Friday Flight

January 20-24

Survey Appreciation

Thank you for taking time to complete the SEL and PLC surveys. SEL surveys were placded in mailboxes last Friday and are due by January 24th to the envelope on Cathy's desk. The PLC survey due date has been extended to January 22 (You can access that survey here.).

With all that you have to do, thank you for sharing your feedback!

This Week's Events

Winter 2014 F & P Schedule

Monday, January 20

  • No School in observance of MLK

Tuesday, January 21

  • Chorus; before school in music room
  • Instructional Team; 8:30 a.m. in LLC
  • Floor hockey; before school in gym
  • (ELL Tutoring; 3:30-5 p.m. in LLC)
  • (Girl Scouts; 3-5 p.m. in Art Room)

Wednesday, January 22

  • Staff meeting; 8:30 a.m. in LLC
  • (ELL Tutoring; 3:30-4:30 p.m. in LLC)

Thursday, January 23

  • Floor hockey; before school in gym
  • Intervention Team/IEP meetings as scheduled
  • Orchestra; after school in music room
  • PTA; 7 p.m. in LLC

Friday, January 24

  • (Girl Scouts; 3:30-5 p.m. in art room)
  • (Chess Club; 3:45-4:45 in LLC)
  • (Boy Scouts; 6:30-8 p.m. in gym)

Local Assessments/ F & P

Thank you for your patience with the local assessment process. Click here for the district assessment calendar. Amanda G. is compiling a list of issues so that we're able to report that back to the district assessment people. Please feel free to communicate any concerns or successes to Amanda or Kathy.

Click here for F & P updates. Please note that every grade level has a tab at the bottom that is specific to your grade level to make this as easily understood as possible. You'll receive notification of what students are being benchmarked by someone other than you or a reading teacher prior to your Day 1. Please note there is also a tab that notes the days Reading Club is cancelled.

PTA Appreciation & Resources

Please be sure to drop the PTA a note or an email when they provide a resource or support an activity for your class or our school. They enjoyed sharing notes form students at our meeting today, too.

Please keep in mind the following programs the PTA has to financially support teachers.

  • Teacher wish list: Forms are in the office
  • Teacher support money: $75 for full-time; $35 for part-time teachers (Receipts and reimbursement forms are available in the office.) Don't leave your money unused! This is not the same as district discretionary money.

Both of these programs can be used for classroom resources, supplies, field trips, or other instances in which you would ask parents to send in money. Please see Kathy with questions!

Tech Tips: Conference Opportunities for Students

SIT Conference Website

Downers Grove location flier

  • Children can present or simply attend
  • Conference Date: Saturday, February 22
  • Registration Deadline: January 24

Tech 2014 Website

  • Event Date: May 8 in Springfield
  • Application Deadline: January 21

Please let me know if you have any questions or interest.

Next Committee Meetings


Wellness Committee: TBD

Instructional Team: Tuesday, January 21 @ 8:30 (LLC);

Behavior Task Force: January 27th; 1/2 day a.m.

Technology: TBD

Long Term Planning

As we keep communication within school and with our parent community a priority, please communicate any important dates that parents may need to know. Please be thinking about special events that you or others in our building may host so we can plan for timely communication of those events.

  • Mondays until otherwise announced- 4th/5th talent show auditions w/Mrs. White in music room; noon-12:30
  • Fridays until otherwise announced- talent shows in 4th/5th grade lunch; talent show team eats lunch with Mrs. White prior
  • January 20-March 14- Kane County Cougars reading program
  • January 21- F & P benchmarking begins at Lowell
  • January 22- Caffeine & Curriculum postponed; STAFF MEETING INSTEAD
  • January 23- PTA; 7-9 p.m.
  • February 7: Assembly in A.M. (Rope Warrior; 9:45-10:30 (3-5); 10:45-11:30 (K-2) (Requires use of gym & multi-purpose room)
  • February 14: Great America program logs due
  • February 20: Cook's Night Out @ Chik-Fil-A
  • February 25: Staff meeting w/Faith re: report card changes @ 8:30 a.m.
  • February 25: Kindergarten Round-up for Class of 2027
  • February 28: Jamboree
  • March 18: Kane County Reading parent verification forms due to Anne McDonald
  • April 11: Kane County Cougars game
  • May 3: Lowell 5K
  • May 22: Kane County Cougars game
  • June 3: Discovery Day

Happy Birthday!

Calendars: Scheduling Events

When you are scheduling an even at Lowell, please send an e-mail to Cathy Cebry and Kathy Melton. Cathy will update the building Outlook calendar and the hard copy calendar on her desk. Kathy will update the PTA, the website calendar, and the Friday Flight. The large calendar on the bulletin board by the nurse will no longer be used. See below for a partial list of upcoming events. Please notify us of evens as soon as they are put on your calendar. Thank you!