Alto All Star Gazette

August 27, 2021



24-Hour Attendance Line 987-2625

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From the desk of Principal Papes

Dear Alto Families,

It has been an incredible start to the 2021-2022 school year! It has been great to have

students back in the building again. Our teachers and students have been busy building their classroom communities, and students are quickly learning procedures throughout the school. Our kids have done an exceptional job of transitioning back to school. There has been a positive buzz of Kid Energy permeating the building! Thank you for your support. It is clear that you are doing an excellent job of preparing your children for success each and every day. This unified, shared support of our students is helping them continue to thrive. We are excited to continue partnering with you to make this an amazing school year!


Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to establish routines with students for a safe arrival and dismissal. We have decided to start the arrival process a little earlier each morning. You may now start dropping off at 8:20 AM (adjusted from 8:25 AM). As a reminder, students enter the building at 8:40 AM and class starts at 8:45 AM.

A couple things to help move the drop-off procedures along:

  • Please have your child ready to get out of the car when you pull up along the curb

  • Have students exit vehicles parked anywhere along the curb. Please do not wait to move to the front of the line to depart.


Thank you for your patience and cooperation as our dismissal process has been very slow to start the school year. Several factors have contributed to this. One contributing factor has been the increased number of pick ups due to having two buses not running routes this past week. These bus routes are scheduled to return on Monday which should help tremendously. Additionally, our process will continue to become more efficient as students adjust to new routines.

COVID-19 Mitigating Measures

We ask students and staff to stay home and seek a healthcare evaluation when exhibiting any one of the following symptoms:

  • New cough

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Shortness of breath

We ask students and staff to stay home and seek a healthcare evaluation when exhibiting two or more of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (measured or subjective)

  • Chills

  • Headache

  • Extreme Tiredness/Fatigue

  • Sore Throat

  • New congestion or Runny nose

  • Body Aches

  • Nausea/vomiting or Diarrhea

Thank you for all that you do to support your children and our school. Have a great weekend!

With Appreciation,

Paul Papes


Alto Elementary

Lowell Area Schools


Student Accident Insurance Information

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Lowell Area Schools does not provide student accident insurance. As a service to students and their families, Lowell Area Schools has coordinated the ability for families to purchase student accident insurance plan through FIRST AGENCY, INC for any enrolled child in grades Pre-K thru 12, at a very nominal cost. The most basic plan covers your child while s/he is at school and involved in supervised events (classroom, halls, playground, etc), this plan excludes interscholastic sports. Plan purchase options allow for additional coverage, up to 24-hours including interscholastic sports, except grades 9-12 football. Some plans offer extended dental coverage as well. Grade 9-12 football participation insurance is available as a stand-alone policy.

These plans would be a secondary plan to any other insurance your child may be covered by. If you have no insurance at all for your child, this is an opportunity to provide at least a base level of coverage during the school day. Plans will provide benefits for medical expenses incurred because of an accident. Deductibles and co-pays in your current health plan require you to pay out of pocket costs first, while these plans allow benefits to be applied to your deductible or co-pays.

For more information, or to purchase coverage, go to contact First Agency. Lowell Area Schools makes no warranty or guarantee on this insurance plan and is not responsible in the administering of benefits. We are not an agent of FIRST AGENCY, INC and receive no compensation, of any kind or form, for offering this service or any enrollments generated. Coverage does not become effective until the later of the date premium is received at First Agency, Inc. or the first day of school. All questions regarding this coverage should be directed to First Agency, Inc. at (269) 381-6630.

Breakfast and Lunch Menu week of 8/30


8/30: Mini Cinnis, Apple Cinnamon BeneFIT Bar or cereal

8/31: Mini Blueberry Pancakes, Blueberry Muffin or cereal

9/01: English Muffin Egg Sandwich, Cocoa Puffs Cereal Bar or cereal

9/02: Strawberry Cream Cheese Bagel, Blueberry Muffin or cereal

*each breakfast served w/ fruit and choice of milk


8/30: BBQ-Rib-B-Q Sandwich w/ fries or Muffin and goldfish fun lunch

8/31: Rotini in meat sauce or PB&J fun lunch

9/01: Mini maple waffles w/ sausage link or Strawberry parfait w/granola

9/02: Pepperoni pizza or Muffin and goldfish fun lunch

*each lunch served w/ fresh fruit, veggie and choice of milk

**Even though breakfast and lunch are free again this year, you should still apply for free and reduced lunch at

Mark your calendar!

9/3-9/6: Labor Day Weekend- NO SCHOOL!

Office Notes

If your student will need to take a medication at school OR needs an inhaler, a medication form is required inorder for that to be administered. This is a yearly requirement. Thank you!