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McAvinnue's Weekly Newsletter: Week Of April 5th

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Hello McAvinnue Community!


I hope that everyone is having a great long weekend with family and friends!


We have a BIG week at McAvinnue starting on Monday, April 5th. We will welcome 185 students back for in-person learning for this first time this school year. When we add this new in-person student total to our 124 full in-person students we've had in the school since September, our new total for in-person learning will be 309 students! We still have 164 students who will continue as remote learner's for now. Our excitement can't be contained as we are looking forward to reconnecting with some students...meeting brand new students...and having some safe fun for the last 46 days of school.


As everyone is well aware, our teachers have been working relentlessly to get their classrooms ready to go for a return to in-person learning on Monday, April 5th. They have practiced and planned how they are going to balance teaching their in-person students as well as their remote students. Concurrent or simultaneous teaching will not be easy for anyone. There will be successes and challenges each day for our teachers...and we will continue to problem-solve until we can get things as right as possible for everyone. Again...we ask for your patience and understanding during these transitional weeks for McAvinnue.


If you want to know what McAvinnue's "Return To In-Person Learning" will look like, you can watch the video presentation below. This presentation will include some important information about school COVID-19 safety including social distancing expectations, mask wearing, breakfast/lunch procedures, and arrival/dismissal procedures. Additionally, your child's teacher has already shared important information with you for things that are specific for their classroom.


We are READY...and we hope that you and your child are as well! Let's return to school in full McAvinnue style....showing the city of Lowell what McAvinnue Pride is all about!


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Main Office at McAvinnue or send Mr. Domina a message a mdomina@lowell.k12.ma.us.

McAvinnue "Return To In Person Learning" Information Session 2021

Superintendent Boyd's "Return To School" Message

We are looking forward to having even more of our students return to campus for in-person instruction in April. On Monday, April 5th, students in grades K-5 return for full-time in-person instruction, with a parental option of full remote.


Please review this page for pertinent information about the District's expansion of in-person instruction: https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/inpersonlearning


And please read this letter Superintendent Boyd sent to families on April 1:

https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/cms/lib/MA01907636/Centricity/Domain/2821/In-Person-Learning-Update-Letter-4-1-21.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1t2OWthC2SAzpwm-fnK1HkxnN6A0D548CjrObJvkbVW8l_aq6TXohzQdI

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Here are important dates to remember over the next month of school:


  • Monday, April 5th: Additional Students Return To In-Person Learning
  • Wednesday, April 7th: Para-Educator Day
  • Thursday, April 8th: McAvinnue's School Site Council Meeting @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, April 13th: McAvinnue's In-Person School Garden Planting Day
  • Wednesday, April 14th: McAvinnue's Remote Learning School Garden Planting Day @ 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Monday, April 19th - 23rd: No School - Spring Break
  • Monday, April 26th: McAvinnue Reopens @ 9:10 AM
  • Wednesday, May 12th: Early Release Day - Student Dismissal @ 1:30 PM
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If you have selected to return to in-person learning this school year, the start date is Monday, April 5th at 9:10 AM. Please keep in mind that you should have already made your decision by now.


If you chose to have your child remain a remote learner, you will need to stick with this decision until May 3rd. There is a chance that your child could transition from remote to in-person at this time. More information to come during the month of April.

LPSD Pooled Testing Information & Consent Form

We are continuing to offer voluntary free weekly COVID-19 testing. This testing will lower the risk of spread of COVID-19 by helping to identify those positive cases in people who do not show any symptoms of COVID-19. Testing will be conducted on Wednesday each week.


We will continue this program for the remainder of the school year as we continue to plan on bring back more students for in-person learning on Monday, April 5th.


We hope that you will participate by signing a consent form for your child. The more students and faculty who participate, the safer our schools will be!


We have created an easy to use newsletter that contains the following information:


  • What is the COVID-19 testing program?
  • How can my student participate in the program?
  • Online consent form translated in multiple languages
  • How does it work?


If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Robin at rmcneil@lowell.k12.ma.us, The Family Resource Center at (978) 674-432 or The Equity and Engagement Office at (978) 674-4326.


You can access the Pooled Testing newsletter using the link below that includes the online consent form.

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Bus Pass Information

The LPSD has an easy way for you to check for all the information you need if your child is eligible to ride the bus for the remainder of the school year. Your child's teacher should have already reached out to you if your child qualifies for district transportation.


Bus passes have been mailed for Kindergarten and Grade 1 students. Those students that are in Grades 2 - 4 had their bus pass information sent to their district email address.


If you need bus numbers, bus stop location, and bus stop time, please use the button below. You will need to have your child's 6-digit LASID (lunch number) handy to access all of this information.

