Longbranch Family Newsletter

Week of May 1st

Student Led Conferences--Parents

Every student at Longbranch will facilitate a student led conference this year to showcase their learning throughout the year. We prefer the conference to be with the child's parents. If you are unable to attend your child's conference on Tuesday or Thursday of this week from 4-7pm, we will arrange for an alternate adult to conference with your child about their progress and celebrations this school year. To sign up, please contact your child's teacher.

Student Led Conferences--Alternate Adults

If you can set aside some time to conference with a Longbranch student about their goals, progress, and celebrations this year, we'd love to have you. We have about 200 students who currently do not have an adult to conference with. If you can give 10-15 minutes for a child or for children, please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/k0oPzAZEZaf5gB6v2

Parent Leadership Info & Events

Updated: April 30

SBDM Elections

Our School-Based Decision Making Council Elections are tomorrow May 1st from 8:15 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Longbranch.

You can view the candidate bios here: http://www.boone.kyschools.us/school_home.aspx?schoolid=17

Please make sure you bring ID to vote.

Please send any questions to Kelly Lusk at kelly.lusk@alumni.vanderbilt.edu

or call her at 615-305-7835.

Yearbook Orders are due by Friday 5/5

You still have a chance to order your child’s 2016-2017 yearbook!

We have extended the date for orders to this coming Friday 5/5/17.

Place Orders online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com. Our school code is 12663317.

You can also pick up a hard copy of the form in the office at Longbranch if you prefer to order that way.

Questions? Contact Rachel Pearson at rachelp79@gmail.com or at 859-630-1151.

School Supply Kits

School supply kit order forms should have come home with your student.

You can order these online or send your form back to school. Orders are due by 5/17.

Order online at www.shopttkits.com and use account number 25533

Please make any checks to Longbranch Elementary PTA.

Questions? Contact Kelly Lusk at kelly.lusk@alumni.vanderbilt.edu.

5TH Grade Lock In Volunteers

We need volunteers for our 5th Grade Lock in coming up on May 5th-May 6th! If you can help out, please sign up at the following link:


All volunteers must have a background check on file. Please check with the office to see if we have one on file for you.

Yearbook Photos


If you’d like to make sure your child and his/her activities at Longbranch make it in the yearbook for this year, then please send your photos to us!

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. If you would rather send them in another format that is fine too!

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

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Questions? Need help logging in?

Contact: waysandmeans.longbranchpta@gmail.com

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.


Last Day of School

The last day of school is still a little in the air BECAUSE we are waiting to hear from the state if they will forgive the emergency day we requested for March 1st. The application has been sent to the commissioner, but we await a state school board meeting for approval or denial.

As of TODAY, the last day is May 25th. If the emergency day is approved, the last day is May 24th. We've never NOT had an emergency day approved so we're operating under the assumption that it will be and the last day will be the 24th for students. However, that's not 100% solid.

So, the last day is either the 24th or 25th. We think your kids are hoping for the 24th. :)

SBDM Parent Elections

Elections will take place on Monday between 8:30am and 7pm. Please stop by and cast your ballot. We are electing two parents of the three running. You can view their bios and letters of interest here.

Girls on the Run Color Run Take 2 (Wednesday after school)

We will run with the girls after school on Wednesday. We will throw color and we will have a great time. If you registered for our Saturday run and you cannot come up on Wednesday you have two options:

1. Donate your registration fee to the Make a Wish for Mya campaign.
2. Request a refund from kathy.molen@boone.kyschools.us

Girls on the Run Penny War to Benefit Mya's Wish

Thank you to all who participated. We raised over $700 through the penny war.
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Thank you, parents!

Thank you to our parents for working the booths and inflatables at the carnival, for manning the volunteer room, for creating and facilitating the silent auction, for serving on the action team, for coming early to set up, and for staying late to take it all down. Thank you to our food vendors and to our patrons. We hope you had a great time!

Congratulations, Amanda Scroggin! You ran an amazing action team who did an incredible job creating a spring fun event for our community!!

Spring Events

Girls on the Run: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Little Mermaid Gold: Mondays and Wednesdays
Little Mermaid Maroon: Tuesdays and Thursdays

May 1: SBDM Parent Elections from 8:30am to 7pm, Grandparent Event postponed until fall.
May 2 and 4: Student Led Conferences
May 3: Color Run after school
May 5: Spirit Day--Hat Day and Popcorn Friday and 5th Grade Lock In
May 8: Jim Basketball Jones Assembly
May 9: SBDM at 4:30 and Boone County Honor Choir at Florence Baptist on Mt. Zion at 6pm

May 9-15: State Testing Window

May 11, 12, 13: Little Mermaid Performances: https://www.smore.com/sdm6d

May 16 and 17: Muffins with Mom (days divided by alphabet) 7:45am

May 18 and 19: Doughnuts with Dad (days divided by alphabet) 7:45am

May 11: School Board Meeting 7:30pm at Ralph Rush Center
May 12: Kona Ice Day

May 15: Day of Play in May for Incoming K

May 18: Florence Freedom Night

May 19: WIG Celebration Day

May 22 and 23: Field Days

May 22: Kindergarten Celebration of Learning Evening at 6pm

May 24: Last Day for Students and Spirit Day: Sign My Shirt Day and 5th Grade Promotion at 6pm. 5th grade final hallway walk at 3:15pm. 5th grade parents welcome.

This Week's Events

7 Habits 101

Sharpen the Saw!

Students who sharpen the saw regularly have a greater output of performance in work or school tasks. To sharpen the saw means you take time to nurture your mind, body, and soul so you can be your best you. Tagline: Balance is best.

LOOKS LIKE: From an adult perspective, you take time daily to mediate, walk the dog, read for enjoyment, attend a painting class, play an instrument, run with a friend, etc. Daily you or your child participate in something that brings you joy and balance to your life. Did you just say, "I don't have time for that"? You don't NOT have time for that. There's very solid research that would tell you that if you do this daily, your productivity will skyrocket.

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