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Sign Up for Parent Conferences Open Now

HCPSS will continue to use Synergy Conference Management to schedule Parent Teacher Conferences on November 19th and 20th. Beginning Monday, November 12, 2018 you can log into HCPSS Connect to access Synergy Conference Management. Check out this screencast for step-by-step directions on how to sign up. You can then choose your desired conference time from each teacher’s availability. Parent Teacher Conferences will be scheduled in 15-minute increments. To allow travel time from one teacher to the next, consider staggering your appointments to allow for full 15-minute conferences. Related Arts teachers have a limited number of conference times available in comparison to number of students they teach. You are not required to schedule a related arts conference, however we encourage you to schedule a conference if you have a concern or information you would like to discuss with the teacher. For parents without online access, please contact our front office staff at 410-313-6879 for assistance in scheduling conferences.

Family Night Events Coming to LoES

In the coming months, LoES will offer a number of Family Night events for families to learn more about what students are learning in the different grade levels. These Family Night events are made possible through our Title I funding and offer childcare for families as well as activities and materials that can be taken home at the end of the night. We hope families are able to join us during one of the upcoming events. November 8th - RSVP Online for Grade 5 November 13th - RSVP Online for Grade 2 November 15th - RSVP Online for Grade 3 & RSVP Online for Grade 4

Young Authors' Contest for 2nd - 5th Graders

The Young Authors' Contest has begun! This contest is for students in grades 2 through 5 who would like to write a short story and/or poem in their free time. The contest begins at Longfellow where students will compete with their classmates for the best short story and poem. One winner from each category will be selected at each grade level to compete at the Howard County level. Winners from Howard County will then go on to compete at the Maryland State level. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students of Longfellow to showcase their writing talent to the Longfellow community and beyond! Students in grades 2-5 were presented with the necessary information and were given the guidelines, cover sheet, and writing rubric to take home. Downloadable versions of these papers are below for your convenience. If your child would prefer to email his or her story, rather than print it, you can send all entries along with the completed cover sheet to catherine_baruah@hcpss.org. Please have your child save his or her story as a WORD Document. Longfellow winners will need to submit their entries to Howard County electronically. Students have until December 14, 2018 to submit their poem and/or short story. If you have any questions, please contact catherine_baruah@hcpss.org. We are looking forward to reading many amazing stories and poems. Happy writing!!

Agenda Books and Student Folders

One of the routines for our students and teachers across all grade levels is to communicate information through the use of agenda books or student folders. Students in Kindergarten and grade 1 utilize folders on a daily basis to communicate information while students in grades 2 through 5 use agenda books to write homework and communicate other information on a consistent basis. In the event that a student has to “take 5”, which is a component of our 123 Magic school wide behavior management program, they will receive the following label describing the incident: Additionally, students can also earn positive labels for demonstrating preferred behaviors including being safe, respectful and responsible:

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus - FREE

Microsoft has arranged for all Maryland public school students and staff to receive Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus at no cost. Get more information here about how to download the software on your device(s).

Updated Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

The following procedures and map were shared with students and we ask that families take a few minutes to review them. These procedures will be implemented beginning Monday, October 8, 2018.

Please complete HCPSS Family File ASAP!

Have you updated your child’s emergency information in Family File?

Online Volunteer Training

All Longfellow school volunteers and field trip chaperones are required to complete the HCPSS online volunteer training each school year. Once you have completed the training, please print and sign the certificate. Return your signed certificate to the front office to be added to our list of registered volunteers.

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