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"Day of Remembrance"

February 19th, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which led to the forced removal and incarceration of some 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast, who had to abandon their jobs, their homes, and their lives to be sent to one of ten concentration camps scattered in desolate, remote regions of the country.

Every February, the Japanese American community commemorates Executive Order 9066 as a reminder of the impact the incarceration experience has had on our families, our community, and our country. It is an opportunity to educate others on the fragility of civil liberties in times of crisis, and the importance of remaining vigilant in protecting the rights and freedoms of all. 

-From Japanese American Citizens League

Some resources and events for commemorating Day of Remembrance 2021
*For the month of February, the PBS documentary film, “Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story,” is streaming free and available here:

*For the week of 2/12-2/19 you can get free access to the documentary "And Then They Came For Us" here:

*Los Angeles Day of Remembrance 2021 by Manzanar Committee (previously recorded):

*2/18 1:30pm "Finding a Way Forward—A Conversation on the Impact of WWII American Concentration Camps"

*2/18 4pm "Heart Mountain Wyoming Live Panel - Preserving Identity and Culture"

*2/19 3pm "FACEism: A panel discussion on history and accountability"

*2/19 4pm Live DOR Event w/ George Takei, register here:

*2/20 10am “What Does it Mean to Be an American?” hour-long free webinar 2/20. See flyer. Register here

*2/22-27 Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute "DOR 2021" offerings, ending in a live Zoom event
*Kids Book Recommendations from the Japanese American National Museum:
*Virtual visit to Manzanar National Historic Site

*"Baseball Saved Us" (read aloud version, for younger readers)

*George Takei's TED Talk "Why I love a country that once betrayed me"

*Other nationwide events:



Living List of Black History Month Resources 

for Kids & Families

Voices of LBUSD is a website created by LBUSD educators and parents to celebrate the diverse identities of LBUSD students, staff, families, and community. It is updated regularly throughout the year to celebrate, empower, and amplify the voices of historically marginalized groups in the United States. 

They created an comprehensive & interactive resource site dedicated to Black History Month. Please check it out here: Voices of LBUSD Black History Month Site


This site includes: Student Resources     Teacher Resources     Community Resources

Check out the awesome, interactive Museum of African American Music


Check out the gallery of Black Authors


Check out the Black History Month calendar, with virtual events! This calendar may be updated as the month progresses. 

Here are some additional events we found


2/1 (ongoing) "Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth." by the California African American Museum Link here  
- Profiles twenty-seven revolutionary men including Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Kendrick Lamar whose journeys have altered the history and culture of the country. Their achievements are woven within the legacy and traditions of the African American experience, becoming emblems of excellence in spite of society’s barriers.
*Highlight 2/4, 5-6:30pm PST  "Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019", virtual conversation by the California African American Museum Link here
*You can also access CAAM YouTube channel where they give free tours of museum, access to displays, and other events Link here
2/1 (ongoing) "Black History Month Virtual Festival" by Assoc. for the Study of African American Life & History Link here
*Highlight 2/3, 2-3pm PST –  Trailblazer Author Talk with Mae Jemison, engineer, physician, astronaut
*Highlight 2/6, 9-11 PST – Foodways, Culture, & Tradition in the African American Family
*Highlight 2/7, 1-3pm PST – Panel, "How African American Families Have Been Portrayed in the Media"
*Performances by HBCU choirs will be played throughout festival


2/1 (ongoing) "Afrofuturism: Black Scientists & Science Fiction" by Huntington Library Link here 
Namwali Serpell, professor of literature at Harvard, and author, discusses the origins of Afrofuturism.  


2/1 (ongoing) "Who I Am: A Celebration of African American Heritage" by Theater West Link here
The play includes personal short stories from African American artists. Lessons learned from their grandparents and older relatives about growing up African American. What does Black History Month mean to these artists? How the events of 2020 changed what it means to be African American in America. Presented on Theatre West’s website and also its YouTube channel. 


2/1 (ends 2/21) "All Dolled Up" 40th Anniversary of the Black Doll Show by William Grant Still Art Center, LA Dept of Cultural Affairs Link here
All Dolled Up: A 40 Year Celebration of the William Grant Still Arts Center’s Annual Black Doll Show, is one of the longest-running displays of Black Dolls in Los Angeles. The show will roll out with three themes and premieres on December 12, 2020, and will run through February 21, 2021. This community tradition honors the diversity and uniqueness of the Black community through an exhibition of historical, artistic, and commercial Black dolls. 


