Mark Twain Elementary

*Parent Bulletin * March 1, 2021*

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Staff Shout Outs!

The Twain staff continues to work hard to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the Twain community. If at anytime during the year, you believe that a staff member deserves a shout out, please send me an email with what the staff member did to earn the shout out. The shout out will be shared with the staff in our weekly staff newsletter.

Message from Dr. Booker

Now that March 29 has been announced as the official date when students wanting in-person instruction can return to our school, I plan to communicate with all of you on a weekly basis with all of the information you will need to fully understand what reopening will look like at Twain. You can expect more detailed information from me starting the week of March 1. For now, if you haven’t already done so, I would encourage you to read the recently revised LBUSD School Opening and Safety Plan document available on our district website at We will continue to update this document as new information becomes available. I am so excited to see our students back on campus, and look forward to the opportunity to interact with you in the coming days.

Important, Parent Core Survey!

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Middle School Choice

5th to 6th Grade Middle School Choice- The Middle School Choice “season” kicked off on Wednesday, January 13. Please read the attached letter and Frequently Asked Questions, and see the MS Choice website for most current timeline.

Parent Support for Canvas/Zoom/Chrome is now online…

The link below will take you to online tech support. Also, please do not change your child's password.

Library curbside pickup

Great news, Twain families! Every Wednesday, Twain ES will be offering curbside pickup for library books. We have many new books that have been waiting to be read! Please see below to find out how you and your child can borrow books from our library!

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Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

The PTA has a new website! It's a work in progress so there will be additional information and updates occasionally. They have information about the Reflections program, Shopping Rewards program, how to join PTA, who to contact and also a link to the Parent newsletter, etc.

Don't miss the PTA meeting on Wednesday, March 10 at 6:30PM! We will be holding our annual elections for the 2021 - 2022 PTA executive board. We need your votes and we can still take nominations from the floor for anyone interested in holding a board position. Your voice matters!

The following Executive Board positions need to be elected, and the names next to it are those on the slate per the nomination committee. However, we still take nominations from the floor during the Association meeting!

President: Loan Quitoriano

Executive Vice President: OPEN

Treasurer: Jackie Peralta

Recording Secretary: Melissa Westby

Financial Secretary: OPEN

Auditor: OPEN

Historian: OPEN

VP Membership: Claudia Gomez

VP Programs: Lisa Klimas

VP Fundraising: Paige Ramirez

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Upcoming Events

3/2-3/3 - Parent Conferences-Minimum Days

3/22- Teacher return to campus

3/29- Students return to campus for in-person learning

Previously Shared Information

District Plan

The Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education is deeply committed to the health and safety of students, families and staff. The school district continues to consider evolving guidance from state and local health and education agencies regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

View the 2020-2021 School Opening & Safety Plan for additional details:

English Version
Spanish Version
Khmer Version

School Health Forms

Twain's nurse, Molly, has created a way for you to access any health forms you may need.

Information regarding CORE 5

Dear Families,

Again this year your student will have the opportunity to use Lexia® Core5® Reading, an engaging computer-based program that has helped millions of students at all reading levels become better readers. The activities in Core5 support and build on our classroom curriculum and focus on developing essential reading skills in six critical areas: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Here’s how Lexia Core5 Reading works:

  • Log in to Lexia Core5 Reading

    • The first thing your child will see this year is the auto-placement. Please do not help your child as this placement will ensure your child begins Core5 at a starting point that fits his or her needs. Starting fresh for the new year will provide your student the opportunity to review skills previous learned and ensure a successful start to the new year

    • Although students will each receive a customized prescribed number of minutes, to accelerate progress we are recommending all students use Core5 20 minutes daily.

    • Each student will receive a customized prescribed number of minutes to work online each week, please strive to meet these goals.

    • Progress and performance in the program are reported to teachers, so please do not help provide answers to your children. If they are struggling, encourage them to replay the directions, repeat the prompt and to try their best. The program will provide support if they are struggling.

Tips for Parents

  • Reward students for completing weekly Core5 minutes.

  • Please do not help your child by providing them answers while using the Core5 online program.

  • Encourage your child to take a break or choose another activity when they see a red apple.

  • If you have a question about your child’s username or password, please contact your child’s teacher directly. Lexia Customer Support is not able to provide families with teacher emails, student usernames, or passwords.

We hope you share our excitement about this program.


One of my professional goals this year is to increase my level of communication to the Twain community. The Parent Bulletin will be your main source for school- wide information and I will be emailing it out every week.

Other helpful sources of information include the LBUSD website ( and our school website (

The Twain office staff is available to assist you each school day via phone at (562) 421-8421. Our office is also open to the Twain community, by appointment only. If you require in-person assistance, please call the school office to make an appointment. Upon entering the school, you will have to go through a brief COVID screening.