Friday Flight

April 14-18

Congratulations, Lee Raezler!

Lee has decided to retire at the close of the 2013-14 school year. Lee is very humble and and didn't want a big announcement (but she gave me the okay to put the official word here :) ). Be sure to congratulate Lee and thank her for all she has done for our students and for us over the years!

This Week's Events

Monday, April 14

  • (Spanish; 8:15-9 in LLC)

Tuesday, April 15

  • Kathy @ SSC for elementary principal meeting; a.m.
  • (After School Tutoring; 3:30-5 in LLC)
  • (Spanish; 3:35-4:20 in Music Room)

Wednesday, April 16

  • Staff meeting (Guided Reading Module 2); 8:30 a.m. start in LLC (K-2; 3-5 will split up after intro)
  • (ELL Tutoring; 3:30-4:30 p.m. in LLC)
  • (Girl Scouts; 3:30-5 in Art Room)
  • Community Engagement Session #4; 7-9 p.m. at Monroe

Thursday, April 17

  • IEP/Intervention Team meetings as scheduled
  • Lowell Spirit Day
  • Cook's Night Out @ Barone's of Glen Ellyn
  • Aaron Reynolds author visit

Friday, April 18

  • No school
  • Staff foundations survey due (Sent via e-mail 4/12 & linked here)

District 200 April Staff SEL Module

Please check out the video below shared by the D200 SEL Design Team. Share your reflection here. Thanks for taking time to reflect on your own SEL learning and awareness!
Celebrate Living

Tech Tip: Take a Virtual Field Trip

Coming next week in tech: iPad resource page & screencasts for converting Google Docs

If your class goes outside during the day....

Please notify the office so we can locate you if need be. Likewise, please also notify the office if you are somewhere else in the building besides your scheduled specials or your classroom. Thank you!

Culture Fest is Coming

Friday, April 25 from 6-8 pm will be our annual Lowell Culture Fest. We will have food (a professional crepe maker is something new this year!). We will also have tables representing over 12 countries and entertainment including our own Katerina Rallis and her Greek dancing troupe! Second graders will also sing. We could use some staff help in the following areas: 3 people to help supervise the food table and 3 people to supervise the craft tables. If you would like to bring food from your family’s country of origin or host a table, that would also be welcomed! Please click here to sign up or contact Beth or Jo if you can volunteer!

Next Staff/Committee Meetings

Anticipated 2014 Meetings - Please double check report card trainings & staff meeting moved from 4/30 to 5/1.

Remaining April Staff Meetings

  • April 16
  • April 23 (Caffeine & Curriculum)
  • April 30 moved to May 1

BLT: TBD (Agendas & notes)

Wellness Committee: Monday, April 14 in the Office Conference Room

Instructional Team: Tuesday, April 22; 8:30 a.m. in LLC

Behavior Task Force: Wednesday, May 14; 9:15-noon

Technology: TBD (Agendas & notes)

Aide monthly meeting: April 24; 8:30-9 a.m.

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.

  • Between now and April 25: Our 3rd and final evacuation drill remaining
  • April 17: Aaron Reynolds
  • April 22: Step Up Day at Franklin
  • April 24: Northside District 200 Band Festival; 7:30 p.m. @Wheaton North HS

  • April 21-25—Turn Off the Tech Week

  • April 25: Culture Fest
  • April 29: Wheaton North athletes at recess
  • April 30: Mile Run @ Wheaton College ( 3rd: 9:45-10:30; 4th: 10:30-11:15. 5th: 11:15-12:00)
  • May 2: Grade 2 Field Trip
  • May 3: Lowell 5K
  • May 7: Kindergarten Visit for Class of 2027
  • May 9: Teacher Appreciation Lunch
  • May 13: Lowell Fine Arts Festival 7:00 p.m.
  • May 16: Beautification Day; 3:30-5
  • May 16: Retirement Party @ 5:30, Cheeseburger in Paradise Downers Grove
  • May 22: Kane County Cougars game
  • May 29: PACE open house; 5:30-7 p.m. (Current PACE students and parents)
  • June 6: 5th Grade picnic
  • June 9: Discovery Day/Field Day; 5th Grade walk @ 3 p.m.; Volunteer Luncheon
  • June 10: Last Day of School

Link to the Eagle's Nest

Check out the Lowell Staff Google Site, The Eagle's Nest, by clicking here. Aides will be trained on this at our March meeting. I will cross-check the permissions list this weekend. If you did not attend Lunch & Learn, you may still need to be given access.

New Tech Concerns

Please feel free to view the tech team notes and agendas linked both on the Eagle's Nest and on the future meeting list below (same document). If you have concerns that have come forth during the 14-15 school year, please share it via the form linked here.

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!