January 2021

Longfellow Elementary

A Note from Mrs. Heckenlaible.....

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a bright 2021!

From your Longfellow Family

It’s so amazing that we can say we were able to attend school in person an entire semester!!! We are so grateful for everyone doing their part and allowing us to be with our LO Lions each day. There’s no replacement for in person instruction and we feel very fortunate that we didn’t lose the opportunity. With the holidays upon us, we want to wish everyone well and hope all can make decisions that will allow us to continue to have in person classes. Cheers to the years that lie ahead and may 2021 be a year filled with positivity and grateful hearts.

Merry CHRISTmas and Happy New Year!

Mrs. Heckenlaible

Tidings of Great Joy!

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What a wonderful surprise when the staff at Longfellow received hot chocolate and candy from our students on a Monday morning. We know that your days before Christmas can get hectic and wild. The same goes for those of us at school. Imagine over 300 children's excitement every day!!! This was a terrific pick-me-up to get through these last few days of school before break.
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Dates to Remember

Jan 8-Report cards will be sent home with students

Jan 11-School Board Meeting 5:00 PM location TBD

Jan 18-Professional Development Day (NO SCHOOL)

Feb 4-Parent-teacher conferences

Feb 12-15-President's Day weekend (NO SCHOOL)

Mar 18-19-Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)

Apr 1-5-Easter Break (NO SCHOOL)

Here Comes the Woot-Woot wagon!

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This month, we had a little visit from Rudolph. Miss Noel is making a list and checking it twice to find out who remembers their mask every day. I wonder which celebrity will visit Longfellow next month? Hmmmm.


The South Dakota summative testing window runs from March 8 through May 7. We do the bulk of our testing in April. Please avoid scheduling appointments during the school day, if at all possible. Testing with their peers is the most normal testing environment possible for our students. Your help is much appreciated! More detailed grade level information will come out when the schedule is finalized.

Chromebook Return

Tuesday, Dec. 22nd, 12pm

110 North Mentzer Street

Mitchell, SD

Bring all student Chromebooks to the office please as there may be updates to push out over break.

Friendly Reminders

· Please send warm weather gear as we go outside if the temperature, or wind chill, is zero degrees or above. Please also send shoes to change into as we don’t want our learners in boots all day.

· If you have not signed up to receive notices from the School Info App or texted “YES” to 87569, you will need to listen to the local radio stations, watch television, or visit the television station websites for school late starts, early dismissals or closings.

· Call or visit the school office to update contact and/or emergency contact information.

· Sign up to receive school related notifications by downloading the app. Go to schoolinfoapp.com or download the Mitchell School District app on your iphone or android device. You can choose Longfellow if you’d prefer to only receive ‘what’s happening’ at LO Elementary.

· Doors open and supervision begins at 7:30 am daily. We do not have supervision prior to this time. Please make note as we will have some very cold mornings in our future.

Attention Longfellow alumni!!!!!

Longfellow Alumni Scholarship

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a graduating senior at Mitchell Senior High, have attended Longfellow for at least 3 years and be pursuing any higher level of education upon graduation. Don't miss out on this opportunity!

Please watch the following websites for more information, which will be available soon.



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We're All In This Together Longfellow Video!

The staff and students of Longfellow made a super-fun video. Just remember, we are ALL in this together! Merry Christmas from the Longfellow staff!

Meals During Break

The Mitchell School District food service program will operate during the coming Christmas break. Breakfast and lunch will be served from 7:30 to 1:00 at Mitchell Middle School only on each of the following days:

Wednesday, December 23 (5 breakfast and 5 lunches will be provided on this date.)
Monday, December 28
Tuesday, December 29
Wednesday, December 30
Thursday, December 31 (4 breakfasts and 4 lunches will be provided on this date.)

If parents are picking up meals for their children, they will need to provide their child’s name.
Only students currently enrolled with the Mitchell School District are eligible for the meal program during this holiday break.
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A'door'able Doors

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The office gets in on the fun too

Random Acts of Art

Mrs. Klumb's class stays positive!

Habits of Mind

Longfellow focuses on students making good choices based on Habits of Mind. Every month, 2 habits will be highlighted. Each teacher will choose a student of the month who demonstrates that month's habits of mind. way to go Lions! We are SO proud of you!!

January's habits of mind are:

Managing Impulsivity: Take Your Time!

Thinking before acting; remaining calm, thoughtful and deliberative.

Gather Data Through All Senses: Use Your Natural Pathways!

Pay attention to the world around you. Gather data through all the senses, taste, touch, smell, hearing and site.

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Student of the month


Avey Lowry is the BK student of the month! Avey is such a great role model for her peers. She does a wonderful job at managing her impulsivity. I can always count on her to raise her hand, take turns, and think before she acts. Avey is so kind and helpful to her fellow classmates and teachers. I am so proud of her! Way to go Avey!


Olivia Sperlich is KH student of the month. Olivia is an amazing role model for her peers. She does a wonderful job at controlling her impulsivity. I can always count on Olivia to be following directions and doing the right thing. She is also kind and helpful to her classmates and other teachers. Way to go Olivia!


