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McAvinnue's Weekly Newsletter: Week Of June 7th
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Hello McAvinnue Community!
I hope that everyone is having a great weekend...and doing their best to remain as cool as possible. We only have one more full week of school remaining until Summer Break....7 1/2 more days of learning for our students!
We are putting the finishing touches on this school year...and still have many things to complete prior to the last day of school on Wednesday, June 16th. Report cards are currently being completed by your child's teacher...and you can expect them to come home with your child if they are an in-person learner. If your child is a remote learner, we will mail your child's report card home. In most cases, we will include your child's teacher for the 2021-2022 academic school year in the comment section of the report card. If your child's teacher doesn't include this information on the report card, they will reach out to you directly with this information on the last day of school.
Please continue to remain engaged in your child's learning over the next 7 1/2 days. We have many events and activities planned...and we don't want you to miss out on an opportunity to end this crazy school year in FULL McAvinnue style!
Finally, the weather looks to be extremely warm on Monday and Tuesday. Please have your child wear light clothing to school on both days. Also, we will have plenty of water to keep everyone hydrated and as cool as possible. For more information about the "Heat Advisory" on both of these days, please see the letter below from Dr. Boyd.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Main Office at McAvinnue or send Mr. Domina a message a email@example.com.
Heat Advisory - Monday, June 7th & Tuesday, June 8th
"Dear Lowell Public Schools Families,
As we head into the final stretch of the school year, it appears that summer weather is already upon us. In monitoring the weather forecasts for the upcoming week, we are anticipating a very high heat index for Monday and Tuesday (June 7-8). As a result, we are taking proactive measures to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students.
Our facilities department will be monitoring buildings over the weekend to determine whether any changes need to be made to school schedules on Monday. This includes ensuring buildings are within the temperature guidelines allowed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. At this point we are anticipating a regular school day on Monday and will continue to keep you updated as we assess the temperatures within and outside of school buildings.
If it is determined that schools need to be closed for a full or partial day, we will inform you of changes the night before using our connect-ed communication system which includes email, phone messages and text communication, in addition to postings on the district’s social media and website.
To ensure the comfort and well-being of our students during this heat wave, there are several steps being taken to ensure their safety. Extra water will be provided and available at each school site as well as additional mask breaks for students. Nurses and staff will continue to watch for any signs of heat fatigue or dehydration.
We ask for families to partner with us to help keep our students safe by ensuring your children come to school dressed in lightweight and loose fitting clothing and wear sunscreen as needed.
The safety of our students remains our top priority. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s school if you have any questions regarding the steps being taken to ensure all of our children remain safe during the anticipated heatwave. As always, thank you for your continued partnership and support.
Joel D. Boyd
Superintendent of Schools"
Here are important dates to remember over the next month of school:
- Tuesday, June 8th: Grade 4 Wang Middle School Visit & Tour - In-Person Students
- Wednesday, June 9th: McAvinnue's "Paw"tastic Day
- Thursday, June 11th: Grade 4 Wang Middle School Visit & Tour - Remote Students
- Monday, June 14th: McAvinnue's Grade 4 Graduation Celebration
- Wednesday, June 16th: Last Day Of School (Early Release Day)
- Wednesday, June 16th: Report Card Distribution (In-Person & Remote Students)
Medication Pick-Up Deadline: Wednesday, June 16th
All medication must be picked up in the Nurse Robin's Office by Wednesday, June 16th at 1:30 PM. When you come to pick-up medication that is used by your child, parents or guardians may also pick up medication orders and consent forms for next year from me.
If needed, Nurse Robin can also email the paperwork to any parent or guardian that reaches out to her directly.
