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Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Message 1/26

Good Morning Lowell Families,

The forecast is calling for lots of snow this week.  Please check local news outlets for updates on school closings or delays. 

As of 9:00 AM on Monday- Courses for Kids for Monday afternoon have been cancelled and Boys and Girls Night at the Hosmer School this evening have been cancelled.  


The core value we are focussing on for the month of January is perseverance.  This is an important trait for all New Englanders to develop to survive the long winters.  Perseverance is also an important value for students.  Learning involves working through problems and using what you already know to help you figure out something new.  This happens in pre-K when students are trying to balance blocks and build a tall tower or in fifth grade when students are solving complex multi-step word problems.  The learning doesn't happen just by getting the right answer.  Important learning happens with each incorrect answer along the way.  

International Night

This Friday, January 30th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM is International Night at the Lowell School.  International Night is an event that celebrates the diversity of the population at the Lowell School.  There will be tables representing different countries and foods from different cultures.  Please join us on Friday evening for this event.

Have a great week.  Be safe in the storm. 

Ms. Donovan

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday Message 1/20

Good Morning Lowell Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend.  Teachers were busy at school today but we are looking forward to seeing students back at school tomorrow morning.

Site Council
There is a Lowell School Site Council meeting tonight at 7:00 PM in the library.  The Assistant Superintendent Darilyn Donovan will be in attendance to answer questions about elementary curriculum.

Spirit Day Friday- Bring a Flag
On Friday, January 23rd students should bring an 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper make a flag to represent their cultural heritage.  These flags will be used to decorate at International Night on Friday, January 30th.

International Night
International Night is Friday, January 30th from 6-8 PM.  This is a great event to recognize the cultural diversity at the Lowell School.  Families can sign up to have a table by emailing:  Families can also bring food from different cultures for a feast in the cafeteria.

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Message 1/12

Good Morning Lowell Families,

Students got right back into the swing of things last week.  I have been visiting classrooms and it is impressive to see the challenging and engaging work students are doing.  Our core value this month is perseverance.  Perseverance is a quality that all students need to develop to continue to grow as learners.  Teachers encourage students to stick with challenges, learn from mistakes and celebrate effort not just success.

Kindergarten Registration
Last week's Kindergarten Information night had low attendance.  If you have friends or neighbors with kindergarten age children please reach out to them and let them know about Kindergarten Registration.

Monday, January 12th 7:30 AM- 10:00 AM  and 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, January 13th 7:30 AM- 10:00 AM  and 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday, January 15th 7:30 AM- 10:00 AM  and 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday, January 16th 7:30 AM- 10:00 AM  and 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

PTO Meeting, Tuesday January 13th at 7:00 in the Teacher's Room

International Night, Friday January 30th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
We currently have families setting up tables to represent Albania, Bulgaria, Germany, India, Italy, Palestine, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Korea, Tunisia and Turkey.  If you would like to set up a table to honor your cultural heritage please email:

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan

Monday, January 5, 2015

Monday Message 1/5/2015

Happy New Year Lowell Families,

I hope everyone had a restful vacation.  It is often difficult to get back into the routine after vacation but, it was great to see many smiling kids entering the building this morning.

As the weather gets colder remember that classes do try to go out to recess every day.  Please make sure students are dressed appropriately for the weather.  Doors open for students at 8:05.  If you are using the Drop and Go, please make sure to pull all the way forward to allow many cars to get through quickly.  Watch carefully for students in crosswalks.

Kindergarten Information Night
This Thursday from 6:30-7:30 is Kindergarten Information Night.  You will…..

  • learn about early education in Watertown 
  • find out when to register your child
  • learn how to register your child for school 
  • ask questions about early education and registration 
  • pick up registration packets 

Kindergarten Requirements:
Your child must turn 5 years of age on or before September 7, 2015
Full Day Pre-Kindergarten Requirements:
Your child must turn 4 years of age on or before September 7, 2015

The next PTO meeting is Tuesday, January 13th at 7:00 in the Lowell Teacher's Room.

International Night
International Night at the Lowell School is on Friday, January 30th from 6 to 8pm.  Countries represented so far are: Albania, Germany, India, Italy, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Tunisia, and Turkey.  If you would like to host a table please email

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan

Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday Message 12/22

Happy Holidays Lowell Families,

We have a very short week and then school will be closed until January 5th.  I hope families have a happy and relaxing break.  I know that students and teachers will return to school refreshed and ready to take on new challenges in the new year.

I want to thank all of the parents that have been involved in the Lowell School community during the first part of the year.  The Lowell School is lucky to have parents that support our efforts.  If you have not become involved please consider volunteering or supporting the PTO to keep the Lowell Community strong.

The next PTO meeting is Tuesday, January 13th,  2015 @ 7:00.

International Night is on Friday, January 30th

Have a great break!

Ms. Donovan

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Message 12/15

Good Morning Lowell Families,

Thank you to all of the PTO volunteers who helped to make the Book Fair and Winter Wonderland a big success.  The book fair helps to provide books for our classrooms.  The teachers greatly appreciate all of the effort that goes into this event.

Food Drive
December 15th-17th the PTO is helping to collect food for the St. Patrick- St. Vincent de Paul's Food Pantry.  Boxes are in the front hallway.  Please see the attached flyer for information.

This week:

Monday, December 15th Evening Conferences

Tuesday, December 16th  NO SITE-COUNCIL
(Tuesday is the first evening of Chanuka.  We will meet in January)

Thursday, December 18th 5:30 Chorus Holiday Sing-A-Long at Watertown Middle School

Friday, December 19th at 1:20 pm Holiday Concert in the Lowell Gym

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Monday Message 12/8

Good Morning Lowell Families,

Most of you have probably heard the news that Ms. Kaplan's leave has been extended until the end of the school year.  I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to continue working at the Lowell School for the rest of the year.  It has been a wonderful experience for me getting to know the many different aspects of the Lowell School community.  I am looking forward to continuing my work with students, teachers and parents.

It will be a very busy week at the Lowell School with early release days, conferences, the book fair and finally Winter Wonderland.  Parent conferences are an important opportunity for teachers and parents to come together and share information about students.  Report cards will be handed out at conferences.  Conferences are scheduled one after another.  Please be on time and respect the limits of your appointment time.

Early Release Conference Schedule
Monday 12/8 12:15 Dismissal
Tuesday 12/9 12:15 Dismissal
Wednesday 12/10 12:15 Dismissal
Thursday 12/11 12:15 Dismissal
Friday 12/12 Full Day

Book Fair Schedule
During each class's Library period this week students will visit the book fair to create wish lists.  Students will not be able to purchase books during school hours.  During the following schedule of shopping hours, volunteers from the PTO will be staffing the book fair so that families can purchase books.

Monday 12/8 12:00- 1:30
Tuesday 12/9 12:00- 1:30
Wednesday 12/10 12:00-1:30  and 5:00-6:00
Thursday 12/11 12:00-1:30
Friday 12/12 2:00-3:00 and 6:00 - 8:00

Spare Change and Pajama Day
Thursday, December 11th is pajama day.  A PTO volunteer will be at the main entrance collecting spare change.  The change will be used to purchase books for Lowell Teachers.  Here is the flyer.

Winter Wonderland
Friday, December 12th from 6:30 to 8:00 is Winter Wonderland.  The book fair will be open.  There will be a DJ in the gym.

PTO Meeting
Tuesday, December 9th is the PTO meeting.  We will meet in the Lowell Teacher's room.

Homework Club
There is no homework club this week due to parent conferences.  I will send out the sign-up for next week on Thursday, December 11th.

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan