Lowell Memo: Issue #11
November 17, 2017
Published by Lowell School & the Lowell PTA
Thanksgiving break begins after school on Friday, November 17. Classes resume on Monday, November 27.
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Lowell Health Office Highlights
Affordable Care Act
For those who need to renew their healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act, please remember that the open enrollment period goes from 11/1/2017 - 12/15/2017. This is a smaller window of time for renewal than in previous years. The site can be accessed online at: https://www.healthcare.gov/get-coverage/
As the cold and flu season approaches, remember to protect your health and your family’s health by:
Washing our hands frequently. It is an ideal time to review with your child the importance of handwashing, proper handwashing and when to wash their hands. Keeping hands away from your face also reduces the chance of illness.
Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water.
Getting an adequate amount of sleep.
Eating the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, which are high in vitamins.
Covering your mouth when coughing with either a disposable tissue or your sleeve.
Remember stress and fatigue can affect your body’s ability to fight infections.
The yearly flu immunization is recommended to keep you and those around you healthy.
Deciding when to keep your child home is not always an easy decision. When a child is truly sick, it is important they stay home in the care of an adult to get well and to limit the spread of germs at school. Below are some guidelines to help you decide when to keep your child home from school.
Skin rash from an unidentified cause that has not been evaluated by a physician. Please note that open sores should be covered until healed or evaluated by a physician.
Oral temperature of 100o F or greater. A student with such a fever should remain home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without the aid of fever-reducing medication.
Experiencing nausea, diarrhea, and/or vomiting. Students should remain home until symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
Complaining of severe, persistent pain.
Showing signs of an upper respiratory infection (cold symptoms) or any other illness serious enough to interfere with the student’s ability to learn.
Signs of conjunctivitis (“pink eye”) present with symptoms such as secretions from one or both eyes, itching, and crusts on eyelids.
Please call the attendance line (630-682-2086) to notify the school when your child is staying home. When reporting an absence, please indicate the reason for the absence. If due to illness or a communicable disease, please report symptoms including whether your child has a fever, cough, or sore throat or report the diagnosis.
If you are not sure whether to send your child to school, you may call the school nurse for consultation. If you’re still in doubt, call or visit your physician.
Injuries/RecessIf your child has an injury which keeps them out of PE class, please make sure to send the doctor’s note to the Health Office. Be aware that if your child is not able to participate in PE class, they are also unable to participate in recess.
We thank you for not double parking on Illinois, in the car line, and in the surrounding neighborhood during arrival and dismissal to keep the children safe. We also thank all families for crossing Illinois Street at the corner. Safety for the children is our top priority!
Elementary Testing for the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE) for Grades 2-5
For the 2018-2019 School Year, please note that all Second Graders will be screened for PACE in February 2018 using the Cognitive Abilities Test. More information will follow in December 2017. Parents of second graders who are eligible for further PACE testing based on the Cognitive Abilities Test and/or local assessments will be notified at the end of February.
Testing will qualify students for the following 2018-2019 classes:
- 3rd Grade PACE Mathematics
- 3rd Grade PACE Reading
In March 2018, the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Students in Grades 3-5 may be recommended for testing by their Teacher and/or Parent. The deadline for a Parent to request PACE Testing is Friday, January 12, 2018.
This testing, which will include the CogAT 7 and subtests from the Iowa Assessments, will qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2018-2019 classes:
- 4th and 5th grade PACE Mathematics
- 4th and 5th grade PACE Reading
- 6th grade Fast Paced Mathematics
- 6th grade Fast Paced Language Arts
Please Note – Students currently in PACE Program Classes do not need to re-test for 2018-2019
Students currently attending a private school and/or home schooled, but reside in the
District 200 Attendance Area, are also eligible for PACE Program Testing.
Testing will take place at each elementary school around the first or second week of March, and will be scheduled around mandatory PARCC testing. Parents who register their students by the Friday, January 12, 2018 deadline will be notified by mail about specific testing dates & times prior to testing.
Parent Testing Referral Forms can be found on the District 200 website www.cusd200.org under Departments > Student Learning > Gifted Education > Parent Referral Forms
Please contact the District 200 PACE Office at (630) 682-2024 or email PACE@cusd200.org with any questions
Lowell Traffic Patterns & Pets
New to Lowell or need a refresher on the traffic patterns? Click here for a map and reminders. As a reminder, all vehicle traffic will be on Willow Street. Children who walk to school may enter on President Street, through the main entrance on Illinois Street or the Sun Porch entrance off of the field on the west side of the school.
We also ask that you not bring pets on school property before school, after school or to events during the school day. While many of us have loving pets that are truly family members, we do have students and adults with fears and allergies. Likewise, we have also witnessed calm family pets react unpredictably when startled, even with other pets or people they know. We thank you for your understanding of this.
Thank you for helping us in our top priority of keeping your children safe!
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