2/2 "400 Souls: Community History of African America" by the National Museum of African American History and Culture Link here  
- Panel featuring authors Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain. They approach history from various perspectives: through the eyes of towering historical icons, the untold stories of ordinary people, as well as landmarks, laws, and artifacts. Discussion will focus on historic eras such as Slavery, Reconstruction, Segregation, and their sustained impact on the United States.   


2/5 "Rhythm in Black:Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" sponsored by Andy St. Community Association, Long Beach  Link here
*Community roundtable, archive photos, performance by Hughes Middle School Young, Gift, & Black Club, dance, art/activism workshop, cooking, DJ and more


2/6 8am-1pm PST "29th Annual African American Children's Book Festival" Link here  
The 29th Annual African American Children's Book Fair will be held virtually on Saturday, February 6, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. Hosted by the African American Children’s Book Project (AACBP), the book fair is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for children's books in the country, and featuring dozens of Black authors.
2/8 4-5pm PST "African American Heritage Month Celebration: Test Your Knowledge" by LA Public Library Link here
In celebration of African American Heritage Month, we will play a Jeopardy-like game! Join us and test your knowledge! Contact at least one hour in advance of the program for the meeting link.


2/10 3pm "A Taste of Africa" by Watts Library Link here 
- We will read the book Thank you, Omu! Learn where you can enjoy Nigerian cooking in Los Angeles and explore your family’s traditions through the art of collage. Email Ms. Charlene at for the Zoom link.
2/27 Aquarium of the Pacific's "African American Festival" Link here
The Aquarium of the Pacific hosts its 19th annual African American Festival, celebrating the rich diversity of African American and African cultures. The online festival features dance and music performances, storytelling, and crafts. This virtual event will feature African and African-American music, dance, storytelling, and historical displays. Festival performances will include Mardi Gras second-line dancing, hip hop and break dancing, tap and modern dance, soul-pop fusion music, and West African drumming, dancing, and storytelling.  This is a free live-streaming web…


Looking for book lists? Check out Schomburg's Black Liberation List for Young Readers – divided up by genre, and age level


Check out our own Longfellow PTA-curated Black History book list on our Longfellow Bookshop store! 


Happy Lunar New Year! 


Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, typically falls sometime between January 21 and February 20 annually. Lunar New Year 2021 is on February 12, and it's the Year of the Ox. 

It's called the Lunar New Year because it marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendars traditional to many Asian countries. “Lunisolar” means relating to the sun and the moon. Some countries that celebrate Lunar New Year are China, South Korea, Vietnam, Laos, and Singapore. 

Lunar New Year celebrations vary across cultures, but usually are several days longs, and center around family, feasts, with the themes of fortune, health, and happiness.

Check out our own Longfellow PTA-curated Lunar New Year book list on our Longfellow Bookshop store! 

Lunar New Year – Virtual – City of Monterey Park 

Each year the City of Monterey Park hosts its annual Lunar New Year Festival. However, this year the city is celebrating differently. Families can find videos and activities online so you can still celebrate and learn about traditions and activities associated with Lunar New Year.


Saturday, 2/6: Christina Chu: Chinese Traditional Music Virtual Program
Westchester-Loyola Village Branch Library 

In celebration of Lunar New Year, the Los Angeles Public Library System invites families to enjoy a special show. On Saturday, February 6th families can enjoy a “virtual live Chinese traditional music performance.” Christina Chu will perform on her Guzheng. For the program link email


Saturday, 2/6: Family Day – Virtual Lunar New Year 2021 

Celebrate the Lunar New Year on Saturday, February 6th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm PT. “Asia Society rings in the New Year with performances and traditional craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia.” The festivities include a Chinese Zodiac Puppet Show, dragon dance,, and more. Check the website for a schedule of events and information on how to view the Festival.


Thursday, 2/11: Lunar New Year Virtual Celebration 

Enjoy a Lunar New Year Virtual Celebration on Thursday, February 11th from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. This special event will feature “education and entertainment, from introducing how various Asian cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year, showing an amazing Lion Dance performance, to ending with a cooking tutorial of a traditional holiday dish.” Register online for this free event.


Saturday, 2/13: Performance@PAM: Melody of China Virtual Event 

In celebration of Lunar New Year, the USC Pacific Asia Museum hosts Performance@PAM: Melody of China on Saturday, February 13th at 1:30 pm. This virtual event will explore the “music and unique, traditional instruments of China.” A short question and answer session as well as a demonstration of percussion instruments will follow the performance. Register online for this free event.


