Lowell Memo: Issue #6

September 25, 2015

Published by Lowell School & the Lowell PTA

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Lowellpaloolza: Laps for Lowell Thanks & Reminders

It was a beautiful day for Laps for Lowell - Lowellpalooza on Thursday! The kids worked hard, cheered loud and had a lot of fun! Parents, please accept our apologies for any new grass stains that may have appeared on your children’s clothes.

Thank you to Mrs. Minser, Mr. Orlow and Dr. Melton for all of their help and guidance with this event!

And thank you to the following parent volunteers who helped make Laps for Lowell a big success!

Rebecca Osterman, Jackie Wellman, Charity Makela, Eleanor McNear, Jen Fitzpatrick, Becky Graziano, Melissa Vandenend, Beth Roekle, Tammy Scott, Olivia Evans, Heather Amwoza, Ryan Howard, Louis Koziarz, Carey Coppoletta, and Brigid Coleman

We really appreciate your time and energy…we could not have done it without you!

All Laps for Lowell donations are due in the office or online by next Friday, October 2. Just a reminder that 100% of your donation goes directly to the Lowell PTA! If we meet our goal, this will be our one and only fundraiser all year, which means no selling anything! We thank you in advance for your generous support! We have some great raffle prizes…Bulls tickets, Rockin’ Jump passes, Kane County Cougar tickets, Wilson Sporting goods, Deforest Dance and much, much more!! And, those students who raise $300 or more, will earn a new Kindle Fire!

Thank you for your support of the Lowell PTA!

Does your child ride his or her bike to school? Be sure he or she wears a helmet!

Lowell Fall Beautification: After School Friday, October 2!

Everyone is welcome to join us for a fun afternoon of planting, weed pulling, and improving the grounds of our school. Please feel free to bring your children, scout troops, neighbors and anyone else who would like to give us a hand. Snacks, drinks and some plants and bulbs will be provided.

Please bring any gardening tools, shovels, brooms, rakes, and gardening gloves. Since our budget is limited, donations of mums, pansies, cabbage and kale plants are greatly appreciated!!!! If you cannot join us on October 2, you may consider making a plant donation.

Thank you and we look forward to a seeing you at Lowell Fall Beautification Day!

Do you walk to school? Please cross President Street at Illinois with the crossing guard and look carefully!

Language Stars at Lowell: More students needed!

Hola, Lowell Families!

Monday, September 28th is the last day to register for Spanish at Lowell! Language Stars is proud to partner with Lowell again this year! We hope your children will join us for Spanish! Use this link to go directly to the Lowell registration: https://apm.activecommunities.com/languagestars/Activity_Search/4003

Remember! We bring a new curriculum with new age-appropriate learning goals and themes each year so your children can build upon what they learned last year and explore even more about the language and culture!

If you haven’t already registered, please give us a quick call at 773-935-7827 option 4 and we will be happy to help sign your children up in less than 5 minutes!

  • Grades K-2 will start on Thursday, October 1st after school from 3:35 - 4:20 in Room 129 (will be dismissed to Door #1; which is the front door on Illinois Street).
  • Grades 3-5 will start Friday, October 2nd before school from 8:15 am - 9:00 in the LLC.

We need a few more students in each grade level to register or the classes may be cancelled!

Box Tops for Education- UPDATE!

This year Lowell will be collecting Box Tops for Education™. Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help our school earn cash. Last school year, we earned over $1,000! Box Top coupons are on the packaging of hundreds of participating products that you probably use every day. All you need to do is cut them off of the box they are on, stick them in a baggie, and send them to school with your child (bags of 50 box tops are preferred).

**We're excited to share that this year we'll be keeping track of each classroom and the number of Box Tops submitted! The winning class will win a special prize towards the end of the school year! Please remember to mark your bags with your child's name and teacher's name. Thanks!**

PTA Reflections: Let Your Imagination Fly!

Be sure to check out this awesome program! Lowell 2nd grader, Claire R., made it all the way to the state level last year. Encourage your children to share their talent!
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Available to support Lowell Lunch & Recess? We need you!

To support a positive lunch experience for our students, we have expanded to 3 lunch periods this year as follows:

  • 11:30-12: All Day Kindergarten & Grade 1 Lunch
  • 12-12:30: Grade 4 & 5 Lunch/ Recess for ADK & Grades 1-3
  • 12:30-1: Grade 2 & 3 Lunch/ Recess for Grades 4 & 5

If you have an interest in being a lunch volunteer, a regular member of our supervision staff or a substitute lunch/recess supervisor, please email kathleen.melton@cusd200.org or call the Lowell office at 630-682-2085. Please note that you do not need to commit to all 5 days to be part of our team!

