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Did you know you can access the spirit wear order form online? Please find in the locker section.
Free Workshop Exploring Aspects of Bullying
Tips on Preventing the Spread of Germs, Colds and Flu
Our Plans in Case of Future Hot Weather (Nuestros planes en futuros casos de clima caluroso)
Important Information For Students Who Ride Long Beach Transit (Información Importante Para Los Estudiantes Que Viajan En Long Beach Transit)
Picture Day at Longfellow
Principal's Message - October/November
Dear Longfellow Families,
If you had a child at Longfellow last year, you may remember that the traditional report cards were suspended. Beginning this year your child will receive an Achievement Report. Why the change from report cards to Achievement Reports? This is due to the implementation of the Common Core in ELA and math and that classroom instruction has changed. The purpose of this standards-based Achievement Report is “to communicate to parents the student's individual progress toward consistent and independent mastery of the grade level standards in preparation for high school graduation and post-secondary/career options.” Rather than determining “a grade” for each content area, individual student progress towards end of the year mastery within grade level standards will be determined using four levels of growth and achievement each trimester which are as follows:
Level 4 - Consistent mastery of grade level standard
Level 3 - Approaching mastery of grade level standard
Level 2 - Partial Application of the grade level standard
Level 1 - Minimal Application of the grade level standard
These four levels of growth match the levels of the new Smarter Balanced assessment our students will take this year in grades 3-5. Each child will receive an Achievement Report at the end of each trimester. By the end of the third trimester, your child’s achievement report will show their levels of growth and achievement for all three trimesters. One copy will remain in the student’s cum and one copy will go home.
The first step towards understanding the new Achievement Reports is to plan to attend Coffee with the Principal on October 28th at 8 a.m. The second step is to make sure you are signed up for parent- teacher conferences which are being held from November 4th through November 12th. This meeting between you and your child’s teacher is one of the most important events of the school year. So as you prepare to squeeze into those awkward kid-sized desks to discuss your child’s school progress, I have several suggestions for things you may want to discuss:
This is also the time to talk about any part of the school program that you have questions about including homework policy, the common core state standards, and the new Achievement Reports. The best conferences end with both the teacher and parents feeling they have learned something about your child. When you get home tell your child something good that the teacher said about him/her. Remember to keep communicating with the teacher throughout the year, and thanks for your continued support as we transition to the use of the new Achievement Reports.
PS – The Longfellow website, www.Longfellow@lbschools.net includes the dates for all upcoming events and holidays!
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!
Continue to follow all traffic rules! Don’t double parking or jay walk. Cars left unattended in drop off areas are subject to an expensive traffic tickets. Remember students can be dropped off starting at 7:45 a.m., or as early as 7:30 a.m. if your child is eating breakfast in the cafeteria.
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
School District News
Monthly Spirit Assembly
PTA Meeting Tuesday, October 21 @ 6:30 p.m.
Join us Tuesday, October 21 @ 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium to meet the new librarian from the Dana Neighborhood Library. Principal Murrin will provide information about the new Achievement Report. Kids can wear their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animal for story time in our library with fellow Longfellow parent and author, Suzanne Ferry.
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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