Thursday, 2/11 - Saturday, 2/13: Year of the Golden Ox – Virtual Event

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is hosting a three day virtual celebration of dance and music to commemorate the Year of the Ox. The festivities, designed for children ages 6-15, are scheduled for Thursday, February 11th, Friday, February 12th, and Saturday, February 13th. Enjoy performances of their Lion Dance and the Dragon Dance which “celebrate the coming of the spring and the harmony between nature and humankind.” Check the website for details. 


Thursday, 2/11 - Saturday, 2/13: 2021 Virtual Lunar New Year Festival 

Celebrate the Year of the Ox with a free, three-day, virtual celebration from February 11th through February 13th. “Enjoy a broadcast of cultural dances, musical performances, crafts, and food demonstrations that showcase the breadth of Lunar New Year traditions across the world.” Check the website for a schedule of events.  


San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival 

Each year, the city of San Gabriel hosts its popular Lunar New Year Festival. This year, the Festival will be a virtual event. Families can celebrate the Year of the Ox from the comfort of home. Check the website for more information as it becomes available. 


Friday, 2/12: Korean Lunar New Year – At Home! 

The Staten Island Museum invites families to join its “Korean Lunar New Year – At Home!” event on Friday, February 12th. Families will find a downloadable interactive guide to help “bring the traditions of Seollal (Korean Lunar New Year) right into your own home!” You’ll find information about recipes, games, videos, and more. Check the website for registration information. *A $5 donation is recommended.


Saturday, 2/13: Lunar New Year Virtual Celebration 

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Chinese Cultural Institute, and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China host a Lunar New Year Virtual Celebration happening on Saturday, February 13th beginning at 7:00 am PST. “Enjoy streamed video performances and demonstrations of traditional Chinese crafts and Lunar New Year traditions.” Register online for this free event.  


Saturday, 2/20: Art & Me Preservation Family Workshop – Lunar New Year

 Art & Me Preservation Family Workshop is happening on Saturday, February 20th from 7:00 am to 7:45 am PST. “From toys to tiles, see how artists have been inspired by oxen for generations and how Smithsonian conservators preserve these artworks. Then create your own ox masterpiece to ring in the new year.” This workshop is designed for children ages three to eight. Register online for this free event. 


Our first Longfellow PTA Community Workshop was held on November 17th, 2020. The topic was special education and IEPs.

Thank you to all who attended! And a HUGE THANK YOU to our facilitator, Priya Bahl-Sen, Longfellow Lion parent alumni!

Please see below for a link to the PDF presentation. Our next Community Workshop will be in April 2021. More info coming soon.



LBUSD Distance Learning Plan (DLP) Template


Special Ed Resources compiled by Priya  


Living List of Native American History Month Resources 

for Kids & Families





Learn about the Tongva People at Rancho Los Cerritos



Learn about current local Native issues – Sacred land at CSULB

"California’s Office of Historic Preservation has sided with Native American tribes trying to force Cal State Long Beach to clean up construction debris dumped on Puvungna, a 22-acre parcel on campus considered sacred to the Gabrielino/Tongva tribe and others....


The latest controversy stretches back to last fall, when soil and construction material from a residence hall project was moved to Puvungna — land that parallels Bellflower Boulevard. That site is used by Native Americans for meetings and ceremonies, and has been a source of contention for more than a decade."



Mapping Indigenous LA: Placemaking through Storytelling

Indigenous LA is about how the original peoples of the Los Angeles- basin (and islands) relate specifically to this land and how subsequent relocations and migrations of indigenous peoples have reworked space, place, and the meaning of these new racialities and concepts of indigeneity. This project attempts to disrupt the linear and spatially flattened notion of Indigenous peoples who live in LA. That is, we are not presenting a historical narrative that begins with the maps made by the Spanish but rather hope to show that many Tongva have had consistent occupation in the region, not just those associated with the San Gabriel mission, and still reside in various parts of the city. 



Visit Indian Canyons & Tahquitz Canyon

Take a day trip to Palm Springs and get to know the sacred lands of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians by visiting Tahquitz and Indian Canyons. Tahquitz Canyon is home to a 60-foot waterfall, rock art, ancient irrigation systems, and hikes to explore the native fauna and flora.


