Lowell Newsletter

May 19, 2021

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VIRTUAL PTA MEETING TONIGHT, MAY 19TH

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The virtual PTA meeting is tonight, Wednesday, May 19th from 6-7pm: Join the meeting at this link: meet.google.com/fcg-ikis-fpp


This week the principal from CS Porter Middle School, Ty Solberg, will be joining our PTA meeting to talk about the transition to middle school and to answer any questions you may have. Fifth grade parents are encouraged to attend this meeting!

At our last meeting we elected a new PTA Board that will take office this summer- but we still need more parents to join the PTA! We have a number of important committees that will be working this summer including our Hip Holiday Market committee. Please join us to find out ways to get involved at Lowell.

SNACK DRIVE

Classrooms are still in need of snacks! If you'd like to contribute we're accepting donations of pre-packaged, healthy snacks. Granola bars, fruit or applesauce cups, crackers, pretzels, fruit leather, etc. are all great ideas for classroom snacks. Donations can be dropped off at the front office and we'll distribute as needed to teachers. Thanks for your help Lowell families!

LOWELL GARDEN SUMMER PLANS

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OPEN GARDEN HOURS

Wednesdays, 9am – 12pm

June 23rd – August 18th*

*No open garden hours August 11th

Garden City Harvest staff will be in the garden every Wednesday morning this summer. Come visit, help out, learn about gardening, and take home some fresh fruits and vegetables.


ADOPT-THE-GARDEN

Be an ambassador for the garden! Volunteer to weed, harvest ripe produce, and welcome visitors in the garden for a few hours one week of the summer.

Adopt-the-Garden Sign-Up HERE

SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR NEXT YEAR

KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP IS NEXT WEEK!

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We will hold three sessions of kindergarten roundup on May 27th (3:00, 4:00, and 5:00). Students should be registered for kindergarten to attend. If you know of a family with a future Lowell Kindergartener, please encourage them to get registered before our Roundup evening on May 27th.


We will continue to accept all school enrollments until the end of the school year; during the summer, enrollment is processed at our district offices.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Kindergarten registration is now open. Please encourage your friends and neighbors with kindergarten aged children to register soon. Families can register in person or online. Our Welcome Kindergarten Spring Orientation is May 27th and families can sign up for a time slot at our office.


https://www.mcpsmt.org/studentregistration

PARKS & RECREATION AFTER SCHOOL

This program is supported and ran through a partnership with MCPS, The Flagship Program, CSCT, and Missoula Parks and Recreation.


PROGRAM PHONE - (406) 830-0259

EMAIL CONTACT for last minute registration, early pick up, problems, questions and other general information: Tyler Decker at deckert@ci.missoula.mt.us


There is a 24 hour block on registering for programs - if you need to register last minute please reach out to Tyler at the above email.

Afterschool Program is from 2:10 - 5:30p.m. with pick up in the Cafeteria.

MARKET AT LOWELL

The Market at Lowell is currently open on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:30pm.

Please reach out to Libby Miller in the Family Resource Center, rmiller@mcpsmt.org, if you'd like to access food outside of these set hours.

EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT

Enrollment for the Emergency Broadband Benefit is now open. The temporary benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible consumers who are struggling to stay connected during the pandemic. Qualifying households on Tribal lands can receive a discount of up to $75 per month for service. See if you qualify by visiting www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit

MONTANA EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE

The Montana Emergency Rental Assistance program is now available for Montanans who have lost household income as a direct or indirect result of the COVID-19 pandemic and are at risk of housing instability.

Renters can receive a monthly maximum of $2,200 for past due and future rent payments, up to $300 for past due and future utilities including gas and electric, and $50 per month for internet. Households can receive assistance for rent and utility bills dating back to April 1, 2020.


Click here for a step-by-step guide to creating an Okta account required for completing the application. Renters and landlords will need to create and Okta account to receive funding.

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.