow with over sixty years of service. I applaud each for the work they have done on a daily basis to educate our Lions. And finally, it is also time to say goodbye to our fifth graders who are promoting to sixth grade. I send them my best wishes for every success as they enter middle school.
In closing, I want to extend a HUGE thank you to our teachers and support staff. I applaud the work you do each and every day to make Longfellow the very, very best school for teaching and learning. And for the last time I want to thank our families for sharing your wonderful children with me these past four years. I know I will miss many things about Longfellow, including our Lions’ PERSEVERANCE to work hard, their ability to take RESPONSIBILITY for completing their work, their INTEGRITY and DIGNITY for making the right choices, and their ENTHUSIASM for learning. Always remember that Longfellow Lions have PRIDE. You ROAR, ROAR, ROAR!
Take good care, keep in touch, and enjoy a fun-filled summer vacation spent with family and friends.
SSC Election for School Community members was held the on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Newly elected members are Kerry Woodward, Maria Elsa Plascencia and Stephanie Holder. Naomie Tate-Worrell will serve as an alternate. They will join Ilva Mariani and Gonzalo Median. Thank you to everybody who participated in the School Site Council election.
As we all know traffic is a major concern around our school, especially the ten minutes before the start of the school day. One solution is to drop off your child closer to 7:45 a.m. when traffic is still light. As a reminder, follow all traffic rules. Do not double-park, stop in the side walk, make illegal U turns, or back up your car into the sidewalk. Use the cross walks. If you find yourself in the middle of a traffic jam, be patience and alert to children crossing the street.
Longfellow’s attendance goal is 97.4%. Right now Longfellow’s attendance is 96%. Sadly, Longfellow is not meeting its attendance goal. We can do better. Our Lions have one more trimester to improve attendance.
So Be There
Regular attendance at elementary school sets up a good pattern for your child’s entire school career. Show your child that school comes first. Make a commitment to arrive at school before 8 a.m. and miss school days only because of illness. Striving to meet these two goals – being on time and being at school - will help improve our attendance and Longfellow can reach our attendance goal of 97.4%.
School Site Council
School Site Council is comprised of 10 members representing parents, community, and staff. The SSC meets monthly to revise and evaluate the effectiveness of our Single Plan for Student Achievement. The meetings for the remainder of school year are scheduled on the following Thursdays at 4 PM.
If needed, additional meetings will be scheduled. All meetings are open to the public; however, only elected members may vote.
English Learner Advisory Council
ELAC is an advisory council that makes recommendations to SSC regarding programs that support English Learners at Longfellow. Meetings are held throughout the year. The meetings for the remainder of the school year are scheduled on the following Fridays at 8:30 p.m.
If additional meetings are needed, they will be added to the schedule.
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, never compromise the safety of our students with unsafe driving habits, and please do not use the Hughes parking lot as a drop-off for our Longfellow students. 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, your child is supervised and less concerned if you are late. The playground is supervised daily until 3:45 p.m.
Children staying on the playground after school may not leave campus for any reason except to go home. After school students are not to leave campus then decide to return. For example, a student may not leave campus and return with food purchased at a local establishment. Under such circumstances, parents/guardians will be notified and the student’s after school playground privilege may be revoked. However, if the student feels it is necessary to return to the school campus due to safety reasons, the student must go directly to the office and/or speak directly with a coach.
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
School District News
Trimester 3 Parent Math Trainings - Save the Date!
Parent Math Training - All trainings will be from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Location to be determined by presenters.
Grade Date Teachers
5 4/15 Dominique Schwenzfeier
4 3/12 Jennifer deWit & Courtney Venema
3 3/18 Michael Tillison & Doug Edwards
2 3/4 Mary Drake & Marsha Duncan
1 3/25 Tracy Thompson & Lori Heinze
K 3/31 Kimie Kuzay, Kim Erickson
& Linda Mora
Change of date
Science Fair Information
Science Fair projects due to teachers on April 16, 2015. Student projects will be displayed at Open House on May 28, 2015. Representatives will be chosen to attend the District Science Fair which takes place on May 16, 2015.
Monthly Spirit Assembly
School of Excellence Recognition!
Join us at our Flag Ceremony in the courtyard beginning at 8 a.m.
Special guests include
National PTA’s School of Excellence is a program that supports and celebrates partnerships between
PTAs and schools to improve the educational experience and school environment for every child.
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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
Please find Box Top information in the locker section of our Homepage.
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