Longfellow Log

Week Ending 1/22

Important Dates/Reminders and Notes

  • Monday, January 25th and Tuesday, January 26th are now Professional Development days for the staff to prepare for the Hybrid Transition - NO SCHOOL for students 1/25 and 1/26
  • Wednesday, January 27th 7:00 - 8:30 pm - Longfellow Community PTO Meeting
  • Thursday, January 28, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm - Distribution Day (Pick up materials and in some instances drop things off; homeroom teachers will share more.)
  • Monday, February 1st - Hybrid Plan Begins
  • Monday, February 1st - Only 4th and 5th grade Hybrid students come to the building; all other students join remotely
  • Tuesday, February 2nd - 2nd grade - 5th grade Hybrid students come to the building; all other students join remotely
  • Wednesday, February 3rd - All Hybrid students come to the building; remote students join

Important about Attendance Procedures

Attendance is taken during remote learning as well. If your child is not going to be in attendance, please be sure to call the Attendance # 708-665-3068 OR email: longfellowattendance@op97.org

Welcome to 4 new Longfellow Staff Members

We are very excited to introduce 4 new Longfellow Staff Members. Debbie Taylor continues to lead our Administrative Team, but we will now have an additional AA and a receptionist.

Catherine Cronin (Nurse): I am so excited to be a part of the Longfellow community! I previously worked in the hospital on a medical/surgical and oncology unit. While I enjoyed my time as a bedside nurse, working as a school nurse has been my dream. I hope to provide the students at Longfellow with the support they need to be their healthiest, so they can thrive in the classroom environment.

Yulonda Nichols (Administrative Assistant) : My name is Yulonda Nichols, and I was the receptionist at Julian for 2 years. I have also been working Security for St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago for 8 years. I am 33 years old, my favorite color is black, and I am a power lifter.

Ashley Peete (Receptionist) : Hello, my name is Ashley and I relocated back to Chicago from Iowa in December 2020. I am mom to three daughters Brea, Brianna and Brooklyn. I love to bake, travel and do arts and crafts/projects with my children. I've worked as an Administrative Assistant collectively for over 8 years and I love clerical work.

Joy Benion (Permanent Sub) : I have been a resident of Oak Park for 20 years. I was a very active parent at Beye School, Julian, and OPRF. I started subbing in District 97 in 2019; love the students and staff. On a personal note, I am a wife, mother of 4 adults, and grandmother.

I love the Greenbay Packers! Go Pack Go !

Important Details regarding the Hybrid Plan Coming Soon

Whether your student is continuing to participate remotely or beginning in person on the 1st, there will be many important details coming from the district, school and your homeroom teacher. Thank you in advance for taking a look at them.

Notification of Self-Certification Process Per ISBE Return to School Requirement - CrisisGo

To protect our staff and students as they return to in-person learning, we have partnered with CrisisGo, an Illinois Association of School Administrators Gold Level Corporate Partner. The CrisisGo Safety iPass self-certification platform speeds up the ability to confirm an individual’s safety status and get them into a safe learning environment while monitoring school safety information for data-driven decisions.

Here is a link to the CrisisGo website for the Safety iPass solution, https://safetyipass.crisisgo.com/safetyipass and link to their terms and conditions. We will begin to use this tool when students return on February 1 in compliance with ISBE regarding the self-certification process. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Michael Arensdorff at marensdorff@op97.org and Jim Hackett at jhackett@op97.org.

Remote Learning Requests

Parents who opted into hybrid learning for Trimester 2 are permitted to switch to remote learning at any time. If you requested hybrid learning for your student but wish to enroll in full-time remote learning, please contact your building principal.

Please note that we are unable to accept requests to switch from remote learning to hybrid during Trimester 2. A new enrollment form will be sent to families in February for Trimester 3.

For Families of students returning for Hybrid: Important Health Notice

If you are planning to send your child to school for hybrid learning, please be reminded that we must receive the following prior to return to school.

  • If you for any reason have not submitted your physical exam (EC/PKP, KG, 6th grade, or new to District 97) or completed immunization records to your nurse, this must be done prior to any in person learning.

    • If you need a Certificate of Child Health Examination Form (School Physical), click here

Please submit any medication authorization forms and any emergency action plans (which must be renewed every school year, signed, and dated by the medical provider and parent/guardian).

