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    October Principal Letter

    October 1, 2018

    Hello Longfellow Community,

    I want to thank everyone for their flexibility during the beginning of our school year. Phase 1 of our construction project is very close to completion, and cool crisp air will be blowing through our auditorium very soon. Phase 2 has also been progressing well. Our 5th grade and 4th grade buildings are receiving new flooring, air conditioning, windows, upgraded electrical systems, and more.

    In addition to these upgrades, the Longfellow main office will be relocated. One of the requests we have received from many of our Longfellow families is to find a way to secure the front gate throughout the school day. This request has been granted and is under construction at this time. Our school office will 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. The front of the school is scheduled to reopen in January.

    In the upcoming months, we have important dates that you should be aware of. PTA will be hosting the PTA Movie Night on October 19. Please come out and enjoy a movie under the stars. In addition, Coffee with the Principal will be held in the auditorium on October 25 at 8:00 AM. Please come out to enjoy a cup of coffee and hear about what has been going on at Longfellow. Also, November Parent Conferences will be held November 5-13. Each day will be a minimum day except for November 12 Veterans Day (No School).

    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!

    Not only are academics important at Longfellow, attendance is crucial when it comes to showing your Longfellow PRIDE. Please make sure that students are in school each day on time. Students that come to school tardy will need to go to the main office to receive a tardy slip to enter class. In addition, students that were at school on time each day for the month of September will receive an extra recess during the month of October. The school will also be reaching out to families of students with attendance concerns to offer support and to determine next steps. With hard work and dedication, we should be able to meet our attendance goal this year of 97%.

    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.
    • Please use the valet lanes on Bixby and Armando.

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

    Mr. Sigur
    Principal

     

    1 de octubre de 2018

    Hola comunidad de Longfellow,

    Quiero agradecerles a todos por la flexibilidad que han tenido durante el comienzo del año escolar. La fase 1 del proyecto de construcción está muy cercas de finalizar, y muy pronto aire fresco estará soplando dentro de nuestro auditorio.  La fase 2 esta haciendo un buen progreso.  A los salones de 4to y 5to grado les están poniendo nuevo piso, aire acondicionado, ventanas nuevas, y actualizando el sistema eléctrico, y mucho más.    

    En adición a estas actualizaciones, la oficina de Longfellow va ser  reubicada. Unas de las peticiones que hemos recibido de muchas familias de Longfellow es encontrar un modo de asegurar la puerta de enfrente durante las horas de clases. Esta petición ha sido concedida y en estos momentos está bajo construcción.  Nuestra oficina va ser reubicada al frente de la escuela en cuál era el salón 6. Este cambio nos permitirá cerrar la puerta durante las horas de clases.  Los visitantes entraran por la nueva oficina para poder entrar a cualquier área de la escuela. Está programado que la oficina se reabra en enero.  

    En los próximos meses, tenemos fechas importantes que debe de estar alerta.  PTA programo para el 19 de octubre, Noche de Película. Venga y desfrute la película bajo las estrellas.  Al igual, Café con el Director esta programado en el auditorio el 25 de octubre a las 8:00 AM.  Por favor venga y disfrute una taza de café y escuche lo que está pasando en Longfellow.  También, Conferencias de Padres en noviembre están programadas del 5-13 de noviembre.  Todos los días de las conferencias los estudiantes saldrán temprano, excepto el 12 de noviembre que no habrá clases en honor de los Veteranos.

    Por favor asegúrese que los estudiantes estén pasando tiempo trabajando en el programa de computación de matemáticas ST Math.  Los estudiantes deben de resolver rompecabezas de matemáticas que se dificultan cada vez que el estudiante progresa por los niveles.  Datos del distrito ha demostrado que los estudiantes que completan 70% o más del programa han obtenido una puntuación más alta en el examen del estado SBAC.  No solo están practicando en la escuela el programa, pero también tiene acceso al programa en la casa. Para poder jugar los estudiantes deben de iniciar sesión por el sitio web del distrito (www.lbschools.net).  Si usted tiene una tableta puede cargar la aplicación de ST Math y jugar en ella.

    No solo lo académico es importante en Longfellow, la asistencia es crucial cuando se muestra ORGULLO en Longfellow.  Por favor asegúrese que sus estudiantes estén presentes todos los días y que lleguen a tiempo.  Los estudiantes que llegan tarde deben de ir a la oficina para recibir un pase de tardanza para poder entrar a clase.  En adicional, los estudiantes que llegaron a tiempo todos los días en el mes de septiembre recibirán un recreo adicional en el mes de octubre. La escuela va estar llamando a las familias de los estudiantes que tengamos preocupaciones de asistencia para ofrecerles apoyo y para determinar cual será el siguiente paso. Con dedicación y esfuerzo, vamos a poder alcanzar nuestra meta de asistencia este año con un 97%.  

    También les queremos agregar un recordatorio adicional. 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.
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    • No bloque los cruces de peatones, calzadas, zonas rojas, o bocas de incendio.
    • Por favor use los carriles de valet por las calles Bixby y Armando.  

    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..


    Registration Information

    Registration packets are available daily from 8:00-noon or 1:00-3:00 from our enrollment clerk, Ms. Diane Eley.  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.

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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
    • 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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