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Lindell Elementary School


What is "SEL?"

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. 

SEL programming is based on the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships that makes learning challenging, engaging and meaningful. 

Social and emotional skills are critical to being a good student, citizen and worker. This is best done through effective classroom instruction; student engagement in positive activities in and out of the classroom; and broad parent and community involvement in program planning, implementation and evaluation. 
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Choose Love

The district is embracing the “Choose Love” Enrichment Program. This program is a PreK-12 social emotional learning program that utilizes character values, positive psychology, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, neuroscience and other tools and skills to help everyone to learn how to “choose love” in any circumstance.  Through the values of courage, gratitude, forgiveness and compassion in action, the students will learn how to become more socially aware, more self-aware, have better self-management, improve their relationships and become more responsible decision makers.


Social Emotional Learning is Embedded in Our Curriculum and Everyday Practices at Lindell

  • Units of Study: Reading and Writing 
  • Behavioral Expectations 
  • Communicating with Others
  • Mindset towards academic and social growth
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Principal Morning Moments 
  • SELF gatherings 


Lindell's Social Emotional Learning Families

Lindell’s social emotional learning families (SELF) are led by a Lindell teacher and consist of no more than twelve students mixed from grades K-5.  This “family” meets monthly to focus and embrace the SEL competency of that month.  Each meeting is full of conversation, meaningful activities, and student centered strategies and techniques are taught. These strategies support student social and emotional growth.  These families “grow” together throughout the students’ years at Lindell. The SELF leaders serve as advisors and mentors to the children in their family.


SEL Mission Statement


We reflect on what’s going on in our lives
We discover our personal gifts
We show respect for each other
We care about and serve our community 
We take responsibility for our actions
We make conscious choices
We strive to create and achieve personal goals
We become sensitive to injustice
We recognize our decisions affect others
We are eager to learn 


Current News

Staying Well at Lindell

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Long Beach’s Lindell Elementary School continued its Annual February Wellness/Fun, Fruit, Fitness Day tradition with adjustments in light of the pandemic. On Feb. 12, students and staff members celebrated the theme “Lindell Chooses Love, Health and Happiness” with a day of virtual sessions focused on physical activity, mindfulness, nutrition and safety.

This year, rather than rotating across different areas in the building as was done in the past, students enjoyed a full schedule of workshops from their own classrooms. Many presenters were live streamed while others previously recorded activities and lessons for participants. As in years past, members of the community and staff contributed their expertise in a variety of wellness areas. Among them were nutritionists, yoga and dance instructors, physical therapists, doctors and fitness professionals.

To kick off the day, the whole school learned a dance choreographed by physical education teachers Mary Miller and Rachel Ray, along with teaching assistant and former Lindell student Tiffany Canner. A series of 25-minute sessions about health and wellness followed. Special thanks to teachers Kelly Mooney and Lindsay Smith, the custodial staff and all the other faculty and staff members who volunteered their time and helped this event run smoothly.

Students learned techniques to ensure proper hydration, nutrition, dental hygiene, bus and community safety, heart health and breathing. They practiced yoga moves and Irish Dance, engaged in a Drums Alive activity, competed in a jump-a-thon, took on a scavenger hunt challenge and much more. Social Emotional Learning was also incorporated into the theme with a kindness lesson, which was read aloud, and mindfulness strategies.

In addition, the PTA generously donated individually wrapped apples and the supplies for each student to create their own calming jars. The Wellness Fair concluded with a school wide virtual dance party.

Students Create Tributes to Martin Luther King Jr.

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Students in the Long Beach Public Schools earned recognition for their entries in a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Poster and Essay Contest sponsored by the City of Long Beach. Students learned about Dr. King’s contributions and impact, then conveyed their own messages about his legacy through art and writing.

The contest was open to all students from elementary through high school and asked them to incorporate the theme of “Unity, Service and Collaboration During the Pandemic” into their work.

Poster winners are Long Beach Middle School student Sydney Brandt, Lindell School students Kaitlyn Dambrose and Maximo Vitolo and West School students Erica Addey and Blaise DeNicola. Their pieces are titled “Emancipation,” “Teamwork,” “We Will Make It Through,” “Let Freedom Ring” and “Love Beats Hate,” respectively.

The district’s essay contest winners are Lily Eustate of Long Beach High School and Bianca Leible from West, along with a Long Beach Catholic Regional School student.

STEM Explorers at Lindell

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Students at Lindell have been sharpening their science, technology, engineering and math skills with various lessons and projects that allow them to make discoveries and witness STEM concepts firsthand.

Fifth graders learned that matter is made up of atoms and built atomic models out of craft supplies. They identified the nucleus, protons and neutrons and outer ring and gained an understanding of the periodic table of elements. Fourth grade students are studying Einstein’s scientific theory about energy. In individual stations, they participated in activities focused on types of energy types and transfer processes.

Third grade classes observed African Clawed Frogs as part of their studies on life cycles. Students developed models to illustrate the unique and diverse life cycles of organisms and recorded data in their field notebooks. While learning about the properties of buoyancy, second graders sculpted boats out of clay to test the impact of factors such as density, mass and shape.

This school year brought the addition of a STEM specialist teacher at each elementary school to enhance hands-on learning and innovation. The district will share more highlights as the school year continues.

Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year!

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Students and staff members in the Long Beach Public Schools were excited to have their highly-anticipated return to the classrooms starting on Sept. 11. Despite a slightly postponed opening due to the previous day’s weather conditions, the district’s initial days were filled with enthusiasm as a productive new year of learning took flight. 

The schools held staggered orientations in order to provide students with time to adjust to the new health and safety protocols for arrival and dismissal. Students were familiarized with health and hygiene procedures and other important measures that have been implemented. Sept. 14 marked the first full day for all, and while faces were covered, the excitement was obvious. Students were eager to see their friends, get to know new classmates and meet their teachers, and staff members were happy to be back in their instructional environments.  

This year, elementary students attend school daily while students at the secondary level are on a hybrid schedule that alternates in-person and remote instruction days. A fully remote learning option is being utilized by some students at all levels. 

Hallways are marked in order to maintain social distancing and handwashing and sanitizing stations are available. In the classrooms, desks are spaced 6 feet apart. Students and staff members wear masks throughout the day with breaks permitted at select times. The custodial staff is diligently sanitizing desks, doors and all classroom materials following each school day, using a product that is proven effective against COVID-19. 

A newly launched transportation blog can be viewed here and provides the latest updates on bus delays and route changes. The district looks forward to sharing highlights and achievements as the 2020-21 school year continues.