Lowell Lions' ROAR!

February 2017

From the Desk of Mrs. Larva

For the Love of Reading...and Lowell!

Each February, we take a week to celebrate our LOVE of Reading. At Lowell, we also celebrate the PRIDE we have in our school at this time with special dress up days. This year, our newly formed student council took on the role of determining what our special events would look like, and they did an AWESOME job! Here is what they came up with:


  • Monday: Comfy, Cozy, Cocoa Day! Wear your PJs and bring/read a book about Winter
  • Tuesday: Sports Team Tuesday! Wear a jersey or team gear and bring/read a book about sports
  • Wednesday: Lion's PRIDE Day! Wear your Lowell T-shirt or Colors (Red, Black, & White) and bring a flashlight!
  • Thursday: Buddy Day! Dress your best and bring/read a picture book to a "book buddy" classroom
  • Friday: Funk it Up Friday! Dress in lots of color and bring/read a fun book to read

Why is it Important for Students to Read?

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Upcoming Events at Lowell

February 6:

5:30 Nature Play Committee Meeting

6:00 January PTA Meeting (make-up date)

February 7 and 9:

Book Fair

Parent-Teacher Conferences

February 10:

Jump Rope for Heart Kick-off

Week of February 13-17:

"I Love Lowell" and "I Love to Read" activities

Week of February 20-24:

No School: Winter Break

February 27:

5:30 Bingo for Books

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Once a week Take a Peek

Head lice can be an uncomfortable but common issue among children. An estimated 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year among U.S. children 3 to 11 years of age. Head lice do not carry diseases. Personal hygiene or household or school cleanliness are not factors for infestation. Lice do not jump or fly; they only move by crawling. They spread mostly by direct head-to- head contact.

As a matter of routine, families should check their child’s head regularly for signs of head lice - especially elementary school-age children.

If head lice are found in your child's hair or scalp, please talk with your school nurse, pediatrician or family physician to get appropriate care. There are a number of new prescription treatment options that are safe and easy to use. There's no scientific evidence that home remedies are effective treatments. Exclusion from school is not required.

PREVENTION: No sharing of personal items such as combs, sports head gear, brushes barrettes, hats, scarves, jackets, bedding and stuffed animals. Avoid head to head contact.

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Strep Throat

A common bacterial infection in children with symptoms that include: a fever that starts suddenly, red sore throat and swollen glands. Headache, stomach pain and vomiting may occur. Call and/or visit your health care provider if anyone in your home has symptoms. A doctor may do a lab test and give antibiotics. Keep child home until 24 hours after antibiotic treatment.

PREVENTION: Cover nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. Do not share drink containers.

Wash hands, Wash hands, Wash hands.

Ms. Woyno's Class Participated in an Hour of Code!

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Geography Bee Held at Lowell

In December and January, Preliminary Rounds for the National Geographic Bee contest were conducted in each of the Fourth and Fifth Grade classrooms. All students participated in seven rounds of questions and eight students went on to represent their classrooms in the school wide competition. Congratulations to all those students who reached the final school competition! Terrance McCray and Tadiwanashe (Tadi) Chaparadza from Mr. Warmanen’s class; Kylie Zwak and Sam Allen from Mr. Erie’s class; Mace Brooks and Donye Bowman from Mrs. Holt’s class; Tyrone Roskoski and Makiah Guy from Mrs. Kass’s class. It took several rounds of questions and nearly an hour and a half, but school- wide winners were finally determined. The third place winner was Mace Brooks. The runner-up was Kylie Zwak. Our Geo-Bee school champion is Tadi Chaparadza. Tadi will have the opportunity to qualify for the state level competition with an online test. Congratulations to all of the participants! Great job!

Geography Bee Coordinator

Mrs. Upton

Enjoying Nature at Lowell

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Snowshoeing at Lowell!

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Music Sharing Time

February, 2017


(GRADES 2, 3, 4, AND 5)

Music Sharing has started in Mrs. Hanka’s music classes in grades 2, 3, 4, &

5, and students have the opportunity to share a musical talent either by

playing an instrument, singing, moving to music, sharing interesting facts

about a musical object/artifact, doing a musical report, creating a

composition, making an instrument, etc. (creative presentations are

encouraged). Students can perform or present in a solo, duet, trio (for grades

2 & 3), or up to a quartet (in grades 4 & 5). Because of our limited time

frame for each music class (30 minutes every 4 days) only one student or

group can share per class and only up to two minutes. Mrs. Hanka will write

down the student’s name a week or two in advance so that each student has a

chance to practice, ask their parent’s permission (if they’re bringing

something from home), and to get organized and become well-practiced.

Please make sure that instruments or musical objects/artifacts brought to

school are protected from the cold and packaged well to prevent damage or

breaking. Every student who shares receives a star toward a class prize, and

a grade. Students can use any instrument that is in the classroom – piano,

guitar, drums, etc. or they may bring their own. Electronics can be used but

only if there is no set up time required (just a push of a button). This is a

great educational opportunity for music students to learn how to do a live

performance or presentation in front of a very supportive audience, develop

excellent audience etiquette during each sharing, and to support/encourage

their classmates. It’s also a very good time to learn more about instruments,

the voice, musical styles, music history & culture, and what “hidden talents”

their classmates have.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me at:

barbara.hanka@isd709.org. I always find it amazing how well students

perform, what their hidden talents are, where they’ve traveled to acquire a

unique musical instrument, and how well they do in their presentations about

musical objects, composers, songwriters, musical artists, and instruments! I

always look forward to Music Sharing Time in January – June!


Mrs. Hanka

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