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    September Principal Letter

     Dear Longfellow Families,

    Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! I hope everyone has had a summer filled with memories to last a lifetime. Although we have been on vacation, I can share that, true to Longfellow form, our staff and teachers have been working diligently behind the scenes to prepare for a successful start to the new school year.

    I am very proud and excited to begin my first year as principal at Longfellow Elementary. While we will have plenty of time to build relationships and get to know one another, I will share a bit of my personal and professional background information. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at San Diego (1995), and my Master’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley (1998). This year marks my 24th year in the Long Beach Unified School District, and my 12th year as principal in the LBUSD. I have had the honor of serving as principal at two schools in my previous assignments, and have truly enjoyed these opportunities. Prior to being a principal, I have been a vice principal, a level office administrator, a program specialist for state and federal programs, an instructional facilitator, and a classroom teacher in Kindergarten and first grade. I am a third generation educator, with my grandmother having taught both in post-World War II Greece and locally, my mother having retired from teaching, and my sister serving as a Transitional Kindergarten teacher. My wife, Laura, and I have been married for nearly 20 years, and both of our sons attend schools in the LBUSD. I very much look forward to learning more about our families’ and students’ stories that have shaped their lived experiences!

    To bring a bit of “business” to this communication, please note the following dates and events:

    ➢ Thursday, August 25th – TK/Kindergarten Orientation, 9:00 a.m. (Auditorium)

    ➢ Wednesday, August 31st – First Day of School (Minimum Day)

    ➢ Monday, September 5th – Labor Day, No School

    ➢ Thursday, September 22nd – Back to School Night (Minimum Day Dismissal)

    I cannot wait to meet our students and families in person, and here is to our best school year yet!

    --Sam Platis

    Proud Principal, Longfellow Elementary School

     

    Estimadas familias de Longfellow,

    ¡Bienvenidos al año escolar 2022-2023! Espero que todos hayan tenido un verano lleno de recuerdos para toda la vida. Aunque hemos estado de vacaciones, puedo compartir que, fiel a la forma de Longfellow, nuestro personal y maestros han estado trabajando diligentemente entre bastidores para prepararse para un comienzo exitoso del nuevo año escolar.

    Estoy muy orgulloso y emocionado de comenzar mi primer año como director de la Escuela Primaria Longfellow. Si bien tendremos mucho tiempo para entablar relaciones y conocernos, compartiré un poco de mi información personal y profesional. Recibí mi licenciatura de la Universidad de California en San Diego (1995) y mi maestría de la Universidad de California en Berkeley (1998). Este año marca mi vigésimo cuarto año en el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Long Beach y mi duodécimo año como director en el LBUSD. He tenido el honor de desempeñarme como director en dos escuelas en mis asignaciones anteriores y realmente he disfrutado de estas oportunidades. Antes de ser director, he sido subdirector, administrador de oficina de nivel, especialista de programa para programas estatales y federales, facilitador de instrucción y maestro de clase en jardín de infantes y primer grado. Soy una educador de tercera generación, mi abuela enseñó tanto en la Grecia posterior a la Segunda Guerra Mundial como a nivel local, mi madre se retiró de la enseñanza y mi hermana se desempeña como maestra de jardín de infancia de transición. Mi esposa, Laura, y yo hemos estado casados por casi 20 años y nuestros dos hijos asisten a escuelas en el LBUSD. ¡Tengo muchas ganas de aprender más sobre las historias de nuestras familias y estudiantes que han dado forma a sus experiencias vividas!

    Para traer un poco de "negocio" a esta comunicación, tenga en cuenta las siguientes fechas y eventos:

    ● Jueves, 25 de agosto – Orientación de TK/Kindergarten, 9:00 am (Auditorio)

    ● Miércoles 31 de agosto: primer día de clases (día mínimo) ● Lunes, 5 de septiembre – Día del Trabajo, No hay clases

    ● Jueves, 22 de septiembre – Noche de Regreso a Clases (Día de Salida Mínimo)

    ¡No puedo esperar para conocer a nuestros estudiantes y familias en persona, y aquí está nuestro mejor año escolar hasta ahora!

    --Sam Platis

    Director orgulloso, escuela primaria Longfellow

     

