Lowell Parent Newsletter

May 2, 2021

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Message from Mrs. Phelan

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!


I want to kick off this week of appreciation with a gigantic 'THANK YOU' for all you do on behalf of our students. It is super important that you know I view our entire staff as 'teachers' in their own right and own way. I am hopeful that every member of our school community feels valued, important, appreciated, embraced, and loved throughout the course of this week. Your compassion, empathy, and kindness are life-changing for our students every day, especially during this past year. Your commitment and dedication are inspiring. This year as you were asked to Pivot from traditional learning to remote learning, you did so instantly. You have remained flexible and responsive throughout this year, no matter what the ask: all while supporting each other and our families.


We have an unbelievable staff at Lowell. You work tirelessly on behalf of students and serve critical roles in the lives of so many. Your impact is profound and reaches places and depth that, in many cases, you will never see or realize. The lives you touch and the service you provide are unspeakable. Your unwavering focus on improving the experiences, outcomes, and opportunities for students is motivating and awe-inspiring. The love you demonstrate for our students, our school, and our community has shaped who we are and what we are known for. I am incredibly proud to serve in your company and alongside each one of you.

As you embark on another week of learning and growing, please know how deeply fortunate we all are to be able to call you a colleague, teacher, educator, collaborator, contributor, and friend. I love each one of you and have the most sincere and profound gratitude for what you do with and for our students. Thank you. Thank you. You have impacted, influenced, and moved me every day.

Have a great week, and know how much we all appreciate the 'teachers' here at Lowell School.


Enjoy the recognition you deserve!

Stacy

Lowell Assistant Principal Search and Timeline

We have officially begun the search for the new Lowell Assistant Principal. The AP position was posted on April 29th. Now, I am looking to gain insight and feedback on what you feel would make an excellent assistant principal.


Dr. Galdston and I have created a search timeline and a job description I'm sharing with you here. This week I am offering two Parent Forums, one in the evening on Thursday, May 6th at 6:30 PM and another on the morning of May 7th at 8:30 AM. Both events are online for your convenience.


We are also looking for people interested in participating in the search process, which will take place over the coming month. Interested participants should make sure they are available to attend all the necessary dates.


Please send me an email requesting to be on the interviewing committee. If you have any questions, please contact me by email at stacy.phelan@watertown.k12.ma.us.

Dr. Kimberlee Henry VIsits Lowell on Thursday Afternoon 1:00-2:30

Our recently hired director of Equity and Inclusion for the Watertown Public Schools - Dr. Kimberly Henry, will be visiting Lowell on Thursday afternoon from 1:00-2:30. Dr. Henry is visiting each school in Watertown this week. Please join me in welcoming her to our school and District.

NO SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN ONLY JUNE 4TH

June 4th, kindergarten will not have school. Teachers and staff will be welcoming and screening our incoming kindergarten students. Please plan accordingly.

Upcoming Dates:


Picture Day - Monday, May 3rd from 8:45-2:30


School Committee - Monday, May 3rd 7:00


Parent Forum for Assistant Principal Search Thursday, May 6th, 6:30-7:30 PM


Parent Forum for Assistant Principal Search Friday, May 7th, 8:30-9:30 AM


Retake Picture Day - Monday, May 10th


Grade 5 to 6 transition - Tuesday, May 11th at 6:30

Ms. Martin will be holding an Information Night for Parents/Caregivers on Tuesday, May 11th at 6:30 pm on Zoom. Mr. Del Porto, Ms. Skypeck (the rising grade 6 guidance counselor), and I will be sharing information about Watertown Middle School and answering any questions you may have.


Let’s Chat – Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 PM Brought to you by Lowell's SEL Team


ELA MCAS for In-Person Students Tuesday, May 11th


Lowell School Site Council Thursday, May 13th, 7:00 pm


ELA MCAS WVS for Remote Students Friday, May 14th


MATH MCAS for In-Person Tuesday, May 18th


Parent Diversity Council Meeting, Thursday, May 20th


MATH MCAS WVS for Remote Students Friday, May 21st


SCIENCE MCAS WVS for Remote StudentsMonday, May 24th


SCIENCE MCAS 5th In-Person Students Tuesday, May 25th


PTO Meeting: Tuesday, May 18th at 6:30 PM.


