The Lion's Roar
McAvinnue's Community Newsletter: Week Of October 11th
MCAVINNUE'S PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
Hello McAvinnue Community!
We have successful completed another great week at McAvinnue! I had the chance to observe some amazing lessons focusing on subtraction with regrouping, word work, and how emotions can be identified through facial expressions and body movements. Our teachers are working hard and planning meaningful lessons that your children are truly benefiting from. The teaching and learning will continue over the month of October. We will be sending out a formal progress report that will review your child's progress in a few weeks. Be on the look out more information from your child's teacher and in the Lion's Roar Community newsletter next week.
Our students are just about finished with the iReady diagnostic assessment for both English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. This assessment will allow for our teachers to see what your child has a solid understanding of connected to various teaching standards that fall under each of these two areas. Also, the iReady platform will map out online lessons for your child that will target specifically what they need more practice on. Your child's progress will continued to be monitored by the classroom teacher and on the iReady instructional platform.
There will be no school on Monday, October 11th for all schools that are part of the Lowell Public School District due to "Indigenous Peoples' Day". This was the day that was formerly known as "Columbus Day". On October 10, 2019, just a few days before Columbus Day would be celebrated in Washington, D.C., the D.C. Council voted to temporarily replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day. This bill was led by Councilmember David Grosso and later received congressional approval to become a permanent change. "Indigenous Peoples' Day" arose as an alternative to Columbus Day, which Native Americans protested for honoring a man who had enabled their colonization and forced assimilation.
As usual, we are looking forward to another amazing week at the "best school that we all know"!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Main Office at McAvinnue or send Mr. Domina a message a email@example.com.
Here are important dates to remember during the month of October:
- Monday, October 11th: No School - Indigenous People Day (Formally Known As Columbus Day)
- Wednesday, October 13th: COVID-19 Pooled Testing (Students & Faculty)
- Wednesday, October 13th: - Parent/Teacher Group (PTG) Meeting @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
- Wednesday, October 20th: Progress Reports: PreK - Grade 4
- Thursday, October 28th: McAvinnue's "Trunk Or Treat" Fall Event @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
"Indigenous People Day": Monday, October 11th - No School
REMINDER: There is no school on Monday, October 11th for all Lowell schools due to "Indigenous Peoples' Day".
Indigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. This day was previously called "Columbus Day".
McAvinnue will open its doors for the week on Tuesday, October 12th at 9:10 AM! Enjoy the long weekend!
Join McAvinnue's Parent Teacher Group (PTG)!
We are looking to rebrand McAvinnue Parent Teacher Group (PTG) and we need your help to get thing off the ground this school year!
One of the strengths of McAvinnue over the years has been its parent and family support! From attending amazing events, donating funds for various school activities, and your recent partnership with our teachers last school year when things were less than normal for everyone. Your support for McAvinnue is at an all time high!
We want to use this energy to reform McAvinnue's Parent Teacher Group....also known as McAvinnue's PTG!
Come out on Wednesday, October 13th at 6:30 PM to learn more about the PTG and to begin to plan for another awesome year for our students at McAvinnue. All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend!
This event will be "virtual" and conducted using the Zoom Meeting platform. Please see the meeting invitation below.
McAvinnue's Parent Teacher Group (PTG) Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 13th, 6:30pm
This is an online event.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 827 3216 0441
McAvinnue's "Trunk Or Treat" Celebration
On Thursday, October 28th from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, you can come to St. Rita's Church rear parking lot (directly across from McAvinnue), for some costume and candy fun!
This event is free of charge! All you need to do is come by with your costume on, bring a bag for treats, and we will do the rest! You will have a chance to walk through a maze of cars that will each have a special treat for you!
We are limiting the number of people that can come to 2 additional family members per student.
We are super excited for this new event at McAvinnue! We hope that everyone makes the time to come by!
LAST CALL: McAvinnue's 21st Century Before & After School Program
We have made some changes to McAvinnue's 21st Century After School Program.
The program will now run Monday - Thursday for Grades 1 - 4 students! This is a new and exciting opportunity for our students!
The first session of this amazing and engaging program begins on October 18th and will run until December 17th. The After School Program will occur from 3:35 PM - 5:00 PM on Monday - Thursday each week.
The Before School Program will occuring Monday - Thursday each week from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM.
Please see the flyers (English, Spanish, and Portuguese) below for more details!
To register now, please click the button below!
Any questions, please reach out to the school directly and ask to speak with Mrs. De La Luz.
LPSD "Hispanic Heritage Festival"
This event is free of charge and will offer a large variety of great activities such as dancing, food, and a scavenger hunt!
Mark your calendars and we hope to see everyone there!
Emergency Contact Form: 2021-2022
Still need to fill out your emergency contact form for the 2021-2022 academic school year?
