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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.

PTO
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

Monday, December 1, 2014

Monday Message 12/1

Good Morning Lowell Families,

I hope everyone had a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday.  I can't believe we are already in December.  This time of year is very busy for teachers, parents and students.  There is a long list of announcements for upcoming events.  We look forward to seeing parents at conferences starting next week to discuss how students are doing in the classrooms.

Conferences and Early Release
Parent conferences begin next week on Monday, December 8th.  There are four early release days next week, the 8th-11th.  Friday, December 12th is a full day.  Dismissal on early release days is 12:15.

Picture Retakes:
This Wednesday, December 3rd is Picture Retake Day.  Any students that wish to have pictures retaken can do so in the morning.  Envelopes are available in the front entranceway.

Spirit Day: Snowflakes
This Friday, December 5th is a Lowell School Spirit Day.  We will make it snow!  Each student should bring a paper snowflake.   The snowflakes will be collected and used to decorate for Winterfest.

Book Fair
The book fair is next week.
Book Fair dates: December 8-December 12
Shopping hours: 12/8-12/11 12-1:30
                           12/10 5-6
                           12/12 2-3 and 6-8.
Book Fair Flyer
You can also shop online for the book fair:  Online Shopping Link

Volunteers are needed for the Book Fair and for Winterfest.  Please sign-up to help by contacting Nikki (niccole_e@yahoo.com) or Donna (dmtuccinardi2012@gmail.com)

Homework Club Grades 3-5:
Homework club for students in grades 3-5 will begin this Thursday.  Homework Club will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30- 3:30.  A sign-up form will be emailed out on Tuesday morning for this week.  Normally the form will go out on Thursday afternoons for the following week.  Homework club is free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  You will receive an email confirmation each week to let you know whether your child has a spot for the following week.

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday Message 11/24

Good Evening Lowell Families,

The students at the Lowell School participated in their first activity today with a buddy class.  It was great to walk around and see older and younger students participating in cooperative activities.  I am thankful for the wonderful teachers who worked to plan today's buddy meetings.  The buddy classes will meet once a month throughout the rest of the school year.

Reminder: Wednesday, November 26th is an early release day.  Students are dismissed at 12:00 and there is no extended day programming.  There is no school on Thursday or Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

I hope families have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  Have a restful few days and enjoy the time with family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ms. Donovan

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