Weekly News- Week of May 20, 2019

Week of May 20, 2019

Olympic Day

Olympic Day will take place on Friday, May 24th.  If the event needs to be canceled due to weather, the rain date will be Tuesday, May 28th.  Students will be taking part in fun activities such as relay races, team building activities and a climbing wall.  Kindergarten, 1st and 5th grade will have Olympic Day in the morning and 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the afternoon.  Students need to wear gym shoes and shorts or pants.  Hats and/ or sunscreen are recommended! 

Olympic Day Volunteers Needed!

Sign up for one of the most fun volunteer opportunities of the year! Volunteer for the shift your child is outside or, better yet, volunteer all day! Grades K, 1 and 5 are outside during the morning shift, grades 2, 3 and 4 are outside in the afternoon.  
The two shifts available are:
All parent volunteers are invited to a pizza lunch from 11:15 until 11:50.  Click HERE to sign up.
Because we can't control Mother Nature, signing up for this event means you are committing to both dates: Friday, May 24 and the rain date, Tuesday, May 28. Please make sure you are available for both dates.


Open Gym Canceled Friday, May 24th

Due to Olympic Day set up the gym will not be available for Open Gym on Friday, May 24th.  


Fantastic Fridays Ahead! 

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

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!

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.

After School Tutoring and Summer Program 

The Equity Team (E-Team) is excited to announce that the Oak Park Public Library Tutoring Center is 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. For more information, please email [email protected].  Also, the 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].

Second Step This Week 

Our last unit of Second Step focuses on handing anger and solving problems with peers.  Here are the topics and home links (if applicable) for this week:

K- 2nd Grades-  Booster Week!  Students will review and practice our Longfellow expectations.

3rd Grade- Lesson 20: Solving Peer Exclusion Problems (no home link)

4th Grade- Lesson 20: Taking Responsibility for Your Actions

5th Grade- Lesson 20: Dealing with Gossip


Super Summer Math

Super Summer Math (SSM) is a Longfellow tradition that keeps our students math skills sharp all summer long!  It runs from June 11th through July 25th and takes place in the basement at Maze Library on Tuesday evenings from 6-7 pm and Thursday mornings from 10:30-11:30 am. Students are given workbooks that review all the skills they learned in their current grade. They do the work at home and show up every Tuesday or Thursday (or both) to earn prizes, play games, and see friends! Come weekly, or as often as you can. Students work at their own pace and you can plan your SSM visits around your summer plans.


Click here to sign up!   If you'd like to volunteer to help set- up or take down please click HERE.

Questions? Email the teacher coordinator, Ryan Winchell , 1st grade teacher or the parent chair, Tracy Brunette , 4th grade parent.

Upcoming Events

Friday, May 24tth-                Olympic Day, Open Gym Cancelled

Monday, May 27th-               No School, Memorial Day

Thursday, May 30th-            Taiko Drumming assembly for K, 1, 3 and 5th Grades,  Larks Spring Concert at Irving School at 7pm

Thursday, June 6th-              Last Day of School