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    November Principal Letter

    November 1, 2018

    Hello Students, Parents, and Community,

     

    We have gotten off to a great start this school year. Teachers are working diligently to provide rigorous instruction, and students are showing that they have a growth mindset by exhibiting perseverance when educational obstacles stand before them.

     

    Our recent Longfellow event received great reviews. Students continue to tell me about how much they enjoyed the Family Movie Night. Don’t forget to join us on Saturday, November 3rd for our Harvest Festival. I know you will enjoy all of the fun filled activities. Thank you to all that have put forth time and effort to make it a success.

     

    Parent-Teacher Conferences are a regular part of the first report to parents and provide an opportunity to share information about that all important person - your child. November Conferences provide an opportunity for you to learn how you can help your child at home. If you are in need of an interpreter for your scheduled conference, please inform your child’s teacher so an interpreter can be provided for you. Conferences will begin on Monday, November 5th and continue through Tuesday, November 13th. We will also be on a minimum day schedule for the entire six days of school. Grades 1 through 5 will be released at 1:00 PM, and late start Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will attend from 9:10 AM until 1:10 PM. Early start Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten schedules will remain the same. There is no school on Monday, November 12th (in observance of Veteran’s Day) and Monday, November 19th through November 23rd (for Thanksgiving recess).

     

    In addition, please make sure that students are spending time working with our computer-based math program ST Math. Students are tasked with solving math puzzles that get more difficult as the student progresses through the levels. District data has shown that students that complete 70% or more of the program score higher on the state math SBAC assessment. Not only are students playing ST Math in school, they also have access to the program at home. All students must do to play at home is login through the student portal on the district website (www.lbschools.net). If you own a tablet, you can download the ST Math app and play on the go!

     

    We also want to add an additional reminder that student and traffic safety is 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 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.

    We all must do our part to ensure the safety of all students.

     

    Mr. Sigur

    Principal

     

     

    Saludos a Estudiantes, Padres, y la Comunidad,

     

    Hemos tenido un gran comienzo este año escolar. Los maestros están trabajando diligentemente para proveer instrucción rigurosa, y los estudiantes están demostrando que tienen una mentalidad de crecimiento y perseverancia cuando se encuentran con impedimentos educativos.

     

    Nuestros recientes eventos de Longfellow han recibido buenas críticas. Los estudiantes continúan compartiendo con migo de como disfrutaron la Noche de Película en Familia. No se les olvide venir el sábado, 3 de noviembre al Festival. Sé que disfrutara todas las actividades que tendremos. Gracias a todos que han donado de su tiempo y puesto mucho esfuerzo para que esto sea un éxito.

     

    Las Conferencias de Padres y Maestros es una rutina regular que los maestros comparten con los padres y provén una oportunidad para compartir información acerca de la persona más importante que es su hijo(a). La conferencias de noviembre es una oportunidad para que usted aprenda como ayudar a su hijo(a) en casa. Si usted necesita un intérprete en la conferencia, infórmele al maestro(a) para que se le provee uno. Las conferencias comenzaran el lunes 5 de noviembre y continuara hasta el 13 de noviembre. Durante los seis días estaremos en días mínimos. Los grados de 1 al 5 saldrán a la 1:00 PM, y los estudiantes que comienzan tarde de transición de kínder y kínder asistirán de 9:10 AM a 1:10 PM. Los estudiantes que entran temprano de transición de kínder y kínder se mantendrán a la misma hora. No habrá clases el lunes, 12 de noviembre (en observación del día de los Veteranos) y el lunes 19 de noviembre al 23 de noviembre (por Acción de Gracias).

     

    Adicionalmente, asegúrese por favor que sus estudiante este pasando tiempo trabajando en el programa de computación de matemáticas llamado ST Math. Los estudiantes tienen la tarea de resolver problemas que se ponen más difícil a medida que el estudiante progresa por los niveles. Los datos del distrito demuestran que los estudiantes que completan 70% o más del programa, el puntaje es más alto en el examen del estado SBAC. No solo juegan ST Math en la escuela, pero también tienen acceso al programa en casa. Para poder jugar en casa solamente deben de iniciar sesión a través del portal de estudiantes en sito web del distrito (www.lbschools.net). ¡Si usted tiene una tableta, usted puede cargar la aplicación de ST Math y jugar!

     

    También les queremos agregar un recordatorio. Para nosotros es una prioridad la seguridad de los estudiantes y el tráfico, especialmente con los autobuses en la mañana y después de clases. Por favor mantenga la zona de carga y descarga libre para que los estudiantes puedan subirse y bajarse de los autobuses en orden. In complemento, si maneja con cuidado alrededor de la escuela mejora la seguridad de nuestros niños, incluyendo el de usted. Por favor mantenga en mente estas reglas de seguridad:

    * 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.

    Todos debemos hacer nuestra parte para asegurar la seguridad de todos los estudiantes.

     

    Mr. 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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    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 3:45 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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    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
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    • 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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