Washington Update

Family Communicator - Issue #6 - 9/27/21-10/1/21

The Week Ahead

Monday, September 27, 2021


Tuesday, September 28, 2021


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Thursday, September 30, 2021


Friday, October 1, 2021

COVID INDOOR LUNCH ADJUSTMENTS

We have made some adjustments to our indoor lunch schedule to try to keep everyone safe. We will have only one grade level in the cafeteria at a time. This will avoid us having to identify close contacts due to eating lunch. Through the month of October, we will still try to eat outdoors as much as possible. To this date, we have only been inside for lunch three times this school year.


If weather forces us to eat indoors (Until October 29th):


  • Grades 1, 3, and kindergarten will eat in the cafeteria. Students in CSA with inclusion time for lunch will also eat in the cafeteria.
  • All other classes will eat in their classrooms.


At the end of October, we will switch this up to give other grades an opportunity to eat in the cafeteria.

School Site Council

We need 2 or 3 additional school site council members for our school. The School Site Council is dedicated to helping the school with curriculum and budgeting. We build priorities based on data and then use the data to improve learning. We then make sure the money follows our goals. School Site Council members have helped us get Clear Touch Boards for every class, identify our long-term STEM focus, and budget for a full-time social worker. If you were ever interested in local politics, this is a great way to learn more about the schools. The time commitment is not significant. We meet about 6-8 times per year on Zoom. Our first meeting is scheduled for October 18th. Please consider helping. Please email me directly so I can answer questions. jmccrevan@lowell.k12.ma.us

COVID-19 Testing - You MUST SIGN UP EACH YEAR

We had no positive cases again in our second week of in-school pool testing. This is good news, but we need more samples. Pool testing is every week and families can sign children up using g this link. Pool Testing Sign-Up


There is a significant amount of prep work to make sure the testing is accurate. Pools are made on Fridays for the following week. If you sign-up after Monday, your child may be delayed a week when starting testing. Our second pool will have 54 samples.

21st Century After School Program

We did it! We applied and received a three-year grant to start an after-school program. Here is the most important information.


  • It will start in Mid-October.
  • The program will run two days a week until about 5 pm.
  • Students will go either Monday + Wednesday or Tuesday + Thursday. We haven't determined these days yet for students.
  • Dinner will be provided for free.
  • Buses will be available for some students. The distance away from school has not been determined yet.
  • All instructors will be Washington staff.
  • Masks are still required.
  • Activities will be fun and combine science, physical activity, and writing.
  • Sign-ups will be sent home within the next few weeks for interested families.

Big picture

Washington School Staff

Grade 4 - Mrs. Avelino - Room 212

Grade 4 - Ms. Trull - Room 211

Grade 3 - Mrs. Parisi - Room 201

Grade 3 - Mrs. Hogan - Room 202

Grade 2 Mrs. Burns - Room 106

Grade 2 - Mrs. McCoy - Room 102

Grade 1 - Mrs. Brady - Room 112

Grade 1 - Ms. Bonin - Room 111

Kindergarten - Mrs. Desheneaux - Room 108

Kindergarten - Mrs. Cahill - Room 101

Pre-Kindergarten - Mrs. Quirbach - Room 114

Special Education

Allied Arts Team

General Information

How can I update my contact information (phone number/email/address)?

Go online to the Family Resource Webpage (https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/UpdateContactInfo) and fill out the “contact us” form. Families who don’t have access to the internet can fill out the form in person at the Family Resource Center. If an address change is related to economic factors or housing instability (family moves in with relatives, eviction, hotel/motel, fire or unsheltered, please contact the McKinney Vento Office located at the Family Resource Center in person (151 Merrimack Street), by phone (978-674-4321) or go to the webpage at https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/HomelessAssistance.


How do I update my emergency contacts?

If you were in the school last year we will send a verification sheet out. if you are new we will send home an emergency form to fill out on the first day of school.


What should I do if my child needs a Chromebook or if my child’s Chromebook needs repairs?

Families should contact their school to coordinate the issuing of a new Chromebook or to schedule repairs. After the school year begins, the district will resume its “tech tent” services and will inform families via email, text, and phone once the services resume.


How do I register my child for the new school year?

All school registrations are completed online using a computer or laptop. You can access the online application by going to https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/SchoolRegistration. If you only have a mobile device and don’t have access to a computer or laptop, you can register in person at the Family Resource Center (151 Merrimack Street). Please call the Family Resource Center if you have any questions (978-674-4321).


What should I do if I need to register my child(ren) and I don’t speak English?

The Lowell Public Schools is committed to providing translation and interpretation services for families who require assistance in a language other than English. The online registration application and website is translated in Spanish and Portuguese and can be accessed by going to https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/SchoolRegistration. For all other languages, please call Vannak Khin at (978) 328-6782 to arrange services. In-person language interpretation support for registration can be accessed by visiting the Lowell Public Schools at 151 Merrimack Street. Families can also call the Family Resource Center at (978) 674-4321 to make an appointment with a Bilingual Family Liaison.


How old does my child need to be to enroll in preschool or kindergarten?

A child must turn 4 years old on or before September 1, 2021, in order to apply for preschool and 5 by September 1 to apply for kindergarten. A family can apply for preschool by going to https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/PreschoolRegistration to fill out an online application or https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/KindergartenRegistration for kindergarten. For registration questions, please call (978) 674-4321.


How do I apply for a transfer for my child to change schools in the new year?

Per the 2021-22 School Assignment Policy, all students have the option to request one school transfer per year. Families can apply online by going to https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/SchoolTransfer or can come to the Family Resource Center in-person to complete the application. Transfers are assigned on a space availability basis.