Longbranch Family Newsletter

Week of April 17th

Spring Events

Girls on the Run: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Little Mermaid Gold: Mondays and Wednesdays
Little Mermaid Maroon: Tuesdays and Thursdays

April 24: Final Club Day
April 26: Administrative Professionals Day
April 28: 1st Grade to the Zoo
May 1: Grandparents' Event/Practice Student Led Conferences
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, 12, 13: Little Mermaid Performances: https://www.smore.com/sdm6d

May 15, 16, 17, 18: Muffins with Mom and Doughnuts with Dad (more info to come)

May 11: School Board Meeting 7:30pm at Ralph Rush Center
May 12: Kona Ice Day
May 18: Florence Freedom Night

May 19: WIG Celebration Day

May 22 and 23: Field Days

May 22: Kindergarten Celebration of Learning Evening at 6pm

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.


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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Wear Blue For Autism Awareness This Friday!

Our Autism Awareness Day is THIS FRIDAY (rescheduled from the Friday before break).

This Week's Events

Parent Leadership Info & Events

Our 1st Spring Carnival is Almost Here

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 still need LOTS of families to step up to help make our first Carnival a huge success!

To sign up for a shift, please do so at this link!




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!

There will be over 20 carnival games and a wide range of interactive inflatables.

50¢ per game ticket and games range from 1-3 tickets to play

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.”

(This form can also be found on our PTA website at www.longbranchpta.org)

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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search for "Longbranch Elementary PTA" as your

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Contact: waysandmeans.longbranchpta@gmail.com

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.

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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