Lowell Lantern

Principal's message

Dear Lowell Families,

Your child(ren) should have brought home Parent/Teacher Conference sign-up forms this past week. Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, October 1. Students do not attend school that day. Conferences are being held from 11:00am - 7:00pm on October 1. Please take some time to indicate your time preference for your conference and to return the form to your child’s teacher. These conferences are very important for all parents to attend! These formal conferences are only held one time during the school year, and we hope to meet with every parent of every child during this time. Our goal is 100% participation and meeting with 100% of our parents. During conferences, parents will receive their child’s first quarter report card. Teachers will discuss students academic and behavioral performance, which will allow you to have a better understanding of your child’s strengths and areas of need.


The week of September 23 has been designated as College Go Week and Pink Week. This week allows us to draw attention to students’ post-graduation college and career paths. In addition, through Pink Week we can show our support for the fight against cancer. Look for more information to come home explaining how your students can participate in activities during this week.


Don’t forget….

  • Movie Night is tonight! Doors open at 5:30pm with the movie starting at 6:00pm in the gym. Please be sure to bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on. The movie we will be watching is Lego Movie 2. Entry to the movie is free. We will be selling concessions throughout the movie. Parents MUST stay with students for the duration of the movie. This is not a drop and go event.

  • If you’ve been notified that we need your child’s immunization records, please get those to us as soon as possible. We need these records to ensure that students will not have to be excluded from school. Immunization records should be sent to school by Monday, September 16.

  • Our September attendance contest is going strong! Keep working for that Leopard Paw Print Squishie by being at school every day in September!


Have a great weekend with your family and, as always, thank you for your support!


Mrs. Griffin

TARDY BELL RINGS AT 8:05AM

The tardy bell rings at 8:05am. After 8:05am please park your car and walk your child into the building for a tardy pass. They may not be dropped off. Thank you!
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IMMUNIZATION RECORDS DUE 9/16/2019

Please make sure your child does not miss any school days due to lack of required immunizations. Exclusion date is Monday, September 16th, 2019. If your child is missing any immunizations, letters were sent home. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Nurse Deb at 532-3900.



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PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES -- TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1ST

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES are coming up on Tuesday, October 1. These are very important meetings with your child’s teacher. Please look for a letter coming home with your child(ren) that will give more information about conference times. Teachers will discuss student progress and performance as well as distribute report cards during these conferences. We ask parents to make every attempt to attend a conference with their child(ren)’s teachers.


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Mrs. Hand, Lowell School Counselor

Elementary School Counselors provide education, prevention and intervention activities through school wide initiatives, classroom lessons, small groups and individual counseling. Counselors assist students in their academic, career and social/emotional development and provide support to students during times of transition or heightened stress. As a resource to staff and parents, counselors assist in identifying children's academic and social/emotional needs. Counselors may also provide referrals for additional community support services.


A typical day for our elementary school counselor might include the following:

  • Classroom lesson on social skills

  • An intervention assisting a small group of third grade students with organizational skills

  • Collaboration with a grade level team review of academic and behavioral data

  • Facilitating conflict resolution between students

  • Organizing career exploration activities for teachers to use in the classroom

  • Parent conference to address academic concerns

  • Small group intervention activity in anger management

  • Individual counseling for students dealing with emotions relating to stress or significant life events


We are fortunate to have Mrs. Hand at Lowell Elementary School! If you have questions regarding counseling services, please feel free to call 532-3900.



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We need your input! Please take survey below!

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. Click link to take survey. bit.ly/MSDWTSPS

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September is National Attendance Awareness Month

Our September Attendance Contest has begun. Students who have perfect attendance for the month of September will receive a Lowell Leopard Squishie. Check out this website with some great information for schools and families on attendance. http://absencesaddup.org/

Your child’s daily, on-time attendance is critical to their success in school. And while some challenges to your child’s school attendance are unavoidable, it’s important to understand the impact of each absence.

A student is considered chronically absent if they miss only two days of school per month (18 days in a year), whether the absences are excused or unexcused. This is true for children as early as elementary school, when they are at a higher risk of falling behind in reading. Even one year of chronic absence can cause a child to fall behind academically and decrease a child’s chances of graduating from high school, which can have long-term consequences on their financial independence, physical well-being and mental health. The good news? Attending school every day increases a child’s chances of success in school and in life.



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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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