Lowell Lantern

October 23, 2020

Principal's Message

Hello Lowell Families!


Our 2nd quarter of school is off to a great start!! We have had a fabulous first week back from Fall Break. We loved welcoming our students back and welcoming back new students to in-person learning! Students have gotten back into routines and procedures and are happy to be at school!


Parent/Teacher Conferences were held this past Thursday, and the turnout was amazing!! I want to extend a big thank you to all of our parents and caregivers for connecting with teachers by participating in these important conferences. These meetings are so very important and help to strengthen the realtionships between teachers, students, and families! Our teachers appreciated having time with you to discuss student successes, needs, and much more! Please do not hesitate to reach out to school staff at any time if you have questions or needs! We are here for you and want to continue to keep connections between home and school open! Thank you, again, for your time and participation!!


Finally as we enter cold and flu season, it is so very important to continue to work with your children on health and safety at school. All students are required to wear face masks during the school day (except when actively eating lunch). We appreciate your efforts to help students understand the importance of this for their safety and the safety of others! Thank you for your support with these important protocols and procedures!


As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you need anything! Thank you for your support of Lowell! Take care! Be safe!

Mrs. Griffin

BUS PARKING CHANGES AT LOWELL -- PLEASE READ

We have changed the location of our bus parking for morning drop-off and afternoon dismissal. With renovations, we sometimes have to make some adjustments. This is one of those adjustments.


Lowell buses will be parking in front of the school building across from Door 1 ~ our main entrance. Most buses with park along the grass side of our drive with a few buses parking along the curb. As a result, there will be no access to the front drive during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.


There will be no parking along the front of the building and no entry to the front drive from 7:40am - 8:40am and again from 2:40pm - 3:20pm every day. Please be mindful of this if you are coming to Lowell during these hours.


If you are dropping off your student in the morning, you will need to access our car rider line off of Raymond Street on the south side of the building (see car rider map below). If students are arriving late or need to leave early, please park in the lot on the south side of the building and walk to door 1.


It is important for our front lane to be cleared during these times to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

STUDENT MASK REMINDERS

Please make sure that your child(ren) come to school every day with a clean and durable mask. Students received a mask from school earlier in the year. We will distribute an additional mask to every student over the course of the next couple of weeks. If you have further needs, please reach out to your child's teacher. We have extra cloth masks if a child needs another one in the future. Remember, washing masks daily is important!
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WARREN TOWNSHIP eLEARNING DAY ~~ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3

Please review the information below about our upcoming eLearning Day on November 3.
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FAMILY & CAREGIVER SURVEY -- PLEASE COMPLETE


Dear Families ~

As a valued partner, we would like your input on how MSD Warren is doing with health and safety measures, communication, and family needs as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times. Please complete this survey via the link or QR code below. Thank you, in advance, for taking the time to complete this important survey!

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PICTURE RETAKES FOR IN-PERSON LEARNERS

Picture retakes will be on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Mark your calendars. Additional information regarding ordering will be shared at a later date.

2019-2020 YEARBOOKS ~~ EXTRAS AVAILABLE TO BUY

We have some extra 2019-2020 yearbooks that are available on a first come, first serve basis. Yearbooks are $20.00 each.


You may send in payment with a note requesting a yearbook with your child to school or call the front office 317-532-3900 with any questions about purchases.

PLEASE JOIN THE LOWELL PTA

Our Lowell PTA provides so much support for students, families, and staff. Please consider joining the PTA! It does not mean you must volunteer for events; however, joining the PTA allows you to advocate for your child and others.


For every membership bought, you will receive a discount card that provides great deals to businesses on the eastside. So your membership could be free with the great deals you get.


Please click on this link to become a member.

https://indiana-congress-of-parents-and-teachers.square.site/

LOWELL ELEMENTARY COUNSELING SERVICES PARENT/GUARDIAN REFERRAL FORM

Mrs. Hand, our school counselor, is available to support all of our Lowell students. A student may be referred to the school counselor by a parent/guardian, staff member or the student may refer themselves.


If you are interested in counseling services for your child, please click on the link below and complete the referral form for Mrs. Hand. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhMbp6BSh7ti1I6Nc6ar3-LjYr-cqbFUzhxIesLZmRXiqa3w/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0


Mrs. Hand has also created her own website where families can access information and resources. Please visit her website at the link below.


https://sites.google.com/warren.k12.in.us/lowell-school-counselor/home

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

Time Change -- fall back -- November 1

Staff Professional Day -- eLearning Day -- November 3

Picture Retake Day -- November 10

Thanksgiving Break -- November 25 - November 27

STUDENT LUNCH MENU


Here is the Updated Lunch Menu from Chartwell's. Students will get a choice of a hot or cold entree each day.

VIRTUAL STUDENTS AND PARENTS/CAREGIVERS




Please read the important information below about virtual learning.

BLACK AND GOLD SCHEDULE FOR VIRTUAL LEARNERS

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Attendance for Virtual Students -- Attendance App


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All virtual students are now required to log-in to Canvas to validate their attendance every day of school. This includes direct instruction days, application days, and academic enrichment days. Please help your student log-in and submit their attendance each day.


1. Open the app called “V attendance” on your student’s iPad. It is black with a gold check mark.

2. Click the red button that says “Log into Google” to sign into the student’s google account. This is the same email and password that students use to log into Clever. Not sure about what this login information is? Email me!

