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Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday Message 4/27

Good Morning Lowell Families,

I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing week off of school.  It was wonderful to see the smiling faces return to school this morning.  The traffic in the drop and go lane seems to be a little lighter now that many people have returned to walking and biking to school.  Please remember to watch in crosswalks around the school for students that may be walking to school.  I have also noticed that many families are walking dogs to school.  I am a dog owner and dog lover but, please remember that dogs are not allowed on school grounds according to town ordinances.  If you are walking to school with puppies please try to use the sidewalks across from the building so that the areas in front of the stairs and ramps are clear for students.

Homework Club and Cooking Club:
The grade 3, 4 and 5 Homework Club will no longer be meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The cooking club for grades 4 and 5 will meet on Tuesdays for the next six weeks.  Students that have been selected for the cooking club received permission slips to be signed and returned.

Site Council
This Tuesday, April 28th, from 7:00 -8:00 there will be a site-council meeting in the Lowell School Library.  We will finalize the school improvement goals for the 2015-2016 school year and discuss action steps for each goal.

PTO Updates:
Please visit the Lowell School PTO website: http://www.lowellpto.org/ for updates on PTO events and fundraisers.

Lowell School Yard Sale: If you are doing any "spring cleaning" consider donating items to the Lowell PTO's Yard Sale.  On May 16th, as part of the Watertown Town-Wide Yard Sale the Lowell PTO will be hosting a sale on the front lawn of the school.  The proceeds from the sale will benefit the Lowell PTO.  We will be collecting Sports Equipment, children's clothing, toys, games, books, bikes, strollers. As you are cleaning out from this awful winter, please set your things aside to donate! Please be on the look out for more information.

Box Tops: Correction: The Box Tops contest ends April 30th.  Here are the current class totals.    Thank you to all of the families who donated.  This is a great way for our PTO to earn money.

Shpritzer~1,226
Altobello~735
Seward~657
Peca~611
MacLellan~424
Peteson~386
Connors~292
Stezzi~285
Barker~177
Sudbay~163
Park~136
Morrison~117
Moriarty~99
Fiandaca ~96
Murray~88
Walsh~70
Cox~59
Pinsoneault ~51
Hudon~22

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday Message 4/13

Good Morning Lowell Families,

It is wonderful that spring is finally here.  We are seeing a lot more students walking to school which means that drop and go traffic is moving more quickly.  Remember to be on the look out for students in crosswalks.

Early Release This Week:
Monday through Thursday are early release days.  Students will be served lunch and dismissed at 12:15.  There is LEDP but, there is no homework club.  Friday is a full school day.  If you have a conference scheduled with your child's teacher please try to be on time.  Conferences are twenty minutes in length and teachers have packed schedules.

April Vacation:
Next week is April vacation, there is no school for the week.

PTO:
This Tuesday, April 14th, there is a PTO Meeting at 7:00 in the Library.

The theme of this Friday's Spirit Day is "Mismatch Day."  I am looking forward to seeing some great clashing outfits on Friday.

Have a wonderful week and a great April break.

Ms. Donovan

Monday, April 6, 2015

Monday Message 4/6

Good Morning Lowell Families,

The students at the Lowell School were very excited to reach their goal of reading 5,000 hours during the month of March.  The students in Pre-k through fifth grade read a total of 5,546 hours.  To celebrate this accomplishment we had a special assembly from Jim Parks of Wingmasters.  He brought five birds of prey and did an educational presentation for all of the students.  Ask your children about the American Kestrel, the Peregrine Falcon, the Screech Owl, the Barred Owl, and the Red Tail Hawk they met today.  Mr. Parks was amazed at what a respectful audience the students were and about the knowledge they had about animals.  I will be updating the homepage soon with more pictures of these magnificent creatures.



Early Release and Conferences
Parent- Teacher Conferences are scheduled for this Thursday evening and Monday through Thursday afternoon of next week.  Please be on time for conferences so that teachers can stay on schedule.
On early release days, lunch will be served and students will be dismissed at 12:15.

PTO:
Classes are in the middle of the spring Box Top contest.  The students have until April 30th to bring in Box Tops.  The class with the most box tops will win an ice cream party.  Ms. Altobello's class is currently in the lead with 237 box tops.

The next PTO meeting is next Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00 PM.

Grade 3-5 Homework Club:
There will be homework club this week.  The homework club sign-up will go out this afternoon.

Healthy Technology Use Speaker Series
This Wednesday, April 8th is the third and final speaker in the Healthy Technology Use Series.
Wednesday April 8th @ 7:00
Watertown Middle School (Parent & tween/teen presentation)
Speaker David Bickham and also features Stacy Carruth with an introductory to Mindfulness.

Reserve your seat by registering at
https://healthy-families-2015.eventbrite.com

Learn more about the Center on Media and Child Health on their FB group at
https://www.facebook.com/centeronmediaandchildhealth

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan