Proposed Boundary Community Meetings

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

I want to take this time to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. As a reminder, all schools and offices will be closed November 27-29 for Thanksgiving break. Please note Wednesday, November 27, is a holiday. Classes will resume on Monday, December 2.

Also, a reminder that when we return, there are two community meetings scheduled to provide information about the proposed boundary adjustment to provide capacity relief to McLean High School. FCPS is considering recommending that the School Board approve a boundary adjustment to move some McLean High School students to Langley High School. Some students who currently attend McLean HS could be reassigned from McLean HS to Langley HS, if the boundary adjustment is approved. FCPS is not planning to recommend moving students out of Langley HS as part of this boundary adjustment. No decisions will be made at these meetings. The purpose of the meetings is to provide information to the community and receive community input via small group work. Both meetings will provide the same information. Please attend one that works best for your schedule.

The meeting dates:
Monday, December 2 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Langley HS, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA
Wednesday, December 4 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. McLean HS, 1633 Davidson Rd., McLean, VA
Both meetings will be held in the cafeterias.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you next week.

Sincerely,
Carole Kihm
Principal

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Thank You from Principal Kihm

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Dearest Longfellow families,

THANK YOU for your generous donations, your efforts dropping off your children for our community event, and for donating many items to the food pantry. Our 1st Annual Jam-a-Thon was a success, with fun for all.

In the spirit of giving, as you are preparing for Thanksgiving break and meals with your family this week, we should all take a moment, slow down, and remember that many in our own community, kids that share our classrooms, may not have that same holiday dinner, or even refrigerator full of food without your help....

A gift card goes a long way...There is still time to make a difference by donating to the Longfellow Love 2019 - 2020 campaign. Click here to donate gift cards, to learn more about donating, or distribution to these families during holiday breaks.

Best,
Principal Carole Kihm

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Friday, November 22, 2019 Lancer Times

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CALENDAR EVENTS

November
25 Team Explorers Parent Coffee (Wu/DeShazo/Bafaro) 9:20 a.m.
25-26 No After School Activities
27-29 Thanksgiving Break-No School
December
4 Team Renegades Parent Coffee (Bergstrom/Weidus/Aldrich) 8:25 a.m.
7 Wolftrap Holiday Sing-Along
10 Team Spartans Parent Coffee (Kane/Dinion/Huftalen) 8:25 a.m.
12 Team Islander Parent Coffee (Wilson/Daniels/Bermudez) 7:40 a.m.
13 Winter Band Concert - McLean HS 7:00 p.m.
17 Winter Orchestra Concert – McLean HS 7:00 p.m.
20 No After School Activities
23-31 Winter Break-No School
January
1-3 Winter Break-No School

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

There will be no after school activities Monday, November 25th or Tuesday, November 26th.

THANKSGIVING MESSAGE

As I reflect on Longfellow as a “world class” school, I am so very grateful for our amazing teachers, students, parents, and staff members. I think of all that is positive in our lives. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your hard work and generous contributions which make Longfellow Middle School such a special place to learn and grow. I am appreciative of our incredible staff whose steadfast dedication and constant focus guide our students to success. I’m thankful for our supportive parents who make a tremendous difference in the lives of all our students! Last, but certainly not least, I’m thankful for our students who work hard, take risks, and challenge themselves to do their best every single day! I consider it a tremendous honor to be your principal at Longfellow Middle School. May you all enjoy a festive holiday filled with family, friends, joy, peace, and fun!

  LMS students create new Rubik's cube mosaic in front entranceway display case. (Nicholas Whiteree, Philip Cho, and Lucas Bardella)

 

 

 

 

SUPPORT LONGFELLOW LOVE

Top 3 Reasons to support Longfellow Love at Jam-a-Thon:
1) Drop off your student for a good cause
2) Hang out with your middle school friends for a good cause
3) Enjoy some free pizza and snacks for a good cause

Bring $20 cash or check to the door TONIGHT.
Can’t attend? To DONATE CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Longfellow Love Student Assistance Program, click here.

Things to know for attending tonight’s event:
• Must be a LMS student
• Use LMS - front door entrance only
• If your child wants to leave the event before it is over, we expect a parent to meet their child at the door
Any attendee that steps outside is not allowed back in and will need to be picked up immediately
No bags/backpacks allowed at the event

NEWS FROM THE LONGFELLOW LIBRARY

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving Longfellow Community! Ms. Hoyle and Ms. Saladino want to share our GRATITUDE for all the support the Library has received so far this year. All students at LMS attended an orientation to the Library at the start of the school year. Since then we have seen classes for book talks as well as lessons on plagiarism, note taking, citations, research and other research skills. We have enjoyed meeting all of your children and we love discussing their favorite reads. At Longfellow, students have opportunities to visit the library before school, during lunch, during Lancer Time and after school. Students visit the library to read, check out books or use the computers. Coming soon is the Longfellow Book Fair! The Bookfair runs from December 9th-13th and every student will have an opportunity to visit the Bookfair during one of their English classes that week. In order to have a successful bookfair, and raise money for the library, we do need lots of help! Please consider giving the gift of time to help at the LMS Bookfair. The link to the Bookfair Signup Genius is https://tinyurl.com/rv4j7uw.

