Lowell Newsletter

October 21, 2020

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VIRTUAL PTA MEETING - WEDNESDAY, 10/21 from 6:00-6:45 p.m.

Join us this Wednesday (10/21) from 6-6:45pm for our monthly PTA meeting. This month we will feature our School Counseling Team talking about using the Zones of Regulation at home. The counseling team will also be available for a short Q and A at the end of the meeting. (Google Meet Link: meet.google.com/amk-xkqs-duw)

Want to know more about the Zones of Regulation? Check out this video from our team.

All PTA meeting attendees will be entered in a drawing for a $20 Gift Card!

See you online Wednesday Evening!

RED RIBBON SPIRIT WEEKS - OCTOBER 19-23 and 26-30

Join us in celebrating a healthy lifestyle by wearing the spirit colors and gear for each of the school days during these two weeks.

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WINTER CLOTHES

Winter will be upon us soon and we are starting to get ready for the cold weather in the Family Resource Center. Please consider donating gently used coats, boots and snow pants that your kids have outgrown. We always accept leggings, sweatpants and gently used tennis shoes as well.


If your student is in need of warm clothing please encourage them to visit Ms. Libby in the FRC or you can email me at rmiller@mcpsmt.org.

SEESAW (K-2) and GOOGLE CLASSROOM (3-5)

Most classrooms at Lowell are assigning work online for remote learning days and all classrooms require a quick remote learning attendance check that can be completed anytime during the day (this does not have to be completed during school hours). If you have questions or concerns about your child's remote learning work or if you need to request paper copies, please contact your child's teacher.

A few weeks ago we held a PTA tech night focused on the online learning platforms your child uses for remote learning. If you need help navigating these platforms, please check out our helpful videos:

SeeSaw Tips (K-2)

Google Classroom Tips (3-5)

SCHOOL CELEBRATIONS

Due to COVID, we cannot allow outside treats and gifts. Please do not send any birthday or celebration treats to your child's classroom.


Given our hybrid schedule, we have also made the decision to keep our precious classroom time focused on learning goals. This year Halloween celebrations will have a learning focus and we will not wear costumes.

PICTURE DAY - POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2021

The Missoula Elementary schools have postponed school picture day until Spring 2021. We are hopeful that we can welcome photographers into the school and safely take school pictures in April here at Lowell.

FREE! - MONDAYS - PARKS & REC

FREE opportunities for out of school care offered to Lowell families as part of our Lowell Community Center initiative. Parks and Rec has partnered with Lowell to offer full-day care (8am-5pm) for all remote Mondays in October and for the Non-School days on October 15-16. These full day programs will be held at Lowell and students will stay in the same pods they attend on school days. Parks and Rec will include time to work on remote learning activities as well as field trips, recreation opportunities, and arts and crafts. Please sign up here if you are interested in full day programs for your child.


If you need full day care for your kiddo on hybrid-remote days (T-W or Th-F), please email WhicherM@ci.missoula.mt.us for low to no cost options.

406 Families Missoula - SPIDER HUNT!

With Covid-19 cases on the rise in Missoula, many families are at a loss for what to do for Halloween. If you do choose to go trick-or-treating will there even be very many houses participating? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to get in the Halloween spirit without bursting your socially distanced bubble?

Which is why we present: 406 Spider Hunt!

We are asking community members and businesses to hang a spider in their window or on their door during the week leading up to October 31st. You can print off or color one below, or get creative and make your own spiders to decorate your home!

For those who are looking for an alternative to trick-or-treating, or even just an additional activity (in case there aren’t many porch lights on) this year, families can go out and explore their neighborhood and city and see how many spiders they can find!

If you put a spider up OR know of a place that has great Halloween decorations, let us know HERE! We will try to have a map of spider locations and a route for Halloween decorations around Missoula available!

Download a PDF spider to print here or save one of the images above!

Project Westside Park

WESTSIDE PARK PLAYGROUND

The Lowell community is working hard to fundraise for a new playground. Please visit the Project Westside Park website to learn all about it.

EMERGENCY HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

NeighborWorks Montana has partnered with the Montana Department of Commerce to provide statewide support to renters and homeowners who need assistance applying for the Emergency Housing Assistance Program.


APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM


If you need assistance applying, please email NeighborWorks Montana at covidrelief@nwmt.org or call 406.604.4500.

We will do our best to respond to you within 2 business days but higher than expected volume may affect our response times. To adhere to all COVID related social distancing recommendations, this statewide assistance will be provided over the phone.

NEED INTERNET ACCESS AT HOME? Missoula Public Library and its Branches now have Wi-Fi hot spots for check out! You can connect any device, or multiple devices, and access the internet wherever you are. Each Wi-Fi hot spot device is available for a 2 week check out. Cardholders checking out this item must be 18 years or older. To place holds for pick up click here: https://tinyurl.com/y2af8nom

For more information, please call 721-BOOK (2665).

$4000 scholarships available now for special circumstances during Covid-19!

Parents, does someone in your household have a health concern? Are you a foster family needing additional remote learning support? Do you have a unique work schedule? Funding is available for in-home care due to special circumstances where your child is unable to attend child care or school.

Visit www.childcareresources.org/parent for more details and to apply or contact us today!

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