• Principal Message

     

    Welcome Back to Longfields!

    We expect "Success, Nothing Less!"

    2018 - 2019

     

    Carmen Bell, School Principal


    Dear Longfields Elementary School Families,

    Welcome Back


    Welcome back to another amazing year at Longfields Elementary School!  As principal of Longfields, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone back! We are excited to have students once again in our classrooms and hallways filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning. It is our mission to help every child feel welcomed, connected and invested in our learning program at Longfields. Our mission this year is “Success, Nothing Less”. 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.


    Instructional Program


    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 have created intervention groups to further support students who are performing below grade level, as indicated by our PARCC, MAP-R and math benchmark assessments. Many professional development sessions will be provided to staff this year, as we work to demonstrate how to provide Response to Intervention (RTI) support and differentiated activities. We recognize that while some of our students need additional supports in order to access the curricula and complete the related activities, other students need enriched pathways of learning.


    A group of staff members participated in a book study this summer and the content allowed for detailed discussions on how we will plan to push our students that are performing at proficient to advanced levels. Through differentiated approaches and proper planning, this will be possible.


    In mathematics and science, more small group instruction will occur, with the use of manipulatives to enhance comprehension for our tactile and visual learners. Investigations, independent studies and more project-based learning opportunities will be offered to students. 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. Do you want to assess how well your student is able to articulate their understanding of a skill or content based concepts? Well then, ask him/her to explain the process. Listen for their use of vocabulary, their ability to reason and provide supporting evidence/artifacts to defend their thinking. These are our measurements of student growth as well.


    One major instructional implication revealed by our school’s data, is the difficulty our students face when applying their computational learning to complex and conceptual problems. Furthermore, we often hear parents express concern about their child’s limited progress with their comprehension, so with that, we are strongly encouraging our PARENT PARTNERS to take an active role in ensuring that students complete projects, homework/reading logs and attend our math, science and reading parent workshops. These workshops are designed to better equip parents with the knowledge and skills to further support their students with their academics.


    Facilities Update

    If you drove past the school this Summer, you may have noticed numerous maintenance and construction trucks, as well as a “Building Bright Futures in Maryland” sign. First, Prince George’s County Public Schools will be replacing all of Longfields’ exterior windows and doors. This process has begun and will continue through the first quarter of school. Single classes will be temporarily placed in alternative areas for 4-5 days, while the work is completed per class.

    We are thankful for our partnership with Healthy Solutions-HUB, as they not only provided an enrichment Summer Camp for students of Longfields, but they also provided funding for us to advance our Outdoor Classroom environment. Ms. April Walton designed one of our courtyards to undergo transformation. Under the direction and guidance of Ms. Walton, students have planted vegetables, greenery, and researched the needed components of healthy habitats for some of our animal families that have resided in the space so that it can be further fostered. We hope to have this space used for instruction throughout the year.

    We are especially pleased with the additional support that our students in the Summer Youth Enrichment Program provided for Longfields. Under the direction and collaboration of Mrs. Tiffani Thomas, our Building Supervisor, our building is brighter and cleaner now than it has ever been. Thank you to Mrs. Thomas’ entire team for beautifying Longfields inside and out.

    Last year’s district-wide safety and security review generated recommendations for our school and community to follow. As a result, see the following:  

    • As a reminder, there is no parking permitted directly at the curb in front of the school.

    • Abide by the strict Kiss and Ride procedures and reduce speed as you pull up and pull away from the drop off/coned area.

    • All school visitors must have proper, state-issued identification to access our building. All staff will be required to wear their district-issued identification.

    • The school is working to write grants for funding that will allow us to purchase an 8-count walkie talkie system. At this time, we will continue working to secure a school set for emergency employees, but if you have partners or a connection, please share that information with us, as we are looking for alternative purchasing means.

    Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA)


    Longfields Elementary is a wonderful school because parents and staff work together for the good of the students and we are working to strengthen this bond.  This could not be accomplished without parental support and the volunteer contributions of parents just like you! We are proud to announce our new PTSA Board (see below). The board has already established the board meeting dates, first few PTSA sponsored events, PTSA meetings (2nd Tuesday of each month at 6pm) and the first PTSA meeting date (August 8, 2018 at 6pm at Longfields).


