Lowell Lantern

September 4, 2020

Principal's Message

Hello Lowell Families!


Welcome to the month of September!! We are at the mid-point of our 1st quarter of school. That's come upon us quickly!! Please check your students' backpacks for a midterm feedback report from your child's teacher. These are informal midterms for the 1st quarter; however, feedback has been provided to update parents on how students are doing thus far. If you have any questions regarding this feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher.


Over the next two weeks, our in-person students in grades K-4 will be taking the NWEA Assessment. Students will take a Reading and a Math assessment. These tests give us important information on your child's learning and will help teachers develop future learning pathways for our students.


For those students who are engaged in virtual learning, NWEA Assessments will begin for students in grades 1 - 4 during the weeks of September 14 and September 21.


We are excited that our playground area opened up this week. Students have enjoyed getting outside and playing on our new equipment! Our students were so patient while waiting to get outside, and we very much appreciate that!! They are definitely having a blast playing on the new equipment!!


As a reminder, Monday, September 7th is Labor Day. There is no school on Labor Day. Enjoy your three-day weekend! We will see everyone back at Lowell on Tuesday, September 8.


The week of September 8 is a Blue Week for the related arts rotation.


Thank you for your support of Lowell School! Have a great weekend! Take care. Be safe!


Mrs. Griffin

PLEASE JOIN THE LOWELL PTA

Our Lowell PTA provides so much support for students, families, and staff. Please consider joining the PTA! It does not mean you must volunteer for events; however, joining the PTA allows you to advocate for your child and others.


For every membership bought, you will receive a discount card that provides great deals to businesses on the eastside. So your membership could be free with the great deals you get.


Please click on this link to become a member.

https://indiana-congress-of-parents-and-teachers.square.site/

WARREN EARLY CHILDHOOD -- NOW ENROLLING STUDENTS FOR PRESCHOOL

The Warren Early Childhood Center is now enrolling children for both full day and half day preschool classes. ECC is a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited program and is rated a Level 4 center on Indiana’s Paths-to-Quality.


Our staff works diligently to provide a safe and nurturing environment so the social and emotional needs of children can be met. We also believe in learning through play. Play is an important component of healthy brain development. It assists with developing social skills, thinking skills, problem solving and self-confidence; all the skills necessary for children to learn both academically and about the world around them.


ECC accepts CCDF and On My Way Pre-K vouchers. Please call Mary Crabtree in our front office to make an appointment to register, 317-869-4751.

LOWELL ELEMENTARY COUNSELING SERVICES PARENT/GUARDIAN REFERRAL FORM

Mrs. Hand, our school counselor, is available to support all of our Lowell students. A student may be referred to the school counselor by a parent/guardian, staff member or the student may refer themselves.


If you are interested in counseling services for your child, please click on the link below and complete the referral form for Mrs. Hand. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhMbp6BSh7ti1I6Nc6ar3-LjYr-cqbFUzhxIesLZmRXiqa3w/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0


Mrs. Hand has also created her own website where families can access information and resources. Please visit her website at the link below.


https://sites.google.com/warren.k12.in.us/lowell-school-counselor/home

IMMUNIZATION REMINDERS

In order for our schools to be in compliance with the state laws regarding immunizations, please make sure that your student(s) have their updated information on file with Nurse Deb, our school nurse. All student vaccines must be on file and up to date by September 21, 2020 to avoid exclusion from school. Please make Nurse Deb aware of any upcoming appointments for vaccines, or if there are any medical or religious objections to your student receiving his or her vaccines


Also, PLEASE inform Nurse Deb of any chronic health conditions that the school should be made aware of, and that your student's medical emergency information is up to date. Thank you for your help in getting this important information to our nurse!

Have You Completed Your 2020 Census Yet? The Deadline is Approaching!

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VIRTUAL STUDENTS AND PARENTS/CAREGIVERS ~~ ~~ ~~ PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW

Labor Day Week Schedule for Virtual Learners


On a typical week, Kindergarten and First Grade are half day (AM or PM) while

Grades 2-6 attend full days twice a week. Students participate in Academic Enrichment

Day each Friday.


The week of Labor Day is not a typical week. For the week of Labor Day, the teacher will send an alternate schedule.

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NWEA TESTING FOR VIRTUAL STUDENTS IN GRADES 1 - 4

Virtual Students in Grade 1 - 4 are being given the opportunity to engage in NWEA testing between September 14th - September 25th. Below are a few parent resources that will come in handy:



Please reach out with questions. We are here to help.



Breakfast & Lunch Distribution for Virtual Students


Breakfast and lunch distribution for all VIRTUAL students will continue to be Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8:00am - 9:30am at Moorhead Community Resource Center (8400 East 10th Street). Also, we have added Tuesday evenings from 4:30-6:00 as an additional distribution time. I would also like to remind our 6-12 students that we are offering a take home meal for your VIRTUAL Application Day.

Canvas for Virtual Learners

Please ensure your family can log onto Canvas. Canvas is the only way that building administrators can inform families when the teacher is out.


Students can log into Canvas using their google email and password. If you don’t have it, please ask your teacher today.


