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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
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Did you know you can access the spirit wear order form online? Please find in the locker section.
The Long Beach Public Library will offer an amnesty program for overdue book fines during the month of April, in celebration of National Library Month. From April 1 to April 30 the library will welcome back its overdue books and waive associated fines. Return any undamaged, overdue library materials to your local Long Beach Public Library location, and your overdue fines will be waived. If you have overdue fines from previously returned materials, donate a new book to the library and those fines will be waived, too. For more information, visit the Long Beach Public Library in person or online at www.lbpl.org.
Principal's Message - April 2017
Hello Students, Parents, and Community,
I can’t believe that we are beginning the last two full months of the school year, and what a year of learning and growing we have had so far!
I truly enjoyed the 2017 PTA Jog-A-Thon. Our students showed their perseverance and focus! I was also mesmerized by presentations at Career Day and the melodious voices of our 5th grade students at the 5th Grade Musical. Make sure that you come out to see the 1st Grade Musical on April 27th or 28th. We are so fortunate to have so many musically talented and physically fit students. In addition, please enjoy your time off during Admissions Day (April 14) and Spring Break (April 17-21). Take this time to rest so you can return focused for the last two months of school.
The bridge between teaching and learning is assessment, and March marks the beginning of state testing at Longfellow. Teachers have been utilizing various forms of assessment throughout the year. One example of less formal assessment teachers utilize is the formative assessment that occurs daily to provide immediate feedback to students about performance. In addition, interim assessments (Reading Assessments, math unit tests, reading benchmarks, etc) are also given at various points of the year to check student progress. Finally, at the end of March, students will commence with the comprehensive year-end assessments of grade-level learning for grades 3-5 that provide measures of students’ progress toward, and the attainment of the knowledge and skills required to be college and career ready.
There’s no time like the present, and no substitute for being present. Regular attendance in elementary school sets up the foundation for your child’s entire school career. Congratulations to those who received a certificate for Perfect Attendance for the first semester of the school year. Perfect Attendance Certificates are awarded to students who have been at school on time, for the full day, every day of the school year with one exception. A student may still achieve perfect attendance if they have only one of the following: 1 Tardy or 1 Early Out or 1 Late. Any combination of these will disqualify the student for perfect attendance. Our school attendance percentage for the month of February was 96.39%, which is a bit lower than our attendance goal of 97.4%. However, our overall attendance percentage for the year is 96.83% which is just shy of our goal.
Roar on, Longfellow Lions!!!!
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 2016-2017 school year are scheduled on the following Thursdays at 4 PM in the school library.
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.
Science Fair Information
Collections: Grades K -1
Experiment Grades K-5
Invention grades 3-5
Research Grades K-5
Reverse Engineering Grades 3&4
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, Christy Cleveland..
LBUSD Policy concerning Sun Protection for your child
School District News
Monthly Spirit Assembly
Flag Ceremony will be
April 7th at 8:00 a.m.
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For more information on how to edit/add to your child's emergency card, please visit the locker section of our Homepage.
ThinkCentral Student Instructions
ThinkCentral is the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Web site that provides your child access to digital materials associated with their math text. Visit the locker section for instructions.
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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.
Box Top Information
Please find Box Top information in the locker section of our Homepage.
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