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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"Tuesday" Message 5/26

Good Morning Lowell Families,

We are entering a very busy season of "End of the Year" events.  I want to give you some reminders of up-coming dates.

5/26 Tonight at the Middle School Mr. Carter will have an information session for parents of fifth grade students transitioning to middle school.

Thursday 6/4- PTO End of Year Picnic- 2:30 to 5:30

Monday 6/8 and Tuesday 6/9 No School for K and Pre-K students- Kindergarten and Pre-K screening for incoming kindergarten and pre-K students

Wednesday 6/10 7:00 PM Spring Concert at WHS

Thursday 6/11- Lowell School Field Day

The last day of school is Monday, June 29th.  It is an early release day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:15.

Lowell Learning Garden: The Lowell Learning Garden will be expanding.  We will be adding three new beds to the garden.  We would love to have parent volunteers to help.  Also if any parents have experience with carpentry, we will need help building the new beds.  Please let know if you are interested in this project.

Have a good week!

Ms. Donovan

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Message 5/18

Good Morning Lowell Families,

Spring is a busy season for Lowell families.  I know families are busy with activities outside of school.  In school students are working on projects and lots of special activities are being planned for classes.  If you plan to chaperone a field trip or volunteer on Field Day (June 11th), parents must fill out a CORI form.  CORIs take about two weeks to complete and are valid for three years.  Please fill out a CORI early if you plan to volunteer.

Early Release Wednesday, May 20th
This Wednesday, May 20th is an early release day.  Students will be released at 12:15.  Lunch will be served in the morning.  There will be no Courses for Kids (Circus class is not meeting).  The Recreation Department will run All Sports from 12:15-1:15.

Memorial Day
No School on Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day.

PTO Updates
Spirit Day- This Friday is a PTO Spirit Day.  Wear Red, White and Blue in honor of our veterans.  Students will attend the Memorial Day assembly at 9:00 on Friday, May 22nd.

Paint Night- On Tuesday, May 19th the Lowell PTO is having a fundraiser at the Paint Bar in Newton.  Please use this link to sign up:

Yard Sale- Thank you to all of the families who donated and shopped at the Lowell School Yard Sale this past Saturday.  A big thank you to Mary Lynds for organizing the event and all of the parents that volunteered to make the yard sale a success.  The yard sale raised over $1,500 for the Lowell PTO.

The Lowell School Site-Council will meet Tuesday, May19th at 7:00 PM in the Lowell Library.  We will finalize the School Improvement Plan for the 2015-2016 school year.

Have a great week and a nice holiday weekend!

Ms. Donovan

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday Message 5/11

Good Morning Lowell Families,

This week the students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be taking the final round of PARCC tests.  Today students are completing the "End of Year" ELA test.  On Wednesday and Thursday, the students will take the "End of Year" Math tests.  I know students and staff will be happy to see the end of the state testing season.

Elections: On Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the Lowell Library there will be a PTO meeting.  Elections for PTO offices will be held at this meeting.  Please contact if you are interested in filling the position of Vice President or serving as a grade level coordinator.

Yard Sale:  This Saturday is the Town-Wide yard sale.  Please consider donating good quality toys, books and sports equipment to the Lowell Yard Sale.  Items can be dropped off at the Lowell Cafeteria between 4 PM and 7 PM on Friday, May 15th.  The yard sale is Saturday, May 16th from 7 AM-2 PM.  All proceeds benefit the Lowell PTO.  Please contact Mary Lynds at to volunteer.

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan

Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday Message 5/4

Good Morning Lowell Families,

This week is teacher appreciation week.  I believe that we have a lot to appreciate here at the Lowell School.  Our teachers are dedicated and care deeply about the success of our students.  Every day brings new challenges but the teachers at the Lowell School continue to work hard to make the Lowell School a welcoming and safe place for all children.

This weekend the Watertown Community Foundation sponsored "Watertown Helps Out" a day of community service.  In that spirit a small group worked to repair the fence around the Lowell Learning Garden that was damaged by this winter's snow fall.  Thank you to Gideon and Vivian Schreiber and Judy Fallows for helping to get the garden straightened up and ready for spring.

This Week:

On Tuesday and Wednesday the students in Grade 5 will be taking the Science, Technology and Engineering MCAS exam.  Students need to be on time for school.  Testing will begin first thing in the morning.  Next week students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 will complete the second part of the PARCC testing on Monday 5/11, Wednesday 5/13 and Thursday 5/14.

PTO Updates:

The next PTO meeting is Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00 PM in the Library.

The PTO is organizing a Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, May 7th.  Please contact Pamela Dennison if you'd like to donate a food item, raffle item or money (checks payable to Lowell Elementary PTO):

Yard Sale: The Lowell School will be participating in the Town Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, May 16th. The PTO will be collecting sports equipment, children's clothing, toys, games, books, bikes, strollers. As you are cleaning out from this awful winter, please set your things aside to donate!
If your interested in helping out contact

Yoga Week:  Please the following link to access the flyer for Yoga Week. This week 100% of the proceeds from any yoga classes will go to the Lowell PTO.  

