Lowell Newsletter

January 13, 2021

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We are so thankful for our partnership with Missoula Parks and Recreation. They will continue to provide free programming in January. Please use the following links to sign up:

"If You Give A Child A Book" Program

This week, your child will receive three brand new books thanks to the generosity of KPAX news and the Scripps Howard Foundation! Since 2017, the Scripps Howard Foundation has been partnering with schools to provide books for children in hopes of fulfilling their mission to empower children with the literacy tools they need to be successful in school and in life. Lowell Elementary was selected as the recipient of their "If You Give A Child A Book" program! All of us at Lowell hope you and your child enjoy this generous gift. Happy reading!
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Lowell staff and students have implemented Operation Level Up to encourage all Lowell Bobcats to move up to the next reading level. Many of our classes have started reading challenges encouraging students and families to read at least 30 minutes every evening. Teachers have also been sending home IRLA skill cards and reading tips to help families support their child at home. If you are not sure what level your child is reading, please reach out to his/her/their classroom teacher for support.

Here is a short video from the Lowell Instructional Coach, Angela Knieper, on how to support reading at home as well as an IRLA skills summary that discusses how to help kiddos at each reading level. If you need books, we have a free library in our school entrance or you can contact your child's classroom teacher or our school librarian (cmrussell@mcpsmt.org) for at-home reading materials.

Let's work together to help our Lowell Bobcats level up by reading for 30 minutes every evening!


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Winter Weather - school delays and cancellations

When school is delayed or cancelled due to weather, it is our District’s goal to notify families, students and the public by 6:30 a.m. This decision is based on input from local law enforcement, our transportation partner Beach Transportation, and our own staff research of current road conditions.

We post notifications about delays or cancellations on our district website homepage at www.mcpsmt.org. This information will also be posted on each school’s website homepage. We also post the information on our district Mobile App, as well as the MCPS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

For those families that opt to receive emails, phone calls and text messages from the school, you will also receive a notice directly via phone, email and text.

Finally, you will see the information reported by local media on the radio and television as well as their own websites. When looking at reports on local media, be sure that you look for notices related to Missoula County Public Schools or School District #1. Sometimes other schools in the area are affected and our 18 schools remain on normal schedules. If in doubt, check one of our MCPS websites or social media accounts.

We also want to remind you that students should only wait at a bus stop for 15 minutes after the scheduled pick up time. We don’t want students out in the cold waiting for a bus that may be delayed due to weather. We will contact you with instructions if the bus is delayed longer than 15 minutes.

Join us at Kids Study Club!

Kids Study Club is a “drop-in” hub in the Westside for youth to use a laptop for schoolwork, get a free snack and meal, and hang (at a distance) near other young people and caring adult mentors.
And if a young person just wants to hang out and draw or read – that’s okay, too!

Through this program, we strive to increase access to technology, healthy food, and positive adult supervision for kids who need it most during this pandemic – all while being as safe as possible! Our hope is that this program can give kids a safe, affirming place to spend time outside the home - and also give guardians and parents a break from the pressures of caring for youth in the pandemic.

When and Where is Kids Study Club?
Monday – Thursday from 3-6 PM beginning Monday, October 26th, 2020 until at least December 30th, 2020.

Burns Street Center, 1500 Burns St, Missoula, MT 59802.

How does the “drop-in” structure work?
Kids Study Club, like our summer program, is a free “drop-in” program, meaning that participants do not need to come every day – but are certainly welcome to – and do not need to stay for the whole 3 hours! Youth can come and leave whenever is best for them or their guardians, as long as staff are notified of how young people will be getting home. (Our detailed check-in/check-out policies and agreements are in the registration form.)

Safety in COVID-19

Masks and social distancing will be required for all staff and participants and the program is limited to 15 participants at a time to ensure that distancing is possible. Our full COVID-19 safety procedures are attached to this email.

How do I sign up?
To participate, simply bring the young person(s) to Kids Study Club, fill out a registration form on the spot, and you’re good to go! If you’d like to print and complete the form in advance, you can find it attached!

Find more information at nmcdc.org - and feel free to email me with questions!


The Flagship Program provides out of school time opportunities for youth in seven Missoula County Public Schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade. As a program of Western Montana Mental Health Center, Flagship offers a school-based experience in mentoring and skill building. Our program focuses on four core components: academic achievement, health and wellness, art and culture, and social emotional development. Enrollment in Flagship out of school time programs is open to all youth at the following schools:
  • Franklin, Hawthorne and Lowell elementary schools
  • Meadow Hill, Washington and CS Porter middle schools
  • Hellgate and Willard Alternative high schools
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Project Westside Park


The Lowell community is working hard to fundraise for a new playground. Please visit the Project Westside Park website to learn all about it.
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