Lowell Memo: Issue #8

October 9, 2015

Published by Lowell School & the Lowell PTA

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There is no school on Monday, October 12 in observance of Columbus Day!

School resumes Tuesday, October 13. Have a wonderful weekend!

Parent-Teacher Conferences are October 13 & 15 from 4-8 p.m. Be sure to check your time!

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Thank you to all who participated in the Laps for Lowell fundraiser!!

We are thrilled to report that thanks to your generosity we earned $16,077 for the Lowell PTA with this fundraiser!!! Thank you! Thank you! We are so grateful for each and every one of you that contributed to make this event so successful! We are so pleased to be able to start the year in such good financial shape. This will really allow us to continue to support the school in so many meaningful ways!


The kids had a great time completing their laps and we have had a great time rewarding them this week. Monday we announced the winning teams for the Lowellpalooza lunch time festival. Tuesday, we awarded the raffle prizes. And Wednesday, the Kindle winners were announced! We had 12 students earn Kindles, which we think is fantastic! Thank you to all the parents, teachers and staff that supported this fundraiser!


We would also like to acknowledge the following businesses/individuals that supported this event by donating raffle prizes:


Brian and Charity Makela * Mr. and Mrs. Minser * Kane County Cougars Ÿ* Rockin’ Jump Ÿ * Moore’s Toys & Gadgets Ÿ * Wheaton Park District * Deforest Dance Ÿ * Wheaton College * Wheaton North Falconettes * BR Ryall YMCA * Dupage Cheer and Tumbling * The Main Event Ÿ * Soccer’s Edge * Sports Authority * Prairie Path Books


Thanks again!

The Laps for Lowell Co-Chairs

Have any photos or video from Walk to School Day? Please send them to kathleen.melton@cusd200.org. Thanks for participating!

Looking for a fun, educational family outing? Check out the NIU StemFest link below!

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Retake day for school pictures is Tuesday, November 3.

Lowell School is Celebrating Make a Difference Day!

In honor of this special week, Lowell School will be celebrating with a Spirit Week! Students are welcome to participate in the Spirit Week and Make a Difference by helping our community friends at The People’s Resource Center (PRC)!


  • Monday, October 19th: Canned Foods & Caps Wear your favorite cap/hat and bring in any canned food item(s) for PRC!
  • Tuesday, October 20th: Pasta & Pajamas for PRC Put on your plush pajamas & bring in a box (or two) of pasta to support People’s Resource Center!
  • Wednesday, October 21st: Eating healthy is a Sport! Put on your favorite team jersey or wear your favorite team colors and donate some canned fruits or canned vegetables to support good nutrition at the PRC!
  • Thursday, October 22nd: Helping Others is COOL! Wear your coolest sunglasses and bring in any miscellaneous non-perishable food item(s)!
  • Friday, October 23rd: We STUFFED the truck with foods for the most important meal of the day! Bring in a stuffed animal to snuggle (stuffed animal must be able to easily fit into your backpack) and one non-perishable breakfast item such as a box of cereal, container of oatmeal or box of breakfast cereal bars.

Planning your child's Halloween costume?

We kindly ask that you avoid scary or gory costumes. Likewise, accessories that are weapons will not be permitted. Tentative parade times are 9:30 a.m. for morning Kindergarten & 2 p.m. for all other students. Thank you!

Box Tops for Education- UPDATE!


This year Lowell will be collecting Box Tops for Education™. Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help our school earn cash. Last school year, we earned over $1,000! Box Top coupons are on the packaging of hundreds of participating products that you probably use every day. All you need to do is cut them off of the box they are on, stick them in a baggie, and send them to school with your child (bags of 50 box tops are preferred).


**We're excited to share that this year we'll be keeping track of each classroom and the number of Box Tops submitted! The winning class will win a special prize towards the end of the school year! Please remember to mark your bags with your child's name and teacher's name. Thanks!**

Join Lowell's Chess Club!

The Lowell PTA is sponsoring a chess Club. The first meeting of the Lowell Chess Team is Friday October 23rd 2015. We will meet on Fridays from October 23rd 2015 from 3:45-4:45 PM to end of March 2016 in the LLC. The team is for students in K - 5th grade. All levels of players from
beginners to advanced are encouraged to attend. Participation in periodic weekend tournaments, including the state chess tournament will be OPTIONAL (extra fees required).


Dues of $75/family will be charged and includes professional instruction led by Chess Master Jim Egerton of Chess-Now (www.chess-now.com). To sign your child up for Lowell's Chess Team, contact Josephine Horn at (630) 653-8183 or Josephine.Horn@alcatel-lucent.com

Save the Date: Lowell's 10th Annual Trivia Night 11.7.15

We need your help!


1) Raffle items/Prizes: Unused gift cards, Sporting event tickets, goods and services, etc.


2) Volunteers needed: We need volunteers (at the event) to help sell raffle tickets, be greeters, draw raffle winners/hand out prizes, etc.


Please contact Linda Raffel (swany30@sbcglobal.net) if you would like to donate, volunteer, or have any other question about the event.

