Longdale Tiger Talk

Week of October 18, 2021

Mask Wearing

Our staff continues to express the importance of mask wearing for the safety of our students and staff. Please continue to support our efforts by ensuring your child comes to school each day wearing their mask and have an extra mask in their bookbag in case it is needed. We are currently distributing a significant amount of disposable masks each week. These mask are intended for limited distribution in the event a student or two forgets a mask on a rare occasion. Each student should come to school daily with two masks that are brought from home. One they are wearing and one to use as a back up. Please assist us by making sure your child has their masks each day.

COVID Communication

As you know, Henrico County Public Schools and Longdale Elementary are doing everything reasonably possible to keep you informed about health concerns that are connected to our school. Over the past week, Oct. 9th - Oct. 15th Longdale Elementary has recorded 2 positive COVID-19 cases and 5 associated exposures (close contacts).

Thank you for doing all that you can to keep our school community healthy and safe. If your child is sick continue to keep them home and communicate with the school. If your child has an ongoing health condition such as asthma, allergies, etc., it may be helpful to have your child's doctor send in a note to the school to assist with ruling out COVID symptoms.

On-time Attendance

Our school day begins at 7:40 a.m. Students are tardy after 7:40 a.m. Students can have a smoother start to their day when they arrive on time and can start the day along with their classmates. When a child comes to school late it can produce anxiety, cause them to miss instruction, and may lead to frustration.

Attention 5th Grade Families - International Baccalaureate Timeline Information

The IB Application window opens on October 21st. The application window closes November 15th. This is the link for the IB timeline .

All information will be on the Counseling Schoology page and available on October 21st. The school counselors will also be talking to all 5th grade classes about the IB program and Process this week.! The IB Application window opens on October 21st.

Culture Corner

Our world is ever changing. Longdale is committed to embracing diversity among our school and community as a whole. Each week we plan to highlight groups as we expand our learning. The highlights will be based on a national awareness website. See the reference below.

Bilingual Child Month

October is Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month. A person who is bilingual knows two or more languages and understand multiple cultures. This month recognizes bilingual children. These children act as a bridge between multiple cultures.

Children who speak two or more languages offer fabulous insights for classrooms. Celebrate their culture and language by encouraging them to share a little through activities. Don’t single them out, but help them to be enthusiastic about their heritage through interactive games that include the entire class. Even parents can be part of the celebration. Invite them to their children’s classroom to contribute exciting stories or delicious family recipes.

Strengthen reading skills by bringing home bilingual books. Visit libraries and online resources that provide bilingual options. Across languages, many words look and sound alike and often have similar meanings. Provide the children with opportunities to discover these words and explore their meanings and common connections across cultures. What other languages share related sounds or roots?

Global Diversity Awareness Month

October brings Global Diversity Awareness Month to remind us of the positive impact a diverse workforce of men and women can have on society.

More and more, the world becomes a place where cultures and customs come together, and we are uncertain about what is appropriate. Whether a question or the behavior is taboo, there’s an opportunity to learn. When we ask questions and are open to learning, the path to two cultures being enlightened is likely.

Upcoming Events

Picture Day - October 19th

Click here for Picture Day Info Flyer & Picture Order Form . Paper forms will be sent home also.

Pumpkin Parade Contest - Oct. 28th

Click here for Event Flyer

Parent-Teacher Conferences (Additional Information coming out soon)

Week of Nov. 1st -5th

Student Holidays

Nov. 2nd & 4th

PTO Family Movie Night - Nov.12th

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Snacks will be available for purchase.

PTO Re-Established

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) held an meeting October 7th to re-establish the organization. Those that were able to participate in the meeting were eager to generate ideas and are planning many events to support our students, teachers, and families. Look for information to come out soon and visit their table that will be set up during our Pumpkin Parade. There are multiple ways you can be a part of the PTO from volunteering for an event, paying dues, donating items, etc. All are welcome!

Bridge Builders Sessions

Attend virtual workshops by going to https://henricoschools.us/bridgebuildersacademy.

Fall 2021 Bridge Builders Academy workshops

  • “Film: ‘Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls,’” Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Highland Springs High School Auditorium, 200 S. Airport Drive, Highland Springs, Va. 23075
  • “Film: ‘Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls,’” Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Varina High School Auditorium, 7053 Messer Road, Henrico, Va. 23231
  • “Assistive Technology 101,” Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. (virtual)
  • “The Signs of Suicide (SOS),” Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. (virtual)

The sessions are moderated by the HCPS Department of Family and Community Engagement, in conjunction with the session hosts. Questions about workshops can be directed to ansimms@henrico.k12.va.us.

Important Links

Longdale Monthly Menus for Breakfast & Lunch

Click this button to access the meal menus for Longdale Elementary.

Longdale Elem COVID Reference Guide

Click the button above to access the document.

HCPS Health and COVID Information

HCPS COVID-19 Updates


Instruction and Daily Attendance of Quarantined Students


Positive COVID-19 tests affecting schools and offices



School Hours

Doors open at 7:20 a.m. to receive students.

School hours are 7:40 a.m. – 2:10 p.m. Monday - Friday

Students are tardy after 7:40 a.m.