Lowell Newsletter

June 4, 2020

LOWELL HELPLINE: 542-4040

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Monday - Friday

(messages will be answered the next business day)

Mrs. Frank's Tuesday Update

This is our final week of remote learning!! Wow. The effort, engagement and commitment from our families was amazing and we are so proud of our students and our school community. Congratulations to all of you!

REMOTE LEARNING AND SUMMER ENHANCEMENT:
June 1st-5th, students and families will have access to daily learning templates just like the past 9 weeks. However, the focus of these activities will be celebration, final projects and/or enrichment lessons. In addition, the district Teaching and Learning department will also have activities linked in classroom lesson plans as well.
June 8th-11th-All engagement and enrichment activities will be provided by our district Teaching and Learning department. Much like it looked when we returned from spring break. We will have summer learning activities up on our district website through June 30th.

FIFTH GRADE CS PORTER QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

See information below for logging on to the 5th grade question and answer session for students attending CS Porter in the fall this Thursday from 7-7:30pm.


Thu Jun 4, 2020

7pm – 7:30pm Mountain Time - Denver


Joining infoJoin with Google Meet

meet.google.com/kme-heix-fna

Join by phone

+1 516-268-6707 (PIN: 467873602)


STUDENT PICKUP SCHEDULE AND PROTOCOL:
PICKUP
As a reminder, we have identified Monday, June 8th and Tuesday, June 9th as our student pick up days for collecting items from school. Please note:
• K-2 will pick up items on June 8th (see schedule for times)
• 3-5 will pick up items on June 9th (see schedule for time)
• For families with siblings or multiple students, please come on the youngest child’s day and time

DROP OFF
• Families can return library books anytime during the next two weeks but you can bring them during your drop off time as well. The sooner the better! We have designated box in the front of the school as well as at our lunch location
• For Families that checked out a mobile device, return the device during your scheduled pick-up day on June 8th or June 9th. If a family needs a device over the summer, we can check out a laptop to families on June 11th.

PARADE
Our teachers are planning a neighborhood parade on June 11th! See details here.


OFFICE HOURS

Our office is open through next week T-Th from 12-2. Please call or stop in with any questions.


Have a great week!

Barbara Frank

Summer Enhancement

The MCPS Teaching & Learning Department has compiled strategies and educational activities that families can use to keep students engaged as we transition from a remote learning atmosphere to summer vacation.

LOWELL COUNSELING CORNER

LOWELL LIBRARY CORNER



Library books can be returned to Lowell weekdays from 10-1 pm using the clear book drop bin (where the food pick up occurs each day) OR in the return box by the main entrance doors any day, any time. Thank you!


If you would like access to children’s books and articles about diversity or antiracism, check out this book room: Diversity and Anti Racism Book Room


The final competition and district level competition for Battle of the Books has unfortunately been cancelled. Teams, thank you for your effort, dedication and enthusiasm. I thoroughly enjoyed working with all of you and can’t wait for next year’s competition! Volunteers, I cannot thank you enough for your time and commitment.


All PaddleHead Hit the Books prizes and Battle of the Book certificates will be in your end of the year pick up bag. Thank you for your efforts and congratulations on your hard work everyone!


I hope you have been enjoying Camp Library! Check it out if you haven’t already! All library lessons can be found using the Remote Learning Messages on the Lowell Library webpage https://www.mcpsmt.org/Page/15359

Lowell School Garden Summer Info

The Lowell School Garden will be open this summer! Garden City Harvest staff have been working hard to prepare and plant the garden with spring vegetables such as peas, radishes, and spinach, as well as summer produce like tomatoes and cucumbers. Families are welcome to visit the garden and take home veggies through the Adopt-the-Garden and Open Garden Hours programs. Due to COVID-19, new cleaning procedures and other measures will be in place to keep the community safe and healthy. We missed seeing Lowell students in the garden this spring, and we hope to see you soon.


Adopt-the-Garden

Weekly, beginning June 8th

We are looking for families to adopt-the-garden each week of the summer. You’ll help by opening the garden for a couple of hours during the week, whenever it fits into your schedule. We encourage you to do some light weeding and harvesting. Some perks of the job: taking home free, fresh produce and enjoying the outdoors.

Interested? Great! Email School Gardens Manager Lori Blumenthal at lori@gardencityharvest.org to sign up.


Open Garden Hours

Wednesdays, 9am-12pm

June 24th - August 12th

School Gardens Manager Lori will be in the garden every Wednesday morning this summer. Come visit the garden, help out, learn about gardening, connect with neighbors, and take home some fresh fruits and vegetables. Please wear a mask, and bring your own work gloves.