    President: Ramona Johns - granpoo82372@gmail.com

    Vice President: Ingrid Escobar - lindelis-andrade@pgcps.org

    Treasurer: Zaquetta Carter - zjs1119@aol.com

    Secretary: Dominique Wallace - dowal617@gmail.com


    To all of our parents, community members and partners, students at Longfields greatly desire after-school tutorial and enrichment clubs and activities. Please communicate and coordinate with PTSA and school administration to volunteer 1-2 or more days per week, sponsoring a club. Consider the following: tutoring, chess, poetry, art, lego robotics, science or math. The possibilities are endless. More information will be provided on securing a fingerprinting/background check so that can be filed at the school.  Please consider today.


    Staffing


    We have a few staffing changes this fall. To Ms. Richardson, Nurse Lepore, Ms. Hamilton, Ms. Gordon, Ms. French, and Ms. Barbot, 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 2018 calendar of events below. All other events for the year will be on our school’s site (the hyperlink is above), in the monthly parent newsletter, in the 2-monthly view calendar and in the attached calendar. Additionally, please sign-up for Remind 101 for school instant reminders and updates. Sign up procedures: Send @longfields to 81010 on your smartphone. 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  

    Cindy Hawkins (Para)

    Abigail Rose

    Sierra Nelson (Para)

     

    Kindergarten

    Kalonda Gatson

    Suzzette Pador

     

    Grade 1

    Toby Hutchinson

       

    Grade 2

    Vacant

    Megan Sokolowski

     

    Grade 3

    Lee Hawkins

    Alicia Oliver

     

    Grade 4

    Jacqueline Wood

    Asiha Stallworth

     

    Grade 5

    Christiana Brown

    Mark Nagrampa

     

    Grade 6

    Ernest Kabassu

       

    Specialists

    Donna Burgess - .5 Media

    Judith Carter - .5 Music

    Helen Guramani – ICAL

    Marites Jomuad - ESOL

    Sheila Johnson - S. Ed. Para




    Erica Bair - TAG Coord.

    Laureen Hammond - Counselor

    Hannah Sung - Instrumental

    April Walton - S. Ed. Teacher

    Bonnie Schlorb - S. Ed. Para





    Aurora Reed - Instruct. Lead

    Nyasha Klusmann - .4 Art

    Patrick Sokolowski - .5 P.E.

    Vacant - S. Ed. Teacher






    Date:

    Event:

    Location:

    8-14-18 @ 6:00 p.m.  

    First PTSA Meeting

    Longfields E.S.

    8-9-18 @ 9:00 a.m.

    LES Beautification Day - Please donate a bag of black mulch

    Longfields E.S.

    8-23-18 @ 8:00 a.m.

    First day for teachers

    Longfields E.S.

    8-30-17 @ 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten & TAG Orientation

    Longfields E.S.

    8-30-17 @ 12:00 p.m.

    New Family Meet/Greet Ice Cream Social

    Longfields E.S.

    9-4-18

    First day for students

    Longfields E.S.

    9-4-18

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

     

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

    Family Talented and Gifted Orientation Night

    Longfields E.S.

    9-17-18

    Spirit Wear Fundraiser

    Longfields E.S.

    9-21-17 @ 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    LES Back-to-School Night

    Longfields E.S.

    9-7-18

    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 4, 2018. School starts at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast is free of charge and will be served from 7:30 to 7:45 a.m. only.  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.

    Recess:

    Pre-Kindergarten

    10:20 - 10:50 a.m.

    10:00 - 10:20

    Kindergarten

    10:25 - 10:55 a.m.

    10:55 - 11:15

    Grade 1

    10:25 - 10:55 a.m.

    10:55 - 11:15

    Grade 2

    11:35 - 12:05 p.m.

    12:05-12:20

    Grade 3

    11:35 - 12:05 p.m.

    12:05-12:20

    Grade 4

    11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    11:30 11:45

    Grade 5  

    11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    11:30 - 11:45

    Grade 6

    10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

    Middle School Schedule



    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 two days 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 a 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.

       * Parents will not be allowed to walk students to class beyond the first two days of school. Please

       respect our school’s policy, as safety is our NUMBER ONE PRIORITY.


    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. Students lose work habits points if they are not properly prepared for learning.


    School Uniforms (THIS POLICY WILL BE STRONGLY ENFORCED):


    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.


    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 2018 – 2019 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