SPARTAN TEAM COFFEE

Spartan Team Coffee will be held on Tuesday, December 10th in room 110 (Ms. Kane’s Room) from 8:30 – 9:00 am. This is a great opportunity to hear about the curriculum and assignments that your child is working on. We want to bring in the Holiday Cheer! Our team coffee will be a cookie exchange! We encourage parents to bring some cookies to swap with other parents and teachers. We will provide the coffee. We hope to see you there!

8TH GRADE PARTY PLANNING MEETING

8th grade parents, please join us for our first planning meeting on Tuesday, December 3rd, 9am at the Chesterbrook Starbucks. We are seeking volunteers for various tasks such as chaperones, serve food, decorations and clean up. Looking forward to seeing you.

LONGFELLOW HOLIDAY COOKIE BUFFET – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18th

Please consider signing up to bring a delicious home-baked sweet to help our Longfellow teachers and staff celebrate the holidays. Longfellow 8TH Grade students can earn 1 service hour for baking a delicious treat. Please bring your donations to the Food Lab or front office on December 18th by 9:30 a.m. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F4FA8AE2EABFA7-holiday3. Thank you and happy baking!

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 (mycoyne@fcps.edu) for more information and signup at this link.

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 28, 2019
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Lewinsville Retirement Residence
1515 Great Falls St.
Here’s an opportunity to participate in the annual community Thanksgiving dinner as a guest or volunteer. All ages are welcome including children, families, young adults, singles, and the elderly who are far from home or without family. There is no cost to participate as the dinner is staffed by volunteers and the meal is provided through generous donations. A link to the dinner information and volunteer opportunities as well as donations can be found at https://www.lewinsville.org/event-items/thanksgiving/. We would love to have Longfellow students and faculty participate in our dinner, whether it is by volunteering, or joining us as we eat with the rest of our community.

Full Day Absences

Parents are reminded that whenever an absence is anticipated for a future date, such as required family trips, college visits, etc., it must be pre-arranged with the pre-arranged absence form, linked here and also available in the front office. Completed forms should be returned to the main office.

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See You Tonight!

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Top 3 Reasons to support Longfellow Love at Jam-a-Thon:
1) Drop off your student for a good cause
2) Hang out with your middle school friends for a good cause
3) Enjoy some free pizza and snacks for a good cause
Deadline extended til 4PM! CLICK HERE to buy tickets, or bring cash or check to the door TONIGHT.
Can’t attend? CLICK HERE to DONATE.

To learn more about the Longfellow love student assistance program, click here.

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Come One, Come All

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LONGFELLOW LOVE AT JAM-A-THON

Top 3 Reasons to support Longfellow Love at Jam-a-Thon:
1) Drop off your student for a good cause
2) Hang out with your middle school friends for a good cause
3) Enjoy some free pizza and snacks for a good cause
Deadline extended! CLICK HERE to buy tickets, or bring cash or check to the door TOMORROW.
Can’t attend? CLICK HERE to DONATE.

To learn more about the Longfellow love student assistance program, click here.

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Principal Kihm Reminds You to Buy Your Tickets

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Jam-a-thon - Community Fundraising Event - THIS FRIDAY

LAST DAY TO BUY TICKETS!
CLICK HERE buy your child's ticket for this drop off event - OR - donate online TODAY!
Ticket price: $20
Buying your ticket in advance helps us order pizza for the event.
When: Friday, November 22 - 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: Longfellow Gym
Drop your child off for a night of fun!
Attendee (this is a drop off event) will enjoy:
• Pizza and snacks
• DJ spinning the latest tunes
• Raffle and prizes
• More surprises to come...
NOTE: All donations are tax deductible contributions to the Longfellow PTA.

WHY SUPPORT THE LONGFELLOW LOVE JAM-A-THON?

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 learn more about Longfellow Love.

VOLUNTEER

Help us make this an amazing event for our community!
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.

FOOD DRIVE = RAFFLE TICKETS

Food drive will support Food for Others.
Please bring non-perishable food items to Longfellow Middle School the night of the Jam-a-thon (November 22nd) and receive a raffle ticket for each item donated.

1 donated item (listed below) = 1 Raffle Ticket
Raffle ticket = Prizes

Most needed Items:
• Canned meats –ham, turkey, chicken, tuna and beef
• Peanut butter
• Stew and Chili (canned)
• Canned Pasta (Chef Boyardee)
• Cereal - Any
• Fruit –canned in 100% Fruit Juice
• Macaroni and Cheese
• Beans –dried and canned
• Pasta and Pasta Sauce
• Rice(1 lb bag)is the best
• 100% Fruit Juice
• Vegetable Oil
• Oatmeal in boxes – All Flavors
• Nutri Grain Bars
• Granola Bars
• Goldfish

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Only a Few Days Left to BUY Your Ticket

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BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY

Drop your child off for a night of fun!
The Jam-a-thon is happening THIS FRIDAY!
Have you bought your tickets yet? Buying your ticket in advance helps us order pizza for the event. Get your tickets to the First Annual Jam-a-thon today!
Attendee will enjoy:
• Pizza and snacks
• DJ spinning the latest tunes
• Raffle and prizes
• More surprises to come...
Ticket price: $20
Here is how to purchase your Jam-a-thon ticket or to donate to Longfellow Love:
CLICK HERE buy your child's ticket TODAY!
• Tickets will be sold during 7th & 8th Grade lunches on (Have your child bring a check or cash to buy a ticket):
oTuesday, November 19th
o Wednesday, November 20th 
When: Friday, November 22nd - 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: Longfellow Gym
NOTE: All donations are tax deductible contributions to the Longfellow PTA.

