Friday, August 16, 2019 Lancer Times

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CALENDAR EVENTS

August
20 7th Grade Open House 3-6:00 p.m.
21 8th Grade Open House 3-5:30 p.m.
22 7th Grade Orientation 9:-11:00 a.m.
26 First Day of School
30 Student Holiday-No School 

BACK-TO-SCHOOL FACULTY AND STAFF BREAKFAST – AUGUST 19 AT 7:30 A.M.

It is time to welcome our teachers and staff back to school.  This is our first hospitality event for the 2019-2020 school year.  The PTA Hospitality Committee will provide hot breakfast casseroles.  We hope that you will help provide the rest of the items needed to give our teachers and staff a delicious breakfast as they begin to prepare for another fabulous year.  Signup here - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4fa8ae2eabfa7-backtoschool6 and thank you for your generosity. 

BUS ROUTES

MapNet Web for parents and students via Blackboard: Parents and students have access to stop information and the approximate time for pick up and drop off.  Students can see the link for transportation when they log in to their Blackboard (FCPS 24-7 Learning) account.  Parents can see the link in their Parent View account. This information is available in Blackboard.

ONLINE FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE APPLICATION INFORMATION

Free and reduced-price meal applications may be completed online or by submitting a handwritten, paper application for the 2019-2020 school year.  Electronic meal applications are quick, easy, and available in the following languages:  English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese.
Flyers with information about the online application are available on the Food and Nutrition intranet site, in the Resources for Schools section, in eight translated languages, for schools to print and share with parents.
Both the online application and paper application include a designated section with a consent to share information for potential waiver of fees for other programs. This allows parents/guardians to complete the free and reduced-price meal application and provide consent to share information in the same document.
Paper applications must be the original red print forms, which are available at school offices, school cafeterias, and other FCPS buildings.  Copied application forms cannot be accepted.
For more information visit the Free and Reduced-Price Meals webpage.

PARENT/HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED FOR OPEN HOUSE 8/20 & 8/21

We are in need of parent and high school volunteers for a successful open house.  Adults and high school students are needed to handle monetary transactions for locker sales and spirit wear sales. We also need adults to pass out schedules.  Please sign-up to volunteer here:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094EA8A92FA31-2019

2000 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church, VA 22043  | Main Office: 703-533-2600
Attendance: 703-533-2626 | Web | Twitter

Important Forms and Information for Longfellow Families

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BACK TO SCHOOL 2019-2020

Dear Longfellow Middle School Families,

We are excited to welcome students back for the 2019-20 school year.  In preparation for the new year, please review the following information and complete the required forms.  Most forms can be accessed electronically.  Paper copies of all forms will be available in the main office from August 12 to August 16 from 8:00am to 12:00pm and at each of the Open Houses.

Required Forms
The following forms are available electronically; they must be printed (except the Emergency Care), completed, and submitted at Open House for students to receive their locker assignment. 

1. Emergency Care - This form does not need to be printed.  It must be updated only if there are changes.  This should be done through the FCPS weCare@school system:
https://www.fcps.edu/resources/parent-communication-overview/wecareschool
2. Health Information - Print, complete, bring to Open House
https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se71_7.pdf
3. After School Permission - Read packet, print and complete last page, bring to Open House
https://longfellowms.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/inline-files/AfterSchoolPacket2019-2020.pdf

Optional Forms
Please review the electronic Opt-Out Booklet, at the link below.  Any parent or guardian who objects to his or her child’s participation in any or all the following activities should print, complete and return the appropriate form(s) at Open House or to the Longfellow main office.  
https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/Complete%20Packet%20K-8%202019-20.pdf
• Release of information about the student for the school yearbook and other school- related publications
• Release of directory information about the student to persons and organizations outside FCPS
• Use of the student’s image, voice, or name in film, video, website, social media, or broadcast events
• Student participation in the school counseling program
• Release of information for commercial purposes

Family Life Education
These forms only need to be completed if you wish to opt your child out of Family Life Education.

Grade 7: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/7.pdf
Grade 8: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/8.pdf

Longfellow PTA
We highly encourage you to join the Longfellow PTA by visiting their website: https://www.longfellowpta.org/.  Longfellow offers numerous programs and an abundance of educational resources due to our strong PTA membership. 

Important Dates
7th grade Open House - Tuesday, August 20 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
8th grade Open House - Wednesday, August 21 from 3:00pm to 5:30pm
• This event is for students and parents/guardians.  Students pick up their class schedules and locker assignments.  The required forms listed above must be turned in to receive a locker assignment.  Enter through door #1 and visit the check-in tables in the front lobby.  Medication may be dropped off in the clinic.  Bus schedules will be in the Lecture Hall. 
• Please note, the beginning is typically the busiest and most crowded time. 

Orientation for 7th graders and 8th graders new to FCPS - Thursday, August 22 from 9:00am to 11:00am
• This opportunity is provided so students can meet their teachers and practice their schedules.  This event is for students only.  Detailed information regarding Orientation transportation has been mailed directly to rising 7th graders and new 8th graders.  Please contact Marissa Brooks, Director of Services, at MLBrooks@fcps.edu if you have any questions about this event.

Make-up day - Friday, August 23 from 8:00am to 12:00pm in the Main Office
• If you are unable to attend the Open House, you may submit completed forms and receive your student’s class schedule and locker assignment at this time. 

First day of school - Monday, August 26 at 7:30am
• Students who are unable to attend the events above should report to the library on the first day of school.   Please send all required forms to school with your student.  Counselors will be available to assist students, collect forms, and distribute class schedules and locker assignments.

Back to School Night - Wednesday, September 11 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
• Parents/guardians walk through their student’s class schedule, meet the teachers, and learn about the classes.

StudentVUE and ParentVUE
The ‘Course Request’ tab is no longer available, as we are in the process of creating our school schedule.  Class schedules will be available, on August 22, by clicking the ‘Class Schedule’ tab in StudentVUE and ParentVUE.  If you need to activate your ParentVUE account, directions are available on the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) website:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/student-information-system-sis-fcps/sis-parent-account-registration

School Supplies
Individual teachers will provide students with supply lists during the first week of school.  There is a generic list of general supplies posted on our school website: https://longfellowms.fcps.edu/resources/supply-lists

Bell Schedule
The Longfellow school day begins at 7:30am and ends at 2:15pm.  A more detailed view of our bell schedule can be viewed here:
7th grade - https://longfellowms.fcps.edu/about/7th-grade-bell-schedules
8th grade - https://longfellowms.fcps.edu/about/8th-grade-bell-schedules

Questions
Please call the Main Office at (703) 533-2600 or Student Services at (703) 533-2603.
For questions about the After-School Program, please contact Riley Barrows at rtbarrows1@fcps.edu.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you soon!

