Friday Flight

January 13-17

PLC Survey

Please be sure you've reviewed the district PLC rubric individually and/or with your team. You can view that rubric here. All staff in certified positions should complete the PLC survey that can be accessed here no later than January 20th.

SEL Surveys

The district SEL committee is interested in your feedback. Surveys will be placed in the mailboxes of all staff in certified roles this week and are due back to the office by January 24th. Thank you for taking time for the surveys on both PLCs and SEL.

Anne Canella- Lowell Sub

As Anne gets to know all of you and work in your classrooms, she'd like to thank you for using her and share the information below as you consider your sub requests.

  • Taught Second Grade in CCSD 93 for ten years
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from U of I
  • Subbed in the district for the past six years
  • Subfinder ID- 6133
  • Phone number- 630 690-4182
  • Cell- 630 877-6151
  • E-mail-

Kane County Cougars Reading Program

Please see below from Anne McDonald. We are pleased to offer this school-wide so that all students have the opportunity to participate!

The Kane County Cougars reading program will start next week. This program is an eight week program – begins Monday, Jan. 20 and ends March 7. I will need all students names from each classroom teacher by March 11 so that I can forward all the student information to the Cougars. Please forward the completed “Parent Verification Form” to me by March 11.

I will be putting information sheets and bookmarks in all the mailboxes of classroom teachers. Please make copies for your class. Because you can design the reading program to fit your goal for your students, you will need to fill in the reading goal that you would like your students to reach i.e. 20 minutes read each day, 10 pages read each day, 500 pages read, etc. That is why I did not make a class copy for your class as I knew each classroom teacher would decide the reading goal for their class. Please put the reading goal for your class on the middle line of “The Game Plan” sheet. Each classroom teacher will also have to put the Lowell School game date/time on the bottom of “The Game Plan” sheet – April 11, 2014 at 6:30pm and May 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm.

The purpose of this program is to encourage the students to read and to reach a goal as well as receiving the reward of the baseball game ticket, hot dog and drink, and a drawstring bag all provided by the Kane County Cougars in St. Charles, IL.

What is your one word?

Have you shared your 'one word'? You still can here on this Padlet wall. Just go to the link, double-click on the screen, and type. Thank you to everyone who has taken time to share and read what your colleagues are focusing on in 2014.

Engage 200

Please review the information about Engage 200, the district's community engagement process. Please let me know if you are interested in attending as a voice for Lowell as a staff member or as a district resident; please also let me know ASAP if you have a parent or community member you suggest I invite.

This Week's Events

Monday, January 13

  • 4th/5th grade talent show auditions w/Mrs. White in music room; Noon-12:30
  • (Battle of the Books; LLC @ Lunch)
  • (Green Club; 3:30-4:30 p.m. in LLC)
  • Grade 3 F & P Training; 4:00- 5:30 p.m. at the Wheaton Community Center

Tuesday, January 14

  • Kathy @ SSC for Elementary Principal meeting in a.m.
  • 5th Grade Electricity In-school Field Trip- Uthe
  • (Tutoring; 3:30-5 p.m. in LLC)
  • (Daisy Troop; 3:30-5 p.m. in Art Room)
  • Grade 1 F & P Training: 4:00- 5:30 p.m. at the Wheaton Community Center
  • Tech committee meeting; 3:40-4:10 p.m. in the office conference room

Wednesday, January 15

  • Shift Day- Today is a Friday
  • Staff website training; 8:30 a.m. in LLC (Required meeting)
  • 5th Grade Electricity In-school Field Trip
  • Runathon rewards Chuck E. Cheese trip; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • (Tutoring; 3:30-4:30 p.m. in LLC)
  • Grade 2 F & P Training; 4:00- 5:30 p.m. at the Wheaton Community Center
  • Engage 200; 7-9 p.m. @ Monroe
  • (Tiger Scouts; 6-7:30 p.m. in gym)

Thursday, January 16

  • 5th Grade Electricity In-school Field Trip
  • Group yearbook pictures during the day
  • IEP/Intervention Team/Inclusion meetings as scheduled
  • Kindergarten F & P Training; 4:00- 5:30 p.m. at the Wheaton Community Center

Friday, January 17

  • Teacher work day: Per district administration, required work day hours for full time teachers are 8:30-3:45 p.m.
  • Cathy and Cindy at meeting in a.m.

