Welcome to Longfellow Elementary School

2023-2024 Supply List  - PDF Version to Download and Print, Salida WalMart also has a printed copy available. 
TeacherLists - Preloaded carts with your student's supply list to purchase through your favorite online vendor

September 14, 2023
Dear Longfellow Families, 

Yesterday, we held our first assembly of the year for our 1st through 4th grade students. The assembly was put on by the Creede Repertory Theater and was a presentation of the bilingual play “The City Dog and the Prairie Dog.” It was the perfect play for our small town as it highlights a prairie dog, Paloma, who longs for the city life.  Paloma decides to make her way to the place of her dreams, the city! It doesn’t take long for Paloma to realize that the city isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. She returns home and works with her new friend to try and improve her rural community for the better. I’d like to thank the Longfellow Parents Association for helping us fund this event, and I’d like to give a huge shout out to our students whose assembly behavior was impeccable!

On Tuesday, the Longfellow Parent Association held their first membership meeting of the year in the Longfellow cafeteria. During these meetings, dinner is served and childcare is provided. As a way to further help parents, the meetings now have a “working meeting” component where the LPA membership divides into groups, and collaborate and organize all the wonderful events that LPA puts on each year. Time and time again, you will hear me thank LPA for all they do. They are truly a huge part of what makes our school warm and welcoming for all. 

Thank you all for your support,
Cory Scheffel
ongfellow Principal

-Middle school and high school games and events are a huge part of our community. While I encourage you to attend and support all the students of the Salida School District, I ask that you provide supervision of your kids while they join in the fun. Middle school and high school staff already have their hands full working with the athletes, families, and their own students. Your help in this area is greatly appreciated.

-Next week we have our picture days! Order forms will be going home with your child today.  Kindergarten, 1st grade, Mrs. Stieglitz’s class and Mrs. Wilcox’s class will be having their pictures taken on Wednesday the 20th. 2nd grade, 3rd grade, Mrs. Martinez’s class and Mr. Leonhard’s class will have their pictures taken on Thursday the 21st.

August 2023

I can say without a doubt, the staff of Longfellow is amazing and the love and care they give to each and every student is unparalleled.  Our schools are truly the heart of Salida.  Our families, our staff, and our community do an incredible job of working together to ensure our students are prepared to meet the future challenges that the world may bring. Each one of our students is unique, with their own personalities shining through.  In each one of those smiling faces, I see hope for the future.  I thank you for trusting your children with us.  We don’t take that responsibility lightly. Please read through the following information to learn a bit about life here at Longfellow:

Registration/Annual Update - This year, the district has moved to a paperless document system.  To complete this, you need to first complete the annual update process through our data management system, Infinite Campus.  This link will get you started on the process: Infinite Campus.  If you need assistance getting into the Infinite Campus Portal, select this link

Once that step is completed, you’ll need to complete the annual forms that include: the Field Trip Permission form, the Media Release form, and the Internet & Electronic Agreement.  This can be done by clicking on the following link for Longfellow Elementary: Longfellow Forms.  This will take you to the Revver document site.  At this point, simply put the guardian’s name into Revver and it will bring up 3 easy fillable forms. 

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Tasks:
If you don’t know how to get into IC (Infinite Campus), select this link.

Complete Annual Update – once per family  How-To Instructions
Complete Free and Reduced Meal Application – once per family  How-To Instructions.  ALL FAMILIES should fill this out as it gets us access to funding.

Complete Annual Health Forms – for each student:
o   Annual Health Appraisal form
o   Consent for Stock Medications form

Throughout this process, if you need any help or need access to the internet, please contact the front office at (719) 530-5260 or swing by and we’ll do our best to help you as we transition into this new system.

School Supplies-  Supplies lists are available at the top of this page.  You can also find supply lists at teacherlists.com.  On this site, the lists are pre-loaded into carts with retailers such as Walmart, Amazon, Target, and Staples.  Finally, you can find hard copies of our supplies lists at our local Walmart store.  