2000 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church, VA 22043  | Main Office: 703-533-2600
Attendance: 703-533-2626 | Web | Twitter

Opening of School Information

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CALENDAR EVENTS

August
20 7th Grade Open House 3-6:00 p.m.
21 8th Grade Open House 3-5:30 p.m.
22 7th Grade Orientation 9:-11:00 a.m.
26 First Day of School
30 Student Holiday-No School 

ORIENTATION INFORMATION

Orientation for 7th graders and 8th graders new to FCPS - Thursday, August 22 from 9:00am to 11:00am
• This opportunity is provided so students can meet their teachers and practice their schedules.  This event is for students only.  Students should bring a copy of their schedule and report directly to 1st period upon arrival.  Bus transportation will be provided and schedules will be sent out.  All buses arrive at Longfellow at 8:55am and depart at approximately 11:00am.  The Kiss and Ride line will be available for drop-off and pick-up.   Kiss and Ride vehicles should enter the Longfellow parking lot, make a left, follow the lane around to the back of the building, and move up to the furthest point along the curb near door 4.  Students will enter the building through door 4.

Orientation Bell Schedule

Classroom visit          Time
1st period                     9:00am-9:15am
2nd period                    9:20am-9:30am
3rd period                     9:35am-9:45am
4th period                     9:50am-10:00am
5th period                     10:05am-10:15am
6th period                     10:20am-10:30am
7th period                     10:35-10:45am

• Students who did not attend Open House should report to the library to turn in completed required forms and receive class schedules and locker assignments.  School counselors will be available to assist all students.

Questions?
• Please call the Main Office (703) 533-2600 or the Student Services Office at (703) 533- 2603.

LONGFELLOW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

1.-Earn Service Learning Hours helping the Longfellow PTA stuff  Back-to-School mailing envelopes the morning of August 8  9:00 am  LMS gym 1.
 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094EA8A92FA31-lmsbackto

 2.-Earn Service Learning Hours helping with LMS Open House on Tuesday, August 20th and/or  Wednesday, August 21st.
 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094EA8A92FA31-2019

BACK-TO-SCHOOL FACULTY AND STAFF BREAKFAST – AUGUST 19 AT 7:30 A.M.

It is time to welcome our teachers and staff back to school.  This is our first hospitality event for the 2019-2020 school year.  The PTA Hospitality Committee will provide hot breakfast casseroles.  We hope that you will help provide the rest of the items needed to give our teachers and staff a delicious breakfast as they begin to prepare for another fabulous year.  Signup here - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4fa8ae2eabfa7-backtoschool6 and thank you for your generosity. 

2000 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church, VA 22043  | Main Office: 703-533-2600
Attendance: 703-533-2626 | Web | Twitter

Important Summer Updates from Longfellow Middle School

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Longfellow Middle School Summer Updates

We hope you are having an enjoyable summer!  We have been busy getting our school ready for all the exciting, engaging and innovative learning that will take place during the 2019-20 school year.  In the coming weeks you will receive a packet of required school forms in the mail.  You will need to bring the completed forms to Open House.   Please review the information below for a list of important dates and school information.

Important Dates
7th grade Open House - Tuesday, August 20 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
8th grade Open House - Wednesday, August 21 from 3:00pm to 5:30pm
• Students pick up their class schedules and locker assignments.  Enter through door #1 and visit the check-in tables in the front lobby.  Medication may be dropped off in the clinic.  Bus schedules will be in the Lecture Hall.  Please note, the beginning is typically the busiest and most crowded time. 

Orientation for 7th graders and 8th graders new to FCPS - Thursday, August 22 from 9:00am to 11:00am
• Students walk through their class schedules and meet their teachers.  Bus transportation is provided from base elementary schools.  Pick-up and drop-off times will be forthcoming.   The Kiss and Ride line will also be available for drop-off and pick-up.  
• Students who did not attend Open House should report to the library to turn in completed required forms and receive class schedules and locker assignments.

Make-up day - Friday, August 23 from 8:00am to 12:00pm in the Main Office
• If you are unable to attend the Open House, you may submit completed forms and receive your student’s class schedule, locker assignment and bus schedule at this time.

First day of school - Monday, August 26 at 7:30am
• Students who are unable to attend the events above should report to the library on the first day of school.   Please send all required forms to school with your student.  Counselors will be available to assist students, collect forms, and distribute class schedules, locker assignments, and bus schedules.

Back to School Night - Wednesday, September 11 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
• Parents/guardians walk through their student’s class schedule, meet the teachers, and learn about the classes.

StudentVUE and ParentVUE
The ‘Course Request’ tab is no longer available, as we are in the process of creating our school schedule.  Class schedules will be available, on August 22, by clicking the ‘Class Schedule’ tab in StudentVUE and ParentVUE.

School Supplies
Individual teachers will provide students with supply lists during the first week of school.  There is a generic list of general supplies posted on our school website: https://longfellowms.fcps.edu/resources/supply-lists

Bell Schedule
The Longfellow school day begins at 7:30am and ends at 2:15pm.  A more detailed view of our bell schedule can be viewed here:
7th grade- https://longfellowms.fcps.edu/about/7th-grade-bell-schedules
8th grade- https://longfellowms.fcps.edu/about/8th-grade-bell-schedules

Longfellow PTA
We highly encourage you to join the Longfellow PTA by visiting their website: https://www.longfellowpta.org/.  Longfellow offers numerous programs and an abundance of educational resources due to our strong PTA membership. 

Enjoy the rest of your summer!  We look forward to welcoming your family to Longfellow shortly!

2000 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church, VA 22043  | Main Office: 703-533-2600
Attendance: 703-533-2626 | Web | Twitter

Friday, June 14, 2019 Lancer Times

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CALENDAR EVENTS

August
6-7 Jump Start to Success Program Session A
8-9 Jump Start to Success Program Session B
20 7th Grade Open House
21 8th Grade Open House
22 7th Grade Orientation
26 First Day of School

WITH MUCH GRATITUDE

Thank you to our wonderful Longfellow students, staff, and parents. We had a remarkable year with many memorable events. Community is the critical thread that ties us together and makes Longfellow the excellent school that it is. For nine consecutive years we have been honored with the prestigious Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence. Our strong parent partnership is a huge contributor to our success. Thank you parents for your steadfast support of our students and staff. Our motto of “Inspiring Excellence” is our way of life at Longfellow. All I can say is well done Lancers and I am so grateful to every parent, staff member, and student.
Have an enjoyable, relaxing, and safe summer.

Carole Kihm
Principal

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CHORAL PROGRAM

All 3 choruses received Superior ratings at the Music in the Parks Festival on Friday, June 7th. Our student accompanist, Ria Rejive, also received a medal.
I’m very happy for our students!

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS

Office hours for the summer months will be 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Registration by appointment only.

