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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weekly Message


Reading Challenge Wrap Up
Our month long Reading Olympics is wrapping up this week. Today, we will have the school wide closing ceremonies and then, after vacation, students will participate in fun buddy team building games! I will post the overall winners after they are announced to the students.

Second Grade Parent Coffee
Second grade parents are invited to attend a grade level parent coffee on Thursday, May 1st at 8:20 am in the Lowell lounge. Please try to attend, if you are able! Topics covered include: curriculum, instruction, assessment, social-emotional learning, and transition to grade 3.

School Site Council Meeting
The Lowell School Site Council will meet Tuesday, April 29th at 7:00pm in the Lowell lounge. It is an open meeting where we will work on writing our school improvement plan.

Spirit Day May 2nd-Acts of Kindness
This year's winner of the Principal for the Day auction item has named May 2nd an "Acts of Kindness" Spirit Day. For his "Act of Kindness Day" he is requesting that students and staff wear green to promote kindness and hope.  We encourage all our students and staff to make an extra effort on this day to show acts of kindness throughout the day.  
http://www.eatsleepbe.com/2012/02/acts-of-kindness-for-kids/
For his cause, the Sato Project, we will be collecting donations to be delivered to the Boston Sato Project Sanctuary.   Wish List of items include;Dog collars, any size, dog bones and dog treats, paper towels, lysol wipes, monetary donations, either through a check or through their website
Learn more about the Sato Project at 
http://thesatoproject.org/the-sato-project-sanctuary/




Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Weekly Message

Hello! I hope you enjoyed the (somewhat) nicer weather this weekend.

Last Day of School
Pending no more snow days (I am hopeful) the last day of school will be Friday, June 27th!

Watertown Strong Run
A parent, Diego Hammerschlag, has volunteered to put together a Lowell Leopards team for the Watertown Police Watertown Strong 5K road race on Saturday, April 19th at 10 am. Proceeds raised go to various charities and funds that support victims of last year's Boston Marathon bombings. This will be a great opportunity to raise money for a great cause, represent the Lowell school, and have fun! Please email lowell_leopards@e-sweeties.com to join or for more information.

The Lowell Times
The first edition of the Lowell Times, a student written newspaper, is hot off the presses and will be going home this week, most likely on Thursday!

PTO
There is a PTO meeting tonight, Tuesday, April 8th at 7pm in the Lowell lounge. The PTO update can be found here http://eepurl.com/R0DkT

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Weekly Message

Hello! It finally feels like spring this week, although we still have a pretty large snow mound still left on the field.

There will be a number of road closures in Watertown today and tomorrow for the funeral of Lt Edward Walsh, Boston firefighter and Watertown native.  This link will give you all of the information related to street closures.
http://watertownpd.org/2014/03/wake-funeral-arrangements-boston-firefighter-edward-walsh/


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Gardens and Music!

Garden!

As many of you may know, the Lowell school had the first successful edible schoolyard, the Lowell Learning Garden, in the district last year! Since then other schools have caught on and are working to start their own gardens. The benefits of a school garden are plentiful and the positive effects spread outside of the school walls to parents, community members, town officials, etc...
We are determined to keep the garden going and successful and expand its use to more classrooms and more areas of the curriculum.

We are looking for 2-3 parents who would be willing to make a seasonal commitment to be on the Lowell Learning Garden steering committee. This commitment entails two, one hour meetings a month for the months of April, May, June, September, and October.  Many of you volunteered in the garden or "adopted" the garden for a week in the summer and there will be these opportunities again! The steering committee is a model proven to sustain and run an efficient learning garden. Please email me, Ms Kaplan at elizabeth.kaplan@watertown.k12.ma.us  directly as soon as possible if you would like to take advantage of this exciting opportunity. In addition to parents, the committee is composed of myself, three teachers, and a master gardener. 

We need to open the garden as soon as possible (planting peas this year) so please get in touch if you can! Anyone can do this-there is no need to know anything about gardening. 

Music!
The third annual MusicFest Fundraiser is happening this Friday at Watertown Middle School from 6-10pm.  The event features over 50 performances from local musicians. Pizza and baked goods will be sold and there will be an instrument petting zoo from 6-7:30 pm for younger children. All proceeds benefit music programs of the Watertown Public Schools. Suggested donations are $8/person or $25/family.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Message


Lowell Happenings
Our reading challenge continues! Here is the news from last week.
  • In the PK/Kindergarten downhill skiing competition, Team Altobello made it down the mountain with the best set of times.
  • In first grade, Team Peca’s bobsled ran a little faster than the competition, just beating out Team Lehmann.
  • In the second grade, Team Seward’s ski jumpers went just a little further than the rest of the field, inching out ahead of Team Hudon’s strong second-week showing.
  • In the third grade, Team Park sharpened their speedskates to take the week’s lead.
  • On the ⅘ team there was a shake-up in the snowboard competition, with Team Stezzi getting just a bit more air than Team Levine to claim the top of the standings.


  • Team Stezzi read the most hours in the school this week (209.3), just beating out Team Levine’s 197.3.
  • We saw participation go up in many classes this week; overall, we have nine homerooms with over 50% participation: Teams Sudbay (88%), Levine (78%), Stezzi (78%), Lehmann (76%), Altobello (76%), Peca (71%), Garabedian (67%), Fiandaca (53%), and Shpritzer (50%).

School Site Council
The School Site Council meeting will be this Tuesday at 7pm in the Lowell lounge. We will be having a working meeting and writing our school improvement plan.


Progress Reports
Progress reports will be going home on Wednesday of this week. Please keep an eye out for them in backpacks. PreK and kindergarten students have a different report that is accessible online.

Spirit Day THIS Friday!
This Friday will be CRAZY HAIR DAY! Come to school with your craziest hair style...I know the staff are getting very excited for this one!

Special Event for Grade 4 and 5 Parents
You’re invited to a parent education event on Wednesday April 2, 2014, from 7-9 PM at the Watertown Middle School: 
"I Get It"
...understanding your tween and preparing for the middle school years, will prepare parents of 4th and 5th graders for the transition to middle school and promote protective factors for youth in this age group. The event will feature Joani Geltman, MSW and include a welcome from Watertown Middle School Principal Kimo Carter. It is open to any adult who is interested in the topic and child care is provided on a limited basis for children age 4 and up. Please see the PTO update for more information.