Family Communicator

Issue #5 (October 3-7, 2022)

The Week Ahead

Monday, October 3, 2022

Tuesday, October 4, 2021

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

  • Wolfpack Wednesday - Wear your T-shirts

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Friday, October 7, 2022

After School Program

Our after-school program is back. Don't forget to sign up! We start on Tuesday, October 11th.

The program will run Monday - Thursday from 2:50 - 4:50 pm.

Grades 3+4 - Monday and Wednesday

Grades 1+2 - Tuesday and Thursday

Master An will join us on Wednesdays for Taekwondo.

Mill City Grows will be back for more gardening, harvesting, and cooking.

SNL sports will be here Monday - Thursday to offer a variety of sports and team-building activities.

Fill out the Google form to sign up. We hope to see you there.

Buses will not be provided. The students will need to be picked up by 4:50 pm.

After-School Program Link

Free UML Hockey Tickets

The UMASS Lowell Riverhawks will open their season on Saturday, October 1st, at the Tsongas Arena. UML is providing free tickets for Washington students and families. A voucher for two tickets will be sent home. If you are interested in more vouchers for the free tickets, please contact me at

We will have River Hawks Day next Friday to honor the new season. Students and staff are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue to support our local Division I hockey team.


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No School - October 10, 2022

There will be no school on Monday, October 10, 2022 in observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day.


Trunk-or-Treat - October 26, 2022 (5:00-5:45 pm)


Our biggest after-school event is back and we are excited to host a free and safe trick-or-treating event after school. The event will be scheduled for Wednesday, October 26th from 5:00-5:45 pm in the Washington school yard. Families and staff can decorate the trunks of their cars, and we can give out candy. This is our school's trick-or-treating event for the school year. We only allow costumes at this event and not during school. Although the event is free, we need the following help.

  • We need volunteers willing to decorate car trunks for the event and hand out candy. For safety reasons, you must be in the parking lot from 4:30-6:00 pm.
  • We need families to donate bags of candy. Last year, we went through 400 lbs of candy. Please start sending candy in now.
  • Check out the pictures from our event two years ago for ideas.
  • We will not open the event until 5:00 pm. Sunset is at 5:45 pm that night.

If you are interested in setting up a trunk, please email me at

School Site Council

I need willing members, for School Site Council this school year. Please consider participating on our School Site Council. School Site Council helps plan goals and determine the budget for each school year. We need 2 or 3 additional school site council members for our school. We meet about 4-6 times per year on Zoom. Our first meeting is scheduled for October 24th. Please consider helping. Please email me directly so I can answer questions.


Some COVID At-home tests from iHealth have been extended until January 2023. I have some kits available at the school if you need any for at-home testing. Please use this link for the latest expiration dates.

Bus Transportation

How can I register for transportation?

Families can register online for transportation by going to For questions related to transportation, please call (978) 674-4333.

How do I know if I qualify for transportation?

School bus transportation is provided to students in grades K-4, who live greater than 3/4 miles* from their residence or alternate address to their assigned school. *The distance between home and school is calculated as a radius around the school, not in a linear point A to B way.

Open House Slideshow

In case you missed the Open House presentation on day one, here is the slideshow.


Washington School Staff

Grade 4 - Mrs. Avelino - Room 212

Grade 4 - Ms. Trull - Room 211

Grade 3 - Mrs. Parisi - Room 201

Grade 3 - Mrs. Hogan - Room 202

Grade 2 Mrs. Burns - Room 106

Grade 2 - Ms. Hill - Room 102

Grade 1 - Mrs. Brady - Room 112

Grade 1 - Ms. Bonin - Room 111

Kindergarten - Mrs. Desheneaux - Room 108

Kindergarten - Mrs. Cahill - Room 101

Pre-Kindergarten - Mrs. Quirbach - Room 114

Special Education

Allied Arts Team

General Information

How can I update my contact information (phone number/email/address)?

Go online to the Family Resource Webpage ( and fill out the “contact us” form. Families who don’t have access to the internet can fill out the form in person at the Family Resource Center. If an address change is related to economic factors or housing instability (family moves in with relatives, eviction, hotel/motel, fire or unsheltered, please contact the McKinney Vento Office located at the Family Resource Center in person (151 Merrimack Street), by phone (978-674-4321) or go to the webpage at

How do I update my emergency contacts?

If you were in the school last year we will send a verification sheet out. if you are new we will send home an emergency form to fill out on the first day of school.

What should I do if my child needs a Chromebook or if my child’s Chromebook needs repairs?

Families should contact their school to coordinate the issuing of a new Chromebook or to schedule repairs. After the school year begins, the district will resume its “tech tent” services and will inform families via email, text, and phone once the services resume.

How do I register my child for the new school year?

All school registrations are completed online using a computer or laptop. You can access the online application by going to If you only have a mobile device and don’t have access to a computer or laptop, you can register in person at the Family Resource Center (151 Merrimack Street). Please call the Family Resource Center if you have any questions (978-674-4321).

What should I do if I need to register my child(ren) and I don’t speak English?

The Lowell Public Schools is committed to providing translation and interpretation services for families who require assistance in a language other than English. The online registration application and website is translated in Spanish and Portuguese and can be accessed by going to For all other languages, please call Vannak Khin at (978) 328-6782 to arrange services. In-person language interpretation support for registration can be accessed by visiting the Lowell Public Schools at 151 Merrimack Street. Families can also call the Family Resource Center at (978) 674-4321 to make an appointment with a Bilingual Family Liaison.

How old does my child need to be to enroll in preschool or kindergarten?

A child must turn 4 years old on or before September 1, 2021, in order to apply for preschool and 5 by September 1 to apply for kindergarten. A family can apply for preschool by going to to fill out an online application or for kindergarten. For registration questions, please call (978) 674-4321.

How do I apply for a transfer for my child to change schools in the new year?

Per the 2021-22 School Assignment Policy, all students have the option to request one school transfer per year. Families can apply online by going to or can come to the Family Resource Center in-person to complete the application. Transfers are assigned on a space availability basis.