AFTER SCHOOL PARENT SURVEY

Longfellow parents, below is a link for a quick survey about the Middle School After-School Program. The survey should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey is an important component of the after-school program evaluation and is critical for future funding. The more responses we receive, the more valuable and reliable the data. The responses not only allow us to assess the impact of the after-school program, but they help drive program improvement and program quality.   This survey has been approved by the FCPS Internal Survey Review Committee.  Seal  Approval  Number 19225.
Over 95% of our students participated in the after-school program this school year, with over 22,000 occurrences of students staying after-school.  Thank you for your continued support of the Middle School After-School Program! Please complete survey by the last day of school, June 13th.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLDCGM2

G SUITE FOR EDUCATION SUMMER ACCESS

With summer quickly approaching, below is a message that schools may choose to share with their parent communities about G Suite for Education summer access.
G Suite for Education is available to students over the summer. All files created by, or shared with, students will continue to be available to them. Explore what your student is working on in G Suite for Education by having your student log in to his or her FCPS G Suite for Education account at home. Your student will use his or her network login credentials to access G Suite for Education. Students have the ability to reset their password using the Account Recovery service, even over the summer. However, recovery options must be set up in advance. Your student can set up those options by logging into the FCPS Account Manager.
Summer is also the perfect time to revisit the rules in your household for technology and media use, and set clear expectations for your child. The FCPS Digital Citizenship website has Device Contracts and Family Media Agreements that can help you guide family conversations. There is also a free online Digital Citizenship course available for parents and their children to work through together.
More information on G Suite for Education can be found on the FCPS Website.

LONGFELLOW MS QUIZ BOWL CAMP

August 5-9
9 am – 12:30 pm
The camp introduces students to the academic sport of quiz bowl, touching on knowledge of facts in history, literature, science, art, music, religion and current events.  Longfellow’s QB team is a perennial national championship contender.  Contact Eugene Huang at ehuang1@fcps.edu to register.

TO ALL RISING FRESHMEN FAMILIES:

Get your McLean High School All-Season Sports Passes now! Be a step ahead in the Fall and save time in line at Back to School by purchasing your MHS All-Season Sports Passes and Athletic Boosters membership here: MCLEAN HIGH SCHOOL ALL-SEASON SPORTS PASSES. With the All-Season passes, your student (and your whole family) have the flexibility to go in and out of any regular season home game and support friends without getting stopped at the gate with the $5 entrance fee. MHS has more than 120 regular season home games across all sports! And, by joining now, you won’t miss out on tailgate and other opportunities over the Summer to connect with fellow Highlanders. Click here to purchase your All-Season Passes: CLICK HERE. For more information, please visit the Boosters Tab at mcleanactivities.org.

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Attendance: 703-533-2626 | Web | Twitter

Friday, June 7, 2019 Lancer Times

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CALENDAR EVENTS

June
10 Yearbook Distribution                                                                                  
10 7th Grade Locker Clean Out                                                                         
11 8th Grade Locker Clean Out                                                                       
11 8th Grade Party 7:00-9:30 p.m.                                                                     
12 Team Activities                                                                                               
13 Last Day of School-Early Release 11:15 a.m.

7TH GRADE TEAM ACTIVITIES

In celebration of a great school year, the Longfellow Middle School seventh grade team leaders are planning another exciting closing activity for our students on the last full day of school, Wednesday, June 12th.  We are asking for small donations to our team raffles.  Some suggestions for raffle prizes include the following:

• $5 gift cards to Zinga, ITunes, Chipotle, Santini’s, Robeks, 7-11, Listrani’s, Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Amazon, or any local business (no checks please)
• Small plastic candy jar
• New stuffed animal
• Set of writing pens or thin markers
• Frisbee or summer fun toy
• $5 donation to contribute toward raffle prizes
• Other appropriate raffle prize for a 7th grade student

If you can donate to our raffle, please deliver or send the prizes into school with your child anytime between now and June 7th.  The following history teachers for each team are collecting these prizes:  Ms. Bafaro for the Explorers, Ms. Haley for Polaris, Mr. Kellams-Berger for Hesperus, Ms. Bunch Lyons for Guardians, and Ms. Smith for Red Foxes.  The more prizes that we can collect, the more that we can distribute to the children during the raffle for each team.   

Students are asked to wear the following color tee shirts for team identification on June 12th:  Explorers - navy blue, Polaris - white, Hesperus - green, Guardians - light blue, and Red Foxes -  red. 
Thank you so much for your support. 

The Longfellow Grade 7 Team Leaders
Explorers – Ms. Bafaro
Guardians – Ms. Cooper
Hesperus – Mr. Kellams-Berger
Polaris – Ms. Wu
Red Foxes – Ms. Maldonado

LOCKER CLEAN OUT - PLEASE REUSE OR RECYCLE YOUR LOCKER SHELVES

Please send a trash bag to school with your child for locker clean out. 7th graders will clean out their lockers on June 10th and 8th graders on June 11th. They will bring everything home and we ask that you try to recycle or reuse as much as possible at home to lessen the environmental impact.
Please remind your 7th graders to bring their locker shelves home to use next year. If one of their locker pieces is broken, they will be able to ask for a replacement at Open House next year.
8th grade students can either save their organizer for a sibling or put it against the hallway walls to donate it to the PTA. We will take entire locker shelf assemblies OR just separate pieces; whatever they have to give to us. If one of their pieces is broken or missing, we will take the rest of the pieces. We will take locker shelves that have already been decorated with duct tape or marker or paint or anything.  Thank you.

AFTER SCHOOL PARENT SURVEY

Longfellow parents, below is a link for a quick survey about the Middle School After-School Program. The survey should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey is an important component of the after-school program evaluation and is critical for future funding. The more responses we receive, the more valuable and reliable the data. The responses not only allow us to assess the impact of the after-school program, but they help drive program improvement and program quality.  This survey has been approved by the FCPS Internal Survey Review Committee.  Seal  Approval  Number 19225.
Over 95% of our students participated in the after-school program this school year, with over 22,000 occurrences of students staying after-school.  Thank you for your continued support of the Middle School After-School Program! Please complete survey by the last day of school, June 14th.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLDCGM2

LONGFELLOW MS QUIZ BOWL CAMP

August 5-9
9 am – 12:30 pm
The camp introduces students to the academic sport of quiz bowl, touching on knowledge of facts in history, literature, science, art, music, religion and current events.  Longfellow’s QB team is a perennial national championship contender.  Contact Eugene Huang at ehuang1@fcps.edu to register.

CALLING ALL 7TH GRADERS INTERESTED IN MARINE BIOLOGY! 

In the summer of 2020, Mrs. Burnett, an 8th grade science teacher, will be taking interested 7th and 8th grade students on a service learning trip to the Dominican Republic to engage in marine conservation.  If you would like to hear more about this amazing opportunity, please attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, June 11, at 6:30 pm at Longfellow Middle School, Room 205. You can RSVP for the meeting here: https://rsvp.eftours.com/ugpd3cd.  We look forward to seeing you!

TO ALL RISING FRESHMEN FAMILIES:

Get your McLean High School All-Season Sports Passes now! Be a step ahead in the Fall and save time in line at Back to School by purchasing your MHS All-Season Sports Passes and Athletic Boosters membership here: MCLEAN HIGH SCHOOL ALL-SEASON SPORTS PASSES. With the All-Season passes, your student (and your whole family) have the flexibility to go in and out of any regular season home game and support friends without getting stopped at the gate with the $5 entrance fee. MHS has more than 120 regular season home games across all sports! And, by joining now, you won’t miss out on tailgate and other opportunities over the Summer to connect with fellow Highlanders. Click here to purchase your All-Season Passes: CLICK HERE. For more information, please visit the Boosters Tab at mcleanactivities.org.

