Lowell Lantern


Principal's message

Dear Lowell Families,

The month of August has flown by!! We have had a great first month of school with our Lowell students! During September, we have many fun activities and events for students and families. The month of September is also Attendance Awareness Month. Attendance at school every day, all day is very important! Students who have excellent attendance often perform at higher academic levels and make the most gains. Throughout the month of September, we will have an attendance contest with our Lowell students. To encourage and reward students for good attendance, we will be giving a special prize to those who are at school every day in September. Let’s kick off September with perfect attendance!!

The Third Grade IREAD-3 Parent meeting is scheduled for next Thursday, September 5 at 6:30pm in the Lowell Cafeteria. This is a VERY IMPORTANT meeting for ALL 3rd grade parents. It is highly recommended that all parents attend. Please put this on your calendar so you do not miss this important informational meeting! Please look for the letter regarding this meeting that was sent home with your child.

The Warren PTA is hosting Homefest next Friday, September 6. The Fun Run will be held during this community event. More information regarding this event is in the Lantern and can be found at Warren Township Council of PTAs . We hope many of our Lowell Families join us at Homefest and the Fun Run. It’s not too late to sign up!! There are many fun events planned for the evening! See you there!

Please see below for some important reminders:

  • Lowell Runner’s Club has now concluded. There will be no runners club next week.

  • Our first Movie Night of the school year is on Friday, September 13 starting at 5:30pm. This is a family event -- no drop-offs please. A flyer will come home soon with more details.

  • Mark your calendars for Parent/Teacher Conferences that are coming up on Tuesday, October 1. Students do not have school that day. Look for a letter to come home soon with more information about these upcoming conferences.

  • Monday, September 2 is Labor Day There is NO SCHOOL on Labor Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

Thank you to all of our 4th grade parents that chaperoned the Conner Prairie field trip! We appreciate your support! Students had a great day!! Enjoy your weekend!

Mrs. Griffin


The tardy bell rings at 8:05am. After 8:05am please park your car and walk your child into the building for a tardy pass. They may not be dropped off. Thank you!

Picture Day Is Coming! Friday, September 6, 2019

Lifetouch will be here to take pictures on Friday, September 6. Students brought home an order form this week. You may also go online and order pictures. https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/ Picture Day ID is EVTZWSFGH.
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School Safety

Dear Lowell Families,

I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how excited the Lowell Elementary family is about the start of the school year and to share our process for emergency preparedness. In an effort to make sure our students and staff understand and know what to do in the case of emergencies, we plan practice drills throughout the school year. Some of these drills include procedures we practice monthly, like fire drills, and some we practice only a few times during the year, like wind/tornado drills.

We wanted you to be aware of the types of drills that we practice together in the event of a school safety concern so that you can talk with your students about these situations if they should come home with questions.

  • Fire Drills – Students and staff evacuate their classrooms and exit the building. All classrooms report to a designated location outside of the school building. During these drills, cars entering campus will be stopped by staff until our perimeter is clear of students and staff.

  • Wind/Tornado Drills – Students and staff report to designated locations in the building away from large windows and doors with windows. During this drill, our exterior doors will be locked so that all office staff can participate as well.

  • Lockdown Drills – Our buildings are secured internally and externally. Students remain with staff and wait for directions. During these drills, if you visit campus, you may see law enforcement agencies like Warren Police, parked on our campus supporting this practice.

  • Bus Evacuation Drills – Students practice exiting the bus using emergency exits upon arriving to school. During these drills, cars entering campus will be stopped by staff until our perimeter is clear of students and staff.

It is important to note that your student’s focus and cooperation during our drills is paramount. When drills are conducted, all individuals on our campus must participate, and that number can be upwards of 600 people. Paying attention, being alert and following directions allows for the best learning experience during the drills. Please reinforce this at home. Also, please know that if you are in the building when these drills are being practiced, you will be asked to practice with our school.

I appreciate your support and ask that you reach out with any questions.

Kim Griffin, Principal


Your students are coming home today with the 2019-2020 Lowell t-shirts! All students received their shirts and went out on a trail walk. We appreciate you Lowell PTA for purchasing the t-shirts!!!
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NWEA Reports

Look for you child’s NWEA Student Report to come home today! All students in Kindergarten through Fourth Grade will be bringing home their NWEA report that indicates their performance level on this beginning of the year assessment. Please review these reports with your child. Students will take this assessment three times throughout the school year. If you have any questions regarding these reports, please reach out to your child’s teacher.



All parents of 3rd grade students are invited to attend the IREAD-3 Parent Meeting next Thursday, September 5 at 6:30 pm in the Lowell Cafeteria. This is a very important meeting to inform parents about this upcoming spring assessment. Parents are highly encouraged to attend this meeting! Information regarding this meeting was sent home with students; please check backpacks for this information. We hope to see many of you there!!

Home & School Connection ~ Working Together for Our Children

Excellent Attendance

Being in school every day means your child won’t miss out on learning! Try to schedule appointments and family trips outside of school hours. If your child asks to stay home “just because,” remind him/her of what he/she will miss, such as reading group, math, or PE class. Explain that he/she can be absent only if sick or if there is a true family emergency. Excellent attendance at school is critical to the academic success of students! We appreciate your efforts in making sure your child is at school every day!!

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* Students are expected to be at school on time every day. Our tardy bell rings at 8:05am. Please plan accordingly to ensure your child is in his/her classroom by 8:05am each day.

* If your child will be absent due to illness or late due to a doctor's appointment, please call the front office at 317-532-3900 to report the absence or late arrival. This helps to ensure your child's safety. Please bring a doctor's note to document the excused absence.

* Dismissal is at 3:05pm. If you are picking up your child from school, please follow our car rider procedures.

* When arriving at Lowell, please make sure you stop first at the front desk. All visitors MUST sign in and put on a Lowell Badge while in the building. Safety is our top priority for our students. This process allows us to ensure every child's safety during the school day. Thank you for your cooperation.

* Parents are always welcome at Lowell! If you would like to visit your child's classroom, please call or email your child's teacher or Mrs. Griffin so we can make arrangements and ensure that the students will be in the classroom at the time of your visit. We encourage you and welcome you to always be a part of your child's learning, and we truly value your involvement!

* Please remember that our Lowell Campus is a smoke-free campus. There is no smoking allowed anywhere on Lowell grounds. This includes smoking in your cars while on the Lowell Campus.


The occasion may arise when the school district wants to recognize your child or your child's school. This may include your child's photo, your child's name or your child's work in district publications, newsletters, on school district websites, and in electronic/ social media or in staff training videos. We may also want to tell the media (including newspapers, television, and radio) about your child's achievements. We never knowingly release information about a student to anyone who wants to use it for commercial/ political purposes. However, we will honor your request to not include your child in these types of recognitions if you notify your child's school office in writing that you do not want this type of information released.


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