10 Little Snowflakes

january 2028
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Principal: Lucy London
1st-3rd grade teacher: Oliver McCarthy
Prek-Kindergarten teacher: Miriam Dwyer
Student Enrollment

narrated by: Lucy

For the first time in as long as I have worked at Longfellow, which is quite a many years, we have a reduction in students. Census shows that we don’t have any surges in our populace for at minimum the next four years. So our classrooms are less occupied, and the students are getting more one on one attention. All of those things are good. It’d be even better timing to train a replacement principal for myself, while the classes are controllable. I turn sixty-three this year, and imagine I’ll go until I’m sixty-eight or so. Unfortunately I don’t know who to pick, Miriam or Oliver, and then I need a replacement teacher still. I’m putting it off despite knowing I shouldn’t, hopeful that some great teachers will be graduating EU shortly.

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wheels on the bus

december 2024
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Principal: Lucy London
1st-3rd grade teacher: Oliver McCarthy
Pre-k-Kindergarten teacher Miriam Dwyer
Student Enrollment

narrated by: Lucy London

After years of having a large influx of students, we now are leveling out at a more reasonable rate. It’s made it possible to offer more opportunities for parents to be involved during the school day, especially now that we can host them in the cafeteria for lunch. Oliver held a Parents Day, most parents still work during the day so it doesn’t have a giant turn out, but it was still good fun for the kids.

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wheels on the bus

october 2021
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Principal: Lucy London, 1st-2nd grade teacher: Oliver McCarthy, Pre-K-Kindergarten teacher: Miriam Dwyer

narrated by: Lucy London

We finally got the addition added to the school, now there is plenty of room for the current students or any influx in the future. We are able to offer smaller class sizes now, and it’s been a relief for all the teachers and parents included. I’m going to plead for a larger playground with more equipment though in the future, because it’s not able to handle all the students.

It’s always exciting in the fall when the students start filing in for their classes. I’m usually over it by the time Christmas break rolls around, but I enjoy it while it lasts.

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wheels on the bus

october 2018
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Principal: Lucy London, Lower-Level Teacher: Miriam Dennis, Student Teacher: Oliver McCarthy
Student Enrollment List

narrated by: Lucy

For years the Grammar School has been at capacity, with trying to find a place for that last student, and this year has been more of the same. Being married to the Mayor, people think I have more control over this issue, but it’s just not in the budget to build an entirely new school. Cole is convening with the council to purchase some of the property behind the school so a wing could be added to house another classroom, and a larger cafeteria.

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wheels on the bus

mid-november 2016
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Principal: Lucy London, Lower-Level Teacher: Miriam Dennis
Student Enrollment

narrated by Lucy

We are about to pass the torch of our large Grade 5 kids over to Bekah at the High School. These seven students are going to become the majority of the students in the building, and she has no idea what she’s in for. She thinks I’m a saint for being able to do these lower levels, and I feel the same for her with the hormone driven high schoolers.

I will miss a few of the students though, and I know I’ll be checking in on them through Bekah to see how they are adjusting. Lewis and Rachael are two of those students.

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wheels on the bus

september 2013
Principal: Lucy London; Lower Level Teacher: Miriam Dennis
Student’s Grade Levels

narrated by: Lucy

This summer, I fought tooth and nail to get updates to the Grammar school. In the end Mayor Steele didn’t have much choice, my mother-in-law, Myra London has an ongoing scholarship program for community kids, and he wouldn’t want to jeopardize that. Of course Myra would never consider pulling funding just because of politics.

We have record high enrollment this year, and we don’t even have all the local students in our classes. A few of the local parents opted to homeschool after they voiced concerns on the student/teacher ratio. Even with a few students not in our classes, it’s a lot to handle.

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I loved her first – daddy/daughter dance

October 2010
Teacher: Miriam Dennis (27)
Daddy/Daughter Sets – Tim & Lainey Grimsley, Cole & Alice London, Jared & Lauren Schehl, Finn & Zilla McCarthy, Ethan & Caitlyn Traver, Charlie & Rachael Darling-Grimsley, Grant & Julia Millett, Merrill & Hadley Millett, Trent & Brooklyn Fontaine, Henri & Jill Popper, Adam & Rosabella Steinman.
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At dusk on a warm autumn night, little girls all across the county got dressed in their new gowns, or hand me downs in excitement for the dance. They were all too young to attend big dances like Prom, but it didn’t stop them of dreaming of the fancy dresses and the dancing. Many of them still found their father’s to be the apple of their affection, and the unseasonably warm weather made the event even more enchanted.

When the clock struck six, the entire dance floor was filled. Even the most timid girls could be found giggling and dancing on their daddy’s toes. Despite the music’s volume, girlish laughter could be heard echoing off the walls. Even Zilla had gotten over her handmade dress she had been forced to wear, and enjoyed the dancing.

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