Lowell Elementary Friday Newsletter

February 8th

Lowell Elementary School

Contact Us:

Rachel Hermann, Principal, 262-970-1910

Heidi Lopez, Administrative Assistant, 262-970-1905

Anne Salinas, Health Room Clerical, 262-970-1915

Attendance, 262-970-1916

Principal's Note

Dear Families,


What a week we've had here at Lowell! A huge CONGRATULATIONS to the Souper Bowl planning committee, and a huge THANK YOU to all of the Lowell families who came out last Friday night to support our event! Because of your collective efforts, we were able to meet our $10,000.00 goal! The students had a blast this week earning the rewards that came with this accomplishment! We had a PJ day, an ice cream party, silly string the staff assembly, a performance by Circus Boy, and a student-staff dance off. Fun was had by all!


We were also visited by TMJ4, who featured Lowell in a news segment around social-emotional learning. As you know, we've been working hard in all of our classrooms to build social and emotional toolkits that will enable students to persevere through difficult tasks, demonstrate resilience in the face of adversity, and manage their emotions in a healthy way to access their learning safely. Please ask your child how this learning has impacted them for the positive. Ask them about how they are using the Zones of Regulation to be their best self! To read the article and see the video, click on the link below!

https://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/breathing-exercises-yoga-lead-to-drop-in-disruptive-behavior-at-waukesha-school


Lastly, this week we kicked off our Kids Heart Challenge. The Lowell Elementary "Kids Heart Challenge" (formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart) is scheduled for Friday, February 22. Information went home with all Lowell Leopards earlier this week. Please see an update from Mr. Stigler in the Specialist Newsletters below or check out the American Heart Association website at http://american.heart.org/kidsheartchallenge. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Mr. Stigler at cstigler@waukesha.k12.wi.us


Stay warm this weekend,

Rachel Hermann

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Mark Your Calendars

February 12th: Culvers Night (5-8 on Grandview)


February 19th: PTO Meeting 6:30 - 8:00 in the library (Agenda LINKED HERE)


February 21st: Winter Conferences (Teachers will be sending sign-ups in the upcoming week)


February 25th: Group Picture Day at Lowell


February 27th: Trauma, Security, and Good Enough Parenting 6-7:30 in the library. This presentation was originally scheduled for January 31st. We're excited to have re-scheduled it for this date! We hope to see you there!


March 12th: Culvers Night! (5-8 on Grandview)


March 14th: Lowell's Annual Showcase of Learning Event (5:30 - 7:00). Come and enjoy pizza, cookies, and student-led presentations! More information to come!


March 21st: 2nd and 3rd Grade Spring Concert! 6:00 - 7:00 PM (Students should report at 5:42 to their homeroom class).

Lowell Annual Title One Meeting

Please CLICK HERE to see important information regarding Lowell's Annual Title One meeting! The meeting will be held in conjunction with our PTO meeting on February 19th.

February Guidance Counselor's Newsletter

This month's theme is diversity appreciation:

*Taking the time to understand someone else can help us develop empathy, conflict resolution strategies, and problem solving skills.

*Activities that you can do at home with your child.

*Read-aloud recommendations around expanding ones world-view.

February Counseling Newsletter

Spanish February Newsletter

Friday's At Lowell

We are continuing with our implementation of AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) at Lowell. One of the components of AVID is to develop a college and career readiness in our learners. To help build awareness and momentum around this, every Friday in February, we'll be wearing our favorite college gear. We hope that our learners will join us in wearing their college gear or favorite college colors each Friday!

Spring Concert Letter for 2nd and 3rd Grade Parents - Click Below

Showcase of Learning/Parent Teacher Conferences

Dear Parents and Guardians,


We understand and appreciate the power of a strong partnership between home and school. It’s through purposeful connections that we are able to most positively impact each child’s potential.


