Friday Flight

May 29, 2015

Revised: 6/4/2015

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Get out your jeans!

You're welcome to wear jeans as you enjoy the busy final full week of school and our last day on Monday. Please consider wearing Lowell gear or the color blue on June 8th as we come together for our Celebration of Learning!

WWEA Members, please visit the Staff Center to vote on Back to School Social!

Rain Plan for Friday

You will receive notification as additional details become needed and/or available.


  • Discovery Day: Our Discovery Day chairs are working on a rain plan in the event it is needed.
  • Field Day: One game in the gym, one game in the main hall and one game in the bus hall.
  • 5th Grade Walk: We would start this at approximately 3:10. Classes would come to the hallway like the Kindergarten Halloween parade; parents would sign in and go to the multi-purpose room. 5th grade teachers would lead students down the stairs by 4A and parade through the halls and the multi-purpose room.


Do your very best 'Stay Away, Rain!' dance! Look for direct updates via email.

Staffing Updates: 2015-16

  • PE, Art, Music and orchestra teachers are all returning.
  • Melissa Vesta is returning to teach half-day Kindergarten.
  • Steffanie Meeks will be the certified school nurse at Wiesbrook.

2014-15 End of Year Reminders

This document is a summary of end of the year information you may need to reference from within both Lowell and D200. If you have suggestions for additions, please let me know. Recently added items include a schedule feedback/idea form and facilities information.

Unwanted Items

Please list any unwanted items on the Padlet at the bottom of the page. Please do not place unwanted items in the Staff Center.

Off Campus Permission Slip Reminder

When planning for your end of the year picnics and such, please keep in mind that permission slips are needed any time you leave the Lowell property. There is no longer a universal walking field trip form.


Thank you for planning ahead!

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

It is important that you read & know the information that is shared with our families. Information in the Memo is not necessarily duplicated here.

Chromebooks from the New200 Foundation

Each District 200 school has been gifted with 2 Chromebooks by the New 200 Foundation! This is in addition to the Chromebooks we'll be getting from the Department of Technology. You can read more about the New 200 foundation here.

Food @ Lowell

Please remember to check in with Kathy prior to serving/using food in the classroom. At this point, Discovery Day and classroom parties/picnics have come my way. Please send other requests via email. Thank you !

Save the Date: 2015-16

  • Back to School Social: Tuesday, August 18 from 4:30-6 (pending BLT vote; alternate time 6-7:30)
  • Curriculum Night: Thursday, September 3 (Time TBD pending district information about principal report duration)

Happy Birthday!

Professional Learning Calendar

Common Formative Assessments

Please be sure you've shared your common formative assessment information for Trimester 3. Click here to access the form or go to the Eagle's Nest.


Thanks to everyone for your hard work in meeting this District 200 expectation!

Celebration of Learning Assembly

We'll hold a Celebration of Learning Assembly on the last day of school (June 8) at 9:30 a.m. This should take no more than 45 minutes. Dr. Schuler will also be joining us for this event. There will be an opportunity for each grade level to share, as we did last year. I encourage you to include children in the sharing. Along with that, each grade will have a slide on which to insert photos that will be up when you share. Please limit your slide to a sampling of photographs; each grade will have 1-2 minutes.


Please let me know one person per grade level who would like the editing rights for that slide deck. I will share as I receive names.

Please consider writing a post for our blog!!

So much great learning is happening!! You can also encourage a student or parent to share OR comment on an existing post!! Thanks to Brenda and Denise U. for our newest posts from their students. It is not to late to share posts!!

Week of June 1-5 & June 8

Monday, June 1
  • Kathy @ principal's association meeting before school
  • Staff luncheon RSVP & $5 due
  • Mr. Blazek retirement congrats; 8:45 a.m. in Staff Center


Tuesday, June 2

  • Secret Star Breakfast; 8:30 a.m. in Staff Center (Bring Star's favorite treat/snack w/paper star with clue attached)
  • 1st Grade to Brookfield Zoo; 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
  • Scarce visits 3rd Grade; 9:30-11:45 (45 minutes per classroom)
  • 5th grade picnic; 10:45 a.m.- 2 p.m. (departure from park) at Hoffman Park
  • Please be sure you have shared examples or celebrations related to target skills on the charts in the Staff Center.


Wednesday, June 3

  • Staff meeting; 8:30 a.m. in LLC (Agenda linked, but may be expanded before Wednesday.)
  • Half-Day Kindergarten Parent Program; 10:45-11:30 a.m. & 2:30-3:15 p.m.
  • 2R Class Plays; 11:15 a.m.
  • 3rd Grade Watermelon Day (In place of class picnic)
  • Book inventories due to Cathy

Thursday, June 4

  • IEPs/Problem solving as scheduled
  • Half-day Kindergarten Picnic; 9:45 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. @ Triangle Park
  • 4C Class play @ 11:40 a.m.
  • Staff luncheon; 12-1 p.m. in Staff Center
  • 4th Grade to Hoffman Park; 1:50-3:25 p.m.
  • Candy's baby gift presentation; 3:45 p.m. in Staff Center
  • (Volunteer parents going through indoor recess equipment from 12:30-3:30 p.m.; Location TBD)
  • PACE Open House; 6:30-7:30 p.m. in LLC

Friday, June 5

  • Discovery Day: Session 1 (9:20-10:05 a.m.); Session 2 (10:10-10:55 a.m.); & Session 3 (11-11:45 a.m.)
  • Kathy leaves mid-morning for doctoral defense; e-mail will be sent w/administrator on duty information
  • Volunteer Luncheon: 12-1 p.m. in LLC
  • Field Day: Grades 3-5 (1-2 p.m.) & Grades K-2 (2-3 p.m.)
  • 5th Grade Walk @ 3 p.m.
  • Complete Celebration of Learning slides (Due by Sunday, 6/7)

Monday, June 8

  • School-wide Celebration of Learning Assembly; Monday, June 8; 9:30 in Gym/MPR
  • First Grade Picnic; Monday, June 8
  • Second Grade Picnic: 10:30 – 2pm @ Hoffman Park
  • Last Day of Art & PE; Monday, June 8 (Any teachers not attending should communicate with specials teachers in advance.)

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