Lowell Lantern

September 25, 2020

Principal's Message

Hello Lowell Families!


It is hard to believe that we are wrapping up our first quarter of learning! Next week is our last week of school before our scheduled fall break. Attendance is important next week as teachers are finishing up projects and assessments in preparation for report card grades. In addition, students will have an opportunity to spend their corebucks next Friday at our 1st quarter core celebration! We are looking forward to a great week ahead!


Today is the last day to order school spirit wear. Please see the flyer in this newsletter for more ordering information.


Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled from 11am - 7pm on Thursday, October 22. All conferences this year will be virtual. Students brought home a P/T Conference letter this week so that parents can choose the best time to meet with their child's teacher. Please complete this form and return it to your child's teacher by Monday, September 28 so that teachers can create their conference schedule and inform parents of scheduled times. We appreciate your help with getting these forms returned!


As I mentioned earlier, our Fall Break is coming up. Next Friday, October 2 is our last day of school before break. There is no school during the weeks of October 5 and October 12 so that students and families may enjoy their fall break.


The week of September 28 is a Blue Week for the related arts rotation. For Excel Classes, the week of September 21 is a White Week.


Thank you for your support of Lowell! Have a great weekend! Take care! Be safe!

Mrs. Griffin

2019-2020 YEARBOOKS ~~ EXTRAS AVAILABLE TO BUY

Did you forget to order a yearbook last year? Are you interested in purchasing one? We have some extra 2019-2020 yearbooks that are available on a first come, first serve basis. Yearbooks are $20.00 each.


If you would like a 2019-2020 yearbook, you may send in payment with a note requesting a yearbook with your child to school. We will send a yearbook home with your child. You may also call the front office 317-532-3900 with any questions about purchases.

SPIRIT WEAR ORDERS ~~ ORDER ONLINE OR BY PHONE ORDERS DUE BY SEPT. 25

Lowell spirit items are now available for purchase. We have some of our classic spirit wear products along with two specialty shirts. We are offering Peanuts Gang and Scooby Doo commemorative t-shirts to celebrate students and staff being "Together Again" for the 2020 school year.


All orders will be placed online or by calling a toll-free number to place your order. The attached flyer will let you see the products we are offering with additional value packages available online. Please do not return flyers with orders. All orders will be placed online or by calling the toll-free number. Orders will not be received at school.


Students who are attending school in-person or virtually are able to place orders. Please call Ms. Reedus at 317-532-3902 if you have questions about ordering spirit wear.



Website: www.spiritandpride.com

Our School ID number is: 19337

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PLEASE JOIN THE LOWELL PTA

Our Lowell PTA provides so much support for students, families, and staff. Please consider joining the PTA! It does not mean you must volunteer for events; however, joining the PTA allows you to advocate for your child and others.


For every membership bought, you will receive a discount card that provides great deals to businesses on the eastside. So your membership could be free with the great deals you get.


Please click on this link to become a member.

https://indiana-congress-of-parents-and-teachers.square.site/

LOWELL ELEMENTARY COUNSELING SERVICES PARENT/GUARDIAN REFERRAL FORM

Mrs. Hand, our school counselor, is available to support all of our Lowell students. A student may be referred to the school counselor by a parent/guardian, staff member or the student may refer themselves.


If you are interested in counseling services for your child, please click on the link below and complete the referral form for Mrs. Hand. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhMbp6BSh7ti1I6Nc6ar3-LjYr-cqbFUzhxIesLZmRXiqa3w/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0


Mrs. Hand has also created her own website where families can access information and resources. Please visit her website at the link below.


https://sites.google.com/warren.k12.in.us/lowell-school-counselor/home

IMMUNIZATION REMINDERS -- Exclusion Date extended to October 19

In order for our schools to be in compliance with the state laws regarding immunizations, please make sure that your student(s) have their updated information on file with Nurse Deb, our school nurse. The exclusion date has been extended. All student vaccines must be on file and up to date by October 19, 2020 to avoid exclusion from school. Please make Nurse Deb aware of any upcoming appointments for vaccines, or if there are any medical or religious objections to your student receiving his or her vaccines


Also, PLEASE inform Nurse Deb of any chronic health conditions that the school should be made aware of, and that your student's medical emergency information is up to date. Thank you for your help in getting this important information to our nurse!

Have You Completed Your 2020 Census Yet? The Deadline is Approaching!

The 2020 Census is open until September 30. The results of the Census help support our communities with financial resources for safety, education, roads, and other public services. The Census can be completed online at my2020census.gov.


It only takes a few minutes to complete your 2020 Census. Please take the time to complete yours now!!

VIRTUAL STUDENTS AND PARENTS/CAREGIVERS




Please read the important information below about virtual learning.


Virtual Learning: What to Expect

2ND QUARTER INFORMATION

Students will receive information on their second quarter teacher on October 1st and October 2nd via email. Please ensure that all shared emails are updated in ParentVue and with your current home school.


Students moving from in-person to viratul will bring home all of their materials on October 1st and October 2nd.


