Friday Flight

November 18-22

American Education Week Spirit Week

  • Monday, November 18: Be sure to listen to the morning announcements on Monday! A special kick-off song will be played for all staff & students to enjoy. Also enjoy a special assembly from Imagination Theater sponsored by the Lowell PTA!
  • Tuesday, November 19: Lowell makes us feel warm & fuzzy! (Pajama Day)
  • Wednesday, November 20: We are proud to be part of the Lowell Community! (Lowell Spirit Wear or Lowell Colors - Blue & White)
  • Thursday, November 21: We wear our “thinking caps” at Lowell! (Hat Day)
  • Friday, November 22: We are fans of Lowell School! (Favorite Sports Jersey/Favorite Team Colors Day)

*Lowell student art work will also be displayed at Seven Dwarfs Restaurant in celebration of AEW.

*Staff can wear jeans when participating in Spirit Week.

*Thanks for your leadership on this, 5th grade team!

Opportunity from Lowell Parents -Hard copies in your mailboxes

Need Money for the Holidays?

No Need to Stress…

Join us for a Golden Opportunity!

You are invited to a GOLD PARTY for the staff at Lowell. This is a party with a twist…. One in which everyone walks away with money instead of spending it! By participating, Gold Rush Girls will donate 20% of total sales to Lowell school!!!


Think of it as a “Cash for Gold” at Lowell. Dig through your drawers for any old, unwanted or broken gold, platinum & sterling jewelry. Place the items in the bag provided and drop off in Kathy Melton’s office anytime between now and Thursday, November 21st at 9:00 A.M. On the 21st, a trained Independent Gold Buyer from Gold Rush Girls will be in the staff lounge from 9:30- 12:00 to test and weigh each individual’s items. Stop by during your lunch hour and receive your offer. If you like the offer, a check will be written. If not, you walk away with no obligation to sell.


  • All old, broken or unwanted gold, platinum & sterling jewelry
  • Broken and twisted chains
  • Mens/Ladies Class rings
  • Charms/Medallions
  • Single earrings
  • Ex Husband/Old Boyfriend Gold
  • Dental Gold
  • Sterling Flatware & Serving Pieces
  • Coins dated 1964 & earlier (no nickels or pennies)
  • Please note: All sterling flatware & pieces must be marked “Sterling”

Don’t have any Gold?? No worries… Grab some extra bags and hand them to your husband, family, friends, and neighbors. Bring them to school by Thursday, November 21st. We will call them with the offer that day.

**Raffle entry for each bag you bring!!**

Razz Kids

The PTA has sent home information to the general population for Razz Kids. ELL students, IEP students, and Reading Club students are enrolled already and can log on at home. Starting after the Thanksgiving break, we're working with the PTA volunteers who will be arranging volunteers for a rotation in which each grade level gets one recess every few weeks to participate in school. As this only impacts one recess over every few weeks, it does fall within the spirit of the wellness policy.

Tech Tip- Announcing our 1st Tech Lunch & Learn

On Wednesday, November 20th, grab your lunch & join me at noon to talk about Google Docs & Google Sites. Prior to that you'll receive access to our staff Google site, as well as the district Teaching & Learning Together site.

Please complete this form to RSVP and share any questions you'd like to explore. I'll be offering a monthly opportunity to spend some time with technology.

Holiday Concert Dance Practice

The following practices will take place in the LLC at 8:30 a.m. on the dates listed below:
  • Tuesday, December 3
  • Friday, December 6
  • Wednesday, December 11
  • Friday, December 13

Next Week's Events

American Education Week

Monday, November 18

  • Lowell Instructional Team (8:30 a.m. in LLC)
  • Imagination Theater Assembly (Times: 9:45-10:30 (K-2); 10:45-11:30 (3-5))
  • Spirit Week: Music/dance during announcements

Tuesday, November 19

  • Spirit week: Pajama Day
  • Dance Practice; 8:30 a.m. in LLC
  • Chorus; before school in Music Room
  • ELL Tutoring; 3:30-5 p.m. in LLC
  • (Daisy Troop; 3:30 p.m. in Art Room)

Wednesday, November 20

  • Spirit Week: Spirit Wear or Lowell Colors
  • Lunch & Learn: Google Docs (12-12:45)
  • Wheaton Park District 4th grade visits (1:25-2:25 p.m.)
  • Kathy at District Leadership Team (4-5:45 at Wheaton North)
  • Cook's Night out at Chick-Fil-A (5-8 p.m.)
  • ELL Tutoring; 3:30-4:15 in LLC

Thursday, November 21

  • Cirucs in PE
  • Spirit Week: Hat Day
  • Battle of the Books; 8 a.m. in LLC
  • Intervention Team
  • Stone Age Day in 5th grade; 1:50-3:15 in 5th grade classes)
  • PTA Meeting (7 p.m. in LLC)

Friday, November 22

  • Spirit Week: Favorite Team
  • Chess Club; 3:45 p.m. in LLC

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.

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.

  • December 3- Northside Band Demonstration Concert @ Wheaton North; 7 p.m.
  • December 4- District math walk-throughs in a.m.
  • December 7- Holiday Bazaar
  • December 11- Cook's Night Out @ Glen Ellyn Noodles & Company
  • December 13- PTA Meeting; 9:30 a.m.
  • December 16- Winter Concert
  • February 7- Assembly in A.M. (Rope Warrior; times TBA)
  • February 20- Cook's Night Out @ CHik-Fil-A
  • May 3- Lowell 5K
  • 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.

Bring Learning to Life with Grants from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Illinois Conservation Foundation, offers two grants that can help you incorporate the outdoors into your curriculum.

The Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program offers teachers the opportunity to apply for up to $1,000.00 each to develop or enhance wildlife habitat on the school grounds or other public place. Prairie plots, butterfly gardens, wetlands, outdoor classrooms, woodland plots, rain gardens and bird nesting-box trails are just some of the projects that have been developed by students with this funding source. All curriculum areas can be incorporated, and projects are particularly applicable to several of the performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards. Applications are due by November 30, 2013. Grants will be awarded in early February 2014. Funding for this program is provided by the Jadel Youth Fund, Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant program allows teachers to take their students on a field trip to study some aspect of Illinois’ natural heritage. State parks, forest preserve districts, national forest sites, museums, nature centers and outdoor learning centers are just some of the qualifying destinations. The field trip destination must be in Illinois, and the trip must relate to the Illinois Learning Standards and classroom curriculum. Teachers can apply for up to $500.00 to be applied to transportation and substitute teachers. Grants will be awarded in mid-March 2014. The field trip must occur after the award of the grant and before December 31, 2014. The application deadline is January 31, 2014. Funding for this program is provided by the Independence Tube Corporation and the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation.

You can access the instructions and application forms for both grants at Please note the “Frequently Asked Questions” and podcasts with tips to help you complete the application form. Make sure that you follow the instructions and complete the entire application form. Should you have any questions about the grants, please or call 217-524-4126.