Thorunn Hill is KN's student of the month. I can always count on her to manage her impulsivities and make the right choice. She always raises her hand, includes everyone, and always uses kind words. She is also great at gathering data through her senses and always works very careful! Way to go, Thorunn!


Lauren Molstad is the KR student of the month for January. Lauren shows she can manage her impulsivity by following directions, waiting her turn, sharing, and waiting to be called on before sharing her answer. I can also count on Lauren to use her senses to help gather the data needed to solve a problem. Keep up the great work Lauren!


Harper Crago is the student of the month for 1H. Harper is a calm and thoughtful student. She takes her time in her work and learning. She pays attention to details and uses that information to understand the world around her. Way to go Harper!


Joseph Charging Hawk is the student of the month for 1S! Joseph does an amazing job managing his impulsivity. He thinks before he acts. Joseph also does a wonderful job paying attention to what is going on around him. Way to go Joseph!


Madalynn Jonnassen is the student of the month for 1V! Madalynn is such a great role model of managing impulsivity. She never blurts or interrupts in the classroom. She thinks things through before she acts. It's an absolute pleasure to have her in class! Way to go, Madalynn!


Kat Heidinger is our student of the month for January. Kat does and excellent job of managing her impulsivity. When Kat is solving a problem, she gathers all the data she needs before she makes a decision. Kat can be trusted to solve a problem and make responsible decisions for herself! Keep up the good work Kat! You are a great example!


Aylin Alvarado-Rocha is Mrs. McPeek's student of the month. Aylin manages her impulsivity, so she is able to complete her activities. She is a great role model for this habit. Aylin uses her senses to gather data before answer questions. She also uses that data to ask questions, so she can better understand things.


Hayden Schilling is 2J's Student of the Month! Hayden raises his hand before he shares his thoughts. He gathers information in our classroom using all of his senses, and he helps others to do the same. I am so proud of him! Way to go, Hayden!


Natalie Larson is 3B's class pick for this month. Natalie is great at managing her impulsivity by staying on task during school. She likes to gather all of her data while figuring out a problem. Keep up the good work Natalie!


Alex Greenway is 3G's student of the month. Alex sets a wonderful example for his classmates on managing his impulsivity. Alex is also a constant learner through all of his senses. He takes great joy in learning new things and sharing that knowledge with others. He is constantly observing the world around him to gather more and more data. Way to give it your all Alex!


Cameron Ratigan is 3K's student of the month. He is great at managing impulsivity and always thinks before he speaks or acts. He makes informed decisions and gathers all the data he can before asking questions. Way to go, Cameron!


Merlin Lopez is 4N's student of the month for January! Merlin is such a great student and friend in Den C. At times when it can be challenging, he manages his impulsivity to be patient and make the most of his learning. He is excellent at gathering data through all of his senses to learn as much as he can through the day. Merlin never wants to stop learning and always tries his best. We are so proud of you!! Keep it up, Merlin!


Callie Hofer is 4S's student of the month. She works hard and is a positive role model for her classmates. Callie manages her impulsivity by always listening to directions, raising her hand and waiting her turn. Callie also does a great job of gathering information through all of her senses and enjoys learning new things and sharing with others. Callie, keep up the outstanding work!


Justin Felix is 4/5K's student of the month for January! Justin is always paying attention to things around him and gathering data through all senses. He works hard to manage his impulsivity throughout the day. Way to go Justin!


Kaleb Fuerst is 5A's Student of the Month for December. Kaleb always manages his impulses and thinks before he acts or speaks. He remains on task and works hard on assignments. He gathers all of his information before asking questions or making a decision. Way to go, Kaleb! I am proud of you!


Abby Hohn is 5M's student of the month! She is always working so hard and setting a great example for her classmates and den-mates. Abby does a great job of managing her impulses and thinking before she speaks or acts. Abby is also very observant of her surroundings and gathering data, to learn as much as she can throughout the day! So proud of you Abby, keep up the great work!

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The art room could use......

Paper Plates

Paper Napkins

Styrofoam Egg Cartons

Bring to the office any time and we will make sure the art room gets your donation.

Thank you!!!!

Stupendous Artists!

Check out the video Mitchell High School Students made showcasing the school district State Fair Art Awards. Great job to all of the district's amazingly talented students and great job on putting together this wonderful video!

Mitchell School District 2019-2020 State Fair Art Awards

Coordinating Planes

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Check out Miss Nelson who is twining with our office owl. I think his name will now be, Nelson.

Convince me!

Longfellow Family Fitness Challenge

Keep up the awesome work with all of the December fitness challenges and be watching for the January video once we get to January! Mrs. Eitemiller won’t draw for the December prizes until we get back to school in January. Stay active, have fun, get involved!!


As always, please contact the office if your student will be absent or leaving early for any reason. Please include a doctor slip if your child had a doctor appointment.

Noel Ahlers-Administrative Assistant

Lisa Hckenlaible-Principal