Longbranch Weekly Family Newsletter

SENT: October 1, 2017

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Help us prepare for Leadership Day!

Would you like to be one of our 60 guests to help us practice for our 2017 Leadership Day? We want YOU to come to school on October 24th from 10-11:30am to help us prepare for our big day on October 30th.

This year, we've been selected as a featured Leader in Me school for the Cincinnati Leader in Me Summit. This means that 60 educators who have signed up to visit this 2-day workshop will visit our school as a model of Leader in Me implementation on October 30th and 31st.

Before we show off our mad leadership skills on the 30th, we need to practice first. That's where you come in. If you can give us 1.5 hours on Tuesday, October 24th, we want you to come help us with our dress rehearsal. You'll be welcomed by our greeters, you'll meet your 4th and 5th grade guides. You'll tour classrooms and see student leadership notebooks and view a Leader in Me lesson. You'll also participate in a leadership expo and a panel discussion with question and answer for teachers and students.

Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/Zi0pRh49O77XaBgC3

Girls Intramural Instructional Basketball League Registration

TIME SENSITIVE: Respond by Midnight on Sunday October 8th, 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 Girls Basketball season! To register your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader, send the following information to LESGirlsBasketball@gmail.com by Midnight on Sunday, October 8, 2017:

Student Name


T-Shirt Size (Youth Small, Youth Medium, Youth Large, Youth X-Large, Adult Small, Adult Medium, etc)

Parent/Contact Name

Email Address

Phone Number (which can receive text notifications)


Registered girls basketball players and at least one parent must attend an organizational meeting at LES on Tuesday, October 10, 7:00pm. The girls basketball season will span Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays beginning Monday, October 16, and concluding Monday, November 20, 2017. We will hold a basketball camp for all participating girls on Monday October 9.

We are seeking a few volunteer coaches and general “game day” volunteers for the 2016 LES Girls Basketball season. If you are interested in being a volunteer coach or helping out on game day, please send an email message to LESGirlsBasketball@gmail.com expressing your interest.

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HURRICANE RELIEF: Cincinnati for Puerto Rico

Cincinnati for PR is organizing a tri-state supply drive. Donated items must be received by October 5. They have a few Northern KY drop-off locations if you wish to contribute specific items:

  • Chik Fil-A drop off locations on Mall Rd in Florence, and in Fort Wright
  • Frank Duveneck Arts and Cultural Center: 1232 Greenup St., Covington, KY
  • Monmouth Street Antique Gallery: 822 Monmouth St., Newport, KY

There is a need for Volunteers to help them sort and prepare the received items by October 7. Items will need to delivered to Columbus for shipment. Please contact them directly or follow them on Facebook if you can assist in any of these efforts.

ANAMAR NAISH & ADRIANNA LEBRON: cincinnatipr@gmail.com


Cash donations to their drive:


National and International direct monetary donations will also be accepted. There are numerous agencies, crowd funding and charities:

1. United for Puerto Rico:

This is the fund established bythe First Lady of Puerto Rico Beatriz Roselló. http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/

2. Catholic Relief Services:




4. Americares:


5. American Red Cross:


Thank you for any assistance and support you can lend in this very difficult time. I am always impressed with the kindness and generosity here in our Longbranch community.

Nitza Fernández-Plaski

World Language Spanish

Academic Team Coach

Longbranch Elementary

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Trunk or Treat is Coming

We will hold this Spooktacular event again this year on Saturday October 28th from 6-8 p.m.

We are recruiting parents for the Action team planning the event! If you would like assist with planning this event, please email Heather at heatherlokesak10@gmail.com!

More details about the event to come as well!

Volunteering at School

We'd LOVE to have you volunteer at school or at home this year.

1. You will need a state background check to volunteer at school. From our school website, click Forms>Background Check. Print, complete, and send the form and $10 in to school. longbranch.boone.kyschools.us

2. You also need to complete our school volunteer training. You can find the training here: http://www.tildee.com/Tqx7Gk

3. The PTO uses signup.com to request Volunteers. Create an online account for signup. Then when you see an opportunity you are interested in, you can fill a spot with the click of a button! If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer, feel free to reach out to Heather at heatherlokesak10@gmail.com.

Habit 3: Put First Things First

Our students learn the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in the form of The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. When you put first things first, you prioritize. You work before you play. This habit also trains our students and adults to determine what the big rocks in their lives are and make time for them FIRST. Then make time for your pebbles and if there's room, make time for your sand. This video is a great way to exemplify this habit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9qWSlABino

Family Fun Nights at Kinman Farms are Coming Soon

October 20th, 21st and 22nd are Longbranch nights at Kinman Farms!

Cost is $10.00 per person

Present the voucher that will come home with your kids (or is available on our PTO website at www.longbranchpto.org) at Kinman Farms when you pay and a portion of your admission will go to Longbranch PTO!

Do Not send in money and vouchers to school.

*The class who has the most students who attend get extra recess!

Take a hayride, see the Barn Animals, go to the Picnic Shelter for a Bonfire and Games and try their 5 acre Corn Maze!!

*Price includes a pumpkin from Kinman Farms Pumpkin Patch.

This Week's Events

PTO Lighthouse Team

Volunteer Opportunities

Kona Ice Helpers: http://signup.com/go/JXmGVuW

Boosterthon Helpers: http://signup.com/go/aNNtJeF


5: Moms Event: Sign and Board Paint Night with Hoosier Paint Girl
6: Cooper Homecoming, Tailgating, Popcorn Friday, Crazy Socks Spirit Day
10: Bus Evacuations at AM dropoff and SBDM at 4:30pm
11: 5th Grade Field Trip to Conner Prairie in Indianapolis
12: School Board Meeting at Ralph Rush Center at 7:30pm
13: NO SCHOOL--Professional Day for Staff (Waived)
16: NO SCHOOL-Flexible Inservice Day for Staff
18: 4th Grade Field Trip to Frankfort
20, 21, 22: Longbranch Nights at Kinman Farms
20: Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser Kicks Off
26: Fall Scholastic Book Fair
23: Club Day and Morning Meeting (Super Monday)
24: Practice Leadership Day
28: Trunk or Treat from 6-8pm
30: 2017 Leadership Day/Host Site for Cincinnati Leader in Me Summit
31: Fall Celebrations and Book Character Day

1: Superintendent's Advisory Council Meeting
3: Popcorn Friday and Spirit Day, Otis Money is Due
7: Longbranch Night at the Fundome
9: School Board Meeting at Ralph Rush Center at 7:30pm
14: SBDM at 4:30pm, PTO Lighthouse Team Night
20: Bonus Spirit Day: Fanciest Day Ever!!
21: Bonus Spirit Day: Dress Down Day
22-24: NO SCHOOL-Thanksgiving
29: 5th Grade Field Trip to Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
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Year eight will be the year of #LonghornsCAN. Our teachers are focusing on empowering instruction this year, giving students more control over their learning with strategic coaching, and raising the bar for every student at our school. Whenever you catch something fabulous showing the power of empowering students to lead their own learning, showing the habits at home, or showing the incredible impact the Longhorns have on our community, share it on social media with the hashtag #LonghornsCAN.