Before and after school supervision–Please do not drop off your student before 7:50 or pick them up after 4:05. We want your child to be safe and our outside supervision does not extend beyond those times. Breakfast starts at 7:50. As you drop them off, if they are eating breakfast, watch them as they enter the building. If they aren’t eating breakfast, watch them enter the playground. If it’s after 7:50, once they enter one of those two areas, we have eyes on them.

Attendance– If your child is going to be absent, please contact our attendance secretary at 719-530-5261. Absences for reasons other than illness will be marked as unexcused. We will have our attendance dialer on to automatically notify you if your student is absent. You will get a call letting you know that you have a message from Salida Schools. We are utilizing this system to let you know as soon as possible that your child is absent. If you get a message and your child is here, don’t panic. Call the office at the number above. Often it can be a mistake on the attendance entry. These situations are our highest priority and we don’t stop working on it until we confirm the child is safe.

Communications–Throughout the year our primary form of communication will be email. If you hear of someone having difficulty, please have them contact the office so that we can make sure their contact information is up to date. For emergency situations and school closures, we will be communicating via the school messenger app. You can find information on downloading the school messenger app on the district’s homepage, salidaschools.com 

Visiting the School–Anytime you are visiting the school, whether for a meeting or to pick up a child, please enter through the first set of the front doors and speak to the secretary through the service window. They’ll have you sign yourself in or sign your student out. This allows us to keep track of everyone who is in the building.

Lunch and Breakfast–Please be sure your child is on time if they plan on eating breakfast.  Breakfast is served from 7:50-8:10. This year, meals are free for all. Even if you don’t need assistance, we ask that everyone fill out the meal assistance form (free and reduced lunch form.) This is crucial for a couple of reasons. First, it is still unclear what rate the state will be reimbursing the schools for each lunch. The meal assistance form will allow the federal government to backfill any amount not covered by the state. Second, some of our federal funding is based on the return rate of these forms. We understand that it has been difficult for some to fill out these forms through Infinite Campus. If you need help, please come by the office and we can assist you through the process.

Buses–Herding up to a hundred students to the buses can be a logistical challenge. At this point in the year, we are feeling extremely successful. If you have a change in the route plans for your child, please contact our transportation supervisor Evalyn Parks at 719-530-5231, the front office at 719-530-5261, and your child’s teacher so that we may ensure that your child arrives home safely.

Circle Drive–The circle drive is for immediate drop-off of students only. If you need time with your child, or you’d like to walk them to class, please park in the parking lot or along the street.  We also ask that bikes avoid the circle drive as it adds an extra layer of danger for drivers as they are working to keep eyes on their student and all the other students in the area.

Bikes–Bikes should be walked when on the school campus (both students and parents.) They should be locked up throughout the school day. Please do not ride bikes in the bus area while they are picking up or dropping off students or in the circle drive.

Cell Phones–Cell Phones and smart watches are increasingly becoming an issue at school.  Our policy is that phones and smart watches should be off and in their backpacks. If you need to communicate a message with your child, please do so via the front office or text them after 3:30 to minimize classroom disruptions.

Volunteering in the classroom– In early September, we will be sending out information on how to complete background checks in order to volunteer in the school.

School Services

School Nurse- Missy Tanner [email protected]
Please contact our school nurse if you have any questions about Medications/Care plans, Immunizations, Allergies, if your child is well enough to send to school or anything that may be affecting your child’s health.  

School Counselor- Kelly Hamilton [email protected]
Please contact our school counselor if you have any questions about counseling, counseling groups, our Positive Behavior System, or any issues that might be affecting your child’s emotional wellbeing.

Partner Organizations
Longfellow Parent Association–provides grants, events, and support to the students, staff, and school throughout the school year. Please become a member. Application forms can be picked up in the front office.

Boys and Girls Club- provides after-school and Friday child care as well as enrichment opportunities. For more information, contact Kiki Lathrop at [email protected].

Cory Scheffel
Longfellow Elementary School

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