Lowell Memo: Issue #4

September 19, 2014

Published by Lowell School & the Lowell PTA

September 25th is the Lowell Run-A-Thon, Lowell's main fundraiser!!

Run-A-Thon is Lowell's main fundraiser which supports many of the PTA programs that our children love and enjoy. Our goal is to have this one fundraiser be so outrageously successful that we do not have to ask our children to sell wrapping paper, Butter Braid, magazines, Mixed Bags, coupon books or any other products the rest of this year!!

The success of Run-A-Thon benefits all children at Lowell, so please give generously and ask family, friends and neighbors for their support as well. Let's make it our most successful year ever!

Volunteers are still needed and if people are available 9:15-12:15, please contact Julie Zinkus at flexiblefit@gmail.com or 630-248-5100.

Wednesday, September 24 is a Lowell Spirit Day!! Wear blue or Lowell gear!

Cook's Night Out at Chipotle & Yogurtland: Grab dinner, set a record, & support Lowell!

Wednesday, Sep. 24th, 4-8pm

695 Roosevelt Rd

Glen Ellyn, IL

Next week is our first Cook's Night Out, and we're primed for a wonderful event! Wear your spirit wear or school colors, as it is spirit a spirit day at school, too! Be sure to bring the flyer and tell the cashier you are from Lowell! You can even pull the flyer up on your phone. Gift card purchases count, too! Again, be sure to tell them you are from Lowell.

Sign up and register for free raffle drawings when you arrive! Some amazing prizes are as follows:

  • Dunkin Donuts Gift Cards (4)
  • Learning Express (4) different toys
  • Moore Toys & Gadgets (2) (1 -toy & 1 -gift card) - new toy store in down town Wheaton
  • Mariano's - (1) $20 Gift Certificate for their Store
  • Fox Bowl (6) 4-packs of (2 games each) free bowling Gift Cert.
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes - (1) 10" Bundt Cake - Lowell School Colors
  • Carlson Paint and Art Supplies (1) Royal Drawing Set, valued at $49.95!
  • Graham's Chocolate - (1) $15.00 gift certificate

Also be sure to sign your children's names under the appropriate/coinciding classroom for highest classroom attendance. We'll arrange a special PE game for the class with the highest rate of attendance!

We are excited to get 50% back of all $$ spent there on food or gift cards (as long as they know we are from Lowell). Tell your neighbors and family to come in that night as well, stating they are there to support Lowell! Help us break our record of $1200 earned at Chipotle/Yogurtland Cook's Night Out!!

There is no school on Friday, September 26 due to Teacher Institute Day.

September PTA Principal Report

September 2014 PTA Report

The Lowell book fair is October 13th-17th!

If you would like to help with set-up, student wish lists, or sales please email Miss G. at amanda.grudzien@cusd200.org. She will send out more detailed information and a sign up at the end of this month. Thank you!
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News From the Health Office

The DuPage County Health Department will conduct vision and hearing screenings on Friday, October 3. Grades kindergarten through third will have hearing screenings. Kindergarten and second grades will have vision checked. Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Contact Chris Gilbertsen, School Nurse, with any questions or concerns.

Join Lowell Chess Club!

The Lowell PTA is sponsoring a chess Club. The first meeting of the Lowell Chess Team is Friday October 10th. We will meet on Fridays from October 10th 2014, 3:45-4:45 PM to end of March 2014 in the LLC. The team is for students in K - 5th grade. All levels of players from beginners to advanced are encouraged to attend. Participation in periodic weekend tournaments, including the state chess tournament will be OPTIONAL (extra fees required).

Dues of $75/family will be charged and includes professional instruction led by Chess Master Jim Egerton of Chess-Now (www.chess-now.com). To sign your child up for Lowell's Chess Team, contact Josephine Horn at (630) 653-8183 or Josephine.Horn@alcatel-lucent.com

The Green Corner

So many students signed up for the Lowell School Green Club this year (over 70 kids!!) that it had to be split into two sessions. How encouraging to have so many students committed to this cause! The fall session had its first meeting this week and spent some time exploring the school grounds in search of native plants and painting a rain barrel that will be used to water plants at Lowell. The rain barrel is the first step Lowell has taken toward earning a DuPage County Water Quality Flag, presented to organizations who have committed to education and action regarding water sustainability.

Save the Date!

The Lowell Jamboree will be held on Friday, February 27, 2014, from 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Jamboree is a carnival-themed fun fair for the whole family and is one of the most popular school events of the year. Come and join us for games, prizes, food, music, and friends!

Like last year, in an effort to cut costs and go green, Jamboree prizes will be sourced in part from donations. If you have any toys or trinkets that might make good prizes, please set them aside for the Jamboree; a collection box will be placed in the office as the date gets closer. Possibilities include new or gently-used pencils, bouncy balls, stickers, books, matchbox cars, figurines, Happy Meal toys, and party favors. Thank you!