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Attendance: 703-533-2626 | Web | Twitter

Friday, May 31, 2019 Lancer Times

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CALENDAR EVENTS

June
4 Fond Farewell 6:00 p.m.
5 NJHS Pinning Ceremony 6:30 p.m.
6 NJHS Pinning Ceremony 6:30 p.m.
7 Musicale Trip
13 Last Day of School-Early Release 11:15 a.m.

LONGFELLOW RECEIVES THE TOP HONOR OF 2019 GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE

Only five schools in the state earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, the highest VIP award.
To earn the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, schools and school divisions must meet all state and federal achievement benchmarks and achieve all applicable excellence goals. “The teachers, principals, superintendents, administrators and support staff of these award-winning schools and divisions share a commitment to deeper learning, expanding opportunity and preparing all students for success,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane. “I look forward to visiting as many of these learning communities as possible during the coming months to offer my personal congratulations for their outstanding work preparing young Virginians for what comes next.”

LOCKER CLEAN OUT - PLEASE REUSE OR RECYCLE YOUR LOCKER SHELVES

Please send a trash bag to school with your child for locker clean out. 7th graders will clean out their lockers on June 10th and 8th graders on June 11th. They will bring everything home and we ask that you try to recycle or reuse as much as possible at home to lessen the environmental impact.
Please remind your 7th graders to bring their locker shelves home to use next year. If one of their locker pieces is broken, they will be able to ask for a replacement at Open House next year.
8th grade students can either save their organizer for a sibling or put it against the hallway walls to donate it to the PTA. We will take entire locker shelf assemblies OR just separate pieces; whatever they have to give to us. If one of their pieces is broken or missing, we will take the rest of the pieces. We will take locker shelves that have already been decorated with duct tape or marker or paint or anything.  Thank you.

8TH END OF THE YEAR PARTY-WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

June 11, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Buy Tickets Here
Don't miss your chance to send your student to the 8th Grade Party!
Ticket sales end June 5th.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  If you do not purchase a ticket on or before June 5th, your student will not be able to attend the event.

CALLING ALL 8TH GRADE PARENTS

Parent Volunteers Needed
Come volunteer to help send your child off to high school. We expect over 500 students to attend and need parent volunteers to ensure everyone's safety and fun. There is a position for everyone. For example, you can even bring a book to read while monitoring a door. You will not be anywhere near your too cool eighth grader! Please sign up here to help give them a fun sendoff to high school!

7TH GRADE TEAM ACTIVITIES

In celebration of a great school year, the Longfellow Middle School seventh grade team leaders are planning another exciting closing activity for our students on the last full day of school, Wednesday, June 12th.  We are asking for small donations to our team raffles.  Some suggestions for raffle prizes include the following:

• $5 gift cards to Zinga, ITunes, Chipotle, Santini’s, Robeks, 7-11, Listrani’s, Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Amazon, or any local business (no checks please)
• Small plastic candy jar
• New stuffed animal
• Set of writing pens or thin markers
• Frisbee or summer fun toy
• $5 donation to contribute toward raffle prizes
• Other appropriate raffle prize for a 7th grade student

If you can donate to our raffle, please deliver or send the prizes into school with your child anytime between now and June 7th.  The following history teachers for each team are collecting these prizes:  Ms. Bafaro for the Explorers, Ms. Haley for Polaris, Mr. Kellams Berger for Hesperus, Ms. Bunch Lyons for Guardians, and Ms. Smith for Red Foxes.  The more prizes that we can collect, the more that we can distribute to the children during the raffle for each team.   

Students are asked to wear the following color tee shirts for team identification on June 12th:  Explorers - navy blue, Polaris - white, Hesperus - green, Guardians - light blue, and Red Foxes -  red. 
Thank you so much for your support. 

The Longfellow Grade 7 Team Leaders
Explorers – Ms. Bafaro
Guardians – Ms. Cooper
Hesperus – Mr. Kellams-Berger
Polaris – Ms. Wu
Red Foxes – Ms. Maldonado

AFTER SCHOOL PARENT SURVEY

Longfellow parents, below is a link for a quick survey about the Middle School After-School Program. The survey should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey is an important component of the after-school program evaluation and is critical for future funding. The more responses we receive, the more valuable and reliable the data. The responses not only allow us to assess the impact of the after-school program, but they help drive program improvement and program quality.   This survey has been approved by the FCPS Internal Survey Review Committee.  Seal  Approval  Number 19225.
Over 95% of our students participated in the after-school program this school year, with over 22,000 occurrences of students staying after-school.  Thank you for your continued support of the Middle School After-School Program! Please complete survey by the last day of school, Thursday, June 13th.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLDCGM2

LONGFELLOW MS QUIZ BOWL CAMP

August 5-9
9 am – 12:30 pm
The camp introduces students to the academic sport of quiz bowl, touching on knowledge of facts in history, literature, science, art, music, religion and current events.  Longfellow’s QB team is a perennial national championship contender.  Contact Eugene Huang at ehuang1@fcps.edu to register.

FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOL HEALTH PROMOTION

“Some Things Are Not Meant to Be Shared”
More than 20,000 kids a year need medical attention due to medicine misuse. Medications can help us, but only when used as directed by a healthcare professional. Teens need guidance to avoid the hazardous consequences of medication misuse.
Prescription drug misuse involves three behaviors:
1. Taking more of a prescription medication than prescribed,
2. Taking a prescription medication for a reason different than prescribed, and
3. Sharing or taking someone else’s prescription medication.

Help prevent prescription drug misuse by keeping your medications secure, following the instructions on the label and being a good role model. Stick to these safe practices and encourage your family, friends and students to do the same.

Students:
Your peers can be a positive force in your life – but, sometimes friends can influence you to do things that you may not want to do. Negative peer pressure can lead you to skip class, cheat on a test or abuse substances, like drugs or alcohol. Here are a couple of tips to help you steer clear of harmful situations:
• Avoid peers that influence you to do things that seem wrong or dangerous – for example, some friends may convince you to use medication for its unintended purpose. Trust your instincts and speak with an adult if you feel like something isn’t right.
• Learn how to say “no” – advocating for yourself is one of the best decisions you can make. Try spending time with like-minded peers. This may mean avoiding the group that experiments with drugs or alcohol, and joining in with those who participate in extracurricular activities like basketball, musical theater or track and field.

Staff:
To help your students navigate peer pressure, remind them to speak to a trusted adult like a counselor or teacher when they are feel pressured. Maintain open communication with your students so they feel safe enough to speak with you about their concerns. Talk to your students about certain behaviors that may impact their wellbeing so they can learn to take positive steps towards maintaining good health.

References:
https://www.hhs.gov 
https://www.safekids.org/medicinesafety 
Hashtag:
#ffxhealthykids

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CALENDAR EVENTS

May
27 Memorial Day-No School
29 Spring Orchestra Concert McLean HS 6:30 p.m.
30 Spring Choral Concert 7:00 p.m.
30 Last Day for After School Activities & Homework Club
30 Last Day for Late Buses
June
4 Fond Farewell 6:00 p.m.
5 NJHS Pinning Ceremony 6:30 p.m.
6 NJHS Pinning Ceremony 6:30 p.m.
7 Musicale Field Trip
13 Last Day of School-Early Release 11:15 a.m.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

ALL after school activities including Homework Club will be done Thursday May 30th.

