2020 Summer Mailing
Dear Families of Longfellow,
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! We look forward to an adventure this year experiencing many new and different opportunities! Our staff have been busy preparing for the upcoming school year, learning new personalized resources to refine our synchronous instructional practices for virtual learning. We recognize the start of the school year will be a time of transition for our entire school community as we work through the logistics of acclimating to school again. Please be patient. We are continuing to work during a crisis, and our sense of community, compassion, and understanding is paramount to experiencing a successful school year. As a team, working collaboratively, we will support the learning and growth of our students.
In this letter you will find important information about Longfellow and the upcoming school year. I will continue to email all families weekly updates. We look forward to welcoming your children on August 20 (grades 1-5) and August 21 (preschool-kindergarten)!
- Thursday, August 20:
- First Day of School for Grades 1-5
- Board of Education Meeting at Gill Administration Center, 7:30 PM
- Friday, August 21: First Day of School for Preschool & Kindergarten
- Thursday, September 3: First PTO Meeting, 7:00 PM (Zoom link will be provided)
- Monday, September 7: Labor Day, NO SCHOOL
- Thursday, September 10: Preschool-Grade 5 Virtual Curriculum Night, 6:30 PM
- Friday, September 11: Remote Learning Planning Day, NO SCHOOL (change from September 4)
- Thursday, September 17: Board of Education Meeting at Gill Administration Center, 7:30 PM
- Friday, September 27: School Improvement Day; Grades K-5 dismissed at 12:00; No school for preschool
- Monday, September 30: Rosh Hashanah, NO SCHOOL
Check Your Chromebooks
Before the first day of school, please charge and turn on each child’s Chromebook to ensure they are functioning properly.
- If you are having issues with your Chromebook, please reference the device troubleshooting guides created by the CCSD21 Information Services department to see if you can quickly resolve a simple issue.
Troubleshooting Guide – English | Español | Pусский
- If you are unable to resolve the issue referencing the troubleshooting documents, please email [email protected] and a member of the CCSD21 Information Services team will get back to you right away to resolve the issue. If a device swap is needed, you will pick up a replacement at Longfellow.
Homeroom Teacher Assignment
Your child’s classroom teacher assignment should be available by Monday, and will be emailed to you. The creation of class lists is a complicated process that involves our classroom teachers, special teachers, and support services staff, in addition to the school principal. 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.
Materials Pick Up
K-5 students new to CCSD21, will be provided with a district-issued Chromebook, protective case, and a getting started guide. Distribution of Chromebooks, for kindergarten students, will occur at Longfellow on Thursday, August 20, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. New, incoming students in grades 1-5, and kindergarten families unable to make it on August 20, should visit Longfellow during school hours (9:00 AM to 3:30 PM), starting on Tuesday, August 18.
Students at all grade levels will be provided with other materials such as textbooks, reading books, math manipulatives and science kits (depending on grade level), and more. A schedule of materials distribution will be shared with you when it is available. At that time, we will provide students with additional materials they will need to engage in learning this school year, and we will continue to provide additional materials to students as needed. We will minimize future pick-up dates and coordinate by grade to the greatest extent possible.
School Day Schedule
The school day lasts from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM for grades K-5. Students will be participating in synchronous learning (with their teacher and peers) through Google Meet and asynchronous learning (independent). Preschool hours are from 9:00-11:30 for the AM session or 1:00-3:30 for the PM session.
K-5 teachers will dedicate the same amount of time daily for each core subject: 90 minutes for language arts, 60 minutes for math, 30 minutes for science, 30 minutes for social studies. Teachers will dedicate at least 30 minutes per day for social emotional learning and classroom climate/community building. Students will have 60 minutes for lunch and 60 minutes of instruction from special area teachers (art, music, PE, library, or discovery science) each day. Our teachers will plan developmentally appropriate lessons that will help students build their stamina on screens with breaks throughout each day of instruction.
All teachers will set up a Google Classroom to launch instruction. Consistent daily schedules and use of common platforms will help provide needed predictability and continuity for families. Attendance in school will be measured by a student being present in the virtual classroom (in the Google Meet session). Attendance will be taken at the beginning of the morning at 9:00 AM and when students return from their lunch break. Your child’s homeroom teacher will communicate their detailed schedule with you.
Reporting an Absence/Leaving Early
Parents will be expected to let us know if a student is absent. Please contact Mrs. Rdzok at 847-520-2756 or [email protected] in our health office, prior to 9:00 AM on the day of the absence.
The district has discontinued the “ABC Calendar” for special classes (PE, art, music, discovery science, library). We have moved to a Monday-Friday schedule. You will be notified about your child’s weekly schedule by their homeroom teacher.
PTO (Parent Teacher Organization)
Our staff and students are very lucky to be supported by such a generous PTO. We appreciate their effort and dedication to help improve the educational experience for our Longhorns. If you have questions about the Longfellow PTO, you can access their website or address them through [email protected]m. Please read the attached letter for information. We hope you will join!
Curriculum Night – Thursday, September 10
We look forward to seeing you at our virtual Curriculum Night on September 10, 6:30-7:30 PM. The event is intended to be a parent only evening that provides you an opportunity to learn about the content students will be engaged in throughout the school year. Each grade level team will create a video that includes information about curriculum, routines, and pertinent grade level details. The video will go live on Google Meet at 6:30 and be available to be viewed later by families that are unable to join. After the video is complete, each homeroom teacher will host a “Q&A Session” with their homeroom through Google Meet to answer questions and provide more details.
The schedule for the evening will be the following:
- 6:30-6:35 Welcome parents and allow time for all to log into meet
- 6:35-6:40 Short Introduction video from Mrs. Friedman
- 6:40-6:55 Slideshow/video from grade level
- 7:00-7:20 Q&A Session
Remote Planning Days
Remote Planning Days are a district-wide event for collaboration and professional learning time for our staff members. Students will not be in attendance on the following days: Wednesday, August 19; Friday, September 11; Monday, October 12; Friday, November 13; and Friday, February 26.
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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!