The Lion's Roar

McAvinnue's Community Newsletter: Week Of March 20th

McAvinnue's Principal's Message

Hello McAvinnue Community!

I hope that everyone is doing well and getting ready for Spring! Spring has quite sprung yet with the snow day that we had on Tuesday and the start of Daylight Savings Time this past week. The weather looks to be on the mild side next week...not 100% Spring time yet, but we're getting closer! It will be so great to get our students outside for recess and Physical Education classes soon. It will be such a nice sound to hear the laughter and excitement of our students while they worked up a sweat! We can't wait!

We have been very busy ordering materials for the remainder of this school year...and also for next school year. We are working on our budget plans for the 2023-2024 school year, and planning some great end of the school year activities for students!

We are also gearing up for the MCAS administration that will start the first week of April (Please see the schedule below for the specific dates). It will be great to have complete MCAS scores for all students. The results of this assessment will help us best plan for our instruction needs for next year. As always, we appreciate your support with having students in school on their scheduled testing days!

This week will be a busy one with report card distribution on Wednesday, March well as Parent Teacher Conferences at 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM on Thursday, March 23rd. McAvinnue's School Site Council will also meet on Wednesday, March 22nd at 5:00 PM. Finally, we have one last chance for individual student pictures on Wednesday, March 22nd. However, the primary focus will be class pictures. You can find more additional information for all of these events in the sections below in this newsletter.

Here are a few items that you need to be aware for this up and coming week. Please mark your calendars for the following events and activities that will occur at McAvinnue:

  • Monday, March 20th - McAvinnue Reopens @ 9:10 AM
  • Monday, March 20th - Grade 3 Field Trip: Lowell Boott Mills (2 Classes)
  • Monday, March 21st - Grade 3 Field Trip: Lowell Boott Mills (2 Classes)
  • Wednesday, March 22nd - McAvinue's Picture Day (Rescheduled)
  • Wednesday, March 22nd - Report Card Distribution (PreK - Grade 4)
    Wednesday, March 22nd - McAvinnue's School Site Council Meeting @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 23rd - Parent/Teacher Conferences @ 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM

You will find additional details for the events and activities list above in this edition of McAvinnue's "Lion's Roar" Community Newsletter.

As usual, we are looking forward to another amazing week at the "best school that we all know"!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Main Office at McAvinnue or send Mr. Domina a message a

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McAvinnue's Spring Picture Day: RESCHEDULED DATE

We will be offering Spring individual and class pictures on Wednesday, March 22nd. O'Connor Studios will once again be providing the photos for those that are interested in making a purchase.

Picture order forms have already been sent home with your child. If you need another copy, please reach out to the Main Office for support.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Main Office for support.

Report Card Distribution Day

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Report cards will be distributed on Wednesday, March 22, 2022 for PreK - Grade 4 students. We will be sending a paper copy home with your child on this day.

If you have any questions about your child's report card, please contact your child's teacher or reach out to the Main Office for support.

Parent Teacher Conferences

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We have the Spring edition of Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday, March 23rd from 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM.

Like the Winter edition, conferences will be either be in-person or remote via the Zoom meeting platform. You will have the choice and select which option that is best for your schedule.

Your child's teacher should have or will reach out to you with information regarding the signup process and how you can reserve your time to connect with your child's teachers. Progress to date will be reviewed and discussed.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday afternoon.

McAvinnue's Week In Review

ST Math Good News: Week Of March 20th

100% Progress & Beyond

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ST Math Weekly Update

Week Of March 13th

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Check out our ST Math updated weekly celebrations below!

What an amazing month of puzzle play for McAvinnue! Our students have solved 765,999 puzzles so far this school year! With some hard work, we should hit the 800,000 puzzle mark by the end of this up and coming week. Also, we are well on our way to reaching 1 million puzzles by the end of the school year!

Percent Progress Averages continue to impress! Our school reached 74% Percent Progress! Our school goal is to reach 80% progress by the end of May. This goal will most likely be reached by April break. It also looks very likely that we will reach 100% progress as a school by the end of this school year.

