Lowell Lions' Roar!

December 2016

From the desk of Mrs. Larva

" Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." -Margaret Mead

Tis' the season for caring and kindness. Like many things, kindness is a quality that children can learn over time and with practice. As a parent, I always tried to teach my children that the season was not about the gifts that they receive but about the "gifts" they are to others. Each year, we would purchase gifts to donate to charity, but it was the gifts of our time that were most rewarding. Volunteering at with our church, spending time at the nursing home, and making cookies for the neighbors are some of my favorite memories from when my children were young.

During this holiday season, work towards teaching your children kindness. I found a couple of resources that are specific to Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (RACK):

Here is another blog that talks to parents about raising grateful and kind kids: http://www.bradaronson.com/random-acts-of-kindness/

Why be kind?

  1. It feels good!
  2. Showing kindness helps us pay attention to what is going on around us.
  3. Kindness makes others want to be near us.
  4. Kindness helps people feel less alone.
  5. Modeling kindness makes others want to be kind too!

As we look ahead to December, you need to be aware of a few exciting happening at Lowell. Some activities include:

  • December 16: Holiday Concert (8:30 and 12:30 performances)
  • December 19: PTA meeting at 6:00 pm
  • December 23-January 2: Winter break

Yours in partnership,

Jen Larva, principal

Holiday Concert

Friday, Dec. 16th 2016 at 8:30am-12:30pm

2000 Rice Lake Road

Duluth, MN

Please join us at either the 8:30 am or the 12:30 pm concert! As parking is limited, we ask that if you are physically able to park in either the back lot or the lot at the church across the street. Ride sharing is encouraged! *Please do NOT park in the Barnes reserved parking spots for screening and Headstart families.

Student Council Update

Congratulations to the following students for their election to Lowell's first ever student council!

Brooklyn, Siiri, Rylee, James, Adrianna, Kali, Marcus, Tadi, Coleman, Michael, Sonya, and Emily.

These fourth and fifth graders are ready to hit the ground running with ideas to make Lowell even better. At our first meeting, Mrs. Holt, Mr. Warmanen, and Mrs. Larva met with the crew to set norms and begin identifying roles for Student Council. The council felt that we needed to elect positions for president, secretary, timekeeper, PTA representative, Reporters/Photographers, Ambassador, etc. We will finalize roles at our need bi-weekly meeting.

Looking forward to hearing more from our Student Council and letting them have a voice here in our e-newsletter as well.

New for Parents: Text Notifications in Parent Portal

Additional School Communication Tool for Families – Sign Up to Receive Text Messages

The ability to share information and keep families informed is important. Duluth Public Schools currently use a combination of email and automated phone calls to share information and notifications. In addition to email and phone, families may now sign up to receive school information via text messages:

Have your cell phone number in Campus Portal:

· Log into your Campus Portal account

· Verify your cell phone number is entered

· Click on “Family Members” on the left hand side of screen

· Enter the cell phone number to which texts should be sent

· Click “Send Update” to save.

“Opt-in” for text message notifications:

· Click “Contact Preferences” on the left hand side of the screen

· Check the box(es) for information you'd like to receive via a text message

Click here for detailed instructions. Please contact your school if you have questions regarding Campus Portal and text notifications.

To help ensure good communication please be sure your contact information is up to date in Campus Portal and at your school. If your contact information changes, please update it right away in Campus Portal and call your school office so they can update that information in their files.

PRIDE time

At Lowell, we use a support block schedule to provide intervention (or enrichment) time to students in Math and Reading. In the photo below, Mrs. Gibson is working with a group of first graders on a new curriculum being installed at Lowell called Leveled Literacy Intervention. During our second semester, CSS students will be providing Math enrichment lessons for students that are meeting or exceeding grade level standards.
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First Annual Lowell Lions Golden Spoon Cookie Contest!

You are invited to participate in the First Annual Lowell Lions Golden Spoon Cookie Contest! Awards will be given by grade level groups (K/1; 2/3; & 4/5) for both “Most Creative” and “Best Tasting” cookie. All six winners will receive a certificate, a Lowell Lions apron and, of course, a coveted Golden Spoon! To enter, complete and attach the “First Annual Lowell Lions Golden Spoon Cookie Contest” form to your cookies. One entry per student, please. Participants should bring ONE DOZEN cookies (of a single variety) to the school by 9:00 am on Thursday, Dec. 15th. Cookies not used for judging will be available for purchase during the school Holiday Concert on Dec. 16th!

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Lowell students were given the opportunity to learn curling during PE classes this fall. In the picture below, Deb Roach, a member of the Duluth Curling Club, is volunteering at Lowell to provide instruction during a gym class.

Fourth and Fifth grade students were invited to watch an international curling competition at the DECC on December 1st. You might see some faces you recognize on NBC sport if you watch!

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Lowell Holiday Concert Reserved Seat Fundraiser

The Lowell Elementary PTA will be selling “reserved” seats for this year’s school Holiday Concert as a fundraiser in rows one through three. Seats will cost $10 each and can be reserved by filling out the “Dec 16 School Holiday Concert Preferred Seating” form below and returning it along with a check to Gayle Hunger in the front office at Lowell. (Forms will also be sent home with students starting this Friday.) Seats will be assigned in the order in which forms/checks are received until all seats (rows 1-3) have been assigned. Please note that you do not need to purchase tickets to attend the concert. All other seats (beyond rows 1-3) will be open seating, free of cost. The Holiday Concert will take place at both 8:30 am and 12:30 pm on Friday, December 16th. Please be sure to indicate which concert you will be attending on your form. Reserve your front row seats now!

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Building Friendships in the Woods While Building Forts for PE

Holiday PTA meeting

Monday, Dec. 19th 2016 at 6pm

2000 Rice Lake Road

Duluth, MN

Bring a small, wrapped gift for a gift exchange (no more than $5) and a dish to share.
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