Friday Flight

September 26, 2014


Thank you for your hard work today! It was fun to see everyone working together. I know this is not without challenge, though, so I do encourage you to share any successes or concerns with me (about today in particular or ELA in general). This helps me advocate for what you need and plan how we can best spend the time we have together here at school. My goal is to support you in your work!

Again, thank you, and have a wonderful weekend!


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Please turn in your institute evaluation on Monday if you haven't done so already. The folder is on Cathy's desk & also contains extra blank forms.

Please review the Memo to stay current on building parent communication!

The next issue of the Memo will be Friday, October 3rd, as this was a short week of school fro the children.

Are you using the FLIGHT think sheet with your students? If so, please put a copy of the completed Think Sheet in Kathy's mail tray when you use them. This helps identify trends or individuals with concerns.

PTA Student Spotlight

Thanks to Ms. G. and two of Mrs. McDonald's students for kicking off PTA Student Spotlight. Click here if you'd like to sign up for a month!

Join PTA!

Our goal this year is to reach 100% staff membership as we partner with the PTA to serve our students at Lowell! You can join online via the link below or pick up a form in the office. Our PTA parents are very appreciative of the staff who have joined so far!

Please consider writing a post for our blog!!

You can also encourage a student or parent to share OR comment on an existing post!! We have 3 new stories this year!

Week of September 29-October 3

F & P Schedule

Monday, September 29

  • Wellness Team Meeting; 8:30 a.m. in Office Conference Room

Tuesday, September 30

  • Kindergarten DuPage Children's Museum in-school field trip; Art Room (9:20-10:20: Vesta; 10:40-11:40: Rood; 2:10-3:10: Vesta)
  • 2nd Grade to Wheaton College; 9:45-11:45
  • EL Family Night; 5-7 p.m.

Wednesday, October 1

  • Staff meeting; 8:30 a.m. in LLC

Thursday, October 2

  • Diedrich team meeting; 8:30 a.m.
  • 3rd Grade to Danada Farm; 9:30-Noon
  • Problem solving, IEPs & 504s as scheduled
  • Blogging Lunch & Learn (Your own blogs or classroom blogs.)
  • Inclusion meetings as scheduled

Friday, October 3

  • Hearing & Vision Screening
  • Jeans

Upcoming Lowell Events

All School

  • Bus Drill: Tuesday, October 14; 9:30-Noon; 1-2 p.m.
  • Parent-Teacher Conference Dates: Tuesday, October 14 & Thursday, October 16 from 4-8 p.m. are the school-wide dates. Per the contract, your additional 4 hours beyond the 2 school-wide nights may include parent phone calls, e-mails, and additional conferences.
  • Discretionary Money Receipts Due: Friday, October 17
  • Winter Concert: Thursday, December 18 @ Wheaton North High School's Auditorium (more information to come)
  • Spring PACE Testing: March 2-6 (Grades 3-5); March 9-16 (Grade 2)
  • Franklin Music Tour: Tuesday, April 28
  • Chorus, Band, & Orchestra Concert: Tuesday, May 12; 6:30 p.m. @ Franklin

Grade Level Trips/Events

  • Kindergarten Firemen Visits: Thursday, October 9; Room 108 (10:45-11:15); Room 119 (2:45-3:15)
  • 3rd Grade Dictionary Visits: Wednesday, October 22; 10; 10:30; 11
  • 2nd Grade to Waubonsie Planetarium: Friday, December 5; 10:30-1:30
  • Kindergarten to COD Play: Friday, May 13; 10:30-1 p.m.
  • 2nd Grade to Fullersburg Woods: Friday, May 15; 9:30-2
  • Kindergarten to Morton Arboretum: Thursday, May 23; 9:30-Noon

2014-15 Shift Day Schedule

  • Thursday, October 16 is a Monday
  • Thursday, January 15 is a Friday
  • Tuesday, February 17 is a Monday
  • Tuesday, May 26 is a Monday

PARCC Window

The district is hopeful more specific PARCC information will be released in September. When that happens, options for the testing timeframe will be shared with building principals and communicated to you. Until that point, it is recommended we not schedule field trips and events during that window. Again, the hope is that the window will be narrowed further. If families inquire about this due to vacation planning you can direct them to me if you prefer; there will be the opportunity for make-ups within each window. PARCC testing will take place during both windows below:

  • First Window: March 9-March 27
  • Second Window: April 27-May 22

Professional Learning Calendar

2014-15 Professional Learning Calendar

For our first round of committee meetings, please attend the committee you were on last year. We'll then make any adjustments for 2014-15. Look for more information via links below in the coming weeks:

  • BLT- TBD
  • Instructional Team- TBD; looking for release day w/Julie O.
  • Wellness- Monday, September 29
  • Tech Team- Wednesday, October 15
  • Foundations Team- Tuesday, October 28
  • Aide meetings- TBD

  • Lunch & Learns (optional); Blogging (Yours or classroom)- Thursday, October 2

Lowell Guidelines for Success

The Lowell Community Takes FLIGHT

  • Focus on Success

  • Love to Learn

  • Include Everyone

  • Give Respect

  • Honor Hard Work

  • Think it Through

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