Longbranch Family Newsletter

Week of January 30th

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Your help needed at the Winter Wonderland Dance

Our annual Winter Wonderland dance is coming up on Saturday 2/4/17 from 7-10 p.m.

We need volunteers to help at the event and make it a success! If you help for a one hour shift you get into the dance for free and get a free family photo taken with our photographer!

If you would like to help out, please sign up for a time slot at the following link.

Sign up here: http://signup.com/go/axtUhe

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This Week's Events

Parent Leadership Information and Events

Longbranch Candy Grams Go on Sale this Week

Pre-Order a Rose, Heart Swirl Lollipop or a Ring Pop for delivery to the student/teacher of your choice on Valentine’s Day! (or to take home to family/friends)

All items are just $1/a piece or 10 items for $12!

Orders will be taken during lunch time starting tomorrow 1/30/17!

Students must pre-pay for their orders and their candy gram will be delivered to their homeroom by our PTA volunteers on Valentine’s Day!

Fill out the Order forms sent home in Friday folders or print from our PTA website at www.longbranchpta.org OR purchase during lunch hours leading up to Valentine’s Day.

Please make any checks to Longbranch PTA.

A Night in Hollywood Family Dance

Please join us for A Night in Hollywood Family Dance and Silent Auction event coming up on

Saturday 2/4/17 from 7-10 p.m.

Enjoy a night in style at our annual family dance!

Have fun browsing the silent auction, getting your photo made at the selfie station and family photo session, enjoy refreshments, and lots more. This event is open to all our families and we hope to see you there.

Dress to impress! This is a “fancy” event!

We ask that all children be accompanied by an adult, NO drop offs please.

Presale cost: $15 a family or $4 individual ticket

Family 5x7 photo $5

***Cost at door will be $20 a family and $5 individual

If you would like to help out, please sign up for a time slot at the following link. If you volunteer for an hour slot you get free admission to the dance AND a family photo!


Family Fun Night at Top Flight Gymnastics!

Date: Saturday, March 4th

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Cost: $10.00 per child

You MUST have a registration form filled out in order to participate. This can be found at the link below. Make sure to bring it to Top Flight filled out on March 4th


Spring Carnival Plans are Underway!

We will be hosting a Spring Carnival at Longbranch on Saturday April 29th 5 p.m. -10 p.m.

Planning is underway but we would love more help! We need people to help with games/booths, food, silent auction, decorating & signage, prizes, clean up, supplies and SO much more!

To learn more about this event, including how to sign up to help, please join us at a meeting on February 21st following the General PTA meeting at 6:30.

Please contact amanda.scroggin24@gmail.com for questions or if you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to help out with the event!

Yearbook Photos

We need your photos for our 2016-2017 Longbranch Yearbook!

Our yearbook coordinator cannot be at all the awesome events that go on with our students throughout the year and needs your help in making sure we get a large variety of kids and activities included in the book!

Please email photos that you would like to submit for possible inclusion in the yearbook, along with the names and grade of the students in each picture, to longbranchyearbook@gmail.com.

Any questions, contact the VP of Communication, Rachel Pearson at communications.longbranchpta@gmail.com.

Support Longbranch when you Shop on Amazon!

Support Longbranch while you shop by shopping at AmazonSmile!

Go to smile.amazon.com to create your account,

search for "Longbranch Elementary PTA" as your

organization, and .5% of your purchase goes back to the school!

Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase

to Longbranch Elementary PTA.

Support us every time you shop!

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know!

Same products, same prices, same service

Questions? Need help logging in?

Contact: waysandmeans.longbranchpta@gmail.com

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.


Winter Events

Feb. 6: No School
Feb 7: Boys Basketball Practice
Feb 9: Boys Basketball Games, School Board Meeting at 7:30pm
Feb 10: Crazy Socks Day
Feb 13: 1st Grade Field Trip to Taft Theater
Feb 14: Friendship Celebrations, Boys Basketball Practice, SBDM at 4:30
Feb 16: Boys Basketball Games
Feb 21: Boys Basketball Practice
Feb 22: Basketball (Boys and Girls) and Cheer Photos after school
Feb 23: Boys Basketball Games
Feb 24: Dulcimer Performance for 1st and 2nd Grades
Feb 27: Club Day
Feb 28: Boys Basketball All Star Game--Tentative

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

Updated 12/2016

  • ATTENDANCE: From 96.97% in December to 97% average daily attendance by March 15, 2017.

  • Current: 96.97%


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

  • Winter Checkup for 2nd Grade Math:
  • 2nd Grade: 73rd percentile

  • 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.

    Winter Checkup for 3rd-5th Math:

    • 3rd Grade: 78th percentile
    • 4th Grade: 80th percentile
    • 5th Grade: 81st percentile


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

    Winter Checkup for Reading:

    • K and 1st Grade: Not measured by percentiles
    • 2nd Grade: 67th percentile
    • 3rd Grade: 69th percentile
    • 4th Grade: 66th percentile
    • 5th Grade: 64th percentile

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