Langston's Letters

May 16 - May 20

A Note from the Principal

Dear Langston Hughes Family,


On June 17, the Langston Hughes School community will host our inaugural Juneteenth celebration. On January 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all enslaved people in the Confederate states. Juneteenth, June 19, 1865, is the day that acknowledges when the enslaved African Americans of Galveston, Texas finally found out that they were legally free. The news of freedom did not reach them until two and a half years later.


We are teaching our children the importance of remembering that day and celebrating its importance with music, dance, drama, and art. We are planning to hold part of the celebration in the school yard, so the community can also come out and participate. We hope to see you there.


Juneteenth Fact: Juneteenth has its very own flag. See the picture below.


Have a wonderful week!


Denean Stephens-Spellman

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1st Annual Brooklyn Schools Steel Band Jamboree

On Saturday May 21, Ms. Constantine will lead the Rising Star After-school steel pan students, as they represent the Langston Hughes School in the 1st Annual Brooklyn Schools Steel Band Jamboree. Our musicians will share their talent with other schools in Brooklyn who are studying this art form. Come out to Boys and Girls High School at 1:00pm to cheer for our students. Our musicians are scheduled to perform in second position, so come on time and show them how proud we are of their hard work.


Saturday, May 21, 2022

1:00pm-5:00pm

Boys and Girls HS Field

1700 Fulton Street

Brooklyn, NY 11213

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Summer Rising

Registration for Summer Rising is closed for elementary school students. We will host a summer school meeting for the families of all Summer Rising students in June. The date and time of the meeting will be placed in next week's newsletter.

Promotional Festivities


  • Pre-kindergarten - June 23 @ 9:30am
  • Kindergarten - June 21 @ 9:30am
  • Grade 5 - June 22 @ 9:00am (Classes 5-205 and 5-207) and 10:15am (Class 5-215)
  • Fifth Grade Celebration - June 22 5:30pm-8:00pm

Daily Health Screeners

Students must be screened each day before entering the building. The easiest way to do so is to use the digital health screener. You can place it on your phone, or your child's iPad that they use for school. Use the link below to download the NYCDOE Health Screener and save it to your home screen. If for some reason you are unable to download the digital health screener, I am also including a link to the paper screener. Each morning before you leave home you must:


  1. Take your child's temperature.
  2. Log in to the screener. If you don't know your child's credentials yet, log in as a guest or use the paper screener.
  3. Answer the questions.
  4. Click submit.
  5. Show the screener to the staff when you bring your child to school.

Dates to Remember

  • May 16: Last day of the Scholastic Book Fair

  • May 17: Acadiance Reading assessment for grades K-2

  • May 19: Acadiance Math assessment for grades K-2

  • May 24: New York State Science Performance Examination for grade 4

  • May 27: Author Visit - Tonya Engel

  • May 30: Memorial Day observed--schools closed

  • May 31: DRP reading assessment for grades 3-5

  • June 6: New York State Science Written Examination for grade 4

  • June 7: Clerical day--schools closed for students

  • June 9: Chancellor's Conference Day--schools closed for students

  • June 17: Juneteenth Celebration

  • June 20: Juneteenth observed--schools closed

  • June 21: Kindergarten Stepping Up ceremony at 9:30am

  • June 22: Fifth Grade Promotional Exercise at 9:00am (5-205 & 5-207) and 10:15am (5-215)

  • June 22: Fifth Grade celebration 5:30pm-8:00pm

  • June 23: Pre-kindergarten Stepping Up ceremony 9:30am

  • June 27: Last day of school for all students

  • July 5: Summer Rising begins

  • August 19: Summer Rising ends