Alto All Star Gazette

October 9, 2021

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Notes from the desk of Principal Papes

Dear Alto Families,

Thank you for your attendance, in person and virtual, at our Parent/Teacher Conferences this past week. It was great to connect with you, review our students’ progress in school, and discuss our collaborative support for your children. As always, thank you for your support!


Halloween is always an exciting time for our students! We are excited to still be offering Halloween events on Friday, October 29th. This promises to be a memorable experience for our students. While we are still unable to return to a “normal,” pre pandemic plan, we are thrilled to be able to bring some fun parts back to this day that we were unable to do last year. Our Building Leadership Team will be meeting Monday afternoon to finalize times and this will be communicated to all of you. However, we wanted to communicate some key details now. Weather permitting, we will have an outdoor parade late afternoon (exact time TBD). Parents are welcome to attend the parade. In the case of inclement weather, students will parade in the building. Unfortunately, parents will not be able to attend if we are forced to hold the parade inside. We’re hoping for good weather! Additionally, we are unable to have parent volunteers help with classroom parties/activities as we are still limiting the number of people in classrooms. Students are encouraged to bring costumes to school to wear at their classroom events and the parade. Please note: Toy weapons, blood and gore are not allowed with costumes at school. Teachers will be communicating their requests for donated treats or other items. All treats need to be store-bought but not necessarily individually wrapped (no homemade treats please). We’re looking forward to this fun event!

Half Day on October 27th

Wednesday, October 27th will be a half day for students. Our half day dismissal time is 11:55 AM. During the afternoon hours, our dedicated teaching staff will be participating in district professional development.

Substitute Teachers Needed!

Have you considered being a substitute teacher? We are in need of more substitute teachers at Alto Elementary! Being a substitute teacher is a very flexible position. You can choose what days you want to work and what schools you want to teach in. In fact, we have some substitute teachers who choose only to teach at Alto. No prior experience is required. However, you must have at least 60 credit hours from an accredited community college or university. Please see the attached flier and contact Leslie Flickinger ( or Paul Papes ( if you are interested.

COVID-19 Mitigating Measures

Thank you for your diligence to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school. We ask students and staff to stay home and seek a healthcare evaluation when exhibiting any one of the following symptoms: New cough, Loss of taste or smell, Shortness of breath.

We ask students and staff to stay home and seek a healthcare evaluation when exhibiting two or more of the following symptoms: Fever (measured or subjective), Chills, Headache, Extreme Tiredness/Fatigue, Sore Throat, New congestion or Runny nose, Body Aches, Nausea/vomiting or Diarrhea.

If a healthcare evaluation is indicated, a clear alternative diagnosis or negative COVID-19 test will be needed before returning to school. Additionally, not fully vaccinated household members should also stay home until test results or healthcare evaluation results are back.

Kent County Health Department COVID-19 Toolkit for Schools and Childcare

K-12 COVID-19 Symptom and Testing Protocol

Have a great weekend!

Paul Papes


Alto Elementary

Lowell Area Schools

Breakfast and Lunch Menu


10/11: Mini cinnis or Apple cinnamon beneFIT bar

10/12: Mini blueberry pancakes or Blueberry muffin

10/13: English muffin egg sandwich or Cocoa Puffs cereal bar

10/14: Strawberry cream cheese bagel or Blueberry muffin

10/15: Apple frudel or Apple cinnamon beneFIT bar

*each breakfast served w/ choice of cereal, fruit and milk.


10/11: Crispy chicken tenders or PB&J fun lunch

10/12: Mini turkey corn dogs or Cheddar, grapes, cracker snack lunch

10/13: Mini strawberry pancakes or Muffin, goldfish and yogurt fun lunch

10/14: Cheeseburger or Nachos fun lunch

10/15: Pepperoni pizza or PB&J fun lunch

*each lunch served w/ fruit, veggies and choice of milk.

*menus subject to change

Mark your calendar!

10/13: Kindergarten to Heidi's Farmstand & Bakery

10/15: 1R to WWC

10/20: 2S/2W to WWC

10/21: Picture retakes

10/28: 4Bu to WWC

LHS Ladies Lacrosse Play Day

Join the LHS Ladies Varsity lacrosse team to learn or enhance your skills, meet new teammates and coaches and learn about Lowell lacrosse. This is a free event for girls from ages 5 to 18 of all skill levels, from beginners to experienced players. Bring your stick and goggles if you have them. If you don't have a stick or goggles, we have you covered!