Lowell Lions Roar!

November 2017

From the desk of Mrs. Larva

The Health and Wellness of our Students

We all know that a healthy student will be a better learner. In 2006, districts were required to develop wellness policies to promote and improve children’s health by making changes in the school environment through the enhanced promotion of physical activity and healthy eating throughout the school day. Our school board has recently completed its revisions to the Wellness Policy (see link below), again drawing attention to the need of the school as a partner in children's health.

At Lowell, we recognize that parents and families have a powerful role in supporting their children’s health and learning. Engaged parents can help guide their children successfully through school, advocate for their children, and can help shape a healthy school environment.

Here are some resources for parents:

Parents for Healthy Schools
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a web resource called Parents for Healthy Schools. The website has information that helps parent learn how to promote nutrition, physical activity, and management of chronic conditions in schools.

ISD 709 Wellness Policy Information

The district provides resources for families to learn more about the initiatives put in place by ISD 709. Familiarize yourself with our District wellness information.

Checklist for Home
Here is a brief checklist to assist you as you prepare for a healthy school year.

  • Make sure immunizations are up to date. The Minnesota Department of Health can help you find out who needs vaccines and when.
  • Review hygiene tips to prevent the spread of infections. The Minnesota Department of Health has resources on hand washing to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Establish a bedtime and wake-up time to ensure adequate and consistent sleep.
  • Eat breakfast each day at home or at school.
  • Get involved. Sign up to join the PTA and get involved with our Nature Play committee.

Family Night

This fall, we are partnering with the UMD Pharmaceutical students to provide a Health Fair for our families. Please join us on November 14 from 5-7 pm to tour our children's learning booths as well as a couple designed just for parents. A healthy snack will be provided to all who attend.

Important Upcoming Dates

11/6: PTA Food Drive begins

11/9: District Annual Meeting at Lincoln Park MS (6-7:30PM)

11/14: Health and Wellness Family Night

11/15: Misaabekong Family Night

11/15: PTA Meeting 6 PM

11/16: Picture re-takes

11/23-11/24: No School - Thanksgiving break

Save the Date:

First Annual Lowell Craft Fair - Sat., Dec. 2

The PTA will is in search of crafters for our first annual craft fair on Dec. 2. If you would like to be a vendor or know someone who would like to participate, please save the date! More information will be announced soon.

Picture Retakes

Thursday, Nov. 16th, 8am

2000 Rice Lake Road

Duluth, MN

Didn't like the goofy grin? Shirt was a mess? Or maybe your child was ill when we took our pictures in October...

Here is your last chance to get that perfect school picture! Pictures will be taken in the morning until we have run through everyone. If you are getting retakes, please return all of the original photos in your packet. If you are having photos taken for the first time, please see Cathy Holman in the office for picture envelopes.

Lowell PE Corner

In Physical Education class we focus on “Being Good Team Members” and the understanding that activities and games work when we are SAFE, KIND, RESPECTFUL, and HONEST Always!

Fall Activities

Cooperative Games, Lake Superior Island Hop, Kin Ball, Pulse, Fitness Tests and Goal Setting, Fitness Knowledge Quiz, Mile Run, Nature Play (fort building), Football, Soccer, Halloween Games, Monster Mash Dance, Adams Family Stretch, Alphabet Relays, Health/Nutrition Games, Volleyball...


We are exercising our way around Lake Superior! Every ten minutes of exercise equals one mile. Our map is on the wall in the gym. So far, we exercised our way to Grand Marais! We should complete the tour by the month of January!!

Action Based Learning

Brain research supports the link of movement and physical activity to increased academic performance. The Lowell PE program provides motor learning activities to strengthen cognitive development. In addition to our Physical Education program, Action Based Learning activities are available in the Barnes Gym for all students.




Kristin Bergerson, PE Specialist

218-336-8895 #3002

The Math Corner

This month’s Math Activity Tip:

Two, four, six, eight, now it’s time to estimate!

Estimation is one way to increase a child’s number sense. Before you put a stack of folded towels on a shelf or fill a bowl with peaches, ask your child to estimate how many will fit. Then count afterward to compare the actual number to the estimate. Helping your child learn to make appropriate predictions will help her see how numbers are used in everyday life. Learning to ask, “Is my answer reasonable?” will help her as she tackles math problems in the classroom.

Cindy Upton, Math Interventionist

Misaabekong Parching Manoomin


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Contact Us

Lowell is a neighborhood school of over 400 students. We have three language approaches to learning: English, Ojibwe, and Spanish! For more information about the two language immersion programs that are hosted at Lowell, please see our website. We are passionate about student learning and success! Our nature play space and school forest allow children additional outdoor opportunities.