McAvinnue's next ST Math Challenge "March Mathness" completed it's first week of grade level competion. We will announce the winner classrooms that will move on to the next round on Monday, March 20th. Stay tuned for the results....and who is moving on in this super fun tournament!

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McAvinnue's ST Math "March Mathness" Challenge

McAvinnue's ST Math March Mathness has arrived! Our 23 playing classrooms begin on Monday, March 13th - Friday, April 5th!

Every classroom has a base percent progress. The goal is to increase that progress percentage from week to week. After this week, 7 classrooms will move on, however, no classroom is truly out of the competition. There will be a "wild card classroom" and a classroom that receives a "bye" for the week of March 20th. Honorable mentions will also be celebrated. Be on the lookout for additional details during morning announcements.

This is going to be a ton of fun!

We will share out an update for Round 1 on Monday, March 20th during McAvinnue's Morning Announcements! Stay tuned for the results!

McAvinnue's Student Daily Attendance Policy

Please click the links below to access McAvinnue's Student Attendance Policy for the 2022-2023 academic school year. For your convenience, we have included the policy flyer in multiple languages.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out directly.

Upcoming Events

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Here are important dates to remember during the month of March and early April:

  • Monday, March 20th - McAvinnue Reopens @ 9:10 AM
  • Monday, March 20th - Grade 3 Field Trip: Lowell Boott Mills (2 Classes)
  • Monday, March 21st - Grade 3 Field Trip: Lowell Boott Mills (2 Classes)
  • Wednesday, March 22nd - McAvinue's Picture Day (Rescheduled)
  • Wednesday, March 22nd - Report Card Distribution (PreK - Grade 4)
    Wednesday, March 22nd - McAvinnue's School Site Council Meeting @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 23rd - Parent/Teacher Conferences @ 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM
  • Thursday, March 30th - Grade 2 Field Trip: Tsongas Industrial History Museum (Rooms 101 & 102)
  • Wednesday, April 5th - Grade 3 ELA MCAS: Session 1
  • Thursday, April 6th - Grade 3 ELA MCAS: Session 2
  • Friday, April 7th - No School: Good Friday Holiday
  • Wednesday, April 12th - Grade 4 ELA MCAS: Session 1
  • Thursday, April 13th - Grade 4 ELA MCAS: Session 2
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McAvinnue's School Site Council Meeting

McAvinnue's School Site Council will meet on Wednesday, March 22nd at 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM. This meeting will be conducted virtually using the Google Meets platform

You can find meeting information including Google Meets login information using the link below:

Check Out McAvinnue's "Virtual" Morning Announcements!

Like we had successfully done last school year, a new edition of McAvinnue's "Virtual" Morning Announcements will be presented to our students on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week. We will continue to use Tuesday and Thursday each week to be used for "Open Circle"....our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program that focuses on community building, prosocial decision making, and appropriate responses to daily stressors both within the school and home settings.

This will continue to be a great way to bring our school together each day focusing on the same message to get the energy, commitment, and engage up before we launch into another great day at "the best school we all know".

You can check out each edition of McAvinnue's Morning Announcements on our YouTube channel using the link below.

If you want a peek of the latest edition of McAvinnue's "Virtual Morning Announcements", check out the video below!

McAvinnue's Morning Announcements 3.15.2023

McAvinnue's Yoga Pose Of The Week: "Washing Machine"

We are bringing back a classic yoga pose this week called the "Washing Machine". This pose will allow us to release anxiety, worry, or anger by visualizing washing those things down the drain to feel refreshed and have a new start to the day! We will practice the "Washing Machine" pose daily during our "Virtual" Morning Announcements during this up and coming week. Y

You can get an early head start and practice this technique before we launch into another exciting week!

