Back to School Updates

from Longbranch Elementary (Updated August 5th)

Students' First Day: August 16th

Porch Pop In Feedback Requested

Please give us your feedback about this year's Porch Pop Ins:

Meet the Teacher Night: August 9th

We welcome ALL of the Longhorns back to school on August 9th for Meet the Teacher Night. Some of you may meet your teacher at your porch pop in, but we still want you to come out to school, check out your new classroom, and complete some of your back to school "stuff" before the year starts and see what we've done with the place!

4pm: AM kindergarten

5pm: PM kindergarten and 5th Grade

6pm: Grades 1 and 4

7pm: Grades 2 and 3

Volunteer Opportunity: Help Collect Fees on August 9th

If you'd like to sign up to collect fees for your child's teacher on Wednesday, please click here and sign up. THANKS!!

Parent Handbook and School Policies

Click here to navigate to the school website. Handbook/FAQ and Policies are both listed under the Parent section. These are helpful to read before the first day of school.

School Supplies and Kits

The school supply list is on our website and was sent to all area stores on July 1st. If you ordered a kit, it will be waiting for you in your classroom. If you want to bring in your supplies on August 9th, you absolutely can.

School Fees

$70 for grades 3-5 and $65 for grades K-2 (no agenda fee)

Payable by
  • Cash
  • Check payable to Longbranch Elementary
  • Online here: Coming soon.

Why fees? The fee includes a technology fee, a unified arts fee, a workbook fee, an agenda fee, and a general fee that is deposited in the grade level's account to be used for things such as construction paper, graph paper, markers, crayons, laminating film, etc. throughout the year.


It's vitally important that we know how your child will get home on the first day of school. Please give this information directly to the teacher at Meet the Teacher Night.

Look up bus info here:
At time of newsletter publish, this link is still not activated by the district. Check back Monday!!

I'm strongly, strongly, strongly, strongly, STRONGLY encouraging you to allow your kids to travel home in the manner they will travel home the rest of the school year on the first day. Having kids as a parent pickup on day one but bus/daycare van the rest of the year creates undue chaos at dismissal for two consecutive days. We do not release our buses or daycare vans until every child is accounted for. 650 kids on hot buses waiting to track down a handful of kiddos is not ideal. If we can have a plan of action in place before day one that is accurate for the year, it is ideal. It's truly easier for the child and for the full staff to send kids home on day one exactly like they'll go home the rest of the year. We REALLY appreciate your cooperation with this.

Daycare Bus Numbers and Alternate Stops

  • We do not have ANY daycares in district, however many local daycares transport to and from Longbranch. If your child attends daycare, you will need to fill out an alternate transportation form located on our school webpage in the announcements section.
  • If your child will be transported to the YMCA this year via school bus, you will need to fill out an alternate transportation form located on our school webpage in the announcements section. This year's bus number is #4 for YMCA in the morning and after school. For mid-day K transport---Bringing PM K's to Longbranch: Bus 250. Taking AM K's to the YMCA: Bus 281
  • You can scan and send the form to or drop off in the office on August 9th.

Form can be found in the center of the webpage here:

Bus Stop and TIming Information

At the time of newsletter publish, the online route finder is still not complete. When it is ready, the link below will be active. You can click the link, enter your address, and it will tell you your stop information. Be sure to select Longbranch Elementary as the stop may be used for more than one grade level.

PLEASE check your routes. Our bus district received 10 new buses. Many bus numbers have changed and most routes have been pushed back 15 minutes.

Bus Practice Runs: August 14th

All buses will drive their routes on August 14th. Students can wait at their stops and meet their driver.

Lunch Fee Deposits

Payable by:
Cash (in envelope with your child's first and last name and homeroom teacher's name)
Check payable to Longbranch Cafeteria
Online here:

Two members of our cafeteria staff will also be in attendance at Meet the Teacher Night to collect lunch fees in the cafeteria.

**NEW** Parent Leadership Teams

We just added 6 new parent leadership teams! If you want to lead Boxtops, Childcare, Book Fairs, School Pictures, Spiritwear, or Tailgating this year...please click here to sign up:

Volunteering at School

We'd LOVE to have you volunteer at school or at home this year. You will need a state background check to volunteer at school. From our school website, click Forms>Background Check. Print, complete, and send the form and $10 in to school.

You also need to complete our school volunteer training here:

New District Grading Policy and Scale

The Boone County Schools have officially moved to a 10 point grading scale effective with the 17.18 school year. Moving forward, our grading scale will be:

90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
69 and below = Incomplete

Anything below a 70 will be considered Incomplete. A student scoring an Incomplete in any content area will experience remediation either during or after school until the grade is at 70 or above. If the grade remains Incomplete at the end of the school year, it will become a D or F. Our goal is mastery of content so D's and F's will not be a part of our vocabulary unless we are experiencing an exceptional circumstance.

Remediation may occur during the core content class, during the extension block, or as a part of before or after school ESS.
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Year eight will be the year of #LonghornsCAN. Our teachers are focusing on empowering instruction this year, giving students more control over their learning with strategic coaching, and raising the bar for every student at our school. Whenever you catch something fabulous showing the power of empowering students to lead their own learning, showing the habits at home, or showing the incredible impact the Longhorns have on our community, share it on social media with the hashtag #LonghornsCAN.
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