Box Tops: Mr. Shpritzer's class has won the Spring Box Tops contest.  The PTO collected over $700 for the school.

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan

Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday Message 4/27

Good Morning Lowell Families,

I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing week off of school.  It was wonderful to see the smiling faces return to school this morning.  The traffic in the drop and go lane seems to be a little lighter now that many people have returned to walking and biking to school.  Please remember to watch in crosswalks around the school for students that may be walking to school.  I have also noticed that many families are walking dogs to school.  I am a dog owner and dog lover but, please remember that dogs are not allowed on school grounds according to town ordinances.  If you are walking to school with puppies please try to use the sidewalks across from the building so that the areas in front of the stairs and ramps are clear for students.

Homework Club and Cooking Club:
The grade 3, 4 and 5 Homework Club will no longer be meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The cooking club for grades 4 and 5 will meet on Tuesdays for the next six weeks.  Students that have been selected for the cooking club received permission slips to be signed and returned.

Site Council
This Tuesday, April 28th, from 7:00 -8:00 there will be a site-council meeting in the Lowell School Library.  We will finalize the school improvement goals for the 2015-2016 school year and discuss action steps for each goal.

PTO Updates:
Please visit the Lowell School PTO website: for updates on PTO events and fundraisers.

Lowell School Yard Sale: If you are doing any "spring cleaning" consider donating items to the Lowell PTO's Yard Sale.  On May 16th, as part of the Watertown Town-Wide Yard Sale the Lowell PTO will be hosting a sale on the front lawn of the school.  The proceeds from the sale will benefit the Lowell PTO.  We will be collecting Sports Equipment, children's clothing, toys, games, books, bikes, strollers. As you are cleaning out from this awful winter, please set your things aside to donate! Please be on the look out for more information.

Box Tops: Correction: The Box Tops contest ends April 30th.  Here are the current class totals.    Thank you to all of the families who donated.  This is a great way for our PTO to earn money.

Fiandaca ~96
Pinsoneault ~51

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday Message 4/13

Good Morning Lowell Families,

It is wonderful that spring is finally here.  We are seeing a lot more students walking to school which means that drop and go traffic is moving more quickly.  Remember to be on the look out for students in crosswalks.

Early Release This Week:
Monday through Thursday are early release days.  Students will be served lunch and dismissed at 12:15.  There is LEDP but, there is no homework club.  Friday is a full school day.  If you have a conference scheduled with your child's teacher please try to be on time.  Conferences are twenty minutes in length and teachers have packed schedules.

April Vacation:
Next week is April vacation, there is no school for the week.

This Tuesday, April 14th, there is a PTO Meeting at 7:00 in the Library.

The theme of this Friday's Spirit Day is "Mismatch Day."  I am looking forward to seeing some great clashing outfits on Friday.

Have a wonderful week and a great April break.

Ms. Donovan

Monday, April 6, 2015

Monday Message 4/6

Good Morning Lowell Families,

The students at the Lowell School were very excited to reach their goal of reading 5,000 hours during the month of March.  The students in Pre-k through fifth grade read a total of 5,546 hours.  To celebrate this accomplishment we had a special assembly from Jim Parks of Wingmasters.  He brought five birds of prey and did an educational presentation for all of the students.  Ask your children about the American Kestrel, the Peregrine Falcon, the Screech Owl, the Barred Owl, and the Red Tail Hawk they met today.  Mr. Parks was amazed at what a respectful audience the students were and about the knowledge they had about animals.  I will be updating the homepage soon with more pictures of these magnificent creatures.

Early Release and Conferences
Parent- Teacher Conferences are scheduled for this Thursday evening and Monday through Thursday afternoon of next week.  Please be on time for conferences so that teachers can stay on schedule.
On early release days, lunch will be served and students will be dismissed at 12:15.

Classes are in the middle of the spring Box Top contest.  The students have until April 30th to bring in Box Tops.  The class with the most box tops will win an ice cream party.  Ms. Altobello's class is currently in the lead with 237 box tops.

The next PTO meeting is next Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00 PM.

Grade 3-5 Homework Club:
There will be homework club this week.  The homework club sign-up will go out this afternoon.

Healthy Technology Use Speaker Series
This Wednesday, April 8th is the third and final speaker in the Healthy Technology Use Series.
Wednesday April 8th @ 7:00
Watertown Middle School (Parent & tween/teen presentation)
Speaker David Bickham and also features Stacy Carruth with an introductory to Mindfulness.

Reserve your seat by registering at

Learn more about the Center on Media and Child Health on their FB group at

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan