Longbranch Family Newsletter

Week of April 3rd

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We're getting ready to host our very first spring carnival and we need lots and lots of Longhorn parents to contribute to make this day a big success for our kids and their families.

Please sign up for a slot here. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy the event with your family after your shift:


We also need 24 pop-up tents to borrow that day. If you can loan us one for the day, please email Amanda at amanda.scroggin24@gmail.com.

Spring Carnival Prize Patrol

We're asking for donations from our families for the prizes for the spring carnival. Please send into school with your child. THANKS!!

Kindergarten - Bags of Candy

1st Grade - Bags of DumDum suckers

2nd Grade - Bags of Balloons

3rd Grade - plastic grocery bags

4th Grade - 2 Liters of soda

5th Grade - 2 Liters of soda
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It's Autism Awareness Week at Longbranch!

Learning About a Common Difference at Our School

On Monday at Monday Morning Meeting, Mrs. Kegley's 5th grade Genius Group will be presenting their research to the student body on Autism. They've spent weeks learning about this difference, interviewing parents, and working with students.

Throughout the week, our students will have the opportunity to watch an informational video about students with Autism. We want our students to understand why students with Autism are who they are and what makes them unique and how we can best interact with them at school to be a great friend.

Finally, on Friday we will all wear blue to show our friends with Autism that we stand together as a family of Longhorns and we appreciate everyone's difference.

Would you like to learn more about Autism? Watch this video our students will be watching this week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0w6carvS8k

This Week's Events

Parent Leadership Info & Events

We need LOTS of Volunteers for our Spring Carnival

Our Spring Carnival is coming up on Saturday, April 29th from 3:00pm – 8:00pm

(with a Special Needs Families Only Hour from 2:00 – 3:00pm).

With over 100 volunteer spots, we need LOTS of families to step up to help us make it a success!

To sign up for a shift, please do so at this link! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UcFb_uCO6jxyhUOPh


We also need your tents!

We need a lot of pop up tents for all our booths for the carnival!

We promise to take good care of them and return them afterward! Please let us know if you have any pop up tents that we can borrow for the day!

The Carnival has FREE ADMISSION!

50¢ per game ticket

Carnival Games Range from 1-3 tickets to play

$10 Wristband for


Beat the lines! Pre-sale tickets & wristbands are going on now!

To order game tickets and/or wristbands, please send money and the bottom of the form coming home with your child this week in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and homeroom teacher by 4/21, marked “Carnival Pre-Sale Tickets.”

Make checks payable to: Longbranch PTA

*$50.00 bank fee for returned checks

Questions? Contact amanda.scroggin24@gmail.com

Yearbook Photos


If you’d like to make sure your child and his/her activities at Longbranch make it in the yearbook for this year, then please send your photos to us!

Our yearbook coordinator cannot be at all the awesome events that go on with our students throughout the year and needs your help in making sure we get a large variety of kids and activities included in the book!

Please email photos that you would like to submit for possible inclusion in the yearbook, along with the names and grade of the students in each picture, to longbranchyearbook@gmail.com. If you would rather send them in another format that is fine too!

Any questions, contact the VP of Communications, Rachel Pearson, at communications.longbranchpta@gmail.com.

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Kroger Cards Help Generate BIG MONEY for Our School

Kroger donates 4% of all money you spend after you scan your Kroger Plus card as long as you connect the Plus card to our Longbranch PTA account.

If 400 families connected their cards and spent $100 a week at Kroger, each family would make $4 per week. That's $1600 a week. That's $19,000 a quarter. That's unreal. That's plain and simple easy money.

We encourage you to visit Kroger.com and create an account. Click Community Rewards. Search for Longbranch and connect your plus card with Longbranch PTA. It's the EASIEST fundraiser you'll ever participate in, period.


7 Habits 101

Sharpen the Saw!

Students who sharpen the saw regularly have a greater output of performance in work or school tasks. To sharpen the saw means you take time to nurture your mind, body, and soul so you can be your best you. Tagline: Balance is best.

LOOKS LIKE: From an adult perspective, you take time daily to mediate, walk the dog, read for enjoyment, attend a painting class, play an instrument, run with a friend, etc. Daily you or your child participate in something that brings you joy and balance to your life. Did you just say, "I don't have time for that"? You don't NOT have time for that. There's very solid research that would tell you that if you do this daily, your productivity will skyrocket.

Spring Events

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: Girls on the Run after school

April 3: Star Spring Benchmark Window Opens and 2nd Grade to the Nature Center
April 6: Lifetouch Spring Pictures
April 7: Spirit Day: Flip Flop Friday and Popcorn Friday
April 10-14: Spring Break
April 19: 2nd Grade to the Nature Center
April 20: School Board Meeting at 7:30pm and Kona Ice Day
April 24: Club Day
April 26: Administrative Professionals Day
April 28: 1st Grade to the Zoo
May 2 and 4: Student Led Conferences
May 5: Spirit Day--Hat Day and Popcorn Friday and 5th Grade Lock In
May 8: Jim Basketball Jones Assembly!
May 9: SBDM at 4:30 and Boone County Honor Choir at Erpenbeck at 6pm

May 9-15: State Testing Window
May 11: School Board Meeting
May 12: Kona Ice Day
May 18: Florence Freedom Night

May 19: WIG Celebration Day
May 24: Last Day for Students and Spirit Day: Sign My Shirt Day and 5th Grade Promotion (tentative)

*The final day of school is tentatively May 24th for students. This is pending approval by the school board at the March or April board meeting. To date, we have missed 1 full day and three 2-hour delays due to inclement weather. This may adjust the final day of school.

*After the board has established the official last day of school, we will work with our feeder middle schools and high school to establish a 5th grade promotion night, a Kindergarten celebration of learning event, staff vs. student basketball game, 5th grade lock in, and field days.

Our W.I.G.s (Wildly Important Goals) for 2016-2017

Updated 12/2016

  • ATTENDANCE: From 96.97% in December to 97% average daily attendance by March 15, 2017.

  • Current: 96.97%


    2nd grade: Raise the average percentile rank for 2nd grade students from 59th percentile to the 70th percentile of the nation by May 2017.

  • Winter Checkup for 2nd Grade Math:
  • 2nd Grade: 73rd percentile

  • 3rd-5th grade: Raise the average percentile rank for 3rd-5th grade students from 73rd percentile to the 80th percentile of the nation by May 2017.

    Winter Checkup for 3rd-5th Math:

    • 3rd Grade: 78th percentile
    • 4th Grade: 80th percentile
    • 5th Grade: 81st percentile


    Raise the average percentile rank for all students from 55th percentile to the 65th percentile of the nation by May 2017.

    Winter Checkup for Reading:

    • K and 1st Grade: Not measured by percentiles
    • 2nd Grade: 67th percentile
    • 3rd Grade: 69th percentile
    • 4th Grade: 66th percentile
    • 5th Grade: 64th percentile

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