Principal Message

 

Welcome Back to Longfields!

 

August 1, 2017 | http://www1.pgcps.org/longfields/index.aspx?id=1896 (Check out our school site)

Carmen Bell, School Principal


Dear Longfields Elementary School Families,

Welcome back to another great year at Longfields Elementary School!  Our team is excited to see each of our students and families in a few weeks.  This is going to be an amazing year for Longfields! Our mission this year is “One School, One Team, One Goal”. We continue to work towards establishing a honest and trusting relationship with our school community so that ultimately, our students reach high academic and social achievement levels.


This summer, we planned hard to improve our instructional program. Again this year, we will continue to focus on Guided Reading and Balanced Literacy. These practices permit us to provide small group instruction for students that target and strengthen students’ specific reading deficits. Additionally, we will incorporate more math talks and flexible grouping in mathematics. These practices allow students to receive prescriptive support as they apply math vocabulary and solution strategies when tasked with completing algorithmic problems and/or oral and written performance assignments that require a conceptual understanding. Longfields’ staff is also invested in beautifying the school’s campus and advancing our customer service and collaboration with all school stakeholders. One additional focus this year is for our instructional activities to incorporate enrichment components, so that we are challenging the conceptual knowledge of our students who are ready for advancement.

 

We have a few staffing changes this fall. To Ms.Burgess, Ms. Dawkins, Mr. Fauntroy, Ms. Holden, Ms. Linstrom, Ms.Newbie, Ms. Nimmons and Ms.Wiese, we wish you all the very best as you pursue different opportunities in education. Please see the chart below with bolded and underlined names of new staff members. Help me welcome the new staff to our building throughout the year, as we continue to work to create effective and long-lasting relationships with each of you.


See the August/September 2017 calendar of events below. All other events for the year will be on our school’s site (the hyperlink is above) and in the attached calendar (which will be sent home monthly). Additionally, please sign-up for Remind 101 for school instant reminders and updates. Sign up procedures can be found on our school’s website. We try to keep you informed as much as possible, so please don’t hesitate and sign up today.


Grade Levels:

Teachers:

Teachers:

Teachers:

Pre-Kindergarten

Guinevere Bernabe  

Karyn Hamilton (Para)

Abigail Rose

Cindy Hawkins (Para)

 

Kindergarten

Kalonda Gatson

Suzzette Pador

 

Grade 1

Toby Hutchinson

Ms. Mills-Nelson (Para)

   

Grade 2

Tiffani Gordon

Megan Sokolowski

 

Grade 3

Alicia Oliver

Lee Hawkins

 

Grade 4

Asiha Stallworth

Jacqueline Wood

 

Grade 5

Christiana Brown

Mark Nagrampa

 

Grade 6

Ernest Kabassu

   

Specialists

Shiela Gaskins - .5 Media

Judith Carter - Music

Helen Guramani – ICAL

Marites Jomuad - ESOL

Sheila Johnson - S. Ed. Para

Sierra Mills-Nelson - Para




Erica Bair - TAG Coord.

Olivia Richardson - Counselor

Zachary Nelson - Instrumental

April Walton - S. Ed. Teacher

Bonnie Schlorb - S. Ed. Para





Aurora Reed - Instruct. Lead

Sita French - Art

Patrick Sokolowski - P.E.

Claudine Barbot - S. Ed. Teacher





Date:

Event:

Location:

8-17-17 @ 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Love Longfields (Beautification Day)

Longfields E.S.

8-26-17 @ 9:30 a.m.

PGCPS Back-to-School Fair

Bowie Baysox Stadium

8-28-17 @ 7:45 a.m.

First day for teachers

Longfields E.S.

8-31-17 @ 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Orientation

Longfields E.S.

8-31-17 @ 12:00 p.m.

New Family Meet/Greet Ice Cream Social

Longfields E.S.

9-5-17 @ 11:00 a.m.

PGCPS Systemic 6th Grade Orientation on for all new 6th graders and parents

Longfields E.S.

9-6-17

First day for students

Longfields E.S.

9-6-17

Immunization Deadline: Get your child immunized for the start of the school year! Children without proper immunization will be excluded as of 8-23-16.

 

9-13-17 @ 6:00 p.m.

Family Talented and Gifted Orientation Night

Longfields E.S.

9-18-17

LES Fall Book Fair begins

Longfields E.S.

9-21-17 @ 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

LES Back-to-School Night

Longfields E.S.

9-25-17

Students’ Rights/Responsibilities Assembly

Longfields E.S.