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Drop-Off & Pick-Up Logistics

Drop-Off Logistics

  • Arrival begins at 9:10 AM each day. The late bell rings at 9:25 AM.
  • Please pull up to the 4th Avenue side of the building when dropping off your child.
  • As you approach the 4th Avenue sidewalk, a faculty member will greet and support getting your child safely out of the vehicle.
  • This area is a drop off area ONLY. You will not be permitted to park in this location.
  • Please be sure to drive all the way down to the end of the sidewalk so we can fit as many vehicles in this location as possible.
  • Ensure your child is ready to go and do not get out of the car so we can keep traffic moving.
  • Students accessing our CSA program will be dismissed out the 4th Avenue door near the rear of the school building by the exit driveway.
  • Large bus students will enter using the back door located in the rear of the school building.
  • Small bus and van transportation students will use the 4th Avenue door near the rear of the school building by the exit driveway.

Morning Lining Up Locations

  • Grade 1, 3, and 4 students will use the Main Door to enter the school building.
  • Grade 2 will use the 4th Avenue doorway near the front of the school to enter the building.
  • PreK & Kindergarten will use the Early Childhood door to enter the building. This door is located to the right of McAvinnue's Reading Garden and to the left of the Main Door.

Pick-Up Logistics

  • Grade 1 will be dismissed out the Main Door.
  • Grades 2, 3, and 4 will be dismissed out the 4th Avenue door near the front of the school.
  • Kindergarten students will be dismissed out the Early Childhood door. This door is located to the right of McAvinnue's Reading Garden and to the left of the Main Door.
  • Students accessing our CSA program will be dismissed out the 4th Avenue door near the rear of the school building by the exit driveway.
  • PreK students will be dismissed out the 4th Avenue door near the rear of the school building by the exit driveway. Please contact Ms. Annie for the specific dismissal time.

School Bus Transportation Information

School bus transportation is provided to students in grades K-4, who live greater than .75 mile from their residence or alternate address to their assigned school. Middle school students (grades 5-8) must live greater than 1.5 miles from their residence or alternate address to their assigned school.

Kindergarten through 4th grade students will receive a printed bus pass via postal mail. These passes were mailed out on August 24th. You can also look up your student's bus pass information by using their Student ID for the username and date of birth for the password at the link below. This is the same information that students use to log in to their Chromebooks for school.

Please note that Kindergarten and 1st grader students must have an older sibling (4th grade or older) or parent present at the bus stop in the afternoon in order to depart from the school bus. If a parent or older sibling is not present, the student will be brought to the Moody School, located at 158 Rogers Street. A driver’s license or valid identification must be presented to the staff in order to dismiss the student.

You can use the LPSD "Bus Lookup Tool" using the link below. You will need to use you child's LASID or lunch number along with their birthdate to access this helpful system.

There also is a helpful video that you can watch that will walk you through the process.

Click Here For The LPSD "Bus Lookup Tool"

You will need to have your child's LASID or lunch number to access the most up to date bus information for your child. Please keep in mind that this number is also used to log into your child's borrowed device.

Bus Pass Lookup Tutorial


How can I update my contact information (phone number/email/address)?

  • Go online to the Family Resource Webpage ( and fill out the “contact us” form. Families who don’t have access to the internet can fill out the form in person at the Family Resource Center. If an address change is related to economic factors or housing instability (family moves in with relatives, eviction, hotel/motel, fire or unsheltered, please contact the McKinney Vento Office located at the Family Resource Center in person (151 Merrimack Street), by phone (978-674-4321) or go to the webpage at

How do I update my emergency contacts?

  • If you were in the school last year we will send a verification sheet out. if you are new we will send home an emergency form to fill out on the first day of school or use the online form found in this newsletter.

What should I do if my child needs a Chromebook or if my child’s Chromebook needs repairs?

  • Families should contact their school to coordinate the issuing of a new Chromebook or to schedule repairs. After the school year begins, the district will resume its “tech tent” services and will inform families via email, text, and phone once the services resume.

How do I register my child for the new school year?

  • All school registrations are completed online using a computer or laptop. You can access the online application by going to If you only have a mobile device and don’t have access to a computer or laptop, you can register in person at the Family Resource Center (151 Merrimack Street). Please call the Family Resource Center if you have any questions (978-674-4321).