CUSD 200 Elementary Testing for the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE)

In March 2016, the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. This testing will qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2016-2017 classes:


  • 3rd, 4th and 5th grade PACE Mathematics
  • 3rd, 4th and 5th grade PACE Reading
  • 6th grade Fast Paced Mathematics
  • 6th grade Fast Paced Language Arts


Please Note – Students currently in PACE Program Classes do not need to re-test for 2016-2017. Students may be recommended for testing by their Teacher and/or Parent. The deadline for a Parent to request PACE Testing is Thursday, January 14, 2016. Students currently attending a private school and/or home schooled, but reside in the District 200 Attendance Area, are also eligible for PACE Program Testing. Testing will take place at each elementary school around the first or second week of March, scheduled around mandatory PARCC testing. Parents who register their students by the Thursday, January 14, 2016 deadline will be notified by mail about specific testing dates & times prior to testing.


Parent Testing Referral Forms can be found on the District 200 website www.cusd200.org under Departments > Student Learning > Gifted Education > Parent Referral Forms


Please contact the District 200 PACE Office at (630) 682-2024 with any questions.

Available to support Lowell Lunch & Recess? We need you!

To support a positive lunch experience for our students, we have expanded to 3 lunch periods this year as follows:


  • 11:30-12: All Day Kindergarten & Grade 1 Lunch
  • 12-12:30: Grade 4 & 5 Lunch/ Recess for ADK & Grades 1-3
  • 12:30-1: Grade 2 & 3 Lunch/ Recess for Grades 4 & 5


If you have an interest in being a lunch volunteer, a regular member of our supervision staff or a substitute lunch/recess supervisor, please email kathleen.melton@cusd200.org or call the Lowell office at 630-682-2085. Please note that you do not need to commit to all 5 days to be part of our team!

Does your child ride his or her bike to school? Be sure he or she wears a helmet!

PTA Reflections: Let Your Imagination Fly!

Be sure to check out this awesome program! Lowell 2nd grader, Claire R., made it all the way to the state level last year. Encourage your children to share their talent!
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Do you walk to school? Please cross President Street at Illinois with the crossing guard and look carefully!

CUSD 200 Fall 2015 Parenting Seminars

Operation Overload: Technology and Our Teens

Thursday, October 15 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Can video games trigger ADHD? Are they addictive? How does the computer effect mood, anxiety and adolescent relationships? Join Dr. Joe Roszkowski, Clinical Psychologist, as he explores the answer to these questions and how parents can set healthy limits.


How to Have Difficult Conversations with Your Child

Thursday, October 22 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

As kids grow up, they begin asking questions about drugs, divorce, sex or other topics that catch their parents off guard. Adam Russo, CEO of Edgewood Clinical Services, will share how parents can best prepare for these discussions so they can communicate effectively and confidently, while minimizing their child’s anxiety during the discussion.


Why Social Emotional Learning Is Important

Thursday, October 29 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Intelligence is very important but should not be limited to test scores on an IQ exam! A teen’s ability to form relationships and handle their emotions is essential to success in life. Dr. Michael Maniacci will discuss how parents can increase their teen’s Emotional Intelligence through social/emotional learning.


Noon Seminar Location: Wheaton Park District Community Center

1777 Blanchard Road, Wheaton


Registration is free. Call Donna at (630) 393-3558 to indicate your choice of sessions. If you have questions about workshop content call Donna Kozica, (630) 821-7900 or Gary Luckey, (630) 784-7208.
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The Lowell PTA welcomes you!!

Check out the links below to learn more about the Lowell PTA & become a member!


Lowell Eagles Learn: Check out Story #35!!!

Please view our school blog & consider sharing your own story of learning about Lowell or encouraging your child to write a post! We've just posted our first story of the year about the Battle of the Books kick-off event! We welcome stories from students, parents, staff, special guests, and community members. You can find our blog at lowelleagleslearn.blogspot.com or linked below! Please send posts to kathleen.melton@cusd200.org at any time or make a comment on our posts!


Thank you for helping tell our story! Check out our newest posts, including staff appreciation from a Lowell mom!

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Free and Reduced Lunch applications will be sent home the first week of school. If you need financial assistance with lunch fees, please complete and return the form to the office prior to Friday, September 25. These forms need to be completed each school year.

Has a D200 teacher been an inspiration to your child? Check out Inspiration Nominations linked below!

2015-16 Important Dates

Click here to visit the Lowell Web Calendar & stay informed of upcoming events throughout the year!

View the District ESchool Bag!

Check out district & community information linked to the District website below, including information about a new Daisy Troop starting at Lowell.

New 200 Foundation Updates

Click the link below to read updates from the New 200 Foundation!

Support the Lowell PTA through Amazon.com!!

Raise money for Lowell PTA by shopping at Amazon.com Lowell PTA will receive 1% of all money spent at Amazon.com, when you use this special link.


http://fundyourpta.org/lowellelementary.php


Bookmark this page for use anytime you need to shop at Amazon.com There are no price increases or fees for shoppers or Lowell PTA. Amazon funds the program as a fund raising opportunity for schools and organizations.

Going to Target??

Use your Target REDcard, and Target will donate 1% of your REDcard purchases made at Target and Target.com to help Lowell! Sign up is easy at the link below:
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