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Friday, August 10, 2018

Good afternoon Lowell families,

General Information:

Ms. Candice Whitmore officially took over the responsibilities of Assistant Principal this week. You will all get an opportunity to meet her in the fall. We will be hosting "meet and greet coffees" for parents and community representatives. Please, stay tuned for a schedule.

Prek and Kindergarten Families:

I wanted to remind all incoming Prek and kindergarten parents that this Wednesday, August 15 we are holding a playdate. It's a great opportunity to meet and make new friends before school begins. The playdate will take place in the kindergarten playground on the side of the school. Our resident gardener, Judy Fellows, will also give families tours of the Lowell Learning Garden.

Tuesday, August 14th Dr. Galdston is hosting a Parent Forum for incoming kindergarten parents for an update addressing the kindergarten schedule. The meeting will take place at the Phillip's Building at 6:30 pm on Wednesday evening.

Grade 5 Families:

The fifth-grade team has a new member. Stephanie Broduer is returning to the Lowell as a classroom teacher. She will be taking over for Ms. Park. Stephanie completed her student teaching with us under the supervision of Ms. Levine in 2016. She has since worked for the Easton Public Schools as a fifth-grade teacher. The team is excited to see her return and rejoin the Lowell School Team.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Stacy

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

First Grade Parent Coordinators
Invite
Incoming First Grade Students
to a Playdate!

Playdate
August 22, 2018
5:30-6:30

Lowell School Big Playground

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Class Room Supply List by Grade

re everyone wants to buy items for back to school. Here is the supply lists by grade.
Lowell School Grade Level Supply Lists
______________________________
Kindergarten Supply List
Recommended, not required
Tissues
Paper towels (select-a-Size is great for small hands)
Clorox wipes
Markers (classic broad line or pipsqueaks)
Multicultural markers of crayons (skin colors)
Write Start colored pencils
Crayola Twistables crayons
Elmer's Glue sticks
Stickers
Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer
Ziploc bags, gallon & quart size
White or colored card stock
_____________________
Grade 1 Supply List
Twistable crayons
3 large glue sticks
2 boxes of tissues
3 pack dry erase markers
1 2-pocket folder
Pack of pencils

Optional, but appreciated items:
Clorox Wipes
Paper towels
Hand sanitizer
Antibacterial hand soap
Gallon and sandwich sized zip lock bags
Band-aids
White card stock
Colored card stock
______________________________
Grade 2 Supply List
Recommended for shared class use:
One package of crayons
One package of colored pencils
One package of markers (thick or thin, either is fine)
Expo Write And Wipe (Dry Erase) Markers
Three glue sticks
One box of tissues
1 earbud/headphone for in-class use (in a Ziploc with student’s name)
face cloth to be used as an eraser for white- boards

Optional, but appreciated items:
Pencils
Clorox Wipes
Tissues
White card stock
Colored card stock
3x3 Post-it notes assorted colors

___________________
Grade 3 Supply List
1-inch binder with a clear, plastic front pocket
2 two-pocket folders, hole-punched, to keep inside the binder.  (We recommend durable plastic folders as opposed to cardboard
1 earbud/headphone for in-class use (in a Ziploc with student’s name)

Optional, but appreciated items:
Pencils
Glue Sticks
Tissues
Sanitizing Wipes
Whiteboard markers (thin)
3x3 Post-it notes assorted colors
_______________________
Grade 4 Supply List:
1-inch binder with a clear, plastic front pocket
2 two-pocket folders, hole-punched, to keep inside the binder.
1, 1” binder with 50 standard sheet protectors
1 zippered pocket for pencils (bring 2-5 to school each day)
50 3x5 index cards
1 block style eraser
Expo Dry Erase Pen-Style Markers (at least two in binder each day)
1 spiral graphic pages notebook for math practice
3, 70-page composition notebooks
1 hand-held pencil sharpener (closed for shavings)
1 sock/eraser for individual whiteboards
1 standard function calculator
1 earbud/headphone for in-class use (in a Ziploc with student’s name)