OFFICE ASSISTANT APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR

Office Assistants have a very important role at Longfellow Middle School. They are given a great deal of responsibility and interact with students, staff, and community members on a daily basis. Rising 8th graders interested in applying to be an Office Assistant should see Mr. Walker in Student Services for an application.  Applications are due by May 29, 2019.  If you have any questions, please see Mr. Walker or email him at BMWalker@fcps.edu

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

8th Grade Party
June 11, 2019, 7-9:30pm
Don't miss out on the chance for your 8th grader to attend the end of year celebration.
Ticket Sales
Early Bird pricing of $30.00 extended to May 30, 2019. Purchase tickets HERE.
Ticket sales end June 5th.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  If you do not purchase a ticket on or before June 5th, your student will not be able to attend the event.
Volunteer
We are looking for parent volunteers to help make this end of middle school celebration a success.  If you would like to volunteer please click HERE.

NOTES FROM THE LIBRARY

Please help the library as we switch to a brand new catalog system by returning all library books by Thursday, May 30th.  It is necessary that each book in our collection (over 14,000!!) be returned by that date so all of our data can transfer successfully.  Please keep an eye out for overdue notices.  We will be sending them often for the remainder of the school year.  If you have any questions, please email Meghan Saladino (mbsaladino@fcps.edu) or Nora Weiss (nweiss@fcps.edu).  Thank you!

HELP WANTED!

Calling all Business People!  Longfellow's Inventor's Club has been working hard on inventions this semester and we are going to present them on Tuesday, June 4 at 6:00 pm.  We are looking for adults in the business world to come and "judge" the students' presentations and inventions.  This is a low-key gig, designed to give real-world feedback to the students as they embark on their dreams.  Please email Brianna Burnett at bburnett@fcps.edu if you are interested in helping.  The students will  greatly benefit from your feedback.  Thank you!

AFTER SCHOOL PARENT SURVEY

Longfellow parents, below is a link for a quick survey about the Middle School After-School Program. The survey should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey is an important component of the after-school program evaluation and is critical for future funding. The more responses we receive, the more valuable and reliable the data. The responses not only allow us to assess the impact of the after-school program, but they help drive program improvement and program quality.   This survey has been approved by the FCPS Internal Survey Review Committee.  Seal  Approval  Number 19225.
Over 95% of our students participated in the after-school program this school year, with over 22,000 occurrences of students staying after-school.  Thank you for your continued support of the Middle School After-School Program! Please complete survey by the last day of school, June 14.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLDCGM2

LONGFELLOW MS QUIZ BOWL CAMP

August 5-9
9 am – 12:30 pm
The camp introduces students to the academic sport of quiz bowl, touching on knowledge of facts in history, literature, science, art, music, religion and current events.  Longfellow’s QB team is a perennial national championship contender.  Contact Eugene Huang at ehuang1@fcps.edu to register.

MCLEAN GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP

The 2019 Liberty District Champion McLean Girls Basketball Team is excited to announce that the  Summer Basketball Camp 2019 will be held June 24th– June 28th from 8:30am-2:30pm. The McLean High School Girls Basketball Camp will emphasize fundamental instruction in small group sessions.  The goal of the camp is to improve the knowledge and skill of each player while providing an enjoyable, learning experience. The cost of the camp is $185.  We had a record number of campers last year and are hoping to see your daughters at camp this year. Please let me know if you have any questions and feel free to pass along to anyone you feel might be interested. Hope to see everyone there!
Register Here
Jen Sobota
McLean Girls Basketball Coach
jmsobota@fcps.edu

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LONGFELLOW LOVE

Dear Longfellow Families,
Thank you to those who have donated to our “Longfellow Love Program.” We now have 120 Longfellow students whose families live at or below the poverty level. So far, we have received 9 online donations from the 1,325 student families of 7th and 8th graders for the Summer Break Drive. This is a very busy time, so please take a moment to read one family’s story:
As you may have heard me mention at the PTA meeting, I visited one of our families where there were five children. Our Longfellow student said he had to make dinner for all the children. His parents work full time, and do not return until after midnight. I asked him what they were going to eat, and he pointed to one can of beans, for all of them to share. It was heartbreaking to hear this story, but I know our caring Longfellow families can and have made a huge difference for those in need. 
During the school year, students qualify for free breakfast and lunch. But in the summer, there are no free meals from school for these kids. These families have to find ways to provide meals, afford basic clothing, pay for medical and utility bills, and purchase back to school supplies.
Your donation makes an immediate impact on LMS families-in-need, so please consider donating $25, $50, $100 or any amount! Again, ALL FUNDS go to the families for their personal expenses.
·      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 (Safeway and Target are preferred) in the “Longfellow Love” collection box in the front office.
The deadline is Friday, May 24th by the end of the day, so that we may distribute the cards before the summer break.
With much gratitude,
Carole Kihm, Principal
and our Longfellow Love Committee

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CALENDAR EVENTS

May
20-23 SOL Testing
23 Spring Band Concert McLean HS 7:00 p.m.
27 Memorial Day-No School
29 Spring Orchestra Concert McLean HS 6:30 p.m.
30 Spring Choral Concert 7:00 p.m.
30 Last Day for After School Activities
30 Last Day for Late Buses

CONGRATULATIONS KIAN CHOI!

Kian Choi, 7th grader, was awarded second place at the Fairfax County Band Directors’ 2019 Solo Competition on Saturday, May 11, 2019!
 https://www.fcbda.org/

OFFICE ASSISTANT APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR

Office Assistants have a very important role at Longfellow Middle School. They are given a great deal of responsibility and interact with students, staff, and community members on a daily basis. Rising 8th graders interested in applying to be an Office Assistant should see Mr. Walker in Student Services for an application.  Applications are due by May 29, 2019.  If you have any questions, please see Mr. Walker or email him at BMWalker@fcps.edu

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

ALL after school activities including Homework Club will be done Thursday, May 30th.

NOTES FROM THE LIBRARY

Please help the library as we switch to a brand new catalog system by returning all library books by Thursday, May 30th.  It is necessary that each book in our collection (over 14,000!!) be returned by that date so all of our data can transfer successfully.  Please keep an eye out for overdue notices.  We will be sending them often for the remainder of the school year.  If you have any questions, please email Meghan Saladino (mbsaladino@fcps.edu) or Nora Weiss (nweiss@fcps.edu).  Thank you!

SOL SCHEDULING CONSIDERATIONS FOR RAMADAN

We are aware that the testing window overlaps with Ramadan and we will do our best to accommodate this religious observance. Please be aware that all SOL testing at Longfellow takes place in the morning.
If you have concerns regarding the dates or times of testing due to Ramadan, please contact your child’s counselor.

