Longfellow Newsletter

Week of September 6th- No school Monday

Every Student Counts, Every Moment Matters!


First Bell-7:50 am / Tardy Bell-7:55 am

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Message From Principal Webb

Dear Longhorn families,

What a wonderful few weeks we have had at Longfellow! We really do have the BEST SCHOOL IN TOWN!

Students have been busy working on PBIS expectations, getting to know each other, and having a safe and fun time doing it!

We are feeling lucky to have a third section of 5th grade start next week on Thursday. This will provide a smaller class size and assist with our safety protocols and guidelines.

We are looking forward to our Annual School Picnic. With our COVID guidelines, families will not be attending this year and it will look a little different but we are sure to have fun!

Look for pictures in next week's newsletter!


Mrs. Webb

Longfellow Little Food Pantry Damage!

Unfortunately, our Little Food Pantry has had a lot of vandalism and damage over the past month.

If you see something, say something! Please let the principal know if you have any ideas on the damage. Thank you!

Music Dept. News:

Wednesday, Sept 1, 2021

Hello Longfellow Families!

I am SO THRILLED to get to see all of the students in music class for the 21-22 school year! We have already begun making some great music with our community. Coming together in this way is such a special and valued opportunity for our student-artists. Please read below for some important information:


In keeping with the ICCSD’s strong encouragement of universal indoor masking for all individuals in our schools, I invite all families to send their students to school with a mask they can wear when attending general music class. While I cannot require students to wear masks, I am recommending and encouraging all students to do so. We will be singing every day. Singing is our first instrument and integral to our music-making at school. The physical act of singing creates more aerosol in the air than most other learning activities at school. In order to keep all students as safe as possible and to reduce the spread of COVID19, mask-wearing is appreciated!

I have also had some families ask me about playing the recorder in music class. As weather permits, I am committed to taking 3-6 grade students outdoors throughout the year in order to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID19 while at the same time allowing them to play their instruments! I appreciate your kind attention to our students’ musical opportunities this year at school. It’s great to be a Longhorn!


This Fall

6th Grade Recorder Club, all-school sing along (building-wide but from the classroom), 5/6 grade music-making projects (recorded and sent to you), and K-2 real-time music classroom peeks for families (via Zoom)!

***Please note, in order to take care of a health issue, Ms. Brown will be absent for several weeks this fall (end of September-beginning of November) and there will be a music sub during that time. They will not be taking students outdoors for recorder playing. She will return in November for more fall fun!

This Spring

4-6 grade Percussion Ensemble (we hope for live performances!), 3/4 grade music-making projects to celebrate Earth Day, more K-2 classroom peeks, and end of year music-making from our 6th graders!


Please welcome our new general music teacher, Sophie Taft, who will be at Longfellow on Mondays and Tuesdays team-teaching K-3rd grade with me this year! The rest of the week Ms. Taft will be teaching all of the students at Horace Mann Elementary.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

If you have questions that pertain to band or orchestra, please contact our faculty:

Band: Ashley Clark

Orchestra: Ghyas Zeidieh (here is the information form for orchestra!)

Singing in the Community

Iowa City Youth Choir is holding auditions, and Ms. Brown is the director! If your student is interested in joining a choir and is in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade, please click HERE to learn more.

See you soon!

Beth Brown

Longfellow General Music


It's Time to Join Band!!

Is your student in 5th or 6th grade? This past week, Mrs. Clark visited each of the 5th and 6th grade classrooms to talk about band and see which instrument(s) might be the best fit for your student. Your student was sent home with a paper registration packet. This information is also available on our website at, https://sites.google.com/iowacityschools.org/joinband/home?authuser=0. Please have your student return the paper registration to school or register online by September 10th! Feel free to email me with any questions at clark.ashley@iowacityschools.org. Thank you!

Join the PTA zoom meeting on Tuesday at 6:30


One Book Two Book Writing Submission

Students in grades 1-8 in Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Corridor area school districts, or home school students in those equivalent grades, are encouraged to submit one page of writing for the 2022 One Book Two Book festival from the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature. This can be any type of writing: story, essay, poem, song lyric, graphic novel page, etc. The piece must be an original work, written this school year, and in polished form – ready for publication. It should be on one side of an 8.5x11 page. It can be single-spaced, but must be at least 12-pt. and in Times or equivalent font. The page should have margins of 1” on each side. Submissions that are longer than one page will not be considered.

The student’s name should be in the top right corner of the piece. The piece must have a title or be labeled “Untitled.” On the separate Student Submission Cover Form, the following information is required: Student name, grade, school, parent or guardian’s name and contact e-mail and phone number. This form is attached. In addition, it can be found as a Google Doc at http://bit.ly/OneBookTwoBook. This can be filled out and saved as part of a document along with the submission.

