October 18, 2021

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Last Week of the First Quarter


Just like that we will see the close of the first quarter of school on Friday. For me, it is a time to reflect on the accomplishments and areas for growth we discovered this quarter. Our staff theme is Rising PRIDE this year, and I believe we are still on the rise! This year has presented plenty of unique challenges, but I can tell you first-hand about the incredible commitment I see from our staff and PTA. That dedication helps us all navigate this year and provide the best experience we can for our students.

Soon, we will be sharing a survey which will give you an opportunity to express how you're feeling about the year and to share any ideas you have for making things even better at Longfellow. That will hopefully be out to you in the next week.

As always, we are thankful for your partnership!

Brad Talley, Principal




1. Check out our events calendar below!

2. Flu Shot Clinic at LMS on Wednesday (sign up here)

3. Meal Benefits Applications still being accepted (link)

4. PTA Updates (see #4 below)

5. Rhithm (see #5 below)

6. Guest Teachers needed! (see #6 below)

7. Awesome Math Opportunity! (register here)

8. Water bottles are recommended (see #8 below)

9. Costume expectations for Oct. 29 (see #9 below)

10. Wrestling information for 6th, 7th, & 8th (see #10 below)

11. Outside Food Deliveries are not allowed, per policy (see #11 below)

12. Check out our All About LMS Athletics flyer! (link)

13. LMS Basketball (see #13 below)

14. LMS Powerlifting (see #14 below)

15. Parent-Requested MacBook Restrictions (link)


1. LMS Calendar & Upcoming Events

Monday, October 18

Mandatory Basketball Parent Meeting (see #13 below)

LMS Powerlifting Meeting (see #14 below)

Tuesday, October 19

Football vs. Irving at NHS, 5:45pm

PTA Board Meeting

Wednesday, October 20

Flu Clinic at LMS, 1pm-3pm (see #2 below)

Friday, October 22

End of 1st Quarter

Thursday, November 4 & Friday November 5

Parent-Teacher Conferences (more info. to come)

2. Flu Shot Clinic

On Wednesday, October 20, Longfellow will host a Flu shot clinic! Click the link below to sign up:


3. Meal Benefits Form

You can still complete the Meal Benefits Application form. This opportunity will end on October 31.

We encourage everyone to complete a meal benefits form. If you already completed this form during enrollment, please disregard this message. While breakfast and lunch meals are free for all students this year, completing this form is very helpful in terms of providing funds for our school district. If your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch, he/she/they could also qualify for other helpful programs both within and outside of the school district.

To complete this form, please go to your parent portal account by clicking here.

After logging in, click on the word "more" and then "meal benefits."

If you have any questions, please call us at 405-366-5948.

Or, you can use this link to complete the form.


4. PTA

If you want to join PTA please CLICK HERE.

If you would like to donate snacks CLICK HERE.

If you would like to help with the PRIDE Store CLICK HERE.

5. Rhithm

We are excited to be rolling out Rhithm to our whole school this month. Rhithm gives students a daily opportunity to do self-reflection and engage in skills to help them throughout life. Also, it gives Principals and Counselors a way to check in on the mental, emotional, and social health of the school and individual students. We are excited to become even more connected to the needs and strengths of our students.

Click the link below to see more about Rhithm:


6. Guest Teachers

Looking for a TREAT? Come be a guest teacher at Norman Public Schools and make a difference for our students. Visit www.kellyeducationalstaffing.us to apply today!

If you know of anyone who may be interested, please send this information their way! Thank you!

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7. Awesome Math Opportunity!

Morning event in Norman, OK

Time: 10:30AM to 12:PM

Location: Ruby Grant Park Southwest Picnic Shelter

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/174468238197

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8. Water Bottles

We highly recommend students bring water bottles to school. Our water fountain bubblers are off, but our bottle fillers are working. We do not have enough cups to give out. Water bottles are the best way to go!

9. Costumes: October 29

We will allow our students to dress in costume on Friday, October 29. They will be required to follow our current dress code (Current LMS Dress Code). Also, these specific guidelines will be in place:

*No fake blood

*No real/toy weapons or clothing with weapons on it

*No clothing with violence on it

*No costume masks

While the full-body inflatable costumes are fun, they are not permitted, as they deter identification of students wearing them.

10. Wrestling (All Grades)

Check out this link and flyer for more information about 6th, 7th, or 8th grade wrestling!

Wrestling Letter
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11. Outside Food Delivery

Important Reminder of NPS Policy regarding outside food delivery:

At all sites, outside food deliveries after the school day begins will not be allowed. This will limit the number of guests in our front offices and help us protect our employees. Family members and outside guests will not be allowed to dine in our cafeterias with their children or other students. We will reassess this regularly to determine if it is safe to then allow food deliveries. Student checkouts during lunch may take more time, please consider this when making your plans. If a child forgets his/her lunch, lunch will be provided. (source: NPS Return to Learn Plan)

12. Athletics at LMS

Many students and families have had questions about what sports we offer and for which grades. Check out this flyer (linked below) to learn all about Athletics at LMS, including what sports are available, sign-up dates, information about physicals, and coaches' contact information!

Click this link for more information!

13. LMS Basketball

Longfellow Basketball sign ups have now begun. Please go to the front office and scan the QR code to sign up for Basketball. If you don't have a QR reader, you can use a friends QR reader to sign up or email their coach with any questions or needing information. Also, any student signing up for basketball must complete a physical (found in the front office) and their Rank One compliance forms (on rankonesport.com).

7th Grade Girls Basketball - RebeccaT@norman.k12.ok.us

8th Grade Girls Basketball - SBaden@norman.k12.ok.us

7th Grade Boys Basketball - jarrellmills1@ymail.com

8th Grade Boys Basketball - EmilioD@norman.k12.ok.us

The mandatory Basketball Parent Meeting is October 18th at 6PM in the Main Gymnasium at Longfellow.

14. LMS Powerlifting

If you are interested in participating in powerlifting this year at Longfellow, please contact Coach Braven Thomas at bravent@norman.k12.ok.us or have your child see him at school to sign up!

Parent meeting for powerlifting is October 18th at 6 PM in the Longfellow Gymnasium.

15. MacBook Restrictions (Google Rooms/Chat)

While MacBooks are an integral part to a lot of your child's school experience, we also know accessing the internet can have complications. Norman Public Schools does allow you to request specific restrictions for your child. You may use the form linked below to view and request these restrictions. The form has links to more specific information, as well.

We are especially seeing issues with Google Rooms and Chat, which have new emphasis on GMail. You can turn this off for your child manually using the steps below:



You may also request to have these turned off using the link below. It may affect some gaming sites, as well, if you use the form option.