Weekly News- Week of December 10, 2018

Longfellow Weekly News: Week of Dec 10, 2018

Dear Longfellow Families,

Please take a moment to read the news and upcoming events from Longfellow below!

Thank you,
Maggie Cahill

ALL Registration


The last day for Fall ALL classes is this Thursday, December 13.  The Winter Session will run from January 14th- March 14th. The winter brochure can be found HERE and a paper copy came home in backpacks December 6. Information related to ALL (including the brochure) is on the ALL tab of the PTO website. Winter Registration opens @ 8:30am this Friday, December 14 and closes Monday, January 7 @5pm. They will not be accepting late registrations. 

Student Council Food Drive


The Longfellow Sudent Council is sponsoring a food drive from December 17th-21st. They are collecting non-perishable foods that have not passed their expiration date. Also in need are items for babies, cleaning supplies, and toiletries. You can always donate cash, as the food pantry can purchase through wholesalers and get about $9 of food for every $1 donated.  Checks can be written to the Oak Park Food Pantry. We appreciate your support!

Dr. David Stovall: Implicit Bias Lecture 


The Longfellow Diversity Committee is proud to host Professor Dr. David Stovall for a lecture and Q & A session about implicit bias in our schools and how this applies to Oak Park. He will be visiting on Thursday, December 20th at 6:30 pm at Irving School (1125 S. Cuyler).  When we talk about the Achievement gap, equity, quality of schools located in and racial disparity in our schools, there is much communities that are discussion about Implicit Bias. We want to know if, or how much Implicit Bias is a causal factor. In a community like Oak Park, are we asking the right question? Register HERE for childcare and/or pizza (at 6pm).  

Fee Reminder  


Please remember that all outstanding fees must be paid through Rev Track!




Second Step This Week  

Our third, fourth, and fifth grade students will have their fourth and final lesson of the Second Step Bullying Units this Wednesday. Over the past few weeks students have learned that not all mean behavior is bullying. The difference between conflict and bullying is that bullying happens repeatedly and is one-way.  Students are learning how to handle bullying and how to be an upstander, not a bystander, if they witness acts of bullying. You can find the home links for our bullying lessons here:  Third GradeFourth GradeFifth Grade.  In our traditional Second Step curriculum our Kindergartners and first graders are learning how to handle and calm strong feelings.  Our second graders are learning how to handle making a mistake.  Second Grade has a home link that can be found by clicking here

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/.


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 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.



Construction News: Playground Input Meeting

There will be a meeting to gain parental input on the design for a new playground on Monday, December 17th at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be held at Longfellow in an exact location TBD.  


Open Gym Reminder- Wear Gym Shoes!

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.  Also, please note that students attending Open Gym should wear gym shoes.  Open Gym runs from 7:30-8:00 daily and is supervised by Ms. Bennett and Ms. Patterson. 


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 11th-        Dining for Dollars at Portillos (be sure to show the flyer)

Thursday, December 13th-      Winter Holiday Concert for Chorus, Band and Orchestra at 7 pm

Friday, December 14th-            Clothing Drive Ends

Monday, December 17th-         New Playground Input Meeting at 6:30 pm 

Monday 12/17- Friday 12/21-   Student Council Food Drive

Tuesday, Decmber 18th-          Larks Concerts at 7 pm

Thursday, December 20th-       Dr. Stovall Lecture on Implicit Bias at Irving School at 6:30 pm

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