We have made it really easy for you to complete this important task. You can access the online form below. When you complete this form, it is immediately sent to McAvinnue and we will print it out for our records.
You don't need to come to the school to complete this form...you can do it right on your phone, tablet, or computer!
If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. De La Luz at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Main Office at McAvinnue for support!
IMPORTANT: Early Dismissal Reminder
You can send in a note with your child or you can email our school clerk, Mrs. Ana Real, at email@example.com
Changes by parent phone call are for EMERGENCIES ONLY and the office will require a return call to a number we have on file for the custodial parent to verify the change.
Finally, students will be dismissed ONLY to caregivers who are listed on the Student Emergency Form. If there is a change in who will be picking up your child, you can send your child's teacher a message or contact the Main Office at McAvinnue with this new information.
McAvinnue Spirit Gear Is Now Available!
We have an online store if you wish to order any McAvinnue gear for your child or yourself!. It is open 24 hours per day and there is no due date for orders. Anytime you want to order...on any day!
The company is Prep Sportswear and has been reliable with solid product quality from reputable brands. Currently, they are offering 25% off on all items!
We are also exploring local spirit gear options also...and we will be sending out this information to everyone when we have finalized all of the details.
To access the online store for McAvinnue spirit gear, please click the link below.
McAvinnue's Yoga Pose Of The Week: Cat
We will try a new pose this week called the "Cat"! This new pose will allow us to work on releasing tension that we may have through a good upper body stretch...just like a cat. We will practice the "Cat" pose daily during our "Virtual" Morning Announcements during this up and coming week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
You can get an early head start and practice this technique before we launch into another exciting week!
Harvest Of The Month: Pears
On Wednesday, October 20th...our students will have a chance to sample "Pear Cake" during breakfast!
Check out the videos below that highlights where the pears came from...and a sneak peek of how to make "Pear Cake"!
McAvinnue's Week In Review
Five Little Pumpkins!
More fun in STEAM Studio…Grade 1 students read and practiced reciting a popular fall poem called “Five Little Pumpkins”. They followed the steps of the EDP to build a new gate for the pumpkins that could stand on its own and hold all 5 pumpkins. They enjoyed a sweet reward of eating the candy pumpkins as a result of their hard work!!!
Fun News In Room 304!
Check out Room 304’s “Un-Pumpkin Patch”!
Early Release Day PD Fun!
Great day of Professional Learning for our faculty on Wednesday! We spent some time exploring our new Interactive Clear Touch Panels…and had some team building fun with an activity called “Seeing Dots”!
Five Little Pumpkins!
Drop-Off & Pick-Up Logistics
- Arrival begins at 9:10 AM each day. The late bell rings at 9:25 AM.
- Please pull up to the 4th Avenue side of the building when dropping off your child.
- As you approach the 4th Avenue sidewalk, a faculty member will greet and support getting your child safely out of the vehicle.
- This area is a drop off area ONLY. You will not be permitted to park in this location.
- Please be sure to drive all the way down to the end of the sidewalk so we can fit as many vehicles in this location as possible.
- Ensure your child is ready to go and do not get out of the car so we can keep traffic moving.
- Students accessing our CSA program will be dismissed out the 4th Avenue door near the rear of the school building by the exit driveway.
- Large bus students will enter using the back door located in the rear of the school building.
- Small bus and van transportation students will use the 4th Avenue door near the rear of the school building by the exit driveway.
Morning Lining Up Locations
- Grade 1, 3, and 4 students will use the Main Door to enter the school building.
- Grade 2 will use the 4th Avenue doorway near the front of the school to enter the building.
- PreK & Kindergarten will use the Early Childhood door to enter the building. This door is located to the right of McAvinnue's Reading Garden and to the left of the Main Door.
- Grade 1 will be dismissed out the Main Door.
- Grades 2, 3, and 4 will be dismissed out the 4th Avenue door near the front of the school.
- Kindergarten students will be dismissed out the Early Childhood door. This door is located to the right of McAvinnue's Reading Garden and to the left of the Main Door.
- Students accessing our CSA program will be dismissed out the 4th Avenue door near the rear of the school building by the exit driveway.
- PreK students will be dismissed out the 4th Avenue door near the rear of the school building by the exit driveway. Please contact Ms. Annie for the specific dismissal time.
Updated COVID-19 Protocols
Here is a bulleted list of basic COVID 19 protocol information to help you make some decisions for this school year. Please remember the Lowell Public School District has no remote option for this school year.
- All student and staff members entering our building are required to wear masks indoors. We will provide mask breaks throughout the day. Strict mask protocols seem to minimize the spread of COVID. If a student is unable to wear a mask due to a documented disability please reach out to Mr. Domina at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please try to find a mask that fits your child properly. We have some at schools for emergencies, but families should provide the masks.
