Lowell Lantern

Week of December 3-December 7, 2018

Monday is a WHITE DAY for specials

WE ARE LOWELL

Our theme at Lowell this year is "We are Lowell...CORE is our Superpower!"--Civility, Order, Respect, Excellence. We are encouraging students to embrace this challenge and achieve them.

A NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Lowell Families,

Lowell students have had a great week back filled with learning! Over the next couple of weeks, our students will be taking middle of the year (MOY) assessments. Teachers will be administering MOY Reading Assessments for every student starting next week. Starting the week of December 10, students will begin taking the MOY NWEA Assessments for Reading and Math. Teachers use this data to evaluate student progress on the standards that have been taught thus far. We appreciate students taking their time and putting forth their personal best effort during these assessments. Doing so will allow us to have an accurate pulse of student performance. Information on this benchmark testing will be shared with parents in the second quarter report cards that come home in January.


Some reminders:

  • Being at school every day is critical to your child’s academic success! Please help us with your child’s attendance by having him/her at school everyday!

  • Students will go outside as long as it is 20 degrees or above. The 20 degree temperature would also include wind chill. Please make sure students are dressed appropriately for outdoor recess -- winter coat, hats, gloves.

  • We are in that time of year where the amount of sunlight throughout the day, along with temperature, is decreasing. Please take a few minutes to remind your students to be extra careful in the morning at the bus stop. With decreased darkness, it may be difficult for vehicles to see children.

  • CORE Celebration will be held on Friday, December 21. Students will be able to cash in their Corebucks for fun and games. Please put this date on your calendar as we will be asking for parent volunteers!

  • Please make sure to silence cell phones and to end personal phone calls once you have entered the school building. These can be distractions to student learning. We appreciate your cooperation with this!

  • As a reminder, Lowell Elementary School and school grounds are smoke-free spaces. Once vehicles have entered onto school grounds, smoking should stop. This includes smoking in cars in the morning drop-off and/or pick-up line. Please make sure to adhere to this regulation. We appreciate your support!

Have a great weekend! Stay warm!

Mrs. Griffin


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Book Fair Thank You

What a great group of volunteers we had again this year. Our Book Fair was a huge success once again due to the work of our volunteers and all the families who made purchases from the vast selection of books sent to our school by Scholastic. We were just a little down from last year. All profits go directly to our school library for new book purchases.


We give a cheer to our Volunteers!!


Book fair helpers: Marissa Temple, Candy Gauer, Sandi Bass, Thomas Pratt, Kay Rose, Mary Young, Rachel Dobbins, Megan Morgan, Nikki Wills, Kate Homer, Andrew Homer, Dave Krentler, Georgia Osman, Susie Howard, Renata Piotrowski, Scholastic Book Fair Representatives


Thank you for all of your continued support. We couldn’t do it without you!


Until next spring!!


Sue Ellen Vawter, Media Secretary


School Board Showcase

Lowell will be the School Board Showcase school at the board meeting on December 19 at 7:00pm. We encourage our families to attend! We are Lowell!


3rd Grade Winter Program

Our 3rd Grade students will be putting on a Winter Program on Thursday, December 13 at 7:00pm. We hope to see you out to support these students!

Attendance Counts!

Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school. When kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact. These absences can affect kids as early as Kindergarten. Below is an outline for our monthly attendance rate for this school year. Our attendance goal is 97%. We appreciate your efforts in ensuring your child attends school every day and in helping them to recognize the value of good attendance.

Chartwells

Chartwells wants your feedback completing a survey to make your child's lunch experience more enjoyable! Please use this link, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CBPG8F3,on a computer, smart phone, or tablet to answer the survey questions and give us your responses by December 9, 2018. Thank you!

**Food Service Department News**

Did you know that you can add money, check balances and view what your child is eating for lunch on the Food Service Parent Portal? You can even pay your textbook rental invoice at the same time! Simply to go https://foodservice.warren.k12.in.us/Login.aspx.

If you need your username and password, just email mgallmey@warren.k12.in.us or bsmith@warren.k12.in.us so we can provide you one.

Need to speak to someone in the Food Service Department? You can also call us at 317-869-4381 or 317-869-4389. To view the Food Service website, go to http://www.warren.k12.in.us/food-service.

FRIENDLY TIPS AND REMINDERS

* Students are expected to be at school on time every day. Our tardy bell rings at 8:40am. Please plan accordingly to ensure your child is in his/her classroom by 8:40am each day.

* If your child will be absent due to illness or late due to a doctor's appointment, please call the front office at 317-532-3900 to report the absence or late arrival. This helps to ensure your child's safety. Please bring a doctor's note to document the excused absence.

* Dismissal is at 3:40pm. If you are picking up your child from school, please follow our car rider procedures.

* When arriving at Lowell, please make sure you stop first at the front desk. All visitors MUST sign in and put on a Lowell Badge while in the building. Safety is our top priority for our students. This process allows us to ensure every child's safety during the school day. Thank you for your cooperation.

* Parents are always welcome at Lowell! If you would like to visit your child's classroom, please call or email your child's teacher or Mrs. Griffin so we can make arrangements and ensure that the students will be in the classroom at the time of your visit. We encourage you and welcome you to always be a part of your child's learning, and we truly value your involvement!

* Please remember that our Lowell Campus is a smoke-free campus. There is no smoking allowed anywhere on Lowell grounds. This includes smoking in your cars while on the Lowell Campus.

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