Lowell Lantern

Principal's message

Dear Lowell Families,

As we continue our Kindness and Justice Challenge, our students have been working especially hard to show kindness and CORE behaviors. We encourage you to use the CORE language at home with your children.

C -- CIVILITY -- Showing Kindness and Caring

O -- ORDER -- Following Rules and Procedures

R -- RESPECT -- Treating Others the Way You Want to Be Treated

E -- EXCELLENCE -- Doing your Personal Best

Throughout our K&J Challenge, students are working on earning kindness masks. When students show an act of kindness, they receive a kindness link which is displayed outside of their classroom. At the conclusion of the challenge, we hope to create a kindness chain with all of the links that students have earned.

It was great seeing all of our Lowell Superheroes at school today! Thank you for contributing to our challenge by donating $1.00 for superhero day! Our Penny War is still going strong! Keep bringing in that loose change.

We hope many of you are able to attend the Legislative Forum tomorrow, Saturday, January 25 from 9:00am - 11:00am at the Warren Education and Community Center at 10th and Post Road. State representatives and governing officials will be on hand to listen to the district initiatives and to share their plans and insights. We welcome all of you to attend this very informative session and to hear from our legislators.

Have a great weekend and enjoy your time with your children!

Mrs. Griffin

4th Grade Human Growth & Development Films - Thursday, January 30

Human Growth and Development Films will be shown to all 4th grade students who have returned the permission slip to school. These films will be shown separately to present fourth grade boys and girls and are led by LIfeSmart Youth, Inc.’s degree professional Health Educators. Please make sure to return permission slips if you have not already done so. Thank you!


It's time to make the kindness connection! The National Kindness and Justice Challenge is a celebration of the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lowell students began our 16th annual Kindness and Justice Challenge on January 10. They will participate in activities that build an understanding of how simple acts of kindness and justice make a tremendous impact on our community and our world.

For the next several weeks, Lowell students will earn kindness links to be displayed in our hallways. Students will be encouraged to think about how we treat one another and how we must work together to make this world a better place for everyone.

During the months of January and February, students can bring in money for our Penny War to donate toward the Early Childhood Center in Warren Township, The American Heart Association, and Riley Hospital for Children. Students may bring in pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and bills. In addition, every Friday we will have spirit days. Students are asked to bring in $1.00 to participate in these spirit days.

One way parents can help is by simply enforcing and encouraging the demonstration of kind and just acts at home! Thank you for teaching the valuable lessons of kindness and justice through your own example and support. These will be a part of your child's life forever just as your child will always be somebody special to us!

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Our school has partnered with the Indiana Pacers to participate in an exciting FUNdraiser opportunity!

Your child may sell tickets to select Pacers games, win some really neat Pacers prizes, and help raise money for our school!

We will have our very own school night at a Pacers game with a check presentation at center court during halftime! Everyone will be together cheering on our hometown Pacers on Tuesday, February 25th when the Pacers take on the Charlotte Hornets. On this night, you’ll be able to pick up all of your prizes at the game. You could earn prizes such as:

VIP Pre Game Viewing

2 FREE Tickets to our School Night

Pacers T-Shirt

Autographed Basketball signed by the entire Pacers team

If you can’t make it to our school night game, we have four alternate games to choose from!

ORDER BY ENVELOPE: Fundraising envelopes were sent home a couple of weeks ago. If you choose to order by envelope, ORDERS AND MONEY ARE DUE AT LOWELL BY WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29th.

ORDER ONLINE: You have the option to purchase your tickets online. You can even share the offer with family and friends via social media! It will be easier than ever to sell lots of tickets and earn those prizes! Simply go to http://www.pacersgroups.com/hornets to purchase your tickets! THE DEADLINE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE IS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4th

A portion of every ticket sold will help raise money for our school. Thank you for your support! Go Pacers!

Attendance Matters

Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. Every school day counts in a child’s academic life… A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. The effects of lost school days build up one absence at a time on individual students. Please ensure that your child understands the importance of good school attendance and is at school every day. Every day matters! Every day provides important learning opportunities! Set your child up for success by developing these good habits now! Our attendance goal is 97%. Below shows our year-to-date attendance percentage for every grade level. Let’s keep working together to meet our 97% benchmark!

Kindergarten: 91.9%

First Grade: 94.2%

Second Grade: 94.7%

Third Grade: 95.9%

Fourth Grade: 95.6%

Updated Visitor Policy----Effective January 6, 2020

MSD of Warren Township Elementary School Visitation Procedures

Parents and visitors are encouraged to visit Lowell Elementary. We are making a more concise effort in our visitor policy because the safety and well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority. All visitors must provide a government-issued ID to be scanned into the Raptor Visitor Management System. At the conclusion of all visits, please return to the main office to sign out. You can find more information about Raptor by visiting our website. School administration reserves the right to refuse visitation for anyone who does not comply with school visitation procedures.

