Lowell Lantern

Principal's message

Dear Lowell Families,

We have two weeks left before winter break; that is hard to believe! These last two weeks are very important weeks! Teachers are completing end of quarter and end of unit assessments at every grade level. These assessments are important as they allow us to monitor student growth and achievement.


All students in Grades K - 4 will take the NWEA Reading and Math Assessments next week. This data will provide a mid-year look at the student’s progress in these subject areas. Teachers will use this information to help make instructional decisions for student learning and growth. It is important for students to give their best effort on these assessments to ensure an accurate representation of their understanding. We appreciate your support in encouraging students to do their personal best on these important tests!


As a reminder, student report cards will be distributed prior to winter break. Report cards will be sent home with students on Friday, December 20.


Please see below for some reminders of upcoming events:

  • Our Family Financial Literacy Fun Night & Town Hall Meeting is set for Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00pm. Pizza will be available for dinner along with an evening of fun and exciting station games and activities. Please join us!

  • The 3rd Grade Holiday Program is on Thursday, December 12 at 7:00pm in the Lowell Gym. We hope to see many families there.

  • Our CORE Celebration is scheduled for Friday, December 20. Students will be able to spend their corebucks that they have earned over this quarter on all of the fun and games! We are in need of parent volunteers to help during CORE Carnival. Look for a sign-up sheet to come home soon.

  • Our last day of school before winter break is Friday, December 20. Students return from winter break on Monday, January 6.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Griffin

Construction Update -- Please Read!

You will notice additional fencing has been added to our parking lot area. This fencing has eliminated some additional parking spaces. The back half of the parking lot will no longer be accessible for parking. We will begin to use the new gravel lot. Please be mindful of parking in this lot and follow the correct traffic pattern. Please park only in the designated areas. If you are visiting school during the school day, parking may be limited in the lot. Check the gravel lot for spaces as needed. Parking is available on the south side of the building until 2:15pm. All vehicles must be moved from the south side by 2:15pm to ensure that space is readily available for our buses at the end of the day.


For those who are car riders, please be patient as our car rider line procedures will have to be adjusted due to the added fencing. OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS SAFETY OF STUDENTS! PLEASE LISTEN TO THE TEACHERS AND STAFF WHO ARE DIRECTING TRAFFIC FOR THE CAR RIDER LINE AND ADHERE TO THEIR REQUESTS. BE PATIENT WITH THESE CHANGES. STAY IN LINE AND DO NOT PASS OTHER CARS OR TRY TO EXIT THE LINE IN FRONT OF OTHERS.


A couple of reminders:

  • Lowell is a SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS. There is no smoking anywhere on Lowell’s campus. This includes smoking in cars while waiting in the car rider line. Please extinguish all smoking materials before arriving on Lowell’s Campus.

  • Please be attentive while in the car rider line. Move your cars to the furthest point in the line. Do not leave gaps in the line. Listen for directions from school staff as you are moving through the car rider line.

  • Remember, our priority is student safety. We realize this may mean a few more minutes in the car rider line. Please be patient and adhere to the procedures so that we can ensure the safety of all of our children and staff!


We appreciate your attentiveness to following our car rider procedures and your efforts to ensure student and staff safety during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up! Thank


Family Financial Literacy Fun Night

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Student Council Says Thank You!!

Our Student Council wishes to thank all of our Lowell students who donated canned goods to our Food Drive! We collected close to 500 canned goods! A big congratulations goes to the first graders in Room LE4, Mrs. Heidenreich and Mrs. Purnell’s classroom, for collecting a total of 129 canned goods. They were the highest selling class in the building! And more congratulations goes out to all of our First Graders. First Grade was our highest selling grade level with a total of 308 items donated. We are so proud of all of our Lowell Leopards for helping us to have a successful canned food drive! Thank you!!


Just a reminder that we are now starting our Winter Gear and Toiletry Drive. Students are encouraged to donate hats, gloves, or mittens along with toiletry items such as soap, shampoos, and tissues. All items collected will be donated to those in need. We encourage everyone to participate and thank you in advance for your donations!


Lowell Choir News

Our Lowell Choir spread some holiday cheer to the residents at Wildwood Healthcare Center this week. Students sang holiday songs to the residents and brought some holiday spirit to the center. The residents enjoyed the performance and were thrilled to see our students there! This was such a great experience for all and spread smiles all around!

NEW SIGN IN PROCEDURE -- RAPTOR GUARD

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Think first and Stay Safe

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Indianapolis Symphonic Choir's Festivals of Carols

Indianapolis Symphonic Choir's Festivals of Carols will be on Saturday, December 7th at 3:00 pm and Sunday, December 8th at 3:00 pm. This concert is filled with a variety of holiday favorites performed by choir, orchestra, and other guest
artists such as Broadway star Michele McConnell returning for a second year, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Spotlight High School Choirs, Santa, and a
Christmas Gospel Celebration featuring renowned gospel recording artist Rodnie Bryant & friends. Tickets may be purchased at www.warrenpac.org.
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A Soul Stirring Christmas

  • A Soul Stirring Christmas will be on Saturday, December 14th at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 15th at 4:00 pm. This is The Asante Children’s Theatre’s tribute to the Holiday Season! This is a "must see" performance for certain! Presale tickets are just $10.25 and may be purchased at www.warrenpac.org.