How to Log On to Canvas - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qsKPOuTZvtooXx2X1U5k1hxIQBzQQ0Y7/view


Warren Canvas Website - https://warren.instructure.com/


How To Log Into Canvas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-5sWZODhY8&feature=emb_logo&ab_channel=CanvasLMS

Are You a Virtual Student Who is Having Technology Issues?

Tips & Reminders for Virtual Learners


**In an effort to support families and teachers, families will need only to contact their virtual teacher and their home school for support. If in doubt, contact your virtual teacher and they will support your needs.


**Please be on time for each meeting and log-in with your first and last name. Also, please follow the teacher’s expectations for camera-use.


**Please read your virtual emails as the teacher will keep you informed of the schedule and important details.


**Please attend all Zoom meetings throughout the day.

In-Person School Lunch Menu for the Month of September

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AMAZON SMILE

Did you know that Amazon donates money to approved charities and the Lowell PTA was just approved as a charity?


If you use Amazon or have an Amazon Prime Account, money may be donated to Lowell with NO extra charge to you. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.


Please see the flyers below for easy ways to donate to Lowell. Share with your friends and family!

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BOX TOPS ARE GOING DIGITAL!

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SELF-SCREENINGS

Thank you for taking time each morning to screen your child before coming to school each day. Please continue to do so. Below are symptoms impacting consideration for exclusion from school:

● A fever of 100.0° F or greater

● Chills

● Cough

● Muscle or body aches

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● Headache

● Sore throat

● Congestion or runny nose

● Fatigue

● New loss of taste or smell

● Nausea or vomiting

● Diarrhea


Students and employees should be excluded from school if they test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit two or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 that are not otherwise explained based on ISDH / MCPHD guidance. If in doubt, please don't hesitate to call school at 317-532-3900 for some guidance. We appreciate your support in doing this important screening step each day before sending students to school.

Are You in Need of Textbook Rental Assistance? Please Read The Information Below

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PARENT VUE STUDENT INFORMATION TAB

Parents ~


You can view your child's "Warren Password" on the ParentVUE Student Info tab.


Click on Student Info and then scroll to the bottom of the page. You will see your child's' passwords right after the bus info.

MSD WARREN TOWNSHIP S.A.F.E. REOPENING PLAN

You may download our 20-21 Reopening Plan on our S.A.F.E. Reopening Webpage.

https://www.warren.k12.in.us/o/msd-of-warren-township/page/20-21-s-a-f-e-reopening

Covid Screening & Quarantine Information

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CAR RIDER INFORMATION

Our car rider line has changed locations! The car rider drop-off and pick-up line is now on the SOUTH SIDE (Raymond Street) of the building. DO NOT ENTER OFF OF HUNTER ROAD. All car riders will enter the line off of Raymond Street. There is a circular drive that cars will follow around to the sidewalk. Pull your car to the end of the sidewalk, place your car in park, and wait for staff to signal that students may be released from cars. DO NOT RELEASE STUDENTS UNTIL STAFF IS OUTSIDE AND INDICATES THAT STUDENTS MAY BE RELEASED FROM VEHICLE. WE WILL BEGIN TO RELEASE STUDENTS AT 7:55AM. STUDENTS MUST WEAR A FACE COVERING WHEN EXITING THE VEHICLE. PARENTS ARE TO REMAIN IN CARS AT ALL TIMES AND CANNOT EXIT THE VEHICLE TO WALK STUDENTS INTO THE BUILDING.


Students will only be released on the sidewalk side/passenger side of the vehicle. Please make sure your child is sitting on that side of your vehicle. When the sidewalk is cleared of students, cars will be released by staff to exit back out onto Raymond Street. PLEASE DO NOT MOVE YOUR CAR UNTIL STAFF INDICATES IT IS SAFE TO MOVE. DO NOT GET OUT OF THE CAR RIDER LINE TO MANUVEUR YOUR CAR AROUND OTHER CARS. STAY IN LINE AND FOLLOW THE CAR IN FRONT OF YOU SO WE CAN EXIT SAFELY. When the next row of cars are lined up along the sidewalk and are stopped and in park, staff will release the next group of students into the building.


OUR PRIORITY IS TO KEEP STUDENTS AND STAFF SAFE! PLEASE MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THESE PROCEDURES AND TO FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF THE LOWELL STAFF. WE APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION.


Please make sure your child has backpack/supplies ready and that good-byes are said before it's time to exit the car. We will not have time to retrieve items or have prolonged good-byes in the morning. We appreciate your help with this!!


Review the map below to see the entry/exit location and the path for the car rider line. We appreciate your patience as we all learn this new system.

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SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS

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. Please refrain from smoking on school grounds if you are picking your child up or dropping your child off at school. We appreciate your support with this policy!


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Lowell Construction Updates

The renovation at Lowell is going strong!! We are excited to see the progress!

School District Publication/News Media Use

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STUDENT SUCCESS HANDBOOK

Click on the link below to access the 2020-2021 Student Success Handbook.


Student Success Handbook 2020-2021

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