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5251 E. Stearns Street
Long Beach, CA. 90815

Office: (562) 498-3794
Fax: (562) 498-1711

Mr. Sam Platis

Office Hours:
7:30 - 4:00, Mon - Fri

Mr. Sam Platis


Bixby Mission

The Florence Bixby School Staff is a dedicated, highly qualified, caring, group of professionals.  We are committed to providing positive and challenging opportunities.  High expectations, academic excellence, parent and community involvement, and a safe learning environment provide students with the means to grow socially, emotionally, and academically on the path to becoming life-long learners.

Daily Affirmation

This day has been given to me, fresh and new.
I can learn from it, or throw it away.
I will choose to do my best in thoughts, words, and actions.
This day will be used, not lost.
That’s the Bixby way!

Bixby News


The Long Beach Press-Telegram is again launching its popular Scary Stories contest for Long Beach area youth. Winning entries – both stories and artwork – will be published in the Press-Telegram on Halloween, Oct. 31. The rules are the same as last year, with three age categories for stories and drawings:

  • Elementary grades (K-5)
  • Middle grades (6-8)
  • High school grades (9-12)

Here are the rules:

  • The deadline is Monday, Oct. 23.
  • All entries must be emailed, with the entrant’s name and grade, and the subject line “Scary Stories,” to: 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 5MG 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

If you have any questions, e-mail Press-Telegram City Editor Melissa Evans at or call 562-499-1280.


View attached flier for details.


From the Principal: Weekly Update, September 25-29, 2017

"Cliff Notes Version"

*Growth Mindset/Success Trait Quote of the Week


*Gratitude -- Hiro Ziroli, PTA, and Family Fun Night


*Domenico's Restaurant Fundraiser, (click here for flier:  Domenico's Restaurant Bixby Fundraiser, October 4, 2017.pdf percentage of sales, NO family donation required, AND electronic fliers accepted -- show the restaurant on your mobile device!)


*School-wide Writing Program and Ideas for Supporting at Home


*JiJi Math Data, How to Log-in From Home, and Weekly Prizes (Pizza!) for Most Individual Student Progress in JiJi (Per Grade Level)

*Arrive on Time -- Remarkable Success, and Data to Show It:)


*Families at Bixby "University" (FAB-U) Update


*Chromebook laptop computer purchase info. and specs.

Good Saturday Morning, Florence Bixby Elementary School Families,


Here's some information that I hope will be helpful in continuing to support your child's/children's education this week...


Growth Mindset/Success Trait Quote of the Week -- "If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?" --Coach John Wooden


Gratitude -- Thank you Hiro Ziroli and our entire PTA for producing and supporting a remarkable, memorable Family Fun Night! It was the epitome of Coach Wooden's success trait of "Team Spirit", with families coming together to build community, strengthen relationships, and to show why "Everything's Better When YOU'RE at Bixby!"


Domenico's (Percentage of Sales) PTA Fundraiser -- Just show this flier -- Domenico's Restaurant Bixby Fundraiser, October 4, 2017.pdf (hardcopy OR electronic version on your mobile device), and our PTA will receive 25% of all sales, including take-out, catering, dine-in and apparel sales!  Share the flier on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap, email,, anywhere!


Supporting Your Child's Writing Development -- Research shows that schools where there is a systematic, research-based focus on quality writing instruction achieve tremendous gains.  You can support Florence Bixby's commitment to our School-Wide Writing Program by expecting your child to write each day, as well as developing long-term writing pieces.  Families of all 492 students have been emailed "Student-Friendly Checklists" (for each grade level) to determine what a successful, quality "Level 4 out of 4" piece of writing consists of.


JiJi Math -- 100% Goal! -- All students are expected to reach 100% completion on JiJi Math by May.  With Hard Work (another Coach Wooden Success Trait), one very proud student at Family Fun Night shared with me that he has already completed 25% of the syllabus.  On Monday, I will send a separate email with specific, detailed directions on how to log-on to this research-proven online math program -- at home, on your tablet, on your cell phone -- to help our students reach their Personal Best in math!


Arrive on Time Program Yields Impressive Results -- We have gone from 23 late students to as low as three late students, with an average of seven and a half late students, per day!  We will continue to call families of late students each day and make home visits to support every student benefitting from a quality education, every minute, every day.  Also, congratulations to Mrs. Myers's class -- they were selected for our weekly Arrive on Time popsicle party on Friday!


Families at Bixby "University" (FAB-U) Update -- Stay tuned for a flier/email that will have the dates/times of our series of six informative FREE family workshops this year.  Our focus will be how to use technology (Google Apps., JiJi Math, Google Drive, Google Classroom) to support your child's academic development.  Families that attend five out of six workshops will be entered into a drawing to win a Google Chromebook laptop!


Chromebook Laptop Computer Purchasing Information -- Since several families have asked me where they can purchase a Chromebook laptop computer like the ones we use in grades K-5, here is a link to, where the exact same model is for sale  At 1/7 the cost of a quality laptop, and nearly all of the functionality of a traditional laptop, the Chromebook has actually become my personal preferred device (even more so than my Mac laptop).  All students in grades K-5 are expected to use Chromebooks at school, so considering purchasing one for home would be another way to support your child's education.


Have a wonderful weekend and week ahead!


With continued gratitude,

--Sam Platis, Proud Principal, Florence Bixby Elementary School

School District News

Today: 9/24/17

Kindergarten - Are you ready?

Here are some places to go to get information to help both you and your kindergartener get ready for the first day of school.

Immunization Requirements

LBUSD Parent Guidelines - English

LBUSD Parent Guidelines - Spanish

ABC - Ready to Read

Literacy Activities: What Your Child Learns