School Resources & Programs

Special Programs

Grade Levels:

  • Full Day Kindergarten
  • Twelve looping classrooms
  • Content Teaming in grade 5

Book Fair/Author Visits: A book fair and author visit is held in the fall and sponsored by the PTO. Examples of previous visiting authors/illustrators include: Kevin Hawkes, Karin Berger, and Jennifer Jacobson.

Clubs and Classes: A variety of classes are offered by a PTO sponsored committee during lunch and after school to support the interests of our students. Examples of classes offered include: pottery, yoga, French lessons, etc.

Cultural Enrichment: Cultural Enrichment provides artists-in-Residence are utilized to provide our population exposure to the arts. This PTO sponsored program integrates the arts into each grade level curriculum.

Future Teachers: Future Teachers of America is a group of Deering High School students who provide support to Longfellow students. Under teacher supervision, the high school student volunteers assist with learning activities in the classroom.

Foster Grandparents: The Foster Grandparent program connects the generations by building upon the natural bonds existing between younger people and older people. They provide a stable, loving presence in our students’ lives. Foster grandparents are placed in classrooms and work directly with students.

Intramural Program: After school intramural programs are offered for grades 3-5.  Some examples of sports that may be offered are: soccer, floor hockey, basketball, volleyball and track.

Let's Go 5-2-1-0: Longfellow participates in this program designed to support students in their understanding of healthy nutrition choices and the importance of physical activity.

Library Media Center: The library media center is open each day from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Students may exchange books, conduct research, or read before and after school each day.

Math Team: An opportunity for 5th graders to nurture their interest in mathematics. Students practice weekly, and attend local competitions. Math Team meets on Mondays, 2:50-3:45.

Music: In kindergarten through 3rd grade students have general music once a week as part of their regular curriculum. In fourth grade, students have general music once a week. An additional option of chorus or strings is provided once a week strings is a pull-out program during the regular school day. In fifth grade students may choose between band, strings and general music with each area offered as part of the regular school day two times per week. The structure of this program changes annually depending on numbers. While most instruments must be rented privately, a select few may be provided by the school. Fifth graders may also participate in chorus on Thursdays from 2:50-3:30.

Odyssey of the Mind: Teams of elementary school students work together to stretch their thinking skills via team performances and spontaneous responses. Teams are coached by parents and compete in regional competitions each spring.

Poet's Hideaway: The Poet's Hideaway Learning Garden is a wonderful green space including multiple garden beds. This space is a valuable teaching tool as well as a place for school and community events.

Programs Committee: Assorted programming offered during lunch/recess and after school once to twice a year for 6-week cycles. Examples of classes offered in the past include: knitting, French, yoga, etc. When offered, a notification will be sent nome and information will be available in the weekly newsletter.

Recreation Program- Before and After Care: Program provides an opportunity for children to participate in structured and supervised activities. The Before School Program begins at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 8:00 a.m. The After School Program begins at 2:50 p.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday early release day times are 1:50-6:00 p.m.  More information can be obtained by calling 756-8275. Sign-up is required and a fee is charged. 

Networking and Support Groups

Lonfellow Newsletter: A bi-weekly school newsletter designed to keep families informed about teaching, learning and school based activities.

Mentor Program: Provides adult mentors to students who would benefit from additional non-academic support.

Parent Volunteers: Enormous opportunities for families to volunteer in classrooms or the wider school community.

PTO: Our Parent Teacher Organization meets once a month. Typically the 1st Tuesday of each month.


-Pierce Atwood
-University Credit Union
-Maine Landscape Solutions

Longfellow School is fortunate to have partnerships with a number of local businesses. The services we benefit from include extensive copying, a pool of mentors, support of our learning garden and technology, as well as financial support. These partnerships allow us to build positive relationships outside the academic setting, to keep businesses informed about our school, and our students engaged with their larger community. These partnerships are maintained by the Community Coordinator.