News & Events


newspaper Current Newsletter

Janice Parker, our hero, honored as a Red Cross Hero
Read article

See Miss Parker on 207

Box Tops
Don't forget to save and send in your Box Tops. We have a yearly goal of $1,245. We are at $589. If we meet our goal the students will once again earn an additional 10 minutes of recess!

Longfellow PTO E-mail List
If you would like to be on the PTO mailing lists for updates and announcements, please send an email to: Announcement requests should also be sent to this address.

Learn about the commitment Longfellow School has made to continued improvement:
School Success Plan

Be Prepared for School Cancellations
The Portland Public Schools close when it is unsafe for children to get to school due to the conditions of roads and sidewalks. School closing decisions generally are made by 5:30 a.m. They are announced on the school district’s website (, Facebook page (Portland ME Public Schools) and on local radio and television stations, including TV3. If schools are closed for the day, extracurricular activities usually are cancelled, too.  However, Portland 
Recreation may be open for participants of their before- and after-school program.
  Please call the Recreation Information Hotline at 756-8130 for updates or check the Portland Recreation page on Facebook. The district may delay the start of school or dismiss students early due to inclement weather or specific issues in one or more buildings. Notifications will occur in the same way as full-day cancellations. Parents also will be notified of unexpected early releases through the district's automated calling system, so that parents can plan for picking up their children or arranging for them to have access to other care arrangements. Every family needs a back-up plan for school cancellations. Please arrange for a neighbor, family member, friend or child-care provider to care for your child. Be sure that your child’s school has a current phone number to reach you in case of emergency.

Learn How to Videotape School Events for TV3
You can put your local school on television and the web by videotaping talent shows, concerts, speakers, sports games, student projects and other upcoming events.
TV3, the educational access television station managed by the Portland Public Schools, will provide free training and use of equipment for students in middle school and high school and adult volunteers. This is a great way to learn new skills while helping your community.
To sign up, please call TV3 at 874-8173 or write to

Photography and Videography Update
We have had growing awareness of concerns regarding regulations about taking pictures and videotaping during school events. As you know you have the option to have your child participate or not participate in media events that we as a school sponsor. Historically we have not regulated parents who come in to take pictures or video even though they are in most cases capturing footage of students in addition to their child. This concern lies in how those pictures or footage might be published. Portland Public Schools is currently working with Bruce Smith, and attorney with Drummond and Woodsum, to review our practices and update our policy. I will keep you posted on the decisions that are made.

Animals on the Playground
There is a city ordinance that prohibits animals on our playgrounds. I understand how nice it is to walk with your dog to school and this will continue to be fine as long as the dogs do not enter school grounds. We especially ask for your attention to this matter this year as we have several students who are very afraid of dogs. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.