If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Robin by calling (978) 937-2871 Ext. 47858 or sending her a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Dates For Grade 4 Families
Here are some dates and events that Grade 4 families need to be aware of:
- Monday, June 7th - Kona Ice Truck Celebration
- Tuesday, June 8th - Wang Middle School Visit & Tour
- Thursday, June 10th - Wang Middle School "Virtual" Visit & Tour For Remote Students
- Monday, June 14th - McAvinnue's Grade 4 Graduation
We will be sharing more details for some of these event in the up and coming weeks. If you have any specific questions, please reach out to your child's Grade 4 teacher.
McAvinnue's ST Math "May Challenge" Winners
We have just completed McAvinnue's ST Math May Challenge...and our students had a ton of fun over the past month or so!
They needed to continue to work on ST Math and improve their progress by at least 10% on the completion of the grade level "Journey Objectives". These objectives are the specific math skills that students need to master in their grade level. ST Math has various lessons that need to be completed for each of the required "Journey Objectives".
Check out the "winners" and prizes the students will earn for their efforts! We had 127 students increase their completed "Journey Objectives" by least 10% or more. These students will receive a personalized ST Math certificate and Jiji sticker. We will also hold a raffle for each grade level to see who will get one of McAvinnue's ST Math t-shirts and water bottles.
We will announce winning students on Monday's edition of McAvinnue's "Virtual" Morning Announcements.
"Building A Strong Community" - Parent Training Opportunity
Mrs. De La Luz, McAvinnue's Social Worker, will host a parent training opportunity that focuses on discussing racism with your child. With all of the recent events that have occured over the past year, this is the perfect time to engage your child in a healthy and productive discussion. The training session that will provide you with helpful tips and suggestions that you can use to guide this important conversation with your child.
This training session will be offered in both English and Spanish on the following dates below.
- Tuesday, June 8th @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: English Parent Session
- Wednesday, June 9th @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Spanish Parent Session
To register for the training session, use the link below.
You can access the parent training sessions using the link below.
LPS "Connector" Newsletter
We are excited to share with you the next installment of the monthly district-wide community newsletter - the LPS Connector.
The May issue includes a recognition of LPS staff, the latest COVID-19 updates, highlights of some of the great work happening at our individual schools, as well as more information about summer learning programs, kindergarten registration, and the three-part series we are holding to help us learn, listen and take action against all forms of racism and discrimination within our community.
Click on the following link to read this month’s issue of the LPS Connector: https://www.smore.com/dg6z1-lps-connector
We hope you enjoy the articles we have prepared for you in this month’s newsletter. We welcome your feedback and suggestions on topics of interest to you, as our goal is to keep you informed and connected to the great and timely happenings across our district.
LPS "Family Matters" Newsletter
This month they have information on summer programs, information on work permits for our young people who will be working this summer, information from our McKinney-Vento team for our families who are facing housing insecurity, and "meet the staff" features so families can get to know the staff in the Central Office who are here to serve families.
New Student Registration Information
Registration is now open for all students new to the district in Grades K-12.
There are three ways families may register:
- Registration via Computer (recommended): Click on this link. This will take you to the Aspen registration portal. You will need to create an account with Aspen before entering your child’s information. For help with creating an account, click here. Please note that this option is only compatible with a desktop or laptop.
- Registration In-Person: Come into the Family Resource Center, located at 151 Merrimack Street, to use a computer and fill out the form. The Family Resource Center is open Monday through Friday from 7am until 4pm each day. Please note that the last walk-in registration can be started at 3:40pm. However, after-hours appointments will be available if scheduled in advance. In order to minimize wait time for in-person registrants, we encourage you to call 978-674-4321 to schedule an appointment since the office is limited to 21 guests due to social distancing guidelines.
- Registration for Mobile Devices: Email email@example.com to request an online registration form that is compatible with mobile devices like a phone or tablet. Families can also call 978-674-4321 to discuss any need for support or accommodations.
Family Resource is now accepting requests for transfers for next school year. Families may call 978-674-4321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make their request. The deadline for requests is May 21st.
