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Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday Message

I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the nice weather! Although there is the primary election tomorrow, we DO have a regular school day tomorrow.

Kindergarten Parent Coffee
There will be a principal's coffee for parents of current kindergarten students next Friday, March 11th from 8:20-9am in the school cafeteria. Topics will include curriculum, instruction, assessment, transition to first grade, and much more!

Meetings This Month
PTO-Tuesday, March 8th at 7pm in the Lowell library
Site Council-Thursday, March 24th at 7pm in the Lowell library

PTO Auction
The annual PTO online auction goes live TOMORROW.  There are over 250 auction items to bid on and this event makes a significant impact on our school with the money it makes.  It is a lot of fun to bid! The link is here:  https://www.32auctions.com/2016-lowell-auction

BoxTops Contest Winner
Mrs Walsh's class has won the BoxTops contest!

Food Drive Spirit Day
Thank you to all who sent in items for the food drive on Friday. There was so much donated to the St Patrick's food drive!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Monday Message 2/22/16

Welcome back! I hope your students' had a great vacation.

Early Release Day THIS Wednesday
There will be an early release day this Wednesday, February 24th for teacher professional development. Dismissal will be at 12:15, lunch will be served, and there will be LEDP for those enrolled.

Site Council This Week
The Lowell School Site Council will meet this Thursday, February 25th at 7pm in the Lowell library. All are invited to attend. We will begin brainstorming school improvements as we start to plan to write our improvement plan.

Cooperation!
We are still focusing on our core value of cooperation this month at the Lowell. Students have been recognized with cooperation coupons!

Lost and Found
Our lost and found has an overwhelming number of items in it. Winter coats, hats, water bottles, clothing...Please stop by and check it out as items not claimed will be donated. The lost and found is located in the cafeteria.

Box Tops Contest
A reminder that today is the last day to turn in any Box Tops for Education. Please have all Box Tops labeled with your student and teacher name!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tuesday Message

It was great to see everyone today after four days out of school! Some updates for this, now, short week.

February Vacation
There will be no school next week for February vacation. School will reopen on Monday, February 22nd.

PTO Meeting
There is a PTO meeting tonight in the Lowell library at 7pm.  There are many great things coming up that the PTO puts together for our school.   Click here to see what is coming up at Lowell!

Grade 2 Parent Coffee
There will be a parent coffee for grade 2 students this week on Thursday at 8:20 am in the Lowell cafeteria. All grade 2 parents are welcome to come and learn more about curriculum, assessment, and all things grade 2!

Lowell Facebook page
A reminder to follow the Lowell on Facebook! Pictures of International Night were posted last week!

Site Council
Lowell Site Council, which is a group of parents and teachers that talks about school improvement, will be on Thursday, February 25th at 7pm in the Lowell library. All are welcome!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PARCC and MCAS Testing Dates

Hello families! We have secured our PARCC and MCAS testing dates for spring of 2016. Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 take PARCC in both English Language Arts and Math.

The testing dates were determined by the testing window the state dictates, the number of students and classes we have to test, and the number of proctors and small groups we have for testing.


Mon, May 2
Tue, May 3
PARCC ELA Unit 1
Grades 3, 4, and 5
Wed, May 4
PARCC ELA 
Unit 2
Grades 3, 4, and 5
Thu, May 5
PARCC ELA Unit 3
Grades 3, 4, and 5
Fri, May 6
PARCC ELA
Make Up
Mon, May 9
PARCC ELA
Make Up
Tue, May 10
PARCC Math Unit 1
Grades 3, 4, and 5
Wed, May 11
PARCC Math 
Unit 2
Grades 3, 4, and 5
Thu, May 12
PARCC Math Unit 3
Grades 3, 4, and 5
Fri, May 13
PARCC Math U4
Grades 3, 4, and 5
Mon, May 16
PARCC Math
Make Up
Tue, May 17
MCAS Grade 5 Science, Technology, Engineering
Session 1
Wed, May 18
MCAS Grade 5 Science, Technology, Engineering
Session 1 Make Up/
PARCC Math Make Up
Thu, May 19
MCAS Grade 5 Science, Technology, Engineering
Session 2
Fri, May 20
MCAS Grade 5 Science, Technology, Engineering
Session 2 Make Up/
PARCC Math Make Up

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday Message

Happy Monday! It was a great weekend in Watertown with lots of happenings.

International Night
International Night was a tremendous success. Thank you to all who came, hosted a table, brought food, volunteered. It was a fun and delicious evening!

Spelling Bee
The town wide spelling bee was also an amazing success! The Lowell teams did SO well. We had many winners!

Grade 2 Parent Coffee CHANGE
The grade 2 parent coffee has been changed from this Thursday to next Thursday, January 11th at 8:20 am.

MAP Testing
Students in grades K-5 are participating in MAP testing this month. MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress and is a nationally normed test. Students take the MAP reading and a math test on the computers in fall, winter, and spring.  The test provides data that is helpful for teachers to individualize instruction for your student. You will be able to hear about your student's MAP results at conferences.

PTO Auction
Our big PTO fundraiser is coming up in March! The online auction has the potential to raise a lot of money that goes back directly to our students.  Please consider helping out with the information below:
Have a gift card you won't use? Own a business that you can donate your service or goods? Personally know a business owner that could donate? 

Please contact Mary Lynds or Sarah Zengo to discuss or ask any questions. mary.lynds@brighthorizons.com, sarah.zengo@gmail.com