Friday Flight

December 12, 2014

Winter Concert

Please note the following important concert information:

Thanks to Heather & Laura M. for all of their planning and extra time. Thanks, too, to everyone who has accommodated the special schedule for music and provided extra coverage in classes.

The next Friday Flight is scheduled for Sunday, January 4, 2015. Enjoy your winter break!

Please review the Memo to stay current on building parent communication & events!

Be sure to check out the link to the information we shared with the BOE & information about the Hour of Code.

Google Training Site

There was an issue with the link for the Google training site expiring in the previous Flight. If this link does not work when you click it, please cut and paste the URL into your browser window. Let me know if you need any help!

PARCC Tech Features

Linked here and in the November curriculum update, be sure to check out the PARCC Tech Features resource page! There are resources for each grade level to practice the skills anticipated for PARCC.

Reading Incentive Programs

The following incentives are to be offered building-wide. Thanks to Anne and Melissa for coordinating the efforts!

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars reading incentive program begins January and runs eight weeks. Each classroom teacher will be receiving bookmarks, a poster to track student progress, and papers to send home. Each classroom teacher will need to make copies of the papers for their class. Each classroom teacher should choose an appropriate goal for their individual class and note that on the paper that will be sent home. Examples of reading goals could be reading a certain number of pages, reading a certain number of books, or reading a certain number of hours - the goal is the teacher's choice. Should classroom teachers have any questions, please contact Anne McDonald.

Six Flags

Six Flags Reading Program sheets have been placed in your mailboxes. Please send home sometime this week. If your students decide to participate they will need to fill in the sheet and return it to you by Friday, February 13th. Let me know Melissa Chiappini know if you have any questions.

PTA Student Spotlight

Thanks to Brooke Thurston for sharing in the month of December! 3 students from 3T shared their Native American Story Creator.

Click here if you'd like to sign up for a month!

Off Level Assessments

Recommendations are forthcoming. The off-level assessments are in the ELA or Math files on the Teaching and Learning Together site. Students taking the off level should also take the on-level for district norming purposes. Please see me with questions or concerns.

Join PTA!

Our goal this year is to reach 100% staff membership as we partner with the PTA to serve our students at Lowell! You can join online via the link below or pick up a form in the office. Our PTA parents are very appreciative of the staff who have joined so far!

Please consider writing a post for our blog!!

Check out our newest post from Ms. G. and 1st grade. You can also encourage a student or parent to share OR comment on an existing post!! We have 11 new stories this school year!

Week of December 15-19

*Typing Training Schedule in effect (See LLC Calendar)*

*Holiday Music Schedule begins*

*Winter Party Schedule*

Monday, December 15

Tuesday, December 16

  • (World Relief Homework Club; LLC after school)

Wednesday, December 17

  • Faith a la Carte; Topic: Grading & Report Cards; 8:30-9 in the LLC
  • (Jericho Road Homework club; LLC after school)

Thursday, December 18

  • Problem solving, IEPs & 504s as scheduled
  • Inclusion meetings as scheduled

Friday, December 19

  • Secret Santa reveal; Staff Center at 8:30 a.m.
  • Jeans

Upcoming Lowell Events

All School

  • Yearbook group photos; Wednesday, January 21
  • PTA Sponsored Assembly: Matt Wilhelm; February 18; a.m. (exact times TBD)
  • Spring PACE Testing: March 2-6 (Grades 3-5); March 9-16 (Grade 2)
  • Kane County Cougars Game (Reading program recognition); April 17th @ 6:30 p.m.
  • PTA Sponsored Assembly: Kidworks Theatre- Endangered Animals: Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day) 1:30 show (K-2); 2:30 show (3-5)
  • Franklin Music Tour: Tuesday, April 28
  • Chorus, Band, & Orchestra Concert: Tuesday, May 12; 6:30 p.m. @ Franklin

Grade Level Trips/Events

  • 2nd Grade to play at St. Charles North; Monday, March 2
  • Kindergarten to COD Play: Friday, May 13; 10:30-1 p.m.
  • 2nd Grade to Fullersburg Woods: Friday, May 15; 9:30-2
  • Kindergarten to Morton Arboretum: Thursday, April 23; 9:30-Noon

2014-15 Shift Day Schedule

  • Thursday, January 15 is a Friday
  • Tuesday, February 17 is a Monday
  • Tuesday, May 26 is a Monday

PARCC Window

The district is hopeful more specific PARCC information will be released in September. When that happens, options for the testing timeframe will be shared with building principals and communicated to you. Until that point, it is recommended we not schedule field trips and events during that window. Again, the hope is that the window will be narrowed further. If families inquire about this due to vacation planning you can direct them to me if you prefer; there will be the opportunity for make-ups within each window. PARCC testing will take place during both windows below:

  • First Window: March 9-March 27
  • Second Window: April 27-May 22

Professional Learning Calendar

2014-15 Committees (Updated)

BLT Agenda Items & Notes (Please see a BLT member (Laura M.; Amanda; Brooke; Anne; Peg; Cindy L.; or Kathy) to add items to the agenda.)

Check it Out!

This section, like our Standards Based Grading Corner last year, will include interesting articles, blog posts, videos, or quotes for your optional perusal & reflection. Have something you'd like me to share here? E-mail me the link!

Guidelines for Success

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