LPSD Pooled Testing Information & Consent Form
We are continuing to offer voluntary free weekly COVID-19 testing. This testing will lower the risk of spread of COVID-19 by helping to identify those positive cases in people who do not show any symptoms of COVID-19. Testing will be conducted on Wednesday each week.
We hope that you will participate by signing a consent form for your child. The more students and faculty who participate, the safer our schools will be!
We have created an easy to use newsletter that contains the following information:
- What is the COVID-19 testing program?
- How can my student participate in the program?
- Online consent form translated in multiple languages
- How does it work?
If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Robin at email@example.com, The Family Resource Center at (978) 674-432 or The Equity and Engagement Office at (978) 674-4326.
You can access the Pooled Testing newsletter using the link below that includes the online consent form.
Change Of Address Form
McAvinnue's "Virtual" Morning Announcements
Missed McAvinnue's "Virtual" Morning Announcements? You can watch the videos on the McAvinnue's Learner's Google Site and on McAvinnue's YouTube page. Links can be found below for each.
These announcements bring the in-person and remote students together in the usual way we launch each day of school with some important information...while having some fun!
Google Learner's Site:
McAvinnue's Week In Review!
"Good News" in Rooms 206 & 207!
Kindergarten students took their learning outside with this cool Science activity to observe worms in their nature habitat. Check out the pictures below and what you can do to try this cool activity at home!
"Wacky News" in Room 302!
Grade 3 students recently had some fun on by having a "Wacky Glasses Day"! The students were really excited and this was a nice way to take a break from MCAS testing!
"Crazy News" in Rooms 202 & 203!
Grade 1 students enjoyed "Wacky Wednesday" this past week. Check out all of the super wacky and crazy outfits the students and teachers worn to school!
"Good News" in Rooms 206 & 207!
"Wacky News" in Room 302!
"Fun News" in Room 103
Grade 2 students recently took a nature walk where they had to find at least 5 different types of flowers, leaves, plants, etc. After the nature walk, they took the objects the found and completed a rub on paper and then created an amazing collage.
Online Emergency Contact Form
Due to the uncertainty of this school year and limiting access to the building, we have created an online emergency form for you to complete below. Using the same form, we have provided information in both English and Spanish for your convenience.
You can complete this form or complete a paper copy that we have used in previous school years. This form will be sent home with those students that will be at McAvinnue for in-person learning. However, the paper copy of the emergency form can also be picked up at McAvinnue for those families who will be working remotely to start the school year.
PLEASE COMPLETE ONE FOR EACH CHILD ENROLLED AT MCAVINNUE!
If you could like a paper copy of the emergency form, please contact Ms. Nancy in the Main Office and she will set you up with what you need to complete.
If you have changed any numbers or have new primary care providers that you would like to add, please complete the form below or reach out to us with this new information. It's important to do this as we start to return to students to in-person learning for the second half for this school year.
Remote Daily Meal Service: Spring 2021
- Students will receive two breakfasts and two lunches on Mondays and Wednesdays at these sites.
- Students will also receive meals for the weekend days on Fridays at all of our meal sites.
- All LPS students are eligible for meal service. All meals are free of cost. No student ID is required and students don’t have to be present to pick up a meal. A parent or neighbor can pick up the student’s meal.
- Meals will be served outside in a grab and go format at the front or back of the school, depending on the location.
- Please remember to wear a mask or face covering and follow social distancing protocols when visiting the meal sites.
Any updates to the remote learning meal service schedule will be posted here:
LPS and Aramark are committed to the safe reopening of schools. Click to learn more about the changes they have made for safety with food service at school and for remote learners.
McAvinnue's Yoga Pose Of The Week: "Flying Bird Breath"
We are bringing back another classic yoga pose this week called the "Fly Bird Breath". This pose will allow us to remain calm while maintaining focus and finding our center through this graceful mindfulness technique! We will practice the "Flying Bird Breath" pose daily during our "Virtual" Morning Announcements during this up and coming week. You can get an early head start and practice this technique before we launch into another exciting week!
