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Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday Message 5/9/16

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and a nice Mother's Day. Thank you, again, for the amazing and delicious teacher appreciation lunch on Friday!

Lowell Science Night THIS Friday!
Please come to Lowell family science night this Friday, May 13th from 6-8pm. It is a free event for Lowell families and is sure to be fun and educational. Here are some details about the event:

6:00-6:20 Inventor Mentor Rocket Launch      Lowell Avenue Field
6:20          Doors Open
6:30-7:15  Mad Science (geared towards gr 3-5)    Lowell Library
6:30-7:15 Drumlin Farm (geared towards grPK-2)  Room 110

6:20-8pm  Hands-on Science Fair  Lowell gym and cafeteria

***You may either choose one of the programs (Mad Science or Drumlin Farm) or spend time in the Science Fair! If you choose one of the programs, please try to not wander in and out-as there will be an opportunity to visit the ScienceFair after the programs!***

PTO Meeting
The PTO will meet this Tuesday at 7pm in the Lowell library.

Parent Presentation
Watertown Public Schools presents:

Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 
Strategies to Interrupt the Worry Cycle at Home and School
A workshop for parents, guardians, and teachers by Lynn Lyons
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Hosmer Elementary School
One Concord Road
Watertown, MA 02472

When children and their parents are in the grips of anxiety and worry, it feels overwhelming and mysterious. Anxiety is a very persistent master; when it moves into families, it takes over daily routines, schoolwork, bedtime and recreation. To make matters worse, the things that we do intuitively as adults to help and console our anxious children actually make the anxiety stronger. This workshop will discuss concrete strategies parents and educators can use with children and teens for families to handle current anxiety and also to prevent the development of anxiety and depression later in life.
What past attendees say:​  ​“Fantastic presentation. I cannot say enough good things about Lynn's workshop.​ ​She is engaging, energetic, funny, and inspiring.”
Lynn Lyons, LICSW, a Concord, NH psychotherapist, specializes in the treatment of children and parents experiencing anxiety. She is the co-author with Reid Wilson of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle.​  ​Ms. Lyons presents internationally and is regularly featured on television and public radio, including Katie Couric and Morning Edition.

The flyer for the event can be found here

This workshop was made possible by a grant from​ ​the US Department of Justice and​ ​the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance (MOVA)

Lowell Learning Garden Work Day-We Need Volunteers!
There will be a volunteer opportunity in the Lowell Learning Garden on SUNDAY, MAY 15th, from 1:30 - 4:30pm.

We will be working under the guidance of Judy Fallows, the WPS Garden Coordinator, who is leading this amazing program at the Lowell and the other Watertown elementary schools.  While it is particularly helpful to have volunteers with gardening experience, we also welcome those of you - like myself! - who just want to help out and support the cause, and learn some skills along the way!

Some examples of projects to be tackled at this time are: making some repairs to the one of the garden beds, lots of weeding in various areas, and putting up a "bunny fence".

If you happen to have your own garden gloves and/or a spading shovel, please bring those along.  Also, please bring your own water bottle.  There will be some light snacks around to keep folks fueled up!

Please RSVP to Kathleen McGah if you think you can help out.   Feel free to bring your children; they can help, or if they are old enough to play over in the Kindergarten playground while you help out, that is fine too.  

Box Tops
A reminder to label all Box Tops with teacher name and student name! The current contest is running until 5/27.

Parent Nutrition Workshop Tomorrow
There will be a parent nutrition workshop tomorrow at Watertown Middle School from 5:30-7pm. Children are welcome and refreshments will be served!

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