Longbranch Weekly Newsletter

Week of November 14th

Spread the Love **New Parent Leadership Action Team**

I'm looking for a group of parents to lead a Spread the Love Campaign at school. We need people to:

1. Cut hearts out at school.
2. Solicit love notes for parents, students, and staff.
3. Write love notes.
4. Deliver love notes.

In general, the plan is to spread the love through the end of the year. Students, staff, and parents can submit a compliment or a shoutout to someone in our school community. For example, I might send a love note to Ms. Leatherman for all of the work she did coordinating our leadership day action team. She would then get a heart with a love note on it that she could hang in her room, stick in her binder, or put in her leadership notebook in her My Celebrations section. But more than anything, I bet it would make her feel awesome. Let's spread the love! Let me know if you can help me with this endeavor. erika.bowles@boone.kyschools.us
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Longbranch Fine Arts Night and Student Art Show

November 21st, 2016

Come in anytime between: 6:15-8:15 (immediately following the PTA meeting)

Art Show/Fundraiser located in the Longbranch Elementary Gymnasium


Buy your child’s framed artwork for $30.00 (checks and cash ONLY). These make great gifts!

Be sure to check out the musical musings of many of our Lyrical Longhorns who will be performing throughout the evening!

This Week's Events

Parent Leadership Information and Events

Otis Spunkmeyer Extended to Monday 11/14

The Fundraiser has been extended until Monday 11/14!

All forms and money are due tomorrow 11/14.

Please note that online sales are not available for this fundraiser.

All items are $16 - $26 and there are 14 flavors of cookie dough and additional items such as Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Zap-a-Snack French Bread Pizza, Cinnabon Gooey Bites, Carrot Cake Rolls, Cheesecakes and more!

Bring in your order form showing 20 items sold or twenty $10 donations and get a ticket for a LIMO RIDE! If a family has 25 items/donations at the end of the sale, Longbranch siblings get to ride in the limo too! See the Great Prizes brochure for all the other prizes your student can earn along the way. These are cumulative, the more you sell the more you win! **Donations do not count toward the prizes in the Great Prize Brochure.

Sell 26 items and win a KEY TO RICHES card. When you receive your card, scratch off 6 of the 25 squares ONLY to reveal keys. You could win money up to $10,000!

The TOP SELLING class wins a "Choose their Own Theme Day!"

The TOP SELLING Student wins a $50 GameStop or Amazon Gift Card.

Orders will be ready for pick up in Early December - exact date to be determined.

Questions? Please contact Amanda Scroggin @ waysandmeans.longbranchpta@gmail.com.

PTA General Meeting and Fine Arts Night

Our Annual Fine Arts Night at Longbranch is coming up on Monday November 21st from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. This coincides with our PTA General Meeting that evening at 6 p.m.

The students will have their Artwork on display and for sale from 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm.

Purchase your child's original framed Artwork for $30 and a portion of your money goes back to Longbranch!

If you are unable to make it on Fine Arts Night you can pre-pay for your child's artwork by sending in a check to your student's teacher made payable to Longbranch Elementary.

Make sure to also check out the musical performances that night by our Longhorn students!

Reflections participants will receive their awards this night as well! In addition, the students who submitted artwork will have it on display at the William E. Durr Library in Independence from Tuesday November 15th to Saturday November 19th. There will be an open house on the 19th as well from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Longbranch Night at the Fundome

Our First Longbranch Skating Night at the Fundome is coming up on November 29th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This is always a fantastic time for the kids and their families!

The class that has the most students in attendance will win a Pizza Party at the end of the night!

Popcorn Fridays

If you have not filled out your popcorn Friday form it's still not too late! The form can be found on the PTA website at www.longbranchpta.org and sent to school in your child's folder!

$5.00 per child covers all 9 of our popcorn Fridays.

Kroger Cards Help Generate BIG MONEY for Our School

Kroger donates 4% of all money you spend after you scan your Kroger Plus card as long as you connect the Plus card to our Longbranch PTA account.

If 400 families connected their cards and spent $100 a week at Kroger, each family would make $4 per week. That's $1600 a week. That's $19,000 a quarter. That's unreal. That's plain and simple easy money.

We encourage you to visit Kroger.com and create an account. Click Community Rewards. Search for Longbranch and connect your plus card with Longbranch PTA. It's the EASIEST fundraiser you'll ever participate in, period.


Fall Events

Nov. 21: Symphony Orchestra Field Trip for 5th Grade

Nov. 21: Fine Arts Night, Artome Student Art Fair, and Reflections Celebration

Nov. 22: Lifetouch Makeup Photo Day, DJ Dance Party and Final Girls Basketball Games

Nov. 23, 24, 25: No School

Nov. 29: Skate Night at the Fundome!

Dec. 1: 2nd Grade Play, Duck for President

Dec. 5: Cookie Dough Pickup Night

Dec. 13: SBDM Mtg. at 4:30p and PTA Board Meeting at 6:30pm

Dec. 21: Winter Celebrations and last day before break

Dec. 22-Jan 4: No School

District Calendar

Our W.I.G.s (Wildly Important Goals) for 2016-2017

Adjusted 10/2016


From 96.8% to 97.3% average daily attendance by October 18, 2016.


2nd grade: Raise the average percentile rank for 2nd grade students from 59th percentile to the 70th percentile of the nation by May 2017.

3rd-5th grade: Raise the average percentile rank for 3rd-5th grade students from 73rd percentile to the 80th percentile of the nation by May 2017.


Raise the average percentile rank for all students from 55th percentile to the 65th percentile of the nation by May 2017.

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