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.

Kathy Melton

Lowell Principal

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

Each year the Lowell School community, with the assistance of Jericho Road Church, tries to make the holidays a little brighter for some of Lowell’s less fortunate families. We sponsor an “ Ornament Tree”. Parents make a wish list of items and those items are put on an ornament on a tree located in the Lowell office beginning November 19. All family names are kept confidential and the gifts are given anonymously. If you would like to “adopt” a child or family, come in and pick an ornament from the tree. After shopping for the gift(s) return them, wrapped, in a bag with the ornament attached, to the main office by December 10.

If you have any questions, please call Mrs. White at Lowell School or Pam Klein (630-665-9886).

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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: lowellrazkids@gmail.com. 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

Mrs. Novak joins District 200 this year as the music teacher and chorus director at Lowell and Hawthorne; she also teaches one section at Madison. She earned her degree from the University of Illinois and has three years of experience in K-8 music a private school; she is also involved in the Wheaton North Falcon Marching Band. Mrs. Novak encourages all students to visit the Lowell website music page for song lyrics and/or recordings for this year's winter program; you can check that out here!

Lowell Winter Concert

Monday, Dec. 16th 2013 at 7pm

Wheaton Evangelical Free Church, Wheaton, IL, United States

Wheaton, IL

  • 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.

School Directories

School directories were sent home with students this week. If you did not receive one, please contact Barbara Razzino (babsrazz@mac.com or 630-682-4767) to verify your PTA membership status. Directories are available free with your PTA membership ($10 individual/$20family). Membership forms are available in the office, or you can register online:
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 bethmadiol@aol.com

Christmas Sharing

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 Lowell Jamboree will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014, from 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Jamboree is a carnival-themed fun fair for the whole family and is one of the most popular school events of the year. Come and join us for games, prizes, food, music, and friends!

The Green Corner: Recycle Your Holiday Lights!

Once again this year, you have the opportunity to keep your old holiday lights out of landfills by bringing them to Wheaton's light recycling drop-off site. Starting November 25, 2013, you can bring strands of incandescent or LED lights and extension cords in any condition to the Public Works Storage Facility at 820 W. Liberty Drive any time between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Look for signs directing you to the holiday light recycling area just inside the gate. The Public Works Department will accept lights for recycling through February 10, 2014. The lights will be collected and then stripped and recycled for their copper and plastic parts.

Emergency Closing Information

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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

Hello Lowell School family! This is just a friendly reminder note to be clipping and sending in Boxtops for Education. Last year Lowell School received over $900 from the Boxtops program. I'm sure we can pass that goal this year! Every single Boxtop you clip and send to school is worth ten cents! That's all you have to do. Look for the Boxtops for Education label, clip it and send it in to school. Attached is a list of all the great products that you can find a Boxtop on. Opening a box of Cheerios? It's on there. Putting snacks and sandwiches into Ziplock baggies? There's one on that box, too. You can even find Boxtop labels on Green Giant vegetable packages, Kleenex tissues, Avery paper and many, many more things that are used each day. Check out the list, you may have a few things stashed away in your pantry with Boxtops that you didn't even know about. Thanks, and keep clipping and sending those Boxtops in!

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 bdunbar83@hotmail.com .

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.