Lowell Memo: Issue #9

October 14, 2016

Published by Lowell School & the Lowell PTA

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Laps for Lowell numbers are in!!

Thank you to all who participated in the Laps for Lowell fundraiser!! We are thrilled to report that thanks to your generosity we earned over $16,000 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 now we have got some celebrating to do! The winning teams earning tickets to Lowellpalooza, as well as all raffle winners, will be announced at school on Monday! On Tuesday, we will announce all Kindle, Shuffle, Ozobot and Go Pro winners! We will finish our celebrations on Friday with our lunchtime festival Lowellpalooza! Thank you to all the parents, teachers and staff that supported this fundraiser in so many ways!

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

BR Ryall YMCA * Cantigny Youth Links * Fox Bowl * Kane County BR Ryall YMCA * Cantigny Youth Links * Fox Bowl * Kane County Cougars * Rockin’ Jump * Chicago Bandits * Deforest Dance * Wheaton College * Chicago White Sox * Chicago Bears * Chicago Ninja Academy *Prairie Path Books * Kids Science Labs * Wheaton Park District

Thanks again!

The Laps for Lowell Co-Chairs

PTA Reflections Arts Program

The Lowell PTA will once again be sponsoring the 2016-2017 National PTA's Reflections program, a cornerstone arts program that encourages students to explore their arts and talents to express themselves. This year's theme is "What is your Story?" Submissions can be in the form of the following: Photography, Visual Arts, Literature, Dance Choreography, Film Production, or Music Composition. Submissions are due to Lowell on October 21st. Look for a flyer to come home with your child in the coming weeks.

We are also seeking volunteers to assist with administrating the program.

If you are interested in helping or have any questions, please contact the Reflections chair, Jeannie Iseman, at jeannie.iseman@gmail.com, or 630.440.1115.

Box Tops Deadline Approaching!

It’s time! We’re nearing our first of two Box Tops submission dates. Please send any Box Tops you have at home in with your child by Oct. 24. We only receive credit for Box Tops that have not expired, so please send any that you have in now before they expire! Send them in a baggie or envelope with your child’s name or teacher’s name. Whether you have 5 or 50, we will take them! We receive $.10 for every Box Top and they add up quickly. Thank you so much for your help!

For anyone interested in helping out, we’re meeting Sunday, Oct. 23 from 3-5 pm. Count some Box Tops and enjoy some drinks and snacks! If interested, email Becky Graziano at beckygraziano@mac.com or Becky Sindelar at bsindelar@gmail.com for more details. Thanks!

Planning your child's Halloween costume?

We kindly ask that children and adult visitors and volunteers avoid scary or gory costumes. Likewise, accessories that are weapons will not be permitted. Please use discretion in sending other accessories, as we wouldn't want anything to be left behind! Masks that obstruct vision must be lifted for the parade. Adult visitors should keep their faces uncovered.

Further, although there have been no substantiated reports of viable threats to any schools, included those of District 200, and while the "Scary Clown fear" appears to be simply a social media phenomenon, we believe that it is prudent to ask parents not to send children to school in any clown costumes for Halloween this year.

Tentative parade times on October 31st are 9:30 a.m. for morning Kindergarten & 2 p.m. for all other students. Please note that pets are not permitted on school grounds during the parade.

Do you have outgrown, gently used Halloween costumes?

We're happy to take them at Lowell to connect with children in need! Please drop them off to Mrs. Chiappini's attention in the front office during office hours or Parent-Teacher Conference nights!

Do you drive your children to school? Help keep our kids safe!

Please remember the following:

  • The car lane is a no idle zone.
  • Students can only enter Door #16 if they are being dropped off by car. Cars should not stop traffic by playground and enter another door.
  • Students should exit on the curb side (passenger side).

We thank you for your attention to this as we focus on student safety!

Lowell Elementary 11th Annual Trivia Night

A new study from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga suggests that elementary school children whose parents attend trivia contests are 47 times more likely to earn a college scholarship. So ask yourself: can you possibly afford to skip Lowell’s Trivia Night on November 5th? New quiz masters, new categories, and surprises, but the all the old fun that you are used to. Reserve your table now! Click here to view & print a registration form!
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Your help is needed!

The 20th Annual Lowell 5k will be this spring, and we need your help! Last May, after 6 years, Kelly Nielsen and Courtney Henderson organized their last Lowell 5k together, and are now ready to show another duo or team the ropes. Ideally this is a volunteer position for at least two or three (or more!) parents to share. Planning should be underway in November. We have all info and details to get you started and will help guide you through the planning process. The Lowell 5k is a wonderful event that brings our school and community together to help raise money for The American Cancer Society.

Please contact Kelly Nielsen at kdnoe2002@yahoo.com if this sounds like something you would enjoy! No running experience is needed.

Looking to help others in our local school community?

Check out the Lowell wish list here!
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Join the Lowell Chess Club!

The Lowell PTA is sponsoring a chess Club. The first meeting of the Lowell Chess Team is Friday October 21st 2016. We will meet on Fridays from October 21st 2016 from 3:45-4:45 PM through the end of March 2017 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/student will be charged and includes professional instruction led by Chess Master Nikola Mitkov.

To sign your child up for Lowell's Chess Team, contact Josephine Horn at (630) 653-8183 or Josephine.Horn@Nokia.com

New to the Nest

We are always excited to grow the Lowell family! Click here to meet the newest members of the Lowell team, including Mr. Weaver, our band substitute!

Reminders from the Health Office


Please call the attendance line, 630-682-2086, if your child will not be attending school for the day. Remember to include the reason for the absence. Communicable illnesses such as pink eye, strep throat, influenza, chickenpox, head lice and fifth disease are monitored for any significant increase in our school community.

If your child has a fever of 100͐ or above or experiences vomiting or diarrhea they should remain home until they are symptom-free without medication for 24 hours. Complete information can be found in the student handbook.


If your child has an injury which keeps them out of PE class, please make sure you send the doctor’s note to school. Be aware that if your child is not able to participate in PE class, they are also unable to participate in recess.
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Important Dates

Our calendars are filling fast! Please continue to check out the Lowell web calendar for future planning!

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Lowell Eagles Learn: Our School Blog

Please view our school blog & consider sharing your own story of learning about Lowell or encouraging your child to write a post! 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!

View the District ESchool Bag!

Check out district & community information linked to the District website below!

Student Excellence Foundation

Formally known as the New 200 Foundation, we are grateful for the support of this community organization! Click below to learn more about the many ways the foundation supports our schools and how you can be part of that!

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.


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.

Check out what we shared on social media last year below and follow or like us for a look into Lowell during 2016-17!