Washington Update

Family Communicator - Issue #4 9/13-9/17 2021

The Week Ahead

Monday, September 13, 2021

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

  • Scheduled Fire Drill Practice
  • Greater Boston Food Pantry - STEM Academy - 3:30-4:30 pm - Flyer below

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Friday, September 17, 2021

Dogs on Campus

Yes, we love dogs. There is a city ordinance that does not allow dogs on school grounds. Please help us in following this ordinance by keeping dogs off the property and away from the fences, inside, and out.

Fire Drill

The staff reviewed our Crisis Plan for the school year and we will be practicing a school-wide fire drill on Tuesday. This is a planned exercise. If the students come home and said they evacuated the building, we just wanted you to know this was a practice.

COVID-19 Testing

We had no positive cases this week through the in-school pool testing. This is good news, but we need more samples. Pool testing is every week and families can sign children up using g this link. Pool Testing Sign-Up

There is a significant amount of prep work to make sure the testing is accurate. Pools are made on Fridays for the following week. If you sign-up after Monday, your child may be delayed a week when starting testing. Our first pool will have 46 samples.

ST Math

ST Math is an online math program we use that builds mathematical understanding. It is presented to children in a video game format. The goal is to learn math by moving the penguin Jiji from one side of the screen to another. We are happy with the ST Math program. It brings lots of student engagement to learning math. Once we are up and running, students will be able to access the online program at home for fun!

21st Century After School Program

We did it! We applied and received a three-year grant to start an after-school program. Here is the most important information.

  • It will start in Mid-October.
  • The program will run two days a week until about 5 pm.
  • Students will go either Monday + Wednesday or Tuesday + Thursday. We haven't determined these days yet for students.
  • Dinner will be provided for free.
  • Buses will be available for some students. The distance away from school has not been determined yet.
  • All instructors will be Washington staff.
  • Masks are still required.
  • Activities will be fun and combine science, physical activity, and writing.
  • Sign-ups will be sent home within the next few weeks for interested families.

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Bus Transportation

How can I register for transportation?

Families can register online for transportation by going to www.lowell.k12.ma.us/transportation. For questions related to transportation, please call (978) 674-4333.

How do I know if I qualify for transportation?

School bus transportation is provided to students in grades K-4, who live greater than 3/4 miles* from their residence or alternate address to their assigned school. *The distance between home and school is calculated as a radius around the school, not in a linear point A to B way.

When will I know my child’s bus stop and pick up time?

Information about bus times and pick-up locations will be available after August 24.

Kindergarten and first-grade students will receive a printed bus pass sent to their home address on record. Students in grades 2-8 can obtain their bus information by going using the “Bus Lookup Tool” on the transportation webpage. You will need your child’s student identification number Lunch ID, Computer log-on number), which is available through your child’s school, in order to access their bus information. You can also contact the transportation office (978-674-4333) or the Family Resource Center (978-674-4321) for assistance.

Does my child need a bus pass?

Kindergarten and first-grade students will receive a printed bus pass in the mail, as will all students who attend charter or parochial schools. Lowell Public School students in grades 2-8 DO NOT need a physical bus pass. They can access their bus information through the “Bus Lookup Tool,” but will not receive a bus pass.

Washington School Staff

Grade 4 - Mrs. Avelino - Room 212

Grade 4 - Ms. Trull - Room 211

Grade 3 - Mrs. Parisi - Room 201

Grade 3 - Mrs. Hogan - Room 202

Grade 2 Mrs. Burns - Room 106

Grade 2 - Mrs. McCoy - Room 102

Grade 1 - Mrs. Brady - Room 112

Grade 1 - Ms. Bonin - Room 111

Kindergarten - Mrs. Desheneaux - Room 108

Kindergarten - Mrs. Cahill - Room 101

Pre-Kindergarten - Mrs. Quirbach - Room 114

Special Education

Allied Arts Team

General Information

How can I update my contact information (phone number/email/address)?

Go online to the Family Resource Webpage (https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/UpdateContactInfo) and fill out the “contact us” form. Families who don’t have access to the internet can fill out the form in person at the Family Resource Center. If an address change is related to economic factors or housing instability (family moves in with relatives, eviction, hotel/motel, fire or unsheltered, please contact the McKinney Vento Office located at the Family Resource Center in person (151 Merrimack Street), by phone (978-674-4321) or go to the webpage at https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/HomelessAssistance.

How do I update my emergency contacts?

If you were in the school last year we will send a verification sheet out. if you are new we will send home an emergency form to fill out on the first day of school.

What should I do if my child needs a Chromebook or if my child’s Chromebook needs repairs?

Families should contact their school to coordinate the issuing of a new Chromebook or to schedule repairs. After the school year begins, the district will resume its “tech tent” services and will inform families via email, text, and phone once the services resume.

How do I register my child for the new school year?

All school registrations are completed online using a computer or laptop. You can access the online application by going to https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/SchoolRegistration. If you only have a mobile device and don’t have access to a computer or laptop, you can register in person at the Family Resource Center (151 Merrimack Street). Please call the Family Resource Center if you have any questions (978-674-4321).

What should I do if I need to register my child(ren) and I don’t speak English?

The Lowell Public Schools is committed to providing translation and interpretation services for families who require assistance in a language other than English. The online registration application and website is translated in Spanish and Portuguese and can be accessed by going to https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/SchoolRegistration. For all other languages, please call Vannak Khin at (978) 328-6782 to arrange services. In-person language interpretation support for registration can be accessed by visiting the Lowell Public Schools at 151 Merrimack Street. Families can also call the Family Resource Center at (978) 674-4321 to make an appointment with a Bilingual Family Liaison.

How old does my child need to be to enroll in preschool or kindergarten?

A child must turn 4 years old on or before September 1, 2021, in order to apply for preschool and 5 by September 1 to apply for kindergarten. A family can apply for preschool by going to https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/PreschoolRegistration to fill out an online application or https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/KindergartenRegistration for kindergarten. For registration questions, please call (978) 674-4321.

How do I apply for a transfer for my child to change schools in the new year?

Per the 2021-22 School Assignment Policy, all students have the option to request one school transfer per year. Families can apply online by going to https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/SchoolTransfer or can come to the Family Resource Center in-person to complete the application. Transfers are assigned on a space availability basis.