WHY SUPPORT THE LONGFELLOW LOVE JAM-A-THON?

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 learn more about Longfellow Love.

VOLUNTEER

Help us make this an amazing event for our community!
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.

FOOD DRIVE = RAFFLE TICKETS

Food drive will support Food for Others.
Please bring non-perishable food items to Longfellow Middle School the night of the Jam-a-thon (November 22nd) and receive a raffle ticket for each item donated.

1 donated item (listed below) = 1 Raffle Ticket
Raffle ticket = Prizes

Most needed Items:
• Canned meats –ham, turkey, chicken, tuna and beef
• Peanut butter
• Stew and Chili (canned)
• Canned Pasta (Chef Boyardee)
• Cereal - Any
• Fruit –canned in 100% Fruit Juice
• Macaroni and Cheese
• Beans –dried and canned
• Pasta and Pasta Sauce
• Rice(1 lb bag)is the best
• 100% Fruit Juice
• Vegetable Oil
• Oatmeal in boxes – All Flavors
• Nutri Grain Bars
• Granola Bars
• Goldfish

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Attendance: 703-533-2626 | Web | Twitter

Friday, November 15, 2019 Lancer Times

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CALENDAR EVENTS

November
15-16 Fall Play Performance
21 Make-Up Picture Day
21 Fall Choral Concert 7:00 p.m.
25 Team Explorers Parent Coffee (Wu/DeShazo/Bafaro) 9:20 a.m.
25-26 No After School Activities
27-29 Thanksgiving Break-No School
December
4 Team Renegades Parent Coffee (Bergstrom/Weidus/Aldrich) 8:25 a.m.
7 Wolftrap Holiday Sing-Along
10 Team Spartans Parent Coffee (Kane/Dinion/Huftalen) 8:25 a.m.                    12 Team Islander Parent Coffee (Wilson/Daniels/Bermudez) 7:40 a.m.
13 Winter Band Concert - McLean HS 7:00 p.m.
17 Winter Orchestra Concert – McLean HS 7:00 p.m.
20 No After School Activities
23-31 Winter Break-No School
January
1-3 Winter Break-No School

REFLECTIONS WINNERS!

PTA Reflections is a national competition encouraging students’ participation in the arts and recognizing their achievements. The National PTA Reflections Program recognizes students at local, council, district, state, and national PTA levels.
This year, Longfellow PTA’s Reflections has four winners who will be advanced to the next level. Congratulations to the following winners:
Visual Arts: Aileen Zhao (8th Grade)
Photography: Sophia Park (7th Grade)
Writing: Abigail Sterner (8th Grade)
Dance: Sicilia Oliver (7th Grade)
Good luck to these students in the council competition, and congratulations to all the students who participated in this year’s Reflections!

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

There will be no after school activities Monday, November 25th or Tuesday, November 26th

FREE CONCERT – FALL CHORUS PERFORMANCE

Under the Sea - featuring songs about the ocean, water, love, and home
Thursday, November 21st, 7:00 p.m.
Lecture Hall

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 vpfundraising.ptalms@gmail.com. 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!

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 (mycoyne@fcps.edu) for more information and signup at this link.

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 28, 2019
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Lewinsville Retirement Residence
1515 Great Falls St.
Here’s an opportunity to participate in the annual community Thanksgiving dinner as a guest or volunteer. All ages are welcome including children, families, young adults, singles, and the elderly who are far from home or without family. There is no cost to participate as the dinner is staffed by volunteers and the meal is provided through generous donations. A link to the dinner information and volunteer opportunities as well as donations can be found at https://www.lewinsville.org/event-items/thanksgiving/. We would love to have Longfellow students and faculty participate in our dinner, whether it is by volunteering, or joining us as we eat with the rest of our community.

FULL DAY/PRE-ARRANGED ABSENCES  

Parents are reminded that whenever an absence is anticipated for a future date, such as required family trips, college visits, etc., it must be pre-arranged with the pre-arranged absence form, linked here and also available in the front office. Completed forms should be returned to the main office.

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Attendance: 703-533-2626 | Web | Twitter

The Jam-a-thon is next Friday - Buy Your ticket TODAY

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ONE WEEK LEFT TO BUY YOUR TICKETS

Drop your child off for a night of fun!
The Jam-a-thon is happening next Friday!
Have you bought your tickets yet? Buying your ticket in advance helps us order pizza for the event. Get your tickets to the First Annual Jam-a-thon today!
Attendee will enjoy:
• Pizza and snacks
• DJ spinning the latest tunes
• Raffle and prizes
• More surprises to come...
Ticket price: $20
Here is how to purchase your Jam-a-thon ticket or to donate to Longfellow Love:
CLICK HERE buy your child's ticket TODAY!
Tickets will be sold during 7th & 8th Grade lunches on (Have your child bring a check or cash to buy a ticket):
o Tuesday, November 12th
o Wednesday, November 13th
When: Friday, November 22 - 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: Longfellow Gym
NOTE: All donations are tax deductible contributions to the Longfellow PTA.