Testing May 14-23
Date             Subject
May 21         8th Grade Math
May 22         7th grade Algebra and Math 7HN
May 23         Math 7

MORNING ATTENDANCE CALLS

The morning attendance telephone calls, texts and e-mails for reporting student absences will not occur for middle and high schools during AP, IB and SOL testing through Friday, June 7, 2019. Students involved in testing are often in designated testing sites within the school during the normal attendance-taking time, so morning attendance notifications will be suspended. The evening attendance notifications will remain in place.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Chesterbrook Residences is in need of volunteers to help at McLean Day  - Saturday, May 18th from 11-5:00 pm.  Volunteers will work with staff to hand out marketing literature, greet guests, etc.  Shifts are two hours long (11-1; 1-3; 3-5).  For more information call 703.531.0781x109.

DONATE TO LONGFELLOW LOVE SUMMER BREAK DRIVE

As the school year draws to a close, many of our children head to summer camp, and families look forward to vacations at the beach. Did you know that 120 of Longfellow students’ families live at or below the poverty level? Their parents work full time, sometimes 2 or 3 jobs, but still can’t afford meals and essentials. During the school year, students qualify for free breakfast and lunch. But in the summer, there are no free meals from school for these kids. DONATE NOW to Longfellow Love and we will support each of these families as our community comes out strong.
There are 3 ways to donate:
1. CLICK HERE to donate online
2. Place a check written to “Longfellow PTA” in the collection box in the office
3. Place gift cards in an envelope, with “Longfellow Love” written on the outside, in the locked-box in the office (Target, Safeway gift cards are most useful).
Donations Deadline is Friday, May 24, so that we have time to collect and distribute gift cards before the end of the school year.
NOTE: All donations are tax deductible contributions to the Longfellow PTA. 100% of the funds go directly to student families in need for their personal expenses.
Thank you for your support.
-Longfellow Love Committee

HELP WANTED!

Calling all Business People!  Longfellow's Inventor's Club has been working hard on inventions this semester and we are going to present them on Tuesday, June 4th at 6:00 pm.  We are looking for adults in the business world to come and "judge" the students' presentations and inventions.  This is a low-key gig, designed to give real-world feedback to the students as they embark on their dreams.  Please email Brianna Burnett at bburnett@fcps.edu if you are interested in helping.  The students will  greatly benefit from your feedback.  Thank you!

LONGFELLOW MS QUIZ BOWL CAMP

August 5-9
9 am – 12:30 pm
The camp introduces students to the academic sport of quiz bowl, touching on knowledge of facts in history, literature, science, art, music, religion and current events.  Longfellow’s QB team is a perennial national championship contender.  Contact Eugene Huang at ehuang1@fcps.edu to register.

VIP SUMMER CAMP

Registration is now open for the Value In Prevention (VIP) Summer Program at Carson Middle School. Families can register on MySchoolBucks. The program is open to all rising 7th graders attending Longfellow, Cooper, Herndon, Hughes, and Carson Middle School. The cost of the entire program is $50 and includes breakfast, lunch, transportation, and 4 field trips. The program will take place July 1st-August 1st and students can choose from a variety of activities including Basketball, Cooking, Soccer, STEAM, and Theatre. If you have any questions, please contact Riley Barrows rtbarrows1@fcps.edu

FRESHMAN 101:  CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE!

Who:  Rising 9th Grade Students at McLean HS (Current 8th graders)
Dates:  Monday, July 22-Thursday July 25, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location:  McLean High School
McLean High School is pleased to present our Freshman 101 for rising ninth-graders! McLean teachers will be working with students in July to jump-start the year with fun and engaging sessions designed to help rising ninth-graders at McLean succeed in high school. Students will become acclimated to a new level of learning through sessions on topics like note-taking and study skills, time management, organization and high school life through project-based learning.  While the goal is to learn how to be successful academically at McLean High School, there will also be many ice-breaker activities to meet other students.   Please use the following link to register by June 30, 2019: https://mcleanhs.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/inline-files/Updated%202019%20Freshman%20101%20Information%20Sheet%20.pdf

 

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CALENDAR EVENTS

May
14-23 SOL Testing
23 Spring Band Concert McLean HS 7:00 p.m.
27 Memorial Day-No School
29 Spring Orchestra Concert McLean HS 6:30 p.m.
30 Spring Choral Concert 7:00 p.m.
30 Last Day for After School Activities
30 Last Day for Late Buses

PTA TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

Thank you to our Teacher Appreciation Week Committee: Emma Blankenbaker, Melanie Coates, Mara Riggins, and Mel Tillotson. They spent 3½ hours on Sunday decorating every door for teacher appreciation week. The doors looked amazing.
The Hospitality Committee provided an awesome Mexican Fiesta on Tuesday. The following parents organized this feast: Victoria Lippincott, Cathy Sarris, Sara Hobbs, Lisa Fraser, Amy Pedulla, Shetal Edwards, Joy Fulkerson, Monette Ta, Michelle DeCarlo and Rie Matsumoto.
Our generous parents donated over 100 gift certificates and other prizes for our teachers. Our parents also provided activities all week such as grab a snack, cheese/cracker reception, and a smoothie bar. We are truly grateful and feel so appreciated! 

ESSAY CONTEST WINNER WINS AGAIN!

Longfellow’s award-winning writer has won again.  Seventh grader Laura Zhang has been recognized as one of only five winners in the nation in Scholastic Scope’s “Kilauea Essay Contest.” In her essay, Laura highlighted how volcanos can be both destructive and constructive. This latest award comes less than a month after Laura won the Falls Church Rotary Club Essay Contest and placed third in the District Rotary Club Essay Contest.

LIBRARY BOOK DRIVE

The Library is sponsoring a book drive during the month of May.  We are collecting Nearly New and Gently Used Middle School appropriate books.  We hope to collect enough books so every student can pick up a new book to take home before summer (Book Swap). Donation boxes will be in the Library.  Students who donate books will be eligible for a prize!
If you have Middle School appropriate books at home that your children have outgrown—please consider donating to our book drive!

NOTES FROM THE LIBRARY

Please help the library as we switch to a brand new catalog system by returning all library books by Thursday, May 30th.  It is necessary that each book in our collection (over 14,000!!) be returned by that date so all of our data can transfer successfully.  Please keep an eye out for overdue notices.  We will be sending them often for the remainder of the school year.  If you have any questions, please email Meghan Saladino (mbsaladino@fcps.edu) or Nora Weiss (nweiss@fcps.edu).  Thank you!

SOL SCHEDULING CONSIDERATIONS FOR RAMADAN

We are aware that the testing window overlaps with Ramadan and we will do our best to accommodate this religious observance. Please be aware that all SOL testing at Longfellow takes place in the morning.
If you have concerns regarding the dates or times of testing due to Ramadan, please contact your child’s counselor.

Testing May 14-23
Date             Subject
May 14         Reading 8
May 15         Reading 7
May 16         Civics
May 17         Science
May 21         8th Grade Math
May 22         7th grade Algebra and Math 7HN
May 23         Math 7

MORNING ATTENDANCE CALLS

The morning attendance telephone calls, texts and e-mails for reporting student absences will not occur for middle and high schools during AP, IB and SOL testing from Monday, April 29, 2019 through Friday, June 7, 2019. Students involved in testing are often in designated testing sites within the school during the normal attendance-taking time, so morning attendance notifications will be suspended. The evening attendance notifications will remain in place.

