Weekly News- Week of February 4, 2019

Longfellow Weekly News: Week of February 4th, 2019


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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]


Early Admission to Kindergarten & First Grade

On Wednesday, February 13th from 6:30-7:30 pm District 97 is holding an information session for families of children who are seeking early admission to kindergarten or first grade at the District Administration Building at 260 Madison. The session will include a presentation that outlines the process and requirements, as well as on-site support for parents who wish to begin proving residency and filling out forms. More information about this process can be found here and online at www.op97.org/hr/student-registration.


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 inpidual 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.



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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!




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. 


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.


Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 9th-             Winter Carnival 

Friday, February 15th-                No School

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

Friday, February 22nd-               Harambee     

Monday, February 25th-             Fourth & Fifth Grade General Music Concerts

Tuesday, February 26th-            Second & Third Grade General Music Concerts

Wednesday, February 27th-       Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Birthday

Tuesday, March 12th-                 Spellling Bee

Thursday, March 14th-               Red Carpet Recital in the Auditoirum 

                                                   Stacey Gibson Lecture at Irving School

Saturday, March 16th-                Dunking for persity

Monday, March 18th-                  Art Night

Friday, March 22nd-                    Opera for the Young

Mon, 3/25- Fri, 3/29-                   Spring Break