November 2020

Longfellow Elementary

A note from Mrs. Heckenlaible...

A Time of THANKS!

November is a time of giving THANKS for the many blessings we have been given. Our Longfellow staff THANKS all of our families for sharing your Lions with us each day! This time of year really makes you aware of the many treasures we have in life and to celebrate them each day. We give THANKS for:

T – THANKFUL for our Longfellow Lions

H – HAPPY to have our Lions in school

A – APPRECIATE the strong parental support

N – NURTURING staff to guide and educate our students

K – KINDNESS throughout our school

S – SUPPORTING community and school board

Happy THANKSgiving from all of the Longfellow learners and staff!

Mrs. Heckenlaible

Change your clocks!

Don't forget to change your clocks back an hour on Sunday, November 1st.

A Tour of Longfellow

We hope you enjoy seeing the wonderful decorations that line the halls of Longfellow Elementary. It really is a joy to see what ideas our teachers come up with and then the imagination our learners put into everything they do.

Before School Supervision

The cold weather has been and will be again at our doorstep, so we want you to be aware that the doors do not open and supervision doesn’t start until 7:30 am. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Jeans for Means

The staff of Longfellow donates money for the priviledge of wearing jeans on Fridays. October's Jeans for Means money was donated to CASA.

"The mission of First Circuit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is to assure a safe, permanent, nurturing home for every abused and/or neglected child by providing a trailed volunteer to advocate for them in the court system."

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend parent/teacher conferences on Thursday, October 8. If you were not able to attend or catch up with your child’s teacher via Zoom or phone call, please contact your child’s teacher to arrange a new conference time. It takes a true partnership, between home and school, to provide the best possible education for our children.

PTO Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 5:45pm

Longfellow Commons

The art room needs YOU

The art classes have been working with fibers and items involving nature, mostly leaves and sticks. Thankfully, those items are found everywhere. However, we have projects coming up and could use your help. If you have an of the following, please drop them off at the office. We'd greatly appreciate it!

Packages of 100 napkins

Paper dessert plates


Keep watching the newsletter for more items needed in the coming months. All of our lions need to use those creative juices and art class is the perfect place for it!

Help Me help you!

If your phone number, address, or emergency info has changed, it is so important you update us ASAP. If we have to call you, we need to know you can be reached. We try not to contact you unless necessary. No child likes to sit in the nurse's office waiting to be picked up if they are sick. They want you and we need to be able to get ahold of you. You can call the office at 995-7500 or email the Administrative Assistant, Noel, at

When winter is here......Wear your gear!

As the cold weather and snow moves in, please remind your children to bring, hats, coats, snow pants, and boots. Please help remind them to also bring these items home each day so they can be prepared for the following day.

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Dates to remember

Tuesday Nov 10th-PTO meeting @5:45-commons

Wednesday Nov 11th-Veterans Day-NO SCHOOL

Week of Nov 16-20-American Education Week

Thursday & Friday Nov 26th and 27th-Thanksgiving Break-NO SCHOOL

American Education Week

The National Education Association celebrates American Education Week the week prior to Thanksgiving every year. It is a way to honor the team of people who work in our nation's public schools, everyone from the bus driver and classroom teacher to the cafeteria worker and administrative staff, plus countless others. Help us celebrate!
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American Education Week-Nov 16-20, 2020-Celebrate Education!!

Join us in celebration with the following Dress-up Day:

· Monday, November 16

Red, White and Blue Day in honor of our Veterans and Troops

· Tuesday, November 17

Career Day

· Wednesday, November 18

Red for Education

· Thursday, November 19

College Wear/Jersey Day

Teachers can wear their college colors

· Friday, November 20

Black and Gold Day

*Please note: All clothing choices must be school appropriate. No face paint or hair color spray is allowed.

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Way to go Den B!!! Education is #1 but we also focus on just being the best YOU that you can be. Always look for the positives in yourself and others. Don't give up! Be your best!

blue ribbon artwork winners

Blue Ribbon Artwork winners from the SD State Fair were presented their artworks with a cupcake and a visit from School Board Member, Deb Olson! We're proud of you, lions!
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Our busy art room!

habits of mind

Our school focuses on students making good choices based on Habits of Mind. Each month, 2 habits will be highlighted. Each teacher will choose a student of the month who demonstrates that month's habits of mind. Way to go Lions! We are so PROUD of you!

Novembers habits of mind are:

Applying past knowledge to new situations. Use what you learn!

Accessing prior knowledge; transferring knowledge beyond the situation in which it was learned.

Remaining open to continuous learning. Learn from experiences!

Havng humility and pride when admitting we don't kow; resisting complacency.

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Student of the month


Jaylynn Costello is the KR student of the month for November. Jaylynn comes to school each day with a smile on her face and is eager to learn. You will find that she is also eager to share what she has learned with others during whole group and small group activities. Keep up the great work Jaylynn!


Tristin Magnuson is the student of the month for 1H. Tristin often thinks about things that we have previously learned and shares how it applies to our new concepts. He is eager to learn about new things and looks for ways to share what he has learned. Way to go Tristin!


