Lowell Memo: Issue #12

November 12, 2015

Published by Lowell School & the Lowell PTA

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Look for the Memo now on Thursdays as we seek to get you important information before your busy weekends begin!

There is no school on Friday, November 13 as it is a Teacher Work Day.

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Save the Date: Lowell Winter Concert; Thursday, December 17

Lowell Eagles Learn: New blog posts coming this weekend!

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. For every post that is shared, the child's classroom teacher will be entered into a raffle for more classroom supplies!

Thank you for helping tell our story!

Google Expeditions is coming to Lowell students in Grades 2-5 on November 17! Click below to learn more about it.

Thank you to Mrs. Engel & Mrs. Lamb!

Two of our Teaching Assistants are moving on to explore different opportunities after Thanksgiving Break. Mrs. Engel in 1st grade has accepted a teaching position at Jefferson with the preschool expansion program through Metropolitan Family Services. Mrs. Lamb will be stepping back from full-time work to support her family at home. Please join me in thanking them both for their service to Lowell.

If you know anyone interested in joining the Lowell team as a Teaching Assistant, please share these job postings, too: CUSD200> Employment Opportunities

The Lowell Giving Tree Returns on Monday

Each year, the Lowell School community strives to make the holidays a little brighter for some of our less fortunate families. We sponsor a “Giving Tree” for those who would like to purchase gifts for others. Starting on Monday, November 16th, please look for the tree with ornaments in the Main Office. All family names are kept confidential and gifts are given anonymously. After shopping, return the gifts, wrapped, in a bag with the ornament attached. All gifts need to be returned by Friday, December 11th so that we can prepare them for distribution.

Thanks in advance for helping to make this a happy holiday season!

Health Office Highlights: November 2015

Head Lice

Over the last several weeks we have had reports of sporadic cases of head lice at Lowell. In school there is an environmental cleaning protocol and families are informed of the occurrence of cases. At this time we are asking parents to take time to check your child’s head frequently. If you do find lice or nits on your child’s hair, treat it and report it to school. Below is general information regarding lice, what to look for and what to do if they are found. Please feel free to call the Health Office with any questions.

Pediculosis, or head lice, is a condition that each year affects approximately 6 to 12 million children between the ages of 3 and 12 years of age, and about 1 in every 100 elementary school children. Head lice are parasites that are generally found on the scalp, around the ears, and at the back of the neck. The adult louse is about the size of a sesame seed, and can be the color of your child’s hair. Eggs, or nits, are smaller and silver in color.

Head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene and they do not transmit disease. Spread from one child to another can occur during direct head to head contact or by sharing of personal items such as combs, brushes, caps or helmets.

The most common symptom of head lice is itching and head scratching, particularly at night. Red bite marks or sores may also be noticed on the scalp. Safe and effective products to treat head lice are available both over the counter and by doctor’s prescription. It is important to follow the directions carefully.

The CDC has excellent up-to-date information at: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/

Handwashing is Good for You!

What are the ten most common ways that germs are spread? -- With your 10 fingers! Some germs are spread through the air by coughs and sneezes, but hands play a BIG role. Please take time out to talk with your children about the importance of handwashing, proper washing and when to wash their hands.

Reporting Student Illness

Winter is just around the corner and with it comes the cold and flu season. Throughout the school year we track the reasons for absences in the building and observe for any trends in communicable illnesses. When calling in your child’s absence, please remember to state the reason for their absence especially noting if there is a fever or a specific diagnosis.

Clothing Donations
The Health Office is in need of gently used pants, especially sweatpants, to use for those students who occasionally need a change of clothes. If you are cleaning out drawers and would like to donate, please drop them off at the Health Office. Thank you!

Veterans Day at Lowell

Please view and add to our Padlet wall linked below! We love to see the Veterans who are special to our families and how Veterans are honored in our school community. Thanks to everyone who joined us on Wednesday morning!
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Important Erin's Law Information for Parents in K-3

Be sure to check out the District 200 website for Erin's Law information, including the parent presentation slides (Click here for direct access.)! Please call Dr. Melton or Mrs. Sorensen with any questions or concerns. Students will also receive a paper reminder on the school day before their lesson.

CUSD 200 Elementary Testing for the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE)

In March 2016, the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. This testing will qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2016-2017 classes:

  • 3rd, 4th and 5th grade PACE Mathematics
  • 3rd, 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 2016-2017. Students may be recommended for testing by their Teacher and/or Parent. The deadline for a Parent to request PACE Testing is Thursday, January 14, 2016. 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, scheduled around mandatory PARCC testing. Parents who register their students by the Thursday, January 14, 2016 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 with any questions.

Driving in a school zone? Please remember it is illegal to pass a school bus with the stop arm extended. Thank you for keeping children safe!

Available to support Lowell Lunch & Recess? We need you!

To support a positive lunch experience for our students, we have expanded to 3 lunch periods this year as follows:

  • 11:30-12: All Day Kindergarten & Grade 1 Lunch
  • 12-12:30: Grade 4 & 5 Lunch/ Recess for ADK & Grades 1-3
  • 12:30-1: Grade 2 & 3 Lunch/ Recess for Grades 4 & 5

If you have an interest in being a lunch volunteer, a regular member of our supervision staff or a substitute lunch/recess supervisor, please email kathleen.melton@cusd200.org or call the Lowell office at 630-682-2085. Please note that you do not need to commit to all 5 days to be part of our team!

Do you walk to school? Please cross President Street at Illinois with the crossing guard and look carefully!

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The Lowell PTA welcomes you!!

Check out the links below to learn more about the Lowell PTA & become a member!

Has a D200 teacher been an inspiration to your child? Check out Inspiration Nominations linked below!

2015-16 Important Dates

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

View the District ESchool Bag!

Check out district & community information linked to the District website below, including information about a new Daisy Troop starting at Lowell.

New 200 Foundation Updates

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

Support the Lowell PTA through Amazon.com!!

Raise money for Lowell PTA by shopping at Amazon.com Lowell PTA will receive 1% of all money spent at Amazon.com, when you use this special link.


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:
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