March 14th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM is Lowell’s second annual Showcase of Learning event. This is a night in which all students at Lowell will showcase and celebrate the work he/she has been doing this year. We’ll begin the night with an all school pizza dinner in the gym (desserts, too!), and then Principal Hermann will give a brief presentation in which she will share out celebrations from the year thus far, and then talk about next steps. Following the dinner and brief principal presentation, your child will take you to his/her classroom where he/she will facilitate activities around the literacy, numeracy, social and emotional, and innovative skills they are developing this year. All classroom teachers will be present in the classrooms and available for questions. This is truly a night in which your child gets to take the lead around his learning!


This year, our traditional February 21st conference night will be based on individual needs. Please look for a form from the teacher on whether or not a conference is recommended, and then return it to school. Forms should be coming home the first week of February. If the teacher did not schedule a conference time for your child, but you would like to meet, respond as such on the form and he/she will be happy to schedule a conference time with you.


Your child is important to us, and we are here to help maximize his/her success. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s classroom teacher, Heidi Lopez, or Principal Hermann.

Parent Information Nights!

You are Invited to Join...

Community Mental Health Partnership

Parent Nights

-Informational sessions for Parents and Guardians-


Trauma, Security, and Good Enough Parenting

February 27th, 2019 from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Lowell Elementary

140 N Grandview Blvd, Waukesha, WI 53188

All Parents want what is best for their children...so let's learn what it means to be the “Good Enough” parent, understand how trauma impacts all of us, and provide security and emotional support for our children.


Building Resiliency: Healthy Bodies and Minds

March 20, 2019 from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Prairie Elementary

1801 Center Rd, Waukesha, WI 53189

Building resiliency empowers children to grow from the challenges they are faced with. Starting with the body and the mind, let's develop skills that help on a daily basis.


How can I Help? Increasing my child’s Self-Regulation

May 21, 2019 from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Hawthorne STEM Elementary

1111 Maitland Dr, Waukesha, WI 53188

All parents have experienced tantrums, but when should parents reach out for help? What can parents do to increase their children’s self-control skills and learn effective ways to de-escalate their children.


The Community Mental Health Provider (CMHP), Amanda Rochwite, ATR, LPC of Family Service of Waukesha is preparing three informational sessions for parents or guardians to provide knowledge, support, and useful tools. Each session will be hosted at a School District of Waukesha Elementary School. Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend all three sessions. Refreshments will be provided.


Amanda Rochwite is an art therapist and licensed professional counselor employed through Family Service of Waukesha and funded through a Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Grant to work within 5 School District of Waukesha elementary schools. Her role is to build and support educator and parent understanding and ability to adapt mental health concepts into useful strategies to effectively reach and teach students influenced by mental health challenges.

Playworks Monthly Newsletter

Lowell partners with Playworks, a nationally renowned recess program that promotes safe and inclusive play at recess. Please click on the link below to read Coach Maggie's Playworks update for the month of December.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1y7dOHX2j6neKDg_HuJwMYgVlBEe0tJtgTTxQ6svtCOs/edit?usp=sharing

Guidance Lessons Focus for January

This month's focus is on emotional regulation and conflict resolution. The newsletter features information around:

*Calming strategies

*I-messages

*articles on helping kids deal with conflict & emotional regulation

*read-alouds for parents at home

*app recommendation for calming


January Parent Newsletter,

Spanish January Parent Newsletter

4K Enrollment

4K enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is from December 1, 2018 - February 1, 2019. See the link for more information. The 4K placement lottery is February 28, 2019.


4K Enrollment Information

Crossing Guards Wanted

While the School District of Waukesha is not directly responsible for staffing intersections around our school, we know the importance of having crossing guards to support students getting to and from school safely. With that said, the company who hires for these positions is currently facing a shortage of employees; thus, they are staffing police officers (when they can) to fill the positions that are currently vacant. If you or someone you know would be interested in a crossing guard position,, please consider applying! The contact information for putting in an application can be found below.



Wisconsin Personal Protection Services

Jerry L. Mojeck

7514 W. Lincoln Avenue

West Allis, WI 53219

#414-328-0208

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Sign-Up For the Book Fair By Clicking on the Link Below!

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