Students staying virtual will pick up their new materials at their Home School on October 21st. More details to come….

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE TRANSITIONING BACK TO IN-PERSON FROM VIRTUAL

Students who are returning to in-person learning will need to bring their device and their curriculum textbook materials to school with them when returning on October 19. Please see below for a list of curriculum materials that need to be returned at each grade level. We appreciate your help in getting these materials back to school on October 19.


Kindergarten

Kindergarten students returning to school in person from virtual learning will need to bring your device and curriculum textbook materials to school when you return on October 19th. Students will continue to use the books for the second nine weeks.

Wonders Reading -

Close Reading Workbook

Your Turn Practice Workbook

Pearson Science Workbook

Eureka Module 1 - 2 (Book 1)

Eureka Practice Module 1 - 6 (Book 1)

Eureka Succeed Module 1 - 3 (Book 1)


Grade 1

First grade students returning to school in person from virtual learning will need to bring your device and curriculum textbook materials to school when you return on October 19th. Students will continue to use the books for the second nine weeks.

Wonders -

Reading Writing Workshop 1.1

Lit Anthology 1.1

Reading Writing Workshop 1.4

Lit Anthology 1.4

Close Reading Workbook

Your Turn Practice Workbook

Pearson Science Workbook

Eureka Learn Module 1 (Book 1)

Eureka Practice Module 1 - 3 (Book 1)

Eureka Succeed Module 1 - 3 (Book 1)


Grade 2

Second grade students returning to school in person from virtual learning will need to bring your device and curriculum textbook materials to school when you return on October 19th. Students will continue to use the books for the second nine weeks.

Wonders -

Reading Writing Workshop

Lit Anthology

Close Reading Workbook

Your Turn Practice Workbook

Pearson Science Workbook

Eureka Learn Module 1 - 3 (Book 1)

Eureka Practice Module 1 - 5 (Book 1)

Eureka Succeed Module 1 - 3 (Book 1)


Grade 3

Third grade students returning to school in person from virtual learning will need to bring your device curriculum textbook materials to school when you return on October 19th. Students will continue to use the books for the second nine weeks.

Wonders -

Reading Writing Workshop

Lit Anthology

Close Reading Workbook

Your Turn Practice Workbook

Pearson Science Workbook

Eureka Learn Module 1 - 2 (Book 1)

Eureka Learn Module 3 - 4 (Book 2)

Eureka Practice Module 1-4 (Book 1)

Eureka Success Module 1 - 4 (Book 1)


Grade 4

Fourth grade students returning to school in person from virtual learning will need to bring your device and curriculum textbook materials to school when you return on October 19th. Students will continue to use the books for the second nine weeks.

Wonders -

Reading Writing Workshop

Lit Anthology

Close Reading Workbook

Your Turn Practice Workbook

Pearson Science Workbook

Eureka Learn Module 1 - 2 (Book 1)

Eureka Practice Module 1 - 7 (Book 1)

Eureka Succeed Module 1 - 4 (Book 1)

Attendance for Virtual Students -- Attendance App

Attendance

Please continue to work with your teacher as we are fine tuning the use of the attendance app and/or Canvas!


K-4

All virtual students are now required to log-in to Canvas to validate their attendance every day of school. This includes direct instruction days, application days, and academic enrichment days. Please help your student log-in and submit their attendance each day.


1. Open the app called “V attendance” on your student’s iPad. It is black with a gold check mark.

2. Click the red button that says “Log into Google” to sign into the student’s google account. This is the same email and password that students use to log into Clever. Not sure about what this login information is? Email me!

3. You should now be logged into Canvas. Click on the box that says “Period 1”. It is outlined in yellow.

4. It will come up with a question about whether or not your student is attending that day. Click yes.

5. Click submit. You did it!


You may also continue to login through the Canvas app if it has been working for you. Please reach out with any questions! Thanks!

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES & REPORT CARDS

Parent/Teacher conferences will take place after Fall Break. Families will meet with their first quarter teacher to celebrate their efforts in the first quarter. Teachers will review student progress and report cards at these conferences. October 22nd is a non-school day for all students in Warren Township due to Parent Teacher Conferences.


Conference/Report Card Reminders:

  • All conferences will be virtual.
  • Teachers will begin sharing their signups soon if they have not already done so.
  • Teachers will have a conference for every student they give a report card to even if they are in a different class and setting.
  • Conferences will be held on October 22nd from 11am - 7PM.
  • All conferences are virtual or done via the phone.
  • Students will not receive music, art, PE or STEM grades on this report card.

    • STEM was not offered for K-4 this quarter

    • Related Arts was not assessed this quarter.

  • All grades should be available on Oct 2nd.
  • Report cards will not be printed. Parents need to use the ParentVue App.


***The ParentVue app or link is where families will find grade information. This ParentVue link is a “how to” for families to use ParentVue.