Optional, but appreciated items:
Expo Dry Erase Chisel Tip Markers
5-way headphone splitter
Expo Dry Erase Pen-Style Markers
Sanitizing Wipes
3x3 Post-it notes assorted colors
____________________
Grade 5 Supply List
1 sturdy medium 3-ring binder (2-3in)
3 (minimum) plastic pocket dividers or 3 holes punched folders to be kept in the binder
1 plastic pencil box or zippered pocket (bring at least two pencils to school each day)
2 packages pencils
2 block-style erasers
1 set of fine-tip markers or colored pencils
3 spiral notebooks (single subject, 70-100 pages)
1 hand-held pencil sharpener (closed for shavings)
1 earbud/headphone for in-class use (in a Ziploc with student’s name)
1 transparent 12in ruler with inches and centimeters (for home)
1 package of college-ruled binder paper (for home)
1 calculator (for home)

Optional, but appreciated items:
Boxes of #2 Pencils
Expo Dry Erase Pen-style Markers
Sanitizing Wipes
Tissues
Paper Towels
3x3 Post-it notes assorted colors

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Lowell News

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer with their families. Before you know it, an exciting new school year will be upon us.

Quickly touching base upon a few items, one of our 5th Grade teachers, Ms. Park, will not be returning to Lowell this September. The position is in the process of being posted, and as always, I will keep you informed on any developments as we move forward.

There is a lot of professional development taking place this summer for our teachers and administrators to continually improve their abilities, skill, and knowledge in the ever-changing world of education.

As some of you may know, the elementary school schedules, including kindergarten, were created by a large committee consisting of all the elementary principals, all the elementary coordinators, and multiple district-wide leaders. A unanimous consensus was reached by all participants. As a result, there are many ongoing internal discussions, parent meetings, etc. regarding an important kindergarten scheduling issue and further work is underway and ongoing at this time. There apparently has also been substantial discussion and postings recently on many social media forums, some with accurate information and others with various levels of misinformation and inaccuracies. Please know, as this is a district-wide issue, not an issue solely isolated to the Lowell School, I will be doing my part and working closely with everyone in the District and all stakeholders to address any and all concerns to ensure we always do what is best for all the children at the Lowell Elementary. I will keep you informed and value your input. My door is always open, feel free to stop by or send an email if you have any questions.       

Finally, the school supply lists are up on the website under announcements and also on my Blog.

Hoping the beautiful weather continues (with the exception of today) for the rest of the summer.

Warmest regards,

Stacy Phelan


Lowell School Grade Level Supply Lists

______________________________
Kindergarten Supply List
Recommended, not required
Tissues
Paper towels
Clorox wipes
Markers
Crayola crayons
Crayola Twistables
Glue sticks
Stickers
Collage materials
Hand soap
Ziploc bags, gallon & quart size
1 earbud/headphone for in class use (in a ziploc with student’s name)
Optional, but appreciated, items:
Clorox Wipes
Tissues
White card stock
Colored card stock
Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer
________________________________
Grade 1 Supply List
Box of markers
Package of twistable colored pencils or crayons
3 large glue sticks
2 one subject spiral notebook
1 2 pocket folder
1 pencil eraser
1 earbud/headphone for in class use (in a ziploc with student’s name)

Optional, but appreciated items:
Clorox Wipes
Tissues
White card stock
Colored card stock
______________________________
Grade 2 Supply List
Recommended for shared class use:
One package of crayons
One package of colored pencils
One package of markers (thick or thin, either is fine)
Expo Write And Wipe (Dry Erase) Markers
Three glue sticks
One box of tissues
1 earbud/headphone for in class use (in a Ziploc with student’s name)

Optional, but appreciated items:
Clorox Wipes
Tissues
White card stock
Colored card stock

