Longfellow Newsletter

Week of Oct. 19th, 2020. Hybrid Week: A/A/A/B/B

Every Student Counts, Every Moment Matters! #ICCSDtogether

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Message From Principal Webb

Dear families,

In the last few weeks, we have been busy finishing up our district FAST assessments for reading and math. The information will be shared with families at or before parent-teacher conferences. Teachers are in the process of analyzing the information to help inform their instruction. Feel free to contact your child's teacher if you have questions.

We have had a great year so far, despite all of the changes and unknowns.

I want to be sure that I thank three very important groups of people that have helped make this school year go smoothly from online learning to hybrid onsite and full online learning.

Thank you to our students who seem to be handling many of our new procedures in stride. Thank you to our staff for all of your preparation to make sure that this transition was as smooth as possible. Thank you to our families for all of your flexibility, patience, and understanding these past six months.

I appreciate our entire Longfellow community, and I am continuously reminded of how fortunate I am to serve as this school's leader. Thank you for that opportunity. And thank you for your support as we navigate this different and ever-changing school year.

The PTA meeting was changed to this Tuesday, October 20th at 6:30! Check out our Facebook page and websites to stay informed.


Kelli Webb

Congratulations to our Elementary Art Teacher of the Year-Buffy Quintero!

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1st Grade Team -Teacher Feature

Ms. Townsend- I live in Iowa City with my husband and two kids. My daughter is a 1st grader and my son is a 4th grader at Lucas. I enjoy doing yoga, having popcorn movie nights, family bike rides, and warm coffee in the mornings. This is my 14th year of teaching. I taught preschool and kindergarten before 1st grade. I graduated from the University of Iowa (Go Hawks!) and am currently working towards my Masters Degree at Morningside College.

Mrs Nash- Mrs. Nash has been a Longfellow Longhorn since 2007. She has always taught first grade but has had 4 different classrooms in the building. Helping students feel comfortable, connected and confident at school is her top priority. As a first grader she wished her name was Nancy, got in trouble for talking too much at school and started taking dance lessons. Her favorite educational saying is "If plan A doesn't work, stay cool, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet." When she is not teaching, she is spending time with her family. Mrs. Nash's family will welcome their fourth child in 2021. Her 3 young kids are excited for a new sibling.

Ms. Hasler-Hi! I am Ms. Hasler and I love teaching first grade! This is my fifth year teaching first grade at Longfellow, so I feel like a true Longhorn now.

As a first grader, my favorite book was James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. My favorite game at recess was tag. I also played the violin and roller skated everywhere with my friends (but not at the same time!).

When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my three children!

Online and Onsite Scholars

Social Time with Ms. Amanda!

Does your student want to chat with friends? Ms. Amanda will have Social Hour where students can come and chat with their Longfellow friends.

Ms. Amanda will hold office hours from 12-1 on Tuesday and Thursday and anyone can join for a check-in. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5757006886?pwd=ZVBCQlIvWlRWWEpXazZjNnZlS3l0QT09

Run for Schools Information link

Mr. Cornett- School Counselor offers office hours and lunch bunch

Day 1

5/6 Grade Office Hours from 1:30 - 3

4th Grade Lunch Bunch 12 - 12:30

Day 2

K-2 grades Office Hours 2 - 3

6th Grade Lunch Bunch 12 - 12:30

5th Grade Lunch Bunch 12:30 - 1

Day 3

3rd Grade Lunch Bunch 12 - 12:30

Day 4

3rd/4th grade Office Hours 1:30

Morning Meetings for Grownups!

The Longfellow PTA invites all grown-ups to attend our very own Morning Meeting! Join us on Zoom every Friday from 8:05 AM – 8:25A by clicking this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71076993401?pwd=WXljL0haUjJZN2JQZ0NyTUtTRWpFQT09

Toys for Tots Information

District Information


Students are expected to participate in school on days they have synchronous learning and attendance will be monitored. Parents will need to contact the school to communicate absences and the reason for the absence. The ICCSD will utilize the current excused and unexcused definitions but will follow some different processes for recording absences during the different learning modes. In addition, attendance tracing, attendance plans and truancy referrals will be adapted in response to COVID-10.

Longfellow Elementary stands with all people of color in the fight against racial injustice and inequality. We all deserve to be safe and secure. Longfellow Elementary, as part of the Iowa City Community School District, will not tolerate racism, hate, and other discriminatory acts. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said that, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We will work hard to not let today’s injustice stop us from creating a better tomorrow for our school community. Please know that even though it is summer, you can reach out anytime.

Below you will also find links to resources that are available for our staff and our community. Stay safe and take care. #ICCSDtogether

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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.