Weekly News- Week of April 22, 2019

Week of April 22, 2019


Open Gym Canceled Through April 24th

There will be no morning open gym from Thursday, April 11th- Wednesday, April 24th because the gym will be set up with gynmastics equipment for Physical Education classes.  During this time students are welcome to attend the breakfast program or Sunrise Study Hall. 

Second Step This Week 

Many of our grade levels are entering their final unit of Second Step.  This unit focuses on handing anger and solving problems with peers.  Here are the topics and home links (if applicable) for this week:

Kindergarten: Lesson 21, Fair Ways to Play (*home link)

First Grade:  Lesson 18, Solving Problems Part 2 (*home link)

Second Grade: Lesson 18, Solving Problems Part 2

Third Grade: Lesson 16, Managing Hurt Feelings

Fourth Grade: Lesson 16, Solving Problems Part 1 (*home link)

Fifth Grade: Lesson 16, Solving Problems Part 1 (*home link)

ACES (All Children Exercising Simultaneously)

ACES will be taking place next Wednesday, 5/1.  Students need to wear gym shoes!


Fantastic Fridays Ahead! 

Each year our Student Council hosts special spirit Fridays.  Please join us and show your flair on Fridays!

Friday, May 3rd: Fun Hair Friday- Style your hair however you please, the wackier the better!

Friday, May 10th: PJs and Fuzzy Friend Friday- Wear your PJs to school and bring along a stuffed animal friend, just be sure they can fit in your backpack!

Friday, May 17th: Fancy Friday- This is the day to be dapper!  Wear the clothes that make you feel fancy.

Friday, May 24th: Longfellow Spirit Day/Team Friday- Wear your favorite spirit wear, either for Longfellow or a team of your choice!

Friday, May 31st:  Mix-Match Friday- Stripes and polka dots? Yes! Put on your silliest clothes in the most mismatched way possible!

Thursday, June 6th: Flip-Flop/Sandal Thursday- Celebrate the end of the end of the school year by wearing your favorite flip-flops or sandals!

Class Placement Information

Principal Dolezal sent a form for families to fill out to let our school know more about your child’s learning styles for class placement. Please click here to see a presentation about changes to class placement for next year. 

Can Do Challenge

During the month of April Longfellow will be participating in the "Can Do Challenge".  Local area schools will be competing for the most points through dollar donations, a food drive of non-perishable items, and volunteer hours in the month of April. Help Longfellow be the next school to take home the Can Do trophy! Please see Ms. Tatro and the Longfellow student council will be sponsoring this drive.  Click here to see our school website. April 1st the competition will begin! 

Multicultural Festival on May 4th

Oak Park Elementary School District 97 will host its 39th annual Multicultural Festival on Saturday, May 4.The festival will kick off at 10 a.m. with a parade, beginning at Julian Middle School, 416 S. Ridgeland Ave. Following the parade, school and community members are invited back to Julian to enjoy musical performances, dancing, food, crafts and an international marketplace. To participate in the Multicultural Festival parade or activities, please complete the appropriate form and return it to Juanta Griffin and Lou Anne Johannesson no later than April 12, 2019. Forms can be sent via email to [email protected] or faxed to 708-524-3014.

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.

D97 Adventure Run

The Physical Education Department will be hosting a District 97 Adventure Run on Saturday, May 4th at Lindberg Park. The Adventure Run is free of charge and open to all Kindergarten through 5th grade students in District97. This is a culminating event to celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Week. If your child wants to participate, please fill out the following form.

Longfellow Sports Night 

Walk, bike, or skip to Longfellow's Annual Sports Night where you can have your inner athlete shine! Longfellow's Sports Night will be on Thursday, May 9th from 6:00-7:00 pm on the Longfellow Playground.

After School Tutoring and Summer Program 

The Equity Team (E-Team) is excited to announce that beginning Monday, April 1, we will be in the Oak Park Public Library Tutoring Center offering homework help and subject-specific tutoring. The Center is located on the third floor and is open Mondays-Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. The Center will remain open through May 30. Please help us welcome Patricia Washington as the Center’s Coordinator. Ms. Washington graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a major in criminal justice and a minor in social work. After starting her career with the Internal Revenue Service, Ms. Washington worked in the areas of healthcare and law, where she led successful initiatives to increase efficiency and streamline systems. Please encourage your student to join us after school and feel free to stop by and say hello. For more information, please email [email protected].  Also, our Power of Partnerships summer program, a partnership between the E-Team, Dominican University, District 97, and the Oak Park Public Library, will run from July 22 to August 16. Families with students entering grades 2-8 who need additional academic support are invited to contact us for more information at [email protected].

D97 Music Camp

District 97 is excited to offer it's annual Music Camp again this summer. Students from Oak Park and the surrounding areas are invited to attend this week-long camp and explore creating music through many avenues. Sign up for one session or many. Some sessions require previous experience, but there are plenty that don't! Register here to save your spot!

Upcoming Events  

Saturday, May 4th-                    D97 Adventure Run, Multicultural Festival

Thursday, May 9th-                   Longfellow Sports Night from 6-7 pm

Thursday, May 16th-                 Talent Show

Friday, May 17th-                      End of Year Picnic

Friday, May 24tth-                  Olympic Day

Monday, May 27th-                  No School, Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 30th-             Larks Spring Concert at Irving School at 7pm

Thursday, June 6th-                   Last Day of School