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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"Tuesday" Message 5/26

Good Morning Lowell Families,

We are entering a very busy season of "End of the Year" events.  I want to give you some reminders of up-coming dates.

5/26 Tonight at the Middle School Mr. Carter will have an information session for parents of fifth grade students transitioning to middle school.

Thursday 6/4- PTO End of Year Picnic- 2:30 to 5:30

Monday 6/8 and Tuesday 6/9 No School for K and Pre-K students- Kindergarten and Pre-K screening for incoming kindergarten and pre-K students

Wednesday 6/10 7:00 PM Spring Concert at WHS

Thursday 6/11- Lowell School Field Day

The last day of school is Monday, June 29th.  It is an early release day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:15.

Lowell Learning Garden: The Lowell Learning Garden will be expanding.  We will be adding three new beds to the garden.  We would love to have parent volunteers to help.  Also if any parents have experience with carpentry, we will need help building the new beds.  Please let know if you are interested in this project.

Have a good week!

Ms. Donovan

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Message 5/18

Good Morning Lowell Families,

Spring is a busy season for Lowell families.  I know families are busy with activities outside of school.  In school students are working on projects and lots of special activities are being planned for classes.  If you plan to chaperone a field trip or volunteer on Field Day (June 11th), parents must fill out a CORI form.  CORIs take about two weeks to complete and are valid for three years.  Please fill out a CORI early if you plan to volunteer.

Early Release Wednesday, May 20th
This Wednesday, May 20th is an early release day.  Students will be released at 12:15.  Lunch will be served in the morning.  There will be no Courses for Kids (Circus class is not meeting).  The Recreation Department will run All Sports from 12:15-1:15.

Memorial Day
No School on Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day.

PTO Updates
Spirit Day- This Friday is a PTO Spirit Day.  Wear Red, White and Blue in honor of our veterans.  Students will attend the Memorial Day assembly at 9:00 on Friday, May 22nd.

Paint Night- On Tuesday, May 19th the Lowell PTO is having a fundraiser at the Paint Bar in Newton.  Please use this link to sign up:

Yard Sale- Thank you to all of the families who donated and shopped at the Lowell School Yard Sale this past Saturday.  A big thank you to Mary Lynds for organizing the event and all of the parents that volunteered to make the yard sale a success.  The yard sale raised over $1,500 for the Lowell PTO.

The Lowell School Site-Council will meet Tuesday, May19th at 7:00 PM in the Lowell Library.  We will finalize the School Improvement Plan for the 2015-2016 school year.

Have a great week and a nice holiday weekend!

Ms. Donovan

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday Message 5/11

Good Morning Lowell Families,

This week the students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be taking the final round of PARCC tests.  Today students are completing the "End of Year" ELA test.  On Wednesday and Thursday, the students will take the "End of Year" Math tests.  I know students and staff will be happy to see the end of the state testing season.

Elections: On Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the Lowell Library there will be a PTO meeting.  Elections for PTO offices will be held at this meeting.  Please contact if you are interested in filling the position of Vice President or serving as a grade level coordinator.

Yard Sale:  This Saturday is the Town-Wide yard sale.  Please consider donating good quality toys, books and sports equipment to the Lowell Yard Sale.  Items can be dropped off at the Lowell Cafeteria between 4 PM and 7 PM on Friday, May 15th.  The yard sale is Saturday, May 16th from 7 AM-2 PM.  All proceeds benefit the Lowell PTO.  Please contact Mary Lynds at to volunteer.

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan

Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday Message 5/4

Good Morning Lowell Families,

This week is teacher appreciation week.  I believe that we have a lot to appreciate here at the Lowell School.  Our teachers are dedicated and care deeply about the success of our students.  Every day brings new challenges but the teachers at the Lowell School continue to work hard to make the Lowell School a welcoming and safe place for all children.

This weekend the Watertown Community Foundation sponsored "Watertown Helps Out" a day of community service.  In that spirit a small group worked to repair the fence around the Lowell Learning Garden that was damaged by this winter's snow fall.  Thank you to Gideon and Vivian Schreiber and Judy Fallows for helping to get the garden straightened up and ready for spring.

This Week:

On Tuesday and Wednesday the students in Grade 5 will be taking the Science, Technology and Engineering MCAS exam.  Students need to be on time for school.  Testing will begin first thing in the morning.  Next week students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 will complete the second part of the PARCC testing on Monday 5/11, Wednesday 5/13 and Thursday 5/14.

PTO Updates:

The next PTO meeting is Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00 PM in the Library.

The PTO is organizing a Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, May 7th.  Please contact Pamela Dennison if you'd like to donate a food item, raffle item or money (checks payable to Lowell Elementary PTO):

Yard Sale: The Lowell School will be participating in the Town Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, May 16th. The PTO 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!
If your interested in helping out contact

Yoga Week:  Please the following link to access the flyer for Yoga Week. This week 100% of the proceeds from any yoga classes will go to the Lowell PTO.  

Box Tops: Mr. Shpritzer's class has won the Spring Box Tops contest.  The PTO collected over $700 for the school.

Have a great week!

Ms. Donovan