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Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday Message 5/23/16

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Early Release Day Wednesday, May 25th
There will be an early release day this Wednesday, May 25th for teacher professional development. Dismissal will be at 12:15, lunch will be served and there will be LEDP for those enrolled.

PTO Updates
The current box tops contest ends this Friday, May 27th!

Please take a moment to give our PTO some feedback. This survey will help plan for next year.

Sign up for fruit or water for field day, June 9th

Parent Presentation
Please join us for an upcoming free workshop for parents, guardians, educators, and other members of the Watertown community.  

Watertown Public Schools presents:
Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents:
Strategies to Interrupt the Worry
Cycle at Home and School

A workshop for parents, guardians,
and teachers by Lynn Lyons

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Hosmer Elementary School
One Concord Road
Watertown, MA 02472

Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday Message 5/16/17

It was an incredibly fun weekend this weekend, with Lowell Science Night and The Show Must Go On! Thank you to everyone who attended, performed, participated, and volunteered for these events!

Spirit Day This Week!
Our PTO auction winner of Principal for the Day, Matt Tuccinardi has selected this Friday's spirit day to be sports spirit day. Wear your favorite team jersey, hat, gear and bring in spare change to benefit The Jimmy Fund!

Fifth Grade Continental Math League
The Lowell fifth grade students who participate in Continental Math League placed first place in the nation amongst those schools that participate in the CML!  

Grade 5 Graduation Date
Our fifth grade graduation will be on Thursday, June 23rd at 1:00pm.

PTO Updates
The end of year picnic is on Friday, June 3rd from 4:30-6:30 pm.

Box Tops current contest ends May 27th/

Field Day is June 9th, if you want to volunteer for the event, please fill out this form. If you'd like to donate fruit or water please click here.

Please take a moment and fill out the PTO survey to help for next years planning. Click here to take it

School Site Council 
The Lowell Site Council will meet this Thursday at 7pm in the Lowell library. It will be our last meeting to review our goals for next year!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday Message 5/9/16

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and a nice Mother's Day. Thank you, again, for the amazing and delicious teacher appreciation lunch on Friday!

Lowell Science Night THIS Friday!
Please come to Lowell family science night this Friday, May 13th from 6-8pm. It is a free event for Lowell families and is sure to be fun and educational. Here are some details about the event:

6:00-6:20 Inventor Mentor Rocket Launch      Lowell Avenue Field
6:20          Doors Open
6:30-7:15  Mad Science (geared towards gr 3-5)    Lowell Library
6:30-7:15 Drumlin Farm (geared towards grPK-2)  Room 110

6:20-8pm  Hands-on Science Fair  Lowell gym and cafeteria

***You may either choose one of the programs (Mad Science or Drumlin Farm) or spend time in the Science Fair! If you choose one of the programs, please try to not wander in and out-as there will be an opportunity to visit the ScienceFair after the programs!***

PTO Meeting
The PTO will meet this Tuesday at 7pm in the Lowell library.

Parent Presentation
Watertown Public Schools presents:

Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 
Strategies to Interrupt the Worry Cycle at Home and School
A workshop for parents, guardians, and teachers by Lynn Lyons
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Hosmer Elementary School
One Concord Road
Watertown, MA 02472

When children and their parents are in the grips of anxiety and worry, it feels overwhelming and mysterious. Anxiety is a very persistent master; when it moves into families, it takes over daily routines, schoolwork, bedtime and recreation. To make matters worse, the things that we do intuitively as adults to help and console our anxious children actually make the anxiety stronger. This workshop will discuss concrete strategies parents and educators can use with children and teens for families to handle current anxiety and also to prevent the development of anxiety and depression later in life.
What past attendees say:​  ​“Fantastic presentation. I cannot say enough good things about Lynn's workshop.​ ​She is engaging, energetic, funny, and inspiring.”
Lynn Lyons, LICSW, a Concord, NH psychotherapist, specializes in the treatment of children and parents experiencing anxiety. She is the co-author with Reid Wilson of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle.​  ​Ms. Lyons presents internationally and is regularly featured on television and public radio, including Katie Couric and Morning Edition.

The flyer for the event can be found here

This workshop was made possible by a grant from​ ​the US Department of Justice and​ ​the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance (MOVA)

Lowell Learning Garden Work Day-We Need Volunteers!
There will be a volunteer opportunity in the Lowell Learning Garden on SUNDAY, MAY 15th, from 1:30 - 4:30pm.

We will be working under the guidance of Judy Fallows, the WPS Garden Coordinator, who is leading this amazing program at the Lowell and the other Watertown elementary schools.  While it is particularly helpful to have volunteers with gardening experience, we also welcome those of you - like myself! - who just want to help out and support the cause, and learn some skills along the way!

Some examples of projects to be tackled at this time are: making some repairs to the one of the garden beds, lots of weeding in various areas, and putting up a "bunny fence".

If you happen to have your own garden gloves and/or a spading shovel, please bring those along.  Also, please bring your own water bottle.  There will be some light snacks around to keep folks fueled up!

Please RSVP to Kathleen McGah if you think you can help out.   Feel free to bring your children; they can help, or if they are old enough to play over in the Kindergarten playground while you help out, that is fine too.  

