Friday Flight

September 19, 2014

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Please review the Memo to stay current on building parent communication!

Twitter Lunch & Learn Notes

Please find the resource from our last Lunch & Learn below. Within that you'll find two quick tutorials I created that will guide you in those first steps whether or not you were able to join us.

PTA Student Spotlight

Thanks to Ms. G. and two of Mrs. McDonald's students for kicking off PTA Student Spotlight. Click here if you'd like to sign up for a month!

Join PTA!

Our goal this year is to reach 100% staff membership as we partner with the PTA to serve our students at Lowell! You can join online via the link below or pick up a form in the office. Our PTA parents are very appreciative of the staff who have joined so far!

Please consider writing a post for our blog!!

You can also encourage a student or parent to share OR comment on an existing post!! We have 3 new stories this year!

Week of September 22-26

F & P Schedule


Monday, September 22

  • Wellness Committee meeting; 8:30 a.m.
  • Nosalik team meeting; 8:30 a.m.


Tuesday, September 23

  • Picture Day
  • Instructional Team; 8:30 a.m. in Main Office Conference Room
  • Data review meetings; Main Office Conference Room


Wednesday, September 24

  • Staff meeting; 8:30 a.m. in LLC
  • Evacuation Drill; 10 a.m.
  • Shift Day to Friday
  • Lowell Spirit Day (Yes...jeans)
  • Cook's Night Out @ Chipotle & Yogurtland; 4-8 p.m.


Thursday, September 25

  • Problem solving, IEPs & 504s as scheduled
  • Inclusion meetings as scheduled
  • Runathon during PE classes
  • (Yes...jeans)


Friday, September 26

Happy Birthday!!

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Upcoming Lowell Events

All School

  • Hearing & Vision Screening: Friday, October 3 (Friday, October 10 make-up)
  • Walk to School Day: Wednesday, October 8th
  • Bus Drill: Tuesday, October 14; 9:30-Noon; 1-2 p.m.
  • Parent-Teacher Conference Dates: Tuesday, October 14 & Thursday, October 16 from 4-8 p.m. are the school-wide dates. Per the contract, your additional 4 hours beyond the 2 school-wide nights may include parent phone calls, e-mails, and additional conferences.
  • Discretionary Money Receipts Due: Friday, October 17
  • Winter Concert: Thursday, December 18 @ Wheaton North High School's Auditorium (more information to come)
  • Spring PACE Testing: March 2-6 (Grades 3-5); March 9-16 (Grade 2)
  • Franklin Music Tour: Tuesday, April 28
  • Chorus, Band, & Orchestra Concert: Tuesday, May 12; 6:30 p.m. @ Franklin


Grade Level Trips/Events

  • Kindergarten DuPage Children's Museum in-school field trip: Tuesday, September 30; Art Room (9:20-10:20: Vesta; 10:40-11:40: Rood; 2:10-3:10: Vesta)
  • 2nd Grade to Wheaton College: Tuesday, September 30; 9:45-11:45
  • 3rd Grade to Danada Farm: Thursday, October 2; 9:30-Noon
  • Kindergarten Firemen Visits: Thursday, October 9; Room 108 (10:45-11:15); Room 119 (2:45-3:15)
  • 3rd Grade Dictionary Visits: Wednesday, October 22; 10; 10:30; 11
  • Kindergarten to COD Play: Friday, May 13; 10:30-1 p.m.
  • Kindergarten to Morton Arboretum: Thursday, May 23; 9:30-Noon

2014-15 Shift Day Schedule

  • Wednesday, September 24 is a Friday
  • Thursday, October 16 is a Monday
  • Thursday, January 15 is a Friday
  • Tuesday, February 17 is a Monday
  • Tuesday, May 26 is a Monday

PARCC Window

The district is hopeful more specific PARCC information will be released in September. When that happens, options for the testing timeframe will be shared with building principals and communicated to you. Until that point, it is recommended we not schedule field trips and events during that window. Again, the hope is that the window will be narrowed further. If families inquire about this due to vacation planning you can direct them to me if you prefer; there will be the opportunity for make-ups within each window. PARCC testing will take place during both windows below:


  • First Window: March 9-March 27
  • Second Window: April 27-May 22

Professional Learning Calendar

2014-15 Professional Learning Calendar


For our first round of committee meetings, please attend the committee you were on last year. We'll then make any adjustments for 2014-15. Look for more information via links below in the coming weeks:


  • BLT- TBD
  • Instructional Team- Tuesday, September 23
  • Wellness- Monday, September 22
  • Tech Team- Wednesday, October 15
  • Foundations Team- Tuesday, October 28
  • Aid meetings- TBD


  • Lunch & Learns (optional); Blogging- Thursday, October 2

Lowell Guidelines for Success

The Lowell Community Takes FLIGHT

  • Focus on Success

  • Love to Learn

  • Include Everyone

  • Give Respect

  • Honor Hard Work

  • Think it Through

Getting rid of something? Need something?

Check it out!

This section, like our Standards Based Grading Corner last year, will include interesting articles, blog posts, videos, or quotes for your optional perusal & reflection. Have something you'd like me to share here? E-mail me the link!


Thanks to Taylor Nosalik for sharing the visual from this article below!