2022 Summer Mailing

Dear Families of Longfellow,

We hope you have been enjoying the extended time in the sunshine with family and friends. This letter will share some upcoming important dates and a few items of important information. A longer and more detailed letter will be shared in the coming weeks with extensive details about procedures, chromebooks, arrival/dismissal, staffing updates, PTO (Parent Teacher Organization), and everything you need to know to start the school year.

Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, August 10: Classroom Placements posted in CCSD21 Parent Portal at 3:30 PM and sent through Parent Square
  • Monday, August 15: Grades 1-5 Meet the Teacher, 2:00-3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 17:
    • First Day of School, Grades 1-8
    • Preschool and Kindergarten Meet the Teacher in the morning
  • Thursday, August 18: First Day of School, Preschool and Kindergarten
  • Thursday, August 25: Picture Day
  • Thursday, September 1: Curriculum Night, 5:00-7:00 PM (schedule below)
  • Monday, September 5: NO SCHOOL, Labor Day
  • Friday, September 23: SIP Day, K-5 dismissed at 12:00, NO PRESCHOOL
  • Monday, September 26: NO SCHOOL, Rosh Hashanah
  • Wednesday, October 5: NO SCHOOL, Yom Kippur

2022-23 CCSD21 Calendar

Homeroom Teacher Assignment
You can view your child’s classroom teacher assignment by logging into the CCSD21 Parent Portal on Wednesday, August 10, starting at 3:30 PM. An email will also be sent to you through Parent Square on Wednesday, August 10 at 3:30 PM. If you need help logging into the Parent Portal, please visit our district help page. If you need help setting up your Parent Square account, please use this link.

The creation of class lists is a complicated process that involves our classroom teachers, special teachers, and support services staff, in addition to the building administrators.  Longfellow staff members look at the needs of each student as well as the needs of each grade level to develop classrooms that consider the whole child.  Our goal is to create learning environments that set up each student for continued growth and success at Longfellow.  We appreciate your support in recognizing the hard work of our staff in developing the right fit for your child and ask that you refrain from requesting a different teacher assignment.

First Day of School
The first day of school is a full attendance day for students:

  • Wednesday, August 17: Grades 1-8
  • Thursday, August 18: Preschool and Kindergarten

The K-5 school day is 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Preschool sessions are 9:00-11:30 AM and 1:00-3:30 AM.

Meet the Teacher on Monday, August 15 for Grades 1-5 at 2:00 PM
We are looking forward to welcoming your children into our classrooms!  To help ease the transition, we are hosting a special time for students to meet their new teacher and take a “sneak peak” of their classroom on Monday, August 15, from 2:00-3:00 PM.  We hope you and your child will be able to join us.  Please keep in mind that this time is not an opportunity for conferencing with your child’s teacher.  It provides an opportunity for your child to feel comfortable and organized in their new classroom environment.  You may enter the building through the main entrance.

We hope you will also join us outside for popsicles provided by our PTO and an opportunity to “chalk the walk.” Chalk will be available for students to write/draw “Welcome Back” messages to their friends to view on our sidewalks.

Meet the Teacher on Wednesday, August 17 for Preschool and Kindergarten
We will be hosting a “Meet the Teacher” event on Wednesday, August 17 for preschool and kindergarten students. To help us keep the event smaller for our youngest Longhorns, families will receive an email to sign up (to be shared on August 11) for a session listed below. We request that all families adhere to these designated times.

  • 9:40-9:55: Group 1
  • 10:00-10:15: Group 2
  • 10:20-10:35: Group 3
  • 10:40-10:55: Group 4
  • 11:00-11:15: Group 5
  • 11:20-11:35: Group 6

School Supplies
CCSD21 has provided a common set of school supplies to all students. Students do not need to bring any additional supplies with them.

Curriculum Night – Thursday, September 1
We look forward to seeing you at our Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 1. The event is intended to be a parent only evening that provides you an opportunity to visit your child’s classroom and learn about the content students will be engaged in throughout the school year.  To limit congestion in the hallways, we will utilize this schedule:

  • 5:00-5:45 PM: Grades 1, 3, 4
  • 6:00-6:45 PM: Grades Preschool, K, 2, 5

Required Medical Exams
Specific exams are required in order for students to enroll in school. If your child is entering one of the below grade levels, please make sure updated forms are on file with our health office. You can send forms to Jennifer Anderson, our new part time secretary, jennifer.anderson@ccsd21.org or drop them at the Longfellow office Monday-Friday, 8:15 AM to 3:00 PM.

  • Preschool: Physical Exam
  • Kindergarten: Physical, Dental, and Vision Exams
  • Second Grade: Dental Exam

Medical professionals may provide their own form indicating that an exam occurred, or forms from the state can be submitted for completion.

Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter!
Facebook Page: Longfellow Elementary School
Twitter Handle: @21longfellow, @CCSD21 (school district)

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out.  I am excited to partner with you to support your child’s education!

Michelle Friedman
Longfellow Principal
[email protected]