Lowell Newsletter

April 23, 2020


8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Monday - Friday

(messages will be answered the next business day)


Governor Bullock held a press conference yesterday announcing his gradual plan to reopen Montana.

He announced a statewide school closure that will extend to Thursday, May 7th and he left the decision to remain closed or to reopen to the local decision makers, specifically the locally elected Board of Trustees. In addition, the Governor confirmed that whatever our board decides, we will not risk the loss of state funding.

At our next board meeting on Tuesday, April 28th, we will present our Trustees with a list of items that should be considered as they weigh the decision of whether or not to reopen our schools this spring. For example, social distancing, use of cloth face coverings, and protecting students and staff who are in vulnerable groups, just to name a few of the most critical items.

We have been collecting many thoughts and questions from staff and community, regarding a decision to reopen or stay closed. We will try and capture all of the thoughts that have been shared in our list of considerations presented to the Board. We believe our Board will use this list in their deliberations. We will also use this list of considerations to develop a reopen plan that could be used this Spring or next Fall. The Board will begin their deliberations at the April 28th meeting and likely make a final decision at a special Board meeting on May 5th.

If you are interested in watching that meeting, check out the details for watching via livestream on our webpage. This information will be posted on Friday April 24th when the agenda is posted. Your best bet for live streaming without a delay will be to check the MCPS Facebook page where we will repost the MCAT livestream of the meeting.


We will also present Trustees with contingency plans related to our High School graduation ceremonies. We will ask Trustees to make a final decision regarding graduation at the May 12th board meeting. As our ceremonies do not occur until the first week of June, we believe it is prudent to wait as long as we can before a final decision is made. Our contingency plans will rely heavily on the guidance of our Missoula City-County Health Department and restrictions regarding crowd size or social distancing. Receiving their guidance will help us plan a ceremony that honors our graduates, while at the same time protects student safety.


Last night, we emailed and texted you with a request for parents to complete a survey to help us measure the numbers of students who have a family member at home who is in a high risk category. The data we receive will help us to better understand the numbers of students who don’t have a health condition themselves, but may need to stay home because a member of their family is at risk of becoming seriously ill if they contracted COVID-19. If you can respond to that survey by 5pm on Monday, April 27th, we would sincerely appreciate your help.

I realize that you may still have more questions. Please submit any questions or concerns you have that have not been addressed by our current information in this email. The MCPS COVID-19 Response Team will be monitoring this form in our continuing response within our school district.


Rob Watson



Happy Tuesday Lowell Families!

Here is my video update for the week. This week I talk about learning intentions and success criteria and how we use these to increase student learning.

This is Virtual Kindness Week. Don't forget to send in your pictures and videos to be included in the Friday Community Circle.

We have not received official notice as of my writing of this email about the length of school closures. Please expect a message from MCPS with more information about school closure after the Governor releases his guidance this week.

Please call the Lowell Helpline at 542.4040 for computer issues or to connect with school and community resources. Ms. Gayla answers the phone from 8-4, M-F.

I hope you are well and enjoying this sunshine!

Sending love and hugs,
Barbara Frank


Welcome learners!! Our goal is to stay connected digitally during this period of distance learning. We are excited to continue communication and collaboration with our classrooms, while providing opportunities for continued teaching and learning.

Each day, you will have the opportunity to engage and stay connected to your teacher and the students in your classroom!! Click on the button below to access Lowell's Remote Learning page.


"To do carefully and constantly and kindly many little things is not a little thing."

SEL 4.22 Kindness


This year’s March Book Madness winner is…. Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes! Thank you for participating!

March Reading Logs are due TOMORROW, Friday, April 24th! Please send a picture of your reading log to cmrussell@mcpsmt.org. You are still eligible for one youth ticket to Silverwood as well as prizes from the Missoula PaddleHeads.

Library books can now be returned to Lowell any weekday between 10-1 pm! Please leave your books in the book drop off bin at the bottom of the amphitheater (where the food pick up occurs). Thank you!

All video messages and library lessons from Mrs. Russell can be found using the Remote Learning Messages tile on the Lowell Library webpage https://www.mcpsmt.org/Page/15359. You'll also find stories read aloud by Lowell staff members here: Lowell Read Alouds.

Keep reading!


Good Afternoon Lowell Families,

I am looking forward to another wonderful week at Flagship! Programs run from 3:00-4:20 everyday. As always, no sign-ups, just show up! Please check the program schedule, materials needed and links to Google Meets here: http://www.flagshipprogram.org/lowell-bull-flagship-live.html

Thanks and love,

Miss Izzy


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Click on the pictures and you will be redirected to the specific website.


Covid-19 Information Resources:

  • Missoula County Covid-19 info line: Call 406-258-INFO from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. - Friday
  • Partnership Health Center - (406) 258-4789

Domestic Violence:
  • YWCA 24 Hr Crisis Line:800-483-7858

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7/365 at @ndvh by chat or by calling their hotline at 1-800-799-7233

Mental Health Supports

  • Montana Warmline 1-877-688-3377 (not a crisis line, but an option for someone with mental health to talk to someone. Can refer to other services if needed through three-way calling)

  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

  • Suicide Hotline; National 1-800-273-8255 Montana; 1-800-784-2433

  • Covid-19 and Mental Health - Missoula County Resources


Legal (housing support)


Non-Food Essentials

  • Families can contact the Food Bank- (406) 549-0543

and they will figure out a way to get people items the need (may be pick up/delivery)

Emergency Childcare Resources:

Volunteer Opportunities:

Tech Hub at The Salvation Army


  • Lowell Elementary Meal-site: Lunch, plus Breakfast for the next day, is available for pick-up from 10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday - we prefer that adults pick-up for students, any child 18 or under is eligible. Access on the East side of the school at the cafeteria doors.

  • School Bus-stop Food Delivery for Kids: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, CLICK HERE and enter your address to get your location and approximate time.

  • Market at Lowell - Missoula Food Bank pick-up at Lowell School - Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Bags of food for the whole family will be available. If there are extras they will be available as requested throughout the week.

  • EmPower Packs (Weekend Food) - These will be available on the bus routes and at Lowell Meal-Site on Fridays. Please request one if you normally receive one at school. If there are extras they will be available as requested throughout the week at Lowell.

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m

Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Grab and Go meals are also available at EmPower Place, the center is closed for play.

If you are sick or cannot travel to the Missoula Food Bank, call (406) 219-1843 for delivery options.

Westside Park Playground

The Lowell community is working hard to fundraise for a new playground. Please visit the Project Westside Park website to learn all about it.