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 mdomina@lowell.k12.ma.us.

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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!

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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


https://lowell-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/82732160441?pwd=NVJPZXZMZ09idkF5Rzl5MmRFRFJwUT09


Meeting ID: 827 3216 0441

Passcode: 569787

McAvinnue's "Trunk Or Treat" Celebration

Please join us for McAvinnue's "Trunk Or Treat" Celebration! Due to COVID-19, we needed to make some adjustments to ensure that we are keeping everyone as safe as possible. So, we came up with a fun and new way to welcome in Fall and the spooky season!


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!

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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.

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LPSD "Hispanic Heritage Festival"

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the LPSD will host a "Hispanic Heritage Festival" on Friday, October 15th from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM at the North Common Park.


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!

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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 adelaluz@lowell.k12.ma.us or contact the Main Office at McAvinnue for support!

IMPORTANT: Early Dismissal Reminder

The safety of all children is our first priority. It is critical that any changes to a student's dismissal routine be sent to the school office in writing, even if it is just for one day.


You can send in a note with your child or you can email our school clerk, Mrs. Ana Real, at areal@lowell.k12.ma.us


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!

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Harvest Of The Month: Pears

Harvest of the Month provides wonderful opportunities for school food and nutrition staff, educators, school administrators, family members, and students to collaborate, and to celebrate our commitment to serving locally grown foods with the community. We hope you come to the cafeteria and celebrate with us as we highlight October's Harvest of the Month item: 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"!

Harvest of the Month (October): Fairmount Fruit Farms -- Farm Feature
HOTM Recipes at Home: Pear Cake

McAvinnue's Week In Review

Drop-Off & Pick-Up Logistics

Drop-Off 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.


Pick-Up Logistics

  • 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.
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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 mdomina@lowell.k12.ma.us. 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

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Free weekly COVID-19 screenings will continue this fall at all Lowell Public Schools... and we will now offer FREE rapid testing for any symptomatic students. No more making appointments, driving to the testing site, and waiting days for your results!


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.

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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 mdomina@lowell.k12.ma.us.


If you have questions about your student's transportation, please don't hesitate to reach out using the methods above for support.

Click Here For The LPSD "Bus Lookup Tool"

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.

UPDATED: LPSD School Calendar 2021-2022 School Year


Please click the link below for the recently approved LPSD School Calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.


There has been a "NO SCHOOL" date added on Tuesday, September 21st due to the local Primary Election in Lowell.

Community Connections & Opportunities

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CTI HEAD START EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS

Community Teamwork has a number of Early Learning Programs for kids and parents. Starting with their Home Base Program assisting families as early as Prenatal Mothers, to their School Age Program that serves children up to 13 years of age and their Early Head Start and Head Start Center Based Programs that serve all those in between.


For more information contact the people listed on the flyer below or call CTI at (978) 654-5100.

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THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS SUPPORT FROM THE SALVATION ARMY

The Salvation Army is opening up its sign-ups for its "Angel Tree Project" earlier than usual this year. Applications will open on October 4th and remain open only until capacity has been reached.


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

Click Here For The Application

Available Starting On October 4th

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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

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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

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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...

    • 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, kshannon@commteam.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!

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Local Food Support

Do you need support with food options for your family. No need to worry...there are many local groups that can offer support for you during your time of need.


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"

Too Many Pumpkins - Linda White - Fall Read Aloud Books for Autumn Halloween - Bedtime Stories

McAvinnue's School Website

Check out our school website where you can find a wealth of information including school news, calendars, and other events.


Please visit our website at: https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/mcavinnue

Follow McAvinnue On Social Media

You can follow McAvinnue on social media at the following sites! We update things daily and this is a great way to stay in touch with all of the amazing things that are happening inside and out of "the best school we all know"!



FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/McAvinnueElementarySchool
Twitter:

https://twitter.com/McAvinnueLPS
Instagram:

http://instragram.com/mcavinnueelementarylps

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAUzGwuFaKMy13iFbHpSiMw

Our Vision

McAvinnue Elementary School is a place...where there are high expectations, where students are academically engaged, where instruction is guided by a systematic approach to examine data, where there is a multi-tiered system of support, and where a responsive environment that fosters social emotional connections between faculty and students prevails.


#McAvinnuePride #BeTheDifference #NextLevel

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