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Supplies are recommended but NOT mandatory:

1 pencil box

1 red pen

1 pack of colored pencils

2 glue sticks

1 pair of student scissors

1 dry erase marker/eraser

1 flash drive (to save word documents)

1 spiral notebook (any color)

1 composition book (this can be any color, they used to come in black/white)

Classroom Donations

Please feel free to donate class supplies throughout the year. Thank you in advance!! Every item helps :)

box of tissue

reams of white or colored paper (8.5 x 11)

cardstock (any color)


clorox wipes/hand wipes for kids/hand sanitizer

small prizes for the prize box (cool erasers/mechanical pencils, smelly pens, gel pens, fun stuff)

board games for rainy days

UNO (card game) for rainy days

ziplock baggies (sandwich/quart/gallon size)


Gloria Baldoni

Welcome Longfellow Lions!! Meet Your Teacher!

Hello splendid fifth graders. My name is Mrs. Gloria Baldoni. I am pleased and excited to be your fifth grade teacher. This is going to be my third year at Longfellow, and my 18th year in LBUSD. Like many of you, I've worn several hats throughout my career such as teaching 2nd and 3rd grade, Open Court Reading Coach, Literacy Specialist and Program Facilitator. I graduated from San Diego State (Go Aztecs) with a Bachelors in Psychology, and Masters in Education from Pepperdine University (Go Waves). I also have a Reading Credential from UCLA (Go Bruins). I absolutely love school myself and can't wait to pass my passion for learning on to your children! I was born in Mar de Plata, Argentina and speak fluent Spanish. At 4 years old I moved to California and settled in Lakewood. I live in California Heights with my husband Mark, son Henry (3 1/2 years old) and daughter Ava (18 months). When I am not teaching and planning awesome lessons for us to learn in school, I enjoy reading, swimming with my family, going to my niece's soccer games, taking the kids to the park, drinking coffee, and eating sushi. I am here to support you and your child all year long. Please feel free to stop by 3W, I am usually here starting at 7:00am and I leave around 3:45 to pick up Henry. Looking forward to a great year!

Mrs. Baldoni with Henry & Ava
Mrs. Baldoni with Henry & Ava
Mark & Ava at the Park
Mark & Ava at the Park

Our First Interactive Read Aloud-Wonder by R.J. Palacio

With Interactive Read Alouds, the teacher is the only one with the copy of the chapter book. The purpose is to have students actively listening to the story that the teacher is reading as she stops periodically to pose thought provoking questions and test comprehension skills. For this reason, please do not have your child read ahead at home. Students will be interacting with the text through a variety of comprehension skills such as point of view, theme, character anaylsis and inferencing.


The read aloud that we will be reading to start the school year is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Wonder is about  a 10-year-old boy named August Pullman. August was born with a craniofacial abnormality — a genetic defect that caused his facial features to be severely deformed. His life has never been "normal."  Homeschooled all his life, August heads to public school for fifth grade. But August has to deal with so much more than just being new. Will he make friends? Will he decide to stay at the school? And can the people around him learn to see past his appearance?  This brilliant, sensitive story — narrated not only by August, but also by his older sister, his classmates, and other kids in his life — takes an insightful look at how one person's differences can affect the lives of so many others. Wonder is a beautifully touching story that reminds us all the importance of being kind to everyone and embracing those with differences around us.


Here's a short slide show to give you more information on what interactive read alouds are:


Math Homework

Math homework will be given daily. Math homework is a review of that days lesson or the previous day. The homework will reflect exactly how we practiced in class. I strongly encourage students to take their Math notebook home to refer back to the notes and examples we did in class. It is their responsibility to bring back their Math notebook back to school since we use it everyday.