  • Please remember that any medication you send should be out of absolutely necessity to be administered during the school day or must be on hand for an emergency use. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and decrease needs for a child to leave their classroom, please administer medications at home whenever possible.

  • Alert your child’s school nurse to the need to arrange a safe drop off when we are back for any in person learning.

  • All medication we receive, both over the counter and prescription, must be labeled, unexpired, and accompanied by the appropriate forms filled out by your MD AND signed/dated by you as the caregiver/guardian. (*This includes cough drops, eye drops, supplements, if at all necessary during the school day.*)

  • If you need a Licensed Prescriber Form (required for all medications, including over the counter), click here

  • If you need the Food Allergy Action Plan, click here

  • If you need an Asthma Action Plan, click here
  • If you need a Seizure Action Plan, click here

  • If your child has Diabetes, please be sure to get an updated Diabetes Medical Management Plan for this school year

If your child has any new health concerns or new allergies, please alert your school nurse.

Please make a copy of completed forms for your records. If you choose to email the paperwork to your nurse, again, please be sure the paperwork is current for this school year and you have signed and dated the parent/guardian portion.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Catherine Cronin, Longfellow's new Nurse, at ccronin@op97.org.

The Longfellow Treasure Hunt FUNdraiser is open! 2 more Saturdays to join in the fun!!!

All Longfellow families are invited and encouraged to participate in the Treasure Hunt and a chance to win one of many fabulous prizes.

This is the PTO’s only major fundraiser this year and we need your support. By participating and/or making a donation to the PTO, you will be pledging your support for the PTO's mission. All Longfellow students are eligible to participate in the Treasure Hunt regardless of donation.

Please see all the Treasure Hunt details by clicking the link below to sign up! Good luck to all the Longfellow Treasure Hunters!!!


Social Lunch Bunch Groups in January

Each day during the month of January a different grade level will have the opportunity to join in on a special zoom social lunch bunch group.

Students: Join us if you can following this schedule for the rest of the month!

Monday and Tuesday 1/25 and 1/26 are now Staff PD Days/ No School for students

Wednesdays - 3rd grade

Thursdays - 2nd grade

Fridays - Kindergarten and First Grade

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 844 5603 3354
Passcode: bears

Social-Emotional Wellness Check-Ins for Students

We are continuing to provide social-emotional wellness check-ins this fall. The District 97 school psychologists and school nurses collaborated to offer access to virtual mental health wellness checks at each school. Parents may sign up children for 25-minute Telehealth sessions where they can access an open ear for their sources of stress and learn self-care and coping strategies. Students may attend up to three sessions per trimester and may then be referred for other school-based supports if needed. If your child is experiencing an immediate mental health crisis, please do not use this service and instead call the Thrive 24hr Crisis Hotline at 708-383-7500. You may also refer to this local resource guide provided by the Community Mental Health Board of the Oak Park Township.

How can my child access this service?

  • The virtual sessions will occur during school hours.

  • Use this Longfellow Wellness Sign-Up Link to book open slots. The appointment page will open within your own calendar. (If you do not have a Gmail account, you may contact aguerrier@op97.org & rneubert@op97.org). Prior to the appointment, you will receive a link for the video call or other access information.

  • During these unusual times, we need to partner with you to ensure your child arrives at the correct video link during their scheduled time and returns to their classroom Zoom after the appointment. Please remember to coordinate with your daycare providers if applicable.

  • We will inform your child’s teacher, so your child will be excused from class.

  • Please book appointments by the night before the appointment (at the latest) and not on the day of the appointment.

District News Below

District 97 to Continue Providing Free Meals to All Students

Next Meal D97 Meal Distribution: Tuesday, Jan. 26th
January Breakfast/Lunch Menus

Meals will be provided free of cost to any District 97 student in need. Each bag of food will contain five breakfasts and five lunches.

Meal distributions will be held every Tuesday, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Longfellow Elementary School (for Julian and feeder schools), 715 S. Highland Ave., and Brooks Middle School (for Brooks and feeder schools), 325 S. Kenilworth Ave.

D97 Breakfast/Lunch Menus - January 2021

Ms. Jefferson & Mrs. Sullivan