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Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Message, September 15th, 2014

Hello Lowell Families,

We had our first fire drill today.  The students were able to safely enter and exit the building and, classes quickly returned to their regular routines.

Schedule for the week

Tuesday, September 16th School Site Council Information Meeting 7:00- 8:30 in the Lowell Library

Thursday, September 18th Back to School Night 6:30-8:00 in the Gym/ Cafeteria/ Classrooms

Back to School Night
6:30 - 6:45 pm Principal's presentation in the Gym
6:45- 7:15 pm K-2 Parents visit classrooms, 3-5 Parents visit Specialists in the Cafeteria
7:15 - 7:45 pm 3-5 Parents visit classrooms, K-2 Parents visit Specialists in the Cafeteria

Friday, September 19th, Instrument Demonstration for 4th grade students @ 1:30 pm

Reminder
George Street next to the Lowell Playground is one way.  People should not be driving down George Street towards the Lowell School during Drop and Go.

Courses for Kids
Courses for Kids will be starting soon.  The deadline to register is September 19th.  Please follow the link to find information about the courses: https://sites.google.com/a/watertown.k12.ma.us/dept/wce/lowell-cfk

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lowell School Reminders

Hello Lowell Families,

Just a few quick reminders.

Notices
It is important to check backpacks for notices.  Thursday is notice day at the Lowell School so it is especially important to check backpacks on Thursdays.  We will try not to send paper notices on other days unless it is something time sensitive.  One important notice this week is about iparent which is our parent link to our student information system.  You can use iparent to keep contact information and emergency phone numbers updated.

Dismissal Plans
Please make sure to return your child's dismissal plan.  We follow dismissal plans carefully.  If you need to make a change to the dismissal plan on a particular day, please put it in writing.

PTO
There was a great turn out for the first PTO meeting last night.  PTO is looking for volunteers to help with fundraising and events.  There is a volunteer sign-up sheet in the PTO welcome packet.  The summer box top contest has been extended to September 15th.  Friday at 6:00 is the Ice Cream Social and Movie Night.  It is a great way to reconnect with families after the summer.

Lowell Community Volunteer Program
The Lowell Community Volunteer Program is a group that helps organize parent volunteers at the Lowell School.  Parent volunteers can sign up to help with administrative tasks such as photocopying and laminating.  If you are interested in volunteering please stop by the LCVP table at Back to School Night or contact Stephanie Venizelos,  svnov3@yahoo.com or Deb Ortiz,  ortiz60@hotmail.com to volunteer.

Have a great rest of the week,

Ms. Donovan

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Message 9/8/2014

Hello Lowell Families,

We had two great opening days last week.  It was wonderful to walk around classrooms and see students getting to know their teachers and classmates.  On Friday we had our first assembly for students in grade 1 through 5.  I was able to introduce myself and we sang our updated Lowell School Song.  We talked a little about the core values we will focus on this year: cooperation, kindness, perseverance and integrity.  I am looking forward to our first full week of school.  This week there is a PTO meeting on Tuesday evening and the PTO Ice Cream Social and Movie Night on Friday evening.  On Friday morning I will be hosting a coffee for new families just after drop-off in the cafeteria.  

See the week's schedule below for times and locations.  


Schedule for the week of September 9th to September 12th

Tuesday, September 9th
PTO Meeting 7-8:30 pm, Library

Friday, September 12th
Parent Coffee for New Families 8:20 -9:00am, Cafeteria
PTO Ice Cream Social and Movie Night: The Lego Movie 6-8pm


Ms. Donovan
Acting Principal

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Lowell School Update 9/2/2014

Good Afternoon Lowell Families,

Today was the first day back for Faculty and Staff.  We are busy preparing for students to arrive on Thursday.  I am finally able to send out emails to everyone so, I will do my best to communicate regularly. 

