Friday Flight

January 23, 2015

Thanks for sharing your family with the Lowell family! Let's work together for a great 2015!

You can click on photos to enlarge them. We kept the pictures in this week's Flight by popular demand (and maybe because I missed a few)!

PTA Student Spotlights Needed February-May

Thanks to Renee Kuta and Denise Uthe for sharing their KidBlog journeys at the January PTA meeting! Interested in sharing February through May? Click here to select a month! Thank you for sharing your good work and that of your students with our parent community.

Please review the Memo to stay current on building parent communication & events!

Please note that you are welcomed to take the Winter Concert Feedback survey linked in the last couple Memos. The Memo will resume Thursday, January 15th.

Google Training Site

There was an issue with the link for the Google training site expiring in the previous Flight. If this link does not work when you click it, please cut and paste the URL into your browser window. Let me know if you need any help!

PARCC Tech Features

Linked here and in the November curriculum update, be sure to check out the PARCC Tech Features resource page! There are resources for each grade level to practice the skills anticipated for PARCC.

District Media

If you are contacted for an interview or any kind of media feature related to our school or your teaching role, please be sure to check in with Kathy at Lowell or Erica at the SSC before doing that. Thank you!

Reading Incentive Programs

The following incentives are to be offered building-wide. Thanks to Anne and Melissa for coordinating the efforts!

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars reading incentive program begins January and runs eight weeks. Each classroom teacher will be receiving bookmarks, a poster to track student progress, and papers to send home. Each classroom teacher will need to make copies of the papers for their class. Each classroom teacher should choose an appropriate goal for their individual class and note that on the paper that will be sent home. Examples of reading goals could be reading a certain number of pages, reading a certain number of books, or reading a certain number of hours - the goal is the teacher's choice. Should classroom teachers have any questions, please contact Anne McDonald. Program Dates: Jan 5-Feb 26; information due to Anne: March 3

Six Flags

Six Flags Reading Program sheets have been placed in your mailboxes and sent home. If your students decide to participate they will need to fill in the sheet and return it to you by Friday, February 13th. Let Melissa Chiappini know if you have any questions.

Off Level Assessments

The off-level assessments are in the ELA or Math files on the Teaching and Learning Together site. Students taking the off level should also take the on-level for district norming purposes. Please see me with questions or concerns.

Join PTA!

Our goal this year is to reach 100% staff membership as we partner with the PTA to serve our students at Lowell! You can join online via the link below or pick up a form in the office. Our PTA parents are very appreciative of the staff who have joined so far!

Please consider writing a post for our blog!!

Check out our newest post from Ms. G. and 1st grade. You can also encourage a student or parent to share OR comment on an existing post!! We have 11 new stories this school year!

Week of January 26-30

Monday, January 26

  • Kathy @ SSC in afternoon
  • (Green Club after school)
  • Reflections Ceremony; 6:30 p.m. @ Hubble

Tuesday, January 27

  • Floor Hockey before school (through Spring Break)
  • Kathy @ SSC in the afternoon
  • (World Relief Homework Club; LLC after school)
  • Instructional team is cancelled from this date; watch your e-mail for reschedule option

Wednesday, January 28

  • Caffeine & Curriculum in place of staff meeting; 8:30 in LLC (Topic: Google Slides)
  • Grade Level Data Review meetings (Click here for schedule.)
  • (Jericho Road Homework club; LLC after school)

Thursday, January 29

  • Problem solving, IEPs & 504s as scheduled
  • Floor Hockey before school (through Spring Break)
  • Inclusion meetings as scheduled
  • PTA Teacher Appreciation! Visit the Staff Center for smoothies & healthy treats during lunch!
  • (Spanish after school in Room 129)
  • (Boy Scouts; Gym from 7-8 p.m.)

Friday, January 30

  • IEP as scheduled
  • Jeans
  • (Spanish before school in LLC)
  • (Chess Club; LLC from 3:30-5 p.m.)
  • (GIrl Scouts; Art Room and Music Room from 3:30-5 p.m.)

Upcoming Lowell Events

All School

  • F & P; Starts February 2 (Schedule here)
  • PTA Sponsored Assembly: Matt Wilhelm; February 18; a.m. (exact times TBD)
  • Cook’s Night Out, Chik-Fil-A, Thursday, February 19; 4-9 p.m.
  • Spring PACE Testing: March 2-6 (Grades 3-5); March 9-16 (Grade 2)
  • Kane County Cougar names due to Anne; March 3
  • PARCC Testing; March 9-27 (& May window)
  • Dental Clinic; Friday, March 20
  • Kane County Cougars Game (Reading program recognition); April 17th @ 6:30 p.m.
  • PTA Sponsored Assembly: Kidworks Theatre- Endangered Animals: Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day) 1:30 show (K-2); 2:30 show (3-5)
  • Franklin Music Tour: Tuesday, April 28
  • Cook’s Night Out/Spirit Wear Day - Barone’s; Thursday, April 30; 4-9pm
  • Lowell 5K; Saturday, May 2
  • Chorus, Band, & Orchestra Concert: Tuesday, May 12; 6:30 p.m. @ Franklin

Grade Level Trips/Events

  • 5th Grade w/ Mr. Lee: Feb. 10, 11 and 12 (each class for 1 day)
  • Kindergarten to COD Play: Friday, Februay 13; 10:30-1 p.m.
  • 2nd Grade w/Grove Dental; Tuesday, February 17; 1-2:15 p.m.
  • 2nd Grade to play at St. Charles North; Monday, March 2
  • 2nd Grade Health Department 54321GO; Monday, March 16; 1-2:45 p.m.
  • 2nd Grade to Fullersburg Woods: Friday, May 15; 9:30-2
  • Kindergarten to Morton Arboretum: Thursday, April 23; 9:30-Noon
  • Robert Crown Health Center visits 5th grade: Friday, May 22; 1:30-3pm

2014-15 Shift Day Schedule

  • Tuesday, February 17 is a Monday
  • Tuesday, May 26 is a Monday

PARCC Window

  • First Window: March 9-March 27
  • Second Window: April 27-May 22

Professional Learning Calendar

2014-15 Committees (Updated)

BLT Agenda Items & Notes (Please see a BLT member (Laura M.; Amanda; Brooke; Anne; Peg; Cindy L.; or Kathy) to add items to the agenda.)

Check it Out!

This section, like our Standards Based Grading Corner last year, will include interesting articles, blog posts, videos, or quotes for your optional perusal & reflection. Have something you'd like me to share here? E-mail me the link!

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