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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

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Responsibility

 Integrity

Dignity

Enthusiasm

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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Principal's Message - May 2015

May 2015 

Dear Longfellow Families, 

One of the biggest nights of the year will soon be here - Open House.  I want to take this opportunity to invite you to join us on Thursday, May 28 between the hours of 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.  You will be able to visit all our classrooms and enjoy viewing the remarkable work done by our Longfellow students under the guidance of our fabulous teachers.   

School Site Council Elections will also be held on Thursday, May 28.  School Site Ballots will be available in the office during school hours and during Open House. If you are interested in running for a SSC position and are seeking more information, please read the following information, Longfellow School Site Council is Seeking Parent Participation. 

The teachers and I are looking forward to seeing you at Open House, and we all feel so fortunate to be working with you, our wonderful Longfellow families.  Please call, or stop by whenever you have a question regarding your child’s experiences at Longfellow. 

Warmly,

Laurie Murrin, Principal  
 
 

Longfellow School Site Council is Seeking Parent Participation 

The Longfellow School Site Council (SSC) has three (3) parent positions open for the 2015-2016 school year. Several alternate positions are also open.  The SSC election for the parent positions will be held all day on Thursday, May 28th from 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Open House will also be held on May 28th, so parents may vote while attending this event. 

If you are interested in running for SSC, please submit your name along with a brief statement about why you want to serve on SSC to Principal Murrin by May 22nd. The only experience required is an interest and desire to participate in the SSC process. 

What is School Site Council?

School Site Council is responsible for overseeing the implementation of Longfellow’s School Plan.  This is done through reviewing student achievement data, setting school goals, revising the Single Plan for Student Achievement, approving expenditures, and reviewing the effectiveness of the school plan.  The responsibility of the SSC members is to provide input at the meetings and to share information discussed with their peers and colleagues.  Generally, six SSC meetings are held during the year.  Meetings are held on Thursday afternoons from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Remember, the only experience required is an interest and desire to participate in the SSC process. 

How Do I run for a School Site position?

The first step is to notify Principal Murrin of your interest by May 22nd   and submit a brief statement about why you want to serve on the SSC.   

For more information about SSC membership you are encouraged to contact current SSC members: teachers - Mrs. Baldoni, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Sarmiento; Mrs. Boutwell and parents - Jeffrey Price, Ilva Mariani; Naomie Worrell-Tate, Kerry Woodward, Gonzalo Medina, and principal – Laurie Murrin. 

Dates to Remember

  • May 22 Last day to notify Mrs. Murrin that you want to participate in the SSC election.

May 28 SSC election will be held all day from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Family members are encouraged to vote while attending Open House.

June 4 SSC meeting 

 

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%.

 

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.

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

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

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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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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.

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School of Excellence Recognition!
OCTOBER 3rd

 

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 

 

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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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