Family Communicator

Issue #11 (November 14-18, 2022)

The Week Ahead

Monday, November 14, 2022

  • After School Program - Grades 3+4
  • School Site Council - 6 pm

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

  • After School Program - Grades 1+2

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

  • After School Program - Grades 3+4

Thursday, November 17, 2022

  • After School Program - Grades 1+2

Friday, November 18, 2022

After School Program

There will be no after-school program during the November 21st week. We only have two full days of school. Please plan ahead.

November Schedule

We have many days off in November and one early release day Here is the schedule so you can plan accordingly.
  • Wednesday, November 23, 2022 - Early Release Day at 11:10 am - No Lunch
  • Thursday, November 24, 2022 - Thanksgiving - NO SCHOOL
  • Friday, November 25, 2022 - NO SCHOOL

Emergency Preparedness Drills

Washington School will be practicing for emergencies the Week after Thanksgiving. We go through a series of drills related to school intruders and weather-related events such as tornadoes. Students will watch a video demonstrating lockdowns and read a social story about emergencies. All schools in Lowell participate in these drills at least once per year. A copy of the Social Story is attached below if you want to review these drills with your children.

Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union

Students can open savings accounts and make deposits directly at the school every other Thursday. If you are interested, please send in money for deposits, and the bank will take care of the rest.

School Site Council

I need willing members, for School Site Council this school year. Please consider participating on our School Site Council. School Site Council helps plan goals and determine the budget for each school year. We need 2 or 3 additional school site council members for our school. We meet about 4-6 times per year on Zoom. Our first meeting is scheduled for November 14th. Please consider helping. Please email me directly so I can answer your questions. jmccrevan@lowell.k12.ma.us

COVID Tests

Some COVID At-home tests from iHealth have been extended until January 2023. I have some kits available at the school if you need any for at-home testing. Please use this link for the latest expiration dates.

https://ihealthlabs.com/pages/news

Bus Transportation

How can I register for transportation?

Families can register online for transportation by going to www.lowell.k12.ma.us/transportation. For questions related to transportation, please call (978) 674-4333.

How do I know if I qualify for transportation?

School bus transportation is provided to students in grades K-4, who live greater than 3/4 miles* from their residence or alternate address to their assigned school. *The distance between home and school is calculated as a radius around the school, not in a linear point A to B way.

Washington School Staff

Grade 4 - Mrs. Avelino - Room 212

Grade 4 - Ms. Trull - Room 211

Grade 3 - Mrs. Parisi - Room 201

Grade 3 - Mrs. Hogan - Room 202

Grade 2 Mrs. Burns - Room 106

Grade 2 - Ms. Hill - Room 102

Grade 1 - Mrs. Brady - Room 112

Grade 1 - Ms. Bonin - Room 111

Kindergarten - Mrs. Desheneaux - Room 108

Kindergarten - Mrs. Cahill - Room 101

Pre-Kindergarten - Mrs. Quirbach - Room 114

Special Education

Allied Arts Team

General Information

How can I update my contact information (phone number/email/address)?

Go online to the Family Resource Webpage (https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/UpdateContactInfo) and fill out the “contact us” form. Families who don’t have access to the internet can fill out the form in person at the Family Resource Center. If an address change is related to economic factors or housing instability (family moves in with relatives, eviction, hotel/motel, fire or unsheltered, please contact the McKinney Vento Office located at the Family Resource Center in person (151 Merrimack Street), by phone (978-674-4321) or go to the webpage at https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/HomelessAssistance.


How do I update my emergency contacts?

If you were in the school last year we will send a verification sheet out. if you are new we will send home an emergency form to fill out on the first day of school.


What should I do if my child needs a Chromebook or if my child’s Chromebook needs repairs?

Families should contact their school to coordinate the issuing of a new Chromebook or to schedule repairs. After the school year begins, the district will resume its “tech tent” services and will inform families via email, text, and phone once the services resume.


How do I register my child for the new school year?

All school registrations are completed online using a computer or laptop. You can access the online application by going to https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/SchoolRegistration. If you only have a mobile device and don’t have access to a computer or laptop, you can register in person at the Family Resource Center (151 Merrimack Street). Please call the Family Resource Center if you have any questions (978-674-4321).


What should I do if I need to register my child(ren) and I don’t speak English?

The Lowell Public Schools is committed to providing translation and interpretation services for families who require assistance in a language other than English. The online registration application and website is translated in Spanish and Portuguese and can be accessed by going to https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/SchoolRegistration. For all other languages, please call Vannak Khin at (978) 328-6782 to arrange services. In-person language interpretation support for registration can be accessed by visiting the Lowell Public Schools at 151 Merrimack Street. Families can also call the Family Resource Center at (978) 674-4321 to make an appointment with a Bilingual Family Liaison.


How old does my child need to be to enroll in preschool or kindergarten?

A child must turn 4 years old on or before September 1, 2021, in order to apply for preschool and 5 by September 1 to apply for kindergarten. A family can apply for preschool by going to https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/PreschoolRegistration to fill out an online application or https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/KindergartenRegistration for kindergarten. For registration questions, please call (978) 674-4321.


How do I apply for a transfer for my child to change schools in the new year?

Per the 2021-22 School Assignment Policy, all students have the option to request one school transfer per year. Families can apply online by going to https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/SchoolTransfer or can come to the Family Resource Center in-person to complete the application. Transfers are assigned on a space availability basis.