    គួសារ Longfellow ជាទីគោរព! សូមស្វគមន៍មកកាន់ឆ្នំសិកសា 2022-2023! ខ្ញុំសងឃឹមថាអ្នកគប់គ្នមានរដូវក្តដលពោរពញទៅដោយការចងចាំដើមបីបន្តជីវិត។ ទោះបីជាពួកយើងបានទៅវិសសមកាលក៏ដោយ ខ្ញុំអាចចករំលកបានថា ជាការពិតចំពោះទមង់ Longfellow បុគ្គលិក និងគូរបស់យើងបានធ្វើការយ៉ងឧសសាហ៍ពយាយាមនៅពីកយឆាក ដើមបីរៀបចំសមប់ការចាប់ផ្តើមឆ្នំសិកសាថ្មីបកបដោយជោគជ័យ។ ខ្ញុំពិតជាមានមោទនភាព និងរំភើបយ៉ងខ្លំងដលបានចាប់ផ្តើមឆ្នំដំបូងរបស់ខ្ញុំជានាយកសាលានៅ Longfellow Elementary ។ ខណៈពលដលយើងនឹងមានពលចើនក្នុងការបង្កើតទំនាក់ទំនង និងស្គល់គ្នទៅវិញទៅមក ខ្ញុំនឹងចករំលកព័ត៌មានអំពីបវត្តិផ្ទល់ខ្លួន និងវិជ្ជ ីវៈរបស់ខ្ញុំបន្តិច។ ខ្ញុំបានទទួលសញ្ញប័តបរិញ្ញបតរបស់ខ្ញុំពីសាកលវិទយាល័យកាលីហ្វ័រញ៉នៅសាន់ឌីហ្គ(1995) និងសញ្ញប័តអនុបណ្ឌិតរបស់ខ្ញុំពីសាកលវិទយាល័យកាលីហ្វ័រញ៉នៅប៊ឺកលី(1998) ។ ឆ្នំនះ គឺជាឆ្នំទី24 របស់ខ្ញុំនៅក្នុងទីកុងឡុងប៊ិច Unified School District និងឆ្នំទី12 របស់ខ្ញុំក្នុងនាមជានាយកសាលានៅក្នុង LBUSD ។ ខ្ញុំមានកិត្តិយសក្នុងការបមើជានាយកសាលាពីរនៅក្នុងកិច្ចការពីមុនរបស់ខ្ញុំ ហើយពិតជារីករាយនឹងឱកាសទាំងនះ។ មុនពលធ្វើជានាយកសាលា ខ្ញុំធ្លប់ជានាយករង ជាអ្នកគប់គងការិយាល័យកមិត អ្នកឯកទសកម្មវិធីសមប់កម្មវិធីរដ្ឋនិងសហព័ន្ធ អ្នកសមបសមួលបងៀន និងជាគូបងៀនថ្នក់រៀននៅមតយយ និងថ្នក់ដំបូង។ ខ្ញុំជាអ្នកអប់រំជំនាន់ទីបី ដោយជីដូនរបស់ខ្ញុំបានបងៀនទាំងនៅកិចកយសង្គមលោកលើកទីពីរ និងក្នុងសុក ម្តយរបស់ខ្ញុំបានចូលនិវត្តន៍ពីការបងៀន ហើយប្អូនសីរបស់ខ្ញុំបានបមើការជាគូបងៀននៅសាលាមត្តយយអន្តរកាល។ ភរិយារបស់ខ្ញុំឡូរ៉ និងខ្ញុំបានរៀបការជិត 20 ឆ្នំហើយ ហើយកូនបុសទាំងពីររបស់យើងបានចូលរៀននៅសាលា LBUSD ។ ខ្ញុំទន្ទឹងរង់ចាំយ៉ងខ្លំងក្នុងការស្វងយល់បន្ថមអំពីរឿងរ៉វរបស់គួសារ និងសិសសរបស់យើង ដលបានផ្លស់ប្តូរបទពិសោធន៍ជីវិតរបស់ពួកគ! ដើមបីនាំយក "អាជីវកម្ម" បន្តិចមកក្នុងការទំនាក់ទំនងនះ សូមកត់សម្គល់កាលបរិច្ឆទ និងពឹត្តិការណ៍ខាងកម៖

    ● ថ្ងពហសបតិ៍ទី25 ខសីហា – TK/Kindergarten Orientation ម៉ង 9:00 ពឹក (សាលបជុំ)

    ● ថ្ងពុធទី31 ខសីហា - ថ្ងចូលរៀនដំបូង (ថ្ងអបបបរមា)

    ● ថ្ងច័ន្ទ ី5 ខកញ្ញ- ទិវាពលកម្មគ្មនសាលារៀន

    ● ថ្ងពហសបតិ៍ទី22 ខកញ្ញ- តឡប់ទៅសាលារៀនវិញ (ការបណ្តញចញនៅថ្ងអបបបរមា) ខ្ញុំមិនអាចរង់ចាំជួបសិសស និងកុមគួសាររបស់យើងដោយផ្ទល់បានទ ហើយនះគឺជាឆ្នំសិកសាដ៏ល្អបំផុតរបស់យើងនៅឡើយ!

    -- Sam Platis

    នាយកសាលាដ៏មានមោទនភាព សាលាបឋមសិកសាឡុងហ្វល

    Emergency Cards

    For more information on how to edit/add to your child's emergency card, please visit the locker section of our Homepage.


    Box Top Information

    Please find Box Top information in 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.


    Click here for TK/Kindergarten orientation Information. Orientation is Thursday, August 25th at 9:00 a.m.

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    After School Pick-up 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 3:00 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.


    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. 


    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..


    Registration Information

    Registration packets are available daily from 8:00-noon or 1:00-3:00. 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.

    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.

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    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 3:00 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.   


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      Please see our locker section below for information regarding an upcoming Kindergarten Festival at Dooley Elementary School.

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      Please visit our PTA webpage for more school information. 

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      Our Vision

      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
      • Longfellow Lions have
      • Perseverance
      • 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%.

      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!


      Spirit Wear

      Did you know you can access the spirit wear order form online?  Please find in the locker section of the PTA page. The PTA page can be found under Community Groups.


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