- Box Top Contest is through 10/25. Sheets will be going home this week and can be downloaded here or you can use blank white paper. Please put 50 to a sheet, your child's name and teacher.
- The Halloween Event will be on 10/27, 6:30-8pm. Children and parents are encouraged to wear costumes, no weapons. This is not a drop off event. There will be fun games, crafts and a DJ. If you can help out that evening please sign up here.
- The next PTO meeting will be on 11/14
- The Lowell Scholastic Book Fair will be held 12/11-12/15 in the Lowell Library.
- Dates and Times of the sale:
- 12/11: 2:15-3:30
- 12/12 (evening conferences): 2:15-3:30 & 6-8pm
- 12/13: 2:15-3:30
- 12/14 (conf early release day): 12:15-2:15, 2:15-4:00, & 4-6pm
- 12/15: 2-4 & 6-8
- If you can help during any of these times (very easy and fun) please sign up here.
- Dates and Times of the sale:
The Lowell online store is back for this school year. We have some new merchandise to choose from. The hat will have Lowell embroidered on the front (not the full logo as it won't show well).
Visit the site, enter code ED4Z8, choose what you'd like, add them to your cart and securely check out with your credit card. The items will be delivered to the school and given to your child to bring home. All orders must be in by September 29th. Any questions let us know (email@example.com).
Each September the Lowell PTO hosts a "Family Movie Night". This is a great way to welcome Lowell families back to school and also meet some of our new families that have joined the school.
This is a very low key event, the PTO will serve ice cream to everyone around 6:30. Because the movie is an outdoor movie, exact start time is hard to pinpoint. Once it's dusk is when the movie will begin, and for the 15th it looks to be around 7pm.
Families are invited to bring dinner for themselves, blankets, chairs, etc to make it an enjoyable evening.
We do ask that an adult stays with a child for the entirety of the evening, this is not a drop off event.
We hope to see you all there!
Welcome Lowell Families to the 2017/2018 school year. I hope you all enjoyed the summer and are ready to be back. We have a wonderful new Principal, Ms. Phelan and some new faces on our teaching staff and the school had new rugs installed over the summer, big thanks to our awesome custodians, Wayne, Tony and Linda for all their hard work in preparing for today!
With a new school year brings a lot of excitement, new teachers, new friends, and new routines. For some Lowell families this is their first year at the school so it also brings questions for instance, How do we find out about snow days? How do we buy lunch? Can I volunteer in the school?
For all of us that have been at the Lowell we know the answers, but to many those are things that aren't all that obvious. So I've created a Lowell new family guide (thanks to our Cunniff friends for letting me steal their idea) that you can look through to help answer some of these questions. If you have a question this doesn't answer, let us know. We'll try and get the answer for you and add it to this guide. Click here for the guide.
When I was a new parent, I always found it difficult knowing when things were scheduled to happen, when is picture day or the next early release? Calendars that are available to check; the Lowell PTO calendar is up to date, as is the Lowell School calendar. The District calendar is great to see what is going on at all the schools, that is also up to date.
The Lowell PTO website is a great source of quick information, up to date and with a section on the home page with upcoming events. The web URL is www.lowellpto.org.
A couple of things that are coming up that you can mark down:
Lowell Elementary PTO President
Day 1: Students in grades 1 and 2 will be lining up outside by the Carlton Terrace door (#7) between 8:05 AM and 8:20 AM. You will have the opportunity to briefly meet your child’s teacher at that time. This is also where they will be dismissed at the end of the school day at 2:30 PM.
Day 1: Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be lining up outside the Orchard Street door (#6) between 8:05 AM and 8:20 AM. You will have the opportunity to briefly meet your child’s teacher at that time. This is also where they will be dismissed at the end of the school day at 2:30 PM.
There will be no Drop-and-Go on day 1
Day 2 will resume normal drop off at Lowell Ave.
Drop and Go will be available. Please make sure you pull all the way down to the second cross walk. There is no stopping to assist students out, if your child is unable to get out of the car on their own, you may park your car in the allocated spaces and walk them in.
Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Schedule:
Tuesday, September 5th, 2017: 30 minute tours will take place at your scheduled time.
Wednesday, September 6th, 2017: 8:15 AM –12:00 PM (lunch, no extended day)
Thursday, September 7th, 2017: 8:15 AM – 2:30 PM (full day, lunch, extended day)
Reminder: Destination Imagination Parent Information Session
A reminder that the information session for any elementary parent interested in learning more about Destination Imagination is tomorrow night, Thursday, August 24th at 5:30 pm. The meeting will be held in the data lab on the 3rd floor of the Phillips building (30 Common Street).
What is Destination Imagination:
Destination Imagination is a team based program that fosters students creativity and curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in the areas of STEAM, fine arts, and service learning. Teams work together on DI challenges and compete at the state, national, and even global level.
How it works is the each team needs to have a manager. So we are looking for parents who want to learn more about becoming involved with this program. Parental involvement in DI could be managing a team, co-managing a team, or hosting a team at your house while they work on finding their challenge solution.
The amount of parent interest will determine how many teams would form, at what grade levels, and when and where they would meet (DI teams can meet after school or in the evening).
To learn more about Destination Imagination, visit https://www.destinationimagination.org. Please email Elizabeth Kaplan, Elementary Math/Science Coordinator with any questions! firstname.lastname@example.org
Lowell Annual Field Day, June 8th (rain dates are June 9th, 15th or 16th)
Lowell Elementary School's annual field day will be held at Victory Field on June 8th, 9:30am -1pm. This all day event is hosted by Ms. Donahue and Ms. Loguidice and is a favorite not only with our students but teachers and parents too! Parents are invited to come volunteer or be spectators at the events. The children are set in groups and assigned a color to wear the day of(you will be told the color prior), K-2 are on the turf and 3-5 are on the track and oval. Children are asked to wear sneakers and sunscreen the day of and bring dry clothes, water bottle, bag lunch, extra sunscreen and dry clothes to change.
Ms. Donahue and Ms. Loguidice have numerous games and competitions for the children to participate in and there is even a fun teacher vs teacher kickball game they all get to watch at the very end (while enjoying popsicles)! The PTO coordinates with Lowell families fruit and water that the kids get throughout the day, so if you would like to contribute, please sign up here.
See you all on the 8th!
If you hadn't heard the exciting news, the Lowell Learning Garden received $1400, from both community donations, and a challenge grant through $eedMoney. The money raised will be going towards the purchase of a garden shed, where garden tools and materials will be stored.
We are planning a "Shed Installment + Garden Clean Up" Work Day! The work day will take place on Sunday, May 7th @ 1pm - 4pm. There is a need for 10 volunteers or more to help with the shed installation, weeding, preparing the garden beds, and general help with cleaning up the garden area. (Possibly a painting project, as well.) Please email Kathleen McGah if you can help: email@example.com.
Classes have been taking full advantage of the learning garden this school year, with our District Garden Coordinator, Judy Fallows, as their guide! Here are just a few examples of what some classes have done in the garden already, from Judy:
K and PreK students had a "meetup" in late August, before the start of school, and got to pick cherry tomatoes in the garden. They had a great time!
As part of the 3rd grade curriculum, students learn of the Three Sisters Garden; a Native American companion planting technique. Word has it it was going strong in the fall, with pole beans climbing up the corn stalks and some squash plants trailing on the ground underneath!
5th grade got to harvest some corn, which was dry corn in several colors, even some light blue kernels on one variety.
Please email Kathleen McGah if you can help out: firstname.lastname@example.org
The PTO Elections will be held in May. The Lowell Site Council will administer this years election. Voting information will be sent out shortly.
This year all grade level coordinator positions will be open as well as the Vice President board position. The Vice President position is a 2 year commitment as this person will become the President the second year of their term. Grade level positions are a 1 year commitment.
