Lowell Newsletter

May 14, 2020

LOWELL HELPLINE: 542-4040

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Monday - Friday

(messages will be answered the next business day)

Mrs. Frank's Tuesday Update

I hope this email finds you well! Here are important updates for the month of May and the end of the school year:

  • Elementary students will NOT be graded for trimester 3. Teachers will end new instruction on May 29th and will use the final two weeks of school to provide review materials and connect with families.
  • Families will have the opportunity to connect with their classroom teacher during the final two weeks in June. (June 1st-12th) Please watch for more information from your teacher on how to schedule a virtual meeting in this Friday's email.
  • 5th Grade Students/Families- Each middle school is creating a virtual tour for students. They will have a transition meet and greet in August. The date has not been set yet. They are also setting up a Google Meet in the next few weeks for students to connect with the administrators, counselors and teachers.
  • Personal Belongings and supplies-
    We will have a 3 day window in June where families can collect supplies and personal items from school as well as drop of library books and instruments. The details and specific information will be shared with you in the coming weeks and will follow all local health department guidelines for safety.
  • The Lowell School Office is adding in person office hours to support our Lowell families. We will be open:
    • Monday, May 18: 5:30-7pm
    • May 19- June 13: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12-2 .
  • The office staff can help you complete New Student Registrations, alert school to address changes, collect library books or instruments, get access to Tech support and help with access to community resources including mental health support. At this time, no students or families will be allowed past the front office and we will practice social distancing- masks are encouraged.
    • If you need to complete a new student registration, please don’t forget to bring the following required documents:
      • Birth certificates
      • Two forms of address verification
      • Proof of Immunizations
    • Our FRC will be open during these times and can assist with things such as:
      • Basic needs (shoes, clothing, food, toiletries, etc)
      • Accessing mental health support
      • Accessing community resources
    • If the times we are open do not fit your schedule, you can also make an appointment to meet with our Lowell Family Resource Center Staff and/or Social Worker by calling the Lowell Helpline @ 542.4040
    • We will be arranging school pick up days in June for students to collect materials- we will not have staff available during May to collect items from classrooms. We will provide specific information on school pick up days next Tuesday.
  • There will be no scheduled online learning activities on May 22 and 25 as these are scheduled vacation days. There will also be NO lunch service on these two days.
  • We are working on plans to hold Kindergarten Roundup in August. Please encourage any families you know with Kindergarten students to register now to aide in our planning.

We miss you all and are looking forward to gathering together soon!

Your Principal,

Barbara Frank

LOWELL REMOTE LEARNING

Welcome learners!! Our goal is to stay connected digitally during this period of distance learning. We are excited to continue communication and collaboration with our classrooms, while providing opportunities for continued teaching and learning.

Each day, you will have the opportunity to engage and stay connected to your teacher and the students in your classroom!! Click on the button below to access Lowell's Remote Learning page.

LOWELL COUNSELING CORNER

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LOWELL LIBRARY CORNER

Library books can be returned to Lowell any weekday between 10-1 pm! Please leave your books in the clear book drop bin (where the food pick up occurs each day). Thank you!


Treasure State Book Award voting for Lowell continues until tomorrow, May 15th! Cast your vote for the best picture book from the five nominees that were selected for 2020 if you haven’t already: Treasure State Book Award Lesson (the link for voting is on the 2nd slide).


All video messages and library lessons from Mrs. Russell can be found using the Remote Learning Messages on the Lowell Library webpage https://www.mcpsmt.org/Page/15359.

LOWELL FLAGSHIP

Flagship LIVE is still here for you and your students! Check out our webpage for our daily programs. See you soon,

Ms Izzy


lesflagship@mcpsmt.org

MCPS Early Kindergarten Registration began May 11th

Missoula County Public Schools, School District #1, will offer two Early Kindergarten classrooms for the 2020-2021 school year. The two classes of up to 18 students each will be housed at the Jefferson Center at 1700 South Avenue and will welcome students to their first day of school on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Early Kindergarten classrooms will be separate from the existing Preschool classrooms at Jefferson Center, but students will have chances to intermingle during the school day.The goal of the Early Kindergarten program is to help targeted students with kindergarten readiness skills. We are focusing the Early Kindergarten classrooms on students who live in the following neighborhoods:

  • Northside/Westside ( Lowell Elementary)
  • Franklin to the Fort ( Franklin Elementary)
  • River Road (Hawthorne Elementary)
  • Southgate Triangle (Russell Elementary)


Learn more about this opportunity at: https://www.mcpsmt.org/earlykindergarten

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LOWELL FAMILY FUN!

Click on the pictures and you will be redirected to the specific website.

MISSOULA COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Covid-19 Information Resources:

  • Missoula County Covid-19 info line: Call 406-258-INFO from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. - Friday
  • Partnership Health Center - (406) 258-4789


Domestic Violence:
  • YWCA 24 Hr Crisis Line:800-483-7858

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7/365 at @ndvh by chat or by calling their hotline at 1-800-799-7233


Mental Health Supports

  • Montana Warmline 1-877-688-3377 (not a crisis line, but an option for someone with mental health to talk to someone. Can refer to other services if needed through three-way calling)

  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

  • Suicide Hotline; National 1-800-273-8255 Montana; 1-800-784-2433

  • Covid-19 and Mental Health - Missoula County Resources

Technology


Legal (housing support)


Unemployment/Financial


Non-Food Essentials

  • Families can contact the Food Bank- (406) 549-0543

and they will figure out a way to get people items the need (may be pick up/delivery)


Emergency Childcare Resources:


Volunteer Opportunities:

LOWELL FOOD RESOURCES

  • Lowell Elementary Meal-site: Lunch, plus Breakfast for the next day, is available for pick-up from 10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday - we prefer that adults pick-up for students, any child 18 or under is eligible. Access on the East side of the school at the cafeteria doors.


  • School Bus-stop Food Delivery for Kids: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, CLICK HERE and enter your address to get your location and approximate time.


  • Market at Lowell - Missoula Food Bank pick-up at Lowell School - Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Bags of food for the whole family will be available. If there are extras they will be available as requested throughout the week.


  • EmPower Packs (Weekend Food) - These will be available on the bus routes and at Lowell Meal-Site on Fridays. Please request one if you normally receive one at school. If there are extras they will be available as requested throughout the week at Lowell.



Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m

Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Grab and Go meals are also available at EmPower Place, the center is closed for play.


If you are sick or cannot travel to the Missoula Food Bank, call (406) 219-1843 for delivery options.



  • MIC and other community organizers have arranged for weekly food bank box distribution at Mt. Jumbo School in East Missoula as well as in Bonner and Clinton.


    Boxes are delivered in East Missoula on Thursdays between 4-6pm. Families can call Janet at 406-282-4842 to reserve boxes. Reservations must be made by Tuesdays at noon for the Thursday box pickup.

Westside Park Playground

The Lowell community is working hard to fundraise for a new playground. Please visit the Project Westside Park website to learn all about it.