Longdale Tiger Talk

Reach for the Stars - September 25, 2022

Amazing Back to School STEAM Night!!

I was great to see so many families enjoying our Back to School STEAM Night. Your children were so excited to share with you things they have learned this week. Check out our Facebook page to see pictures from our fun evening together.


September 28 - PTO Skate Night @ Skateland in Ashland 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. (see flyer below)

October 5th - Student/Staff Holiday

October 27th - Pumpkin Parade @ Longdale 5:30 - 7:30

PTO Information


SOL Opt-Out Policies

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 requires Title I schools to notify parents of their ability to request information about district/state opt-out policies related to SOL testing. If you would like information about these policies contact our School Testing Coordinator, Debbie Cochran, at dscochran@henrico.k12.va.us to request information.

Attendance and Accreditation

Did you know?

Our school can lose accreditation if too many students miss too much time from school.

What is Chronic Absenteeism?

Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10 percent or more of the school year, regardless of reason. Chronic absenteeism includes excused and unexcused absences. For accountability purposes, students with a chronic absenteeism rate of 10.00 percent or greater are chronically absent.

To maintain accreditation, no more than 15.0% can miss 18 or more days of school.

Did you know?

The chronic absenteeism rate for Longdale during 2019 was 6.81%. This was pre-COVID, pre-quarantines. Last school year our chronic absenteeism rate was 27.35%. This includes COVID quarantines. The chronic absenteeism component was waived by the State for last school year.

To learn more about how attendance impacts school accreditation check out the document below from the Virginia Department of Education.

Breakfast Service

We serve breakfast daily from 7:20 a.m. - 7:40 a.m. To ensure your child is able to get breakfast, be sure they arrive at school no later than 7:40 a.m. Breakfast is a very important part of starting a child's day.

If your child is going to be late, please provide them breakfast before bringing them to school.

If your child should arrive after 7:40 a.m., escort them to the office to get a tardy slip. Please do not let your child out of the car in the parking lot.

Thank you for your effort in getting your child to school on time this school year.

Early Check-outs

We have had a significant increase in the number of early check outs over the past few weeks. Our instructional schedule continues until 2:00 p.m. Most classes are engaged in math, science, writing, etc. until the very end of the day. Your child misses instruction when they are signed out early. The occasional appointment is understandable but several times a week can put your child at an academic disadvantage.

The office is extremely busy from 1:30 p.m. through 2:30 p.m. If you must pick up your child for the occasional appointment please do so before 1:30 p.m. This will reduce your wait time.

Thank you for your support and cooperation!

Afternoon Student Pick-up

Afternoon student pick-up begins at 2:00 p.m.

All students are to be picked up no later than 2:30 p.m. If you arrive after 2:30 p.m. you will need to park your car and walk to the front office to pick up your child.



Policy on Chronic Absenteeism:
  1. Between the second and third day of an absence (excused or unexcused) direct contact will be made with the Parents/guardians by the teacher.

  2. If a student is absent for three consecutive days, the teacher must call the family and inquire about the student’s absences.

  3. After the fifth day of an absence (excused or unexcused), direct contact will be made with the Parents/guardians by a member of the attendance team.

  4. After the fourth unexcused absence, a warning letter will be sent home notifying the families of the attendance policy.

  5. After the fifth day of an unexcused absence, direct contact will be made with the Parents/guardians by the school social worker and an intervention plan will be created. A second letter will be sent home as well.

  6. After the tenth day of an unexcused absence, a conference with the attendance team will be set up within 10 school days. A third letter will be sent home as well.

  7. After this conference, any additional unexcused absences will be reported to the School Social Worker to continue to address. A fourth letter will be sent home if a student reaches 15 unexcused absences.

  • A student will be withdrawn from the school roll if absent for 15 consecutive days. If you are moving, please notify the office in advance.

Students leaving early must be signed out in the office by a parent with a valid ID. Avoid picking up your child(ren) between 1:30 and 2:05, classes are preparing for dismissal and it is extremely difficult to locate students and safely escort them to the office.

Recognition Corner

Each week we will highlight different recognition events. Click this button to access the National Day Calendar website.

International Week of the Deaf

International Week of the Deaf during the last week of September draws attention to the accomplishments of people who are deaf and also promotes their rights. (It is also known as the Deaf Awareness Week or International Week of Deaf People.)

During this week, organizations publicize many activities and informational campaigns to educate people about deafness. Additionally, companies and agencies often mark the event. Schools, colleges, and universities hold awareness events as well.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports around 466 million people worldwide to have disabling hearing loss (1). Of those, 34 million are children. 60% of childhood hearing loss is due to preventable causes. The WHO estimates 1.1 billion young people between 12 and 35 years of age at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings such as music concerts.


Recognize achievements of deaf people and those who were instrumental in their advancement. Notable figures include bodybuilder/actor Lou Ferrigno, actress Marlee, actor Leslie Nielsen, Girls Scouts of America founder Juliette Low, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, Guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend of The Who.

Visit the website World Federation of the Deaf.

Use #WeekOfTheDeaf or #IWDeaf to follow on social media.

Rosh Hashanah (September 25-27th)

Every year in the fall, Jews around the world celebrate the Jewish New Year. This two-day festival is called Rosh Hashanah, which translates to “Head of the Year.”

The biblical name for Rosh Hashanah is Yom Teruah, which means “day of shouting or blasting.” For this reason, it’s customary to blow the shofar in the synagogue during the holiday. A shofar is a ram’s horn trumpet that was used by ancient Jews during religious ceremonies. The holiday begins at sundown on the Hebrew calendar date of 1 Tishrei. The month of Tishrei occurs either in September or October on the Gregorian calendar.

Here are some more facts surrounding this celebratory Jewish holiday:

  • Along with celebrating the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah celebrates the creation of the world.
  • The holiday always begins 163 days after Passover.
  • The first morning of this holiday will never fall on Sunday, Wednesday, or Friday.
  • On each day of Rosh Hashanah, exactly 100 notes are blown on the shofar.
  • The shofar is not blown if the holiday lands on Shabbat, or the Sabbath.
  • Considered a “High Holy Day,” Jewish people are not supposed to work on this holiday.
  • A popular greeting during this holiday is “shanah tovah”” which means, “for a good year.”

While many Jewish people enjoy a nice nap on the Sabbath, this is not the case with Rosh Hashanah. According to the Talmud, if one sleeps at the beginning of the year, his good fortune also sleeps. Some people take this so seriously, they don’t sleep at all during this holiday.

Helpful Links

2022-23 Student/Family Handbook

Click this link for the Staff/Family Handbook where you can find answers to many questions about Longdale Elementary.

Longdale Monthly Meals Menus

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Henrico Public Schools Online Services

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School hours are 7:40 a.m. – 2:10 p.m. Monday - Friday

Office hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday