February 2021

Longfellow Elementary

A note from Mrs. Heckenlaible....

February is the month of LOVE, and LOVE is in the air at Longfellow Elementary: LOVE of our learners, LOVE for the PTO that optimize the fund raisers we can have during this time, LOVE for the opportunity to visit with parents at conferences, LOVE of the On-line Scholastic Book Fair, and LOVE of all the fantastic learning opportunities our Longfellow Lions are experiencing. I LOVE the fact that our technology continues to allow us to share important information and happenings at LO Elementary😊 While we don’t have as many activities going on, Longfellow Parent/Teacher Conferences is a great time to touch base with your child/ren’s teacher.

Longfellow Parent Teacher Conferences:
This night is a wonderful opportunity for parents to visit with teachers in regard to their child/ren’s progress. It allows teachers a chance to celebrate their students’ successes and showcase their many educational talents. It also provides an opportunity to discuss educational strategies for parents to assist their children with at home. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have not received your conference time slot. Thank you in advance for attending!

Conferences: Thursday, February 4, from 3:30-9:00 pm

Mrs. Heckenlaible

We all see it. We all see it.

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Congratulations go out to Longfellow’s Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Heidi Eitemiller, and Classified Staff of the Year, Mrs. Patricia Sides! Mrs. Eitemiller, Physical Education teacher, and Mrs. Sides, paraeducator, will be presented with their awards at our annual TOY/CSOY Reception later this month. We are so proud of these fine ladies. J

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Dates to remember

Feb. 1-14 - Online Book Fair!

Feb. 4-Parent/Teacher Conferences

Feb. 8-School Board Mtg

Feb. 12-No School

Feb. 15-No School

Feb. 22-MCL Parent Mtg

Mar. 10-Spring Pictures-more info to come


Please remember to watch the weather forecast and dress your children with the appropriate attire: coats, boots, snowpants, mittens and hats. We go out for recess as long as the temperature and wind chill is zero degrees or higher.


Please Note!!!

The South Dakota summative testing window runs from March 8 through May 7. We do the bulk of our testing in April. Please avoid scheduling appointes during the school day, if at all possible. Testing with their peers is the most normal testing environment for our students. Your help is much appreciated! More detailed grade-level information will come out when the schedule is finalized.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 3:30-9pm

110 North Mentzer Street

Mitchell, SD

If you have not received a note from your child's teacher to sign up for a time, please contact them ASAP. It is important you attend!
Remember that masks are still required on all Mitchell School District grounds so you must have your mask on when coming to conferences. We look forward to seeing you!

How do I know if school is called off?

  • Listen to the local radio stations
  • Watch the news or the weather crawler on television
  • Visit the telvision station websites for school late starts, early dismissals or closings
  • Sign up for school notifications by texting YES to 87569
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Is your child missing something?

Our Lost and Found has aquired a LOT of items. Please have your child check it out. Also, make sure to stop and look during conferences. You might find that missing sweatshirt your child swears they have in their room.

Have you moved? New phone number?

Please contact the office to update us with any phone number or address changes. It's very important that we can get ahold of you in case of an emergency. Stop in or call us at 995-7500.
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Den C chose to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in a beautiful way. "The time is always right to do what is right."
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School Board Meeting

Monday, Feb. 8th, 5pm


Longfellow Family Fitness Challenge video-February

Longfellow Lions Fitness Challenge-November Winners

  1. Madyson and Ellee Balcom-Rec Center pool pass, Subway
  2. Damon and Madison Boehmer-Rec Center pool pass, Subway
  3. Teagan Thill-soccerball, water bottle, Subway
  4. Keller Styer-soccerball, water bottle, Subway
  5. Lillian Miller-game, Subway
  6. Hadley Wilson-game, Subway
  7. Jordan Stange-game, Subway
  8. Maddie Double-game, Subway
  9. Presley Peper-game, Subway
  10. Asher Kaus-game, Subway
  11. Jace Stemper-game, Subway
  12. Mrs. Hauck-game, Subway
  13. Michael Kingsbury-game, Subway
  14. Herbert Mueller-game, Subway
  15. Mrs. McPeek-game, Subway
  16. Skylar Lawson-game, Subway
  17. Karly Eggli-game, Subway
  18. Haylen Buchholz-game, Subway
  19. Avery Swanstrom-game, Subway
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Longfellow Family Fitness Challenge-How Does it work?

