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Sunday, November 19, 2017



Lowell School Newsletter


Happy Thanksgiving!

This Week’s Featured Event

I would like to highlight a few reasons to be thankful for Thanksgiving!
Letters received...
Here is a letter from our Garden Coordinator: Kathleen McGah
Thank you very much to the 20 or so volunteers, big and small, who helped out in the Lowell Learning Garden this past Sunday!  We had a great turnout - and, it was particularly fun to have the Girl Scout Daisies, and their grownups, join us.

Volunteers worked together to help "put the garden to bed" for winter.  Among the tasks involved were: removing frost-killed vegetables; weeding edges and paths; placing discarded plant materials in various composting piles, or in piles for DPW pick up ; storing hoses and tools in the shed; and harvesting what was left of the beans for future learning activities.  (See photos from Sunday, below)

If you weren't around to help out in the garden on Sunday, don't worry - there are other ways to support Watertown school gardens!  In fact, there is currently another grant challenge being offered by the non-profit, SeedMoney.  SeedMoney is awarding $400 to the first 50 garden projects that raise $600 online.  If you are able to donate any amount at all, it would be so helpful in supporting these important learning resources in Watertown.  To learn more, click here.


I received this letter expressing gratitude for the Rafael and Karina Salaverria:


Dear Principal Phelan,
I am the Outreach Coordinator and co-founder of Mended Little Hearts of Boston, a support group that assists families of children with congenital heart defects (CHD). I am writing to express my gratitude and admiration of one of your students, Rafael Salaverria.  Rafael and his sister, Karina, donated the proceeds from several lemonade stands that they set up during their summer break. We used their generous donation to create care bags for families that are inpatient on the cardiac floor of Boston Children's Hospital.


This Thanksgiving, I am very honored and thankful to have met the Salaverria children. Their kindness and integrity display a wonderful act of community spirit, and we wanted to wish them every success in their studies and for the future.
Happy Thanksgiving,
Laura Dillon
Mended Little Hearts of Boston


First Grade’s Annual “Thanksgiving Feast”
Tuesday, November 21st
Lowell Cafeteria
Students will have the opportunity to learn how to make sweet potato pancakes and fresh butter using sweet potatoes from our garden.
First Grade Teachers will keep families posted!


THIS WEEK’S
TOP STORY
Dates: Event: Time/Location:
November 11/21
Thanksgiving Feast
Sweet Potato Pancakes
Grade 1

November 11/22
Early Release Day
12:00
November 23
Thanksgiving Day
No School
Happy Turkey Day!
November 24th
No School Thanksgiving Break better known as Black Friday!!! Shopping Day!
Enjoy!
December 4th
Buddies Assembly
1:00-2:00
December 5th
PTO Meeting
      6:30-7:30 am
December 7th
School Council
7:00-8:00 pm
December
11th- 15th
Scholastic Book
Fair

December 13th
Grade Level Meetings
2:45-4:24 pm
December 13th
Winter Concert

December 14th
Early Release
12:15 pm
December 15th
Literacy Night
6:00-8:00 pm
December 20th
PLT Meeting
2:45-3:45 pm
December
25th - 29th
Winter Break
Return to school on
January 2nd

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Monday, November 13, 2017



Lowell School Newsletter

This Week’s Featured Event

Tuesday, 11/14/17 is World Diabetes Day


Lowell School is wearing BLUE and participating in Hands of Hope (simply write the word "HOPE", preferably in BLUE, on your hand).


Let’s light up the Lowell blue in extra support of our own Lowell family members living with diabetes!


