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11 PTA Meeting 9:00 a.m.
14 Team Polaris Parent Coffee 8:25 a.m.(Oney/Bradford/Layton)
14 Team Titans Parent Coffee 9:20 a.m.(Nightingale/Zachariah/Schlobach)
14-16 Fall Play Performance
15 Team Red Fox Parent Coffee 8:24 a.m.(Maldonado/Carpenter/Haley)
25 Team Explorers Parent Coffee 9:20 a.m.(Wu/DeShazo/Bafaro)
25-26 No After School Activities
27-29 Thanksgiving Break-No School
Thank you to our fabulous PTA for providing a delicious lunch for our faculty and staff on November 4th. We thank our Hospitality Committee: Lisa Fraser, Connie Howell, Lavina Gangwani-Colaco, Linda (Liping) Sang, Panee Chan, Julie Brown, and Mel Tillotson, VP of Programs, and all of our parents who contributed to this “extraordinary” event. Our staff is so appreciative!
CONGRATULATIONS SOPHIA LIN!
Sophia Lin is a Division Finalist in the MTNA Junior Piano Competition
Sophia Lin will compete as a Division Finalist in the MTNA East Division Junior Piano Competition.
A 7th Grader at Longfellow Middle School, Lin has been studying piano for 7 years. In May 2019 in McLean, Virginia, she had her concerto debut with Amadeus Orchestra as the piano soloist. She is selected to perform at Young Artist Piano Musicale at George Mason University in January 2020.
The winner of the division competition will compete in the National Finals during the MTNA National Conference in Spokane, Washington, in March. National Finalists will be announced in mid-January.
AN INVITATION FROM PRINCIPAL KIHM
Dear Longfellow Families:
I am excited to announce our 1st Annual Longfellow Love “Jam-a-thon”. What a great way to kick off this season of giving.
Longfellow Love presents
1st Annual Jam-a-thon
Friday, November 22
Featuring DJ, raffles, Longfellow Teacher Dance-Off, more surprises to come…
Raising money for our Longfellow Love Student Assistance Program
supporting our very own student families in need, and benefiting the Longfellow community.
CLICK HERE to buy event tickets or to donate today.
Our Longfellow Love Program is consistently successful because of the generous support from you, our Longfellow families. Thank you for your continued dedication and support. Deadline for tickets and donations is Monday, November 18.
VOLUNTEER NOTE: We need lots of volunteers (high school students and adults) to make this event a success. CLICK HERE to sign up to VOLUNTEER on Friday, November 22.
Three ways to donate:
· Click here to donate online, or
· Drop off the checks written to Longfellow PTA in the Longfellow Love collection box in the front office, or
· Drop gift cards in the Longfellow Love collection box in the front office.
NOTE: All donations are tax deductible contributions to the Longfellow PTA. ALL FUNDS go to the families for their personal expenses.
CHINA EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Applications are now open for students to host and/or travel to China in 2020 as part of our very first China Exchange Program at Longfellow Middle School!
We will be welcoming 15-20 students from our partner school in China, from Friday, January 31st to Friday, February 7th, 2020. They will be hosted by Longfellow students and immersed in classes during the week with all programming to be coordinated by our trusted third party Alpha Exchange. For each student hosted, families will receive a $200 stipend or $500 credit towards the China trip during Spring Vacation. The trip will run from Wednesday, April 1st to Saturday, April 11th and cost $3,200 per student ($2,700 or $2,400 for students that hosted 1-2 students). We will visit our partner school and homestay with the Chinese exchange students in Yichang and enjoy 3 days of sightseeing in Beijing, including visits to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall of China.
Contact Ms. Madeline Coyne for more information and signup at this link.
LONGFELLOW LOVE BUSINESS SPONSOR
Help us kick off this season of giving and become a Longfellow Love Business Sponsor!
Do you own a business, or know someone who does? If so, we need your support! We are excited to announce our 1st annual Longfellow Love Jam-a-thon to help raise money for our Longfellow Love Student Assistance Program supporting our very own student families in need, and benefiting the Longfellow community. Did you know that over 100 of our Longfellow families receive free and reduced lunch and have difficulty meeting basic needs?
We’d love to advertise your business through this important community partnership. Your business will be promoted on a large banner placed at the school entrance, and through Longfellow Middle School's weekly newsletter which reaches over 2,000 families. Help make a difference in the lives of these families by sponsoring this important community event. We need help covering the costs of food and fun activities so that all funds raised will benefit our families in need. Any amount would be greatly appreciated to help cover the costs!
Questions? Please contact Shelly Breslin at firstname.lastname@example.org. for more information about how to become a Longfellow Love Business Sponsor.
We need all donation commitments by Monday, November 18th.
Thank you in advance for your generous support of this important community program!
ACTIVATING WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORTS IN PARENTVUE
If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report via email. This report provides a summary of your student’s grades for the current quarter. To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE account and verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports, and click on “Update account.” Once your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports. Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences. Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email. For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians.
FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOL HEALTH PROMOTION
“Your Breath Matters. Your Choices Matter.”
E-cigarette use among teens is on the rise and can have many negative health implications. Vaping products contain metals, chemicals, and other substances that not only lead to addiction, but may cause lung-related injury. Teens are more likely to become addicted to e-cigarettes, because brain pathways in teen brains develop faster than adults. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can harm brain development – which continues until about age 25.
It is important that you talk to and educate your teen about the dangers of e-cigarette use. There are many resources available that help support vaping cessation and promote healthy decision-making.
QUITline – 1-800-Quit-Now is a free, effective, and confidential hotline for ages 13+. This service is available 24/7 and provides one-on-one assistance.
The Real Cost – Informational site that gives teens the real facts about tobacco products. For more information visit https://therealcost.betobaccofree.hhs.gov/.
Smokefree Teen – quitSTART is a free smartphone app that helps you quit using tobacco with tailored tips, inspiration, and challenges.
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