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A Note From Dr. Williams


Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year! I hope that all of you had a restful and relaxing summer that was filled with adventures and time with your families and friends. During the school year, I am looking forward to hearing about your travels and I am especially excited to continue our journey together.  

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Welcome Back!


Picture Day (September 20)

Fall picture day will be on Thursday, September 20th. Uniforms are required! Photo packages will be sent home with your student as the date nears. Make-up pictures will be taken in November.


Back to School Night (September 26)

This year's Back to School Night will be on Wednesday, September 26th from 5:00pm - 6:40pm. It will be a MINIMUM DAY for students. More information to follow.



Exciting News

We are proud to announce that Twain Elementary has been awarded $5,000 for three consecutive years of growth in Mathematics on the SBAC! Congratulations to the students, teachers, staff and supportive families who made this achievement possible.




Twain PTA Newsletter

The PTA's weekly e-newsletter goes straight to your inbox and includes tons of important information, reminders and occasionally letters from our principal. The first one goes out this Sunday (8/26)! It’s not too late to sign up - just send an email to twaintalk@lbtwainpta.org to be added.



Field Trip Fun!

Twain's second graders took a trip to Crystal Cove recently. From learning about marine life to exploring the tide pools, it was an eye-opening adventure!



Twain Science Fair

Congratulations to all of the young scientists who participated in Twain's science fair! The projects were amazing and we're very proud of your hard work. Best wishes to those students moving onto the District science fair next month.

family science night!

Thanks to everyone who joined us at Family Science Night last week! Here are a few special moments we captured at the AMAZING event, you can find more pictures on our Twain Memories page.


Inquiring minds want to know

Check out Mrs. Goodwin's transitional kindergarteners learning the art of collaborative conversation while learning about measurement and capacity!




Career Day 2018

A big THANK YOU to all of the Twain parents who took time out of their busy day to share their careers with us. From information security to firefighting, our students got to glimpse a wide variety of interesting paths they might someday take!



Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Theodor Geisel - otherwise known as Dr. Seuss - would have been proud of the way our Twain students and staff celebrated his birthday on March 2! From green eggs and ham in the cafeteria to the iconic hats, our students and staff truly got in the spirit.






Letter from the PTA President

March 12, 2018


Dear Mark Twain Families,


On Thursday, February 15th we held our monthly PTA Association meeting in the Library. We had food from BJs brought in and childcare on site provided by a couple of our wonderful Twain Rec Aides! Some committees that reported this month were membership, DOGS, art education, science enrichment, green team/garden and more. We heard wonderful updates about the programs that are currently affecting our students funded by the PTA.


While we heard great updates, we were unable to vote on new programs, approve previous meeting minutes and handle other important association business due to low attendance. Our PTA unit bylaws require that we meet a quorum* of 14 members in attendance in order to conduct business for the association, including voting on programs that affect each of our students. One of the programs that we discussed, however, were not able to proceed forward with doing, is a Science Family Night in which all Twain families would be invited out to enjoy. Since we were not able to approve this new program, we have tabled it to be discussed again at our March Association Meeting. The biggest item on our agenda to be discussed at our March meeting is the election of our 2018-2019 Executive Board. Without quorum at the March meeting, we will not be able to elect our 2018-2019 Executive Board or proceed forward with a Family Science Night.


The mission statement of the National PTA is "to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children." Our goal is to bring parents together with Twain’s administrators and staff to ensure effective engagement and academic achievement for all children. By working together, we ensure our students will receive more. In order to do this, we need to hear from YOU! As current PTA members, you have a voice in everything that your PTA does for all Twain students and families. Nothing can be done without approval from the Association (YOU!) Your voice is as important as the person next to you. All opinions are heard and considered before a vote is held on any program or fundraiser that the PTA does. We invite you to come out to our March Association Meeting and hear about the current and upcoming programs that affect each of our students including art education, Tech for Twain and our year-end celebration, Twain Day.

Remember, "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." -Helen Keller




Christina Butler

2017-2018 PTA President

(562) 536-8966


STEM IN ACTION: Tortoise vs. Hare!

The students in Mrs. Colburn's fifth grade class were challenged to give the tortoise a boost in his fabled race against the hare. Using their STEM skills, they had to design a vehicle for the tortoise to use during the race -  then test and improve upon their design to make it as fast as possible!



Fit-A-Thon Congratulations

Congratulations to Mrs. Steele's class, they were the Top Fundraising Class at the Fit-A-Thon! They'll enjoy a pizza party and be able to show off a trophy all year long. 

Mrs. Desmond's class had the Fastest Race Time on our new obstacle course and will get to display their trophy all year as well!


How to use ST Math at Home (Jiji)


Way to Go Twain!


Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Twain’s students, parents and teachers, our school saw a significant jump on our SBAC test scores for the 2016-17 school year. To recognize our success, the District awarded Twain $10,000 which will be used for technology and interventions so that we can continue down the path of great success! These students couldn’t be happier.





