Longdale Tiger Talk

Reach for the Stars - September 18, 2022

Morning Arrival

When dropping your child off in the morning between 7:20 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. use the drop off loop directly in front of the school or park in a parking space (including the handicapped spaces for a very brief moment) to allow your child to exit your vehicle safely.

Pulling up behind the parked cars in the lot and allowing your child to exit the vehicle is extremely dangerous for your child. Come to drop off a few minutes earlier to ensure a safe drop off.

When using the drop off loop, ensure your child is ready to exit your vehicle as soon as you pull up to our staff members. Family members are to stay in your car and allow our staff to open the door for your child. If your child needs more time to prepare, park in the parking lot and allow them to finish breakfast, gather there belongings and give you a hug and kiss.

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.

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.

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!


Thursday, September 22nd - Back to School STEAM Night 6:00 p.m.

Student/Family Handbook Highlights


School Board policy stipulates that one party may be held during the year on school time. This activity is scheduled during the last hour of the last school day before winter vacation.

Student Birthdays:

  • Please do not send birthday invitations to school unless you are inviting your child’s entire class.

  • For safety reasons and transportation policy, balloons, flowers, etc. are not permitted.

  • Due to various allergy and food restriction concerns, no edible treats may be sent to school or distributed at school. This includes but is not limited to cupcakes, cakes, candy, etc.

  • If you would like to eat lunch with your student to celebrate his/ her birthday, feel free to bring an edible treat for you and your child.

  • If you would like to give each student in your child’s class something in honor of his/ her birthday, non-edible treats such as stickers, pencils, etc. may be brought to school and distributed.

PTO Information

Recognition Corner

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

Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15th through October 15th, we recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month. During the four weeks, celebrations honor the heritage and contributions made by members of the Hispanic community. With great fanfare, celebrations sweep across Latin America, Central American, and Mexico, and Chili commemorating each country’s independence from week to week!

Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month originally started with one week of commemoration when it was first introduced by Congressman George E. Brown in June 1968. With the civil rights movement, the need to recognize the contributions of the Latin community gained traction in the 1960s. Awareness of the multicultural groups living in the United States was also gradually growing.

Two heavily Latinx and Hispanic populated areas, the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles, were represented by Brown. His aim was to recognize the integral roles of these communities in American history. Observation of Hispanic Heritage Week started in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson and was later extended to a 30-day celebration by President Ronald Reagan, starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law via approval of Public Law 100-402 on August 17, 1988.

World Gratitude Day

World Gratitude Day on September 21st brings the entire globe together in a day of thankfulness. The celebration joins individuals, nations, and organizations sharing their gratitude in various ways.

You might wonder why we need a World Gratitude Day. Isn’t that what Thanksgiving is for? However, not every country celebrates Thanksgiving. Besides the U.S. and Canada, there are only a handful of countries that have an official day of thanks. The observance gives every person in every country a chance to think about what they are thankful for.

Did you know that having an attitude of gratitude is good for you? Being thankful results in physical, emotional, and many other types of benefits. For example, practicing thankfulness improves sleep, lowers stress levels, and boosts the immune system. Gratitude also reduces symptoms of depression and improves self-esteem. If all that weren’t enough, practicing gratitude enhances social and professional skills. With all those benefits, how could you not want to be thankful?

If you aren’t the thankful type, World Gratitude Day would be a great time to start. Not sure where to begin? Simply be thankful for waking up and experiencing a brand new day.

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month offers opportunities for families to prevent childhood obesity early and to address the issue early. Children who have obesity issues are more likely to have those same issues as adults. Addressing them now prevents lifelong health issues such as diabetes, certain cancers, heart and sleep disorders.

Children with obesity may face physical, emotional and financial obstacles in the future, as well.


Find out how to take action at www.cdc.gov and use #ChildhoodObesityAwarenessMonth to share on social media.

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