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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Newsletter 10-9-18

Lowell School Newsletter

Schedule for Friday’s

Walk-a-Thon

Welcome– 9 am

Pre-K, K & 1 go out at the same time – 9:05 am
Grade 1 cheers on K/pre-k while they walk and vice versa

Grade 2&3 go out – 9:35 am
Grade 3 cheers on grade 2 and vice versa

Grade 4&5 go out – 10:05 am
Grade 5 cheers on grade 4 and vice vers
Greetings Lowell Families,
Today we practiced ALICE drills and an offsite evacuation. The staff did a great job prepping our students for each ALICE scenario. Tomorrow, we will meet as a safety team debrief and evaluate the strengths and areas for improvement. We have asked staff to take an online survey and offer their critique of the planning and process.
The WPD was an instrumental partner in providing safety and support to our school throughout today’s drills.
We want to say thank you to you our families for all the cooperation and patience. We hope the experience gave you confidence moving forward.
Warmest regards,
Stacy

PTO Sponsored
Scholastic Book Fair
October 15th - 18th
Cookies & Milk with Mrs. Phelan
October 18, 2018
6:00 pm
Join us on the last evening of our Book Fair and enjoy a special treat


Fun-Run/Walk-a-Thon
October 12th
9 - 11 am
Student Registration is Online
School-wide prizes will be awarded
If we raise $10,000. Mrs. Phelan will dress up as a superhero!
Calendar & Events
Dates: Event: Time/Location:
October 9th
PTO Meeting
6:30-7:30
Lowell Library
October 10th
Early Release
Teacher Professional Development
12:15
Dismissal
October 15th-
October
18th
Scholastic Book Fair
Lowell Library
Classroom Visit During Day
October
18th
Bedtime stories read by Mrs. Phelan/Ms. Whitmore
Cookies and Milk
Please come in your PJ’s
6:00-7:00 pm

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Lowell Newsletter 10-01-18

Lowell School Newsletter
Melissa and Elenor Folks!
Lowell is getting excited for Box Tops!

Dear Parents/Guardians,
We will be holding an emergency drill on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, using the principles outlined in the A.L.I.C.E. Program brought to us by Sgt. Demos Watertown Police Department.  A.L.I.C.E. stands for ALERT, LOCKDOWN, INFORM, COUNTER AND EVACUATE. This drill prepares staff and students for an incident involving an intruder at the Lowell school.
Students will be provided with the particulars of the drill.  Here is an outline of the information students are being given:
    • We will be practicing a drill to keep you safe in the event that an intruder enters the Lowell School.
    • This procedure, called ALICE, has been in place across Watertown School District.
    • This way of responding to threats gives our teachers choices about how best to keep our children safe based on how close they are to the threat.
    • Tuesday, teachers will have two choices: lockdown or evacuate.
    • If the teacher chooses to lockdown, he/she will turn off the lights and lock the door. They may also barricade the door as necessary. They will move students away from the door and out of sight, but the students and teacher will remain prepared to evacuate should the situation change.
    • If the teacher chooses to evacuate, students will follow their teacher swiftly and silently to the nearest exit. Teachers and other staff will be positioned around the outside of the building, and students will proceed directly to them and wait for the all clear to return to the building.
    • During this drill, students must follow the directions of their teacher throughout the drill.
All school personnel and students will participate in the A.L.I.C.E. Drill.  When the drill begins, classroom teachers will make a decision based on the proximity of the would-be intruder and students will be asked to follow that direction, whether the decision is to lockdown and barricade in the classroom, or evacuate the building if it is safe to do so.

After we practice the ALICE drill we will practice an Off-Site Evacuation. In the event of an emergency, we have may need to relocate to an alternative site. Our secondary site is the Watertown Department of Public Works facility.

There will be Watertown Police present on Tuesday to assess our performance and to provide helpful feedback to our staff.  Preparing students and staff by running drills of all types during the school year, including fire drills, medical drills, and bus evacuation drills, is a necessary part of our safety and security program at Lowell.  
Thank you in advance for your attention and cooperation, and communication with your child around this important drill. If you have any questions or concerns please me directly.
Sincerely,

Stacy A. Phelan
Principal

PTO Sponsored
Scholastic Book Fair
October 14th - 18th
Lowell Leopard Note and Lowell Paw Prints help to frame conversations around our core values.
Today as a staff we introduced the Lowell School Leopard Note. When sent home by the classroom teacher it serves as an opportunity for discussion between you and your child. This little note is meant to be a reminder for your child to exhibit the Lowell School Core Values of kindness, cooperation, integrity, and perseverance. The Leopard Notes are meant to be reminders and opportunities to make better choices, not to be seen as disciplinary action. I've attached a copy of the note here. We will also begin giving students Paw Prints to celebrate when they are living our core values. We’ll be moving around the building looking to “spot” your child exemplifying our core values.
Here is a copy of the Lowell Leopard Note:

