Principal's Message: October
Dear Longfellow Families,
Many thanks to everybody who attended Back to School Night, one of the most important events of the school year. Over 85% of our parents filled Longfellow’s 36 classrooms to learn as much as possible about their child’s educational program for the year. The teachers and I are often asked what parents can do to help their children do well in school. Once again, I would like to share with you some of our best recommendations:
- Let your child know you expect him/her to achieve, by setting high, but realistic goals.
- Establish a daily routine for family meals, homework, and chores.
- Keep in contact with your child’s teachers.
- Don’t let your child blame teachers or bad luck for poor grades.
- Be respectful when talking with or about teachers.
- Make time for reading with your child every day.
- Encourage and reward your child’s school efforts and progress.
- Be available. Spend time with your child.
- Be firm. Set clear rules and consequences for breaking them.
- Respect your child’s ideas. Take time to listen. Share your values with your child.
Besides asking about how to support their children at school, I always have questions from parents about school safety. At Longfellow our number one priority is to ensure the safety of all our children. The policies and procedures of how and what we do to keep our children safe at school are documented in our Longfellow School Safety Plan. With the support of LBUSD School Safety Office, the staff is well trained to handle emergency situations. Each month we hold a school evacuation drill. If you are on campus during the drill, you will need to participate. A variety of supplies are housed in our safety bin located on the playground against the Bixby fence. On a daily basis all visitors on campus, including VIPs must sign in and wear a badge. This policy is strictly enforced between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:10 p.m.
In closing I would like to invite you to attend my first Coffee With the Principal, which is scheduled for Friday, October 18 at 8:00 in the library. This is an informal time to gather and talk about what is happening at Longfellow. Please do not hesitate to call the office if you have any questions, or concerns regarding your child's experiences at Longfellow.
With warm regards,