Classroom Visitation

Classroom visits consist of observing teaching and learning in action. To protect instructional time and the activities taking place in the classroom, we ask that parents refrain from talking with the teacher to allow him/her to continue teaching. If you need to speak with a teacher, please follow the procedure for teacher visitation below. Procedures for classroom visits:

  • provide advanced notice to the teacher

  • must be on students emergency contact list

  • maximum visitors in a classroom of 2 parties

  • limited to a maximum of 30 minutes

  • classroom visitations during arrival and dismissal will not be allowed.

    • including walking students to class

Teacher Visitation

Meeting with your child’s teacher(s) is a valuable part of the education process. Procedures for teacher visitation:

  • schedule a meeting time with a teacher

  • must be a custodial parent or guardian

Lunch Visitation

If you are interested in eating lunch with your student at school, please follow these procedures:

  • eat in a designated area assigned by the school

  • only visitors who are on a students contacts list

  • other students will not be able to accompany your student

  • outside food/drink is permitted

  • at the conclusion of lunch, please return to the office.

Thank you for your assistance in ensuring a safe and secure school environment for all students and staff members.

Construction Update -- Please Read!

You will notice additional fencing has been added to our parking lot area. This fencing has eliminated some additional parking spaces. The back half of the parking lot will no longer be accessible for parking. We will begin to use the new gravel lot. Please be mindful of parking in this lot and follow the correct traffic pattern. Please park only in the designated areas. If you are visiting school during the school day, parking may be limited in the lot. Check the gravel lot for spaces as needed. Parking is available on the south side of the building until 2:15pm. All vehicles must be moved from the south side by 2:15pm to ensure that space is readily available for our buses at the end of the day.


A couple of reminders:

  • Lowell is a SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS. There is no smoking anywhere on Lowell’s campus. This includes smoking in cars while waiting in the car rider line. Please extinguish all smoking materials before arriving on Lowell’s Campus.

  • Please be attentive while in the car rider line. Move your cars to the furthest point in the line. Do not leave gaps in the line. Listen for directions from school staff as you are moving through the car rider line.

  • Remember, our priority is student safety. We realize this may mean a few more minutes in the car rider line. Please be patient and adhere to the procedures so that we can ensure the safety of all of our children and staff!

We appreciate your attentiveness to following our car rider procedures and your efforts to ensure student and staff safety during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up! Thank

Warren's High Ability Program

Warren's High Ability Program is designed to meet the unique academic needs of gifted and talented students. The curriculum in these classes is differentiated and faster paced and students will be working above grade level if they qualify. As a district, we look at all students in grades 1, 4, 6 and 8 to see if they qualify for the following school year based on eligibility criteria. Parent recommendations are considered along with achievement scores when determining placement in high ability. More detailed identification information can be found here: https://www.warren.k12.in.us/o/msd-of-warren-township/page/high-ability--3 If you would like to complete a recommendation for the broad based planning committee to consider you can do so here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeptTssN1vtlIXg0RyEmmSYMROhINneDMw7OepoY4W_Ckq-gw/viewform The parent recommendation form will be open until January 31, 2020.

Journey of a Graduate (JoG)

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* Students are expected to be at school on time every day. Our tardy bell rings at 8:05am. Please plan accordingly to ensure your child is in his/her classroom by 8:05am each day.

* If your child will be absent due to illness or late due to a doctor's appointment, please call the front office at 317-532-3900 to report the absence or late arrival. This helps to ensure your child's safety. Please bring a doctor's note to document the excused absence.

* Dismissal is at 3:05pm. If you are picking up your child from school, please follow our car rider procedures.

* When arriving at Lowell, please make sure you stop first at the front desk. All visitors MUST sign in and put on a Lowell Badge while in the building. Safety is our top priority for our students. This process allows us to ensure every child's safety during the school day. Thank you for your cooperation.

* Parents are always welcome at Lowell! If you would like to visit your child's classroom, please call or email your child's teacher or Mrs. Griffin so we can make arrangements and ensure that the students will be in the classroom at the time of your visit. We encourage you and welcome you to always be a part of your child's learning, and we truly value your involvement!

* 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.


The occasion may arise when the school district wants to recognize your child or your child's school. This may include your child's photo, your child's name or your child's work in district publications, newsletters, on school district websites, and in electronic/ social media or in staff training videos. We may also want to tell the media (including newspapers, television, and radio) about your child's achievements. We never knowingly release information about a student to anyone who wants to use it for commercial/ political purposes. However, we will honor your request to not include your child in these types of recognitions if you notify your child's school office in writing that you do not want this type of information released.


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