________________________________
Grade 3 Supply List
1-inch binder with a clear, plastic front pocket
2 two-pocket folders, hole-punched, to keep inside the binder.  (We recommend durable plastic folders as opposed to cardboard
1 earbud/headphone for in class use (in a ziploc with student’s name)

Optional, but appreciated items:
Pencils
Glue Sticks
Tissues
Whiteboard markers (thin)
________________________________
Grade 4 Supply List:
1-inch binder with a clear, plastic front pocket
2 two-pocket folders, hole-punched, to keep inside the binder.
1, 1” binder with 50 standard sheet protectors
1 zippered pocket for pencils (bring 2-5 to school each day)
50 3x5 index cards
1 block style eraser
Expo Dry Erase Pen-Style Markers (at least two in binder each day)
1 spiral graphic pages notebook for math practice
3, 70-page composition notebooks
1 hand-held pencil sharpener (closed for shavings)
1 sock/eraser for individual whiteboards
1 standard function calculator
1 earbud/headphone for in-class use (in a Ziploc with student’s name)

Optional, but appreciated items:
Expo Dry Erase Chisel Tip Markers
5-way headphone splitter
Expo Dry Erase Pen-Style Markers
Sanitizing Wipes

________________________________
Grade 5 Supply List
1 sturdy medium 3-ring binder (2-3in)
3 (minimum) plastic pocket dividers or 3 holes punched folders to be kept in the binder
1 plastic pencil box or zippered pocket (bring at least two pencils to school each day)
2 packages pencils
2 block-style erasers
1 set of fine-tip markers or colored pencils
3 spiral notebooks (single subject, 70-100 pages)
1 hand-held pencil sharpener (closed for shavings)
1 earbud/headphone for in-class use (in a Ziploc with student’s name)
1 transparent 12in ruler with inches and centimeters (for home)
1 package of college-ruled binder paper (for home)
1 calculator (for home)

Optional, but appreciated items:
Boxes of #2 Pencils
Expo Dry Erase Pen-Style Markers
Sanitizing Wipes
Tissues

Paper Towels

Monday, June 18, 2018

newsletter 6-18-18


                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Lowell School Newsletter


Move Up Day Scheduled for June 20th



Assistant Principal Finalist

We will host our last finalist on Thursday, June 21st.
Mrs. Candice Whitemore’s visit will be as follows

8:00 am Arrival
8:00-8:20 Meet with the Superintendent
8:20-9:00 Parent Meet and Greet in the Library
9:00-10:00 Meet with the Interview Committee
10:00-10:30 Tour the School
10:30-11:00 Meet with Mrs. Phelan
11:00-12:00 Meet with Teachers in the Library











Watertown Elementary Summer Math Program for Students Entering Grades 4-6

We are excited to offer TenMarks online math program for your students to use.
www.tenmarks.com


Details
  • Parents of students entering grades 4-6 for the 2018-2019 school year will be able to use the login they have been using over the current school year.

  • This program is optional but is a great resource for students to use over the summer.

  • Students will be working to reinforce math skills and will not be covering future grade level skills.

  • Your student has already been working with TenMarks this school year. It can be used on a tablet, phone, or computer.

Questions
  • For questions regarding your student log-in, contact your current classroom teacher.
  • For other questions, feel free to contact Elizabeth Kaplan, Elementary Math/Science Coordinator.












Watertown Elementary Summer Math Program for Students Entering Grades 1-3

We are excited to offer SplashMath Summer for your students to use.

The 8-week Splash Math Summer Program offers:

 In-depth diagnostic assessment
 Personalized learning plans based on each student’s skill level
 Weekly printables like puzzles, riddles, etc.
 Regular activity reports for educators and parents
 Certificate of completion for students

Details
  • Parents of students entering grades 1-3 for the 2018-2019 school year will receive login information from your current classroom teachers.

  • This program is optional but is a great resource for students to use over the summer.