WHY SUPPORT THE LONGFELLOW LOVE JAM-A-THON?

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 learn more about Longfellow Love.

VOLUNTEER

Help us make this an amazing event for our community!
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.

FOOD DRIVE = RAFFLE TICKETS

Food drive will support Food for Others.
Please bring non-perishable food items to Longfellow Middle School the night of the Jam-a-thon (November 22nd) and receive a raffle ticket for each item donated.
1 donated item (listed below) = 1 Raffle Ticket
Raffle ticket = Prizes
Most needed Items:
• Canned meats –ham, turkey, chicken, tuna and beef
• Peanut butter
• Stew and Chili (canned)
• Canned Pasta (Chef Boyardee)
• Cereal - Any
• Fruit –canned in 100% Fruit Juice
• Macaroni and Cheese
• Beans –dried and canned
• Pasta and Pasta Sauce
• Rice(1 lb bag)is the best
• 100% Fruit Juice
• Vegetable Oil
• Oatmeal in boxes – All Flavors
• Nutri Grain Bars
• Granola Bars
• Goldfish

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Attendance: 703-533-2626 | Web | Twitter

AAP Parent Focus Group Information

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AAP Parent Focus Group

Dear Parents,

Last week an invitation to participate in a parent focus group was accidentally forwarded to the community. FCPS has contracted with a researchers at four universities to conduct a review of identification practices and equity in AAP for the district, but the researchers are meeting with small focus groups that have been randomly sampled in order to gather balanced information that represents the entire district. As such, the date/time that you were sent will only be open to a small group of parents who received a direct invitation from our deputy superintendent, Dr. Ivey, from the randomly sampled group.

I wanted to give you this information as soon as possible in order to avoid families rearranging schedules to attend as this will not be open to anyone outside of the those who received direct invitations. This is reiterated in several places on the RSVP form as well.

Again - if you received the KIT email, that is not a direct invitation. Direct invitations were sent directly from Dr. Ivey's executive administrative assistant, Diane Long. Please let me know if you have any questions about this clarification.

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Less than 2-weeks until Jam-a-thon!

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BUY YOUR TICKETS OR DONATE TODAY

Longfellow Love presents
1st Annual Jam-a-thon
Friday, November 22
                                                6:30-8:30 PM
                                                  Longfellow Gym

Featuring DJ, Raffles, Longfellow Teacher Dance-Off, more surprises to come…
Why?
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 learn more about Longfellow Love.
CLICK HERE to buy event tickets or to donate.

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.
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.
Best,
Principal Kihm

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.

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Friday, November 8, 2019 Lancer Times

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CALENDAR EVENTS

November
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!

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
6:30-8:30pm
Longfellow Gym
Featuring DJ, raffles, Longfellow Teacher Dance-Off, more surprises to come…
Why?
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.
Best,
Principal Kihm

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 vpfundraising.ptalms@gmail.com. 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.
Resource Corner:
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.
References:
www.fcps.edu/vaping
www.cdc.gov
www.truthinitiative.org
www.teen.smokefree.gov
Hashtag:
#ffxhealthykids

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LMS School Counseling and Student Services 1st Quarter Newsletter

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Longfellow Middle
School Counselor and Student Services
1st Quarter Newsletter

Our Student Services staff has enjoyed getting to know our new students and seeing so many familiar faces during the first quarter of the 2019-20 school year.

LMS Student Services Mission
The Longfellow Student Services Department collaborates with parents, colleagues, and community members to provide resources and support for each student to lead a healthy lifestyle and reach their full potential. The department provides a data-driven program that addresses our students’ needs in the areas of academic achievement, postsecondary and career exploration opportunities, and social and emotional growth. We strive to provide all students within our diverse population access to equitable opportunities needed to be ethical citizens and lifelong learners.

LMS Student Services Program Overview
Classroom lessons: School counselors present lessons that fall into three main areas: academic success, career readiness, and social and emotional wellness. Specific lesson topics include: career exploration, bullying prevention, executive functioning, mental wellness and stress management, academic and post-secondary planning.
Individual counseling: School counselors provide individual academic advising for all students in order to help support the transition between grade levels and post-secondary goals. Counselors are also available to meet with students during the school day in order to support their academic progress and social-emotional wellness.
Consultation and Collaboration: Each school counselor is a member of one 7th grade team and one 8th grade team. Teams, including English, science, and social studies teachers, a counselor, and an administrator, meet weekly to collaborate about individual student needs and progress. The school social worker and/or psychologist may also participate as needed. A strong home and school connection are essential to student success, and Longfellow counselors welcome the opportunity to collaborate with parents/guardians. Counselors also consult with private clinicians, with parent/guardian consent.

First Quarter Updates and Information
Classroom Guidance Lessons
Counselors kicked off the 2019-20 school year by conducting a ‘Counselor Introduction’ lesson. This lesson explained how middle school counselors support students. During the month of October, counselors taught a ‘Bullying Prevention’ lesson which covered topics such as: the types of bullying, how to be a positive friend and peer, and what to do if you or someone you know is being bullied. Students were also informed about the ‘Anonymous Bullying Reporting’ link located on the Longfellow homepage.