DONATE TO LONGFELLOW LOVE SUMMER BREAK DRIVE

As the school year draws to a close, many of our children head to summer camp, and families look forward to vacations at the beach. Did you know that 120 of Longfellow students’ families live at or below the poverty level? Their parents work full time, sometimes 2 or 3 jobs, but still can’t afford meals and essentials. During the school year, students qualify for free breakfast and lunch. But in the summer, there are no free meals from school for these kids. DONATE NOW to Longfellow Love and we will support each of these families as our community comes out strong.
There are 3 ways to donate:
1. CLICK HERE to donate online
2. Place a check written to “Longfellow PTA” in the collection box in the office
3. Place gift cards in an envelope, with “Longfellow Love” written on the outside, in the locked-box in the office (Target, Safeway gift cards are most useful).
Donations Deadline is Friday, May 24, so that we have time to collect and distribute gift cards before the end of the school year.
NOTE: All donations are tax deductible contributions to the Longfellow PTA. 100% of the funds go directly to student families in need for their personal expenses.
Thank you for your support.
-Longfellow Love Committee

JUMP START TO SUCCESS PROGRAM

Longfellow is pleased to announce we will be offering our Jump Start to Success Program again this summer. The Jump Start to Success program is a primarily nonacademic transitional program that focuses on helping rising 7th graders get to know LMS and the expectations of middle school. Students will participate in sessions covering topics such as study skills, test taking strategies, and time management techniques with a Longfellow counselor.  Jump Start to Success helps ensure a smoother transition to middle school by introducing students to staff, peers, school layout, and basic policies before the school year begins. Students will partake in scavenger hunts, locker relay races, and daily physical education activities throughout the week as well. The fee for the program is $40. Registration is now open on MySchoolBucks.  If you have any questions, please contact Riley Barrows (rtbarrows1@fcps.edu) or Alexia Candamo (amcandamo@fcps.edu)

THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (TJHSST)

PTSA Diversity Committee cordially invites all prospective students and their parents/guardians to visit our Annual Diversity Open House, Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. 
• Learn about TJHSST’s academic programs the admissions process
• Talk to TJHSST students, staff, parents, alumni
Register at http://tinyurl.com/TJHSST-Open-House
TJHSST Address: 6560 Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22312
Contact Information: diversity@tjptsa.org

LANGLEY YOUTH FIELD HOCKEY CAMP

June 17th-21st
Langley HS – 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101
Who may attend:  Anyone who will be going into 1st-9th grade in the fall of 2019
Location:  Langley HS Turf Field (found behind the school)
Cost:  $150
Staff:  Katie Robinson, Langley Head Coach
Beth McGaughey, Langley Asst. Coach
Current members of the Langley HS field hockey team
Sponsored by:  Langley HS Athletic Boosters 
Contact Us:  703-287-2736 or kerobinson1@fcps.edu
*Flyers/applications can be found in the Longfellow main office.

TJ PREP CAMP – SUMMER 2019

When:            Session One July 15th-July 19th
                       Session Two July 22nd-July 26th   
Where:           Luther Jackson Middle School
Camp Time:  8:00am-4:00pm  
Cost:             $300 (Checks and Cash accepted; please make checks payable to Luther Jackson PTA) 
Are you a rising 8th grader thinking of applying to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology?
TJ Prep Camp is a weeklong, specialized camp, which focuses on preparing students for the TJHSST admissions test. This camp will focus on test-related mathematical and verbal reasoning, essay writing and study strategies. Students will practice skills through group work, interactive instruction, and participation in web casts. There will be 20 hours of mathematical and science preparation and 20 hours of verbal reasoning, essay writing and study strategies preparation.
We are offering two sessions of the same curriculum. Please only register for one session.
Students participating must have completed or be enrolled in Algebra 1 or above and be an 8th grade student.
If you have any questions, please call Ms. Iskander at 703-204-8150, or email at MXIskander@fcps.edu.
*Forms can be found in the Longfellow main office.

VIP SUMMER CAMP

Registration is now open for the Value In Prevention (VIP) Summer Program at Carson Middle School. Families can register on MySchoolBucks. The program is open to all rising 7th graders attending Longfellow, Cooper, Herndon, Hughes, and Carson Middle School. The cost of the entire program is $50 and includes breakfast, lunch, transportation, and 4 field trips. The program will take place July 1st-August 1st and students can choose from a variety of activities including Basketball, Cooking, Soccer, STEAM, and Theatre. If you have any questions, please contact Riley Barrows rtbarrows1@fcps.edu

FRESHMAN 101:  CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE!

Who:  Rising 9th Grade Students at McLean HS (Current 8th graders)
Dates:  Monday, July 22-Thursday July 25, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location:  McLean High School
McLean High School is pleased to present our Freshman 101 for rising ninth-graders! McLean teachers will be working with students in July to jump-start the year with fun and engaging sessions designed to help rising ninth-graders at McLean succeed in high school. Students will become acclimated to a new level of learning through sessions on topics like note-taking and study skills, time management, organization and high school life through project-based learning.  While the goal is to learn how to be successful academically at McLean High School, there will also be many ice-breaker activities to meet other students.   Please use the following link to register by June 30, 2019:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RXtzwSNsyN4fF4gy4Zh9MDRsfbA1-2VofAxEtCSZjcU/edit?usp=sharing

FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOL HEALTH PROMOTION

“Some Things Are Not Meant to Be Shared”
More than 20,000 kids a year need medical attention due to medicine misuse. Medications can help us, but only when used as directed by a healthcare professional. Teens need guidance to avoid the hazardous consequences of medication misuse.
Prescription drug misuse involves three behaviors:
1. Taking more of a prescription medication than prescribed,
2. Taking a prescription medication for a reason different than prescribed, and
3. Sharing or taking someone else’s prescription medication.
Help prevent prescription drug misuse by keeping your medications secure, following the instructions on the label and being a good role model. Stick to these safe practices and encourage your family, friends and students to do the same.
Students:
Your peers can be a positive force in your life – but, sometimes friends can influence you to do things that you may not want to do. Negative peer pressure can lead you to skip class, cheat on a test or abuse substances, like drugs or alcohol. Here are a couple of tips to help you steer clear of harmful situations:
• Avoid peers that influence you to do things that seem wrong or dangerous – for example, some friends may convince you to use medication for its unintended purpose. Trust your instincts and speak with an adult if you feel like something isn’t right.
• Learn how to say “no” – advocating for yourself is one of the best decisions you can make. Try spending time with like-minded peers. This may mean avoiding the group that experiments with drugs or alcohol, and joining in with those who participate in extracurricular activities like basketball, musical theater or track and field.
Staff:
To help your students navigate peer pressure, remind them to speak to a trusted adult like a counselor or teacher when they are feeling pressured. Maintain open communication with your students so they feel safe enough to speak with you about their concerns. Talk to your students about certain behaviors that may impact their wellbeing so they can learn to take positive steps towards maintaining good health.

