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        April Principal Letter

    April 1, 2019

     

    Hello Students, Parents, and Community,

     

    I truly enjoyed seeing our Longfellow Lions run during the 2019 PTA Jog-A-Thon. Our students always show their perseverance and focus! There are important dates to remember during the month of April. Make sure that you come out to see the 1st Grade Musical on April 11th (10:20 AM) or 12th (1:15 PM). 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 19) and Spring Break (April 22-26). Take this time to rest so you can return focused for the last two months of school.

    Spring Break also marks the start of Phase 3 of the Measure E construction project. The Kindergarten/TK classrooms will move to the newly renovated 1000 and 2000 buildings after Spring Break. The construction team will then begin renovating Building C (K/1 hallway). As a reminder, after Spring Break, the main office will also be relocated to the front of the school in an area that was previously Room 6. This move will allow us to close and lock the front gate during the school day. School guests will need to enter through the new main office to enter school grounds while school is in session.

    The bridge between teaching and learning is assessment, and May 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 beginning of May, 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.

    At Longfellow, student and traffic safety is also a top priority especially with busing in the morning and after school. Please keep the bus loading and unloading zone clear so our students can exit the buses safely and orderly. In addition, safe driving around our school improves the safety of all children, including yours. Please keep in mind the following safety rules:

    ● When dropping off your child, pull to the curb safely, have your child exit carefully and depart immediately. Please refrain from double parking.

    ● Please yield to pedestrians crossing in a crosswalk.

    ● Pedestrians must use marked crosswalks to cross the street.

    ● Do not block crosswalks, driveways, red zones, or fire hydrants.

    ● Please use the valet lanes on Olive and Armando.

     

    Also, students are not allowed to utilize their phones (or a smartwatch being used as a phone) during the school day. Using these devices during the school day could result in confiscation of the student owned device by a teacher or administrator. Parents will be required to pick up the device from the school. We all must do our part to ensure the safety of all students.

    Roar on, Longfellow Lions!!!!

    Edward Sigur

    Principal

     

    Hola Estudiantes, Padres, y Comunidad,

     

    Disfrute mucho viendo a todos los estudiantes correr durante el 2019 PTA Jog-A-Thon. ¡Nuestros estudiantes siempre demuestran su perseverancia y enfoque! Hay días importantes durante el mes de abril que quiero recordarles. Tendremos el musical de los estudiantes de primer grado que será el 11 de abril (10:20 AM o el 12 (1:15 PM). Somos muy afortunados de tener tanto talento musical y estudiantes físicamente aptos. In adicional, disfrute las vacaciones de sus hijos del 19 al 26 de abril. Tome este tiempo para que los estudiantes reinicien y regresen enfocados los últimos dos meses que nos restan de clases.

    Las vacaciones de primavera también marcan el comienzo de la fase 3 del proyecto de construcción de la Medida E. Las clases de Kínder/TK se mudaran a los salones renovados en los edificios 1000 y 2000 después de las vacaciones de primavera. El equipo de construcción empezara a trabajar en el edificio C (pasillos de K/1 grado). Como recordatorio, después de las vacaciones la oficina se reubicara en frente de la escuela en el área donde anterior mente era el salón 6. Con este cambio nos permitirá cerrar el portón durante las horas de clase. Todos los visitantes tendrán que pasar por la oficina para poder visitar la escuela durante las horas de clase.

    El puente entre la enseñanza y el aprendizaje es a la evaluación, y el mes de mayo indica el comienzo de los exámenes estatales. Durante el año escolar los maestros han estado utilizando varias formas de evaluaciones. Uno de los ejemplos que los maestros usan diariamente es de proveer la opinión inmediata a los estudiante referente en su rendimiento académico. También, evaluaciones intermedias como las evaluaciones de lectura, examen de matemáticas, los indicadores de lectura, etc. Al igual, estas evaluaciones están programas durante el año escolar para evaluar el progreso. Finalmente al principio de mayo, los estudiantes van a comenzar con las evaluaciones exhaustivas de fin de año en los grados 3-5 que proveen las medidas del progreso de los estudiantes, y el logro de los conocimientos y habilidades necesarios para estar preparados para la universidad y la carrera profesional.

    En Longfellow, la seguridad es una prioridad especialmente con los autobuses en la mañana y después de clases. Por favor mantenga la zona de los autobuses despejada para que los estudiantes puedan salir con seguridad y en orden. También, manejar con cuidado alrededor de la escuela mejora la seguridad de todos los estudiantes, incluyendo el de usted. Por favor tenga en mente las reglas siguientes:

    ● Cuando deje a su hijo(a), llegue al orilla con cuidado, haga que su estudiante salga con seguridad y se aparte inmediatamente.

    ● Por favor ceder a los peatones que cruzan en un cruce de peatones.

    ● Los peatones deben de usar la calle en zonas marcada para cursar.

    ● No bloque los cruces de peatones, calzadas, zonas rojas, o bocas de incendio.

    ● Por favor use la línea de valet en las calles Olive y Armando.

     

    Por último, los estudiantes no se les permiten utilizar el teléfono (o relojes inteligentes como teléfonos) durante las horas de clases. Si usan estos tipos de electrónicos durante las horas de clases podría resultar en la confiscación del dispositivo por el maestro o administrador, y los padres debe de recogerlo de la escuela. Todos debemos de hacer nuestra parte para asegurar la seguridad de todos los estudiantes.

    ¡Rujan, Leones de Longfellow!

    Edward Sigur

    Director


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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 3:45 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.


    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..


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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 3:45 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.   


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    Entrance on Deerford Street
    3319 Sandwood St., Lakewood, CA 90712
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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!


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      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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