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Supporting Students Under a New System
A number of efforts are under way to support students under a new and improved accountability system for schools. Learn more in this newsletter for parents:
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The Long Beach Unified School District is conducting a survey of all parents regarding the culture and climate of local schools.
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Principal's Message - March 2015
Dear Longfellow Families,
Now through the end of March, Long Beach Unified School District will survey the parents and guardians of students within our school district. Although this survey will serve as a “snapshot in time” of what goes on at Longfellow, have you ever wondered about the lasting impact that our work together will have on the future of our school and community? All of us, in our collective roles as parents, caregivers, teachers, staff members and community partners work tirelessly to help make Longfellow a truly special place for children to thrive and reach their full potential. Not only do our teachers implement a high-quality educational program to develop our students' academic, social and emotional skills, our families help to ensure that the learning does not stop when our children leave our doors at the end of the day.
Sometimes, I think we (me included) get so busy with our day-to-day routine, making sure that our children are nurtured and provided with the tools necessary to be successful in life that we forget to look beyond today and consider the long-term impact that our efforts have on our children. Our annual PTA Founders Day event was a wonderful opportunity to recognize this long- term impact. We are reminded how the strong foundations set in the past continue to support the work we do today. When we work together, selflessly for the benefit of all students, we leave a legacy that will remain far beyond our time at Longfellow.
So as I circle back to the parent survey, please know that the purpose of the survey is to provide you with the opportunity to share your opinions on the effectiveness of Longfellow School. Ultimately this survey information will help guide us in our work to provide our current and future Longfellow Lions with the very, very best education possible that ultimately ensures all our students are “college and career ready.”
PS The parent survey link is posted on the Longfellow and district web page. You may have also received an email from the district which included the survey information.
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.
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
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Monthly Spirit Assembly
School of Excellence Recognition!
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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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