WE'VE GOT TECH SUPPORT FOR YOU!
McAvinnue's Virtual & In-Person Learning And Information Spot For Students
Click The Button Below To Access The Site
Lowell Public School District Tech Support - Week Of June 7th
The LPSD IT Team will continue have a "Technology Tent" set-up at the following locations during the times listed below this up and coming week. No appointment is necessary and you can pick which location works best for you.
- Tuesday, June 8th @ 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM at the Butler Middle School (1140 Gorham St. - side door to the right of the main entrance)
- Thursday, June 10th @ 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM at the Stoklosa Middle School (560 Broadway St. - side door facing parking lot)
Bring the charger for the device that you need support with.
You can also contact the Help Desk at (978) 674-2024 for assistance.
HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES
COVID-19 Data & Guidelines
Here is the most recent health data for Lowell released this past week. COVID-19 cases continue to occur in Lowell, with 103 new cases (decrease) reported in the city over the past 14 days. Lowell has a COVID-19 average daily incident rate of 6.3 (decrease) and a percent positivity rate of 2.02% (decrease) as of Thursday, June 3rd.
COVID-19 Vaccine Local Opportunities
5/29 UPDATED: Massachusetts Mask Order
Effective May 29, 2021, face coverings will continue to be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals at all times in the following locations, subject to the exemptions listed below:
- On Public and Private Transportation, including on the MBTA, commuter rail, buses, ferries, and airplanes, and while in rideshares (Uber and Lyft), taxis, and livery vehicles, as required by the Centers for Disease Control January 29, 2021 Order. Face coverings are also required at all times in transportation hubs, including train stations, bus stops, and airports. The requirement applies to riders and workers.
- Inside K-12 public schools, collaboratives, approved special education schools and as otherwise required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The requirement applies to students, teachers, and staff.
- Inside Childcare Programs licensed or authorized by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and as otherwise required by EEC or the Department of Public Health (DPH). This requirement applies to students, teachers, and staff.
- In Health Care Facilities and Provider Offices, defined as healthcare facilities or providers licensed or operated by the Commonwealth including nursing homes, rest homes, emergency medical services, hospitals, doctor’s office, urgent care settings, community health centers, vaccination sites, behavioral health clinics, and Bureau of Substance and Addiction Services (BSAS) facilities. This requirement applies to patients and staff.
- In Congregate Care Settings, defined as congregate care facilities or programs operated, licensed, certified, regulated, or funded by the Commonwealth including: assisted living facilities, group homes, houses of correction, Department of Correction prisons, jails, residential treatment programs, and facilities operated, licensed, certified, regulated, authorized, or funded by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Department of Youth Services (DYS), the Department of Mental Health (DMH), the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), the Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS), the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC). Additionally, the face coverings requirement applies to emergency shelter programs, including individual and family homeless shelters, domestic violence and sexual assault shelters, veterans’ shelters, and shelters funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The face coverings requirement also applies in approved private special education schools, which offer residential services and are approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). This requirement applies to clients and staff.
- In Health Care and Rehabilitative Day Services and Programs, defined as programs or services operated, licensed, certified, regulated, or funded by the Commonwealth and authorized under the aegis of the Executive Office of Health & Human Services or one of its agencies. These programs and services include: adult day health, day habilitation, Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), psychosocial rehabilitation club houses, brain injury centers and clubhouses, day treatment, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs, recovery support centers and center-based day support programs. This requirement applies to staff and consumers.
- Care in the Community: Community and home-based care settings where health care and home care workers including Personal Care Attendants (PCA), Home Health Aides, and Home Care Workers providing patient-facing care. The face coverings requirement applies to both the worker and patient when care is being provided.
The following persons are exempt from the face coverings requirement:
- Children 5 years of age and younger.