Fun-Run/Walk-a-Thon
October 12th
9 - 11 am
Student Registration is Online
School-wide prizes will be awarded
If we raise $10,000. Mrs. Phelan will dress up as a superhero!
Calendar & Events
Dates: Event: Time/Location:
October
4th
School Council
TBD
October
8th
No School
Columbus Day Observed
All Day
October 9th
PTO Meeting
6:30-7:30
Lowell Library
October 10th
Early Release
Teacher Professional Development
12:15
Dismissal
October 15th-
October
18th
Scholastic Book Fair
Lowell Library
Classroom Visit During Day
October
18th
Bedtime stories read by Mrs. Phelan/Ms. Whitmore
Cookies and Milk
Please come in your PJ’s
6:00-7:00 pm

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Newsletter 9-24-18

Lowell School Newsletter

Do you know our Core Values? Our students do!
Friday afternoon the Lowell school community gathered in the gym to kick off the new year. During the assembly, we welcomed all the new staff. We re-introduced our Core Values to the staff and our newest students. Ms. Whitmore and Stacy Vachon created a video with the help of Mrs. Walsh/Mr. Kevane’s third-grade class. The star of the video is Henry Woodward. Please watch our Core Value Video.
We also revealed our new Lowell Pledge, the pledge was created by our teachers and staff during our opening day gathering. The Pledge was shaped by Lowell School’s core values of; Kindness, Cooperation, Perseverance, and Integrity. And WPS core values: Excellence, Equity, and Community. Lowell School will begin each academic day by reciting positive affirmations in taking the Lowell Pledge. The pledge is intended to inspire students each morning to live our core values. Below is our pledge:
We in the Lowell Community

Show Cooperation and Kindness when we work and play together

Show Integrity by being honest

Show Perseverance by never giving up

We work for Equity, we may not all get the same, but we all get what we need, and do our personal best every day.
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Cafe Happenings                                             
We are working on creating expectations for the common area in our school. Common areas are those areas we all share, such as cafeteria, hallways, gym, library, and bathrooms.

We will be using the Responsive Classroom strategy interactive modeling. This is where we model the expected behavior for our students. If you watched our Core Values video, you would see how we demonstrate cafeteria cooperation.

Ms. Whitmore has been overseeing the lunch service since school started. She has been setting the expectations for the students in the cafeteria during lunch with the help of the staff and lunch aides.

Over the summer we hired two new lunch aides; Nursel Cinar and Maureen Greeley. These two ladies along with Cheryl Grillo support students during lunch.

We have also added staff members to the lunch room. In the past, instructional aides did not attend lunch with students. This year instructional aides who work with a particular grade now attend lunch during that grades lunch.

Many of the expectations are the same as last year.

  • Students remain seated unless they are buying lunch, milk, or snacks in the lunch line.
  • Students may go to the bathroom one at a time. They sign out using the whiteboard.
  • Students may have second portions after everyone has been served.
(New)
  • The last 5 minutes of lunch students are asked to eat in silence, this allows students quiet time to finish eating their meals. We find most of the eating happens toward the end of the lunch period.
  • Students are asked to face the table during lunch and talk with their friends.
  • Students are asked to line up by class and follow their teacher out of the cafe. This ensures an organized exit.
  • Ms. Whitmore reminds students when the room is becoming too loud. She has explained the difference between volume 1 and 4. Volume 4 is yelling or outdoors voices. We aim to keep things at volume 2 which is a typical discussion voice for inside. Volume 1 is a whisper. We are not expecting students to speak in a whisper at lunch we know they need to chat and catch up with their friends.


Note from Nurse Taverna
Take precautions against West-Nile Virus.
Middlesex County has 3 confirmed causes of West-Nile Virus, please take precautions. Click the link below to learn more.

