Lowell Memo: Issue #16

January 26, 2018

Published by Lowell School & the Lowell PTA

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Is there a District 200 teacher / educator who has inspired you and made a difference in you or your child’s life?

Nominate them by January 28 for a Distinguished Educator Award from the Student Excellence Foundation and let us know who they are! Nominations may be made by any District 200 student, parent/guardian, alum, staff, or community member. You may nominate more than one educator; however, a separate nomination form must be used for each. Any educator is eligible for nomination if he/she is currently employed by District 200.


On April 26, 2018, at the Celebrate Our Stars event, the Student Excellence Foundation will present awards to one teacher/educator at each school level (preschool/elementary, middle, and high school), for each the North & South portions of the District.

If you just want to post a link, here's the link:

http://studentexcellencefoundation.org/get-involved/nomination/

Health Office Highlights

Flu Season


It’s in the news daily...Influenza activity is widespread throughout the country. Unfortunately this year’s flu vaccine has not been as effective as in past years. This year young children and the elderly seem to experience more intense symptoms.


If your child has flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, cough,sore throat, muscle or body aches, chills, headache and/or fatigue) consult your doctor. Students should remain home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication.


Please call the attendance line (630-682-2086) to notify the school when your child is staying home. When reporting an absence, please indicate the reason for the absence. If due to illness or a communicable disease, please report symptoms including whether your child has a fever, cough, or sore throat or report the diagnosis.

If you are not sure whether to send your child to school, you may call the school nurse for consultation. If you’re still in doubt, call or visit your physician.


Here are ways to protect your health and your family’s health:

  • Washing our hands frequently. It is an ideal time to review with your child the importance of handwashing, proper handwashing and when to wash their hands. Keeping hands away from your face also reduces the chance of illness.

  • Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water.

  • Getting an adequate amount of sleep.

  • Eating the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, which are high in vitamins.

  • Covering your mouth when coughing with either a disposable tissue or your sleeve.

  • Remember stress and fatigue can affect your body’s ability to fight infections.

  • If someone is ill in your house, remember to wipe down surfaces that they may have contacted. Flu germs can live on surfaces for up to 24 hours.


Wellness Messages


Once a week during morning announcements the students hear a wellness message. These messages can be found in the school “Health Services” site, under Wellness Wrap. The tidbits range from information on staying healthy to suggestions for activities and ways to wake up your body. In the Health Services tab you will also find websites on health related topics, school forms and health requirements for attendance. Take some time to explore.


Midyear Reminders


As the second half of the school year gets underway, here are a few helpful reminders from the Health Office staff:


  • If there has been a change in your child’s health status, please call the Health Office to update the information.

  • Remember to call the Attendance Line (630-682-2086) to report your child’s absence and the reason for the absence. Illnesses are tracked for any patterns within the school.

  • Some student medications kept in the Health Office expire (i.e. inhalers, Epipens). We try to remind parents of upcoming expirations, but it is also important to receive the replacements as soon as possible.

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Children's Theatre on a Wintry Saturday! Fairy Tales Revisited

Coming January 27, 2018

Two Performances at 2pm and 6pm


This year WNHS Performing Arts has decided to offer 2 performances on a wintry Saturday in January especially for our younger audience members (or those who are young at heart)!


Contact Mr. Phillips for ticket information; Brian.Phillips@cusd200.org or 630/784-7300 ext. 8495


Tickets may be purchased at the door - $3 for adults/senior citizens/students

WNHS students are always free!

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Come one, come all! Lowell Jamboree 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018

5:00pm to 8:00pm


Jamboree is a carnival-themed fun fair for the whole family and is one of the most popular school events of the year. Come and join us for games, prizes, food, music, and friends! This year will again feature all of your favorite games, an artists’ studio, and a photo booth! We’re also bringing back the DJ dance room, the Sweet Treats Walk, and face painting, amongst other favorites.


Here is how you can help NOW to make this night a success:


Raffle

Classroom Raffle Baskets and Teacher Time Baskets are currently being assembled. Your child’s teacher has sent home information on their class basket theme. Please consider donating an item to include in your child’s class basket. We are also in need of large baskets to present the items. Questions? Contact Heather Amwoza at bhamwoza@comcast.net.


