Longfellow Log

Week Ending 6/4

Important Dates/Reminders and Notes

  • Wednesday, June 9th 1:30 - 2:15 - Whole School Bingo (see below for details)
  • Thursday, June 10th - Last Day of School

Happy Pride Month

Ms. Heide and Ms. Conroy's 5th graders made a beautiful display on the playground!
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Work with Hasani Cannon, former Longfellow Bear

We have been so fortunate to have former Longfellow Bear, Hasani Cannon, as our Artist in Residency this spring. The opportunity was funded by a community grant from an anonymous donor to the D97 PTO Council.

Hasani created a mixed-media painting after getting input from all of our K-5 students that will be displayed in the office. The image has also been printed on sketchbooks for all of the students that Ms. Ruff, Ms. Carr and I are passing out this week during art.

I thought you might enjoy watching some or all of the interview I did with Hasani talking about all of the elements included in the painting.

Ms. Raia

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3rd Trimester Celebration - Whole School Bingo- Wednesday, June 9th

The PBIS teams have chosen to do school-wide BINGO for our trimester 3 celebration. We are so proud of how students have followed the Longfellow Motto of being respectful, responsible and safe. This will take place on Wednesday, June 9th from 1:30-2:15 via Zoom. The classroom teacher will project the game for in-person learners; the remote students should log in at 1:30. See link below.

Zoom Information

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 899 5109 7847
Passcode: bears


Here is the latest edition of the Bears Bulletin student newspaper, created by Ms. Nelson's Newspaper Club students, who met with her via Zoom over the past 8 weeks. Congratulations Newspaper Club on a job well done!

HERE is the link to the newspaper.

Important Message from Nurse Cronin

Longfellow Families who have medication stored in the health office for asthma, allergies, or daily medication needs, please come by on the last day of school for medication pick up. Nurse Cronin will be outside the main office to sign your medication out with you. She will also be reaching out to families that this applies to.

Super Summer Math is Back!

Super Summer Math is starting up again this year! Registration is now through 6/8. Prize pickup will be in person this year (please wear a mask!). Contact vp_enrichment@longfellowpto.org or supersummermath@longfellowpto.org with any questions.

Please sign up on the website, at https://sites.google.com/longfellowpto.org/d97-super-summer-math or at the form directly: https://forms.gle/tYkoL4XyLkg49Fyr6

Longfellow Science Fair

We have several kids who completed Virtual Science Fair projects this year! Please visit https://sites.google.com/longfellowpto.org/science-fair/ to view the projects. Congrats to Brighe, Hadley, Owen, and Dominic for their great projects! If you have a project that you didn't get in on time, it's not too late - send it to vp_enrichment@longfellowpto.org!


End of Year Class Picnics

While this year's celebrations look different, we are so happy we can have our classrooms have a picnic (extended recess) at the end of the year. Between Friday, June 4th and Thursday, June 10th (last day of school) each class will have an opportunity for a class picnic. Remote students may join their class but this year no parents are able to come so they will need to be dropped off and picked up. Our 5th graders will be celebrating at Barrie Park and our K - 4th graders will have their picnics at Longfellow Park. Your child's homeroom teacher will share the exact day and time.

Summer iPads and Restrictions


The students will be bringing home their iPads this summer so we want to share some restriction tips you may want to put in place.

Mr. Arensdorff created this video which shares how to enable restrictions - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pEaHXbqLqLs4rPJb6HasdWwO-bO9y7Ke/view

Parents can sign up for the Securly program through the tech department to restrict / monitor their child's iPad. This can be done by completing the Securly Parent Portal Registration Form.

Parents can also use the Screen Time feature to set content and privacy restrictions. The Screen Time feature can be found in the Settings app. Here are links to Apple Support's directions on how to use Screen Time and how to set up different parental controls

(remember if you are leaving the district, you need to turn in the iPad and charger by 6/10)

PTO Fundraiser Update

Happy Friday! Thank you to all who participated so far in our final PTO fundraiser. So many Longfellow families have answered the call and supported their PTO. We have just a few gaps left (listed below) and need your help to close this out and give next year’s PTO volunteers a fresh start. Remember that these dedicated PTO individuals volunteer their time to make sure all of us have the best school year possible and they represent all of us when taking care of our Longfellow teachers or Longfellow families in need.

