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.