Longfellow Newsletter

Week of: March 28th-April 3rd

First Bell-7:50 am / Tardy Bell-7:55 am

Every Student Counts, Every Moment Matters! #ICCSDtogether

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Message From Principal Webb

Hello families-

I hope everyone is doing well! I want everyone to know the Longhorn staff misses each and everyone of our students!

The staff has been collaborating using zoom and trying to plan how teachers/staff will continue to connect with students during this shut down.

Please join us on Facebook (linked below)if you can this week as we will have a virtual spirit week. You can email me pictures or post them to Facebook. We will also be taking our Longfellow Spirits down the street as we are planning a staff cruise (parade) down the Longfellow Neighborhood Streets! (More information to come soon)

I have updated some more resources below.

Please remember that the school campus is CLOSED and this means playground and soccer fields.

We will get through this together!

Resource Link Here:https://docs.google.com/document/d/18xt4OvrkLNQ2Wfd4rG6mPl0-_v-pT3N2rDj8yg9Z_j4/edit


Kelli Webb

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The Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa

The Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa has developed a fairly comprehensive guide around COVID-19 in several translated languages—see link


· Bureau of Refugee Services will continue business as usual, with adjust procedures in response to the pandemic. If refugees have questions, concerns, whatever, pertaining to their benefits, unemployment, etc. they can reach our office at 1914 Carpenter Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314 or call 515-875-5600. We have staff remaining in-house that will be able to assist accordingly—we have culturally and linguistically appropriate infrastructure to assist clientele.

Please, if there are any questions, feel free to contact me at msucesk@dhs.state.ia.us


Student Nutrition

The Iowa City Community School District has established drive-through or walk-up meal pick-up locations at a number of sites while schools are closed. Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, the District will provide both lunch for the day and breakfast for the following day. Meals will be distributed between 11 am and 1 pm. Families are asked to stay in their car and wait for the meals to be brought to the vehicle and passed through the window. The District will provide a number of meals based on the number of children in the car ages 1-18.

Meal Pick-up Sites:
City High School
Hills Elementary School
North Central Junior High School
Northwest Junior High School
Twain Elementary School
West High School
Wood Elementary School
Breckenridge Mobile Home Park (12:10 PM – 1:00 PM only)
Cole's Communities Mobile Home Park (11:00 AM – 11:50 AM only)
Forest View Mobile Home Park (12:10 PM – 1:00 PM only)
Hilltop Mobile Home Park (11:00 AM – 11:50 AM only)
Lakeridge Mobile Home Park (11:00 AM – 11:50 AM only)
Regency Mobile Home Park (12:10 PM – 1:00 PM only)

This program will be solely for pick-up of meals and meals will not be consumed on-site. The District encourages families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed. Meals are intended for immediate consumption and should be stored/refrigerated as needed. Additional resources for food assistance can be found through the United Way of Johnson County or through the HACAP Food Reservoir.

Parent Teacher Association-(PTA) Information

The Latest News from the Longfellow PTA:

Happy Spring Break, Longhorns!

I hope you’re all staying healthy and enjoying this time with your family!

I wanted to reach out to you regarding the Longfellow silent & service auction. We WILL hold the online silent & service auction – it will just be delayed a little bit. We will make a plan once we know more about timing and when the kids will return to school.

This year the auction will be completely online! That includes all bids and payments. All items won will have arrangements made to be dropped off (at school/home) or mailed (for out of state). More information and the link will come later in April.

Right now we are furiously working to finish collecting our generous vendor donations. In addition, we are asking you for your service donations for our service auction! These can be any service you would like to offer to the community. It could be running errands for a day or petsitting for a weekend. You could offer free childcare for a night or a tray of goodies. Other popular donations from the past have been repair services, a meal made/delivered to your house, garden goodies or flowers delivered (in the summer). Do you enjoy sports? Offer lessons in soccer, baseball, volleyball, or golf. Are you a crafter? Offer lessons in sewing, crocheting, knitting, or painting. Do you make authentic cultural food? Offer lessons or a meal for a family. The service auction is all about offering our talents and connecting with others in our Longfellow community.

To donate to the service and/or silent auction, please contact Janeen Van Etten at janeenmk@yahoo.com.