Kindergarten Screening: Friday, June 4th by appointment


NO SCHOOL FOR KINDERGARTEN JUNE 4TH- INCOMING K SCREENING DAY

Assistant Principal Search Evening Forum

Thursday, May 6th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

Join Zoom Meeting https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/93361014107 Meeting ID: 933 6101 4107

Assistant Principal Search Day Forum

Friday, May 7th, 8:30am

This is an online event.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/94292276632

Meeting ID: 942 9227 6632

MASKS ARE REQUIRED ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

This week Governor Baker and the CDC stated mask-wearing outdoors after April 30th. While I, too, was thrilled to hear we don't need to wear a mask while going for a run. I am concerned that many people will think it's okay to come to school for pick up or drop off without a mask on. You are required to wear a mask on school property. We will continue to expect all adults and children to wear masks on school property; this includes the playground. I hope by September, that requirement will change, but for now, we must continue to stay diligent in our efforts to keep everyone safe.


Please continue to wear your mask! It's the kind thing to do for others!

Last week at the Lowell

The Lowell Leopard was spotted ....


Lenny joined the P.E. Classes!


Ms. Donahue and Ms. Loguidice appreciated Lenny’s help teaching the P.E. classes. Lenny was impressed with the student’s speed. He was ready to race everyone. Lenny encouraged the classes to show sportsmanship, cooperation, and teamwork. Thank you Lenny!

Before April Vacation the Leopard was spotted...

In Ms. Connors and Ms. Master's Kindergarten class.


Lennie the Leopard had a ball hanging out with us cool cats & kittens this week! We learned some facts about leopards and when the students learned that some leopards are endangered, they began problem solving. We looked up ways to help and then the students crafted a letter to the PTO asking for help adopting a leopard. We wanted the students to know that they have powerful voices and can work together for the greater good of our world. We ended up adopting an amur leopard through the WWF, and we're happy to share that the PTO agreed to fund this project for us! We love Lennie the Leopard and are so happy that we were able to help a leopard like Lennie in the wild!

This Week at the Lowell

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent and Teacher Conferences will take place on the following dates and times:

The ESL Team will be booking interpreters for conferences and calling families directly.


Conferences will be held on Zoom.

Thursday, 6/10 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Tuesday, 6/15 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Weds. 6/16 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM


Sign-up Genius will be open on June 1st.

School Pictures

School Pictures will take place on Monday, May 3rd.

We are holding another make-up picture day on Monday, May 10th. Students absent from school tomorrow or quarantining will have another chance on May 10th.


Online ordering made easy a classroom code is not necessary. We also sent home a hard copy last week.


http://www.coffeepond.com

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MCAS DATES

Virtual students:

All 3 schools on the same day

3rd and 4th go to their neighborhood school


ELA

WVS Friday, May 14

In-Person Tuesday, May 11th


MATH

WVS Friday, May 21

In-Person Tuesday, May 18th


SCIENCE

WVS Monday, May 24


In-Person Tuesday, May 25th

No Dogs are Allowed on School Grounds

Dogs are not allowed on school grounds, ball-field, basketball courts, or playgrounds. We kindly request you follow Town Ordinances.

PTO Corner

PTO Update

Thank You for the generous donations of goodies for Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week! We are very excited about all the special events we have planned to celebrate our teachers and staff. Thanks to all our teachers and staff for their hard work in this especially challenging year.


Gift Card Donations: We are collecting gift cards for the Teacher and Staff gift card raffle. You can send them in with your kids to Ms. Flynn in the front office. Thank you!

Thank You Photos: Take a photo of your children saying thank you to their teachers. They could hold a thank you sign or you can decorate a photo of them using emojis and text. Please email the photo to lowellelementarypto@gmail.com by Tuesday, May 4.

Thank You Notes: Please have your children draw a picture or write a note to show thanks to their teachers(s). They can bring in this special thank you notes to their teachers on Friday, May 7.

SAVE THE DATE for Let’s Chat – Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 PM. We get together once a month to talk about issues that help families and parents support their children. These are a great way to get some helpful tips and connect with other parents and caregivers. Hope you can join us!

Join the PTO! We have many leadership and volunteer positions available next year including President (or Co-Presidents), Vice President, and other event coordination positions. The PTO is a fantastic way to be more involved in the school and build friendships with other parents and families. Please email lowellelementarypto@gmail.com to learn more.


DATE CHANGE: Next PTO Meeting: Tuesday, May 18th at 6:30 PM. We are moving the May PTO Meeting to Tuesday, May 18th at 6:30 PM. This will be our last PTO Meeting of the year.

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Summer Success

Summer Success for Reading, Math and ESL

This year we will be once again offering a summer success program for eligible students. This program will run from July 12 - August 5th on Monday - Thursday from 8:30 - 12:00 at the Lowell School. Eligible students will be notified by the end of April and those that attend will receive small group instruction in math, reading, and writing.


Please reach out to Deb Opar (deborah.opar@watertown.k12.ma.us), Elizabeth Kaplan (Elizabeth.kaplan@watertown.k12.ma.us) or Kate Phillipson (kathryn.phillipson@watertown.k12.ma.us) with any questions about this summer program.