Walk to School Day News from Mrs. Minser

Walk to School Day 2014 is October 8th, rain or shine! We'll have a pep rally 9:00am at Door #1 to promote daily walking and biking to school. Bring your family and friends for this energetic start to the day and be ready to do some pushups!

Top ten reasons to walk to school every day:

  1. Saves money by saving gas.
  2. Helps reduce air pollution
  3. Improves safety by reducing traffic before and after school.
  4. Increases overall physical activity throughout the day
  5. Helps children become familiar with their neighborhoods
  6. Allows children more time to be outside
  7. Gives children a sense of responsibility and independence
  8. Provides time to socialize with parents and friends
  9. It preps your brain for school in the morning and helps relax you after the school day
  10. Walking is great exercise! (But what if it rains? We’re from Chicago; we’re tough!)

Lowell Guidelines for Success

All Lowell students have been introduced to our guidelines for success! Learn more about them by asking your child AND at Curriculum Night

The Lowell Community Takes FLIGHT

  • Focus on Success

  • Love to Learn

  • Include Everyone

  • Give Respect

  • Honor Hard Work

  • Think it Through

We thank parents, students, & staff for sharing their voice in the creation of our guidelines for success and look forward to integrating them into our Lowell culture throughout the year.

Lowell Spirit Wear is available for order through today!

Check out the link below to order Lowell Spirit Wear. Hard copy flyers were also sent home. Orders are due on or before September 19th. Show your Lowell pride!!

Cleaning out clothes, shoes and winter gear?

We are now accepting donations of gently used clothes, shoes and winter gear to share with families in need in the local community.

Please contact our social worker if you have any questions at celeste.sorensen@cusd200.org. Thank you for your kindness and support!

PTA Reflections

Please see the link below for more information on the Reflections arts education program. This year's theme is "The World Would Be a Better Place If..." and pieces of art are due no later than October 30th for consideration.

2014-15 Important Dates

  • Picture Day: Tuesday, September 23
  • Cook's Night Out at Chipotle & Yogurtland: Wednesday, September 24
  • Runathon Fundraiser: Thursday, September 25
  • Institute Day: Friday, September 26
  • Walk to School Day: Wednesday, October 8
  • PTA Meeting: Thursday, October 9
  • Trivia Night: Saturday, November 8
  • Lowell Winter Concert: Thursday, December 18

Click here to visit the Lowell Web Calendar & stay informed of upcoming events throughout the year!

Free & Reduced Lunch Applications

Please be aware that free and reduced lunch applications were sent home. If you need financial assistance with lunch fees, please complete and return these forms to the office no later than Thursday, September 25th. These forms need to be completed each school year.

Wheaton-Warrenville Community Unit School District 200 Developmental Screening

Wheaton-Warrenville Community Unit School District 200 offers numerous free screenings throughout the school year for children birth through 5 years of age who are residents of District #200 but who are not yet eligible for kindergarten classes.

The purpose of this screening is to determine if the child’s development is on target with age expectations. A screening can be completed in two ways. First, parents can access the Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3 (ASQ-3) on the Jefferson Early Childhood website (http://www.cusd200.org/jefferson). Click on “Developmental Screening”. When that form is completed, the parent will be called with the results and any necessary follow-up can be discussed. Another way that parents can access a screening is to call (630) 682-2109 and request a paper copy of the ASQ-3. If it is determined that a face-to-face screening is required, children come in to Jefferson Early Childhood Center for approximately one hour to be screened in the areas of speech, language, hearing, vision, motor skills, play skills and conceptual skills. These screenings are not designed to determine if a child is ready for kindergarten. Parents with questions regarding kindergarten readiness are encouraged to contact the elementary school that their child will attend.

Face-to-face screenings are by appointment only and are scheduled on various Mondays throughout the year. Since appointments book up quickly, we encourage you to initiate the developmental screening process sooner rather than later.

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New 200 Foundation Updates

Click the link below to read updates from the New 200 Foundation!

Lowell Eagles Learn: Our School Blog

Please view our school blog & consider sharing your own story of learning about Lowell or encouraging your child to write a post! We welcome stories from students, parents, staff, special guests, and community members. You can find our blog at lowelleagleslearn.blogspot.com or linked below! Please send posts to kathleen.melton@cusd200.org at any time or make a comment on our posts!

Thank you for helping tell our story! Thanks to Brian C. for writing our 1st post of the year!

Have your shopping support Lowell!

Support the Lowell PTA through Amazon.com!!

Raise money for Lowell PTA by shopping at Amazon.com Lowell PTA will receive 6% of all money spent at Amazon.com, when you use this special link

(4% on electronics).


Bookmark this page for use anytime you need to shop at Amazon.com There are no price increases or fees for shoppers or Lowell PTA. Amazon funds the program as a fund raising opportunity for schools and organizations.

Going to Target??

Use your Target REDcard, and Target will donate 1% of your REDcard purchases made at Target and Target.com to help Lowell! Sign up is easy at the link below: