Langston's Letters

March 1 - March 5

A Note from the Principal

Dear Langston Hughes Family,

We had a wonderful time last week enjoying the creativity of the children as they celebrated the living legends and important African-American figures from the past. They researched and shared information on many whose names are not usually mentioned during African-American history month. I'm sure you will agree that the time taken to research, write about, and bring these figures to life through dress up was time well spent. I hope you and your child enjoyed learning about our history and sharing that knowledge with others. And if you want to learn even more, go to Class Dojo and enjoy the reports on African-American scientists, doctors, and inventors presented by Ms. Howard's students, or the presentations on Dr. King, Jackie Robinson, and Langston Hughes by Ms. Phillips and Ms. Roberts' 3rd graders.

While February is over, commit to continuing to explore our culture and share the richness of African-American history with your child.

Stay safe and healthy!


Denean Stephens-Spellman


Spirit of Our History Week

We had so many pictures and presentations that I've decided to split them. This week I will share the photos of our Educators, Politicians & Activists and Artists & Performers. Can you guess who these students are dressed as? Please enjoy Liam as Malcolm X, Chloe as Dr. King, Brielle as Etta James, Kayden as Bruno Mars, Liam again as Michael Jackson, Kirsten as Pop Smoke and Christian as Bob Marley.

Next week I will share pictures of the Scientists, Doctors & Inventors and the Athletes. Please go to Class Dojo to see the presentations read by our students. They shared their research on Dr. King, Jackie Robinson, Langston Hughes and many scientists and inventors. Just scroll through the postings for February 23-26.

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Chancellor's Visit

I'm sure you have heard that we now have a new Chancellor of the New York City public school system. Her name is Meisha Ross Porter. The scheduled visit to District 18 from the Chancellor has been postponed to March 31. We still want a fabulous turnout of parents from our school. If you have already registered, your registration has been switched to the new date. If not, you can register for the event at Once you register send me a message in Class Dojo so I can look for you in the meeting. The class with the highest percentage of parents in attendance will earn a prize.

Community Matters

Neighborhood Food Pantries are available to help fight food insecurity. If you are in need, don't suffer in silence. Here is a list of food pantries in our neighborhood.

Jasa East Flatbush Senior Center

650 Remsen Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11236

Phone: (718) 345-0222

Tel: 718-859-7491

Brooklyn Faith SDA Church

5518 Church Avenue, 11203

347 691 0293

Soup Kitchen: Fri 12pm-3pm, or until food runs out;

Food Pantry: Thu 2pm-4pm

God's Battalion Prayer Church

661 Linden Blvd., 11203

718 774 5447 x114

Food Pantry: Tue, Thu 9am-12pm

International Pentecostal City Mission Food Program

9202-14 Church Ave., 11236

516 817 7922

Food Pantry: Sat 11am-1pm. ID required, bring sturdy bag. Blood Pressure monitoring program 1st Sat of month 10am-12pm, Numerous other health services - call for info. Services and programs for: SNAP, legal assistance, eviction prevention, HEAP, SBS, job training, GED, SAT, teen programs, counseling, immigration assistance, seasonal tax prep, and adult social services.

Beyond Hunger Food Pantry/CAMBA Inc.

21 Snyder Ave, 11226

718 282 3082

Food Pantry: Tue, Thu 10am-1pm.

Please bring ID to enter the building and reusable bags after first visit or shopping a cart. We serve anyone in need of emergency food. Can visit once per month - 1st week last names A-F, 2nd week last names G-L, 3rd week last names M-S, 4th week last names T-Z. Please always call our food program before visiting us for the most updated information.

Our Lady of Refuge Pantry

2020 Foster Ave., 11210

718 434 2090

Food Pantry: Wed 10am-1pm. Bring photo ID

Bread of Life Food Pantry

781 East 93rd Street, 11236

347 955 4403 Food Pantry: Sat 1pm-3pm. ID required

Canarsie Cluster Food Pantry (Our Lady of Miracles)

757 E. 86th St., 11236

347 400 7141

Food Pantry: Sat 10am-11:30am. ID required.

Salvation Army Brownsville Corps

280 Riverdale Avenue, 11212

718 345 7050 x4026 Food Pantry: Mon-Thu 9am-12pm, 1:30pm-4pm. Fri by appointment. Photo ID, proof of address and proof of income required for registration.

Urban Strategies Inc

61-71 Riverdale Avenue, 11212

718 346 2118

Food Pantry: Tue 8am-10am.

Photo ID required. Emergency food available

Mt. Hebron Food for Life Pantry

167 Chester St., 11212

646 220 1826

Food Pantry: Sat 9am-10:30am.

Photo ID required.

St. James Holiness Church

89 Legion St, 11212

718 723 0138

Food Pantry: Thu 10am-11am.

Photo ID required

Society of St. Vincent de Paul at Saint Catherine of Genoa Church

520 Linden Boulevard, 11203

718 282 7162

Food Pantry: Thu 10:30am-1:30pm.

ID required.

Dates to Remember

  • March 3 - Half-day 11:00am dismissal
  • March 3 - Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences 12:30pm-2:30pm and 4:30pm-7:00pm
  • March 8 - SLT Meeting 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • March 24 - PTA/Town Hall Meeting 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • March 29-April 2 - Spring Recess
  • March 31 - Chancellor Porter visits District 18 6:30pm-7:30pm

Instructional Schedule

  • March 1 - Remote Mondays: Asynchronous learning; limited access to teachers
  • March 2-5 - In person instruction Tuesday through Friday
  • March 3 - Half-day for all students
  • March 8 - Remote Mondays: Asynchronous learning; limited access to teachers
  • March 9-12 - In person instruction Tuesday through Friday
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