Click Here For Bus Info & Routes

You will need your child's 6-digit lunch ID code to find out if you qualify for a bus and get bus route, bus stop, and bus time information.

"March Book Madness" - The Champ

McAvinnue's "March Book Madness" has come to an end! On Thursday, April 1st...we announced that the winner for McAvinnue's "March Book Madness" was Pacho Nacho! Our students voted and 83% of our students thought that this book was deserving as the most popular book that was shared during this exciting and fun event for our school community!


Now...we are planning the next amazing event that will promote a love for learning...while having a great time! Stay tuned...more information to come!

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MCAS Update: Grades 3 & 4

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced new dates for the Spring 2020 MCAS tests for Grades 3 and 4. They are now scheduled to take place between May 10th -June 11th. Students will only be taking one session of each test to keep testing time to a minimum.


Stay tuned for more information to come in April.

Additional Dates For Possible In-Person Learning Opportunities

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LPSD School Calendar 2021-2022 School Year


Please click the link below for the recently approved LPSD School Calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.

Change Of Address Form

Please use the form below if you need to officially change your address with Lowell Public Schools. We cannot make "official" changes to your address within the district system at the school level.

McAvinnue's "Virtual" Morning Announcements

Missed McAvinnue's "Virtual" Morning Announcements? You can watch the videos on the McAvinnue's Learner's Google Site and on McAvinnue's YouTube page. Links can be found below for each.


These announcements bring the in-person and remote students together in the usual way we launch each day of school with some important information...while having some fun!


Google Learner's Site:

https://sites.google.com/view/mcavinnueelementaryschool/home?authuser=0


YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAUzGwuFaKMy13iFbHpSiMw?view_as=subscriber

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McAvinnue's Week In Review!

Online Emergency Contact Form

Due to the uncertainty of this school year and limiting access to the building, we have created an online emergency form for you to complete below. Using the same form, we have provided information in both English and Spanish for your convenience.


You can complete this form or complete a paper copy that we have used in previous school years. This form will be sent home with those students that will be at McAvinnue for in-person learning. However, the paper copy of the emergency form can also be picked up at McAvinnue for those families who will be working remotely to start the school year.


PLEASE COMPLETE ONE FOR EACH CHILD ENROLLED AT MCAVINNUE!


If you could like a paper copy of the emergency form, please contact Ms. Nancy in the Main Office and she will set you up with what you need to complete.


If you have changed any numbers or have new primary care providers that you would like to add, please complete the form below or reach out to us with this new information. It's important to do this as we start to return to students to in-person learning for the second half for this school year.

Remote Learning Daily Meal Service: Spring 2021

  • Students will receive two breakfasts and two lunches on Mondays and Wednesdays at these sites.
  • Students will also receive meals for the weekend days on Fridays at all of our meal sites.
  • All LPS students are eligible for meal service. All meals are free of cost. No student ID is required and students don’t have to be present to pick up a meal. A parent or neighbor can pick up the student’s meal.
  • Meals will be served outside in a grab and go format at the front or back of the school, depending on the location.
  • Please remember to wear a mask or face covering and follow social distancing protocols when visiting the meal sites.


Any updates to the remote learning meal service schedule will be posted here:

https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/RemoteLearningMealService

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LPSD Food & Nutrition FAQ For Families

LPS and Aramark are committed to the safe reopening of schools. Click to learn more about the changes they have made for safety with food service at school and for remote learners.

McAvinnue's Yoga Pose Of The Week: "Boat"

We will try another new pose this week called the "Boat". This new pose will allow us to increase our core strength while we are trying to meet a challenge that focuses on our balance. We will practice the "Boat" technique daily during our "Virtual" Morning Announcements during this up and coming week. You can get an early head start and practice this technique before we launch into another exciting week!

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WE'VE GOT TECH SUPPORT FOR YOU!

McAvinnue's Virtual & In-Person Learning And Information Spot For Students

This link will take you to all of our learning information site for students. It is one place for you to easily be able to navigate to your child's virtual and in-person platform. You will be able to virtually met your child's teacher and access information to their in-person and virtual classrooms.


Click The Button Below To Access The Site

Lowell Public School District Tech Support - Week Of April 1st

The LPSD IT Team will continue have a "Technology Tent" set-up at the following locations during the times listed below this up and coming week. No appointment is necessary and you can pick which location works best for you.


  • Tuesday, April 6th @ 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Butler Middle School (1140 Gorham St. - side door to the right of the main entrance)
  • Thursday, April 8th @ 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Stoklosa Middle School (560 Broadway St. - side door facing parking lot)
  • Friday, April 9th from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Robinson Middle School (110 June St. - side door across from main entrance)

Bring the charger for the device that you need support with.


Please note that these locations will change weekly.


You can also contact the Help Desk at (978) 674-2024 for assistance.

