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Monday, May 2, 2016

Monday Message 5/2

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. This week kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week. Our amazing PTO has raffles and lunch planned for our teachers. Please join me in thanking our dedicated and hard working educators for all that they do!

Last Days of School
The last day of school for students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten is Thursday, June 23rd. The last day of school for students in grades 1-5 is a early release day on Friday, June 24th.

Lowell Science Night
Our first Lowell Science Night is Friday, May 13th from 6-8pm. There are SO many hands on events and activities planned. Some of the groups at science night: Empow Studios, Drumlin Farm, Habitat, Mad Science, Tufts Graduate School of Engineering, Inventor Mentor, and more!
Please join us for this free family event that was funded by the Watertown Cultural Council.

Dancing With The Stars
The Watertown Education Foundation is hosting it's annual Watertown Dancing With The Stars event this Friday! There are still some tickets available. It is a very fun and entertaining event that supports our schools and students. For more information visit http://watertowned.org/

Lowell Fifth Grade Info Night at WMS
Mr Carter is inviting all current fifth grade parents to Watertown Middle School on Wednesday, May 25th at 7pm in the WMS auditorium. This evening is a chance to learn about the middle school!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday Message 4/25

It was so great to see students back to school today. As you know, we are dealing with the loss of Bob Galante, LEDP coordinator.  I want to remind families that our guidance team is offering the following parent workshops on how to talk with children about death.  Each session will have the same content and will be very useful for any parent.  The dates and times are:

Monday April 25th 1:30PM
Monday April 25th 5:30PM
Thursday April 28th 4:00PM
Friday April 29th 8:30AM

Lowell Site Council This Week
The Lowell School Site Council will meet this Thursday at 7pm in the Lowell library. We will be crafting goals for our School Improvement Plan. All are welcome.

Assembly This Week
We reached our reading goal during our month long reading challenge (actually we went above our goal)! We will have the amazing storyteller, Len Cabral, come and put on a show for our students this Wednesday.

Building Lasting Connections With Our Children
Each year, our guidance counseling intern from the Harvard School of Graduation is charged with creating something useful for our school community.  This year, Ms. Lauren McDermott surveyed our families and staff about potential topics and "Building Lasting Connections with Our Children" was an overwhelming top topic choice.  Below please find the link to her rich and resourceful presentation: Building Lasting Connections with Our Children

Please kindly provide some feedback via her Parent Survey so she can graduate with all necessary credits in a few weeks!  

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Loss In Our Community

April 20th, 2016


Dear Parents,

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that Bob Galante, Lowell Extended Day Program coordinator, has passed away. Bob was a loved and valued member of the Lowell school community as well as the Watertown community.  Children may be aware of this through hearing about it from their own families or community members.  If your child is enrolled in LEDP, there will be a separate letter coming to you shortly from Beth Sahakian, community education director.

Sudden death is extremely difficult for all. It is important for us to recognize this and offer assistance to children, families, and staff. Our guidance counselors, Veronica Knight and Hope Notaro, will be providing parent meetings on how to talk and work with your children around death. These meetings will be offered at the following dates and times:
  • Monday April 25th 1:30PM
  • Monday April 25th 5:30PM
  • Thursday April 28th 4:00PM
  • Friday April 29th 8:30AM

The Lowell will also be open this Friday, April 22nd from 9-11 for children and families to come and work with Lowell student support staff and staff from The Academy of Physical and Social Development. Parents and children can come by anytime between 9 and 11 am.

There are some resources to help children and families deal with the sudden death. These can be found on the Lowell guidance blog: http://lowellguidance.blogspot.com/2014/02/resources-for-addressing-grief-and-loss.html

This is a tremendous loss for the Watertown and Lowell community. I know our strength will prevail as we support each other through this difficult time.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Sincerely,



Elizabeth Kaplan
Principal


Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday Message 4/11

It is spring conference week! Here are some reminders for conferences:

  •  Please stop by the lost and found items that have been placed in the main lobby to claim items you may have thought were missing! 
  • Be on time to your conference as all teachers are scheduled back to back.
  • Early release is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week. Dismissal at 12:15 each day. Lunch will be served.
April Vacation Next Week
School will be closed for April vacation next week and will re-open on April 25th!

