Langston's Letters

February 22 - February 26

A Note from the Principal

Dear Langston Hughes Family,

Welcome back! I hope that you are safe and warm. We have had a REAL winter this year. As we return from the break I ask that you commit yourself to parent involvement. On Wednesday at 6:30pm we will have our monthly PTA Town Hall meeting. The details will be posted on Class Dojo by 12:00pm Wednesday afternoon. On March 1 Chancellor Richard Carranza will make a virtual visit to our district. We would love for our school to be well represented in that meeting. 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.

It is proven that students are most successful when the school and home work in partnership. Let's concentrate the remainder of this year on keeping the home-school connection strong.

Stay safe and healthy!


Denean Stephens-Spellman

Let it Snow!

Our Pre-K students were using their senses to touch and describe snow. They also mixed primary colors to make purple and orange in their rainbow snow.
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African American History Month Spirit Week

We hope you are ready to celebrate African American History Month with us this year. This week is Spirit of Our History Week. Each day, Tuesday through Friday, we will dress as a living legend or historic figure of your choice. We encourage you to dress your child up and send in a photograph for our Virtual Blacks in Wax Museum. The Spirit of Our History daily themes are:

  • Politicians, Activists, and Educators: Tuesday, February 23
  • Scientists, Inventors, and Doctors: Wednesday, February 24
  • Artists and Performers: Thursday, February 25
  • Athletes: Friday, February 26

We look forward to seeing your creativity in action. Do it for the culture!


Middle School Applications

Below you will find links to the middle school application process presentation, FAQs, and the DOE page complete with videos. If you have any other questions you can email Ms. David at

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

  • February 22 - Remote Monday and asynchronous learning resume after mid-winter recess
  • February 23 - In person and remote learning resume after mid-winter recess
  • February 23-February 26 - African American History Month Celebrations
  • February 24 - PTA/Town Hall Meeting at 6:30pm
  • March 3 - Half-day 11:00am dismissal
  • March 3 - Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences 12:30pm-2:30pm and 4:30pm-7:00pm
  • March 29-April 2 - Spring Recess

Assessment Calendar

In the coming weeks we will be assessing our students to measure their growth in reading and mathematics. Attendance is important every day, but students MUST be present on these upcoming dates!
  • iReady Reading - Grades K-5 - 2/23/21
  • iReady Mathematics - Grades K-5 - 2/24/21

Instructional Schedule

  • February 22 - Remote Mondays: Asynchronous learning; limited access to teachers
  • February 23-February 26 - In person instruction Tuesday through Friday
  • March 1 - Remote Mondays: Asynchronous learning; limited access to teachers
  • March 2-March 5 - In person instruction Tuesday through Friday
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