Student work, including the cover sheet, must be submitted to the City of Literature by Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. They can be mailed to the City of Literature, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240; or e-mailed as a Microsoft Word attachment or PDF to info@iowacityofliterature.org. If using Google Docs, the submission also can be shared with info@iowacityofliterature.org (Please be sure to set your Google Docs sharing settings so that we can view your submission). The file name should include the student’s school, grade and name (e.g. Hoover-4-HannahSmith or Garner-6-JasonJones). If using Google Docs, please download the file as either a Microsoft Word or PDF document. If the submission is handwritten or drawn, either scan and email a PDF or mail the original. Originals will be held for one month after the festival; it is the guardian’s responsibility to follow up if it should be returned.

The student work will be judged by a team from ACT in Iowa City. Recognized students will be honored at a “Write Out Loud” event during One Book Two Book in February 2022. Two grade level winners will be chosen, one in each of the following categories:

“The Write Stuff”: For language, clarity, structure, and emotional impact.

“From the Heart”: For creativity, passion, and expressiveness.

These students will be invited to read their winning submissions. In addition, a percentage of all students whose submissions are deemed to be of outstanding quality also will be honored with a “certificate of distinction.” They also will be invited to attend the “Write Out Loud” event.

All recognized students will receive certificates and prizes at the event.

The grade-level prize winners will have their work published in a booklet available at the festival.

Questions? Contact John Kenyon with the City of Literature office at (319) 356-5245 or john-kenyon@iowacityofliterature.org.

Snacks and Birthday Treats

The District is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for our students. Due to the increase in food allergies and concerns with childhood obesity, changes are being made to the district’s Wellness Policy regarding classroom snacks, birthday treats and classroom celebrations. Longfellow will follow these guidelines this year.

When food is served to students in the classroom as a snack, birthday treat, or during a classroom celebration, the following rules apply (ICCSD Wellness Policy 507.9):

  • allow only fresh fruits/vegetables or purchased foods with the ingredients listed (no homemade foods).
  • allow only foods that meet the Healthy Food Guidelines/ Smart Snacks. (the only exception to this would be food-tasting related to district-approved curriculum lessons)
  • not allow foods with peanuts or peanut butter, or foods that were made in a factory where cross-contamination may occur.
  • food that does not meet the guidelines will be sent home.
  • a list of acceptable foods (Healthy Food Guidelines/ Smart Snacks) can be found on the Iowa City Community School District website.

A Note from Our Counselor: Ms. Hallie

Hello Longfellow Families!

A major part of my role as a school counselor is the teaching of Classroom Guidance lessons to every single class once a week. We cover many different topics throughout the year that vary somewhat depending on the grade level.

The four major themes of Classroom Guidance are:

Skills for learning: Students will talk about and work on skills that help students to help themselves learn such as focusing attention, listening carefully, and using assertiveness to get help with school work

Empathy: Students will learn how to identify and understand their own feelings. They will also learn how to take another person’s perspective and how to show compassion.

Emotion Management: Students will learn and practice specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong emotions such as anxiety or anger.

Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.

Along with, and related to, these big themes we will also discuss bullying, diversity, friendship, health & safety, among others. I will be sharing more specific information home throughout the year through Principal Webb’s newsletter!

-Ms. Hallie, Longfellow School Counselor

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Iowa City Community School District strongly encourages universal indoor mask use for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to our schools, regardless of vaccination status. This is based on guidance from the CDC. In addition, the President’s Executive Order on domestic transportation requires students and staff to wear a face-covering while on a school bus or while utilizing other District-provided transportation.

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Longfellow Elementary stands with all people of color in the fight against racial injustice and inequality. We all deserve to be safe and secure. Longfellow Elementary, as part of the Iowa City Community School District, will not tolerate racism, hate, and other discriminatory acts. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said that, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We will work hard to not let today’s injustice stop us from creating a better tomorrow for our school community. Please know that even though it is summer, you can reach out anytime.

Below you will also find links to resources that are available for our staff and our community. Stay safe and take care. #ICCSDtogether

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Longfellow Elementary School

Every student counts. Every moment matters.

ADDRESS: 1130 Seymour Ave., Iowa City, IA 52240

PHONE: 319-688-1135

FAX: 319-688-1136

Kelli Webb, Principal

Caitlin Hauskins, SFA

Stacia Nkumu, Principal Secretary

Non-Discrimination Policy:

It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact the Director of Equity, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, (319) 688-1000.