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Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday Message

I usually post quick informational updates on my weekly blog post, yet I always wish I was including more on our students, teachers, and on teaching and learning.  This year is the first year of a new teacher evaluation system. This evaluation system involves frequent observations of all teachers. It has been a challenge to dedicate time to these observations and writing feedback after the observations, but it has been an amazing experience for me so far. There are so many wonderful things happening in our school! Some of the wonderful things...
  • Students preparing to communicate with their pen pals ("ePals") in another country.
  • Students excitedly explaining to me the variety of reading strategies they are using to interact with a book.
  • Students harvesting vegetables from our Lowell Learning Garden to use for a science lesson.
  • A lunch group problem solving, together, something that happened on the playground.
Okay, now for the business side of the the blog!

No School Next Week
There will be no school on Tuesday, November 5th as the school will be open for voting and teachers will be engaged in professional development.

Drop and Go
A reminder to drop and go in the mornings on Lowell Avenue. DO NOT get out of your car when in the drop off line. Our goal is to have traffic move smoothly and quickly through the drop off line and to prevent students from being tardy to school. 


Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday Message

It was so great to see so many of you at the Haunted Harvest Festival on Friday night. Thank you to our PTO for hosting such a fun event for our children and families.

School Site Council
Our School Site Council will meet this Tuesday, October 22nd at 7pm in the Lowell lounge. Please join us as we talk about school improvement. I will send out a full list of School Site Council dates at the meeting and in my next post.

Conference Slips
Notices will be going home this week, on Thursday, about November parent-teacher conferences. Please keep an eye out for this important notice.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Site Council Meeting Correction!

An error was made in my weekly message! School Site Council will meet Tuesday, October 22nd-NOT on Thursday the 24th.

Thank you!

Weekly Message

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend! Teachers were here yesterday and engaged in really meaningful professional development all day.

Harvest Festival
The PTO's very popular Harvest Festival is this Friday, October 18th from 6:30-8:30 pm. This is NOT a drop off event so families must accompany their students. This event is only for Lowell families. Students are encouraged to come in costumes and have a blast!

Spirit Day
A Pajama Day Spirit Day will be held this Friday, October 18th. Wear your PJs to school and, if you choose, bring a donation of candy. We will be donating the candy to a few local area nursing homes so their residents can have some sweet treats!
Unfortunately, no slippers are allowed on pajama day as they are hazardous on stairs.

Parking and Pick Up
There have been a number of cars parking in the George St staff lot in the afternoon. This parking lot is for STAFF ONLY.  Please refrain from parking in staff lots.

School Site Council
School Site Council will meet next week, Thursday, October 24th at 7:00 pm in the lounge.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Monday Message

Hello! Today I am at the Massachusetts School Safety Summit and am learning a lot! Please take a moment to read my updates below. Also, as you read my weekly updates, please remember that we are asking all parents to commit at least five hours of volunteer work to our school community this year! Visit www.projectappleseed.org for more information on how your involvement can improve your child's achievement!

Picture Day
Picture Day is this Thursday, October 10th. Please return picture forms to classroom teachers.

PTO Meeting
The PTO will meet this Tuesday, October 8th at 7pm in the Lowell lounge. Please join us!

No School Next Week
There will be no school on Monday, October 14th for Columbus Day and no school on Tuesday, October 15th for teacher professional development and for voting. School will resume on Wednesday, October 16th.

Parent Coffee Events
Please take a moment to reference your paper PTO calendar for grade level parent coffee events. We had our first parent coffee for grades 4 and 5 parents this past week. I will be sending the presentation from the event to all 4/5 parents.