Weekly News- Week of November 19, 2018

Longfellow Weekly News: Week of Nov 19, 2018

Dear Longfellow Families,

In this season of giving thanks we wanted to take a moment to let you know how thankful we are for your partnership in your child's education.  We feel strongly that Longfellow is the best place to be and it is in large part because of the support our amazing teachers have from you, our parents and families. Have a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving Break. 


Maggie Cahill

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/.

District 97 Hosts Vision97 4ALL Community Summit on Nov. 27

Oak Park Elementary School District 97 will host a community summit on Tuesday, Nov. 27, to share updates on its vision work and provide opportunities for community members to interact with district administrators.  The Vision97 4ALL summit will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the district's administration building, located at 260 Madison St. Child care will be provided.  Event Flyer (click to open)


Feeling Thankful? Submit a "Cheers for Peers!"               

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




D97 Seeking Substitute Teachers & Teaching Assistants

District 97 is currently looking for inpiduals 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 Update

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.  Please click here to view the page.  


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. 


Kuumba 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]



Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 20th-        Career Day

Wed, Nov 21st- Fri, Nov 23rd-  No School (Thanksgiving Break)

Tuesday, December 11th-        Dining for Dollars at Portillos

Thursday, December 13th-      Winter Holiday Concert for Band and Orchestra at 6:30 pm

Tuesday, Decmber 18ty-          Larks Concerts at 7 pm

Mon, Dec 24th- Fri, Jan 4th-     Winter Break