Langston's Letters

January 23 - January 27

A Note from the Principal

Dear Langston Hughes Family,


January 31st marks the end of the first half of the school year. At this point of the school year we begin to assess student progress toward promotion. We look at student performance on classwork and tests and progress from the beginning of the year to the middle of the year on our school-wide assessments.


Any student who is not demonstrating grade-level performance or adequate progress toward grade-level performance will receive a Promotion-in-Doubt (PID) letter in February. The PID letter serves as a signal that we have approximately 3 months to help the student demonstrate enough progress that he or she can be promoted in June.


If your child receives a PID letter in February you must:


  • Make an appointment with your child's teacher for a PID meeting to discuss which areas (reading, math, or both) require extra work
  • Pay close attention to your child's homework. Check it each night.
  • Make sure that your child is reading each night.


In next week's newsletter I will share some tips for having a productive PID meeting with your child's teacher, and how it can help you get your child back on track.


Have a wonderful week!


Denean Stephens-Spellman

A Trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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Harlem Renaissance Day/Happy Birthday Langston Hughes!

February 1 is Langston Hughes' birthday and the start of African American history month. On this day we encourage our staff and students to dress in the historical style of the Harlem Renaissance era (1920s-1930s). Are you getting ready! Here are more pictures of how children dressed in the 20s and 30s. This will help you prepare to join in on the fun.
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Family Fitness Night: African Dance

Did you make a resolution to get fit and healthy in the new year? Let us help. Come join us for a free African dance class with live drumming. Our class will meet on January 23 from 6-7:15pm. This class is open to the registered students and families of the Langston Hughes School. Please RSVP by clicking the button below and completing the brief survey. We encourage students and families to dance together. All students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Dates to Remember

  • January 23: Family Fitness Night: African Dance - 6:00pm - 7:15pm

  • January 25: Trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for classes 1-280 & 1-282

  • January 25: Virtual PTA Meeting 6:30pm - 7:30pm

  • February 1: Harlem Renaissance Day/Happy Birthday Langston Hughes!

  • February 7: Attendance Meeting for Parents and Guardians @ 8:30am

  • February 9: Attendance Award Ceremony

  • February 10: STEAM Night

  • February 13: Spirit of Our Culture Week: Educators and Politicians

  • February 14: Spirit of Our Culture Week: Activists and Abolitionists

  • February 15: Spirit of Our Culture Week: Scientists, Inventors, and Doctors

  • February 16: Spirit of Our Culture Week: Athletes

  • February 17: Spirit of Our Culture Week: Artists

  • February 17: Zuzu African Acrobats

  • February 20-24: Mid-winter recess--schools closed

  • February 28: Fifth Grade HBCU College Fair