May 7, 2020
LOWELL HELPLINE: 542-4040
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
(messages will be answered the next business day)
LOWELL MAY AT-A-GLANCE
All MCPS schools will continue online learning through the end of the year. Please fill out this survey from Mrs. Frank if you haven't already done so. We would like to gather information about what our Lowell families need and want online instruction to look like for the remainder of the school year.
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 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 will continue until May 15th! Five picture book nominees were selected for 2020 and students have the opportunity to cast their vote for the best one! Check out last week’s library lesson if you have not already: Treasure State Book Awards
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.
MCPS Early Kindergarten Registration begins 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
LOWELL FAMILY FUN!
MISSOULA COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Covid-19 Information Resources:
- Missoula City/County Covid-19 joint information - http://covid19.missoula.co/
- Missoula County Covid-19 info line: Call 406-258-INFO from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. - Friday
- Covid-19 Emergency Resources for Employers and Workers - montanaworks.gov
- Missoula COVID-19 Mutual Aid Community - covidmissoula.org
- Governor's Coronavirus Task Force - covid19.mt.gov
- Partnership Health Center - (406) 258-4789
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
Free and reduced internet, free online classes https://www.internetessentials.com/
Free and reduced internet https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist
For families with Straight Talk they can add data for free right now by texting COVID to 611611
Legal (housing support)
The Montana Legal Services Association has compiled a guide to housing and other legal issues related to COVID-19. Visit https://www.montanalawhelp.org/issues/covid-19, or call 1-800-666-6899
The Associated Students of the University of Montana Renter Center has prepared a medium post with advice for tenants in this situation. Visit https://medium.com/griz-renter-blog/difficulty-paying-rent-heres-what-to-do-4f6f880bd34c
Call 2-1-1 to see if you can get financial and other assistance
Montana Unemployment Division http://uid.dli.mt.gov/
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 - volunteermissoula.org
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.
- Missoula Food Bank & Community Center - (406) 549-0543, missoulafoodbank.org
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.
SNAP Benefits/Applications: www.apply.mt.gov
- WIC (Women, Infant, Children) http://www.signupwic.com/