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       January Principal Letter

    January 7, 2019


    Hello Students, Parents, and Community,

    Happy New Year! We have had a great start to 2019, and students are enthusiastic about learning at Longfellow Elementary School. Construction is moving along, and most of the classrooms in Buildings A and B have already received air conditioning, new white boards, ceilings, lighting systems and ceiling mounted projectors. New flooring and cabinetry is now being installed. Once we relocate all offices and kindergarten classrooms to the front of the school, construction teams will begin working on our kindergarten buildings.

    We will be holding our second Rules & Procedures Assembly of the year for grades K-5 to make sure that all students understand what it means to have PRIDE. Parents, please ask your students questions such as, “What does it look like to show perseverance in the classroom?” or “What does it look like to show responsibility on the playground?”

    In addition, to supporting student interactions at school, we encourage you to speak to your child about the potential danger of the Internet. Although most Social Media sites post age restrictions for use (usually 13 years of age), students disregard those guidelines to post pictures and to chat with friends. The reason most social media services use an age limit of 13 or over is in part because of the COPPA law or Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act which states that any organization or people operating online services (including social media services) are not allowed to collect the personal information of anyone under the age of 13 without parental permission. Please take the time to ask if your child has an account with Facebook,, IMVU or similar websites. We encourage you to establish rules and guidelines to ensure the safety of your child while on the Internet at home.

    Regular attendance in elementary school sets up the foundation for your child’s entire school career. Our school attendance percentage for the month of December was 95.4%, which is a bit lower than our attendance goal of 97.4%. However, our overall attendance percentage for the year is 96.67% which is just shy of our goal. To add to that, 3rd grade had the highest attendance percentage for the month of December at 96%!!!

    Let's make this year a great one!

    Mr. Sigur


    Hola Estudiantes, Padres, y Comunidad,

    ¡Feliz año nuevo! Hemos tenido un buen comienzo este 2019, los estudiantes están entusiastas de aprender en Longfellow. La construcción está avanzando, y la mayoría de los salones de los edificios A y B ya han recibido aire acondicionado, pizarrones nuevos, techos, sistemas de iluminación y proyectores en el techo. Se están instalando nuevo piso y gabinetes. Una vez que nos reubicamos todas las oficinas y salones de kindergarten al frente de la escuela, los trabajadores de construcción empezarán a trabajar en los salones de kindergarten.

    Vamos a llevar a cabo nuestra segunda Asamblea de Reglas y Procedimientos del año para los grados K-5 así todos los estudiantes comprendan el significado de tener PRIDE “orgullo.” Padres por favor pregunte a su hijo(a) preguntas como, “¿Qué es lo que significa enseñar perseverancia en el salón?” o “¿Como se demuestra responsabilidad en el patio de recreo?”

    Adicionalmente, para apoyar las interacciones de los estudiantes en la escuela, le animamos a que hablen con su hijo(a) acerca del peligro potencial de internet. Aunque la mayoría de los sitios de redes sociales publican restricciones de edad para el uso (generalmente 13 años de edad). Los estudiantes ignoran esas restricciones para publicar fotos y comunicarse con sus amigos. La razón por la que la mayoría de los servicios de redes sociales usan un límite de edad de 13 años o más es en parte debido a la ley COPPA o la ley de protección de la privacidad en línea de los niños, que establece que cualquier organización o personas que operan servicios en línea (incluidos los servicios de redes sociales) no pueden recopilar la información personal de ninguna persona menor de 13 años sin el permiso de los padres. Tómese el tiempo para preguntarle a su hijo(a) si tiene una cuenta en Facebook,, IMVU o sitios web similares. Lo animamos a establecer reglas y pautas para garantizar la seguridad de sus hijo(a) mientras esté usando el Internet en casa.

    La asistencia regular a la escuela primaria establece la base para la carrera escolar de su hijo(a). Nuestro porcentaje de asistencia escolar para el mes de diciembre fue de 95.4%, que es un poco más bajo que nuestro objetivo de asistencia del 97.4% Sin embargo, nuestro porcentaje de asistencia en general para el año es de 96.67%, lo cual no es nuestro objetivo. ¡Para sumar a todo eso, el 3er grado tuvo el porcentaje de asistencia más alto para el mes de diciembre con un 96%!

    ¡Hagamos de este año grandioso!

    Sr. Sigur

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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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      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%.

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      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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