- Persons for whom a face mask or covering creates a health risk or is not safe because of any of the following conditions or circumstances:
- the face mask or covering affects the person’s ability to breathe safely;
- the person has a mental health or other medical diagnosis that advises against wearing a face mask or covering;
- the person has a disability that prevents them from wearing a face mask or covering; or
- the person depends on supplemental oxygen to breathe.
FAMILY INFORMATION & RESOURCES
Summer Reading Program - Pollard Memorial Library
Join Ms. Molly at the Pollard Memorial Library and learn about what we have planned for children this summer. Here are the links to our reading program and activities.
Online reading program link -https://lowelllibrary.beanstack.org/reader365
Sign up for activities - https://lowelllibrary.org/events
And you can always stop by the Children's Desk for help or call them at 978-674-1529.
"10 DIY Outdoor & Backyard Games"
Looking for some easy outdoor and backyard activities to do with your kids?
Here are 10 "Do It Yourself" activities that you can try with your family over the up and coming summer months. Check out the video below.....the activities are really cool and things that you can do using some common household materials.
The program will be in-person this year following social distancing and mask wearing guidelines. Students will be provided with lunch. It is open to all McAvinnue 4th Grade students.
Check out the pictures below for more information and click the button to sign-up. There are still 40 slots available.
This program has been expanded and will now serve students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6.
For more information or questions you may have, please email Mr. Stahl at firstname.lastname@example.org. for support and clarification.
Summer Opportunities In Lowell
Download the list below to see all of the great summer opportunities available to our kids and families!
The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank will be at the STEM Academy (43 Highland Street) will take place from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. You can begin to line up starting at 1:30 PM.
The next food pantry is Tuesday, June 8th. Other dates for this school year are listed on the flyer.
This food pantry is a drive-up distribution of assorted foods for all Lowell Public School students and their families. All food bank clients are required to wear a mask to ensure the safety of our volunteers as well as other clients and community members. Please bring reusable grocery bags, baskets, or a cart to carry your food.
Please see the flyer below for more details.
Additional Food Pantry Opportunities
You can also contact Mrs. De La Luz directly for support at email@example.com
Community Connections & Opportunities
Community Resources & Daycare Options for Families
Here is a list of daycare options in Lowell:
Community Team Work (CTI) (978) 454-5100
Families who are already enrolled in a CTI program...
Call or text school-age coordinators to request a slot
CTI will have full and half day slots for CTI kids
Families who are not enrolled in a CTI program
If you’ve filled out a CTI application in the past...
Contact Karen (978) 729-7216, firstname.lastname@example.org to see if where you are on the waitlist
If you’ve never filled out a CTI application...
Fill out an application at 17 Kirk St., 126 Phoenix Ave
Or call the main CTI number (978) 454-5100 to request an email version of the application.
YWCA: (978) 454-5405 or (978) 458-9983; 41 Rock St in Lowell
The YWCA is offering full-day remote slots for families who are working with the Department of Children and Families (DCF)
Call your DCF worker and/or the YWCA to request a slot
YMCA: (978) 454-7825; 1 YMCA Dr in Lowell
Karen Espinola is the school-age director
Fill out a application online or at the YMCA to request a slot
Debbie Doben is the preschool director if your child is preschool age
Family Childcare: Call programs to see if they have openings near you
Bethel Family Childcare (978) 458-6577
Clarendon Family Childcare (978) 454-3026
Child Development and Learning (CDE) (978) 275-2843
ACRE Family Childcare (978) 937-5899
CTI: See above contact information
Girls Inc: (978) 458-6529, 220; Worthen St. in Lowell
Accept girls ages 5-14 years old
Accept Child Care Circuit vouchers, DCF vouchers, and private pay (income-based, sliding scale)
Call Pam Lerocque (Director of Finance & Administration) to check on openings
Girls Inc. has full and part-day options, but no transportation
Boys and GIrls Club: (978) 458-4526; 657 Middlesex St in Lowell
School-age openings for after-school only
Teens who are working with the Department of Children and Families can call BGC or DCF to see if they’re eligible
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