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HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES

COVID-19 Data & Guidelines

Here is the most recent health data for Lowell released this past week. COVID-19 cases continue to occur in Lowell, with 707 new cases (increase) reported in the City over the past 14 days. Lowell has a COVID-19 average daily incident rate of 43.5 (increase) and a percent positivity rate of 6.69% (increase) as of Thursday, April 1st. This continues to places our community in the "red" high risk category.


As you know, new measures went into effect on Friday, November 6th to help slow the spread. Know the rules and follow them closely to help keep our community safe.


  • Stay At Home Advisory: 10:00 PM - 5:00 AM
  • Face Coverings Required In All Public Places
  • Restaurants Close @ 9:30 PM
  • Indoor Gatherings Limited To 10 People
  • Outdoor Gatherings Limited To 25 People
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FAMILY INFORMATION & RESOURCES

STEAM Workshops: April 20th - 23rd

Spring is finally here! Looking for something fun AND educational to do over April vacation? Register for Mini IDEA Camp running from April 20th - 23rd. You can sign up for workshops including the following:


Coding & 3D Printing (Hosted In-Person at the Morey)

Sphero Robotics

Mind Body Wellness

STEM Wars

STEM Challenge Mash-Up

Atmospheric Perspective Landscape Painting


Mini IDEA Camp is open all for all Lowell Public Schools Students in Grades 2-10.


Link to register - https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSeDA569mIkV4O.../viewform.


Questions? Please contact ideacamp@lowell.k12.ma.us.

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The Greater Boston Food Bank

The Greater Boston Food Bank will be at the STEM Academy (43 Highland Street) will take place from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM.


The next food pantry is Tuesday, April 13th. Other dates for this school year are listed on the flyer.


This food pantry is a drive-up distribution of assorted foods for all Lowell Public School students and their families. All food bank clients are required to wear a mask to ensure the safety of our volunteers as well as other clients and community members. Please bring reusable grocery bags, baskets, or a cart to carry your food.


Please see the flyer below for more details.

Tuesday, April 13th, 3-4pm

43 Highland Street

Lowell, MA

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Community Resources and Daycare Options for Families

You can click the link below to access a guide that includes resources ranging from food and utility assistance to support for parents and their children to resources about abuse. You can download and save the resource for future reference.


Here is a list of daycare options in Lowell:


  • Community Team Work (CTI) (978) 454-5100

    • Families who are already enrolled in a CTI program...

    • Families who are not enrolled in a CTI program

      • If you’ve filled out a CTI application in the past...

      • If you’ve never filled out a CTI application...

        • Fill out an application at 17 Kirk St., 126 Phoenix Ave

        • Or call the main CTI number (978) 454-5100 to request an email version of the application.


  • YWCA: (978) 454-5405 or (978) 458-9983; 41 Rock St in Lowell

    • The YWCA is offering full-day remote slots for families who are working with the Department of Children and Families (DCF)

    • Call your DCF worker and/or the YWCA to request a slot


  • YMCA: (978) 454-7825; 1 YMCA Dr in Lowell

    • Karen Espinola is the school-age director

      • Fill out a application online or at the YMCA to request a slot

    • Debbie Doben is the preschool director if your child is preschool age


  • Family Childcare: Call programs to see if they have openings near you

    • Bethel Family Childcare (978) 458-6577

    • Clarendon Family Childcare (978) 454-3026

    • Child Development and Learning (CDE) (978) 275-2843

    • ACRE Family Childcare (978) 937-5899

    • CTI: See above contact information


  • Girls Inc: (978) 458-6529, 220; Worthen St. in Lowell

    • Accept girls ages 5-14 years old

    • Accept Child Care Circuit vouchers, DCF vouchers, and private pay (income-based, sliding scale)

    • Call Pam Lerocque (Director of Finance & Administration) to check on openings

    • Girls Inc. has full and part-day options, but no transportation


  • Boys and GIrls Club: (978) 458-4526; 657 Middlesex St in Lowell

    • School-age openings for after-school only

    • Teens who are working with the Department of Children and Families can call BGC or DCF to see if they’re eligible

Follow McAvinnue On Social Media

You can follow McAvinnue on social media at the following sites! We update things daily and this is a great way to stay in touch with all of the amazing things that are happening inside and out of "the best school we all know"!



FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/McAvinnueElementarySchool
Twitter: https://twitter.com/McAvinnueLPS
Instagram: http://instragram.com/mcavinnueelementarylps

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Our Vision

McAvinnue Elementary School is a place...where there are high expectations, where students are academically engaged, where instruction is guided by a systematic approach to examine data, where there is a multi-tiered system of support, and where a responsive environment that fosters social emotional connections between faculty and students prevails.


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