Lowell Newsletter

May 26, 2021

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Attention Lowell Bobcats!

Please return all Lowell Library books on or before

Thursday, May 27th!

Thank you!

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Dear future Cougar Families,

Welcome to C.S. Porter! We are so excited to have you next year, in hopefully a more "normal" year than our current and last year!!

This link: Sixth Grade Transition Videos includes a virtual tour (5:24) of our school, a message from our Student Ambassadors (4:03), as we try to put students in varied leadership and service positions, as well as a message from our Flagship program (1:43), as we take pride in our after school activities. They can be yours to view over and over, as unfortunately, we can't have all of our incoming sixth graders visit the school like we did pre-Covid. Also included is a google form, which will help me prepare for my visits to school. Please list any middle school questions you may have on the form.

We plan on having an Open House for 6th grade students and families only on Wednesday, August 18th from 5-7 pm where I will give a short presentation, you'll learn about school wide initiatives, run through team building activities tour the school and host a a parent Q & A. You will NOT need to bring any supplies as school starts August 30th and we do NOT plan on using lockers (more on that at Open House).

6th Grade Only Day: Monday, Aug 30th

This is a day just for our sixth grade students to get tours, learn about school-wide expectations, and meet each of their teachers without 7th or 8th grade students present and with the extra support of staff.

Please use the form within the "Sixth Grade Transition Videos" link (above), or email or call with any questions. We have a great staff that are experienced in making 6th grade GREAT!

Can't wait to meet you all!

Ty Solberg (He/Him)

Principal, C.S. Porter Middle School

2510 West Central Avenue

Missoula, MT 59804


(406) 542-4060


Classrooms are still in need of snacks! If you'd like to contribute we're accepting donations of pre-packaged, healthy snacks. Granola bars, fruit or applesauce cups, crackers, pretzels, fruit leather, etc. are all great ideas for classroom snacks. Donations can be dropped off at the front office and we'll distribute as needed to teachers. Thanks for your help Lowell families!


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Wednesdays, 9am – 12pm

June 23rd – August 18th*

*No open garden hours August 11th

Garden City Harvest staff will be in the garden every Wednesday morning this summer. Come visit, help out, learn about gardening, and take home some fresh fruits and vegetables.


Be an ambassador for the garden! Volunteer to weed, harvest ripe produce, and welcome visitors in the garden for a few hours one week of the summer.

Adopt-the-Garden Sign-Up HERE


Lowell Elementary's online store is up and running!

Lowell is offering the Ship-to-School program this year, so you will have until Sunday, June 27th to place your order and have it sent to the school.

Head over to School Tool Box today to place your order!

If you'd like to donate a box of supplies for a student in need, just enter Donation for the First and Last name on your order.


This program is supported and ran through a partnership with MCPS, The Flagship Program, CSCT, and Missoula Parks and Recreation.

PROGRAM PHONE - (406) 830-0259

EMAIL CONTACT for last minute registration, early pick up, problems, questions and other general information: Tyler Decker at deckert@ci.missoula.mt.us

There is a 24 hour block on registering for programs - if you need to register last minute please reach out to Tyler at the above email.

Afterschool Program is from 2:10 - 5:30p.m. with pick up in the Cafeteria.


The Market at Lowell is currently open on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:30pm.

Please reach out to Libby Miller in the Family Resource Center, rmiller@mcpsmt.org, if you'd like to access food outside of these set hours.


Enrollment for the Emergency Broadband Benefit is now open. The temporary benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible consumers who are struggling to stay connected during the pandemic. Qualifying households on Tribal lands can receive a discount of up to $75 per month for service. See if you qualify by visiting www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit


The Montana Emergency Rental Assistance program is now available for Montanans who have lost household income as a direct or indirect result of the COVID-19 pandemic and are at risk of housing instability.

Renters can receive a monthly maximum of $2,200 for past due and future rent payments, up to $300 for past due and future utilities including gas and electric, and $50 per month for internet. Households can receive assistance for rent and utility bills dating back to April 1, 2020.

Click here for a step-by-step guide to creating an Okta account required for completing the application. Renters and landlords will need to create and Okta account to receive funding.


Kindergarten registration is now open. Please encourage your friends and neighbors with kindergarten aged children to register soon. Families can register in person or online. Our Welcome Kindergarten Spring Orientation is May 27th and families can sign up for a time slot at our office.


Project Westside Park


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