Lowell Lions Roar!

September 2017

From the desk of Mrs. Larva

Whew! We made it through a successful first couple of weeks. There were many new faces to meet and old friends to greet as we kicked off our year. In the next couple of issues, I will highlight our new staff members.

A few reminders about procedures as we start getting back into our routines:

  • Parents cannot park in the front circle in the mornings until after 7:45 AM. Our buses need that space to drop off students.
  • Parents wanting to drop off students in the morning can use our parent drop off/pick up location in the back of the building off of Barnes Rd. If parents want to use the front, we just ask that you park and walk your child inside.
  • Breakfast begins at 7:20 AM in the cafeteria. Children can access the cafeteria from the cafeteria door in the AM.
  • The front and playground door will be unlocked from 7:30 AM until 7:50 AM for student arrival.

Our students are focusing on our four school-wide expectations, which we call showing our Lowell Lions' PRIDE: Safe, Kind, Respectful, and Honest. They have learned the classroom and school routines and procedures and it is now time for us to celebrate with our Lion PRIDE assembly on Monday, September 18 at 1:30. During this assembly, your child will be given a t-shirt to take home. We would love to see every child continue to wear their t-shirt on Fridays to show their school spirit! A special thanks goes out to Advantage Emblem for their contribution and creation of our t-shirts.

As many have noticed, our playground is undergoing some construction. We have been very fortunate as we have an additional outdoor space that we have access to on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the tentative date for finalization of the playground construction is mid-October. In the meantime, we have provided various kinds of sporting balls, jump ropes, hula hoops, chalk, and bubbles for kids to enjoy.

It seems hard to believe that I would already start talking about FALL conferences, but it is time for you to schedule these important goal-setting meeting times with your child(ren)'s classroom teacher(s). You will find the link to the online sign-up below in the e-newsletter.

Attendance Matters!

Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly.

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
  • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!

Clearly going to school regularly matters!

We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

Let us know how we can best support you and your children so that they can show up for school on time every day. We want your child to be successful in school! If you have any questions or need more information please contact your child’s school.

What to do if your child has an issue with the bus

Many times families contact the school to investigate bus issues. However, school employees are not on the bus and investigating after the fact is often unsuccessful.

Instead, if your child has concerns about the bus, it is important for them to first seek assistance from the adult on the bus. Since more of our buses do not have another adult on the bus beside the driver, this would mean they should talk to the driver when things happen.

The bus driver will file incident reports with the school when the situation cannot be handled on the bus. If a child gets a bus referral from the driver, the first consequence will be reteaching the expectations and practicing with an adult at the school. The second referral will result in a one day suspension from the bus. Further bus referrals will result in longer suspensions and could even mean the remainder of the school year.

If there are concerns about the bus, please call Voyageur Bus (218)724-1707 (afternoon buses 1-6). If your child rides bus 7, you can call the district transportation office (218)336-8970.

Wellness Policy and Snack Time

Recently our wellness policy in ISD 709 has changed. We are encouraging our families to send healthy snacks and lunches as set by the USDA Nutritional Guidelines. Just a reminder that students are allowed to bring a snack to school but we encourage that it be fruit, vegetables, granola bars rather than chips, pop, candy, etc. Please check with your child's teacher to learn more about the snack procedures in their individual classroom.

If you would like more information on our wellness policy please visit...https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6Jc3S65Ott8ZThVV3VGVFp0bms/view

If you would like to know the snack encouraged by USDA please visit...https://www.fns.usda.gov/healthierschoolday/tools-schools-focusing-smart-snacks

Save the Date: Picture Day is coming on October 10

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Lowell PTA Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 19th, 6-7:30pm

2000 Rice Lake Road

Duluth, MN

Welcome! The Lowell Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) is part of the National PTA, which advocates for improvements in the lives of children and youth. At our school, the PTA organizes events and fundraisers throughout the year, from the Happily Haunted Hike in the fall to the school Carnival in the spring. The PTA also helps organize book fairs, family nights, the school yearbook and much more! Money goes to support a wide range of activities, from field trips to teacher conference dinners. Joining the Lowell PTA is a great way to get involved, get connected, and stay informed!

Childcare is provided!

Community Information

We are often approached by community entities to share information with our families. The following are not district or school sponsored events. They have not be vetted by Lowell staff. Please use your best judgement about participating in these events.

Salvation Army Basketball Registration

Registration for the 2017-2018 Rookie Basketball Association winter season is live ONLINE: http://salvationarmynorth.org/community/duluth/community-pages/rookie-basketball-winter-registration/