Prizes

A box has been placed in the office to collect any gently-used knick-knacks you might be willing to donate. Bouncy balls, Happy Meal toys, jelly bracelets, books, matchbox cars, stickers, pencils, party favors, last year’s Jamboree prizes ☺--any little new or gently-used toys that you don’t mind parting with will be accepted throughout the month of February. These items will be re-distributed as prizes, saving Lowell money and saving the earth at the same time. Questions? Contact Kristen Moore at kristenmoore107@gmail.com.


Candy Grams

Candy Grams is currently accepting donations in the school office of any full-size candy or snack items including: chocolate bars, packages of gum, Skittles, Airheads, granola bars, individual Goldfish packages, Rice Krispie Treats, etc. Questions? Contact Beth Madiol at bethmadiol@aol.com.


More information, including ticket order forms and volunteer sign-up forms, will be coming home by the end of next week, so be on the lookout. This event could not succeed without the help of the whole school community—thanks for all that you do for Lowell School!

See you at Jamboree!

We thank you for not double parking on Illinois, in the car line, and in the surrounding neighborhood during arrival and dismissal to keep the children safe. Car riders should remain indoors until they are called; they should not be on the playground. We also thank all families for crossing Illinois Street at the corner. Safety for the children is our top priority!

Franklin Family Night for Current 5th Grade Families


All current 5th students and families are invited to Franklin Family Night open house on Friday, February 2nd from 5p-8p. This is a casual event and a fun opportunity for students and parents of incoming 6th graders to socialize with current Franklin students and families. It’s also a great environment for incoming students to familiarize themselves with the halls of Franklin before the middle school nerves kick in.



  • Enjoy concerts by some of the performing arts classes
  • View art displays
  • Check out some featured class projects
  • Get information about some of the great clubs available
  • Meet some of our faculty
  • Dine on concessions for purchase (pizza and Chick-Fil-A!)
  • Purchase Franklin spiritwear

Save the Date: The annual Lowell 5K will be on Saturday, April 28, 2018!

Last year with your help we were able to raise $2,700 to be donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of the former Lowell principal. We are thankful to have Bauer Orthodontics, Esser Hayes, Gorz Group, Jericho Road Church, and Rockin Jump continue as sponsors! We have a new sponsor joining us F45 Training located in Glen Ellyn, Il. We are continuing to seek additional sponsors if you are interested please contact Natalie at namatozech@yahoo.com. Additionally, we are seeking donations for our post race celebration, our raffle, and our runner goody bags. You may also contact Natalie to if you would like to donate the items listed above.

Global Student Voice Film Fest

This film competition is a chance for students ages 5-18 to get empowered, amplify their voices and flex their creative muscles. Click the link below to learn more!

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Six Flags & Kane County Cougars Reading Programs

The reading goals for the Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Program and the Kane County Cougars Reading Club program are being combined this year! Students who choose to participate in these optional reading programs must read a total of 6 hours between December 18, 2017 - February 16, 2018. When the 6 hours of reading are completed, a student must fill out an information sheet. Classroom teachers will be sending an information sheet home with each student. Each student may select to have one or both tickets if they complete the reading goal. Forms are due to each child’s teacher no later than February 16, 2018.


Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Chiappini (melissa.chiappini@cusd200.org) or Mrs. McDonald (annmarie.mcdonald@cusd200.org). Happy reading!!

Calling all parent photographers!

The Lowell yearbook needs your help! To ensure the yearbook captures a wide range of children and activities, we depend on parents to contribute photographs. If you capture moments that you would be willing to share, please email Olivia Evans at greg.olivia.evans@gmail.com.


Thank you for contributing to this special keepsake for the children!

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View the District ESchool Bag!

Check out district & community information linked to the District website below!

Student Excellence Foundation

Formally known as the New 200 Foundation, we are grateful for the support of this community organization! Click below to learn more about the many ways the foundation supports our schools and how you can be part of that!

Support the Lowell PTA through Amazon.com!!

Raise money for Lowell PTA by shopping at Amazon.com Lowell PTA will receive 1% of all money spent at Amazon.com, when you use this special link.


http://fundyourpta.org/lowellelementary.php


Bookmark this page for use anytime you need to shop at Amazon.com There are no price increases or fees for shoppers or Lowell PTA. Amazon funds the program as a fund raising opportunity for schools and organizations.

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