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Hello Longfellow Families,

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year!  On behalf of our entire staff, we all hope that you had a lovely summer break from school. 

Monday is the first day of school and here are some beginning-of-the year reminders: 

School Bus Transportation...Just a reminder that you should have received a letter from Transportation advising that stop changes have been made to all of our bus routes.  If you did not receive a letter please call the Transportation Department at 858-496-8460.

Classroom Assignments...You should receive an email from your child’s teacher by the end of today.  Class rosters will be posted just outside of room 404 on Monday morning and we will have staff available with rosters as well.  All staff will be outside to help students find their line-up area. 

All classroom assignments are temporary until we complete the enrollment verification process.  This process includes counting students for the first ten days of school so that the school district can verify that our enrollment numbers justify the number of teachers who have been allocated.  When the enrollment is too high, an additional teacher must be assigned.  When the enrollment is too low, a teacher must be let go (excessed).  Either of these scenarios can create a need to reorganize classes, which means we would be moving students to different classrooms.  For this reason, there will be no classroom changes until we receive our final classroom teacher allocation for the 19-20 school year (early October).

Bell Times…

 

5-minute

Warning Bell

Daily

Start Time

Regular Day Dismissal

Minimum Day Dismissal

Transitional K

9:00 a.m.

9:05 a.m.

12:45 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

K-5

9:00 a.m.

9:05 a.m.

3:30 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

6-8

8:40 a.m.

8:45 a.m.

3:45 p.m.

12:58 p.m.

Campus Access...At 8:40 am, the gate at July Street (near the driveway) and the gate at Burgener Boulevard will be opened.  There is no supervision of students prior to 8:40 am so if you are dropping off earlier than 8:40 am, please note that the July Street entrance is a safer area for students to wait.  All school gates will be locked at 9:05 am.  During the school day, you may access campus through the front of the school (which is actually on Burgener Boulevard).

First Weeks of School Traffic...You should expect quite a bit of traffic on the road tomorrow.  San Diego Unified has over 130,000 students and nearly 6000 teachers returning to work and school tomorrow so please plan for the likelihood of additional traffic starting tomorrow.   You can definitely plan for very congested streets around our campus, too.  It will be most congested at drop-off and pick-up times.  For this reason, I urge you to please leave your home earlier than usual so that your child is on time for school and to allow time for parking.

Parking Around Campus…Longfellow does not have a parking lot and all families must park in the neighborhood on the streets surrounding our campus.  Please be mindful of driving, crossing and parking laws.  Slow down your driving speed around our campus, stop at crosswalks to allow pedestrians to cross the street safely and pay attention to the curb colors (red, blue and green) and street signs (bus loading zone).   Also, in our collective effort to be neighborly in our lovely Bay Park community, I ask you all to be respectful of our neighbors.  Please do not block their driveways, move their trash cans on trash day, and please do not park in St. David’s Church Parking Lot.  Lastly, if you are planning on walking onto campus, please be prepared to walk 1-3 blocks. 

Crossing Safety…In the best interest of pedestrian safety around campus, we need you to set the example and model safe crossing.  Please cross at corners where there are designated crosswalks.  Do not stop your vehicle in the middle of the street and ask your child to get out and run across the middle of the street towards the campus.

Cone Zone for Morning Drop-Off…The Cone Zone will be operational on Monday.  If you are just dropping off your child, please drive through the Cone Zone.  It is quick, safe and convenient!  Please be sure that your child is seated on the passenger side of your vehicle.  Our parent volunteers are happy to open your car door and help you child out of your vehicle.  The Cone Zone is located on Burgener Boulevard and you can access the Cone Zone from August Street and Milton Street.

Dismissal Routines for Students Who Are Picked Up…Students in TK and K will always be dismissed from the Kindergarten playground gates – please do not park in the Bus Loading Zone on July Street during dismissal.  Students in grades 1-5, who get picked up from school will be dismissed from the lower playground.  You will need to park your car and walk over to the Burgener Gate (between room 404 and the play structures) to pick-up your child after school.    During Back-To-School Night, a form will be available for families who want to bypass our dismissal routine and prefer to have their leave campus after school.  Middle school students may exit campus through the main office.  Please note the dismissal times above and arrive on time to pick up your child after school.   Teachers will supervise students for 10 minutes and then walk students to the office for pick-up.  If you are late, you will need to go to the office to pick up your child.  Please be prepared to show photo identification.

Back-To-School Packets…

On Monday, students should bring home a large manila envelope.  Please be sure to read my welcome letter and all of the important school and PTO information in the envelope.   Please return the completed forms to your child’s teacher by Friday, August 30, 2019.

Some Important Dates in September…

  • August 28…Back-To-School Night (5th grade)

  • September 2…Labor Day Holiday (no school)

  • September 4…Back-To-School Night (TK-3rd, 7th and 8th grade)

  • September 5…Back-To-School Night (4th grade – new date)

  • September 11…Back-To-School Night (6th grade)

  • September 19…Picture Day (TK-3)

  • September 20…Picture Day (4th-8th)

  • September 27…Groundbreaking Ceremony for Joint-Use Field

  • September 27…Coffee w/the Principal 

We are so excited to welcome your children back to school.   

 

Principal Sánchez