If you would like to donate something to the silent/service auction, you may also consider purchasing a gift certificate from a local small business and donating it to the silent auction. In this time where we are protecting our community by staying home, our small businesses are going to suffer. Consider supporting our local small businesses who support Longfellow! Examples of those small businesses who have supported Longfellow in the past are as follows: DeLuxe Bakery, Home Ec Workshop, Big Picture Gallery & Studio, 2 Dogs Pub, AirFx, Planet 3, SkyZone, Bounce Party Supplies, Bowman Chiropractic Associates, Day Dream Comics, Encounter Café, Englert Theater, Every Bloomin Thing, Fin & Feather, Groovy Katz Salon & Spa, Cookies & More, Hands Jewelers, Haunted Book Shop, Heartland Yoga, Heyn’s Ice Cream, Hills Bank, Hobby Corner, Kathy’s Pies, Hudson’s Tap, Iowa Gym Nest, Kidworks & Houseworks, Stuff Etc., Leaf Kitchen, Leash on Life, Mexico Lindo, Film Scene, Molly’s Cupcakes, Millstream Brewing Company, Monica’s Bistro, Old Creamery Theatre, Playtime Poppy, Prairie Lights Bookstore, Raygun, Renee’s Ceramics, Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, rsvp, Silver Spider, The Knitting Shoppe, Theatre Cedar Rapids, Sno Biz, The Mill, World of Bikes. I’m sure there are others so please let me know if I missed someone! It was not intentional. I will add them in future emails.

We are very fortunate to have so many generous small businesses in our community. Let’s do our part to help them during this time!

To donate to the service and/or silent auction, please contact Janeen Van Etten at janeenmk@yahoo.com.

Thanks so much!


volunteer opportunties

Service Opportunities
Many of our students and school district families will be facing significant challenges in the coming days. If you would like to help as we explore ways to provide educational opportunities and resources for our District families, please visit the ICCSD Foundation’s website for support. While we appreciate the offers that we have been receiving as far as volunteer efforts, we would ask all individuals to stay away from our buildings and lunch/breakfast distribution sites. For needs that are outside of the District’s areas of influence, and would be best served by social service agency partners, please visit the United Way's Community Disaster Relief Fund donation page.

community food resources

Community Crisis Services and Food Bank; 1121 South Gilbert Street, Iowa City, IA, 52240. Food Pantry open: Mon, Wed, Fri 12pm-4:30pm, Tuesday, 12pm-7pm, and Thursday 9:30am-4:30pm, and Saturday, 9:30am-2pm.

IC Compassion Food Pantry; 1035 Wade St, Iowa City, IA, 52240. Food Pantry Open: Wednesday, 12pm-4pm and Thursday, 5:30pm-7:00pm.

During this time make sure you get outside, drink lots of water, and take care of yourselves.

latest district communication

Questions and More Information
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and many individuals have questions that we cannot necessarily answer through our daily communications. We have been capturing these questions and organizing them on our COVID-19 resource webpage (www.IowaCitySchools.org/COVID19). This is an unprecedented time in our District, our community, our state, and our country. As we plan for schools being closed through April 12, please know the District’s priority is our students and staff. Your health and your family’s health are most important. This includes not only your physical health but also mental well-being during these difficult times. We highly encourage everyone to follow the recommendations that are being provided by Governor Kim Reynolds and other state and national organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and Johnson County Public Health.

Upcoming Events for Longhorns:

3/27- Talent Show!-postponed

4/6-4/8- ISASP testing-- canceled

4/8- 6th grade field trip--canceled

4/18- PTA Carnival--postponed-online auction is still going on!!!

5/7- Bike Rodeo and Longfellow Book Fair 5/7 from 4-7 pm and 5/8 from 3-5 pm

5-12- Track and Field Day for 5th and 6th graders

5/18- Iowa Steel Drum Band Visits

ISASP update

The state of Iowa has directed that ISASP will be waived this year:

Administration of the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP)
The administration of the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress will be waived for the 2019-2020 school year.

City High Summer Camps

It is that time of year to begin to sign-up for summer camps offered at City High. See what camps will be offered this summer and sign-up for them using the following link: https://iccityhighsportscamps.myonlinecamp.com/. Please direct any questions or concerns you may have to City High Athletic Director Phillip Hansen at hansen.phillip@iowacityschools.org. Go Little Hawks!
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District flyers and other information

Longfellow Elementary School

Every student counts. Every moment matters.

ADDRESS: 1130 Seymour Ave., Iowa City, IA 52240

PHONE: 319-688-1135

FAX: 319-688-1136

Kelli Webb, Principal

Amanda Mosley, SFA

Stacia Nkumu, Principal Secretary

Non-Discrimination Policy:

It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact the Director of Equity, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, (319) 688-1000.