December Newsletter

December 1, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Families-

The staff and I at Lowell wanted to let you know that our hearts are with you during this difficult time. As your family continues processing the events that took place recently in Waukesha, we wanted to remind you that we are here for you. Here is a brief resource with tips for talking to your children after a traumatic event. Please be mindful of your child's exposure to media and adult conversations surrounding the event. Keep us updated on any support your students may need from us. Also, feel free to reach out to any of us if you are in need of additional resources at this time.

I wish you a restful winter break and hope that you enjoy this time with your child/ren. We all have much to be grateful for.

Happy Holidays-

Laurie Pogorzelski

Principal

Update from the Healthroom

The Health Room is in need of boys’ and girls’ pants and underwear (sizes 4 through 12). We have depleted our supply. With winter upon us, accidents happen, clothing gets wet and clean, dry clothing is needed. If your child needs a change of clothes we are happy to help. If possible we ask that you then wash and return those clothes to school, so we have enough clothing on hand for other students who may be in need. Another way to help is having a spare change of clothes in backpacks. I found that a pair of pants, T-shirt, socks & underwear fit in a plastic Ziploc type bag. That way they don’t get wet if water bottles leak or backpacks are set on wet floors. Thank you for your help ~

Specialist Updates

PhyEd Newsletter - P.E. Post - December

Music Newsletter - https://www.smore.com/0tcyh

Art Newsletter - https://www.smore.com/6p1fq

PTO Update


We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. Our hearts and thoughts continue to go out to all those who were at the parade. Thank you Mrs. Zagorski for the beautiful coloring page you created, I did attach it as well for you to print at home.


We have a couple updates and reminders for you this month. Some of the big things being the Gift Card Sale, Scholastic Book Fair and Cookies with Santa. Plus a reminder for Culver's Night and our Monthly PTO meeting.


We are selling Culver's and KwikTrip Gift Cards again! All the proceeds we get from this sale will go to the Waukesha Parade Victims Fund. This is such a great way to help our community and to "hopefully" let you finish getting any last minute holiday gifts. The flier and order form are attached for that as well. We do have extra order sheets available in the Main Office. We did send home orders forms for you this week. Unfortunately due to school being closed all week last week, I couldn't get you all paper copies before Thanksgiving. Please have all orders in by December 7th. I will put the cards in your child's backpack the week of the 12/13.


Please see the information below for the dates and times that the book fair will be open. The book fair will be located in the Maker Space next to the library. Students will have time during lunch hours to go and explore. Parents, families, friends are more than welcome to come during the after school hours. We still need volunteers to help during this event and for the Cookies with Santa!!!!!!!!!!!! Here is the link to sign up:



https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0445A5A92BA5FA7-winter3

Or search: lowellpto.wi@gmail.com on sign up genius



Cookies with Santa is going to be held on December 9th, from 6-8pm in the library; Please note that you will be able to browse the book fair during this time too. Please enter through Door 8 and follow the stairs up to the library. We'll have picture opportunities with Santa! If you want to take pictures with Santa, we ask for $2.00. We will also have another backdrop available for photo opportunities that will be free as well. Please bring your own camera :). You can purchase a set of 3 cookies to decorate for $2.00 ea. I've included a copy of the pre-order form, please return by 12/7. We want to get an idea of how many cookies to make!


A reminder that Culver's night is on Tuesday December 14th, from 5-8pm! As long as the ground isn't frozen or iced over, I will put up the signs to help remind you.


We do have a PTO meeting this month on the 21st at 6:30 pm in the library. An email will be sent closer to the meeting with the agenda and minutes. We will keep it short!! Primarily to touch base on fundraising, book fair and see what needs to be done for the dance in January! We absolutely cannot wait for that dance! Please let us know if you'd like to volunteer on the committee. More details to follow at a later date :)


With gratitude and warmest wishes,


Vicki Smith



Lowell Elementary PTO President

lowellpto.wi@gmail.com

More Info on the Book Fair & Cookies with Santa

Join us for the bookfair! Located on the main floor in the Maker Space

Bookfair hours:

Monday 12/06: 11:20-1:00, 3:30-4:30

Tuesday 12/07: 8:00-9:00, 3:30 - 5:00

Wednesday 12/08: 8:00-9:00, 11:20-1:00 & 3:30-4:30

Thursday 12/09: 8:00 - 9:00, 3:30 - 8:00

Friday 12/10: 8:00 - 9:00, 11:00-1:00


Cookies with Santa Event

Thursday December 9th 6:00-8:00 In the Library - enter through door 8 and go up the stairs

Bring the family to Lowell on Thursday December 9th to decorate cookies ($2 for 3 cookies) and take pictures with Santa ($2 per family).