Grade level positions act as the liaison between the teachers in their grade and the PTO. They are asked to share our meeting agendas with teachers, raise topics at meetings the grade would like discussed, update the PTO on what is going on in the grade, etc. Grade level coordinators will be asked to volunteer to help at 2 of the following events during the year (Movie Night, Book Fair, Spelling Bee, Auction, International Night or the End of Year Picnic) and attend monthly meetings.
The Vice President will shadow the President for the year and will be asked to take the lead on some events to learn about all that is involved. Additionally the Vice President will participate in leadership meetings and have an active voice on the PTO board. This role will be asked to attend monthly meetings and will assume acting President responsibilities when the President is not able to make meetings or events.
If you're interested in learning more or would like to be part of this years elections, let us know by emailing us at email@example.com.
The 3rd Annual Lowell Zumbathon, Lowell Gym, is April 30th from 2-4pm. The instructors are our very own Lindsay Jacobson, Veronica Castillo and Amy Peca. Join us for some fun and exercise all the while raising money to help the PTO. We will also have a bake sale, 50/50 raffle and the grade level gift basket auction.
Cost of the Zumbathon is $10 per person, cost will not exceed $25 for families.
What is the Zumbathon?
The Lowell PTO wanted to host a fundraiser where Lowell families and the community could participate together and have fun. We came up with the Zumbathon. This is a 2 hour event of non stop Zumba. You are welcome to come for the full duration or part of it, if you only have 15 minutes, pop in and get some exercise and help a great cause. Each zumba instructor will work a shift then switch off, for non-stop zumba fun. This event is for anyone to attend (not just Lowell families). Children who are able to participate are welcome and encouraged to attend (unfortunately we don't have childcare coverage so please keep that in mind when deciding).
Some Grade Level Competition:
What is the grade level gift basket auction?
Each grade is assigned a theme. Parents in those grades are asked to donate an item that fits that theme or they can donate money that the grade level coordinator will collect and purchase the items for the basket. Once all the items are collected a basket is made. At the Zumbathon all the baskets are lined up on a table and people are able to write a bid for that basket (there is a sheet of paper in front of each basket). There are starting bids on each basket and at the end of the Zumbathon the highest bid wins!
We had a lot of fun doing this last year, and the parents really got into it and really great baskets were made. People donated products, gift cards, money, experiences and so much more.
So what is the theme for my grade and some ideas of items?
PreK/K - Cook/Bake With Me (utensils, pans, baking mixes, bowls, pot holders, towels, cupcake liners, ingredients, cook books, etc)
1st Grade - Summer Basket (cooler, lounge chair, sunscreen, sand toys, towels, goggles, wagon, anything you would use over the summer, etc)
2nd Grade - Family Night (board games, card games, movies, popcorn, drinks, candy, sporting goods, gift card to family experiences, etc)
3rd Grade- Read With Me (Books, bookstore gift cards, magazines, e-readers, etc)
4th Grade - Lottery Ticket Basket (lottery tickets)
5th Grade - Wine and Spirits Basket (wine, spirits, glassware, gift cards, cheese board, cheese knives, crackers and other edible items etc)
Do I have to buy something?
This is supposed to be a fun fundraiser for all the grades. It is by no means mandatory. If you want to participate we welcome and appreciate your contribution. Also if you want to participate but would rather donate money to be put towards the basket you may leave it in the PTO safe. All checks made out to Lowell PTO.
How do I donate?
Each grade level PTO coordinator will be reaching out to their respective grades with instructions on where to donate or you may also email us a firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is my grade level coordinator?
Pre-K: Donna Tuccinardi
Kindergarten: Julie Candiello + Sonia Smith
1st Grade: Nicole Lamacchia + Nikki Muraca
2nd Grade: Allison Egan
3rd Grade: Kati Swift + Pru Goldstein
4th Grade: Jenna Lafont + Monica Timperio
5th Grade: Yolyett Hohmann + Leanne Hammonds
Each grade level coordinator will have their own deadlines given their personal schedules and commitments. If you have something that you know you can donate immediately, please email us at email@example.com and we will coordinate with you.