Executive Function Skills
Throughout the school year, students will be participating in ‘Executive Function’ mini-lessons, once per month, during Lancer Time. These lessons benefit all learners as they provide concrete strategies related to essential life skills. First quarter executive function lessons included: how to prioritize tasks, effective ways to complete homework, and how to pay attention in class. During the second quarter, the lessons will focus on strategies for studying, planning for long-term projects, and organization.

Navigating ParentVUE (SIS), Blackboard, and Google Classroom
There are many FCPS websites that contain information and resources relating to your child. Please refer to the Parent Technology presentation, located on the Longfellow homepage, for helpful tips for using these websites.

Private School Application Process and Records Requests
Longfellow Middle School requires important documents in order to effectively accommodate requests for private school recommendations in a timely manner. Please visit the ‘Records Request’ tab, on the Longfellow Student Services webpage, which explains this process and contains links to all required forms. If an application requires a letter of recommendation, the student should speak with the faculty member and make the request in person. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this process.

Student Services Contact Information
Our school counselors are here to help! They can assist you with overall academic concerns and general school information. If you have a question or concern about a specific class, we recommend reaching out to that teacher via email. If you would like a parent conference with multiple teachers, your child’s school counselor can coordinate a meeting.

Longfellow School Counselors - Teams - Email

Samantha Kramer - 7th-Polaris/8th-Renegades SPKramer@fcps.edu
Shannon Lopynski -7th-Red Fox/8th-Dragons SALopknski@fcps.edu
Jill Scharl - 7th-Explorers/8th-Titans JMScharl@fcps.edu
Bruce Walker - 7th-Islanders/8th-Olympia BMWalker@fcps.edu
Debbie Wright - 7th-Phoenix/8th-Spartans DGWright@fcps.edu

Additional Student Services Contacts

Marissa Brooks - Director of Student Services MLBrooks@fcps.edu
Jeff Hewitt - Social Worker JBHewitt@fcps.edu
Sarah Delia - Psychologist SNDelia@fcps.edu
Cleo White - Registrar CBWhite@fcps.edu
Alexia Candamo - Office Assistant AMCandamo@fcps.edu
Frances Wilson - Parent Liaison FQWilson@fcps.edu

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An invitation from Principal Kihm

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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 22nd
6:30-8:30pm
Longfellow Gym
Featuring DJ, raffles, Longfellow Teacher Dance-Off, more surprises to come…
WHY?
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 18th.

Best,
Principal Kihm

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.

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Advanced Academic Research Focus Group

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Dear Parent/Guardian:

A team of researchers from four universities has contracted with FCPS to examine the district’s services for advanced academic students. The research team is seeking input from many different groups, including parents, in order to provide input on FCPS AAP identification and programming.
You are invited to participate in a focus group of middle school parents to be held at Longfellow Middle School on November 19, 2019 from 6-7 p.m. Please know that researchers do need to end the session promptly at 6 p.m. in order to travel to another location to meet with other focus groups.
In order to ensure we have the correct number of parents requested by the researchers for the focus group, we are asking that your RSVP via this form no later than November 7th. After November 7th, if you have not RSVP’ed that you are able to participate, different parents from the random sampling will be invited. Thank you for letting us know and for considering offering your insight to the study.
If you have any questions about participation in the study, please contact Dr. Jonathan Plucker at jplucke1@jhu.edu

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Friday, November 1, 2019 Lancer Times

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CALENDAR EVENTS

November
4-5 Student Holiday-No School
8 Dragons Team Parent Coffee 7:30 a.m.
11 PTA Meeting 9:00 a.m.
14 Team Titan Parent Coffee 9:20 a.m.                                                              14-16 Fall Play Performance
15 Team Red Fox Coffee 8:24 a.m.
25-26 No After School Activities
27-29 Thanksgiving Break-No School

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MODEL UN TEAM

26 Longfellow delegates competed at the Model UN conference at Mclean HS and Longfellow won BEST Middle School and took home 3 gavels [Best Delegate] and many other awards. We are so proud of our Model UN Club.
Model UN Club meetings are on Thursdays after school in the Lecture Hall. Thank you to Carol Bruner, our club sponsor.

LANCERS AT THE MOVIES - LAST CHANCE TO BUY TICKETS

TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR. They must be purchased in advance.
Tuesday, November 5, 11:30 a.m. at the AMC Tysons Theater
Join your friends for a day at the movies on a teacher workday for only $11 per ticket! We will see The Addams Family, a new PG movie. This event is open to all Longfellow students, siblings, and parents. This is a private event – the Longfellow PTA will rent the whole theater. Buy your tickets here. Tickets are limited. and will be sold online only, so buy your tickets now! TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.

JOIN US FOR A VETERAN'S DAY PTA MEETING & GUEST SPEAKER, DR. HEATHER TEDESCO

Monday, November 11th @ 9:00 A.M., Lecture Hall
Please join us for a PTA meeting and an important discussion on dealing with anxiety and stress in our lives. The PTA Meeting will last about 20 minutes followed by members of the school counseling team discussing strategies and programs used in the school to identify kids with anxiety and stress and the school resources available to students. Dr. Tedesco's presentation will start at approximately 9:30.
Anxiety and stress in kids: How to recognize it, cope with it, and alleviate it
The incidence of clinical anxiety in our youth is at a record high, and most children experience some degree of stress and anxiety. Our society places many pressures on kids today. As parents, we need to understand what factors contribute to stress and anxiety, how we can help our children cope effectively with these inevitable emotions, and what we can do to reduce some of the tremendous pressures they face. The bonus is that by learning how to help our children, we also learn how to help ourselves!
Join Dr. Heather Tedesco as she presents crucial information about stress and anxiety in kids. In addition, she will offer strategies to help parents nurture in their children the psychological characteristics strongly linked by research to long-term success and happiness. Please click here to read Dr. Tedesco's biography.