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! If you do not have Facebook or Google Classroom, email your pics to Heidi.Eitemiller@k12.sd.us.


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

Have fun and 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: Heidi.Eitemiller@k12.sd.us

Longfellow Alumni!

Longfellow Alumni Scholarship!

To be eligible for the scholarsihp, a student must be a graduating senior at Mitchell Senior High, have attended Longfellow for at least 3 years and be pursuing any higher level of education upon graduation. Don't mis out on this opportunity!

Please click on the following website for more information, including a link to the application. Application is due March 1st!


Jeans For Means

The teacher/staff Longfellow January Jeans money was donated to the Mitchell Community Scholarsihp Fund. On Februray 22nd, they will be having a Radio-A-Thon. Please tune in and consider contributing to this wonderful scholarship opportunity available to Mitchell School District graduating seniors!

Parent MCL Meeting (parents of 5th graders)

Monday, Feb. 22nd, 5:30pm

800 West 10th Avenue

Mitchell, SD

Please see the link below for more information.
We're all in this together Longfellow Video-updated

The staff and students of Longfellow made a fun video. Please watch as it was updated!

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Awesome Art

Calling all future Kindergarteners!!!!

We are beginning to compile our list of new kindergarteners for the 2021-22 school year! If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2021, please click the link below, print the form, fill it out and return to Longfellow.

Woot-woot wagon!

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Celebrity in the house!!! JoJo Siwa went around Longfellow to hand out treats. Names from each class are put into a bucket and 2 are drawn. Students and staff who are caught being responsible and respectful of others might get a prize!

100 Days of Learning!!

What a milestone! Every year, it's fun to celebrate that we have had 100 days of education. This year, it really holds a special mark. We are SO grateful for our hardworking staff, custodians, teachers and students for all of the extra steps taken to keep us healthy and learning IN THE BUILDING, where we all work best!
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The 5th grade band member are now making beautiful music together. It's so awesome to hear the halls filled with their music. It went from random musical-ish sounds to actual music! Way to go 5th graders!
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Habits of Mind

Longfellow focuses on students making good choices based on Habits of Mind. Every month, 2 habits will be highlighted. Each teacher will choose a student of the month who demonstrates thta month's habits of mind. Way to go Lions! We are SO proud of you!!

February habits of mind are:

Listening with Understanding & Empathy: Understand Others!

Devoting mental energy to another person's thoughts and ideas; Make and effort to perceive another's point of view and emotions.

Creating, Imagining, and Innovating: Try a Different Way!

Generating new and novel ideas, fluency, originality.

Student of the month


Thoren Maeschen is the BK student of the month! Thoren is creative and has a wonderful imagination! When playing outside at recess or working in the classroom he is always creating or imagining something new. Thoren also does a great job at including his peers! I am so proud of him! Way to go Thoren!


Sereana Kingsbury is KH student of the month. Sereana does an amazing job at including others. She is understanding and works well with everyone in the class. Sereana is also great at using her imagination when she is playing, drawing and writing. Way to go Sereana!


Macy Snyder is KN's student of the month. Macy always makes sure everything is included and always listens with understanding and empathy. She does a nice job at creating new things during play time! Way to go, Macy!


Harper Kayser is the KR student of the month for February. She is creative and enjoys doing any type of art activity. Harper is also creative in coming up with solutions to help solve problems in our classroom. She has a huge heart and is always thinking of others and their feelings. I know I can count on Harper to do what is right. Keep up the great work Harper!