Please bring your own camera or device for pictures, we will have helpers there to take pictures of the whole family if desired!

'Tis the Season of Giving

It's never too early to teach your children the value of empathy, volunteering, and charitable giving. In an effort to foster this process, we will once again be holding a Holiday Food Drive/Humane Society & Rescue Donation Event this month.

During the month of December, if you are able, please consider involving your child in purchasing items for the Waukesha Food Pantry or for HAWS/Local Animal Rescue. You may want to engage your son/daughter in household chores to earn money for the items, and then shop together.

All classrooms will have bins for the items collected.


Most Commonly Needed Food Items


  • Shelf stable fruits, canned in water or its own Juice.
  • Whole grain cereals.
  • Boxed meal kits.
  • Ready to eat soups with meat.
  • Canned pasta with meat.
  • Shelf stable milk alternatives. Such as Soy or Almond Milk.
  • Shelf stable proteins. tuna, chicken, ham, tofu.
  • 100% fruit juice


Animal Donation Suggestions:


  • Plush toys
  • Plastic/rubber squeaky toys
  • Non-rawhide bones
  • Cat/dog treats
  • Cat/dog collars
  • Dry/Canned food


Thank you!

Important Dates


December/January Dates To Remember

Dec. 3rd-22nd-FOOD DRIVE & ANIMAL ITEMS DONATION

Dec.6th-10th-BOOK FAIR (see above for times)

Dec. 9th-Books & Cookies with Santa 6-8pm

Dec. 14th-Culvers Night

Dec. 21st-PTO Meeting 6:30pm

Dec. 23-Dec. 31st-NO SCHOOL HOLIDAY RECESS

Jan. 3rd-Back To School

Spirit Days in December

Please have your children join us in the "12 Days of Joy", preceding our winter break.

The theme days are as follows:

Dec. 3 - "Jersey's for Jackson" - Wear a baseball/sport jersey.

Dec. 7 - Holiday Vacation - Wear your vacation apparel.

Dec. 8 - Hunt for the perfect tree. Wear orange or camo.

Dec. 9 - Winter Wonderland - Wear white.

Dec. 10 - Grinch Day - Wear green.

Dec. 13 - Mad about plaid - Wear flannel or plaid.

Dec. 14 - "Light up" your day - Wear a holiday accessory.

Dec. 15 - Long winter's nap - Wear pj's.

Dec. 16 - Holiday sweater day

Dec. 17 - Wear red and green

Dec. 20 - "Rockin' around the tree" - Dress like your favorite music star.

Dec. 21 - New Year's Eve attire - Dress fancy.

Dec. 22 - "Baby it's cold outside" - Wear comfy, warm clothes.

Home Visit Team

Parent Teacher Home Visits

This year Lowell launched a pilot program called Parent Teacher Home Visits! We had a group of 10 teachers conduct 13 home visits. During these visits they got to (virtually) visit a student's home and talk with families about their hopes and dreams for their students. Here is what some parents had to say:


I think it’s a cool idea for teachers to visit homes. I think it gives them a better idea of where the child is coming from and if there is anything else the teacher could be doing to help the child succeed.
(4K Parent)


We really enjoyed the home visit. It was great for us to meet you but mostly we think it was great for [our child] to meet you in an environment that he is comfortable and familiar with. School is exciting but scary for a 4 year old. This allowed him to meet you and develop an initial relationship with you that helped him adjust faster to school. Now he just thinks you are the best!
(4K Parent)


To learn more about the Parent Teacher Home Visit Program, visit http://www.pthvp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/PTHV-digital.pdf