July 29, 2020
Dear Longfellow Families,
I want to officially welcome all of you to the 2020-2021 school year! Summer is coming to an end and we must now move forward with plans to welcome our new and returning students with virtual open arms as we begin an exciting new school year. We have been extremely busy getting ready for the first day of school and we will be sharing details of our plans with you very soon.
I am privileged to have the opportunity to join Longfellow this school year as your Principal. I was most recently the Principal of César Chávez Elementary School in the Mission district and I am excited to become a part of the Longfellow community. I am also thrilled to be leading the school with our Interim Assistant Principal, Ms. Marissa Norris. I feel honored to have been entrusted to lead Longfellow by Ms. Alemán and Mr. Lee. The elementary years are critical times of development for our students. We would like to remind our families to make sure your children are able to participate in learning from day one. As a lifelong educator with a love for learning, I am committed to students and families and I look forward to working with all of you to make this school year successful.
Ms. Norris and I would like to acknowledge the teachers and staff members who will no longer be with us. We thank Ms. Villa, Ms. Ferron, Ms Judy, and Ms. Sugitan. We thank them for their service to our Longfellow community! We wish them the best.
We would also like to welcome our new Longfellow staff members: Alex Cooper: 2nd grade Spanish Biliteracy, Claudia Tirado: 1st Grade Spanish Biliteracy, and Mareah Wiles, 3-5th grade SDC teacher.
This summer, our teachers have been preparing for teaching the essential knowledge and skills by attending professional development training on distance learning strategies and are prepared to implement many strategies to differentiate the instruction for all of our students’ needs. We will continue our focus on improving writing for all students including our English language Learners. Likewise, Ms. Norris and I have been planning and collaborating on making sure everyone is prepared for the beginning of the school year.
We will have information regarding technology pick-up as well as paper-based materials pick up for you shortly. We will plan to distribute these items the week of August 10-14th at Longfellow. We are prioritizing grades K-2 for pick-up of new touchscreen Chromebooks. Please be sure to sign in on ParentVUE to request technology or hot-spots if needed. Your safety is our biggest concern and we will be handling distribution with all CDC safety guidelines in mind.
This school year, we encourage our entire Longfellow community to demonstrate our Longfellow pride by wearing a Longfellow T-shirt or hoodie during our virtual Monday Morning Meetings. If and when we return to the physical school building, please make sure students are in uniform on the other days.
Please remember our vision of success begins Monday, August 17, 2020. We will be sending out our Zoom link for our first Monday Morning Meeting soon and hope to see you all there!
Again welcome! I am looking forward to a great school year!
In community and with much love,
Principal Dr. Jennifer Freeman and Assistant Principal Ms. Marissa Norris
“Together We Can Make A Difference!”