Week Ending 1/8
Important Dates/Reminders and Notes
- Saturday, January 9th - PTO Treasure Hunt Fun
- Monday, January 11th - Welcome Back!!
- Saturday, January 16th - PTO Treasure Hunt Fun
- Monday, January 18th - No School in Observance of Martin Luther King's Birthday
Important about Attendance Procedures
The Longfellow Treasure Hunt FUNdraiser is open!
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!!!
Longfellow Treasure Hunt Kick Off Video
Social Lunch Bunch Groups - Join us this week!!
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. We understand many want and need a zoom break but we also heard from the survey that close to 75% of people who completed it would like their children to have the option of joining.
Students: Join us if you can following this schedule, starting Monday, January 11th!!!
11:30 - 12:00 pm
Mondays - 5th grade
Tuesdays - 4th grade
Wednesdays - 3rd grade
Thursdays - 2nd grade
Fridays - Kindergarten and First Grade
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 844 5603 3354
11:30 - 12:00 Daily (see schedule above)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com). 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
Parent Information Session - Early Admission to Kindergarten/First Grade
For more information about the process for early admissions, please visit https://www.op97.org/teach-learn/acceleration/early-entrance.
Parent Information Session - Single Subject/Whole Grade Acceleration
For families who are seeking single subject or whole grade acceleration for the 2021-22 school year, the district will be hosting a Virtual Parent Information Session on Wednesday, January 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The session will include a presentation that outlines the process and requirements. Click here for the family letter about acceleration opportunities for the 2021-22 school year. >
Click here to view the event flyer.
Information about the District 97 Accelerated Placement Program, including definitions and timelines, can be found at http://www.op97.org/acceleration.
District 97 to Continue Providing Free Meals to All Students
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.