Visit the Tongva Exhibit in Heritage Park, Santa Fe Springs



Learn about Tribal Governments of Los Angeles County / Greater LA Area from the Native American Indian Commission


Go to Boyle Heights and visit this mural of Toypurina, a young Tongva medicine woman who opposed colonial rule by Spanish missionaries and planned the 1785 rebellion against the San Gabriel Mission. Learn more here.

Find other Native public art & murals here and learn about Indian Alley in downtown LA here

Take a Virtual Tour of the Autry: "When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art & Activism in California" Now through January 2021

Click here



November 6-14, 2020



In this op-ed, Ruth Hopkins, a Dakota/Lakota Sioux writer, biologist, attorney, and former tribal judge, offers advice on avoiding offensive stereotypes and being a better ally to Native nations.



Watch on PBS: Native American Heritage Month With Films Featuring Indigenous Voices


PBS Learning Media: Native American Heritage Collection

Take a fascinating look at Native American art, history, and culture as told through the historians, artists, students, and scientists in this featured resource collection. Also includes learning guides, lesson plans, and some Spanish resources


Check out "Molly of Denali" on PBS

Molly of Denali is the first nationally distributed kids’ show in the U.S. to feature a Native American lead. All Indigenous characters are voiced by Indigenous actors, including Molly, voiced by Alaska Native Sovereign Bill. 


Visit Longfellow Bookshop's Suggested Reading List

10% of your purchase goes to our PTA "Read at Home" program!




October was Filipino American History Month

Thank you for celebrating, Lions!

We will post your submissions here soon.


Living List of Filipino-American History Month Resources for Kids & Families


Right Here in Long Beach!

Filipino Migrant Center:

Filipino Children's Cultural Program: Kapwa Kids

Island Pacific Seafood Market (Filipino Grocery Store):              & Phil House turo turo restaurant inside 3300 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

Tambuli Supermarket (Filipino Grocery Store & turo turo restaurant): 2520 Santa Fe Ave, Long Beach, CA 90810

Edna's Filipino Cuisine (turo turo): 2540 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach, CA 90810

Gemmae Bake Shop (Bakery & turo turo restaurant):  1356 West Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90810

Kainan Sa Kanto: 5521 Del Amo Blvd, Lakewood, CA 90713 

Filipino-owned bookstore: Bel Canto Books 2122 E 4th Street, Long Beach CA 90814 (located inside The Hangout)

Filipino-owned clothing, jewelry, lifestyle shop: Native Sol 2018 E. 4th Street Long Beach, CA 90814 



Close by! Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles

Learn about it: Historic Filipinotown, Facts for Kids
"Visit it": Virtual Tour of Historic Filipinotown 


History of Filipino-Americans

 Filipino American National Historical Society:

"Who Were the First Filipinos is America?": 

"Journey for Justice", Zinn Education Project: 

"Why It is Important to Know the Story of Larry Itliong": 

"A Leader of Farmworkers, and Filipinos’ Place in American History":


Important Current News about Filipino-Americans 

"With the largest share of migrant nurses, entire U.S. Filipino Community hit hard by COVID-19": NBC News 


Children's Book Lists & Activities

San Francisco Public Library "FAHM" Book List for Youth:

The Learning Basket’s Philippine Children’s Picture Books: Free Book Downloads and Activities!

Filipino "Hands On Crafts for Kids":


Filipino Arts & Culture

FilAM Arts:

LA County Library: Filipinotown Mural Activity 

Filipino Cultural School (Norwalk, CA):

Watch a Filipino folk dance, "Tinikling": YouTube 

Filipino Museums & Cultural Centers

Filipino American National Historical Society Museum:

Filipino American Museum:

Filipino Cultural Center of Los Angeles: Facebook

Bayanihan Community Center (Bay Area):

SOMA Pilipinas (Bay Area):


Special Education / Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Information

Source: Priya Bahl-Sen, attorney specializing in Special Education law, Longfellow parent //

*Download this as a Word doc from Google Drive - click here*


What Are Some Issues That My Child May Be Experiencing, Which Might Require Additional Support In The Classroom? 

  • Difficulty With Reading
  • Speech and Language Struggles
  • Attention and Focus Issues
  • Lack of Support in the Classroom
  • Lack of Behavioral Support
  • Social and Emotional Problems
  • Difficulty With Writing 

To Request An Initial Assessment For Special Education Services:

Parents may start the assessment process by making a written request for assessment when they have concerns their child, ages 3 up to the age of 22, who may need special education. A school may also make a referral for assessment by requesting written permission to evaluate your child. The purpose of the evaluation is to see if he or she has a disability and requires special education services. 

