Week Ending 12/4
Important Dates/Reminders and Notes
- Friday, December 11th - Report Card Distribution Day
- Friday, December 11th - First Trimester PBIS Celebration
- Tuesday, December 22nd - 11:30 - 12:30 PTO Sponsored Dance Party
- Wednesday, December 23rd - 1/2 Day
- December 24th - January 8th - Winter Break
Important about Attendance Procedures
Great Things Happening in our Learning Spaces
Ms. Murphy's class was hard at work on their research summary organizers! Students were learning to use the supporting details and create a concluding statement.
Practicing the Magic (c) in Ms. Brown's class
Students in Ms. Brown's class were hard at work making words with the magic "c." Loved hearing one student enthusiastically share her name has a "c"!
In Ms. Hill's class, students were working hard on their research papers. They were using a graphic organizer to highlight the different points. In the body paragraph, they learned to add transitions.
Practicing the Magic (c) in Ms. Brown's class
1st Trimester PBIS Celebration coming up Friday, December 11th!
All of our Longfellow Bears have worked so hard this first trimester! They have done a great job following our motto: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. To celebrate, their hard work we will have our first PBIS Trimester Celebration next Friday. Each grade level will come together during the day and have a chance to visit different activity rooms. We know there is a need for more socialization time. They will want to have a "show and tell" item for one activity room.
Homeroom teachers will share the zoom link and other details prior to Friday.
Grade Level Celebrations and Zoom Links for Friday, Dec. 11th
Kindergarten - 1:00 - 1:50
1st - 2:15 - 3:00
2nd - 2:00 - 2:45
3rd - 10:45 - 11:30
4th - 2:00 - 3:00
5th - 10:30 - 11:30
The PBIS Team is Looking for a Parent Representative
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
Erin's Law Information Session for Families
"Mindful Middle-Schoolers" Program (especially for families with students in 5th - 8th grades)
The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township, Oak Park Elementary School District 97, and DePaul University’s Community Counseling Center have partnered to deliver a vast array of educational and therapeutic services to staff, families, and youth through the “Mindful Middle-Schoolers Program.” Below is a list of upcoming VIRTUAL talks, which will be held via Zoom. Registration via the Eventbrite links below is requested. Once you register, a link will be emailed to you four hours prior to the start of each event.
- Wednesday, December 9: Understanding Anxiety in Youth and Strategies for Treatment and Support https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-anxiety-in-youth-and-strategies-for-treatment-and-support-tickets-124168632723
District 97 to Continue Providing Free Meals to All Students
December Breakfast/Lunch Menus
Meals will be provided free of cost this fall 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.