Welcome Back from the Principal

Welcome Back from the Principal
Posted on 08/21/2017
Dear Kennedy-Longfellow Parents and Guardians:

On behalf of the faculty and staff, welcome to the 2017-2018 school year and the Kennedy-Longfellow School, a place where we encourage and nurture all students to become curious, active, and engaged learners. We are a diverse and vibrant community of students, families, and staff that work together to support the social, emotional, and academic needs of our children and embrace the whole child.

It has been a busy summer here at the KLO. Our custodians, several teachers, and many volunteers have been busy painting classrooms and hallways, waxing and buffing the floors, building and creating new offices and spaces, and setting up warm and inviting classrooms for the children when they return in a couple of weeks. Although I am always sad at the end of summer and lament at how quickly it flies by, I so look forward to the structure and routines of the school year and especially to seeing the children each and every day! Each new school year brings with it the promise of a new beginning for our students - a new teacher, new friendships, new learning, and new experiences. We hope that you are as excited for this upcoming year and all the wonderful opportunities - academic, artistic, and social - that lie ahead for your child.

At the Kennedy-Longfellow, the parents, teachers, and support staff are all part of a unified community working hard to ensure the safety and well-being of all children while providing them with a challenging and rewarding educational experience. As parents, you play an integral role in the education of your child. Your involvement in your child’s education will help your child achieve more success and have a positive outlook on school. Please be sure to read the monthly newsletters and calendar from our family Liaison, Nancy Wyse, and check out our school website. Get to know your child’s teacher and stay updated on classroom and school events. Ensure your child attends school daily and arrives on time (7:55AM) ready for the day’s learning experiences. Visitors are always welcome at the KLO, and I encourage you to stop in. When visiting, please enter through the main doors and obtain a visitor's pass in the office before proceeding to the desired location.

We invite you to become an active member in the school community through volunteering. We have many options such as joining our School Council, joining our Friends of the KLO (newly formed parent group), helping out with our monthly KLO Food Markets, attending one (or more) of our monthly parent coffees, or helping out on Friday mornings with our Weekend Backpack program. There is no shortage of opportunities to get involved and we always welcome new ideas.

The 2017-2018 school year promises to be one filled with excitement, learning and growth. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have at 617.349.6842 or at cgerber@cpsd.us. I’m excited for this school year and to work together to make it a great one!


Christine Gerber
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