  • Students will be working to reinforce math skills and will not be covering future grade level skills.

  • Your student has already been working with SplashMath this school year. It can be used on a tablet, phone, or computer.

Questions
  • For questions regarding your student and parent log-in, contact your current classroom teacher.
  • For other questions, feel free to contact Elizabeth Kaplan, Elementary Math/Science Coordinator.

Letter From Our Outgoing President Nikki Muraca

With this being the last week of school, I wanted to share with you a PTO year end recap and thank each of you for the time you’ve taken to come to meetings and present your ideas, or sending me emails asking to help out at events or providing suggestions and feedback, having patience as we tried new things and tolerating me as I would wander around the school doing PTO stuff.
So to recap the 2017/2018 year:
We raised $20,000 in our auction this year, $5000 in dues, another $3498 from the spelling bee, $1496 from misc fundraisers (amazon smile, red sox game, stop and shop rewards), $1653 from Silver Graphics, $600 in box tops, $2895 in grants for specific programs, all in all (minus our auction and Paypal expenses) we raised over $32,000 this year.  A 2018.2019 budget was presented by Donna Tuccinardi (next years PTO President) and approved in a meeting held last week, where the funds raised this year will be budgeted/spent.
Due to a successful year last year (2016.2017), we came into this year trying to determine the best way to spend the money thoughtfully but also having an immediate impact on our children’s educational experience. I worked with Ms. Phelan to implement a new funding program, encouraging all teachers and staff to approach the organization with funding ideas and needs for their classrooms or teams. I’m happy to say that we approved over $20,000 in funding for school wide initiatives such as buses for each grade for one field trip, buses for the all school field trip, the buddy program, building classroom libraries, and the afterschool clubs. In addition, we funded individual requests from teaching teams, teachers and specialists. Nothing was more gratifying, than sitting in those meetings, hearing all your fantastic ideas or understanding what is needed for our children and have our organization fund them. Additionally, we provided a wish list of supplies at the beginning of the year, scholarships, and a $75 teacher/staff reimbursement.
The PTO also hosted or supported a number of community events throughout the year, Movie Night, the Halloween party, Literacy Night (we can’t take the credit for this outside of paying for it and some volunteers, you all have this down to a science running it), International Night, the Spelling Bee and the End of Year Picnic being held today.
We had a wonderful parent (Lauren Unsworth, PTO VP next fall) that wrote grants on behalf of teachers and the PTO, and was awarded $2895. She also reached out to Home Depot and had them donate a shed for Ms. Donohue and Ms. Loguidice. We also had smaller miscellaneous things we supported financially throughout the year.
When I started out as a parent with a kindergarten student I really had no idea what to expect at the Lowell. I had attended the PTO meetings with my neighbor and really loved what the organizations goals were and thought about what I could contribute. For the last four years it’s been such a pleasure to get to know and work with all of you. Your support, help and participation was a driving factor in why I loved running this organization. I want to wish each of you a wonderful and relaxing summer and an easy entry into the fall of 2018.
Best Wishes,
Nikki Muraca



June 18th
Ms. Richardson’s
Year End Celebration
Parents Welcome
8:15-9:00 AM
June 18th
Gr. 5-Ice cream social
1:15-2:15 PM
June 18th
End of the Year Picnic
Sponsored by the
PTO
4:00 PM
June 19th
Yoga Party
PreK
Ms. LaBella’s room
8:30-9:00 AM
June 20th
Public Librarian Visit
PreK-2
3rd - 5th
8:30 - 9:00 AM
   9:30-10:00 AM
June 20th
End of the Year Showcase
Ms. Walsh’s Room 206
8:30 AM
June 20th
Move Up Day
For Students
Students will meet their next year’s teacher and Classmates
June 20th
Move Up Ceremony
Practice
TBD
June 21st
Pre-K & K Last day of school

June 21st
Grade 5
Move Up Ceremony
1:00-2:30
Field



    
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