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McAvinnue's Weekly Newsletter: Week Of May 3rd

MCAVINNUE'S PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Hello McAvinnue Community!


May has begun...which means that the end of this school year is right around the corner. By our count...we only have 32 days of school remaining until we break for the Summer. It's truly hard to believe that we have reached this point in the school year in one piece! What a crazy year for all of us!


We had another successful week at McAvinnue! Things are moving along nicely with our concurrent or simultaneous teaching for our in-person and remote students. Our teachers have worked tirelessly and continue to problem solve to ensure that the experience is the best it can possibly be for all stakeholders.


With the weather improving each day, it is still important to recognize that this is New England and things can change on the drop of a dime from one day to the next...or even from the morning to the afternoon. We strongly encourage everyone to consider dressing in layers each day. This will allow for the most flexibility for your child. If the weather becomes warm, your child can remove a few layers of clothing. If the weather shifts to less than ideal conditions, your child will be prepared to be as warm and comfortable as possible. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.


Here are a few dates for you to note during the month of May:


  • Monday, May 3rd: Return Date For In-Person Learning - Phase 2
  • Monday, May 3rd: Kindergarten Registration Begins
  • Thursday, May 6th: McAvinnue's School Site Council Meeting @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 12th: Early Release Day - Student Dismissal @ 1:30 PM
  • Tuesday, May 18th: ELA MCAS Testing: Grade 3 (Tentative)
  • Wednesday, May 19th: ELA MCAS Testing: Grade 4 (Tentative)
  • Friday, May 21st: Picture Day
  • Tuesday, May 25th: Math MCAS Testing: Grade 3 (Tentative)
  • Wednesday, May 26th: Math MCAS Testing: Grade 4 (Tentative)

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.

Arrival & Dismissal Reminders

We appreciate everyone's efforts to ensure that arrival and dismissal to McAvinnue is as safe as possible. However, we have noticed a few items over the past month of school and we want to make sure that everyone understands our expectations for these times of the day. Please understand that the policies we have in place are to protect everyone and following them is extremely important. Here are some reminders for you:


  • Please wear a mask when coming to the school. If you are out of your car on school grounds during arrival and dismissal everyone 3 years and older should be wearing a mask.
  • During arrival, please follow the directions of the faculty that are located at each of the 4 entry doors ways. Students will need to sanitize their hands before entering the building.
  • On the 4th Avenue side of the school, please do not double park your car. Mr. Domina will support getting your child out of your vehicle...so, there's no need walk your child to their assigned entry doorway.
  • Please do not park in the bus lanes which are on located on the parking lot side of the building. Student drop off is NOT permitted in this area during both drop off and dismissal times.
  • During dismissal, please park your car on the 4th Avenue side of the school when picking up your child. You can also park on the surrounding streets if things are full. Please keep in mind that the earlier that you arrive for pick-up...the greater the chance you will have to secure a parking spot.

If you have any questions about these procedures, please reach out Mr. Domina at mdomina@lowell.k12.ma.us or your child's teacher directly.

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


  • Monday, May 3rd: Return Date For In-Person Learning - Phase 2
  • Monday, May 3rd: Kindergarten Registration Begins
  • Thursday, May 6th: McAvinnue's School Site Council Meeting @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 12th: Early Release Day - Student Dismissal @ 1:30 PM
  • Tuesday, May 18th: ELA MCAS Testing: Grade 3 (Tentative)
  • Wednesday, May 19th: ELA MCAS Testing: Grade 4 (Tentative)
  • Thursday, May 20th - Friday, May 21st: ELA MCAS Make-Up & Remote Sessions (Tentative)
  • Thursday, May 20th: McAvinnue's School Site Council Meeting @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday, May 21st: Picture Day
  • Tuesday, May 25th: Math MCAS Testing: Grade 3 (Tentative)
  • Wednesday, May 26th: Math MCAS Testing: Grade 4 (Tentative)
  • Thursday, May 27th - Friday, May 28st: Math MCAS Make-Up & Remote Sessions (Tentative)
  • Monday, May 30th - No School: Observance Of Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, June 16th: Last Day Of School
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Kindergarten Registration Begins May 3rd

The Lowell Public Schools Kindergarten registration period for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year will start Monday, May 3rd. Children turning 5 years old on or before September 1, 2021 are eligible to register for kindergarten. Even if your child is currently enrolled in a LPS Preschool program you still need to register for Kindergarten.


Kindergarten Registration Information Sessions

Learn more about the Kindergarten registration process at a virtual info session on Tuesday, April 27th at 6:30 PM or Thursday, April 29th at 3:00 PM. Sessions will be offered in English, Spanish, Khmer, Portuguese and Swahili. Zoom links are below.



Kindergarten Registration Period

The Kindergarten registration period will go from May 3rd - July 25th and will be split into 3 rounds:

  • Round 1 - Register between May 3rd and May 23rd to be eligible for the 1st lottery on June 9, 2021
  • Round 2 - Register between May 24th and June 20st to be eligible for the 2nd lottery on July 7, 2021
  • Round 3 - Register between June 21st and July 25th to be eligible for the final lottery on August 4, 2021


We encourage families to register during the 1st round of registration (May 3rd - May 23rd). While we can't guarantee placement in your preferred school, being eligible for the 1st lottery increases your chances of getting the seat of your choice. For more information about kindergarten registration, please visit our website: www.lowell.k12.ma.us/kindergartenregistration

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McAvinnue's School Site Council Meeting

McAvinnue's next School Site Council Meeting will occur on Thursday, May 6th from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM. We will be discussing the ongoing school reopening, COVID-19 update, ST Math May Challenge, open teaching positions, and end of the year events.


