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Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Message 11/17/14

Good Morning Lowell Families,

Our month-long focus on Kindness at the Lowell School coincides with World Kindness Day from Random Acts of Kindness.org.  The site has some great ideas of different ways to promote kindness.  At the Lowell School we are getting started with our "Buddy" classrooms.  Each classroom is paired with another class from a different grade level.  The classes will get together once a month to participate in buddy activities.  These activities are great opportunities for students to demonstrate kindness and cooperation.

This Week:
Tuesday, November 18th Lowell School Site Council 7:00 in the Lowell Library

Conference Appointments will go home on Thursday, November 20th.  Please return them to classroom teachers.

Winter Weather:  Classes go out to recess even in the cold.  Students will not be kept in from recess.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.

PTO News
Wednesday, November 19th is a fundraiser for the Lowell School at Patou in Belmont.  Eat delicious Thai food and the Lowell School will benefit.  Click here to print the Patou Flyer.

Friday, November 21st is Spirit Day.  The theme of the November spirit day is Hat Day.

The Box Tops contest continues until the Thanksgiving break.  Keep sending in your box tops.

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday Message 11/10

Good Afternoon Lowell Families,

Today we had our 3rd whole school assembly.  The assembly was focused on the theme of Kindness.  The students participated in a game show called, "Are You Kinder Than a Lowell Leopard!"  We talked about how kindness is thinking about the other person and treating them the way you would like to be treated.  Teachers will be looking to pass out Kindness Coupons to students they see demonstrating kindness.

PTO
Wednesday, November 12th there is a PTO meeting at 7:00 at the Lowell School.

Box Tops
We are in the middle of our fall Box Tops contest.  The contest ends November 26th and the winning class gets a pizza party.  Please send in those box tops!

No School
Tomorrow, November 11th is Veteran's Day.  There is no school.

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan

Monday, November 3, 2014

Monday Message 11/3

Good Morning Lowell Families,

You may have read the articles about the Watertown Public Schools receiving almost 1 million dollars for one-time curriculum purchases.  As part of this money the Lowell School has new a new Smart Board in the Library, and many new curriculum resources including materials for teaching math, science, and writing.  The Lowell School is also getting new literacy intervention resources, new books for the leveled book room and new k-2 science materials.  Tomorrow during the professional development workshops many teachers are attending sessions on the new Math in Focus materials or Empowering Writers.  These sessions help teachers to understand the content and strategies of the new programs but, they are also working sessions in which teachers collaborate to plan the lessons they will deliver in the classroom.

Reminder: Tomorrow is Election Day, NO SCHOOL for students.

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Message 10/27

Good Afternoon Lowell Families,

I have been observing in classrooms and seeing some amazing lessons.  The students are working hard in reading, writing, math, science and social studies.  I have seen kindergarteners doing science writing about pumpkins.  Our first graders are painting gorgeous skies and learning to write vivid descriptions.  Some of our fifth graders spent time in the Lowell Learning Garden using their five senses to make descriptive poems.  Students are earning cooperation coupons for working well with their classmates.

Before School Activities
Ms. Loguidice and Ms. Donahue invite students in grades 3-5 to join the Lowell Before School Program. Activities will run from 7:30 to 8:15 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday starting the week of November 3rd.  Please check the flyer for more information.  Lowell Before School
PTO
The PTO would like to thank all of the volunteers for their work at the Harvest Fest last Thursday.  Thank you also to all of the families that attended the event.  If you wish to share photographs from Harvest Fest please go to the Lowell PTO Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lowell-School-PTO/101654219909103

Tuesday, November 4th
Just a reminder that Tuesday, November 4th, Election Day is a professional development day for teachers.  There will be no school for students.

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan




Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Message 10/20

Good Morning Lowell Families,

Our month long focus on cooperation continues.  Classrooms are continuing to recognize students for their efforts at teamwork and collaboration.  Ms. Knight has been working with 4th and 5th grade classes on promoting friendships, how to approach diversity and differences, and ways to prevent bullying in our school.  Please check out the links to her lessons on her Lowell Guidance Blog.

PTO
Harvest Fest- The PTO is still looking for cooperative volunteers to help out with the Harvest Fest.  Harvest Fest is this Thursday, October 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30.  Volunteers are needed at the food table, and for other events such as face painting.  Please sign-up to volunteer at the PTO table by the front entrance.

Chateau Fundraiser:  On Wednesday, October 22nd bring a fundraiser ticket to the Chateau Restaurant in Waltham and 20% of your bill will go to the Lowell PTO.  Here is a link to the flyer: Chateau Fundraiser.  Flyers are also available on the PTO table by the main entrance.

Spirit Day: Friday, October 24th is Spirit Day.  Wear orange and black to celebrate the harvest season.

Schedule for the week:
Tuesday, October 21st, Site Council 7:00pm in the Library
Wednesday, October 22nd, PTO Chateau Fundraiser, Waltham 11:15am to close
Thursday, October 23rd, Harvest Fest, 6:30 to 8:30pm in the Lowell Gym and Cafeteria
Friday, October 24th, Parent Coffee 8:20am in the Cafeteria - Grade 5 Parents
Friday, October 24th, Spirit Day- Wear orange and black.

Picture Day
Last Thursday was Picture Day.  If you would still like to order pictures you can order online at coffeepond.com.  We will have a retake day on Wednesday, December 3rd.

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday (Tuesday) Message 10/14

Good Morning Lowell Families,

I hope families had a relaxing long weekend.  Today teachers and instructional assistants are busy in professional development classes.  We will see everyone back tomorrow morning for a short school week.

Evacuation Drill

On Friday, October 10th, the Lowell School had a scheduled evacuation drill.  The teachers and students exited the building and proceeded to the Department of Public Works on Orchard Street.  Completing fire and evacuation drills are an important part of school safety and preparedness.  The students were respectful and responsible during the drill.  The drill was complete in under thirty minutes and the students returned to a regular school day.

Traffic and Parking

The school and the Police Department have been getting many emails and calls from neighbors of the Lowell School about parking and traffic during drop-off and pick-up.  Please be respectful of the neighbors.  Do not block driveways, and obey streets that are one-way during school hours.  

CORRECTION PTO Meeting

There is a PTO meeting Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30 at the Lowell School.  Volunteers are still needed for the Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30.  Please contact Nikki Muraca @ niccole_e@yahoo.com to sign up.  

Here is the link to PTO flyer.

Picture Day

Picture Day is this Thursday, October 16th.  Students should have brought envelopes home last Thursday.  Envelopes should be returned to the classroom teacher.  

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday Message 10/6/14

Good Afternoon Lowell Families,

We had a wonderful assembly on Friday focussed on cooperation.  The Lowell leopard made and appearance.  Teachers modeled cooperation by playing a group game in front of the students.  Children noticed that the teachers did a good job cooperating by: listening to Ms. Donahue's directions, cheering each other on, and not giving up.  Classrooms will be having class meetings about cooperation and teachers will be recognizing kids that display good teamwork.


Picture Day:
Picture day is Thursday, October 16th.  Envelopes will go home this Thursday, October 9th.  The envelopes should be returned to the classroom teacher.

Columbus Day and Professional Development:
Reminder there is NO SCHOOL for students on Monday and Tuesday, October 13 and 14th.  There is a PTO meeting on Thursday, October 14th at 7:00.

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan