Lowell Lions Roar!

October 2016

Fall Conferences

Fall conferences are always devoted to building relationships with families and setting goals for the goals for the school year. We set aside time after a busy school day to make these important connections.

Our teachers will work hard to respect your time and make it a valuable experience for you and your child. Please be respectful of our teachers time. We have limited slots to meet and would ask that only ONE conference be scheduled per child.

This year, we have changed our procedures for conferences. We are hoping that all families of multiple Lowell students can schedule on Tuesday, October 11th or Thursday, October 13th. All Lowell families that would like to schedule on October 11 and October 13, should schedule the conference slots on SignUpGenius.com. Teachers will have additional time slots within our conferencing window (October 10-October 19) if you are unable to schedule on these two set dates.

If you do not have computer access, please contact your child’s teacher for assistance in scheduling. A paper form to complete was sent home on 9/30 with your child.

If you would like to schedule your child(ren) for Tuesday, October 11th, please follow this URL:


If you would like to schedule your child(ren) for Thursday, October 13th, please follow this URL:


If you need help making an account, please see the additional information sheet that was sent home with your child.

This information can also be found on our Facebook page and website.

Conference Childcare option

This year, we would like to offer free childcare to all families needing a place to bring a sibling while you spend focused time on setting your child(ren)’s goals. We recognized that this was a need for many families and have worked out a plan with our AmeriCorps True North volunteer, Jonia. Our volunteer will be available from 3:15-7:00 on October 11 and October 13. Parents will sign in their child(ren) with the volunteer at the gymnasium door. All children must be signed out by a parent prior to leaving.

As a True North volunteer, Jonia has completed her background check with the district and has received training in working with students. Our volunteer work at Lowell every day under the supervision of Cindy Upton.

If you are planning on taking advantage of this opportunity, please bring your child to the library door at least 10 minutes before the start of your scheduled conference times to get your child(ren) checked in. Children will be watching movies on the Smartboard.

PTA Sponsored Volunteer Opportunities

The Lowell Elementary PTA needs your help! We are looking for volunteers to assist with the following upcoming events at the school.

Book Fair

Tues, Oct. 11 & Thurs, Oct. 13

3:00-5:15 pm

5:15-7:30 pm

Book Fair volunteers are needed to greet families, to assist with finding books, to make sure books stay organized on shelves, and to help with the check out process. Please click on the following link and sign up online if you are available. http://signup.com/go/ssu2vK Thank you!

School Picture Day

Tues, Oct. 11

Volunteers are needed to help escort students to and from pictures and to also help ensure that students are looking their best for picture day! Please contact Gayle Hunger at (218) 336-8895 or gayle.hunger@isd709.org.

Dental Services Day

Weds, Oct. 19

One or two volunteers are needed to assist with escorting students on Dental Services Day at Lowell. Please contact Gayle Hunger at (218) 336-8895 or gayle.hunger@isd709.org.

With appreciation,

Kari Speer

Lowell Elementary PTA Vice President




For the month of October, we will be doing a drive for homeless shelters as well as our own Lowell Kids Closet. There are over 600,00 homeless people in our Nation. With the holiday season and the temperature drop approaching, we must remember those who are in need. Socks are the last thing many of us donate, so shelters lack socks to give out. We ask that every student bring packs of new socks to school to be donated. Students: you are encouraged to ask family members, neighbors, friends, community, etc. to donate socks to you. We are going to deliver the socks to the homeless shelter as well as keep some for our own Kid’s Closet, the first week of November.

● Socks must be new

● There will be a box in the mail entry way of Lowell Elementary School.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amanda.Borling, School Social Worker at Amanda.Borling@isd709.org​ or (218)336-8895 ext 3020

Thank you for your love and support as we teach our children to be Prideful Lowell Lions.

Picture Day

Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 8am

2000 Rice Lake Road

Duluth, MN

Please complete your picture form and return to your teacher with payment information or you can go online to mylifetouch.com Picture Day ID# MI536118Y0

Parent Portal Information

Parent Portal is the preferred method of communicating with families across the Duluth Public School system. Infinite Campus is our student database and allows us to push out messages to all families using Campus Messenger tied to your Parent Portal accounts. If you are not receiving this e-Newsletter through Campus Messenger, you should log into your Parent Portal account and submit your notification preferences. There is also a mobile app for families for ease of access to information.

To learn more about Parent Portal and how to access information, please see the information on the District website: http://www.isd709.org/district/departments-3/technology/infinite-campus

Harvest of Literature 2016

Monday, Oct. 31st, 8am-2pm

2000 Rice Lake Road

Duluth, MN

Our annual Lowell tradition continues! We will celebrate the joy of reading with an exciting day of guest readers and dressing in our favorite book character costumes. Costumes must be book-related and non-violent. Guest readers are welcome and encouraged to dress up, too!

We are inviting parents and family members to join us for this fun day. Would you like to spend 15 minutes reading a favorite book or poem to your child’s class?

If you would like to volunteer to read in classrooms please contact Brittany Foster, by Friday October 21, 2016. brittany.foster@isd709.org

Thank you for all your support!


The most common way to become infested with head lice is by head-to-head contact with a person who already has head lice. Such contact can be common among children during play at school, home, and activities such as; sports, playgrounds, camp, and slumber parties). Uncommonly, transmission may occur by: wearing clothing, such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, or hair ribbons worn by a person having lice; using infested combs, brushes or towels; or lying on a bed, couch, pillow, carpet, or stuffed animal that has recently been in contact with a person having lice.

Parents, please examine your child's head weekly, especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck, for crawling lice and nits. If crawling lice or nits are found, all household members should be examined for crawling lice and nits every 2–3 days. Persons with live (crawling) lice or nits within ¼ inch or less of the scalp should be treated.

Please notify our Health Office should you find evidence of lice on your child’s head.

PTA Meeting

Monday, Oct. 24th, 6pm

2000 Rice Lake Road

Duluth, MN

Please join us for our monthly PTA meeting.

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Gifted and Talented District Update

ISD 709 Parents and Staff,

During this school year, the district has prioritized reviewing the Gifted and Talented Program in order to ensure we are offering our students services that reflect best practices in the field of Gifted Education today.

Due to this, the Gifted and Talented Program will look a little different in two ways:

  • Best Practices: We will be doing research by gathering survey data from constituent groups, visiting schools and other Minnesota districts to learn about various practices in gifted education.

  • Service to Students: The research process above will require time for research which will take away some service time for students. As a result, we will continue to provide services to our identified gifted students on a more limited basis for the current school year.

We appreciate your patience during this process. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Colleen Moran Dr. Darren Sheldon Dr. Michael Cary

Gifted and Talented Specialist Federal Programming Coordinator Curriculum Director

218-336-8700 ext. 1233 218-336-8870 x1011 218-336-8711

colleen.moran@isd709.org darren.sheldon@isd709.org michael.cary@isd709.org