Lowell Weekly Parent Newsletter

December 13, 2020

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ELPAC meeting on Wed. 12/16 from 7-8 pm

ELPAC meeting on Wed. 12/16 from 7-8 pm

https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/92101627657?pwd=WWMxNFcvQWZOVWpJbVJMZjJicUpEZz09 Meeting ID: 921 0162 7657 Passcode: 038923

Topics will be:

Questions about hybrid or schedules

Information about English testing in January

ELPAC bylaws

Reviewing survey results to determine next steps

Here are flyers with directions on how to access the interpretation:

ELPAC English ELPAC Spanish, ELPAC Portuguese

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Message from Mrs. Phelan


Last week we began pool testing our students during school. We had just under fifty percent of our students participate. Both cohort A and B were negative; great news! Thank you to all who have signed up for pool testing thus far. It is not too late to enroll your children in weekly pool testing by filling out the forms here. The test takes approximately one minute and will be administered by our school nurses Kathy Taverna and Bianca Jones. Moving forward, only positive pools and close contacts will be alerted with the weekly testing results. If you do not receive an update 24-48 hours after your child participates in pool testing, it means their pool tested negative. Positive pools will be contacted as soon as possible and given further information and instructions at that time.

The more students who participate in our pool testing, the better are chances we can keep pool samples restricted to class and cohort. If we don't have enough students participating, we may need to combine classes. This increases the chances we would need to quarantine more than one classroom if a pooled sample comes back positive. Please sign up, and it's quick and easy.

Again, if you wish for your student to be tested, please fill out the google form linked above. Please note that pool testing is only offered to hybrid students who participate in IN PERSON learning; we cannot test remote students. For additional information, please also see https://www.smore.com/tve9r issued by Deanne Galdston.

Thank you,


Last week at the Lowell

Lennie was Spotted in Ms. Antonelli's 3rd grade classroom.

This past week, Lenny got to watch as we figured out how to solve two-step word problems involving multiplication and division. He also was able to see us think deeper about how to read and write informational texts.Throughout the week, he definitely practiced mindfulness strategies that we learned as a class during morning meeting. We'll miss having Lenny in Room 222!

Upcoming Events This week

Let's Chat about Zoom Fatigue

Welcome to "Let's Chat", our SEL Team's monthly parent forum to support Lowell families as they manage the complexities and demands of remote and hybrid learning. We hope you will join us for our December "Let's Chat About Zoom Fatigue", which will be held on Thursday, December 17th, 7-8pm.

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Voluntary Student COVID Testing

We will be continuing our voluntary student COVID pooled testing this week at our elementary schools. Lowell will be testing on Tuesdays (Cohort A) and Wednesdays (Cohort B). Testing moving forward will take place in each of the elementary schools throughout the school day, with minimal disruption to instructional time. Please click here for more information.

Technology Updates

We look forward to supporting you with your educational technology questions.

Here is a link to our WPS CS-Ed Week 2020 Website which hosts creative, academic computational thinking and problem-solving curriculum for all grade levels. Visit the site to participate in the "Creating with Computer Science" Student Contest or to download your WPS CS Ed Week Student Certificate for this year.

Here is a link to our WPS Family Ed-Tech for ALL Website for updated resources.

Here is a link to the weekly 12/05 Family Ed-Tech for All Newsletter, LIVE Ed-Tech Support Sessions, Resources, Tutorials & tips that are curated and created, just for you. Do you need help with Ed-Tech? Please complete the WPS Ed-Tech Support Request Form. A member of the WPS Ed-Tech team will reach out to you within 1 school day.

Thank you and have a terrific day,

Rashmi Pimprikar (District Ed-Tech Coordinator), Digital Learning Team and IT Team

Parent Resources

Watertown Free Tutors

Our service provides free tutoring to Watertown Public School elementary students by Watertown High School Students. In exchange for their time volunteered, WHS students will receive community service hours. All tutoring sessions will be held over Zoom.


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PTO Updates

Spirit Week was a lot of fun! Thank you to all the teachers and families who shared pictures of their awesome kids exercising their minds, bodies, and creativity. It was a lot of fun to see everyone cozy in PJs and sharing their love for the arts, reading, and their pets! Check out the Lowell PTO Facebook page and the JR Lowell Elementary School Facebook page to see more special kids!

(If you could please include some cute photos from the week, that'd be great! I sent a bunch along this week. If you'd prefer that I curate those, please let me know.)

Join in for the first "Let's Chat" Parent Discussion on Thursday, December 17th 7-8pm.

Welcome to "Let's Chat," our SEL Team's monthly parent forum to support Lowell families as they manage the complexities and demands of remote and hybrid learning. We hope you will join us for our December "Let's Chat About Zoom Fatigue."

Spirit Week Photos