Welcome to Longfellow Elementary School

August 3, 2022
Dear Longfellow Families, I am excited to welcome you all to the upcoming school year.  I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the families, students, and staff of Longfellow. Our school is truly a pillar of the Salida community.  Our children are the hope for the world.

As your new principal, I'd like to take a moment to introduce myself.  I've been a part of the Salida education community for the past 15 years and have worked in the education field for 22 years.  It's been a wonderful journey and I look forward to this new chapter.  Over the past few months, I've had the opportunity to connect with students, staff and community members of Longfellow Elementary.  For me, this is where the true excitement lies.  Connecting with people who truly care about our students.

In the year to come, I look forward to working with you all.  I encourage you to be an active part of your child's education.  Our kids deserve the best. Below are a few important dates and items to keep on your radar as we enter into this year.  As you have questions and concerns please don't hesitate to ask.

August 4th -  Class Lists Posted at 5 p.m. - we will be posting the class lists for the upcoming year on the front doors of the school.  With 444 students it is entirely possible that someone was missed.  Don't panic!  Call the office and we will work to remedy the situation.

Class Supplies - Individual class supplies are purchased by the grade level teachers.  $30 will cover the cost of these supplies and can be paid by cash or check (payable to Longfellow Elementary School).  Payment can be delivered to the classroom teacher or the front office. There will be a few additional items needed by each grade level.  These specific items can be found on the school website, at Walmart, or you can come to the Longfellow office to pick up a list of these additional supplies.

Daily Start and end times - Breakfast starts at 7:50 (School meals are no longer free for everyone, please fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application).   For students not eating breakfast, doors will open at 8:15.  The school day starts for all at 8:15.  The school day ends at 3:50.  (For where your child should enter and exit the building, please see " First Day of School" below.)

Kindergarten Drop-off - Kinder students who are dropped off should enter the building from the east entrance.  Our Dean, Jennifer Lang, and the Kindergarten teachers will be at the doors ready to greet them.

August 12th - Meet and Greet -  This is the opportunity for students and families to find their class, meet their teachers, and drop off supplies.  Additional information will also be available to help your student and family be prepared for the year.  Doors will be open from 8 to noon and from 1 to 3.

August 15th - First Day of School -  Kinder students will enter the building through the east door (near the 7th street circle drive by the kindergarten wing).  1st and 3rd will enter through the main doors.  2nd and 4th will enter through the west doors (those closest to the corner of 8th and J).  Teachers will come out and collect their students as a class at 8:15.

August 17th - New Parent Orientation 6-7 p.m. -  This event offers Kindergarten parents and those new to our school the opportunity to know how things work at Longfellow Elementary.  Pizza will be served.  Child care will be provided.

August 18th - Ice Cream Social 4 p.m. -   Sponsored by the Longfellow Parent Association, this event offers families a chance to connect with other families in our school community.  Ice Cream will be served starting at 4:00.  Due to dietary concerns, students must be with their guardian to be served.

Cory Scheffel
Longfellow Elementary School

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