A Letter from our Gardener Judy Fallows
Happy Fall!
The Lowell School Garden is looking terrific, thanks to our wonderful parent volunteers and others over the summer! I’m attaching a simplified map of the garden to help you locate particular crops in the raised beds (numbered 1 – 5). I hope this is helpful.
Please remember the basic garden rules - stay on the paths, no running, follow directions, pick only things you have permission to pick. There’s a new system of colored flags to indicate what you can pick, I’m also attaching that little poster – redX means, please don’t pick yet, pink means you can pick a few and white means you can pick as much as you’d like. There’s a copy of this poster in the shed.
Also note, the spring 3 sisters step stone paths are closed until the frost comes. However, we have created a CORN PATH through the tall corn plants 3-Sisters area that is laid out with step stones and guided by pink tape. Please enter from the back of the bed by the building and exit by the composter. Feel free to let kids walk on this path, but remind them single file, one child per stone, no running, and don’t step on the plants.
Shed materials –In the shed, you will find trowels, gloves and other garden tools. Eventually, there will also be specific curriculum materials on the shelves, such as seeds and potting materials. There are also a few tools in the older black bin.
Things to observe:
·       Peppers – there are green, red, purple and orange peppers in the garden. Please don’t pick them yet, as there are not many of them and some are not yet ripe. But on the pepper plants, you will be able to observe the full development of fruits from flowers to small peppers and more mature peppers all on the same plants. Great observational drawing opportunities here!
·       Beans – this year, kindergarteners will be harvesting beans for a year-long study. Please respect this plan and don’t pick too many of these. Beans also have fruits (bean pods) developing, you can see flowers to fruits here as well. And check out the beans climbing on the corn in the 3 sisters area
·       Senses in the garden – there is a lot of mint as well as chives in the garden, and in the barrels, you will find sage, thyme, garlic chives, and oregano. Smell the leaves in each barrel, they are all different
·       Corn – please feel free to look at ears on stalks and tassels on top, but we’re not harvesting any corn yet
·       Pumpkins – there are maturing pumpkins in the 3 sisters area to look at, please don’t harvest yet.
·       Kale – there are several varieties of kale in bed#1 next to the cherry tomatoes. We will be looking at these later as kale is “Harvest of the Month” in November. For now, don’t harvest, observation only
·      
Things to taste:
·       Cherry tomatoes – there are pink, orange, red, blue and yellow tomatoes this year. Choose only bright colors, green or greenish tomatoes are never ready to harvest, leave them to mature for the best flavor
·       Husk cherries –  husk cherries in front (not very many, they did poorly this year, alas) are in the front of bed #5. Husk cherries are ripe when they fall off the plant, so don’t pick them just lift the leaves gently and look under them.
Stay tuned for other opportunities to see what's happening in the garden! I will be in touch with specific grades for garden visits as the fall goes along. But feel free to go out and visit anytime, reserving your time in the calendar will avoid conflicts, and as always, please feel free to email me directly with questions, ideas, and suggestions.
Enjoy the garden!!
judy
Judy Fallows, School Garden Coordinator
"kids who grow veggies, eat veggies!"
Reminder School Breakfast is served every day at 7:45 a.m.
All are welcome!!!
Lowell School
Back to School Night   

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
6:00-8:00
PreK - Grade 2 Grade 3 - Grade 5
6:00-6:45 6:00-6:45
Parents visit classrooms Parents visit specialist
                                                                               in the cafeteria.

6:45-7:15  Mrs. Phelan will begin in the gym with a brief welcome and an introduction to our SEPAC representative.
PreK  - Grade 2 Grade 3 - Grade 5
7:15-8:00      7:15-8:00
Parents visit specialist in the       Parents visit Classrooms
cafeteria.    

Watertown Courses For Kids
REMINDER  
The deadline to register for Courses For Kids (without a $25 late fee) is Monday, September 17.
For a Course Catalog and Registration form, please click the following link. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jVjVMG6HozxhZrOsBwLya1CO3G-XPnpO


Friday, September 28nd Mrs. Phelan is hosting a Coffee for parents of Kindergarten Students. Come to meet Mrs. Whitmore.

8:15-9:00 in the Cafeteria
Lowell School will have Picture Day on Friday, September 28th we will begin taking pictures at 8:30 in the school library.

Calendar & Events
Dates: Event: Time/Location:
September
25th
Preschool will begin to enter through Door #3 the same door they dismiss from. Doors open at 8:00 am (older siblings may enter here too)
8:00 am
September
25th
Back to School Night
6:00-6:45

Grades Prek- 2 Parents
Visit classrooms
Grades 3 -5 Parents
Visit Specialists in the cafeteria

6:45-7:15
Welcome from Principal
Introduction to SEPAC

7:15-8:00
Grades 3 - 5 Parents
Visit classrooms
Grades Prek- 2 Parents
Visit Specialists in the cafeteria

6:30-8:00
September
26th
Early Release Day
Teacher’s PD
12:15 Dismissal
September 28th
Picture Day
We begin at 8:30
September 28th
Kindergarten Parent
Principal Coffee
8:15-9:00 a.m. Cafeteria
October
4th
School Council
TBD
October
8th
No School
Columbus Day Observed
All Day
October 9th
PTO Meeting
6:30-7:30
Lowell Library
October 10th
Early Release
Teacher Professional Development
12:15
Dismissal
October 15th-
October
18th
Scholastic Book Fair
Lowell Library
Classroom Visit During Day
October
18th
Bedtime stories read by Mrs. Phelan/Ms. Whitmore
Cookies and Milk
Please come in your PJ’s
6:00-7:00 pm

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