Lowell Newsletter

September 9, 2020

SCHEDULE UPDATE:

Dr. Watson has confirmed we will remain in Hybrid through September 25th. The remote day will remain on Monday as long as we are doing 4 day weeks.


SEPTEMBER SCHEDULE:

Start Time 8:30 a.m./End Time 2:10 p.m.

· September 8 & 9: A Group, A-K In Person

· September 10 & 11: B Group, L-Z In Person

· September 14: Full Remote Learning Day

· September 15 & 16: A Group, A-K In Person

· September 17 & 18: B Group, L-Z In Person

· September 21: Full Remote Learning Day

· September 22 & 23: A Group, A-K In Person

· September 24 & 25: B Group, L-Z In Person

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A mini-documentary on the Project Westside Park will be premiered at the Centerfield Cinema at Ogren Park on Thursday 9/10 and Thursday 9/17 to help raise funds for our park remodel. Please join us to debut this short video that features many of our Lowell community members; gates open at 6pm and the documentary followed by the main feature starts at 7:30pm. (Grease on the 10th and Raiders of the Lost Arc on the 17th)

Purchase Tickets Here!


COUNSELING CORNER

These are the Leader In Me skills that we are teaching this week. Please click on the pictures to follow the link for more information on how you can reinforce these skills at home.

GUTS! Girls Using Their Strengths -

Girls Using Their Strengths (GUTS!) is a unique, community-based leadership and empowerment program designed by and for young women*, ages 9 to 18. GUTS! encourages young women to explore their own personal values and discover their strengths through wilderness adventures in the summer, as well as after-school groups and community service projects during the academic year.


This year obviously looks different for all of us, and although we aren’t permitted to operate at schools this year, we know the kiddos in our community still need the fun, group interaction, and positive role models that GUTS! provides through our weekly groups—so we’re offering virtual groups open to the whole community. 4th grade is the first year folks can participate in our programs.
  • Groups are open to girls and gender-diverse youth (transgender, non-binary individuals who identify with girlhood). 4th graders will be in a group with other 4th graders and 5th graders.
  • We play lots of games and facilitate activities that help students identify their strengths and be their best selves
  • Groups meet via Zoom for 9 weeks starting Sept 21, going through Nov 20.
  • Students can sign up with their friends, request to be grouped with others from their school, or sign-up to meet new friends from all over town.


More information on our website can be found here.


Registration Link

MEALS

The USDA just released guidance to extend the summer waivers for school meals through Dec. 31, 2020. This means that all students can receive free meals through the end of the calendar year.


· All students will have access to free breakfast and lunch regardless of income status. This includes students participating in the hybrid program as well as those in the MOA.

· Right now this waiver expires on December 31, 2020. At that time unless another waiver is granted students will return to their normal meal status.

· Even though all meals will be free, it is critical that free and reduced applications get turned in so that we have these in place when/if the waiver expires.

· Any balances accrued by reduced or full-pay students up to this point are the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

· For those students who are participating in remote learning or the MCPS Online Academy, they can access meals at any school building. Please have student's i.d. available at pick-up.

Contact the school directly for the pick up location and times.


Free and Reduced Meal Application

EMPOWER PACKS

Kids EmPower Pack is a weekend nutrition program helping kids stay healthy & nourished when school is not in session. During the the hybrid schedule EmPower packs will be distributed on Wednesdays and Fridays.


Each Kids EmPower Pack contains 2 entrees, 2 breakfasts, hearty snacks and milk.


Please contact Libby Miller, Family Resource Coordinator at rmiller@mcpsmt.org if you would like your student to receive weekend food bags. This program is confidential and cost-free.

MARKET AT LOWELL

Thanks to our friends at Missoula Food Bank and Community Center the Market at Lowell will continue to have grab-and-go non perishable food bags on Wednesdays from 2:00 - 5:30 p.m.. There will also be produce donated from Missoula Fresh Market AND produce grown by our very own Lowell Bobcats in our school garden in partnership with Garden City Harvest. So swing by and grab some food!

PARKS & REC AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

WHO IS IT OFFERED FOR?

Any Lowell student who is in attendance at school will be able to participate in the after school program from 2:10-5:30 each day. During the hybrid model, this will be available for the two days per week students are in attendance.

Students in need of care on non-school (remote) days can register for programs on the Parks and Recreation website; these non-school day programs are not part of the after school care @ Lowell.


WHAT IS THE COST?

This program is offered through the City of Missoula at no cost to Lowell students


HOW ARE THE STUDENTS DIVIDED?

They will remain in the same pod they are placed in during the school day

Each pod will have 2-4 youth program facilitators


WHAT ACTIVITIES WILL THEY DO?

Games, arts and crafts, biking, hiking, gardening, sports, field trips will all be a part of the program. Activity schedules will be done weekly. Each group will have 2-3 planned activities for kids to choose from.


WHAT ARE THE TIMES?

After School Care begins at the end of the school day (2:10) and runs to pick up between 5-5:30pm. Pick up location @ Lowell School/Westside Park

Blue Pod Pick up- Amphitheater

Red Pod Pick up – Basketball Court

Green Pod Pick up – Westside Park near splash deck


SNACK is provided through the Federal Kids Table program made possible by the Missoula Food Bank


REGISTER for the program through this link or stop by the school to sign up.

During the Phase 1 Hybrid model (currently through September 18th), students with last names A-K can attend on Tuesday and Wednesday and L-Z can attend on Thursday and Friday.


COVID Precautions

Kids must wear masks when in the school building, while being transported in buses or vans and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Hand washing and hand sanitizer will be available and kids will be prompted to use before/after eating and during transition time.

Smaller, consistent group sizes will be maintained and participation tracked for contact tracing.

CHILDCARE

Full-day care on remote learning days

THE LOWELL GARDEN GRAPEVINE...


We have some exciting news! The Lowell Garden was selected to receive a $3000 grant from the Whole Kids Foundation. This grant will continue the amazing work already being done in our garden to get locally grown produce into the hands and bellies of our Lowell community. With the help of this grant, future projects in the garden include: building four new ADA accessible garden beds as well as building an outdoor classroom shade structure, so students can enjoy their outdoor classroom throughout the year. We are proud of how our Lowell garden has grown!



The fall harvest from Lowell's Garden will be available to pick up from the Lowell Pantry on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00pm to 5:30pm. The harvest this week includes cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, purple-striped green beans, tomatillos, kale, swiss chard and popcorn!

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.
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