You will be able to access the meeting agenda as well as the Zoom link by clicking below. This information will be posted on Wednesday, May 5, 2021


https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/domain/665

McAvinnue's Picture Day: Friday, May 21st

We will hold picture day for both our in-person and remote students on Friday, May 21st. Pictures will be provided by O'Connors Studios.


In-person students will take their pictures during the school day and we will follow all approved COVID-19 safety precautions. Remote students will take their pictures after school on this day starting at 3:45 PM.


We will send home the picture order form with in-person students when they are delivered to the school. Remote students will be able to pick up the picture order form at the school when they come for their photo session.


More information to come over the next few weeks.

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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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.


Here is the tentative testing schedule that McAvinnue will follow during the month of May:


  • Tuesday, May 18th: ELA MCAS Testing: Grade 3 (Tentative)
  • Wednesday, May 19th: ELA MCAS Testing: Grade 4 (Tentative)
  • Thursday, May 20th - Friday, May 21st: ELA MCAS Make-Up & Remote Sessions (Tentative)
  • Thursday, May 20th: McAvinnue's School Site Council Meeting @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, May 25th: Math MCAS Testing: Grade 3 (Tentative)
  • Wednesday, May 26th: Math MCAS Testing: Grade 4 (Tentative)
  • Thursday, May 27th - Friday, May 28st: Math MCAS Make-Up & Remote Sessions (Tentative)



Stay tuned as these dates are subject to change. More information to follow over the next few weeks.

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

McAvinnue's Week In Review!

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"Great News" in Room 301!


Shanik took home the top prize for earning the most Class Dojo points for being responsible in the month of March. Check out the Hawaiian pizza she selected! Ali came in a close second behind Shanik and selected an LOL doll for her prize!


Nice work ladies...and keep up your efforts proudly displaying our Core Values!

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“Awesome News” in Room 204!


Eliza and Micah successfully passed their classroom challenge of completing at least 40 ST Math puzzles over Spring Break. Both students completed 44 puzzles and earned a super cool fidget spinner!


Great work...let's see if you can completed 50 puzzles next time!

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: "Drawbridge"


We will try another new pose this week called the "Drawbridge". This new pose will allow us to focus on our balance with releasing tension through a good stretch that reinforces better posture . We will practice the "Drawbridge" pose 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 26th

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, May 4th @ 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Lincoln Elementary School (300 Chelmsford St. - next to the main entrance)
  • Thursday, May 6th @ 3:00 PM - 5:30 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.

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 618 new cases (decrease) reported in the City over the past 14 days. Lowell has a COVID-19 average daily incident rate of 38 (decrease) and a percent positivity rate of 6.19% (decrease) as of Thursday, April 29th.

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New COVID-19 Vaccine Opportunity

The City of Lowell has partnered with the Commonwealth to offer a mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on Monday, May 3rd at the Elks Lodge Parking Lot. Anyone 18 and over who lives or works in Lowell is eligible. This clinic will dispense Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Visit https://platform.boxcarapp.com/listings/614/reserve​ to make an appointment.


Date: Monday, 5/3

Time: 8 AM - 8 PM

Location: Elks Lodge Parking Lot (40 Old Ferry Rd)

Eligibility: Any individual 18+ that lives or works in Lowell

Registration Link: https://platform.boxcarapp.com/listings/614/reserve

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FAMILY INFORMATION & RESOURCES

Camp Invention is a FREE STEM Based Summer Program that will take place at the Wang Middle School in Lowell. This year the program will be run from Monday, July 26 - Friday, July 30 from 9:00 AM -3:30 PM each day.


The program will be in-person this year following social distancing and mask wearing guidelines. Students will be provided with lunch. It is open to all McAvinnue 4th Grade students.


Check out the pictures below for more information and click the button to sign-up. There are only 67 slots and they are being assigned first come first served.


For more information or questions you may have, please email Mr. Stahl at mstahl@lowell.k12.ma.us. for support and clarification.

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Summer Opportunities In Lowell

One of the great things about living in Lowell is all of the resources that the city has available for its residents...and many of the opportunities are free of charge! Start to plan your summer now...and miss out on some of the availability and opportunities (limited spaces) in your own community!


Download the list below to see all of the great summer opportunities available to our kids and families!

The Greater Boston Food Bank

The Greater Boston Food Bank will be at the STEM Academy (43 Highland Street) will take place from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. You can begin to line up starting at 1:30 PM.


The next food pantry is Tuesday, May 11th. 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, May 11th, 2-3pm

43 Highland Street

Lowell, MA

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Additional Food Pantry Opportunities

Lowell and the Merrimack Valley have additional opportunities for families to access food and other essential supplies that may be in need. Please click the link below for a comprehensive list of local resources that are available.


You can also contact Mrs. De La Luz directly for support at adelaluz@lowell.k12.ma.us

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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

McAvinnue's Weekly Family Read-Aloud

"The Upside-Down Gardener"

🌼 Kids Book Read Aloud: THE UPSIDE-DOWN GARDENER by Chrysa Smith and Pat Achilles

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.


#McAvinnuePride #BeTheDifference #NextLevel

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