SAVE THE DATE - LONGFELLOW LOVE JAM-A-THON

When?
• Friday, November 22
• 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Where?
• Longfellow Middle School Gymnasium
What?
• DJ, Raffles, Longfellow Teacher Dance-Off, More Surprises to Come
Why?
• Provide support for our beloved Longfellow Love Student Assistance Program, benefiting the Longfellow community
Questions?
• Stay tuned. More information to come...
• Contact Emma Blankenbaker eblankenbaker@verizon.net for more information about the program and this inaugural event.

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

HAYCOCK ES ANNUAL STEAM NIGHT
Thursday, November 7th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
On Thursday, November 7th, Haycock Elementary will be hosting its annual STEAM Night from 6 pm - 7:30 pm. It will be a great opportunity to have hands-on experience learning about Science, Math and Engineering concepts. We're looking for 25 student volunteers to assist in running experiments, assisting in setting/cleaning up and selling pizza. We need volunteers from about 5:30 pm - 8 pm - If you're interested, please contact Angad Buttar (Angad.Buttar@gmail.com).
Volunteer Opportunity at Chesterbrook ES
Looking for community service hours? Chesterbrook Elementary School is looking for responsible middle school volunteers to help with its Fall Book Fair set-up (Wednesday, 11/6), Saturday morning "Books and Breakfast" event (Saturday, 11/09), and Taco Night (Tuesday, 11/12). Help is also needed with Book Fair pack-up (Thursday, 11/14). Those interested in volunteering should sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c49adab2ba46-fall
Please include your name in the "comments" section of the sign-up.
Any questions may be directed to Beth Martinelli, bethmartinelli@hotmail.com

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.

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Advanced Academic Programs (AAP)

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ADVANCED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (AAP) MIDDLE SCHOOL

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Advanced Academic Programs offers a continuum of services to meet the needs of a broad range of advanced learners. Advanced academic services in middle school include honors classes, mathematics course acceleration, and full-time (Level IV) AAP services. Middle school honors classes are open enrollment. Eligibility for Level IV services is determined through a central selection process. Instruction in honors and Level IV classes is designed to develop critical and creative thinking skills as well as engage and challenge students through problem-based learning, concept-based instruction, and learner-centered inquiry.

• Honors Classes
Honors classes in English, social studies, science, and mathematics are available to all middle school students who seek academic rigor. Recommendations are not required for the open enrollment process. Honors coursework is designed to nurture and develop advanced academic potential in all students. Students who have demonstrated high achievement, interest, and/or potential are encouraged to enroll in one or more honors classes in middle school to help prepare for advanced coursework in high school. Students should discuss their areas of strength and interests with parents and school counselors during academic advising to determine which honors courses they will take.

• Mathematics Course Acceleration
Mathematics 7 Honors is an accelerated course that follows the Mathematics 8 standards with additional extensions. It is open to all Grade 7 students; however, students who did not complete Advanced Mathematics 6 or a year-long accelerated mathematics program may require additional effort and support to be successful in this class.
Algebra I Honors is a high school credit course that follows the Algebra I standards with additional extensions. This course is open enrollment for students in Grade 8. Enrollment in Algebra I Honors in Grade 7 requires the following:
- Successful completion of the Advanced Mathematics Grade 6, which follows the Grade 7 standards curriculum, or a year-long accelerated mathematics program
- A score at or above the 91st percentile on the Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT)
- A score of 500 or above on the Grade 7 mathematics SOL test

Students who successfully complete Algebra I Honors in middle school may advance to other high school math courses, following the appropriate course sequencing. For more information, see Course Sequencing: High School Mathematics: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning/high-school-course-sequencing/mathematics.

• Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)
Full-time (Level IV) AAP services are available for students in Grades 3-8 who have been found eligible through a central selection process. Central screening for Level IV service eligibility occurs twice each year:
- Fall screening is held for students who are new to FCPS and have been referred.
- Spring screening is held for any FCPS-enrolled student in Grade 2-7 who has been referred.

Additional information about the holistic screening process and information used for screening can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students.

Information about Advanced Academic Programs in middle school is available on the FCPS website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/advanced-academics.

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LANCERS AT THE MOVIES

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ONE MORE WEEK TO PURCHASE TICKETS - LANCERS AT THE MOVIES

Tuesday, November 5, 11:30 a.m. at the AMC Tysons Theater
Join your friends for a day at the movies on a teacher workday for only $11 per ticket! We will see The Addams Family, a new PG movie. This event is open to all Longfellow students, siblings, and parents. This is a private event – the Longfellow PTA will rent the whole theater. Buy your tickets here. Tickets are limited. and will be sold online only, so buy your tickets now! TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.