Box Tops
A reminder to label all Box Tops with teacher name and student name! The current contest is running until 5/27.

Parent Nutrition Workshop Tomorrow
There will be a parent nutrition workshop tomorrow at Watertown Middle School from 5:30-7pm. Children are welcome and refreshments will be served!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Monday Message 5/2

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. This week kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week. Our amazing PTO has raffles and lunch planned for our teachers. Please join me in thanking our dedicated and hard working educators for all that they do!

Last Days of School
The last day of school for students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten is Thursday, June 23rd. The last day of school for students in grades 1-5 is a early release day on Friday, June 24th.

Lowell Science Night
Our first Lowell Science Night is Friday, May 13th from 6-8pm. There are SO many hands on events and activities planned. Some of the groups at science night: Empow Studios, Drumlin Farm, Habitat, Mad Science, Tufts Graduate School of Engineering, Inventor Mentor, and more!
Please join us for this free family event that was funded by the Watertown Cultural Council.

Dancing With The Stars
The Watertown Education Foundation is hosting it's annual Watertown Dancing With The Stars event this Friday! There are still some tickets available. It is a very fun and entertaining event that supports our schools and students. For more information visit

Lowell Fifth Grade Info Night at WMS
Mr Carter is inviting all current fifth grade parents to Watertown Middle School on Wednesday, May 25th at 7pm in the WMS auditorium. This evening is a chance to learn about the middle school!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday Message 4/25

It was so great to see students back to school today. As you know, we are dealing with the loss of Bob Galante, LEDP coordinator.  I want to remind families that our guidance team is offering the following parent workshops on how to talk with children about death.  Each session will have the same content and will be very useful for any parent.  The dates and times are:

Monday April 25th 1:30PM
Monday April 25th 5:30PM
Thursday April 28th 4:00PM
Friday April 29th 8:30AM

Lowell Site Council This Week
The Lowell School Site Council will meet this Thursday at 7pm in the Lowell library. We will be crafting goals for our School Improvement Plan. All are welcome.

Assembly This Week
We reached our reading goal during our month long reading challenge (actually we went above our goal)! We will have the amazing storyteller, Len Cabral, come and put on a show for our students this Wednesday.

Building Lasting Connections With Our Children
Each year, our guidance counseling intern from the Harvard School of Graduation is charged with creating something useful for our school community.  This year, Ms. Lauren McDermott surveyed our families and staff about potential topics and "Building Lasting Connections with Our Children" was an overwhelming top topic choice.  Below please find the link to her rich and resourceful presentation: Building Lasting Connections with Our Children

Please kindly provide some feedback via her Parent Survey so she can graduate with all necessary credits in a few weeks!  

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Loss In Our Community

April 20th, 2016

Dear Parents,

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that Bob Galante, Lowell Extended Day Program coordinator, has passed away. Bob was a loved and valued member of the Lowell school community as well as the Watertown community.  Children may be aware of this through hearing about it from their own families or community members.  If your child is enrolled in LEDP, there will be a separate letter coming to you shortly from Beth Sahakian, community education director.

Sudden death is extremely difficult for all. It is important for us to recognize this and offer assistance to children, families, and staff. Our guidance counselors, Veronica Knight and Hope Notaro, will be providing parent meetings on how to talk and work with your children around death. These meetings will be offered at the following dates and times:
  • Monday April 25th 1:30PM
  • Monday April 25th 5:30PM
  • Thursday April 28th 4:00PM
  • Friday April 29th 8:30AM

The Lowell will also be open this Friday, April 22nd from 9-11 for children and families to come and work with Lowell student support staff and staff from The Academy of Physical and Social Development. Parents and children can come by anytime between 9 and 11 am.

There are some resources to help children and families deal with the sudden death. These can be found on the Lowell guidance blog:

This is a tremendous loss for the Watertown and Lowell community. I know our strength will prevail as we support each other through this difficult time.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Elizabeth Kaplan

Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday Message 4/11

It is spring conference week! Here are some reminders for conferences:

  •  Please stop by the lost and found items that have been placed in the main lobby to claim items you may have thought were missing! 
  • Be on time to your conference as all teachers are scheduled back to back.
  • Early release is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week. Dismissal at 12:15 each day. Lunch will be served.
April Vacation Next Week
School will be closed for April vacation next week and will re-open on April 25th!

Family Bingo Night Thursday!
Family Bingo night is this Thursday at 6pm in the Lowell cafeteria. It is a fun, free evening with prizes and snacks served!

We have had increasing issues as well as some dangerous situations during drop and go in the morning.  

  • Pull up to the second crosswalk to drop off.
  • Stay to the left of the three plastic "children".
  • Do NOT pass any cars on the left, please wait in the drop and go line. This has resulted in dangerous situations.
  • Do NOT get out of your car if you are in the drop and go line.
  • Please do not park on the left side of Lowell Ave during drop and go. We have had concerns from crossing guards and Watertown Police about this practice. 
  • Thank you for doing your part to create a safe environment around our school in the mornings. 

PTO Updates
The link to PTO updates is here!

Reading Challenge!
We reached our goal of 4,000 hours and more!!! The Lowell read 4,947 hours in four short weeks! More information on our reward and winning homerooms to follow.