Lowell Weekly Parent Newsletter

January 24, 2021

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Message from Mrs. Phelan

Happy Sunday!

Some families have recently asked about the opportunity to change their learning preferences. As we continue planning for the remainder of the school year, we need to know if you are hoping to change the model of school that your child is currently enrolled in. At this point, we are not anticipating significant changes to the daily or weekly schedules. We ask that you communicate this request directly to the school principal as soon as possible. The deadline to do so is Friday, January 29th. Please note that a change in learning preference will most likely result in a change of teachers and/or cohort. Additionally, based on the current class sizes, we may not accommodate all requests for model changes at this time. Thank you.

Recently, Dr. Galdston sent home a family survey and this note:

As we head towards the mid-point of this school year, we are looking forward to gathering your feedback about your experiences during pandemic schooling and invite you to take a few minutes to complete the mid-year WPS family survey. Please fill out one survey for each of your children, as your experiences may be different for each of your children, especially in different schools. This feedback is invaluable to inform decisions moving forward into the second half of the school year and beyond. Please complete this survey by Monday, January 25, and we will share the collective results with all of you. Students in grades 3-12 and faculty and staff are also providing feedback via surveys.

Please complete the survey if you haven't yet done so. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Student COVID Testing!

Pool Testing

It's not too late to sign up! We have almost all of our class getting tested, and would love to get it to 100% of students! Watertown Public Schools are offering weekly COVID pool testing for students. Although we have many precautions in place such as wearing masks and maintaining social distance, getting tested is truly the best way to ensure we are not spreading COVID at school and to keep students in the building.

This is voluntary, but we highly encourage everyone to sign up. Teachers have been getting tested weekly since we've gone back to school. These tests are not painful - they do not swab nearly as far as they used to. The swab goes less than an inch up your nose, and no students have complained yet!

Please use this form to indicate your interest in having your child(ren) tested as part of our COVID-19 surveillance testing program. You only need to fill out the form once, not each week. If you have already filled out the form, there is no need to fill it out again.

More information is available in the Superintendent's Newsletter if you are interested.

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Sign Up for Student Tutors

Link to Watertown Free Student Tutors

Last week at the Lowell

Ms. Antonelli's 3rd Grade Class's Cards for Kidz: Not a day off, it's a day on! Celebrating MLK's Legacy

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Mrs. Antonellis' Class: "I Have a Dream" activity celebrating MLK

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The Lowell Leopard was spotted.............

Last week the Lowell Leopard was spotted looking at the wonderful student created Cards, for our Cardz for Kidz service Project!

Lennie was also spotted admiring the new Lowell Gear for Spirit Week!

Celebrating our Lowell School Fifth Graders!

The years have flown by for the Lowell School 5th Graders who will soon be on to middle school. Each week this year, we look forward to celebrating them here in the Principal's newsletter. Best wishes to all! We are so proud of you!

Congratulations, Mathew

What are three words that describe you?

Awesome, good, nice

What is the best thing about being in 5th grade?

Having Ms. Burton as a teacher!

What is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby is taking the MBTA Silver Line!

Congratulations, Luca

Share something your classmates might not know about you.

My favorite animal is a scorpion.

What are three words that describe you?

Funny, imaginative, helpful

What is your favorite hobby?

Playing video games with my cousins.

Congratulations, Nora

What is the best thing about being in 5th grade?

My favorite thing in 5th grade is being with my friends and teacher Ms. Burton.

What are you looking forward to in middle school?

I am looking forward to being with my friends that don't go to Lowell.

Share something your classmates might not know about you.

I love the Nutcracker and I imagine me in it!

Congratulations, Henry

What is your favorite Lowell School memory?

Third grade field day!

What is your favorite book?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

What are three words that describe you?

Smart, creative, quick-thinking

Congratulations, Athena

What is your favorite book, movie, or song?

My favorite book is The One and Only Bob. My favorite movie is Dumbo. And my favorite song is "Happier" by Marshmellow.

What's your favorite Lowell School memory?

When I went to the Boston Tea Party Museum in third grade.

What is the best thing about being in 5th grade?

Getting challenged.

Congratulations, Grace

What are three words that describe you?

I am fancy, artistic, and independent

What's the best thing about being in 5th grade?

I like being in 5th grade because I like scavenger hunts, our Friday dance party, and writing.

What's your favorite Lowell School memory?

My favorite school memories are dance party, doing the Boston Tea Party play with Ms. Walsh, reading with Ms. Seward, and I also liked Mr. Finadaca's owl.

Upcoming Events

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Stories From Around the World! Mystery Reader Daily at 1:00 pm on Zoom! Monday through Friday!

Monday, Jan. 25th, 1pm

This is an online event.

Please join us each day this week at 1:00 PM. A Mystery Reader will read stories from around the world.

Students who attend the Read Aloud will be able to use it for DEAR Time!

Please Join Us!