3. You should now be logged into Canvas. Click on the box that says “Period 1”. It is outlined in yellow.

4. It will come up with a question about whether or not your student is attending that day. Click yes.

5. Click submit. You did it!


You may also continue to login through the Canvas app if it has been working for you. Please reach out with any questions! Thanks!

PICTURE DAY FOR VIRTUAL STUDENTS

In early November, virtual students will be given the opportunity to have their picture taken. The virtual support team is working on what this will look like for families. In order to plan effectively, we would like to gauge families with this survey:


Virtual Learning Academy Picture Day Survey

Are You a Virtual Student Who is Having Technology Issues?


Beginning Monday, October 26th the Moorhead technology help desk will move to door 11 at the rear of the building located near the playground. Please drive through the gate on the west side of the building and, after parking, enter door 11 for assistance. The Technology team will keep the same hours for the help desk: Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 11am to 1pm.


If you are having tech issues, please contact the help desk:



MATERIAL PICK-UP FOR VIRTUAL LEARNERS


Virtual Student Materials Pick-up for quarter 2 was on Thursday, October 22nd.


If we missed you, please call the front office at 317-532-3900 to make arrangements for pick up.

AMAZON SMILE

Did you know that Amazon donates money to approved charities and the Lowell PTA was just approved as a charity?


If you use Amazon or have an Amazon Prime Account, money may be donated to Lowell with NO extra charge to you. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.


Please see the flyers below for easy ways to donate to Lowell. Share with your friends and family!

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BOX TOPS ARE GOING DIGITAL!

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SELF-SCREENINGS

Thank you for taking time each morning to screen your child before coming to school each day. Please continue to do so. Below are symptoms impacting consideration for exclusion from school:

● A fever of 100.0° F or greater

● Chills

● Cough

● Muscle or body aches

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● Headache

● Sore throat

● Congestion or runny nose

● Fatigue

● New loss of taste or smell

● Nausea or vomiting

● Diarrhea


Students and employees should be excluded from school if they test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit two or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 that are not otherwise explained based on ISDH / MCPHD guidance. If in doubt, please don't hesitate to call school at 317-532-3900 for some guidance. We appreciate your support in doing this important screening step each day before sending students to school.

Are You in Need of Textbook Rental Assistance? Please Read The Information Below

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MSD WARREN TOWNSHIP S.A.F.E. REOPENING PLAN

You may download our 20-21 Reopening Plan on our S.A.F.E. Reopening Webpage.

https://www.warren.k12.in.us/o/msd-of-warren-township/page/20-21-s-a-f-e-reopening

Covid Screening & Quarantine Information

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CAR RIDER INFORMATION

Our car rider line has changed locations! The car rider drop-off and pick-up line is now on the SOUTH SIDE (Raymond Street) of the building. DO NOT ENTER OFF OF HUNTER ROAD. All car riders will enter the line off of Raymond Street. There is a circular drive that cars will follow around to the sidewalk. Pull your car to the end of the sidewalk, place your car in park, and wait for staff to signal that students may be released from cars. DO NOT RELEASE STUDENTS UNTIL STAFF IS OUTSIDE AND INDICATES THAT STUDENTS MAY BE RELEASED FROM VEHICLE. WE WILL BEGIN TO RELEASE STUDENTS AT 7:55AM. STUDENTS MUST WEAR A FACE COVERING WHEN EXITING THE VEHICLE. PARENTS ARE TO REMAIN IN CARS AT ALL TIMES AND CANNOT EXIT THE VEHICLE TO WALK STUDENTS INTO THE BUILDING.


Students will only be released on the sidewalk side/passenger side of the vehicle. Please make sure your child is sitting on that side of your vehicle. When the sidewalk is cleared of students, cars will be released by staff to exit back out onto Raymond Street. PLEASE DO NOT MOVE YOUR CAR UNTIL STAFF INDICATES IT IS SAFE TO MOVE. DO NOT GET OUT OF THE CAR RIDER LINE TO MANUVEUR YOUR CAR AROUND OTHER CARS. STAY IN LINE AND FOLLOW THE CAR IN FRONT OF YOU SO WE CAN EXIT SAFELY. When the next row of cars are lined up along the sidewalk and are stopped and in park, staff will release the next group of students into the building.


OUR PRIORITY IS TO KEEP STUDENTS AND STAFF SAFE! PLEASE MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THESE PROCEDURES AND TO FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF THE LOWELL STAFF. WE APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION.


Please make sure your child has backpack/supplies ready and that good-byes are said before it's time to exit the car. We will not have time to retrieve items or have prolonged good-byes in the morning. We appreciate your help with this!!


Review the map below to see the entry/exit location and the path for the car rider line. We appreciate your patience as we all learn this new system.

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SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS

Please remember that our Lowell Campus is a smoke-free campus. There is no smoking allowed anywhere on Lowell grounds. This includes smoking in your cars while on the Lowell Campus. Please refrain from smoking on school grounds if you are picking your child up or dropping your child off at school. We appreciate your support with this policy!


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Lowell Construction Updates

The renovation at Lowell is going strong!! We are excited to see the progress!

It was a busy Friday at Lowell! Lots going on with our construction crews!!

School District Publication/News Media Use

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STUDENT SUCCESS HANDBOOK

Click on the link below to access the 2020-2021 Student Success Handbook.


Student Success Handbook 2020-2021

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