Our Vision

Every student a responsible, productive citizen in a diverse and competitive world.

Our Mission

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

Our Values

Longfellow Lions have






Our Goals


  • To provide an educational program in a safe, secure, friendly environment that ensures all students will attain grade level proficiency and/or make at least a year’s progress in all core content areas.
  • To move all students towards grade level mastery in English Language Arts and Math through the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
  • To provide instruction/assignments that are rigorous and provide challenge for ALL students
  • To provide 100 minutes/week of Physical Education instruction that is aligned with grade level physical education standards.
  • To support Longfellow Lions Kids with Character through Safe and Civil Schools along with the Six Pillars of Character (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness caring and citizenship) school wide.
  • To provide science instruction based on grade level standards and supports the three pillars of a green school.
  • To provide a music program based on grade level fine arts standards.
  • To meet an attendance goal of 97.44%.




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Longfellow News

Free Swim Lessons for Fifth through Eight Graders Saturday at Cabrillo
Leadership Long Beach (LLB) 2015 is hosting an Aquatics Fest from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at Cabrillo High School to encourage reluctant swimmers to get in the water. The event will offer free swim lessons for local 5th through 8th grade... Continue
Posted by: Public Information Office
Published: 4/21/15

Notice Regarding Whooping Cough (Aviso acerca de casos de Tos Ferina)
Posted by: Public Information Office
Published: 4/17/15

Children's Day is May 2 at El Dorado Park
The 21st Annual Children’s Day is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2 at El Dorado Park, 2400 Studebaker Rd. in Long Beach.  View the attached letter and flier for more information.

Christopher J. Steinhauser
Superintend... Continue
Posted by: Superintendent Steinhauser
Published: 4/14/15

Register for Summer Enrichment
Register now for the award-winning, fee-based program to be held at Carver Elementary School. Learn more. Continue
Posted by: Public Information Office
Published: 3/31/15


Principal's Message - April 2015

April 2015

Dear Longfellow Families,

It is hard to believe that we are well into the last trimester of our school year. Our teachers and students are working hard, and our focus on teaching and learning is evident every day, in every classroom.   The bridge between teaching and learning is assessment.   In Common Core there are three types of assessments:  formative, interim and summative.

  1. Formative assessments are the daily activities which provide immediate feedback to the teacher and student about the current lesson being taught.
  2. Interim assessments are graded student work such as on-demand reading tests, math unit tests, and reading benchmarks which provide students’ achievement levels during a specific time period.
  3. Summative assessments are the comprehensive year-end assessments of grade-level learning for grades 3-5 that provide valid, reliable and fair measures of students’ progress toward, and the attainment of the knowledge and skills required to be college and career ready.  These new state tests also capitalize on the strengths of computer adaptive testing.  Based on student responses the computer program adjusts the difficulty of questions throughout the assessment.  By adapting to the student as the assessment is taking place these assessments present an individually tailored set of questions to each student and can quickly identify which skills the students have mastered.

Our students will take these new state tests as follows:  third grade will take the test during March, fourth grade will take the test during April, and fifth grade will take the test during May.  Remember that the newer and tougher Common Core standards, new assessments, and other new accountability measures represent a complete recalibration and may at first create the perception of a decline in performance.  Do not be alarmed by an initial decline on certain accountability measures.  While the bar is being raised in terms of expectations, it takes some time for both teaching and learning to adjust to these expectations.  The teachers and I appreciate your continued support as we continue our transition to Common Core.


Laurie Murrin

Traffic Safety

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. 


Attendance News

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%.


Parent Math Workshops

Back by popular demand, a second series of Parent Math Workshops is scheduled for the month of March.  The focus of the Parent Math Workshops will be the grade level math skills covered during the third trimester.  All workshops will be held from 6-7 p.m. unless otherwise posted, workshops will be held in the library.  Dates are as follows:

Grade 5 - 4/15

Grade 4 - 3/12

Grade 3 - 3/18

Grade 2 - 3/4

Grade 1 - 3/25

TK/Kindergarten - 3/31


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.

  • February 19, 2015
  • March 19, 2015
  • April 16, 2015
  • May 28, 2015 – SSC elections
  • June 4, 2015

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.

  • March 13, 2015
  • April 17, 2015

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 Information

 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!

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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. 
Planting Day was on Saturday, April 20th during an Earth Day Celebration.  Girl Scout Troop 213 built planters, moved 8 cubic yards of soil, and planted over 40 seedlings.
In just six weeks, classes have harvested and tasted lettuce, cucumbers, beans, and squash.  This is only the beginning, we plan to harvest through to Fall.  Please keep in touch to see what is growing in our gardens.


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.



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

Please download this letter from the district regarding precautions to take for protecting your child at school from the sun.

Letter in English

Letter in Spanish

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

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School of Excellence Recognition!


Join us at our Flag Ceremony in the courtyard beginning at 8 a.m.


Special guests include 
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia 
City Officials, LBUSD Executive Staff and LBUSD School Board Representatives 


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

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