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MAKE TONIGHT PIZZA NIGHT WITH DOMINO'S

Dinner is planned for tonight, cross it off your grocery list. Support Longfellow Middle School and the PTA by ordering Domino’s Pizza! Order from your local Domino’s and use code DN3 at Dominos.com, on the Domino’s app, over the phone, or in the store. Domino's will donate 20 percent of sales to LMS PTA from every order received. This event is on May 9th from 11 am to 10 pm.

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CALENDAR EVENTS

May
2-4 Spring Musical 7:00 p.m.
14-23 SOL Testing
23 Spring Band Concert McLean HS 7:00 p.m.
27 Memorial Day-No School
29 Spring Orchestra Concert McLean HS 6:30 p.m.
30 Spring Choral Concert 7:00 p.m.
30 Last Day for After School Activities
30 Last Day for Late Buses

SOL SCHEDULING CONSIDERATIONS FOR RAMADAN

We are aware that the testing window overlaps with Ramadan and we will do our best to accommodate this religious observance. Please be aware that all SOL testing at Longfellow takes place in the morning.
If you have concerns regarding the dates or times of testing due to Ramadan, please contact your child’s counselor.

Testing May 14-23
Date             Subject
May 14 Reading 8
May 15 Reading 7
May 16 Civics
May 17 Science
May 21 8th Grade Math
May 22 7th grade Algebra and Math 7HN
May 23 Math 7

LIBRARY BOOK DRIVE

The Library is sponsoring a book drive during the month of May.  We are collecting Nearly New and Gently Used Middle School appropriate books.  We hope to collect enough books so every student can pick up a new book to take home before summer (Book Swap). Donation boxes will be in the Library.  Students who donate books will be eligible for a prize!
If you have Middle School appropriate books at home that your children have outgrown—please consider donating to our book drive!

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

Franklin Sherman's annual Carnival is coming this Sunday, May 5th from 3-6 PM at Franklin Sherman behind the school on the fields and we need your help!
Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b44a4aa2bab9-student

JUMP START TO SUCCESS PROGRAM

Longfellow is pleased to announce we will be offering our Jump Start to Success Program again this summer. The Jump Start to Success program is a primarily nonacademic transitional program that focuses on helping rising 7th graders get to know LMS and the expectations of middle school. Students will participate in sessions covering topics such as study skills, test taking strategies, and time management techniques with a Longfellow counselor.  Jump Start to Success helps ensure a smoother transition to middle school by introducing students to staff, peers, school layout, and basic policies before the school year begins. Students will partake in scavenger hunts, locker relay races, and daily physical education activities throughout the week as well. The fee for the program is $40. Registration is now open on MySchoolBucks.  If you have any questions, please contact Riley Barrows (rtbarrows1@fcps.edu) or Alexia Candamo (amcandamo@fcps.edu)

VIP SUMMER CAMP

Registration is now open for the Value In Prevention (VIP) Summer Program at Carson Middle School. Families can register on MySchoolBucks. The program is open to all rising 7th graders attending Longfellow, Cooper, Herndon, Hughes, and Carson Middle School. The cost of the entire program is $50 and includes breakfast, lunch, transportation, and 4 field trips. The program will take place July 1st-August 1st and students can choose from a variety of activities including Basketball, Cooking, Soccer, STEAM, and Theatre. If you have any questions, please contact Riley Barrows rtbarrows1@fcps.edu

MCLEAN HIGH SCHOOL DANCE TEAM

The Mclean High School Dance Team will be hosting pre-tryout clinics in the Longfellow Cafeteria on May 8th and 9th from 3:30-4:15. Check out the clinics to learn more about the team, meet the coach and practice a few moves.  Clinics are open to 7th and 8th graders.  Dancers are welcome to attend either or both dates.  No sign-up is necessary.  Wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes or dance shoes.  Bring a water bottle.  If you have questions please contact us at mhsdanceteamboosters@gmail.com.
Rising freshmen interested in our tryouts May 28th, 29th, and 30th at McLean High School should review our website at https://mcleanactivities.org for additional details and to sign up.  Look for Year-Round in the black drop-down menu bar > Dance Team to find our page.

THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (TJHSST)

PTSA Diversity Committee cordially invites all prospective students and their parents/guardians to visit our Annual Diversity Open House, Saturday, June 1st, 2019, 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. 
• Learn about TJHSST’s academic programs the admissions process
• Talk to TJHSST students, staff, parents, alumni
Register at http://tinyurl.com/TJHSST-Open-House
TJHSST Address: 6560 Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22312
Contact Information: diversity@tjptsa.org

LANGLEY YOUTH FIELD HOCKEY CAMP

June 17th-21st
Langley HS – 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101
Who may attend:  Anyone who will be going into 1st-9th grade in the fall of 2019
Location:  Langley HS Turf Field (found behind the school)
Cost:  $150
Staff:  Katie Robinson, Langley Head Coach
Beth McGaughey, Langley Asst. Coach
Current members of the Langley HS field hockey team
Sponsored by:  Langley HS Athletic Boosters 
Contact Us:  703-287-2736 or kerobinson1@fcps.edu
*Flyers/applications can be found in the Longfellow main office.

TJ PREP CAMP – SUMMER 2019

When:           Session One July 15th-July 19th
                      Session Two July 22nd-July 26th   
Where:          Luther Jackson Middle School
Camp Time:  8:00am-4:00pm  
Cost:             $300 (Checks and Cash accepted; please make checks payable to Luther Jackson PTA) 
Are you a rising 8th grader thinking of applying to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology?
TJ Prep Camp is a weeklong, specialized camp, which focuses on preparing students for the TJHSST admissions test. This camp will focus on test-related mathematical and verbal reasoning, essay writing and study strategies. Students will practice skills through group work, interactive instruction, and participation in web casts. There will be 20 hours of mathematical and science preparation and 20 hours of verbal reasoning, essay writing and study strategies preparation.
We are offering two sessions of the same curriculum. Please only register for one session.
Students participating must have completed or be enrolled in Algebra 1 or above and be an 8th grade student.
If you have any questions, please call Ms. Iskander at 703-204-8150, or email at MXIskander@fcps.edu.
*Forms can be found in the Longfellow main office.

SAVE THE DATE-FRESHMAN 101 FOR MCLEAN HIGH SCHOOL (RISING 9TH GRADERS)

Who:        Rising 9th Grade Students at McLean HS (Current 8th graders)
Dates:      Monday, July 22 - Thursday July 25, 2019
Location: McLean High School
McLean High School is pleased to present our Freshman 101 for rising ninth-graders from July 22, 2019 – July 25, 2019. McLean teachers will be working with students in July to jump-start the year with fun and engaging sessions designed to help rising ninth-graders at McLean succeed in high school. Students will become acclimated to a new level of learning about skills through sessions on topics such as note-taking and study skills, time management, organization, utilizing technology, project-based learning and high school life.  While the goal is to learn how to be successful academically at McLean High School, there will also be many ice-breaker activities to meet other students.
Sessions will take place in the morning and transportation will be provided.  Registration information and tentative schedules will be available after Spring Break on the McLean High School website. 

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