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Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday Message

Lowell Happenings

Last week, we had Odaiko of New England put on an assembly of Japanese Taiko drumming. It was great and our students loved it! The drums were big and loud. Our 4th and 5th grade students are studying Japan and will present what they have learned to students and families in the spring at our World Tour.

No School Next Week
There will be no school on Monday and Tuesday of next week (January 20th and 21st) for Martin Luther King Jr Day and professional development day, respectively.

Grade 3 Parent Coffee
There will be a parent coffee for grade 3 parents on Thursday, January 30th at 8:20 am in the Lowell lounge. Topics covered will include: curriculum, assessment, instruction, social-emotional learning, and more!

Give Five to Thrive
Still looking to give five hours of time to the school or want to go above five hours?
Our second annual International Night is on Friday, January 24th. If you would like to represent your nation of origin at this really great night, please email Deb Ortiz or Yolyett Hohmann

If you are not able to volunteer or host a table, please come to the event! Bring a dish to share at our potluck!

The PTO is looking for volunteers to help with the annual spring fundraiser.  This is the biggest fundraiser that the Lowell School PTO does and our entire school is dependent on this money. Last years fundraiser raised over $11,000 with that money being used to support the entire school through In-House Enrichments, magazine subscriptions, classroom support, iPad purchases, and more.  Our online auction is set to begin on March 1st and end on March 15th.  We are looking for parents to help us solicit donations.  Any amount of time you can donate is appreciated.  Please contact either Seta Davidian at or Noreen Lombard at

Emergency Response Drills
As you know, we conducted another emergency drill last week. We conduct these drills in accordance with our critical incident protocols in collaboration with police and fire.  I want to take the time to define the main types of responses we have to emergencies or critical incidents.

Shelter in Place: Shelter in Place is used any time the hallways may need to be clear of others.  This allows necessary personnel to move about the hallways. An example of this would be if someone was injured and medical professionals needed to move about the school.

Evacuation: This is used if we need to evacuate the building for any reason. This includes our fire drills. We evacuate to the front lawn. We also practice a secondary site evacuation, where we evacuate to the DPW across the street.

Lockdown: This is used during an incident that requires all people in the building to be secured within locked rooms in the building.

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