Lowell Newsletter

October 28, 2020

WE ARE CONTINUING IN THE CURRENT HYBRID (A/B) SCHEDULE AT LEAST THROUGH THANKSGIVING

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE DATES HAVE CHANGED

We will be holding Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences the week of November 17th. '

On November 4th, your child's classroom teacher(s) will send you an invite to sign up for a conference time via Signup Genius.


Virtual conferences will be held at the following dates and times:

Tuesday, November 17th from 4pm-6pm
Wednesday November 18th from 5pm-7pm
Thursday, November 19th from 3pm-5pm
Monday, November 23rd from 12pm-2pm


There will be NO SCHOOL for the week of Thanksgiving (November 23-27).

RED RIBBON SPIRIT WEEK CONTINUES!

Tuesday/ Thursday: Dress as a Super Hero!
Wednesday/Friday: Wear Orange and Black

RED RIBBON SPIRIT WEEK

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Traditional Halloween will look a little different this year.

Please wear a mask if you plan to participate in activities with friends and family outside of your home.


Mask guidelines:

Make your cloth mask part of your costume.

A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.

Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult.

Masks should not be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing.

Visit www.cdc.gov for additional guidelines.

Join us at Kids Study Club!


Kids Study Club is a “drop-in” hub in the Westside for youth to use a laptop for schoolwork, get a free snack and meal, and hang (at a distance) near other young people and caring adult mentors.
And if a young person just wants to hang out and draw or read – that’s okay, too!

Through this program, we strive to increase access to technology, healthy food, and positive adult supervision for kids who need it most during this pandemic – all while being as safe as possible! Our hope is that this program can give kids a safe, affirming place to spend time outside the home - and also give guardians and parents a break from the pressures of caring for youth in the pandemic.


When and Where is Kids Study Club?
Monday – Thursday from 3-6 PM beginning Monday, October 26th, 2020 until at least December 30th, 2020.

Burns Street Center, 1500 Burns St, Missoula, MT 59802.

How does the “drop-in” structure work?
Kids Study Club, like our summer program, is a free “drop-in” program, meaning that participants do not need to come every day – but are certainly welcome to – and do not need to stay for the whole 3 hours! Youth can come and leave whenever is best for them or their guardians, as long as staff are notified of how young people will be getting home. (Our detailed check-in/check-out policies and agreements are in the registration form.)


Safety in COVID-19

Masks and social distancing will be required for all staff and participants and the program is limited to 15 participants at a time to ensure that distancing is possible. Our full COVID-19 safety procedures are attached to this email.


How do I sign up?
To participate, simply bring the young person(s) to Kids Study Club, fill out a registration form on the spot, and you’re good to go! If you’d like to print and complete the form in advance, you can find it attached!


Find more information at nmcdc.org - and feel free to email me with questions!

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WINTER GEAR

With the change in our weather, it is important to make sure your child is dressed for recess. We will go out to recess until the temperature is below zero. Please send your child with a winter coat, mittens/gloves, and a hat so they can stay warm when we are outside.


If you need assistance gearing your Lowell Bobcat up for the winter, please contact our FRC Coordinator, Libby Miller @ rmiller@mcpsmt.org


We are also taking winter gear donations! If you have new or used winter gear to donate, please drop it off at our front office.

SEESAW (K-2) and GOOGLE CLASSROOM (3-5)

Most classrooms at Lowell are assigning work online for remote learning days and all classrooms require a quick remote learning attendance check that can be completed anytime during the day (this does not have to be completed during school hours). If you have questions or concerns about your child's remote learning work or if you need to request paper copies, please contact your child's teacher.

A few weeks ago we held a PTA tech night focused on the online learning platforms your child uses for remote learning. If you need help navigating these platforms, please check out our helpful videos:

SeeSaw Tips (K-2)

Google Classroom Tips (3-5)

SCHOOL CELEBRATIONS

Due to COVID, we cannot allow outside treats and gifts. Please do not send any birthday or celebration treats to your child's classroom.


Given our hybrid schedule, we have also made the decision to keep our precious classroom time focused on learning goals. This year Halloween celebrations will have a learning focus and we will not wear costumes.

FREE! - MONDAYS - PARKS & REC

FREE opportunities for out of school care offered to Lowell families as part of our Lowell Community Center initiative. Parks and Rec has partnered with Lowell to offer full-day care (8am-5pm) for all remote Mondays in October and for the Non-School days on October 15-16. These full day programs will be held at Lowell and students will stay in the same pods they attend on school days. Parks and Rec will include time to work on remote learning activities as well as field trips, recreation opportunities, and arts and crafts. Please sign up here if you are interested in full day programs for your child.


If you need full day care for your kiddo on hybrid-remote days (T-W or Th-F), please email WhicherM@ci.missoula.mt.us for low to no cost options.

406 Families Missoula - SPIDER HUNT!

With Covid-19 cases on the rise in Missoula, many families are at a loss for what to do for Halloween. If you do choose to go trick-or-treating will there even be very many houses participating? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to get in the Halloween spirit without bursting your socially distanced bubble?

Which is why we present: 406 Spider Hunt!

We are asking community members and businesses to hang a spider in their window or on their door during the week leading up to October 31st. You can print off or color one below, or get creative and make your own spiders to decorate your home!

For those who are looking for an alternative to trick-or-treating, or even just an additional activity (in case there aren’t many porch lights on) this year, families can go out and explore their neighborhood and city and see how many spiders they can find!

If you put a spider up OR know of a place that has great Halloween decorations, let us know HERE! We will try to have a map of spider locations and a route for Halloween decorations around Missoula available!

Download a PDF spider to print here or save one of the images above!

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Get your costumes ready!! We're hosting a Virtual Costume Contest and TikTok Challenge!


These contests are part of a week of Halloween themed events with All Nations Health Center

#HalloweenWellnessWeek starts Monday!


*** Contests limited to Missoula area.

Project Westside Park

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.

COVID TESTING

In addition to the county testing clinic, your primary care provider may offer COVID testing. For a complete list of testing locations visit www.missoulainfo.com/where-to-get-tested.
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