Greetings,
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful but chilly weekend. The holiday season is just around the corner. Which typically brings many events and family commitments.  Remember during this busy season to keep an eye on the Lowell Calendar. We too will be celebrating and offering parents the many opportunities to come into school and  take part in school activities. Just this past week Elizabeth Kaplan hosted a Parent’s Math in Focus University. The event was attended by many Lowell parents. The Math in Focus University is an event which helped address one of Lowell’s School Improvement Goals. The Home-School Connection Goal: Provide parents with quality communication and resources that increase student academic engagement and performance which aligns to the District Goal: Support High Academic Achievement. The Watertown Public Schools will ensure that each student becomes an accomplished learner in the arts, humanities, mathematics, physical sciences and social sciences. The school system will provide all students with a learning environment that sets high expectations and stimulates thinking, problem-solving, inquiry, creativity, and hard work.
Literacy Night, Math Night, and Science Night are also evenings we hope to engage and connect parents to their child’s learning. I will continue to highlight resources and events which strengthen the home-school connection.
One of the resources available to parents is the Literacy K- 8 website put together by Allison Donovan our Literacy Curriculum Coordinator. This website puts all the information you need in one spot. It gives an overview of our balance literacy initiative and discusses the key components which make up an ELA block. It also gives parents a year plan for each elementary grade level, curriculum maps, ELA overview, core materials used in the classroom and standard of observable behavior. You can also find information about the assessments we use to benchmark students and measure their growth. This information can be found under the heading Assessments. Please take a look. I’ve included a link to Allison’s page.
The Lowell School is once again beginning our Big Buddies program on Monday, November 13th, where students will be meeting their buddies from another classroom! This researched-based program, created by Developmental Studies Center and used widely throughout the United States and Canada, enables every child in our school to develop a special friendship with a buddy from another class.  The older buddies and younger buddies will get together for a variety of supervised learning and social activities throughout the year.
Buddies provide an excellent opportunity for older children to be caring helpers, teachers, and friends. Younger children benefit from having a role model and a special, older friend at school.
You may want to ask your child about Buddies, which will usually take place once a month. Don’t worry that you may not know the specific activity for the day - just ask an open-ended question such as, “what did you do with your buddy today?” and let your child fill you in. The buddy friendships turn out to be very important to children. Your interest in this relationship will only make it more valuable!
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Enjoy the week ahead!
Stacy


PTO Meeting
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
6:30-7:30 Lowell Library
Teachers are coming to present ideas for PTO funding.


Picture Retakes
Wednesday
November 15th
&
Fifth Grade
Class Picture!

MCAS Testing Schedule for Lowell School
Grades 3, 4, & 5 will all test on the same day.
All students will participate in computer based testing.
Please Save the following Dates!


ELA
Monday, April 30
Tuesday, May 1
Wednesday, May 2
MATH
Monday, May 7
Tuesday, May 8
SCIENCE
Tuesday, May 22
Wednesday, May 23


Save the Date
Lowell School’s Literacy Night
December 15, 2017
Parent Coffee for English Language Learners
Come meet our ELL teachers and learn more about the supports and instruction your children receive at school.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Lowell Cafeteria 8:30-9:00


Parent Coffee for Title 1
Come learn how Title I grants help to support the Lowell School.
We will explain how we using this money to support your children.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Lowell Cafeteria 9:00-9:30


First Grade’s Annual “Thanksgiving Feast”
Tuesday, November 21st
Lowell Cafeteria
Students will have the opportunity to learn how to make sweet potato pancakes and fresh butter using sweet potatoes from our garden.
First Grade Teachers will keep families posted!


THIS WEEK’S
TOP STORIES
Dates: Event: Time/Location:
November 11/13
Meet your Buddy
1:30-2:10 pm
November
11/14
PTO Meeting
6:30-7:30 pm
Lowell Library
November 15th
Picture Retake Day
5th Grade Class Photo

PLT Meeting for Teachers
8:30 am/Cafe
“Main” steps

2:45-3:45 pm
November
11/16
TLA Professional Development Grade 3
& Mr. Fiandaca and Mrs. Riley MacDonald
8:30-11:30 am
November 17
Coffee for parents of
ELL Students
English Language Learners
8:30 am
Cafeteria
November 11/20
Eat Lunch with your Buddy Day
During Scheduled lunches TBD
November 11/22
Early Release Day
12:00 noon sharp
November 23
Thanksgiving Day
No School
Happy Turkey Day!
November 24th
No School Thanksgiving Break better known as Black Friday!!! Shopping Day!
Enjoy!
December 1st
Coffee with Mrs. Phelan
8:30-9:30 am
December 5th
PTO Meeting
      6:30-7:30 am
December 7th
School Council
7:00-8:00 pm
December 13th
Grade Level Meetings
2:45-4:24 pm
December 15th
Literacy Night
6:00-8:00 pm
December 20th
PLT Meeting
2:45-3:45 pm


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