Local Assessments/ F & P

Thank you for your patience with the local assessment process. Click here for the district assessment calendar. Amanda G. is compiling a list of issues so that we're able to report that back to the district assessment people. Please feel free to communicate any concerns or successes to Amanda or Kathy.

Click here for F & P updates. Please note that every grade level has a tab at the bottom that is specific to your grade level to make this as easily understood as possible. You'll receive notification of what students are being benchmarked by someone other than you or a reading teacher prior to your Day 1. Please note there is also a tab that notes the days Reading Club is cancelled.

PTA Appreciation & Resources

Please be sure to drop the PTA a note or an email when they provide a resource or support an activity for your class or our school. They enjoyed sharing notes form students at our meeting today, too.

Please keep in mind the following programs the PTA has to financially support teachers.

  • Teacher wish list: Forms are in the office
  • Teacher support money: $75 for full-time; $35 for part-time teachers (Receipts and reimbursement forms are available in the office.) Don't leave your money unused! This is not the same as district discretionary money.

Both of these programs can be used for classroom resources, supplies, field trips, or other instances in which you would ask parents to send in money. Please see Kathy with questions!

Tech Tips: Conference Opportunities for Students

SIT Conference Website

Downers Grove location flier

  • Children can present or simply attend
  • Conference Date: Saturday, February 22
  • Registration Deadline: January 24

Tech 2014 Website

  • Event Date: May 8 in Springfield
  • Application Deadline: January 21

Please let me know if you have any questions or interest.

Next Committee Meetings


Wellness Committee: TBD

Instructional Team: Tuesday, January 21 @ 8:30 (LLC); we'll connect online prior to that.

Behavior Task Force: January 27th; 1/2 day a.m.

Technology: Tuesday, January 14; 3:40-4:10 (Office conference room)

*Agendas will be linked above moving forward.

Calendars: Scheduling Events

When you are scheduling an even at Lowell, please send an e-mail to Cathy Cebry and Kathy Melton. Cathy will update the building Outlook calendar and the hard copy calendar on her desk. Kathy will update the PTA, the website calendar, and the Friday Flight. The large calendar on the bulletin board by the nurse will no longer be used. See below for a partial list of upcoming events. Please notify us of evens as soon as they are put on your calendar. Thank you!

Long Term Planning

As we keep communication within school and with our parent community a priority, please communicate any important dates that parents may need to know. Please be thinking about special events that you or others in our building may host so we can plan for timely communication of those events.

  • Mondays until otherwise announced- 4th/5th talent show auditions w/Mrs. White in music room; noon-12:30
  • Fridays until otherwise announced- talent shows in 4th/5th grade lunch; talent show team eats lunch with Mrs. White prior
  • January 20-March 7- Kane County Cougars reading program
  • January 21- F & P benchmarking begins at Lowell
  • January 22- Caffeine & Curriculum postponed; STAFF MEETING INSTEAD
  • January 23- PTA; 7-9 p.m.
  • February 7: Assembly in A.M. (Rope Warrior; 9:45-10:30 (3-5); 10:45-11:30 (K-2) (Requires use of gym & multi-purpose room)
  • February 14: Great America program logs due
  • February 20: Cook's Night Out @ Chik-Fil-A
  • February 25: Staff meeting w/Faith re: report card changes @ 8:30 a.m.
  • February 28: Jamboree
  • March 11: Kane County Reading parent verification forms due to Anne McDonald
  • April 11: Kane County Cougars game
  • May 3: Lowell 5K
  • May 22: Kane County Cougars game
  • June 3: Discovery Day

Happy Birthday!

Teacher Grants

Junior League of DuPage County

Interested in pursuing a grant? Read here about an opportunity for the Junior League of Kane and DuPage counties. The deadline for application is January 15.