Warren's High Ability Program

Warren's High Ability Program is designed to meet the unique academic needs of gifted and talented students. The curriculum in these classes is differentiated and faster paced and students will be working above grade level if they qualify. As a district, we look at all students in grades 1, 4, 6 and 8 to see if they qualify for the following school year based on eligibility criteria. Parent recommendations are considered along with achievement scores when determining placement in high ability. More detailed identification information can be found here: https://www.warren.k12.in.us/o/msd-of-warren-township/page/high-ability--3 If you would like to complete a recommendation for the broad based planning committee to consider you can do so here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeptTssN1vtlIXg0RyEmmSYMROhINneDMw7OepoY4W_Ckq-gw/viewform The parent recommendation form will be open until January 31, 2020.

Journey of a Graduate (JoG)

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This fall, MSD of Warren Township will be creating a comprehensive strategic plan based on community input that will ensure all students and staff have the conditions necessary to develop and apply Journey of a Graduate (JoG) skills and dispositions. The Journey of a Graduate skills are a set of 6 skills and dispositions that have been identified by our community needed for success in and out of school. The JoG skills are Critical Thinking, Citizenship, Communication, Collaboration, Content Knowledge, and Resilience. These JoG skills will serve as the foundation of the district strategic plan.

One way the district will capture community input is through an online survey. Linked below is a short survey that will ask questions around our strengths as a district and help us identify areas for improvement,

(Click on link below to begin survey)


This fall, MSD of Warren Township will be creating a comprehensive strategic plan based on community input that will ensure all students and staff have the conditions necessary to develop and apply Journey of a Graduate (JoG) skills and dispositions. The Journey of a Graduate skills are a set of 6 skills and dispositions that have been identified by our community needed for success in and out of school. The JoG skills are Critical Thinking, Citizenship, Communication, Collaboration, Content Knowledge, and Resilience. These JoG skills will serve as the foundation of the district strategic plan.

One way the district will capture community input is through an online survey. Linked below is a short survey that will ask questions around our strengths as a district and help us identify areas for improvement,

(Click on link below to begin survey)

http://bit.ly/MSDWTSPS


http://bit.ly/MSDWTSPSSPANISH



Dr. Tim Hanson

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FRIENDLY TIPS AND REMINDERS

* Students are expected to be at school on time every day. Our tardy bell rings at 8:05am. Please plan accordingly to ensure your child is in his/her classroom by 8:05am each day.

* If your child will be absent due to illness or late due to a doctor's appointment, please call the front office at 317-532-3900 to report the absence or late arrival. This helps to ensure your child's safety. Please bring a doctor's note to document the excused absence.

* Dismissal is at 3:05pm. If you are picking up your child from school, please follow our car rider procedures.

* When arriving at Lowell, please make sure you stop first at the front desk. All visitors MUST sign in and put on a Lowell Badge while in the building. Safety is our top priority for our students. This process allows us to ensure every child's safety during the school day. Thank you for your cooperation.

* Parents are always welcome at Lowell! If you would like to visit your child's classroom, please call or email your child's teacher or Mrs. Griffin so we can make arrangements and ensure that the students will be in the classroom at the time of your visit. We encourage you and welcome you to always be a part of your child's learning, and we truly value your involvement!

* 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.

School Safety

Dear Lowell Families,

I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how excited the Lowell Elementary family is about the start of the school year and to share our process for emergency preparedness. In an effort to make sure our students and staff understand and know what to do in the case of emergencies, we plan practice drills throughout the school year. Some of these drills include procedures we practice monthly, like fire drills, and some we practice only a few times during the year, like wind/tornado drills.

We wanted you to be aware of the types of drills that we practice together in the event of a school safety concern so that you can talk with your students about these situations if they should come home with questions.

  • Fire Drills – Students and staff evacuate their classrooms and exit the building. All classrooms report to a designated location outside of the school building. During these drills, cars entering campus will be stopped by staff until our perimeter is clear of students and staff.

  • Wind/Tornado Drills – Students and staff report to designated locations in the building away from large windows and doors with windows. During this drill, our exterior doors will be locked so that all office staff can participate as well.

  • Lockdown Drills – Our buildings are secured internally and externally. Students remain with staff and wait for directions. During these drills, if you visit campus, you may see law enforcement agencies like Warren Police, parked on our campus supporting this practice.

  • Bus Evacuation Drills – Students practice exiting the bus using emergency exits upon arriving to school. During these drills, cars entering campus will be stopped by staff until our perimeter is clear of students and staff.

It is important to note that your student’s focus and cooperation during our drills is paramount. When drills are conducted, all individuals on our campus must participate, and that number can be upwards of 600 people. Paying attention, being alert and following directions allows for the best learning experience during the drills. Please reinforce this at home. Also, please know that if you are in the building when these drills are being practiced, you will be asked to practice with our school.

I appreciate your support and ask that you reach out with any questions.

Kim Griffin, Principal


SCHOOL DISTRICT PUBLICATIONS/NEWS MEDIA USE

The occasion may arise when the school district wants to recognize your child or your child's school. This may include your child's photo, your child's name or your child's work in district publications, newsletters, on school district websites, and in electronic/ social media or in staff training videos. We may also want to tell the media (including newspapers, television, and radio) about your child's achievements. We never knowingly release information about a student to anyone who wants to use it for commercial/ political purposes. However, we will honor your request to not include your child in these types of recognitions if you notify your child's school office in writing that you do not want this type of information released.

THERE ARE NO LATE STARTS FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR *PLEASE SEE CALENDAR*

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