Lowell Memo: Issue #19

March 21, 2014

Published by Lowell School & the Lowell PTA

Move & Crunch Week: March 24-28

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Dear Lowell Parents,

During the week of March 24 - 28 Lowell will continue our tradition of Move and Crunch Week, but we will no longer tally fruit/vegetable intake and activity. Move and Crunch Week supports our school wellness goals to promote physical activity and raise awareness of healthy eating.

This is the 54321GO! messaging we are promoting at Lowell School.

  • 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day
  • 4 servings of water a day
  • 3 serving of low-fat dairy
  • 2 hours or less of screen time a day
  • 1 hour or more of exercise everyday

This is a countywide messaging effort from the DuPage County Health Department and Forward to promote a healthier lifestyle for all residents of DuPage County. (To learn more about this campaign, visit www.dupagehealth.org/forward).

During the week we have a few activities planned. Morning announcements will include information about each of these points with dancing to start out the day. At lunch a tasting of a fruit or vegetable will be available. Through a generous donation from Mariano’s, students will have a chance to sample various fruits and vegetables. On Monday and Tuesday Chef Brian from Mariano’s will attend the lunch hour to speak with the students about fruit or vegetable of the day. If you'd like to volunteer to help during the lunch hour, please sign up on the link below this letter.

To prepare for next week, please take time this weekend to talk with your child about being open-minded when trying a new food. When your children come home after school, get their feedback of the fruit or vegetable of the day. You can continue this exploration of food beyond next week by including them in your next grocery outing and have them choose a new food to taste.

If you are looking for additional resources, the website www.choosemyplate.gov is filled with information and ideas for adding fruits and vegetables into meals and snacks.


Lowell Wellness Committee

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Are you planning on attending? Let Mrs. Melton know below!

Thank you for considering this in the midst of your busy schedule.

Shift Days: March 27 & 28

On Thursday, March 27, students will follow their Monday schedule during the school day. On Friday, March 28, students will follow their Tuesday schedule. Given the days off of school due to cold weather, this equalizes students' opportunity for art, music and library time, as well as their band, chorus, and orchestra.

The Green Corner

At this month's Green Club meeting, students worked on a recycled art project: they made wallets out of orange juice cartons. Check out this simple tutorial to try this fun project at home: http://spoonful.com/crafts/carton-wallet.

Discovery Day is coming!

Ask any Lowell student what one of their favorite days of the year at Lowell is.......and they will say Discovery Day!

Discovery Day will be on Monday, June 9th this year and plans are underway! Discovery Day is held during the last week of school and it is an opportunity for our students to grow, stretch, learn, discover, and try activities by introducing them to new and unique learning opportunities.

During the morning of Discovery Day, students will participate in three activities. Discovery Day is a collaborative effort made up of parent/family volunteers, teachers, staff and some outside vendors.

Leaders, co-leaders, assistants, helpers are all welcome and all are appreciated! We hope you will consider joining us and being part of the fun! Volunteer sign up sheets have been sent home. The list of past and potential ideas is linked below this article, as we have been told some of them did not have the list of activities. Please return the hard copy forms you received by Friday, March 28th.

Also, the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon will take place immediately after Discovery Day again this year. Please join us as we honor all of the volunteers that have worked so hard to make it another great year at Lowell. If you are interested in helping with this special luncheon, please check the box on your Discovery Day form and you will be contacted.

We are also looking for Field Day volunteers. Field Day occurs in the afternoon on June 9th and we need volunteers to assist the PE teachers. It is an afternoon full of action and fun!

Thanks for sending in cereal boxes to help construct our reading castle!

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Cook's Night Out Appreciation

Thank you to all of you who attended our first ever Cook's Night Out at Alfie's Inn, whether it was lunch, dinner, carry out or dine in! The owner was shocked by the amount of school spirit, and has never had such a well attended school event! Thanks to your participation, Alfie's agreed to donate 20% of the purchases (instead of 15%) back to the Lowell PTA!! Thank you for helping us raise over $400 for the PTA!!

We look forward to seeing you at the next Cook's Night Out, at Barone's on Thursday, April 17th.

Lowell Elementary & Anderson's Bookshops proudly present Aaron Reynolds

Lowell Elementary is delighted to welcome award-winning author Aaron Reynolds on Thursday, April 17th. Mr. Reynolds will talk with students about his career and his newest book Here Comes Destructosaurus! Hard copies of order forms will go home to all students on Monday, March 10th. To guarantee a personalized copy of any of his books, please return that with payment (cash or check payable to Lowell) by Friday, March 28th. There will also be a limited supply of books available for purchase on the day of his visit.

Thanks to the Lowell PTA for sponsoring this event for our students! Watch the Memo & the LLC news for updated information on Author's Week!

Mark those calendars for the Lowell 5K!

The most anticipated spring event....The Lowell 5k...will be held on Saturday May 3rd this year! Do know about the Lowell 5k? This is a family friendly event, where you can walk/run either 1.5 miles or 3.1 miles, where you get a free shirt, goody bag, and race day treats, where all Lowell students get a medal at the finish line, and to top it off....100% of the run proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society! And did we mention there is a raffle table where you can win a prize JUST for being there? All of this for only $8!!!! This is one of those events at Lowell you won't want to miss, so get it on your calendars now!

As we plan, we are looking Lowell families that own their own businesses and would like to help sponsor the run. Sponsorship is a tax deductible $150, and in return your logo will be on our race shirts and all promo material. If you are interested in sponsoring the run, please contact Kelly Nielsen at kdnoe2002@yahoo.com or Courtney Henderson at mchenderson0618@comcast.net before March 25th.

We are looking forward to another amazing run!

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Lowell's Sixth Annual Culture Fest will be on Friday, April 25, 2014. We are looking for families to present a cultural table, donate a dish or showcase a cultural talent.

If interested, please contact Andrea Koziarz at andrea@koziarz.com or 630.653.4063.

Have you lost or found??

The Lowell Lost & Found is located in the hallway outside of the main office. We'll soon be donating items that are left behind. Be sure to check it out or have your child check it out soon!

Looking for the Class of 2027!

All children who will be 5 years-old by September 1, 2014 are eligible to enter Kindergarten in the fall of 2014. If you have a child or know a child who was born before September 1, 2009 that will attend Lowell, please contact the school office at 630-682-2085 to share contact information as soon as possible!

2013-14 PTA Meetings

  • 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.