Weekly News- Week of January 21, 2019

Longfellow Weekly News: Week of January 21, 2019

5 Essentials SurveySurvey results graphic

Thank you to the parents/ guardians who took the 5 Essentials survey in the last week. Longfellow is no longer in second to last place in response rates across the district!  Our 5Essential survey window is open to all parents/guardians through February 15, 2019. Parents/guardians can take the survey, which is available in both English and Spanish, by visiting https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/.  Let's work together to get as many voices from Longfellow heard as possible!




Longfellow Community Meeting


Please join fellow Longfellow families and teachers on Wednesday, January 23rd from 7-9 pm to learn about Longfellow student achievement and the School Improvement Plan.  Learn how to make the most out of upcoming parent-teacher conferences and tips for how to support your child's learning at home. Please RSVP for this important discussion -- all are welcome! Childcare will be provided. Sign up here.

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Harambee 2019!

Join us for Harambee on Friday, February 22nd. Harambee is Kiswahili for “Let's Pull Together” and is a tradition in its 13th year at Longfellow School.  This performance features the Kuumba Kids led by artistic director Donna Callender, Julian F.L.O.W., Nunufatima Dance Co. Children, and more special guests. Shop the African Market for oils, shea butter, jewelry, purses, dashikis, lotions, sage and B’s Bites and Wings for Jerk chicken dinners and Jerk Black Bean Burger meals. Show starts at 7pm, but the African Market will be open from 6-7 pm.  If you’d like to sell items at the African Market please click here to register for a space. Vendor space is limited so please register early!  Questions? Contact Ms. Ablan [email protected] or Mrs. Cahill [email protected]

Second Step This Week  Students in a circle participating in an activity

Second Step across the grade levels this week focuses on managing anger across many grade levels.  Below are the lessons that are planned for this Wednesday.  The grades with hyperlinks have home links for this week!


Every year our school partakes in the Mathathon where students practice their math skills and raise money for children at St. Jude Children's Hospital. Depending on how much money student's raise, they can also earn prizes. Consent forms/donation submission form with more information regarding prizes are being sent home this week. Students are able to participate online or by doing their math in funbooks. (These do not need to be returned.) Students get sponsors to donate a flat amount or pledge a certain amount per math problem they complete. All checks are made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Money is due to Ms. Bennett by February 28th (in an envelope that was connected to the consent form along with the donation submission form). If you'd like to donate by credit card, please visit our event page. The class that raises the most amount of money TOTAL by Feb. 28th will earn 10 bear necessities each.  You can register your child online using the following link.

  Upcoming General Music Concerts

Get ready for the grade level music concerts! You’ve probably heard your kids signing some of the songs around the house, now you can hear them with their classmates. The concerts will feature all classrooms from each grade level during the same show. Expect each show to run between 45 minutes to an hour. Any questions email Mrs. Ablan at [email protected].

Monday, February 25, 2019                                              Tuesday, February 26, 2019

8:30am-5th grade                                                              8:30am-3rd grade

10:15am-4th grade                                                            1:00pm-2nd grade

Kindergarten and 1st grade students will be hosting “informances” later in the school year and Mrs. Friesen and Mrs. Ablan will contact families directly about those days and times.


Student with "Cheers for Peers" certificateSubmit 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.






Upcoming Events

Monday, January 21st-               No School, MLK Day

Wednesday, January 23rd-        Longfellow Community Meeting at 7pm

Mon, Jan 28- Fri, Feb 1st-          Parent/ Teacher Conference Week

Thursday, January 31st-             Dismissal at 11 am

Friday, February 1st-                  Dismissal at 11 am 

Saturday, February 9th-              Winter Carnival 

Friday, February 15th-                 No School

Monday, February 18th-              No School, President's Day

Friday, February 22nd-                Harambee