Ryker Snyder is the student of the month for 1S! This young man seems to always be thinking about what is going on in the classroom and making connections to past learning. He is a positive, upbeat young man that is interested in what there is to learn. He often shares his thoughts in class discussion. Way to go Ryker!


Teegyn Erickson is the student of the month for 1V! Teegyn loves to learn. He uses what he already knows and asks great curious questions to learn more. He works so hard in the classroom. He's a great role model for his peers. You rock, Teegs!


Phoenix Heth is our student of the month for November. Phoenix does a great job of applying past knowledge and always beign open to continuous learning. Phoenix loves to learn new things. He works hard and tries his best in all that he does. Keep up the good work Phoenix! I am so glad you are part of our class!


Kamber Buschbach is Mrs. McPeek's student of the month. Kamber finds ways to connect what she has learned and experienced in the past to what she is learning now. She is always willing to learn more. She is a great role model for these habits. Awesome job, Kamber!


Bentley Mueller is 2J's Student of the Month! Bentley is always making connections from what she already knows to what we are learning about in 2nd grade. She is curious about new ideas and asks questions to keep stretching her brain. Way to go, Bentley! Keep up the great work!


Braylon Heinzman is 3B's class pick for this month. Braylon is always able to remember things we have learned in the past to help him figure out the question at hand. Braylon is eager to learn and is open to learning at every opportunity. Way to go!


Tucker Schmidt is 3G's student of the month. He does a great job at making connections between things we have already learned and things we are learning now. He never gives up and is always willing to learn more. Way to go Tucker!


Isabelle Julien is 3K's student of the month. She is great at applying her past knowledge to help her in new situations. She makes great connections and is always willing to challenge herself and learn something new. She also has a very positive attitude regarding her learning. Way to go, Isabelle!


Blake Rehorst is 4N's student of the month for November! Blake is always the first one to raise his hand and eagerly share his past connections to whatever we are currently learning in our classroom. Whenever given a new topic to learn or book to read, Blake is excited to move forward and encourages his classmates to do the same. Keep it up, Blake!


Mallory Genzlinger is 4S's student of the month. Mallory is always applying her past knowledge to solve current problems. She is also curious and always asks questions in order to continually learn new things. Awesome job, Mallory. Keep working hard!


Maria Loudner is 4/5K's student of the month for November! Maria loves learning and is always up for the challenge of learning something new! Maria also applies what she already knows to what she is currently learning. She is always trying her best no matter what she is working on. Never stop learning Maria!


Karter Davis is 5A's Student of the Month for November! Karter always applies his past knowledge to current situations by making connections. He also shows a love for learning and continually challenges himself, especially in math. Keep it up, Karter! I am proud of you.


Vinny Fellner is 5M's student of the month for November! Vinny is applying his past knowledge every single day! He has a deep love for learning, especially in math. He is remaining open to continuous learning by challenging himself and continuing to ask questions when solving problems! Keep up the awesome work Vinny, You Rock!

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Congratulations to our Fire Prevention Color Contest Winners!

1st place: Tito Castillo, 1st grade-Mrs Schnabel

2nd place: Harper Crago, 1st grade-Mrs Hofer

3rd place: Maci Davis, K-Mrs Rehorst

Have an attitude of gratitude!

Positivity counts!

Lonfellow Lions Family Fitness Challenge

Did you know that we are having a LONGFELLOW FAMILY FITNESS CHALLENGE this year?!


Mrs. Eitemiller will post a video at the beginning of each month. The video will show the different activities for that month. As you complete the challenges, take a selfie of your family in action and post it either to our private Facebook group or our Google Classroom (codes listed below). Once your picture has been posted, I will enter your name into the drawing for that month. We will draw for prizes EVERY MONTH!


Search the group LONGFELLOW LIONS FAMILY FITNESS CHALLENGE and ask to join the group. Once I see your request, I will let you in the group.


Go to Google Classroom and click to join a class. Enter this code: 7uzita5


I am so excited to see our Longfellow Lions being active and having fun with their families! Remember to post a selfie for each activity in order to have your name in the drawing!


If you have any questions, email Mrs. Eitemiller at:

Longfellow Family Fitness Video

Click on this to see the newest video from Mrs Eitemiller. If you get a message saying you don't have access. Just push the request button and Mrs Eitemiller will get you signed up. Join the fun!

It's hard to run in snow boots

If your children are wearing their snow boots to school in the morning, please remind them to bring shoes as well, especially if they have PE. No snow boots can be worn during PE time.

Kids Christmas Shopping

In years past, the Chamber of Commerce has hosted a kids Christmas shopping event at the Masonic Temple. It will be different this year so watch for more information later in November but it is still planned for December 5th.

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Keeping it clean

For a few days, we were short one of our wonderful custodians. We know that Damon and Shawn work so hard and we are grateful for them. When one of them is gone, the rest of the staff grabs a broom, spray bottle or vacuum to help out. We really are a family around here!
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