To request assessment to determine whether your child is eligible for special education services, submit a written letter to your school administrator. 

You will want to retain proof of the letter’s delivery. Consider asking that your letter be date stamped at your school office and a copy of this given to you before you leave. Another option is to fax your letter and print your “successful transmission” fax report and follow up by phone to ensure the letter was received. 

A written letter triggers an important timeline under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) law: 

From the time the school district receives your letter, the school district has 15 calendar days (not counting calendar days of school vacation in excess of five schooldays) to consider your request. If they refuse, they must provide you with a written notice explaining the reason. If they agree, they will present you with an Assessment Plan for your consent. 

From the time you consent to the Assessment Plan, the district has 60 days, including weekends, (not counting calendar days of school vacation in excess of five schooldays) to assess your child and hold the first Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting to consider eligibility. 

In an initial IEP meeting, you and administrative, educational, and assessor team members will discuss the assessment results and make a determination whether the child qualifies for special education services. If your child qualifies, an IEP document will be developed.

Overview of Special Education Services

Special Education is a set of services provided to students who experience exceptional learning needs. Governed by federal law (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IDEA), special education is defined as: “Specially designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.” Special education services may be provided across a variety of educational environments to students who have an individualized education program (IEP).

 Eligibility for special education services requires that students have an identified disability that impacts their ability to learn and requires additional services and resources to effectively participate in school. Children who typically qualify for special education services include those with the following disabilities: 

  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Intellectual disability
  • Hearing impairments (including deafness)
  • Speech or language impairments
  • Visual impairments (including blindness)
  • Serious emotional disturbance
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Other health impairments
  • Developmental delay 

Under the law, the IDEA ensures that regardless of a student’s disability or level of severity, schools must provide an appropriate education to ALL children with a disability (ages 3-21). It also requires that the following six principles be provided for students who receive special education services: 

  • Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)— a public education at no cost to parents/guardians or children designed to meet the individual needs of each student, provide access to the general education curriculum, provides services in accordance to a student’s IEP, and results in an educational benefit to the child.
  • Nondiscriminatory Identification and Evaluation— refers to the process and instruments used to identify individuals with a disability. Schools are required to use nonbiased methods as well as multiple approaches in the evaluation process to ensure that there is no discrimination on the basis of race, culture, or native language. All evaluation instruments must use the child’s first language. No identification or placement decisions may be based on a single evaluation instrument or test score.
  • Individualized education program (IEP)— this document is the foundation of special education and specifically describes the services to be provided to the student with a disability. The IEP includes a description of a student’s current level of educational performance, information on how his or her disability influences academic performance, and details needed adaptations and accommodations. This document also specifies the educational settings in which the student will receive instruction in the least restrictive environment, the learning goals and objectives that will be addressed within a targeted year, behavior management plan (if needed), transportation needs, and related services.
  • Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)— this indicates the educational settings in which a student with a disability receives special education services. The assumption is that all children will be educated alongside their peers without disabilities, to the greatest extent appropriate. It is only when it is determined that a student’s education cannot be achieved satisfactorily using supplemental aids and services in general classroom settings that alternative educational settings would be identified. At that time, the LRE might include special education services received part- or full-time in a resource room setting, a self-contained classroom setting, and/or community-based settings.
  • Parent Participation— parents of a child with a disability must be a member of any group that makes decisions regarding the placement and LRE of their child. Parents have a right to notification of all meetings regarding their child’s placement, access to planning and evaluation materials, and notification of any planned evaluations. Both parents and students must be invited to attend IEP meetings.
  • Due Process Safeguards— these include the protections afforded to children and their parents under IDEA. Safeguards include: obtaining parental consent for all evaluations and educational placement decisions, confidentiality of all records relating to a child with a disability, independent student evaluation at public expense, and due process hearings when the school and parent may disagree.


Special Education Resources

LBUSD Resources – Special Education Parent Information:  

LBUSD Parent’s Rights Handout:   

Long Beach Community Advisory Committee: 

Information On Learning Disabilities: 

Mindshift Guide To Understanding Dyslexia: 

Learning & Thinking Differences: 

California Department of Education: 

California Department of Education information on Special Education law and procedures as well as links to related forms:

California Dept. of Education List of Low-Cost or Free Attorneys & Advocates for Special Education