Communication

There are many ways that the school will communicate with families including: paper notices, emails and phone calls.  If you change your phone number, email or address please update this information in iparent so that you continue to receive communications from the school. 

The Lowell School does not have an absence hotline for students.  If your child is going to be absent you can email the teacher directly.  You DO NOT need to call the main office.  You only need to call if you receive an automated message that your child is not in school and you believe the student is present. 

Drop-off

Please remember that if you are using the “Stop, Drop and Go” it is important to :
1.  Pull as far up as possible. 
2. DO NOT get out of your car.  
This will keep the traffic moving and allow students to get into school on time. 

LEDP
The Lowell Extended Day Program begins on Thursday, September 4th for students in grades 1-5 and Tuesday, September 9th for students in pre-K and Kindergarten. 

Calendar
I will put out an updated calendar once the school committee votes on the calendar.  

See you on Thursday!


Ms. Donovan

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Countdown to opening day...

Hello Lowell Families,


It's a girl!  Principal Elizabeth Kaplan has welcomed a new baby girl, Gabriella,  into her family.

I can feel the first day of school quickly approaching.  Our teachers and staff are busy preparing for the opening of the Lowell School.  We are looking forward to a successful 2014-2015 school year.

Letters and Supply Lists:
We have been having difficulty with our student information system, so many teachers have been unable to access their class lists.  We apologize for the delay in sending out letters or emails to families.  Some teachers may have to send out supply lists on the first day of school rather than mail them ahead of time.

See everyone on Thursday, September 4th!

Ms. Donovan
Acting Principal

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hello Lowell Families...

Hello Lowell Families,

I would like to officially introduce myself; I am Allison Donovan, acting principal of the Lowell School.  For the past two years I have worked as the elementary curriculum coordinator, and prior to that I was a teacher at the Hosmer School.  Ms. Kaplan and I worked throughout the month of July to prepare for her leave, and my transition into the school.  I am excited for the opening of school and looking forward to meeting all of the Lowell students and parents. 

Placement Letters
Placement letters were mailed earlier this week so you should be on the lookout for this letter containing your student’s class assignment for the year.  Ms. Kaplan and I reviewed placements just before her leave, which was the final step in a very careful and thorough process. 

Lowell Facilities Issues
Repairs caused by the damage to the boiler room are underway.  The building is not officially open, but there has been no damage to classrooms.  Our dedicated custodial staff is still able to clean and prepare rooms for the opening of school. 

Registration for new students is on Wednesday, August 27th and the first day for students is Thursday, September 4th.  Kindergarten and pre-k parents should pay special attention to the schedule outlined in your student's placement letter. 

I look forward to meeting you and to a successful start of school.  I can be reached by email at allison.donovan@watertown.k12.ma.us or if you leave a voicemail in Ms. Kaplan’s mailbox, I am able to retrieve it. 


Enjoy the rest of the summer.  See you soon. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Goodbye for Now!

Hello, Lowell families!
I am writing to let you know that today is my last day as I must take a medical leave for the remainder of my pregnancy. I am officially handing the reins over to Ms Allison Donovan who will be acting principal while I am on leave.  I have spent the summer working hard getting the school ready for what will be an amazing year. Allison has also spent a lot of time with me to ensure a smooth transition.  I will miss the Lowell community so much but I will see you in January.
Allison will be in and out of the Lowell this summer and can be reached via email at allison.donovan@watertown.k12.ma.us.  If you need anything from me or just want to reach out I am also still on email for the time being!

Placement Letters
Placement letters with opening of school information will be mailed out during the first week of August. This letter contains your students class assignment for the upcoming school year. This assignment was made as a result of a very long, thorough, and thoughtful process.

Lowell Facilities Issues
As you know, the Lowell experienced a sprinkler malfunction that caused damage to the boiler room. Repair, inspection, and clean up has been underway. More detailed information will continue to be shared with all of you over the coming weeks but we are on track for having a clean and safe building for the opening of school.