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Monday, October 26, 2015

Monday Message

Hello! It is an exciting week at the Lowell. We are having our first all school assembly on Tuesday afternoon followed by our first cross age buddy time! Students will meet their "buddies" and do a get to know you activity.  Pictures to follow!

Site Council This Thursday
There will be a site council here this Thursday, October 29th at 7pm in the Lowell library. It is an open meeting so all our welcome.

Spirit Day
We will have a crazy sock spirit day on Friday! Wear your crazy socks and tights.

Halloween Party-Friday, October 29th
The PTO sponsored Halloween Party is this Friday from 6:30-8:00pm in the Lowell gym and cafeteria. It is a free event and children may wear costumes, but please leave costume weapons at home.

No School-Tuesday, November 3rd
There will be no school due to a professional development day on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Grade 1 Parent Coffee-Thursday, November 5th
There will be a parent coffee on Thursday, November 5th at 8:20 am in the Lowell cafeteria. All grade one families are welcome to come learn more about curriculum, assessment, and all things first grade!

Enhanced Lockdown Parent Meeting-Thursday, November 5th
All parents are invited to attend a meeting at the Lowell with the district Critical Incident Team and Watertown Police to learn about our new way of responding in an emergency. This is an adult only meeting and will be in the gym at 7pm.

Bake Sale Help Needed
There will be a bake sale during voting at the Lowell school on Tuesday, November 3rd to benefit our fifth grade end of year events. Fifth grade parents, we need more bakers! Please email Pam and pamela.dennison123@gmail.com if you are able to contribute baked goods or your time!


Monday, October 19, 2015

Monday Message

I hope the weekend was great! The message today is all about upcoming dates to save. It is a busy time of year!

Upcoming Meeting Dates to Save
School Site Council: Thursday, October 29th at 7pm

Enhanced Lockdown Parent Meeting: Thursday, November 5th at 7pm/
This will be a meeting for all parents to attend to learn about WPS' new procedures for emergency response. This is a Lowell school only meeting as the other schools are having or have had their own meetings.

PTO Updates
Fifth Grade Parent Meeting: Tuesday, October 20th at 7pm

Halloween Party: Friday, October 30th from 6:30-8pm.  Volunteers are still needed! Volunteer sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0d4aa8a62ba57-halloween

The Lowell Book Fair is scheduled for the week of Dec. 13th. This year we will have a public Book Fair Sunday Dec. 13th, 10-1 so spread the word to all your friends and family. All are welcome.
We need volunteers to work the fair, sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4cada62aa4f85-lowell

School Committee Debate
There will be a debate of all of the candidates running for Watertown School Committee on Thursday, October 22nd from 7-9 at the Watertown Middle School auditorium.



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Weekly Message

I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend!

Picture Day
Picture Day is on Friday, October 16th. Picture envelopes should be returned to the classroom teacher. There will be retakes for students absent or for students who would like another try at school pictures.

PTO Meeting Tonight
PTO will meet tonight at 7pm in the library. Our librarian, Ms Steim, as well as the Boys and Girls Club will be there. All are welcome. We had a great turnout at last month's meeting!

When Your Child is Absent..
A reminder that you do NOT need to call the school. If your child is marked absent then you will receive an automated absence notification via phone. If you receive this call and your child is not absent, then please call the main office.

Box Tops
The Box Tops contest is going on now! Please remember to label your box tops when turning them in!

Facebook
To get quick updates about the Lowell, please like our JRLowell Facebook Page

Thursday, October 8, 2015

ChopChop Magazine for Lowell Families

Today a copy of the most recent ChopChop magazine will be sent home with your student.  Below you will find a letter from our superintendent and wellness director about this initiative. Happy reading (and eating)!

Dear  Lowell School Families,

We are pleased to announce that our Wellness Committee will be expanding the District-wide, 
healthy eating initiative this school year. This initiative will bring exciting events and helpful 
resources to all the families in Watertown, including:

● Continuation of the after-school cooking classes and gardening clubs for 4th and 5th graders

● Implementation of parent workshops and healthy eating events throughout the school year

● Reinforcement of a home-school connection on healthy cooking and eating by distributing 
the award-winning ChopChop: The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families. Thanks to a 
generous grant from Watertown Savings Bank and funding from the PEP Grant, every 
elementary student will receive a copy of ChopChop Magazine for the entire school year 
(Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer). 

● Distribution of lesson plans using ChopChop in the classroom will also be available to all the 
teachers

Based in Watertown, ChopChop’s mission is to inspire and teach kids to cook together with their 
families. We encourage you to look through the magazine with your children and pick a recipe to 
make together at home! 

Please take a few minutes to complete this online survey: 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/watertowncooks  This survey is to help understand your 
family’s current eating habits and how often you cook at home. All answers will remain 
anonymous. There will be a follow-up survey at the end of the school year as well. Complete both 
surveys for a chance to win a Kitchen Essentials gift basket valued at over $100 and other 
prizes!

Here’s to a healthy (and delicious) school year!

Sincerely,

Jean M. Fitzgerald         Donna Ruseckas

Superintendent               Director of Wellness and Extended Services

Monday, October 5, 2015

Monday Message

I hope you all had a lovely fall weekend. I want to thank all of you that came to Back to School Night. I was able to visit almost every classroom and it was so great to see all of you in your student's chairs!
We had a great turnout at the first all elementary Color Fun Run yesterday. I had a blast spraying all of the runners with color, while spending time with former Lowell school graduates who are now in middle school and earning community service hours volunteering.  Some updates for the week...


No School on Monday, October 12th

School will be closed in observance of Columbus Day on Monday, October 12th.

Box Tops Contest
It’s time for our first Box Tops classroom contest of the school year!!
This year in addition to our classroom contests, we will keep a record of each child’s Box Tops
and at the end of the year the child who collects the most box tops will win a prize !!
Please note :
* Box Tops collected for our summer contest will not be included.
* Make sure to write your child’s classroom and your child’s name on your Box Tops
bag/envelope if you want them to qualify for the end of year prize.
Our first classroom contest starts Monday October 5th and the deadline will be Friday October
23rd.  The winning class and party will be announced the week of November 2nd
Please remember to 1) check the expiration dates 2) cut and put in a baggie or envelope
marked with your child’s name and classroom.
Thank you and good luck !!!

Michelle Munroe and Vivienne Kelly