Jan 17
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No School
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No School

Monday, January 18
6:00p PTA General Meeting (Vitrual)
PTA General Meeting (Vitrual)

Tuesday, January 19
6:00p - 8:00p
11:00a "Takeout" Third Thursday at Pita Pitaki
"Takeout" Third Thursday at Pita Pitaki

Thursday, January 21
11:00a - 9:00p
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Join PTA - Membership Drive

To become a PTA member and to enter the drawing, please sign up HERE!

Green Team - Composting

In January, the PTA's Green Team will share ideas for keeping food waste out of landfills.
Composting is one way to keep food waste, as well as yard waste, out of landfills. 
Check out these resources to learn more about what you can do:
Composting 101, City of Long Beach 

Longfellow Bookshop

Support our Read At Home (RAH) Program with Your Book Purchases! 

Our RAH program is a PTA-funded program that buys books and distributes 1-2 times a year to every single Longfellow student (over 900!). Those books are theirs to keep. 

This isn't cheap. How do we fund it? 
1) Scholastic Book Fairs twice a year! These Book Fairs are held in Fall and Spring and we get 20% of each purchase. We had to hold the Fall Book Fair online and it was understandably hard for everyone. 
2) Shop our Longfellow Bookshop year-round! By shopping in our "Longfellow Bookshop" we get 10% of each purchase. Shop anytime, year-round and find books for all age levels, even adults. We have curated youth book lists to give you suggestions for diverse books. CLICK HERE TO SHOP ON BOOKSHOP
3) Shop Scholastic year-round! We only get 2% of each sale but every bit helps so much. CLICK HERE TO SHOP ON SCHOLASTIC

Long Beach Public Library - Homework Help

Live Homework Help through BrainFuse Now / Long Beach Public Library 1pm - 10pm
LBPL cardholders can access live homework help in English & Spanish through the Brainfuse Help Now resources on LBPL’s Homework Help page.

HelpNow's features include:

  • Homework Help Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests.
  • Skills-Building Choose your topic to receive real-time help.
  • Personalized eLearning Tools My File Sharing, My Session Replay, My Tutoring Archive, My Tests Archive, and more!
  • 24-Hour Writing Lab Submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback.
  • Homework Send Question Submit homework questions for expert guidance.
  • Adult Learning Center Access a library of rich adult learning content (GED) and live, professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, U.S. citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills Series, and more!
  • Foreign Language Lab /Spanish-Speaking Support
More info about getting a LBPL card:

Mental & Emotional Support for Students & Families

Mental & Emotional Support for Students & Families
It's a hard time to be a kid right now. It's a hard time to be a parent and guardian right now. Longfellow students and families deserve all the support we can give them. Here are some resources we hope can help.
"Talking to Kids About the Violence at the U.S. Capitol"
"How To Talk To Kids About The Riots At The U.S. Capitol"
LBUSD Family Resource Centers are available to support students' and families in so many ways  – from student mental/behavioral/emotional health, to parent workshops, to food/clothing resources, referrals, health care, and more. Please reach out! 
Website –
Instagram – @lbusdfrc
California State PTA 
"Discussing Difficult Situations With Your Children"
Emotional Health Resources List

Lions Love Books - January
Longfellow Lions, what are you celebrating and reading this month? Share with us! 
This month we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18th, and on January 20th our nation experiences something that only happens every four years – a Presidential Inauguration! 
Any great books you want to share about Dr. King, civil rights, social justice? Read something great about inaugurations, US government and civics, the voting process, democracy? 

We'd love to hear about it. Share any way you want! Have a parent or guardian post on our PTA Facebook page or email to us at
As always, get book recommendations at  and if you buy anything, our school gets 10% back!

FAIR Act and Scholastic Rising Voices Initiative

Exciting News! More Diverse Books Coming to Longfellow!

We are excited to have received books and support curriculum through the FAIR Act and Scholastic Rising Voices initiative. Please stay tuned and see what your teachers continue to roll out in January! 
Read more about the FAIR Education Act (SB 48) here
Read more about the Rising Voices Library here
Get excited about some of the Rising Voices titles centering and uplifting Black and Latino boys! 

Read-at-Home Book Exchange- Update!


Green Team - Wildflower Season

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Virtual PTA General Association Meeting

Our next General Association meeting is February 16 at 6pm! If you plan to attend the virtual meeting, please RSVP by emailing for pre-authorization and the meeting info to log in. We request you to register so that you can also receive the agenda and any documents that will be reviewed.

If this is your first PTA meeting, please feel free to watch an introduction to PTA video regarding how we operate.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Make MLK Day a Day ON, Not a Day Off" for Long Beach
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Lions, looking to live Dr. King's words? Leadership Long Beach has been organizing service projects for years, and this year we have an opportunity to participate safely from home!
Long Beach Virtual MLK Day of Celebration and Service
January 18th, 2021! 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Find out more here:
Here are 3 Ways to Engage (Virtually) for MLK Day 2021
MLK Day Virtual Program – 2 hour "online festival" including music, art, and insight from local civic, community, and social justice leaders
Courageous Conversation about Bias Community Forum
Virtual Service Projects – Different ways to serve around the city, from home!

Join Longfellow PTA!


Join the Longfellow PTA (Parent Teacher Association) Today! Supporting PTA is supporting your child and all the programs and events that Longfellow PTA sponsors, like an extra day of music with Mr. Petri, Meet the Masters, Family Movie Night, and so much more!

Representation Matters

Representation Matters!
Longfellow seeks parent/guardian representatives to represent our school in LBUSD district committees. These committees are: 
District Community Advisory Committee (DCAC)
Coalition of Involved African American Parents (CIAAP)
Pacific Island Education Voyage (PIEV)
You DO NOT need to  have any prior committee experience! Are you a parent? You qualify and your voice is valuable. 

Please fill out the interest form here. Google Form here
Want more info on committees? Find that on the LBUSD website here 

LBUSD Parent University Series

Parent University
Support groups, classes, parent/family education workshops. Ways for parents  to be engaged and active in their child's academic experience such as district groups like CIAAP (Coalition of Involved African American Parents)DELAC District English Learner Advisory Committee), and EONA (Education Opportunities for Native Americans).
LBUSD Parent Tech Help
Canvas, Chrome, and Zoom support for parents. 
Available in English, Spanish, and Khmer.

Rori's First Fridays Continue

First Friday's at Rori's Continue! Every first Friday of the month beginning September 4th (except school holidays), Rori's will donate 10% of their proceeds to Longfellow to help support art and music programs. Rori's is located 3768 Long Beach Blvd, LB, 90807 (at Steelcraft). Just mention Longfellow and enjoy! 

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for your generous donation in support of Longfellow PTA!


For information on the Longfellow PTA Business Sponsorship Program, click HERE.