Family Bingo Night Thursday!
Family Bingo night is this Thursday at 6pm in the Lowell cafeteria. It is a fun, free evening with prizes and snacks served!

Drop and Go-PLEASE READ
We have had increasing issues as well as some dangerous situations during drop and go in the morning.  

  • Pull up to the second crosswalk to drop off.
  • Stay to the left of the three plastic "children".
  • Do NOT pass any cars on the left, please wait in the drop and go line. This has resulted in dangerous situations.
  • Do NOT get out of your car if you are in the drop and go line.
  • Please do not park on the left side of Lowell Ave during drop and go. We have had concerns from crossing guards and Watertown Police about this practice. 
  • Thank you for doing your part to create a safe environment around our school in the mornings. 


PTO Updates
The link to PTO updates is here!

Reading Challenge!
We reached our goal of 4,000 hours and more!!! The Lowell read 4,947 hours in four short weeks! More information on our reward and winning homerooms to follow.


Monday, April 4, 2016

Monday Message 4/4


Normal Dismissal Today
We will return to our normal dismissal routines today. Thank you for your patience last week!

Early Release Next Week
A reminder that Tuesday through Friday next week will be early release days for parent-teacher conferences. Dismissal is at 12:15 and there will be lunch served and LEDP for those enrolled.

WPS Art Show
The district wide art show is up at the Watertown Mall now. The opening reception is tonight from 5-7pm. Stop by and see the amazing work!

Watertown Music Fest
Come celebrate music with the Friends of Watertown Music at their 5th Annual MusicFest, Friday, April 8th 5:30-9:30 at the Watertown Middle School. Come and perform or listen throughout the evening to musicians of all ages and abilities on four different 'stages'  - from classical to pop music and everything in between. Try an instrument at the petting zoo. Enjoy pizza, baked goods, fun and friends.  For more information or to sign-up to perform or volunteer, go to https://watertownmusic.org/musicfest/

PTO Updates
There is a PTO meeting tomorrow, Paint Night this Thursday, Family Bingo Night coming up and much more. Click here for PTO events and updates

School Start Time Survey
Please see below for a message from the superintendent

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

If you have not yet had the opportunity to take the School Start Time Survey, please take a moment to do so on or before April 7th. The survey will be closed to responses beginning on April 8th


Thank you for your cooperation.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday Message 3/28

I hope you had a great long weekend.  Progress reports were sent home on Friday for grades 1-5 and preK and K families should have access to their student's online progress report.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent teacher conferences will be held the week of April 11th. Teachers will be in touch very soon to schedule a conference to discuss your student's progress.  Also, due to conferences that week, Tuesday 4/12, Wednesday 4/13, Thursday 4/14, and Friday 4/15 will be early release days for students. Dismissal will be at 12:15pm and there will be LEDP for families enrolled.

April Vacation
School will be closed for April vacation 4/18-4/22.

PTO Meeting
The next PTO meeting is Tuesday, April 5th at 7pm in the Lowell library. Please join us!

School Site Council Meeting This Week
Site Council will meet this Thursday at 7pm in the Lowell library. We will start writing our school improvement plan for the upcoming school year. It is an open meeting-all are welcome!

Reading Challenge 2016
Our reading challenge is in full swing! Logs are being counted today...follow the JR Lowell Elementary School on Facebook for reading challenge and other updates!



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Weekly Message 3/22/16

Hello everyone. Here are some announcements for what has shaped up to be a very short week.

Construction at the Lowell
The work that commenced at the Lowell on Friday afternoon, to repair ceilings in the "old wing" of the school, was completed on Sunday.  A large crew of workers worked all weekend and a cleaning crew followed them. Teachers and staff could not believe that when they came in it looked as if no work was done at all! I am grateful to our custodial staff, our facilities department, and the school department and tow for the support in getting the job done.

Site Council This Week
School Site Council will meet on Thursday, March 31st at 7pm. The meeting was originally scheduled for this Thursday-due to the holiday weekend it needed to be rescheduled.

No School Friday, March 25th.
A reminder that there will be no school this Friday in observance of the Good Friday holiday.

Report Cards 
Term 2 report cards will be going home for students in grades 1-5 on Thursday of this week. You will have the opportunity to talk about your student's progress at parent-teacher conferences in April. PreK and kindergarten families will receive notification to access the online early childhood progress report this week.