Lowell Memo: Issue #9
November 22, 2013
Published by Lowell School & the Lowell PTA
Greetings from Lowell!
This week we enjoyed an American Education Week spirit week, an Imagination Theater assembly called Ease the Tease, Cook's Night Out, a PTA meeting, fun grade level activities, and the circus in PE. Thanks so much for supporting and attending many of these events! Thanks, too, for your priority on student learning and supporting your students academically. Your student should have brought home his or her Trimester 1 report card today. Please be sure to read the letter below (also included in the report card envelope) regarding the changes you will see. Other building and district resources related to math and standards based grading are also linked on the Lowell website home page.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving week as a family, and thank you again for welcoming me to the Lowell family! We'll see you in December! As always, don't hesitate to reach out if you have feedback or questions.
This year, D200 implemented new higher standards in math. These standards are reflected on the new standards-based report card for math at the elementary grades. A standards-based report card lists the essential skills and concepts that a student needs to master at a grade level. The purpose of this new type of card is to give specific information to students and parents on student achievement as it relates to each math skill.
With standards-based grading, the emphasis is on making sure students master the necessary skills. We anticipate that at first, this may mean lower grades for some students, especially with the new more difficult math standards.
To view a video on the new report cards, please go to http://goo.gl/Bfa6IE
If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please call or email Faith Dahlquist or your child’s principal.
Faith Dahlquist, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services
Kathy Melton, Lowell Principal
Ornament Tree @ Lowell
If you have any questions, please call Mrs. White at Lowell School or Pam Klein (630-665-9886).
This year, the Lowell Library Learning Center (LLC) will be available to Raz-Kids students during their Recess Time (12pm-1pm) on Tuesdays from December, 2013-May, 2014. These sessions are dependent on the efforts of our PTA Volunteers. This is an exciting way for our readers to come together and share their experiences and for students without internet access to take advantage of our program. Due to alternating grade level schedules, this will also allow maintain recess in alignment with the district wellness policy.
WE ARE IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR! If you would like to volunteer, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fill out the volunteer portion of the registration form. Please be sure to include your name, e-mail address and phone number.
We look forward to another successful year!
Jennifer Dath & Jackie Huggins
New to the Nest: Heather Novak
Lowell Winter Concert
Monday, Dec. 16th 2013 at 7pm
Wheaton Evangelical Free Church, Wheaton, IL, United States
- Parents should park in the lots to the WEST and SOUTH of the church and enter through Door #2 and Door #5.
- Doors will open at 6:40.
- All children need to be in their classrooms or seats by 6:50.
- Classroom teachers will share specific details pertaining to their class after Thanksgiving.
http://www.lowellpta.org/pta-membership-form/. Directories are available for purchase for $12.00. Please contact Barbara Razzino with any questions.
Lowell Holiday Bazaar- December 7
Take a break from the big box stores and visit our annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday December 7th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Lowell Gymnasium. Shop for handmade or customized items that are offered by local artisans and vendors. Custom jewelry, handbags, beautiful knitted items, and holiday wreaths are just a few of the items you can expect to find. You can also bring gold to sell to Gold Rush Girls; you’ll receive money back and a donation will go back to the Lowell PTA.
This event will also feature a Santa's Secret Shop where your little ones can shop for the people on their list for as little as 50 cents per item. Bring your list and check it twice! We look forward to seeing you there.
For questions or more information please call or email Beth Madiol at (630) 480-0871 or email@example.com
Christmas Sharing is a joint endeavor between local churches and District 200 schools to help provide some extras to needy local families. Lowell School will be collecting the following until MONDAY, DECEMBER 9:
- Canned/boxed food /baby food
- New toys
- Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, diapers)
- New socks and underwear
- Outerwear (coats/hats/boots/mittens)
Donations can be dropped off in the hallway outside the office .
Save the date for Lowell Jamboree!
The Green Corner: Recycle Your Holiday Lights!
Emergency Closing Information
Upcoming Dates to Remember
- November 25-29- Thanksgiving Recess (No school)
- December 3- Band concert @ Wheaton North for northside feeder schools
- December 7- Holiday Bazaar (Details above)
- December 11- Cook's Night Out @ Glen Ellyn Noodles & Company
- December 13- PTA (9:30 a.m.)
- December 16- Winter Concert
Boxtops Benefit Lowell
To classroom Boxtop Coordinators: Thank you so much for helping earn money for Lowell School! Please remember to count your classrooms Boxtops and put them into baggies of 50. There is a box in the office that they can then be put in. Thank you again for your time and energy clipping and counting. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, Colleen Gemelli-Dunbar at firstname.lastname@example.org .
2013-14 PTA Meetings
- Friday, December 13th- 9:30 a.m.
- Thursday, January 23rd- 7 p.m.
- Friday, February 21st- 9:30 a.m.
- Thursday, March 20th- 7 p.m.
- Friday, April 11th- 9:30 a.m.
- Thursday, May 15th- 7 p.m.
- All Thursday evening meetings will be held in the LLC.
- All Friday morning meetings will be held in the Art Room.
- Free babysitting is available at each meeting.