Box Tops for Education

Calling all BOX TOPS! Thanks to Box Tops For Education, a quick snip of the scissors can earn money for our school. Look for box tops on items you already purchase, clip them out, and turn them into the Twain office throughout the year. You can follow this link for a list of participating products, or simply search your kitchen for the box top image below. Each box top earns ten cents, and they can really add up for our students. For questions about Box Tops for Education, please contact dayna_m@hotmail.com.


2016-2017 Twain Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Ryan Campbell, Twain's Teacher of the Year 2016-2017! This year we had three honorable mentions: Naomi Cheely, Shannon Lockhart and Jessica Glidden. We appreciate all your hard work and dedication to our students. Thank you for those who wrote essays nominating the teachers, especially the essays from students!




Twain offers after school supervision from 2:05 pm until 2:50 pm on Twain's blacktop Monday-Friday. On district wide minimum days, there is no after school supervision.  When there is a district wide minimum day and school is dismissed at 1:00 pm, parents are provided with advanced notice that there will be no after school supervision on that day.   A district wide minimum day is not the same as our regular Thursday dismissal at 1:30 pm.  When students are dismissed on Thursdays at 1:30 pm, Twain does offer supervised after school care until 2:50 pm.


If parents choose to utilize Pan Am Park for their after school care arrangement, please be mindful that Monday - Friday, the park does not open its doors until 2:30 pm. This means children are unsupervised from the time that they are dismissed from Twain until the time that Pan Am Park provides supervision. Although this seems like a short period of time, many things can happen in a span of 20 minutes when supervision is nonexistent.  On Thursdays when Twain dismisses at 1:30 pm, the park DOES open its doors for supervised after school care at 1:30 pm.


Dr. Williams and the Twain Staff

After School Safety and More

After School Supervision (Park Safety) Since Twain's after school supervision ends at 2:50 pm, a few parents have opted to utilize Pan American Park (Pan Am) for after school care. If you're using Pan Am for after school care, please be mindful of the time that they actually start supervising children. I am bringing this to the attention of our parents because staff members have reported that a few of our Twain students are lingering in the park while waiting for supervision to start at the park. If you're utilizing Pan Am, please have a long talk with your child about safety while walking from Twain to Pan Am Park. Thank you!


Parent Vue If you have not already done so, please sign up for Parent Vue. More information will be shared with you during your child's scheduled parent conference.


Staff Parking Lot For safety reasons, please do not utilize the staff's parking lot to drop students off for school or park in spaces reserved for teachers. Dropping students off in this area creates a safety hazard and it creates an inconvenience for staff members starting their work day.  


Thank you  for your attention and assistance.

Jacqueline Williams, Ed.D.
Twain Elementary School
(562) 421-8421- Office
(562) 420-7654  Fax



Twain PTA: Financial Policies, Procedures and Documents

To review recently uploaded documents related to PTA monetary policies and the handling of PTA funds, please visit our PTA page and scroll down. The documents are intended to be of use to those collecting and distributing PTA funds, as well as those seeking reimbursement from the PTA. Questions can be directed to marktwainptatreasurer@gmail.com.

Donations Requested

If you have any extra plastic hangers, we can use them!  We also need donations of large pants (size 14-16). Even sweat pants will work. Please bring donations to the box in the office or drop off in the PTA room. Thank you!!

Twain in the News

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Twain Named Star School!

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Check out what our D.O.G.S. are doing!

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Coyote Sightings

Several parents have reported concern about coyotes in Long Beach.  At this time, we are working with School Safety to ensure that our students are safe at Mark Twain Elementary School.  If you happen to see a coyote near our school during school hours, please contact our school's office so we can contact the appropriate agencies.  For more information about safety and prevention, please visit this link.

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With Halloween almost here, the Long Beach Press-Telegram is again launching its Scary Stories contest for Long Beach area youth. Winning entries – both stories and artwork – will be published in the Press-Telegram on Halloween. The rules are the same as last year.  There will be three age categories for stories and drawings: elementary school (K-5), middle school (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12).

Here are the rules:

• The deadline is Monday, Oct. 15.

• All entries must be emailed, with the entrant’s name and grade, and the subject line “Scary Stories,” to: ptnews@presstelegram. Stories can be submitted in the body of the email, or as a Word attachment; drawings should be submitted in JPEG format, no larger than 5MB in size.

• Stories must be no longer than 650 words.

• Artwork must be original (no tracings).

• Entries will be judged based on imagination, creativity and theme.

• The winning entries will be published in the Press-Telegram on Oct. 31, and posted online at www.presstelegram.com/.

If you have any questions, e-mail Press-Telegram City Editor Susan Jacobs at sjacobs@scng.com or call 310-543-6110. Local teachers  – current and retired – the Press-Telegram needs your help. If you have interest in being a judge, please let them know.


These meetings help the school district to strategize programs to support Pacific Islander students.  View the attached flier for details and a schedule of meetings through September.


State law requires all public schools to create a School Accountability Report Card (SARC). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about your child's school, which includes:

  • School Description and Mission
  • School Programs and Instructional Materials
  • Opportunities for Parent Involvement
  • Test Results
  • Safety Plan
  • Facilities

We invite you to view the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) for your child's school.  You can find your school's SARC here.