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Be s ur e to clip or copy the calendar on the fr on t page to keep up t o date on events at Longfellow.

Fostoria City Schools

Volume 10, Issue 3 November 2013

Longfellow Elementary
619 Sandusky Street Phone: 419-436-4135 Fax: 419-436-4155 Melissa Depinet Principal Email:

This issue:
Principals Message Text Messaging Option
Shout Outs PTO News Miscellaneous

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Principals Message
The brown bat does it for 20 hours out of every day, while the lion does it for 13. The pig does it for 8 hours, but the horse only needs
Answer: Sleep

3 hours. What is it?

Dates to Remember Monday, November 4th PTO at FIES at 5:30 PM Tuesday, November 19th Candle Pickup at Longfellow Thursday, November 21st Picture Retakes and Candid Shots in Classrooms Wednesday-Friday, November 27th29th NO SCHOOL; Bank Day and Thanksgiving Break Wednesday, November 27th Community Dinner at FJSHS

But more importantly, how many hours of sleep should our students at Longfellow be getting every day? Experts say that children 3-5 years of age typically sleep 11-13 hours per night, while those who are between 5 and 12 should be getting 10-11 hours of sleep at night. Sleep is important because it gives our body a chance to rest from all of the work that we do throughout the day. As a matter of fact, everything that is alive needs sleep to survive! Having enough sleep also allows us to think clearly and follow directions more readily as we are not tired and cranky. In addition, those who dont get enough sleep may also not grow as well and may be sick more often due to a lowered immune system. What happens to our brain while we sleep is unclear. Scientists think that the brain sorts through and stores information that it finds important, replaces chemicals, and solves problemsall while we are sleeping. So, what can we do to make sure our kids have the sleep they need? 1) Maintain a regular and consistent sleep schedule, even on the weekends. 2) Have a relaxing bedtime routine that ends in the room where your child sleeps. 3) Keep the bedroom cool, quiet and darkwithout a TV or other electronics! For more information, visit and

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Be sure to clip or copy the calendar on the front page to keep up to date on events at Longfellow.

Text Messaging Option

Dear Parents and Guardians, Fostoria City Schools is pleased to announce that we are now able to send announcements (i.e., closings/delays, etc.) via SMS text messaging to your mobile phones. If you would like to receive these announcements as text messages, please do the following: 1. Ensure your school has your cell phone number on file.* *If the school did not have your cell phone number on file and you contact them to add it, wait at least 24 hours before proceeding to Step 2. 2. From your cell phone, text the word Join to the number 56360.** **If our School Connect messaging system finds a match for your number in its database, you will receive a confirmation message thanking you for joining school alerts. At any time, you can unsubscribe by texting Stop to 56360. 3. Create a contact on your phone with the name of your school or school district (if you have children in multiple schools in the district), or another meaningful name, and the phone number 56360. Then when you receive a text from this number, you know who is sending it. Thank you, Andrew Sprang, Superintendent

Shout Outs
To everyone who donated money for books for children in the Shriners Hospital we were able to donate 15 books! Thanks to Mrs. Hutchinson & Mr. Whipple for organizing this communityminded fundraiser! To the winners of the baskets at our book fair Andrew Custer and Kannai McMullen-McBeth! To our PTO officers and members for helping to make our schools great!

To whomever nominated us on the Target Facebook page as being their favorite school we received a check for $75 which will be used to fund theme days for students!

To everyone who brought in Box Tops for Education! Weve raised over $1200 since last April!

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Be sure to clipbuild or copy the calendar on the front page to to date You cant a reputation on what you are going to do. - keep Henryup Ford on events at Longfellow.

PTO News A great big thanks to Parents, Teachers and Students for all your work making the following events a huge success!
FIES catalog sale has ended and we are very proud of our students who worked so hard to bring in record breaking sales. The candle sale at Riley & Longfellow has also ended and your candles will be delivered on November 19th! Great work kids! And how fun was our Halloween Trick or Treat Bingo? If you didnt attend, you missed a great time! Spirit Wear Our spirit wear sale is currently under way at all 3 schools. There are 3 different designs to choose from in several styles and colors. Orders must be returned to school by Friday, November 1st. And remember you can wear your spirit wear shirts on Fridays; no sweatpants, please! Campus Wear Campus wear will soon be available for sale at FIES. Details to Follow! Santa Shop @ FIES building Mark your calendars, the Santa Shop will be open Dec 9, 10th & 11. And this year well have night hours at FIES so students from Riley and Longfellow will be able to participate. Carnival Its time to start planning our spring Carnival. Please contact Mindy Lance if youre interested in helping. (419) 934-2676 Questions or Comments: Email: Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Please join us on Monday, November 4th at 5:30 PM at FIES!


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Progress always involves risk: you cant steal second base and keep your foot on first. -F. B. Wilcox

Upcoming Parenting Classes

All classes are free of charge and held at Patchworks House at 42 Madison Street in Tiffin. Their telephone number is 419-448-0080; email is

Shaking, Hitting, Spanking: What to Do Instead

A discussion about spanking and other physical forms of discipline. Alternatives to spanking and other discipline techniques & options will be presented. November 13th and 20th from 10:30-12:00 noon Two classes in this series

Building a Strong Foundation for Good Parenting

This class helps parents explore their own parenting styles, values and priorities. The most important building blocks and tools of discipline will be discussed. November 26th from 10:30-12:00 noon One class in this series

Birthday wishes!
11/2 Ebonique Beleford 11/4 Xzavier Nickens 11/5 Aveion Ferguson, Brody Ward, Jace St. Clair 11/6 Lilly Knapp 11/8 Ezra Sanchez 11/9 Izik Dill, Aiden Hall 11/10 Aubrianna Shultz 11/13 Tucker Farley 11/16 Caitlyn Carter 11/17 Jacoby Ellis 11/22 Iyahnas Miller 11/23 David Medina 11/24 Alisha DelaRosa, Aiden Sorg, Taevyn Talley 11/25 Alexus Fox 11/27 Gabrielle Maloy 11/29 Kayden Davidson