Longfellow Elementary, 828 N. Hastings Ave., (402) 461-7584
Salvation Army Christmas Help
The Salvation Army is taking applications for food and toys for children 12 and under. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15,2013. If you or your family need help for Christmas, stop in at the Salvation Army on South Burlington to apply. If you know of a family that may need assistance, please pass this on.
Watch D.O.G.S. Sign up for Second Semester
If you have already been a Watchdog and want to donate another day second semester, we need you! If you have not had the chance to be a Watchdog, it is a great day with the students and staff of Longfellow. You can get information from the school office and schedule a day that works for you. The students and teachers have loved having our Watchdogs around. A background check is needed if you have not had one done. Papers can be filled out in the office. Join our Watchdog Wall of Fame!
|Thank You Longfellow PTO!
Longfellow's PTO has helped raise over $10,000 for the school through the food fund raiser program! The money will be used to purchase iPad tablets and digital projectors and whiteboards for the classrooms. Longfellow is very lucky to have such a supportive community of parents, and a big heartfelt thanks goes out to our PTO for all that they do!
We would like to thank Russ's IGA for their very generous donation of popcorn for our Friday Popcorn Sales! Also a big thank you to all of the parents who have helped out during the year with running the sales!
Longfellow recently celebrated the yearly national Red Ribbon Week to help raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse. To help students get in to the spirit of the week, each day had a unique theme, such as Wacky Hair Day and Silly Sock Day.
WATCH D.O.G.S. WANTED!!
JOIN OUR WATCH D.O.G.S. WALL OF FAME
CALL LONGFELLOW AT 402-461-7584 TO SIGN UP
(BACKGROUND CHECKS REQUIRED)
WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative
There are 2 primary goals of the WATCH D.O.G.S. ® program.
- To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
- To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.
- Students gain positive male role models.
- Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears. The presence of a father or father figure will provide an additional deterrent to bullying, enhance a sense of security in the building, and will help to create an environment conducive to learning.
- Fathers get a glimpse of their students’ everyday world and learn about the increasingly complex challenges and decisions today’s youth are facing. As a result, they can learn to relate better to their student and hopefully connect with them.
- Fathers gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their student’s life in three critical areas including: academic performance, self-esteem, social behavior.
- Due to budget shortfalls and cutbacks, often teachers are presented with larger classrooms each year. The WatchDOGS volunteers provide real and important help for the teachers and the students.
Who are WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students)?
WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. ® school. During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well. Many school principals have reported that the mere presence of a WatchDOG dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of their participation,
WatchDOGS are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an official
WATCH D.O.G.S. ® t-shirt with a disposable ‘Dog Tag’ identifying them as WatchDOGS.
Longfellow Elementary fourth grade students were recently visited by Golden Sower Award winning author Rob Buyea.
The author talked about his experiences writing his book, Because of Mr. Terupt, and about creative writing in general and the places and situations he drew inspiration from while writing the book and its characters. Mr. Buyea also took some extra time to autograph pictures the children drew depicting scenes from the book.
The fourth graders and staff of Longfellow enjoyed the talk greatly and wish to thank Mr. Buyea for his visit!
Label, Label, Label
|It would be very helpful if parents labeled outer wear clothing such as coats, hats, gloves, jackets, etc. We have so many items that are turned into lost and found that are never claimed during the year.||Labels on student items, including lunchboxes, helmets and the like would help greatly in returning items to their owners!|