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December 2017

From the desk of Mrs. Larva

" Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." -Margaret Mead

Tis' the season for caring and kindness. Like many things, kindness is a quality that children can learn over time and with practice. As a parent, I always tried to teach my children that the season was not about the gifts that they receive but about the "gifts" they are to others. Each year, we would purchase gifts to donate to charity, but it was the gifts of our time that were most rewarding. Volunteering at with our church, spending time at the nursing home, and making cookies for the neighbors are some of my favorite memories from when my children were young.

During this holiday season, work towards teaching your children kindness. I found a couple of resources that are specific to Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (RACK):

Here is another blog that talks to parents about raising grateful and kind kids: http://www.bradaronson.com/random-acts-of-kindness/

Why be kind?

  1. It feels good!
  2. Showing kindness helps us pay attention to what is going on around us.
  3. Kindness makes others want to be near us.
  4. Kindness helps people feel less alone.
  5. Modeling kindness makes others want to be kind too!

Important Upcoming Dates

First Annual Lowell Craft Fair - Sat., Dec. 2

Do some holiday shopping while supporting our school! Over 20 crafters, vendors, and bakers will be on hand! When: 10:30am - 2:30pm

PTA Meeting - Tues., Dec. 12 at 6pm Childcare is provided in room M17. Pre-registration for childcare appreciated: bit.ly/ChildcareSignUp

Holiday Program - Thurs., Dec. 21 at 9 am and again at 1:15 pm

Save the Date: School Talent Show on January 18!

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Holiday Program: "The Wish Tree"

Thursday, Dec. 21st, 9am

2000 Rice Lake Road

Duluth, MN

Join us at Lowell Elementary for a fun adventure through the snowy woods!

Charles and his good friend Boggan are on the lookout for the mysterious

wish tree, and we are serenading them along their journey!

Songs of snow, forest animals, holiday food, and more!

You won't want to miss our original programming of

"The Wish Tree"

A K-5th Holiday Program by

Lowell Elementary*

December 21st, 2017

9:00 am & 1:15 pm

*Words by Kyo Maclear

Pictures by Chris Turnham

Parking on Program day!

As parking is limited at Lowell, we ask that families ride share as much as possible on our Holiday program day. The staff at Lowell will be parking across the street at the church to accommodate our guests. If you end up parking behind the building, please be respectful of Campus Park and Aspenwood property.

Wanted: For the Holiday Program

Regan Walsh, our creative new Music teacher, is looking for a red toboggan and a white artificial Christmas tree to borrow for our upcoming Holiday Program. Please contact the office if you are able to help her out!
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Media Center Minute

It has been a busy time in the media center learning about online safety and good digital citizenship. Second and third grade classes completed the Netsmartzkids online safety curriculum earning their Netsmartz certificates and badges (see pictures below). Fourth and fifth graders continue to earn digital citizenship badges using the Digital Passport program. These websites also have great information for families to use when discussing online safety at home.

In addition to our internet safety unit, we continue to learn about favorite authors and a wide variety of children’s literature in the library. Kindergarten/1st grade classes have been reading books by author/illustrator Mo Willems and author Laura Numeroff. Second through fifth grade classes have been reviewing the five-finger rule for selecting “Just Right Books.” Click here for a five-finger guideline to use at home I encourage older students in the media center to try and find at least one just right book and then their other two choices can be an easier book and a more challenging book.

Please continue to support your students in bringing their books back on time so they can check out on our library book check out days (specialist days 3 or 4).

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Van Scoy (Mrs. “V.”)

Here’s a link to our Library Book Due Dates calendar.

The Math Corner

This month’s Math Activity Tip:

What does a hundred look like?

Understanding the concept of 100 is difficult for young children, even if they can count that far. Suggest that your child start making collections of 100 things — rubber bands, watermelon seeds, pebbles or buttons. You can divide the objects in groups of 10 or 2 or 5 to see how these smaller groups add up to 100 in different ways. Glue the objects onto a piece of colored construction paper for a math collage. Seeing 100 will help her conceptualize it.

Cindy Upton, Math Interventionist

Lowell Happenings

Book-It Principal Challenge

When a Lowell Elementary teacher asked Jen Larva, Principal, to participate in the Pizza Hut Book It Challenge, Jen immediately said yes. The program encourages students to set a reading goal – if they meet the goal they receive a certificate and a reward. In this case, their reward was seeing the Principal sit out in the cold reading Betsy Bowen books to students.
Said Ms. Larva, “If I had known it was going to be so cold, I might have picked a different challenge! Brr!”

Dia de los Muertos

Our Nueva Vision Spanish Immersion program celebrated Dia de los Muertos with crafts and food in the classroom.

Heath and Wellness Family Night

A huge thank you to the UMD pharmacy students for bringing a fun learning night to Lowell and their families. Also, thank you to Keyzone staff and our Parent Involvement Coordinator, Brittany Foster, for coordinating.

Join the Movement and Like Lowell Elementary School on Facebook

Want to see what is happening at Lowell? Like the Lowell Facebook page to get updates, see photos and videos from around our school, and get connected with our PTA.



CSS Soccer Team Visit

Mr. Erie's class had the St. Scholastica Men's Soccer team visit in the fourth-grade class. The players talked about what traits they thought were important to be successful in school and then the class and players read books together.

3rd Grade Field Trip to Chris Jensen

Community Announcements

Please note:

We are often asked to distribute information for community groups. These have not been vetted by the school district. Please use your own judgement when evaluating the content of these flyers.
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Contact Us

Lowell is a neighborhood school of over 400 students. We have three language approaches to learning: English, Ojibwe, and Spanish! For more information about the two language immersion programs that are hosted at Lowell, please see our website. We are passionate about student learning and success! Our nature play space and school forest allow children additional outdoor opportunities.