What should I do if I need to register my child(ren) and I don’t speak English?

  • The Lowell Public Schools is committed to providing translation and interpretation services for families who require assistance in a language other than English. The online registration application and website is translated in Spanish and Portuguese and can be accessed by going to For all other languages, please call Vannak Khin at (978) 328-6782 to arrange services. In-person language interpretation support for registration can be accessed by visiting the Lowell Public Schools at 151 Merrimack Street. Families can also call the Family Resource Center at (978) 674-4321 to make an appointment with a Bilingual Family Liaison.

How old does my child need to be to enroll in preschool or kindergarten?

How do I apply for a transfer for my child to change schools in the new year?

  • Per the 2021-22 School Assignment Policy, all students have the option to request one school transfer per year. Families can apply online by going to or can come to the Family Resource Center in-person to complete the application. Transfers are assigned on a space availability basis.

Medical Information Reminder

Any students who have emergency medications (Epi-Pens, inhalers, etc.) or who will receive medication in school must have a medication order from the prescribing physician AND a completed consent form from the City Health Department.

Forms and medication can be dropped off to Nurse Robin any time during the school day. However, it's ideal to drop things off between 9:10 AM - 9:30 AM each day.

Nurse Robin cannot administer ANY medications without a physician's order, including over-the-counter medications. Please make sure that the school nurse is provided refills in advance of any medication supply running out.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Nurse Robin directly,

2022-2023 School Year Calendar

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March Breakfast/Lunch Menu

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Parent & Family Resources

LPS District Satisfaction Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete the LPS District Satisfaction Survey to help us to improve service to families and enhance the educational experience of our students.

We are seeking to understand your satisfaction level with your child(ren)'s school/district in the following areas: academics, communication, operations, and safe and welcoming environments.

If you have children that attend more than one school, please complete a separate survey for EACH school (i.e. if you have a 3rd grader in elementary school, a 6th grader in middle school and a 10th grader in high school, please fill out separate surveys for each school).

The link to the District Satisfaction Survey can be found below in various languages. The Survey will close on Friday March 24, 2023.









NFI Family Resource Center: A.T.T.E.N.D.S Workshop

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Reducing Child Abuse By Rethinking Discipline

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Preschool Registration Information

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SNAP Benefits For Families

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Mental Health Support Available

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Emergency Contact Form: 2022-2023

Get a jump start now and complete your emergency contact form for the 2022-2023 academic school year?

We have made it really easy for you to complete this important task. You can access the online form below. When you complete this form, it is immediately sent to McAvinnue and we will print it out for our records.

You don't need to come to the school to complete this can do it right on your phone, tablet, or computer!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. De La Luz at or contact the Main Office at McAvinnue for support!

McAvinnue Spirit Gear By Prep Sportswear

We have an online store if you wish to order any McAvinnue gear! It is open 24 hours per day and there is no due date for orders. Anytime you want to order...on any day!

The company is Prep Sportswear and has been reliable with solid product quality from reputable brands.

There is a 30% off deal occuring now on all items! This is a major discount if you are interested in purchasing McAvinnue merchandise.

We are also exploring additional local options to purchase McAvinnue gear. Stay tuned for more information in the month of September.

To access our current online store for McAvinnue spirit gear, please click the link below.

Mill City Grows Winter Markets

Don’t let winter stop you from eating fresh local fruits and vegetables! Fresh, locally grown produce is now available for purchase through April 2023 at Mill City Grows’ (MCG) Indoor Winter Mobile Markets at UMass Lowell University Crossing and MCG’s ROOT Kitchen.

Shoppers can enjoy a variety of seasonal vegetables grown on farm sites in the City of Lowell as well as fresh produce sourced from area farmers and growers. Mill City Grows Mobile Markets accept SNAP/EBT, cash, credit, debit, and Mill City Grows E-Gift Cards (a great stocking stuffer: for payment. All markets also accept HIP (Healthy Incentives Program), a SNAP benefit that provides $1 back for every dollar spent on fruits and vegetables purchased directly from a HIP authorized farm or vendor. SNAP customers are encouraged to ask about HIP discounts while shopping.

