Weekly News- Week of November 12, 2018

Longfellow Weekly News: Week of Nov 12, 2018

Dear Longfellow Families,
No dogs are allowed on school grounds.  Unfortunately we are sending this reminder because a member of our Longfellow community was bitten at dismissal last week. Please do not bring dogs on to school grounds.  If you are walking your dog along the public sidewalk around the school please keep them on a leash to ensure that they do not hurt others.  Thank you for your cooperation. 
Maggie Cahill



Second Step This Week  We Stop Bullying graphic

Over the next four weeks of school our third, fourth, and fifth grade students will receive explicit instruction regarding bullying. They will learn what it is, how to identify it, and what to do about it.  You can find the home links for our bullying lessons here:  Third GradeFourth GradeFifth Grade.  Our younger students will continue their Second Step instruction and learn about how to handle an accident, predicting feelings, and caring for others.  Home links for this week are: Kindergarten


D97 Seeking Substitute Teachers & Teaching Assistants

District 97 is currently looking for individuals to serve as substitute teachers and teaching assistants. Additional information about these positions can be found by visiting http://www.op97.org/hr/substitutes


Construction UpdateArtist rendering of Longfellow construction

Due to the new construction zone families are only able to access the back playground from the Cuyler cul-de-sac and from one entrance next to the alley on Jackson Street (just East of Ridgeland Ave). There is no longer access to the back of the building through the garden area off of Highland Avenue South of the building.  If your student attends the breakfast program please drop them off at the front of the school so they can enter through the office.  Students will not be able to access the building from the playground before school hours.  You can check updates about the construction project on our  "Longfellow Expansion Page" that will be used to post information about the project.

Open Gym Reminder

It's great to see so many students arriving early for Open Gym before school! We've seen attendance rise and wanted to remind parents that our capacity for Open Gym is 40 students. If students arrive and capacity has already been met they will have the choice to attend Sunrise Study Hall or line up with their class outside. Open Gym runs from 7:30-8:00 daily and is supervised by Ms. Bennett and Ms. Patterson. 

Cheers for Peers!                Cheers for Peers recipient

We would like to recognize children and adults who make a difference at Longfellow School.  If you would like to nominate an individual who makes a difference at our school, please fill out this form.  The individual you nominate will receive a printed form with a description of their contribution to making Longfellow a great place to be.




Kuumba Kids dancersKuumba Kids Registration

The Kuumba Kids program kicks off its 13th year of workshops and performances on November 1st but there are still spots available for students to join! New participants in grades K-5, parents and alumni are welcome to take part in this fun and energetic after-school program that teaches the art form of African and Caribbean dance, Hip Hop,and African Drumming. The cost of the program is kept low at just $45 per student. In addition, need-based scholarships are offered.  Space is limited to 50 students!  Rehearsal Schedule - Wednesdays and Fridays from 6- 8 pm beginning 11/7/18 . Harambee Program - Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm. For more information contact: Melanie McQueen, Parent Committee 708.420.3923  or Donna Callender, Creative Director & Choreographer 773.507.0191. E-mail: [email protected] OR [email protected]



Turkey Trot participants run on field

Turkey Trot for Grades 3-5

The annual Turkey Trot will take place on Wednesday, November 14 from 1:15pm-2:15pm.  All students in grades 3, 4 and 5 run three large laps around Longfellow Park. The fastest child identifying as a boy and the fastest child identifying as a girl in grades 3 and 4 will receive a medal.  The fastest two students in 5th grade will receive a medal. All students will receive a small prize when they finish. In addition we raffle off about ten turkeys. The best prize of course is increased physical fitness and improved stamina!

5 Essentials Survey

The 5Essential survey window is open to all parents/guardians through Jan. 31, 2019. Parents/guardians can take the survey, which is available in both English and Spanish, by visiting https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/.

"Paper Tigers" poster"Paper Tigers" Screening

The Oak Park Teachers' Association and the Opportunity Coalition are hosting a community screening of the film "Paper Tigers" at Holmes on Nov. 15. Please click here to access a flyer for the event. Anything you can do to help spread the word about the screening would be greatly appreciated. 



Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 14th-   Turkey Trot for Grades 3-5
Friday, November 16th-            Holiday Pop Up Shop from 5-8 pm
Tuesday, November 20th-        Career Day
Wed, Nov 21st- Fri, Nov 23rd-  No School (Thanksgiving Break)
Thursday, December 13th-       Winter Holiday Concert for Band and Orchestra at 6:30 pm
Mon, Dec 24th- Fri, Jan 4th-     Winter Break