PICTURE DAY FOR VIRTUAL STUDENTS

In early November, virtual students will be given the opportunity to have their picture taken. The virtual support team is working on what this will look like for families. After break, families will be given a survey to gauge interest in having their virtual student’s picture taken. Please be on the lookout for that after break.


Breakfast & Lunch Distribution for Virtual Students


Breakfast and lunch distribution for all VIRTUAL students will continue to be Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8:00am - 9:30am at Moorhead Community Resource Center (8400 East 10th Street). Also, we have added Tuesday evenings from 4:30-6:00 as an additional distribution time. I would also like to remind our 6-12 students that we are offering a take home meal for your VIRTUAL Application Day.

Are You a Virtual Student Who is Having Technology Issues?

In-Person School Lunch Menu for the Month of September

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AMAZON SMILE

Did you know that Amazon donates money to approved charities and the Lowell PTA was just approved as a charity?


If you use Amazon or have an Amazon Prime Account, money may be donated to Lowell with NO extra charge to you. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.


Please see the flyers below for easy ways to donate to Lowell. Share with your friends and family!

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BOX TOPS ARE GOING DIGITAL!

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SELF-SCREENINGS

Thank you for taking time each morning to screen your child before coming to school each day. Please continue to do so. Below are symptoms impacting consideration for exclusion from school:

● A fever of 100.0° F or greater

● Chills

● Cough

● Muscle or body aches

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● Headache

● Sore throat

● Congestion or runny nose

● Fatigue

● New loss of taste or smell

● Nausea or vomiting

● Diarrhea


Students and employees should be excluded from school if they test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit two or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 that are not otherwise explained based on ISDH / MCPHD guidance. If in doubt, please don't hesitate to call school at 317-532-3900 for some guidance. We appreciate your support in doing this important screening step each day before sending students to school.

Are You in Need of Textbook Rental Assistance? Please Read The Information Below

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MSD WARREN TOWNSHIP S.A.F.E. REOPENING PLAN

You may download our 20-21 Reopening Plan on our S.A.F.E. Reopening Webpage.

https://www.warren.k12.in.us/o/msd-of-warren-township/page/20-21-s-a-f-e-reopening

Covid Screening & Quarantine Information

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CAR RIDER INFORMATION

Our car rider line has changed locations! The car rider drop-off and pick-up line is now on the SOUTH SIDE (Raymond Street) of the building. DO NOT ENTER OFF OF HUNTER ROAD. All car riders will enter the line off of Raymond Street. There is a circular drive that cars will follow around to the sidewalk. Pull your car to the end of the sidewalk, place your car in park, and wait for staff to signal that students may be released from cars. DO NOT RELEASE STUDENTS UNTIL STAFF IS OUTSIDE AND INDICATES THAT STUDENTS MAY BE RELEASED FROM VEHICLE. WE WILL BEGIN TO RELEASE STUDENTS AT 7:55AM. STUDENTS MUST WEAR A FACE COVERING WHEN EXITING THE VEHICLE. PARENTS ARE TO REMAIN IN CARS AT ALL TIMES AND CANNOT EXIT THE VEHICLE TO WALK STUDENTS INTO THE BUILDING.


Students will only be released on the sidewalk side/passenger side of the vehicle. Please make sure your child is sitting on that side of your vehicle. When the sidewalk is cleared of students, cars will be released by staff to exit back out onto Raymond Street. PLEASE DO NOT MOVE YOUR CAR UNTIL STAFF INDICATES IT IS SAFE TO MOVE. DO NOT GET OUT OF THE CAR RIDER LINE TO MANUVEUR YOUR CAR AROUND OTHER CARS. STAY IN LINE AND FOLLOW THE CAR IN FRONT OF YOU SO WE CAN EXIT SAFELY. When the next row of cars are lined up along the sidewalk and are stopped and in park, staff will release the next group of students into the building.


OUR PRIORITY IS TO KEEP STUDENTS AND STAFF SAFE! PLEASE MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THESE PROCEDURES AND TO FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF THE LOWELL STAFF. WE APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION.


Please make sure your child has backpack/supplies ready and that good-byes are said before it's time to exit the car. We will not have time to retrieve items or have prolonged good-byes in the morning. We appreciate your help with this!!


Review the map below to see the entry/exit location and the path for the car rider line. We appreciate your patience as we all learn this new system.

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SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS

Please remember that our Lowell Campus is a smoke-free campus. There is no smoking allowed anywhere on Lowell grounds. This includes smoking in your cars while on the Lowell Campus. Please refrain from smoking on school grounds if you are picking your child up or dropping your child off at school. We appreciate your support with this policy!


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Lowell Construction Updates

The renovation at Lowell is going strong!! We are excited to see the progress!

Sending out a special thanks to Dr. Hanson, Mr. Holt, and our board members for stopping by to check out our new building addition! It's exciting to watch the progress!

#TogetherWeCan

School District Publication/News Media Use

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STUDENT SUCCESS HANDBOOK

Click on the link below to access the 2020-2021 Student Success Handbook.


Student Success Handbook 2020-2021

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