- Students are required to wear masks on buses.
- We will try to reach 3 feet in social distancing in each classroom, but this is unlikely. If a class size reaches above 21 students, we will be within 3 feet of each other. Social distancing is not required in schools at this point.
- We will be eating in the cafeteria for lunch each day for most of our students. Students will be within 3 feet of each other in this environment and only have their masks off while they are consuming food and beverage.
- We will sanitize hands throughout the day. Students entering or leaving a class or the building are required to use hand sanitizer.
- In-school pool testing will continue for this school year. It is not required, but families can sign their children up using this link. https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/pooltesting
- Please see the video to show how the testing works. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MSQ7h3tRyRCg-Sz4lT6iNbNsyMl7VTj7/view
Free Weekly COVID-19 Screenings
You MUST complete the consent form to have your child participate in ANY of the free COVID-19 testing at McAvinnue.
McAvinnue will now be testing students and faculty on WEDNESDAY each week!
To access the consent form, click the button below.
McAvinnue's Student Bus Information
Need to know your student's school bus information? All you have to do is click below, put in their LASID (Lunch Number or the number they use to log into their computer), and you will have access to it.
If you need your student's LASID, please contact the front office at (978) 937-2871 or email email@example.com.
If you have questions about your student's transportation, please don't hesitate to reach out using the methods above for support.
You will need to have your child's LASID or lunch number to access the most up to date bus information for your child. Please keep in mind that this number is also used to log into your child's borrowed device.
Community Connections & Opportunities
CTI HEAD START EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS
For more information contact the people listed on the flyer below or call CTI at (978) 654-5100.
THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS SUPPORT FROM THE SALVATION ARMY
See the attached flyer for all of the eligibility and documentation requirements in order to qualify for support.
For more information contact Dianne James at 978-458-3396 or through email at Dianne.James@use.salvationarmy.org
5th Annual Latino Parent Conference: Saturday, October 16th
Check out this opportunity below offered by the Lowell Public School District. For our Latino families, you will not want to miss this event!
Details can be found in the flyer below!
Be sure to register by October 8th at https://bit.ly/3odf8Na
Hispanic Heritage Month
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, LPSD is holding a series of virtual sessions focused on racial justice surrounding the Hispanic community.
Please see the information below in the flyer provided of the district.
If you are interested in participating, additional information and registration can be found at www.lowell.k12.ma.us/learnlistenact
Community Resources & Daycare Options for Families
Looking for before or after school daycare options for your child? Here is a short list of options and information for your consideration.
Here is a list of daycare options in Lowell:
Community Team Work (CTI) (978) 454-5100
Families who are already enrolled in a CTI program...
Call or text school-age coordinators to request a slot
Families who are not enrolled in a CTI program
If you’ve filled out a CTI application in the past...
Contact Karen (978) 729-7216, firstname.lastname@example.org to see if where you are on the waitlist (if there is a waitlist)
If you’ve never filled out a CTI application...
Fill out an application at 17 Kirk St., 126 Phoenix Ave
Or call the main CTI number (978) 454-5100 to request an email version of the application.
YMCA: (978) 454-7825; 1 YMCA Dr in Lowell
Karen Espinola is the school-age director
Fill out a application online or at the YMCA to request a slot
Debbie Doben is the preschool director if your child is preschool age
Family Childcare: Call programs to see if they have openings near you
Bethel Family Childcare (978) 458-6577
Clarendon Family Childcare (978) 454-3026
Child Development and Learning (CDE) (978) 275-2843
ACRE Family Childcare (978) 937-5899
CTI: See above contact information
Girls Inc: (978) 458-6529, 220; Worthen St. in Lowell
Accept girls ages 5-14 years old
Accept Child Care Circuit vouchers, DCF vouchers, and private pay (income-based, sliding scale)
Call Pam Lerocque (Director of Finance & Administration) to check on openings
Boys and GIrls Club: (978) 458-4526; 657 Middlesex St in Lowell
School-age openings for after-school
Teens who are working with the Department of Children and Families can call BGC or DCF to see if they’re eligible
Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank is back again in Lowell for this school year! Mark your calendars with the dates below in you are interested and in need of support.
The Food Bank is located at the STEM Academy (Rogers School) at 43 Highland Street.
The next opportunity is Tuesday, October 12th from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM!
You can also see the schedule for the Greater Boston Food Bank for this school year below!
Local Food Support
Click the link below for a list of local food pantries that are willing to help.
You can also reach out to Mrs. De La Luz, McAvinnue's Social Worker, for support navigating these and other options.
McAvinnue's Family Read-A-Loud
"Too Many Pumpkins"
McAvinnue's School Website
Please visit our website at: https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/mcavinnue
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