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Friday, October 25, 2019 Lancer Times

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CALENDAR EVENTS

October
29 Team Olympia Parent Coffee 7:30 a.m.
November
1 No After School Activities
4-5 Student Holiday-No School
8 Dragons Team Parent Coffee 7:30 a.m.
11 PTA Meeting 9:00 a.m.
14-16 Fall Play Performance
15 Team Red Fox Coffee 8:24 a.m.
25-26 No After School Activities
27-29 Thanksgiving Break-No School

NO AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES NOVEMBER 1ST TEACHER WORKDAY LUNCHEON–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH

Parents, please help provide our teachers and staff lunch during our next teacher workday on November 4th. You can join us for set-up, clean-up, or donate food and supplies. Sign up here - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4fa8ae2eabfa7-teacher2. Donations can be dropped off the morning of the lunch by 11:00 a.m. in the Lecture Hall or front office. Thank you for your generosity.

LANCERS AT THE MOVIES

Tuesday, November 5, 11:30 a.m. at the AMC Tysons Theater
Join your friends for a day at the movies on a teacher workday for only $11 per ticket! We will see The Addams Family, a new PG movie. This event is open to all Longfellow students, siblings, and parents. This is a private event – the Longfellow PTA will rent the whole theater. Buy your tickets here. Tickets are limited. and will be sold online only, so buy your tickets now! TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.

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 by 25 October 2019. We will have an interest meeting for the Chinese trip on Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30 pm in the library at Longfellow.

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers Needed
Please help the animals at Rikki’s Refuge, a non-kill large animal shelter in Orange, VA.
Rikki’s refuge will be collecting the leftover pumpkins from the St. Thomas Pumpkin Patch to feed the animal through the winter.
If you would like to help reload the leftover pumpkins – please join us on Saturday, November 2rd, 10am – noon. St Thomas Episcopal Church, 8991, Brook Rd, McLean 22102.
2 hours of community service. RAIN OR SHINE. You can sign up directly on X2vol or via http://bit.ly/PumpkinReload

HAYCOCK ES ANNUAL STEAM NIGHT
Thursday, November 7th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
On Thursday, November 7th, Haycock Elementary will be hosting its annual STEAM Night from 6 pm - 7:30 pm. It will be a great opportunity to have hands-on experience learning about Science, Math and Engineering concepts. We're looking for 25 student volunteers to assist in running experiments, assisting in setting/cleaning up and selling pizza. We need volunteers from about 5:30 pm - 8 pm - If you're interested, please contact Angad Buttar (Angad.Buttar@gmail.com).

Volunteer Opportunity at Chesterbrook ES
Looking for community service hours? Chesterbrook Elementary School is looking for responsible middle school volunteers to help with its Fall Book Fair set-up (Wednesday 11/6), Saturday morning "Books and Breakfast" event (11/09), and Taco Night (Tuesday, 11/12). Help is also needed with Book Fair pack-up (Thursday, 11/14). Those interested in volunteering should sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c49adab2ba46-fall
Please include your name in the "comments" section of the sign-up.
Any questions may be directed to Beth Martinelli, bethmartinelli@hotmail.com

MCLEAN HS WINTER GUARD

Love to dance? Love to perform? Love to make friends? Then join one of Mclean High School's three Winter Guard teams (Varsity, JV and Cadet). Students in 7th and 8th are encouraged to join and will placed on a team according to skill level.
Auditions:
10/29 from 6-9:30 in the MHS dance room (dance portion of audition)
11/1 from 6-9:30 in the MHS upper gym (flag portion of audition)
11/5 from 7-9 in the MHS band room (performance portion of audition)
For more information, contact Coach Kaitlyn Ries at mcleanguard@gmail.com.

FAIRFAX COUNTY ASSOCIATION FOR THE GIFTED - COLLEGE KNOWLEDGE SOONER

Thursday, November 7th
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Burke Center Library
On November 7th FCAG is pleased to host Dr. Nancy Levonian of Lives Under
Construction as she compares options for enriching the high school years in
preparation for college. Join us as we discuss how to learn college-level material early by self-study, AP resources, college classes in high school, and early college.
This program is for middle and high school students and their parents to learn
more about options for advanced study. Free and open to the public with
advanced registration. Refreshments will be provided. To register send names of the adults and students who will attend to fcagevents@gmail.com.
Location: Burke Center Library (5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke)
Date/Time: Thursday, November 7th, 6:30 pm to 8:30pm
Questions? FCAGevents@gmail.com

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Friday, October 18, 2019 Lancer Times

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CALENDAR EVENTS

October
18 Fall Trivia Night 7:00 p.m.
29 Team Olympia Parent Coffee
November
1 No After School Activities
4-5 Student Holiday-No School
8 Team Dragons Parent Coffee 7:30 a.m., rm 103                                               11 PTA Meeting 9:00 a.m.
14-16 Fall Play Performance
15 Team Red Fox Parent Coffee 8:24 a.m., library                                              25-26 No After School Activities
27-29 Thanksgiving Break-No School

FALL TRIVIA NIGHT-TONIGHT!

7pm Friday, October 18
$5 per person to play
Max 5 per team

AFTER SCHOOL CORNER

Longfellow parents and students, we have a lot of exciting things happening after school right now. Our writing center is now open on Wednesdays during the first block of after school activities. Anyone in need of help with a writing assignment, please come to room 145 on Wednesdays after school. The Longfellow Rocketry Team is currently building rockets to launch on November 2nd at the Great Meadow Event Center and will be featured in a nationwide video showcasing after school activities. Additionally, our Model UN is prepping for the McLean MUN Conference on Saturday, October 26th. Please don’t forget homework club is open every day from 2:15-5:00. There are a number of teachers in the library to assist students with homework. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Barrows, rtbarrows1@fcps.edu.