Alexis Hoesing is the student of the month for 1H. Lexi shows concern for her classmates and listens to understand how they are feeling. Lexi is also very creative and imaginative. She enjoys sharing her creativity with others. Way to go Lexi!


Kaiyalah Tyson El is the student of the month for 1S! Lala is a great friend to others. She listens carefully to understand what her friends are saying and feeling. Lala also has a great imagination. She shares her creativity through her words and art. Way to go Kaiyalah!


Kaia Stuber is the student of the month for 1V! Kaia is a great listener. She is very understanding and empathetic to her peers and teachers. She's got such a great heart! Kaia is also very creative and imaginative. She is a joy to have in class. You are amazing, Kaia!


Tate Royston is one of the best listeners I know. He is caring far beyond his years. I can ask Tate to be a good friend to anyone who may need a little extra help, and I can trust that the job will get done right. Tate is kind to everyone and treats others the way he would like to be treated. If you are friends with Tate, you are a lucky person! He makes our class better every day! Keep up the great work Tate!


Mallory Buenzow is Mrs. McPeek's student of the month. Mallory is a kind friend that tries to listen and understand how her classmates are feeling. She tries to be a kind and helpful friend to all. She is also very creative when she is creating and imaging in class. Wonderful job, Mallory!


Jori McPeek is 2J's Student of the Month! Jori is such creative thinker and always innovates to solve problems. Jori loves to draw and use her imagining to learn. She is a kind friend to other students, and I can always trust her to help a friend in need. Way to go, Jori!


Eddie Kee is 3B's student of the month. Eddie is always thinking of others and is able to listen to peers with understanding and empathy. When given a project he thinks outside the box and creates something different. You go Eddie!


Heavyn Choate is 3G's student of the month. Heavyn loves to be creative in all aspects. She tells and writes wonderfully imaginative stories. She enjoys creating and building during STEM. She is a good friend and classmate to her peers. I am so proud of you Heavyn!


Caleb Castillo is 3K's student of the month. He is always so kind and considerate of other people's feelings. He puts others before himself and is a great friend to everyone. He also has a creative mind and comes up with clever solutions to problems. I am proud of you, Caleb!


Ava Kurtenbach is 4N's student of the month for February! Whenever there is someone in need of comfort or celebrating, Ava is always there. She is a great example of what it means to be a friend to many using empathy. When it comes to her classwork, she is often creative and always has great ideas of how to solve problems. Keep showing others that being kind is cool, Ava! We are so lucky to have you in 4N & Den C!


Carter Buschbach is 4S's students of the month for February! Carter shows he listens with understanding and empathy when talking about his classmates. He is a great friend to all. Carter is also great at using his imagination and creativity when it comes to projects and writing prompts in the classroom. Awesome job Carter! Keep up the great work!


Jacey Stunes is 4/5K's student of the month for February! Jacey shows how she listens with understanding and empathy when talking about her classmates and thinking about how they may feel in a certain situation. Jacey also loves to create and innovate especially when it comes to writing her own stories! Keep creating Jacey!


Ava Prunty is 5A's Student of the Month for February. Ava is always listening and understanding with empathy. She is a compassionate and caring friend to everyone! She puts others before herself and makes sure that everyone is included. Ava is also great at being creative, using her imagination, and always thinking outside of the box. Awesome job, Ava! I am proud of you!


Audrina Adams is 5M's student of the month! She is always listening and understanding with empathy when it comes to her friends or classmates. She is a wonderful friend because she always puts others first and includes everyone. Audrina is creating new arts or drawings constantly. She does a great job using her imagination and being innovative in critical times. Great work, Audrina, I am so proud of you!

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As always, please contact the office if your student will be absent or leaving early for any reason. Please include a doctor's slip if your child has a doctor appointment.

Noel Ahlers-Administrative Assistant

Lisa Heckenlaible-Principal