9-28-17 @ 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Grandparents Day

Longfields E.S.

9-29-17

Systemic PD – 2-hr early dismissal @ 11:45 a.m.

 

Start times – The first day for students is September 6, 2017. School starts at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast is free of charge and will be served from 7:30 to 7:45.  Please make certain students are at school prior to 7:45 if they wish to eat breakfast with us.  Breakfast is served in the classrooms.  See the lunch schedule (tentative) below:


Grade Level:

Lunch Time:

Schedule birthday celebrations with your child’s teacher well in advance. Student treats are only allowed in the cafeteria and parents must stay to distribute celebratory items.

Pre-Kindergarten

10:20 - 10:50 a.m.

Kindergarten

10:25 - 10:55 a.m.

Grade 1

10:25 - 10:55 a.m.

Grade 2

11:40 - 12:10 p.m.

Grade 3

11:40 - 12:10 p.m.

Grade 4

11:05 - 11:35 a.m.

Grade 4 and 5 TAG

11:05 - 11:35 a.m.

Grade 5 and 6

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.


Parent Visitation/Volunteers:


Parents/Guardians should always have access to the school to discuss, without delay, problems needing immediate attention and that is our goal. However, due to changes in Prince George’s County policies and procedures as it relates to student and staff safety, classroom visits or conferences should be arranged in advance through the teacher or school administrator. This may be done by letter, email or telephone. Arrangements should include the day, time, length of time, and what the visitor would like to see. Parents may not confer with the teacher at the beginning of the day, as teacher planning and/or instruction has begun. With that, parents/guardians will not be allowed to escort students to class beyond the first week of school, except for parents/guardians with Pre-kindergarten students.


Visitors upon arrival at school, should report to the main office before going to any area of the building with a license or state ID. Parents and other visitors will be given a pass from the office before entering a classroom, if visitations have been made in advanced. If a parent should go to a class without the pass saying, “Visitor,” they will be requested to return to the office for the pass.

  *In visiting classrooms, care should be taken not to interrupt the work of teaching. Conferences with the teacher are not to take place while the teacher has charge of group of students.

  *Visitors should keep in mind that extra people in the classroom constitute a departure from the normal situation and care must be exercised to preserve, as much as possible, the normalcy which must prevail if pupils are to do their best work. Additionally, please avoid using your cell phone inside of the school building.


School Supplies:


Please see the school supply list on our school’s website (hyperlink is on page 1). Ensure that your student is ready for school by gathering all supplies and dropping them off at school on the first day. Keep in mind that there will be times in which supplies will have to be replenished, so carefully read the monthly newsletters for these announcements.


School Uniforms:


School uniforms add a touch of professionalism to a child’s school day and provide the correct educational ethic that is the foundation of his/her academic and future career success. Children must wear their school uniform every day. Please assist us in upholding a high standard for our students in both appearance and contribution to the learning environment.


Note: The following items are not allowed: caps, head scarves, bandanas, hoodies, jackets, shorts, jeans, sweat pants, mini-skirts, decorative hosiery, leggings, open-toe shoes, tank or halter tops, t-shirts, inappropriate make-up, revealing or provocative clothing, tight-fitting or stretch pants, clothing that exposes one’s stomach and excessive jewelry.


The following School Uniform Policy applies to all students attending Longfields E.S.


Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Six:


Tops – Girls and Boys (Colors: Light Blue or White)

  • Polo Style Shirts – Short and long sleeve

  • Button-Down Shirts – Short and long sleeve


Bottoms – Girls and Boys (Colors: Dark Blue) - (SWEATPANTS/JEANS ARE NOT PERMITTED)

  • Long pants

  • Knee-length shorts

  • Skirts (No leggings)/Jumpers/Skorts  


Accessories – Girls and Boys

  • Shoes & Shoelaces– Closed toe/heel in black, white, gray or blue

  • Belts for pants - Black

  • Sweaters/Cardigans– Solid Navy Blue or White (no writing or symbols)

  • Socks – Navy or Black  

  • Stockings/Tights – Blue, White or Black (No leggings)


* During the colder months, students are not permitted to wear jackets, hoodies or non uniform sweaters of any sort. Solid, dark blue sweaters with no markings/symbols will be allowed. Please help us create a safe and instructionally sound environment, where student clothing is not a distraction.


We are all very excited for the start of the 2017 – 2018 school year. We will continue to communicate with you on a daily basis to enhance our collaborative efforts and advance student achievement. We will see you very soon.



Educationally,



Carmen L. Bell

Last modified: 8/14/2017 9:11:25 PM