The numbers below are the only numbers left that we need help with. Please consider taking one of these numbers and helping us close this fundraiser out today! Remember that everyone who takes a number will be entered in the raffle for the Samsung tablet computer! Thank you for supporting your school and enjoy your weekend!

70-72, 77-79, 81-85, 87, 89-94, 104, 106-121, 124, 126-128, 130-136, 138-147, 151, 153, 154, 156-160, 162-164, & 166


District News Below

Kindergarten Ahead: Q&A Sessions for Incoming D97 Families

Incoming kindergarten families are invited to attend an upcoming Q&A session with District 97 kindergarten teachers and administrators called "Kindergarten Ahead!" During the session, we will review key learning outcomes and ways you can help prepare your child for kindergarten. We'll also take your questions about starting kindergarten in District 97.

We will host two "Kindergarten Ahead!" sessions, both of which are optional and will be held via Zoom:
  • Thursday, June 3, from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
If you are interested in attending, please register here.

Registration Information for 2021-22 School Year in D97

Online registration is currently open for the 2021-22 school year in District 97. Please visit https://www.op97.org/hr/student-registration for complete details.

Returning Student Registration Extended through June 30
Returning student registration will be entirely online and is extended through June 30 for returning students who are currently in kindergarten through seventh grade. The parent/guardian listed as PG1 in PowerSchool will receive an email from infosnap@is.op97.org with their student’s snapcode and instructions to register. Returning Student Registration Information >

Note: In order to register, Oak Park renters must have a lease that covers August 31, 2021, or the student’s first day of school.

VIDEO: "The ABCs of Registration are 'D-E-F'"
CLICK HERE for a brief video that outlines the District 97 registration process!

As you begin the process, remember that the "ABCs" of registration are "D-E-F."
  • D - Documents: All required documents must be scanned and ready to upload before starting registration.
  • E - Early: Registration is a longer process and we ask that families register early!
  • F - Finish: Registration is finished once you receive a confirmation email from the district.
New Students and Kindergarteners
Families who wish to enroll new students or kindergarteners must first gather all required documents and make an appointment to have them reviewed. At your appointment, the registrar will explain the online process, verify your documentation and child's grade level, and enter the student into the online registration system. After your appointment you will receive an email for each student with a unique link to submit that student’s registration information. Information for Incoming Kindergarteners >

Appointments can be scheduled using this link:

SAVE THE DATE: D97 Virtual Summer Step Up Program

District 97 is holding a Virtual Step Up Summer Program for students in Grades 1-8 (students who are in kindergarten through seventh grade during the 2020-21 school year). The program will run July 26 through Aug. 5, 2021 (8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. OR 12 pm. - 2:30 p.m.).

Summer Step Up is designed to support any District 97 student that could benefit from revisiting grade level standards from the previous year. Additional information and sign up forms will be shared by schools in May 2021.

District 97 to Continue Providing Free Meals to All Students

Next Meal D97 Meal Distribution: Tuesday, June 8
June Breakfast/Lunch Menus and Distribution Schedule

Meals will be provided free of cost this fall to any District 97 student in need. Each bag of food will contain five breakfasts and five lunches.

Through the end of the 2020-21 school year, meal distributions will be held every Tuesday, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Longfellow Elementary School (for Julian and feeder schools), 715 S. Highland Ave., and Brooks Middle School (for Brooks and feeder schools), 325 S. Kenilworth Ave.

Beginning Monday, June 14, meal distributions will be held every Monday during the summer.

  • Tuesday, June 8
  • Mondays: June 14, 21, 28

D97 Breakfast/Lunch Menus - June 2021

Ms. Jefferson & Mrs. Sullivan