Lowell School Garden Summer Info

The Lowell School Garden will be open this summer! Garden City Harvest staff have been working hard to prepare and plant the garden with spring vegetables such as peas, radishes, and spinach, as well as summer produce like tomatoes and cucumbers. Families are welcome to visit the garden and take home veggies through the Adopt-the-Garden and Open Garden Hours programs. Due to COVID-19, new cleaning procedures and other measures will be in place to keep the community safe and healthy. We missed seeing Lowell students in the garden this spring, and we hope to see you soon.


Adopt-the-Garden

Weekly, beginning June 8th

We are looking for families to adopt-the-garden each week of the summer. You’ll help by opening the garden for a couple of hours during the week, whenever it fits into your schedule. We encourage you to do some light weeding and harvesting. Some perks of the job: taking home free, fresh produce and enjoying the outdoors.

Interested? Great! Email School Gardens Manager Lori Blumenthal at lori@gardencityharvest.org to sign up.


Open Garden Hours

Wednesdays, 9am-12pm

June 24th - August 12th

School Gardens Manager Lori will be in the garden every Wednesday morning this summer. Come visit the garden, help out, learn about gardening, connect with neighbors, and take home some fresh fruits and vegetables. Please wear a mask, and bring your own work gloves.

LOWELL FAMILY FUN!

Summer Camps

MCPS Early Kindergarten Registration began May 11th

Missoula County Public Schools, School District #1, will offer two Early Kindergarten classrooms for the 2020-2021 school year. The two classes of up to 18 students each will be housed at the Jefferson Center at 1700 South Avenue and will welcome students to their first day of school on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Early Kindergarten classrooms will be separate from the existing Preschool classrooms at Jefferson Center, but students will have chances to intermingle during the school day.The goal of the Early Kindergarten program is to help targeted students with kindergarten readiness skills. We are focusing the Early Kindergarten classrooms on students who live in the following neighborhoods:

  • Northside/Westside ( Lowell Elementary)
  • Franklin to the Fort ( Franklin Elementary)
  • River Road (Hawthorne Elementary)
  • Southgate Triangle (Russell Elementary)


Learn more about this opportunity at: https://www.mcpsmt.org/earlykindergarten

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MISSOULA COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Covid-19 Information Resources:

  • Missoula County Covid-19 info line: Call 406-258-INFO from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. - Friday
  • Partnership Health Center - (406) 258-4789


Domestic Violence:
  • YWCA 24 Hr Crisis Line:800-483-7858

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7/365 at @ndvh by chat or by calling their hotline at 1-800-799-7233


Mental Health Supports

  • Montana Warmline 1-877-688-3377 (not a crisis line, but an option for someone with mental health to talk to someone. Can refer to other services if needed through three-way calling)

  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

  • Suicide Hotline; National 1-800-273-8255 Montana; 1-800-784-2433

  • Covid-19 and Mental Health - Missoula County Resources

Technology


Legal (housing support)


Unemployment/Financial


Non-Food Essentials

  • Families can contact the Food Bank- (406) 549-0543

and they will figure out a way to get people items the need (may be pick up/delivery)


Emergency Childcare Resources:


Volunteer Opportunities:

LOWELL FOOD RESOURCES

  • Lowell Elementary Meal-site: Lunch, plus Breakfast for the next day, is available for pick-up from 10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday - we prefer that adults pick-up for students, any child 18 or under is eligible. Access on the East side of the school at the cafeteria doors.


  • School Bus-stop Food Delivery for Kids: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, CLICK HERE and enter your address to get your location and approximate time.


  • Market at Lowell - Missoula Food Bank pick-up at Lowell School - Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Bags of food for the whole family will be available. If there are extras they will be available as requested throughout the week.


  • EmPower Packs (Weekend Food) - These will be available on the bus routes and at Lowell Meal-Site on Fridays. Please request one if you normally receive one at school. If there are extras they will be available as requested throughout the week at Lowell.



Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m

Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Grab and Go meals are also available at EmPower Place, the center is closed for play.


If you are sick or cannot travel to the Missoula Food Bank, call (406) 219-1843 for delivery options.



  • MIC and other community organizers have arranged for weekly food bank box distribution at Mt. Jumbo School in East Missoula as well as in Bonner and Clinton.


    Boxes are delivered in East Missoula on Thursdays between 4-6pm. Families can call Janet at 406-282-4842 to reserve boxes. Reservations must be made by Tuesdays at noon for the Thursday box pickup.

Westside Park Playground

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