Lowell Memo

September 6, 2013

From Mrs. Melton...

Thank you for taking time to read the first edition of the Lowell Memo for the 2013-14 school year! Based on feedback from our school community, we’re going to experiment with more frequent, timely communication in the form of a weekly blast and evaluate the effectiveness of that after in the coming months. This is a change from the monthly format noted at Curriculum Night. We’ll also ask for your feedback on the format of the Memo to ensure your needs are met. The Memo will continue to be posted on our school website so that you can reference it at your convenience; it will also be sent through the Blackboard Connect e-mail system. Families requesting hard copies of the Memo will continue to receive them. Please send all submissions for future editions of the Lowell Memo to lowell.memo@gmail.com. Submissions must be received by 8 p.m. on Wednesday to be included in that week's Memo.

Thank you, too, for the continued warm welcome to the Lowell community! I consider it a real privilege to spend my days with your children and our wonderful staff. Be sure to scroll all the way down to receive the latest school & PTA news. Please consider becoming a PTA member if you haven't already done so!

Have a wonderful week!

Kathy Melton

Please join us next week for the first PTA meeting of the year! Thursday, September 12th at 7:00 pm in the LLC. Childcare will be provided.

Free & Reduced Lunch Applications Due

Free and reduced lunch applications have been sent home. If you need financial assistance with lunch fees, please complete and return these forms to the office prior to Thursday, September 26th. These forms need to be completed each school year.

Chess Corner

The Lowell PTA is sponsoring a chess team. The first meeting of the Lowell Chess Team is Friday October 25th. We will meet on Fridays from October 25th 2013, 3:45-4:45 PM to mid- March 2014 in the LLC. The team is for students in K - 5th grade. All levels of players from beginners to advanced are encouraged to attend.

Participation in periodic weekend tournaments, including the state chess
tournament, will be OPTIONAL (extra fees required). This year, the state tournament is very close to home - Schaumburg. Dues of no more than $75/family will be charged to pay for professional instruction led by Chess Master Jim Egerton of Chess-Now (www.chess-now.com).

To sign your child up for Lowell's Chess Team, contact Josephine Horn
at (630) 653-8183 or Josephine.Horn@alcatel-lucent.com

First Day Photos

The Yearbook committee would love to see your photos of the first day of school! Please email your pictures to Cheryl Koenig at koenigc@sbcglobal.net. Please send using the largest file size/highest resolution possible. No Shutterfly/photo sharing links, please.

PTA Membership

Thanks to everyone who has joined the PTA. Please continue to get your membership forms/fees into the office or register online: http://lowellpta.org/index.php Directories will be delivered to all members once they are available.

Important Dates

  • September 9th- Green Club (Every 2nd Monday; 3:30-4:45 p.m.)
  • September 12th- First PTA meeting @ 7 p.m.
  • September 18th- 3rd Grade Field Trip to Danada Farm
  • September 24th- Picture Day
  • September 24th- Cook's Night Out (See below for details!)
  • September 26th- 1st Grade Field Trip to Cosley Zoo
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Curriculum Night Feedback

The parent feedback survey is still open should you wish to give feedback on Curriculum Night. Do you have a smart phone? Consider loading a QR reader and scanning the square picture below. You may notice QR codes on business cards, when you're shopping, or on websites & brochures. You may also see them in various places at Lowell this year.

QR stands for Quick Response; you're able to scan the picture to quickly access linked materials. There are many free versions in the iOS App Store & the Android Market that you can download to your phone. You can also provide feedback by e-mailing kathleen.melton@cusd200.org or going to http://tinyurl.com/ldppr3m. Thank you to everyone who has shared feedback so far!

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Girls On The Run collected $162.00 last year which they donated to Friends Of DuPage Animal Care & Control Foundation. This year we will be forming a new running club for boys and girls. Look for more information to come!

Cooks Night Out- Chipotle & Yogurtland

Tuesday, Sep. 24th 2013 at 5-8pm

695 Roosevelt Road

Glen Ellyn, IL

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 24th, from 5pm - 8pm, at the Chipotle and Yogurtland in Glen Ellyn! Please come and dine in, take out, or pick up a gift card. Let's kick off the school year with a great turnout! Last April, Lowell set a Chipotle record and we want to break that record. Please help us!

Chipotle will give us 50% of every dollar we spend there, which is amazing! Walk a few doors down, and Yogurtland is willing to donate a SUBSTANTIAL percentage to Lowell as well. What a great way to feed the family dinner, dessert or both and help Lowell! Look for flyers and more information coming in the school folders.

Mark your calendars and join us for a record setting night and kick off the school year right!

2013-14 PTA Meetings

  • Thursday, September 12th- 7 p.m.
  • Friday, October 18th- 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 21st- 7 p.m.
  • Friday, December 13th- 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 23rd- 7 p.m.
  • Friday, February 21st- 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 20th- 7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 11th- 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 15th- 7 p.m.

All Thursday evening meetings will be held in the LLC.

All Friday morning meetings will be held in the Art Room.

Free babysitting is available at each meeting.