Mystery Reader Zoom Link

Parent Diversity Council Meeting

Our next Parent Diversity Council meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 28th from 6:00-7:00pm. The agenda for this meeting is below

  • Diverse Book orders (round 2)
  • Starting Student Diversity Council

Topic: Lowell Diversity Council

Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting


Student Services Q & A

Dear WPS families of students with disabilities,

We hope that you can join us at our next Q&A session, in collaboration with Watertown's Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC), via ZOOM on Thursday, January 28, 2021, from 6:00 to 7:00. You can find the ZOOM link here.

Kind regards,

Kathleen Desmarais, Director of Student Services

Celebrating Black History Month : Student Voice "Impressions" Showcase

We are very excited to collaborate with you and share the WPS Black History Month Student Voice "Impressions" Showcase. The submission form is open from January 22 - March 1, 2021.

Here is the link to our 2021 WPS Black History Month Student Voice "Expressions" Showcase" that hosts the submission details, some student work examples for inspiration, few guidelines, and the student work submission form.

Technology Updates

We look forward to supporting you with your educational technology questions.

Here is a link to the weekly 01/23 Family Ed-Tech for All Newsletter, LIVE Ed-Tech Support Sessions, Resources, Tutorials & tips that are curated and created, just for you. Do you need help with Ed-Tech? Please complete the WPS Ed-Tech Support Request Form. A member of the WPS Ed-Tech team will reach out to you within a school day.

Celebrating WPS Black History Month Student Voice "Impressions" Showcase

We are very excited to collaborate with you and share the WPS Black History Month Student Voice "Impressions" Showcase. The submission form is open from January 22 - March 1, 2021.

Here is the link to our 2021 WPS Black History Month Student Voice "Expressions" Showcase" that hosts the submission details, some student work examples for inspiration, few guidelines, and the student work submission form.

The theme for this year is " We Stand Together"

Please email me if would like to add to the website or need more information. Need Classroom or submission support? Please use the Ed-Tech support form or you can also reach out to the teachers, library media learning specialists, and digital learning support specialists at your school.

Thank you and have a terrific day,

Rashmi Pimprikar (District Ed-Tech Coordinator), Digital Learning Team and IT Team

Parent Resources

Kindergarten Information Night

Parents/Guardians of children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2021 are invited to participate in this virtual informational meeting.

During the meeting you will:

•learn about early education in Watertown;

•find out when/how to register your child;

•ask questions about early education and registration.

Use the pre-registration form to sign up for this event. Your completed form will help us to prepare for this informational session. If you cannot attend, you should still complete the form so that we can approximate the number of families showing interest in enrolling a Kindergarten student for the 21-22 school year. Please see Lowell link for Lowell Parents below.

Lowell Zoom Link

Free Parent and Caregiver Workshop

Thursday, January 28, 1-3 PM Eastern Time

Join expert Teachers College Reading and Writing Project staff at our upcoming workshop day for parents and caregivers of students in grades K-8. Learn more about ways to support your child’s literacy education at home, what or how they are learning in school, how to best engage in home literacy projects, and more.

These days are typically 2-3 hours long, composed of a series of 15-minute small-group presentations. Parents and caregivers can choose the workshops that match their needs and are free to come for one workshop or many. The schedule of workshops will be made available prior to the event. These sessions are offered live and are not recorded for later viewing.

Click the link below to register.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

PTO Corner


Celebrate International Week, January 25 - 29: Join us in celebrating the rich cultural diversity of our Lowell School Community from Monday, January 25 - Friday, January 29. Every day we will have a theme -- music, art, cooking, books, and dance -- and read-alouds from around the world. Join our special Facebook group: "JR Lowell Elementary International Week" and Zoom in for our daily read-alouds at 1pm. If you don't have Facebook, you can also send in pictures and videos to lowellelementarypto@gmail.com

Chulo Restaurant Fundraiser, January 26 - 28: As part of our International Week celebration, why not try some delicious Indian and Nepali cuisine at Chulo Restaurant (former Asiana Fusion, 1 Waverly Ave)? Phone in your take-out order anytime Tuesday, January 26 through Thursday, January 28 and 15% of the sales will help support the Lowell School 5th grade end-of-year events. Please show the flyer when you pick-up.

Let’s Chat, January 28th at 9:30AM: The Lowell School's Guidance and SEL team will be hosting a January Let's Chat Thursday, January 28th at 9:30AM. This is a great opportunity to connect with experts around supporting kids in these challenging times. You can also use Padlet to share any question, thought, or concern that you might have with the Lowell School’s team that supports students’ social and emotional well-being. Look for the plus sign (+) on the bottom right to add your response.https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/93586437521

Cosmic Yoga Club: The PTO is hosting a FREE Cosmic Yoga Club. This club is recommended for students in grades K-2. Sessions will be on Thursdays from 3 - 4pm on Zoom. Space is limited. Sign-up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0545a5ae28a0f49-cosmic

Order a School Shirt: We hope you liked your school shirt! The PTO is now selling shirts if you would like to purchase any additional ones for kids or adults. Order and payment information are available through this Google Form. https://forms.gle/qjfFH8RJ3xvRV6fb8 The last day to order is January 30.