The full Indoor Winter Mobile Market schedule can be viewed and downloaded at, including multilingual schedules in Khmer, Spanish, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Pashto. Please follow Mill City Grows on Facebook and Instagram for all scheduling updates or call 978-455-2620. The full schedule is listed below:


University Crossing Atrium at UMass Lowell

220 Pawtucket Street, Lowell

Monthly on Wednesdays from 2 PM – 4 PM

  • April 19, 2023

* Parking is available at the Pawtucket Metered Lot across from University Crossing at 219 Pawtucket Street.

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Community Connections & Opportunities

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Baseball & Softball Leagues!

This unseasonably warm weather has us thinking about . . . baseball and softball! Lowell's first citywide recreation baseball and softball league is now accepting registration for the spring. See more info below and at (their website can be translated into multiple languages). Play Ball!
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Local Playgroups

The Lowell Public School's Early Childhood Department offers a series of Winter playgroups for kids under the age of 5 and their families.

Register here:

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Community Resources & Daycare Options for Families

Looking for before or after school daycare options for your child? Here is a short list of options and information for your consideration.

Here is a list of daycare options in Lowell:

  • Community Team Work (CTI) (978) 454-5100

    • Families who are already enrolled in a CTI program...

    • Families who are not enrolled in a CTI program

      • If you’ve filled out a CTI application in the past...

        • Contact Karen (978) 729-7216, to see if where you are on the waitlist (if there is a waitlist)

      • If you’ve never filled out a CTI application...

        • Fill out an application at 17 Kirk St., 126 Phoenix Ave

        • Or call the main CTI number (978) 454-5100 to request an email version of the application.

  • YMCA: (978) 454-7825; 1 YMCA Dr in Lowell

    • Karen Espinola is the school-age director

      • Fill out a application online or at the YMCA to request a slot

    • Debbie Doben is the preschool director if your child is preschool age

  • Family Childcare: Call programs to see if they have openings near you

    • Bethel Family Childcare (978) 458-6577

    • Clarendon Family Childcare (978) 454-3026

    • Child Development and Learning (CDE) (978) 275-2843

    • ACRE Family Childcare (978) 937-5899

    • CTI: See above contact information

  • Girls Inc: (978) 458-6529, 220; Worthen St. in Lowell

    • Accept girls ages 5-14 years old

    • Accept Child Care Circuit vouchers, DCF vouchers, and private pay (income-based, sliding scale)

    • Call Pam Lerocque (Director of Finance & Administration) to check on openings

  • Boys and GIrls Club: (978) 458-4526; 657 Middlesex St in Lowell

    • School-age openings for after-school

    • Teens who are working with the Department of Children and Families can call BGC or DCF to see if they’re eligible

Local Food Support

Do you need support with food options for your family. No need to worry...there are many local groups that can offer support for you during your time of need.

Click the link below for a list of local food pantries that are willing to help.

You can also reach out to Mrs. De La Luz, McAvinnue's Social Worker, for support navigating these and other options.

McAvinnue's Family Read-A-Loud

"Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring"

Story Time with Outpost: Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring

McAvinnue's School Website

Check out our school website where you can find a wealth of information including school news, calendars, and other events.

Please visit our website at:

Follow McAvinnue On Social Media

You can follow McAvinnue on social media at the following sites! We update things daily and this is a great way to stay in touch with all of the amazing things that are happening inside and out of "the best school we all know"!

Our Vision

McAvinnue Elementary School is a place...where there are high expectations, where students are academically engaged, where instruction is guided by a systematic approach to examine data, where there is a multi-tiered system of support, and where a responsive environment that fosters social emotional connections between faculty and students prevails.

#McAvinnuePride #BeTheDifference #NextLevel

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