Weekly News- Week of January 28, 2019

Longfellow Weekly News: Week of January 28, 2019

Fifth Grade Artist:  Mia K.               

Fifth Grade Artist: Mia K.We are so proud of Longfellow fifth grader, Mia K.  Last week a collection of Mia's artwork was showcased and will remain on display for all to see at the Oak Park District 97 Administration Building located at 260 Madison Street.  Please click here to find out more about Mia and her amazing artistic talent.  Let's keep recognizing our students for their gifts and talents!  If you would like to recognize an individual who make a difference at Longfellow School please fill out this form.  The person you nominate will receive a printed form with a description of their contribution to making Longfellow a great place to be.







5 Essentials SurveySurvey results graphic

Thank you to the parents/ guardians who took the 5 Essentials survey.  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!




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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

This week our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes have home links to help support students as they learn important social/emotional skills.  Please take a moment to look at the home link and discuss it with your child.  Our K, 1st and 2nd grade classrooms will be reviewing expectations and goals as a booster to help reinforce expectations.  




St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Marathon imageMathathon

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

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.


A Message from Jeanne Keane, Senior Director of Building and Grounds

With the cold weather that is expected on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have to overheat all of the district buildings.  We do this because it is very important that the units do not freeze and the rooms stay above temperature for this week. 


Upcoming Events 

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