Longbranch Weekly Family Newsletter

SENT: August 15, 2017

Students' First Day: August 16th

PTO Lighthouse Team

PTO Info Night/Action Team 101

Please join us for a PTO Info Night/Action Team 101 on Tuesday August 22nd @ 6:30pm.

Meet your PTO Board and learn about our transition from a PTA to a PTO Lighthouse Team.Learn all about Parent Action teams and how you can get involved in them.

Popcorn Fridays!

If you did not fill out your form at meet the teacher night and your child/children would like to participate in our Popcorn Fridays 9 times this school year, please complete the form and return it with your child by 8/28/17.

$5.00 per child covers all 9 of our popcorn Fridays!

Our first Popcorn Friday will take place on Friday September 1st!

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Kroger Cards Help Generate BIG MONEY for Our School

Kroger donates 4% of all money you spend after you scan your Kroger Plus card as long as you connect the Plus card to our Longbranch PTA account.

If 400 families connected their cards and spent $100 a week at Kroger, each family would make $4 per week. That's $1600 a week. That's $19,000 a quarter. That's unreal. That's plain and simple easy money.

We encourage you to visit Kroger.com and create an account. Click Community Rewards. Search for Longbranch and connect your plus card with Longbranch PTA. It's the EASIEST fundraiser you'll ever participate in, period.


Solar Eclipse Info

Please read the solar eclipse packet sent to you via email and also accessible on our school website at: http://www.longbranch.boone.kyschools.us

Walking Kids to Class on the First Day

Kindergarteners and New Students Only: May be walked to class on the first day. Please park in the main lot and enter the front bank of doors no earlier than 8:15am on Wednesday. You will proceed to the gym (not the classroom) where you will wait with your child for dismissal to the classrooms at 8:30am.

All students will walk to their homerooms on their own on day 2.

Cafeteria Visitors

Please allow our children time to acclimate to the cafeteria procedures before reporting to school for lunch. We ask that you give us one week to get it down pat. You are welcome to have lunch with your child at school beginning Wednesday, August 23.

From our Unified Arts Team (aka Specials teachers)

Our Unified Arts classes are:
Art with Mr. Steele
Music with Mrs. Melvin
PE with Mrs. Freihofer
Keyboarding or PBL with Mrs. Roberts
Library with Mrs. Niemi and Mrs. Hamm
STEAM for grades 3-5 with TBD

Be looking for a UA newsletter in a few weeks! For now remember gym shoes on your PE day.

Parent Handbook and School Policies

Click here to navigate to the school website. Handbook/FAQ and Policies are both listed under the Parent section. These are helpful to read before the first day of school.

School Kits

Will arrive on Tuesday. If it's early enough in the day where we can notify you that you can pick up that evening, we will. Picking up is not mandatory. Kits will be in the rooms on August 16th waiting for the kiddos.

From Our Staff Lighthouse Team

We are excited to have new student Leadership Guides this year from The Leader in Me. Our guides help us to focus our instruction on Creating a Leadership Culture, Leading Your Self, Leading Others, and More Ways to Lead. We are looking forward to setting Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) with students and this year we are getting gutsy with our goals!

Parent Leadership Teams

We are looking for leaders for the following parent action teams this year:

Please sign up to serve here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054caaae22a64-1718

Volunteering at School

We'd LOVE to have you volunteer at school or at home this year. You will need a state background check to volunteer at school. From our school website, click Forms>Background Check. Print, complete, and send the form and $10 in to school. longbranch.boone.kyschools.us

You also need to complete our school volunteer training. The company that previously housed our training online has gone out of business and our training is kaput. I will be rebuilding the training and it will be back in action very soon.

New District Grading Policy and Scale

The Boone County Schools have officially moved to a 10 point grading scale effective with the 17.18 school year. Moving forward, our grading scale will be:

90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
69 and below = Incomplete

Anything below a 70 will be considered Incomplete. A student scoring an Incomplete in any content area will experience remediation either during or after school until the grade is at 70 or above. If the grade remains Incomplete at the end of the school year, it will become a D or F. Our goal is mastery of content so D's and F's will not be a part of our vocabulary unless we are experiencing an exceptional circumstance.

Remediation may occur during the core content class, during the extension block, or as a part of before or after school ESS.


16: First day of school
18: First Friday Folder--please check weekly for info from school
22: SBDM at 4:30pm and PTO Info Night/Action Team 101 at 6:30pm
23: Strings demo at school for grades 3, 4, and 5
24: Bus evacuations at bus dismissal in AM
25: Bus driver breakfast at 8:15am, Mega Drill, Kona Ice Day
28: Ballyshannon Redistricting Board Workshop at Ralph Rush at 6:30pm
29: Strings parent meeting at 6:30 in the cafeteria
30: Girl Scout parent meeting at 6pm, Lifetouch Fall Pictures

1: Popcorn Friday and Spirit Day
4: No School--Labor Day (Building closed to employees)
6: Superintendent's Advisory Council
12: SBDM at 4:30pm
14: School Board Meeting at Ralph Rush Center at 7:30pm
15: Kona Ice Day
19-29: Boosterthon Fun Run

6: Kentucky Kids Day, Cooper Homecoming, Tailgating, Popcorn Friday, Spirit Day
10: Bus Evacuations at AM dropoff and SBDM at 4:30pm
12: School Board Meeting at Ralph Rush Center at 7:30pm
13: NO SCHOOL--Professional Day for Staff (Waived)
16: NO SCHOOL-Flexible Inservice Day for Staff
18: 4th Grade Field Trip to Frankfort
20: Kona Ice Day
27: Practice Leadership Day
31: 2017 Leadership Day/Host Site for Cincinnati Leader in Me Summit

1: Superintendent's Advisory Council Meeting
3: Popcorn Friday and Spirit Day
9: School Board Meeting at Ralph Rush Center at 7:30pm
14: SBDM at 4:30pm
17: Kona Ice Day
22-24: NO SCHOOL-Thanksgiving
29: 5th Grade Field Trip to Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
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Year eight will be the year of #LonghornsCAN. Our teachers are focusing on empowering instruction this year, giving students more control over their learning with strategic coaching, and raising the bar for every student at our school. Whenever you catch something fabulous showing the power of empowering students to lead their own learning, showing the habits at home, or showing the incredible impact the Longhorns have on our community, share it on social media with the hashtag #LonghornsCAN.