NO AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST 

TEACHER WORKDAY LUNCHEON–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH

Parents, please help provide our teachers and staff lunch during our next teacher workday on November 4th. You can join us for set-up, clean-up, or donate food and supplies. Sign up here - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4fa8ae2eabfa7-teacher2. Donations can be dropped off the morning of the lunch by 11:00 a.m. in the Lecture Hall or front office. Thank you for your generosity.

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 by 25 October 2019. We will have an interest meeting for the Chinese trip on Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30 pm in the library at Longfellow.

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Come Dig in the Dirt for Fun!
Haycock ES is looking for students to help plant a new garden bed in exchange for community service hours. No experience necessary; just a willingness to dig in the dirt and enjoy the day outside. October 20th from 9am-12pm or 1-4pm (or any part of the day you are free!). Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050a4bacaa2ba4f58-haycock
Westgate Fall Festival Needs You!
Can you help us out that night? The Westgate Fall Festival on Friday, October 25th can only happen with the help of our extended community. Are you a former Westgate student who remembers the event? Please return and help the next group of students have a fun night. We welcome all volunteers who are interested in helping out. Please email Karen Growney at fallfestival@westgatewolvespta.com with any questions. There are two shifts, setup is from 4-5:45 and the event is from 5:45-7:45. You can sign up to help out here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a44a4af2ca2fb6-2019
Franklin Sherman's Monster Mash Dash 5K Run
Sunday, October 27, 2019, 7:30 to 9 a.m.
Come join the fun Franklin Sherman atmosphere on Sunday morning, October 27th!
VOLUNTEER: We need lots of volunteers to make this run safe and fun so please sign up and help. This is a great opportunity to get community service hours (no experience necessary). Volunteers serve as marshals - stand along the course and make sure runners are going in the right direction. See the sign up genius link for more details! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4aa8af2da02-monster6
RUNNERS: Franklin Sherman is also looking for runners (all ages welcome). Runners can run in costume! To sign up to run, see details here: http://www.prraces.com/monstermashdash/
Volunteers Needed
Please help the animals at Rikki’s Refuge, a non-kill large animal shelter in Orange, VA.
Rikki’s refuge will be collecting the leftover pumpkins from the St. Thomas Pumpkin Patch to feed the animal through the winter.
If you would like to help reload the leftover pumpkins – please join us on Saturday November 2rd , 10am – noon. St Thomas Episcopal Church, 8991, Brook Rd, McLean 22102.
2 hours of community service. RAIN OR SHINE. You can sign up directly on X2vol or via http://bit.ly/PumpkinReload

ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES MEET & GREET

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Luther Jackson Middle School
• Meet Superintendent Scott Brabrand
• Meet Program Managers from Central Office:
-Assistive Technology Services -School Psychology & Social Work Services
-Related Services (SLPs, OT, PT, APR, DHOH) -Twice Exceptional Learners
-Adapted Curriculum & Applied Behavior Analysis -Office of Procedural Support
-K-12 General Curriculum & Behavior Intervention Services

Join SEPTA for its meeting before the Meet & Greet at the same location!
5:30-6:00 p.m. Mix and Mingle
6:00-7:00 p.m. presentation by Rachel Bailey entitled “Preparing Children for Adulthood While Still Letting Them Be Kids”

MCLEAN HS WINTER GUARD

Love to dance? Love to perform? Love to make friends? Then join one of Mclean High School's three Winter Guard teams (Varsity, JV and Cadet). Students in 7th and 8th are encouraged to join and will placed on a team according to skill level.
Open spin sessions:
10/23 from 6-8:30 in the MHS upper gym
10/24 from 6-8:30 in the MHS dance room.
Auditions:
10/29 from 6-9:30 in the MHS dance room (dance portion of audition)
11/1 from 6-9:30 in the MHS upper gym (flag portion of audition)
11/5 from 7-9 in the MHS band room (performance portion of audition)

For more information, contact Coach Kaitlyn Ries at mcleanguard@gmail.com.

FUTURE QUEST COLLEGE CAREER CONFERENCE

FUTURE QUEST is coming to Northern Virginia on Saturday, October 26th, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.!
FUTURE QUEST is a FREE college and career conference for students with disabilities, and the families and professionals who work with them. This is a full day of informative and interactive presentations on a huge variety of topics related to transition from high school to post-secondary life. In addition to the presentations, FUTURE QUEST also features an extensive resource fair, with over 40 vendors, and a book sale highlighting materials related to transition to life after high school.
FUTURE QUEST will be held at the Johnson Center at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia. Free parking and paid parking are available. Food is available for purchase in a variety of restaurants throughout the Johnson Center.
PRE-REGISTRATION is available at the FUTURE QUEST website: futurequestgmu.org
On-site Registration will also be available at the door.
Please visit the website to view the list of presentations, the schedule of events for the day, books for sale, and much more!
For more information: Leanne Kidwell lkidwell@lcps.org; 571-252-6540
Looking forward to seeing you at FUTURE QUEST on October 26th!

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