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Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday Message

Welcome back! I hope you and your students had a nice April vacation.

Lowell Math League Wins Big!
Some of our Lowell 4th and 5th grade students participate in the Continental Math League. This year, our grade 5 Math League team has won 1st place NATIONALLY! Our grade 4 Math League team has won 1st place REGIONALLY! This is very exciting news and I congratulate our Math League teams!

Second Grade Parent Coffee
There will be a principal's coffee this Thursday at 8:20 am in the Lowell lounge. Topics covered include curriculum, assessment, instruction, social-emotional learning, and transition to third grade. I hope to see many second grade parents and guardians there!

Special Spirit Day-Friday, May 2nd
For the past two years, there has been a Principal for the Day auction item on the PTO annual spring auction. This year's Principal for the Day is Jesus Torres in Ms Altobello's class! The Principal for the Day chooses a spirit day and accompanying charity as a part of their prize.
Jesus has chosen an Acts of Kindness spirit day in which staff and students are being asked to wear green and commit an act of kindness throughout the day. Jesus' charity is the SATO project.
The SATO project accepts donations of dog collars, bones, dog treats, lysol wipes, and paper towels. Jesus will be accepting these donations at the start of the school day on Friday.  We look forward to participating in this special spirit day!

PTO Updates
This link will take you the the PTO weekly update:

School Site Council Meeting CHANGE
To allow for many of us to attend the Town Council meeting on budget on Tuesday evening at 6pm, the School Site Council meeting has been changed to Thursday, May 1st at 7pm. All are welcome to attend either or both of these meetings as they are both important!

Reading Challenge Closing Ceremony
Our school wide month of reading Olympics came to a close last week with winners being honored at our closing ceremonies! It was a great month and we encourage students to keep reading! I would like to thank Mrs Dganit Toledano, Mrs Kim Ketchen, and Ms Ella Steim for organizing such a fun month of events and for tallying up all of those reading logs each week-it was a lot of work! Thank you to the PTO for funding the prizes!

Watertown Strong Road Race
The Lowell school had a team of runners in last week's 5K! Here is a picture of some "Leopards" at the finish line!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weekly Message

Reading Challenge Wrap Up
Our month long Reading Olympics is wrapping up this week. Today, we will have the school wide closing ceremonies and then, after vacation, students will participate in fun buddy team building games! I will post the overall winners after they are announced to the students.

Second Grade Parent Coffee
Second grade parents are invited to attend a grade level parent coffee on Thursday, May 1st at 8:20 am in the Lowell lounge. Please try to attend, if you are able! Topics covered include: curriculum, instruction, assessment, social-emotional learning, and transition to grade 3.

School Site Council Meeting
The Lowell School Site Council will meet Tuesday, April 29th at 7:00pm in the Lowell lounge. It is an open meeting where we will work on writing our school improvement plan.

Spirit Day May 2nd-Acts of Kindness
This year's winner of the Principal for the Day auction item has named May 2nd an "Acts of Kindness" Spirit Day. For his "Act of Kindness Day" he is requesting that students and staff wear green to promote kindness and hope.  We encourage all our students and staff to make an extra effort on this day to show acts of kindness throughout the day.
For his cause, the Sato Project, we will be collecting donations to be delivered to the Boston Sato Project Sanctuary.   Wish List of items include;Dog collars, any size, dog bones and dog treats, paper towels, lysol wipes, monetary donations, either through a check or through their website
Learn more about the Sato Project at

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Weekly Message

Hello! I hope you enjoyed the (somewhat) nicer weather this weekend.

Last Day of School
Pending no more snow days (I am hopeful) the last day of school will be Friday, June 27th!

Watertown Strong Run
A parent, Diego Hammerschlag, has volunteered to put together a Lowell Leopards team for the Watertown Police Watertown Strong 5K road race on Saturday, April 19th at 10 am. Proceeds raised go to various charities and funds that support victims of last year's Boston Marathon bombings. This will be a great opportunity to raise money for a great cause, represent the Lowell school, and have fun! Please email to join or for more information.

The Lowell Times
The first edition of the Lowell Times, a student written newspaper, is hot off the presses and will be going home this week, most likely on Thursday!

There is a PTO meeting tonight, Tuesday, April 8th at 7pm in the Lowell lounge. The PTO update can be found here

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Weekly Message

Hello! It finally feels like spring this week, although we still have a pretty large snow mound still left on the field.

There will be a number of road closures in Watertown today and tomorrow for the funeral of Lt Edward Walsh, Boston firefighter and Watertown native.  This link will give you all of the information related to street closures.