Monthly Newsletter

September, 2021

Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I am thrilled to be welcoming your children back to school! We have eagerly anticipated the full reopening of Lowell, where parents, volunteers and visitors are welcome. Our continued commitment to fostering a healthy and positive learning environment for all, will undoubtedly help our students thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

Please watch for a school newsletter to arrive through email on the first Friday of each month. In the event that we need more frequent communication with important updates, those will be delivered as needed.

We are indeed a proud and caring community at Lowell with the common goals of nurturing and educating every student, every day! I encourage you to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, compliments or suggestions.

In partnership-

Laurie Pogorzelski

Principal

Mrs. Pogorzelski, Principal

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Lowell Schoolwide Goal

Each year all schools review student data and instructional practices, in an effort to strategically develop a school-wide goal. This year, Lowell will be focusing on small group instruction in the area of literacy. This target area will help us to better meet the needs of all learners, with a commitment to dedicated time every day for small group instruction. We will be analyzing the student achievement data frequently to monitor progress. In SDW this goal setting process is part of the work that the building leadership teams engage in every summer across the district.

Playworks

Playworks is an organization that Lowell has partnered with for the past several years. Their mission includes helping students to stay active and build valuable social and emotional skills through the power of play. At our building, we have Coach Alissa who will be spending one week per month with all grade levels. Her goal is to teach the children recess games in which everyone can play. She will also model and facilitate problem solving strategies that may arise during recess. The focus will always be on playing together, as that is a great way to build community!

Social and Emotional Learning

Children benefit from social and emotional learning at any time, but today it is especially important to help them develop the skills that they need to connect and thrive. SDW utilizes a program called Second Step to address the emotional and social needs of our students. Lessons are engaging, fun and developmentally appropriate for all students. Some topics include building empathy, relationships with others, conflict resolution and processing emotions. The elementary years are an ideal time to foster these skills and develop a foundation for social competencies.

Curriculum Night

The evening of September 23rd, you will be invited to Lowell and enjoy a presentation by your child's teacher/s. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to learn about the grade level curriculum, expectations, assessments, special events, celebrations, and more. Hope to see you all in a few weeks for this gathering!

Picture Day

Please be aware that Picture Day is on September 8th. Visit our Lowell website to obtain order form, or watch for the information to be sent home shortly.

Feeling ill?

Please keep your child home if they have any of the following:


  • Temperature of 100.4 (must be symptom free for 24 hours prior to returning, without medication)
  • Severe cold symptoms (harsh cough, very runny nose, colored nasal drainage)
  • COVID symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, diarrhea) contact your provide for further guidance. If your child tests positive, they must isolate for 10 days from the symptom onset.
  • Sore Throat - Very painful, white spots (If given an antibiotic by your provider, your child must be on the medication for 24 hours prior to returning to school.
  • Hand/Foot/Mouth/Fifth Disease
  • Ear Infection
  • Vomiting/Diarrhea - (Must be symptom free for 24 hours prior to returning)
  • Rash


Visit the Lowell website for a more complete list of illnesses in which to keep your child home!

PTO News....A Note from your President

Hello Lowell Families,


Thank you to all that came to Back to School Night! It was great to see everyone again and hopefully you all enjoyed the popcorn :)


We do have our first meeting coming up on September 21st at 6:30pm in the library. We will be going over our proposed budget & calendar. While that may sound boring, we do have a lot of fun activities planned for the year. We need your help and input to make them happen though! Please come and see what we as the PTO all do for our school!


We will have our first fundraiser coming up as well. I'll be sending more information out soon.


Have a great weekend and see you all on Tuesday!


Sincerely,

Vicki Smith

Lowell PTO President

Important Dates

Monday, September 6 - Labor Day, No School

Wednesday, September 8 - Picture Day

Tuesday, September 14 - Culver's Night

Tuesday, September 21 - PTO Meeting, 6:30pm Lowell Library

Thursday, September 23 - Curriculum Night, 5:30-6:30pm

Blackboard

Below you will find directions on how to access Blackboard. All teachers will have basic information on their site, as well as one literacy lesson (or Art/Music/PE lesson) posted per week. When students are absent from school, they can access this foundational information, lesson and perhaps some resources (depending on the grade level).

Parents are encouraged to communicate with the teacher/s to obtain missed work in the format of paper copies, links, email, etc. Blackboard will not include all lessons and daily work, as it may have during the 2020-2021 school year.

How to access Blackboard, Spanish Version

How to Access Blackboard, English Version

Welcome New Staff!

Anne Salinas Bench Dedication, August 30

Lunch Time!

Students are enjoying the opportunity to eat in the Cafe again! Lunch counts will be taken the day before, in an effort for our food service team to prepare an accurate number of lunches/choices (Example: Lunch count for Friday will be taken on Thursday). Please consider reviewing menu choices with your child each day, for the coming day!
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Christmas Clearing Council Application

The 2021 Christmas Clearing Council Client Application is available online! We are grateful for your help in sharing this information with families in your organization who would benefit from our services. Please share the following link, for both Spanish and English applications, with your families. I have also included images you may use in your communications.

http://www.christmasclearingcouncil.org/get-help.html

Deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Many thanks, as always, for helping ensure every child has a magical Christmas.

Helpful reminders:

Families may begin applying now. The last application will be accepted at 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2021. Encourage parents to apply NOW and to not wait until the last minute.

If a client moves or changes phone numbers after filling out the application, remind them to contact us with this update as it is imperative sponsors and the office have the correct information to contact the family.

If a family has special circumstances, due to Covid-19 or otherwise, that would be beneficial for us to know about when determining eligibility, please email us at applications@christmasclearingcouncil.org. We will combine this information with the client’s application. They MUST STILL fill out an online application or call us to do so over the phone. We understand there may be several reasons a family would qualify this year.

We will accept a family automatically IF they have been a client within the past 2 years AND their information has stayed the same. We will contact the family directly to clarify general information and will contact you, the agency, to help determine income qualification if they are a new client or if they provide information that is contradictory to what is in our database.

New to 2021: if we are contacting you regarding a family, this client has given us permission to work with your organization for the purposes of verifying eligibility. Proof of this permission can be sent to you upon request. Clients are asked to grant permission, or deny, while filling out the application.

Currently, we plan on hosting Toy Shop on December 11. However, we will continue to get as many families sponsored as possible, given the unknowns regarding the pandemic and how that may affect the Toy Shop event. We will communicate with clients and agencies regarding any changes, should there be any, regarding our programming.

If a client is having trouble with or isn’t able to fill out the application, you may fill it out on their behalf as long as the client has given you permission to do so.

Understanding this year continues to present challenges for all, please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions. I am available at sarah.hein@christmasclearingcouncil.org or 262.771.0830.

Sincerely,

SARAH HEIN

Executive Director

262.771.0830

Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County

www.christmasclearingcouncil.org