Join Lowell's Chess Club!

The Lowell PTA is sponsoring a chess Club. The first meeting of the Lowell Chess Team is Friday October 23rd 2015. We will meet on Fridays from October 23rd 2015 from 3:45-4:45 PM to end of March 2016 in the LLC. The team is for students in K - 5th grade. All levels of players from
beginners to advanced are encouraged to attend. Participation in periodic weekend tournaments, including the state chess tournament will be OPTIONAL (extra fees required).

Dues of $75/family will be charged and includes professional instruction led by Chess Master Jim Egerton of Chess-Now (www.chess-now.com). To sign your child up for Lowell's Chess Team, contact Josephine Horn at (630) 653-8183 or Josephine.Horn@alcatel-lucent.com

CUSD 200 Fall 2015 Parenting Seminars

Practical Solutions for Dealing with Anxiety

Thursday, October 8 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Children can be afraid but fears do not have to be disabling. Dr. Michael Maniacci, Clinical Psychologist, will offer parents practical solutions to help children manage those day to day situations and the anxiety that they can produce.

Operation Overload: Technology and Our Teens

Thursday, October 15 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Can video games trigger ADHD? Are they addictive? How does the computer effect mood, anxiety and adolescent relationships? Join Dr. Joe Roszkowski, Clinical Psychologist, as he explores the answer to these questions and how parents can set healthy limits.

How to Have Difficult Conversations with Your Child

Thursday, October 22 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

As kids grow up, they begin asking questions about drugs, divorce, sex or other topics that catch their parents off guard. Adam Russo, CEO of Edgewood Clinical Services, will share how parents can best prepare for these discussions so they can communicate effectively and confidently, while minimizing their child’s anxiety during the discussion.

Why Social Emotional Learning Is Important

Thursday, October 29 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Intelligence is very important but should not be limited to test scores on an IQ exam! A teen’s ability to form relationships and handle their emotions is essential to success in life. Dr. Michael Maniacci will discuss how parents can increase their teen’s Emotional Intelligence through social/emotional learning.

Noon Seminar Location: Wheaton Park District Community Center

1777 Blanchard Road, Wheaton

Registration is free. Call Donna at (630) 393-3558 to indicate your choice of sessions. If you have questions about workshop content call Donna Kozica, (630) 821-7900 or Gary Luckey, (630) 784-7208.

Save the Date: Lowell's 10th Annual Trivia Night 11.7.15

We need your help!

1) Raffle items/Prizes: Unused gift cards, Sporting event tickets, goods and services, etc.

2) Volunteers needed: We need volunteers (at the event) to help sell raffle tickets, be greeters, draw raffle winners/hand out prizes, etc.

Please contact Linda Raffel (swany30@sbcglobal.com) if you would like to donate, volunteer, or have any other question about the event.

Join the Wheaton-Warrenville Special Needs PTA!

Join the Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA (WWSNPTA) for their first meeting of the 2015-2016 year: Monday, Sept 28th, @ 7pm in the Wiesbrook Elementary Library.

Wiesbrook Elementary School
2160 Durfee Rd
Wheaton, IL 60189

Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA is an association formed in 2015 to provide resources and support for the parents, caregivers, students, and teachers of District 200. You do not need to be a parent of a special needs student to join.

They will be discussing:
• SNPTA Vision & Goals
• Events & Education
• 2015-2016 Budget
• Spirit wear

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The Lowell PTA welcomes you!!

Check out the links below to learn more about the Lowell PTA & become a member!

Lowell Eagles Learn: Check out Story #35!!!

Please view our school blog & consider sharing your own story of learning about Lowell or encouraging your child to write a post! We've just posted our first story of the year about the Battle of the Books kick-off event! We welcome stories from students, parents, staff, special guests, and community members. You can find our blog at lowelleagleslearn.blogspot.com or linked below! Please send posts to kathleen.melton@cusd200.org at any time or make a comment on our posts!

Thank you for helping tell our story! Check out our newest posts, including staff appreciation from a Lowell mom!

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Free and Reduced Lunch applications will be sent home the first week of school. If you need financial assistance with lunch fees, please complete and return the form to the office prior to Friday, September 25. These forms need to be completed each school year.

Has a D200 teacher been an inspiration to your child? Check out Inspiration Nominations linked below!

2015-16 Important Dates

Click here to visit the Lowell Web Calendar & stay informed of upcoming events throughout the year!

View the District ESchool Bag!

Check out district & community information linked to the District website below, including information about a new Daisy Troop starting at Lowell.

New 200 Foundation Updates

Click the link below to read updates from the New 200 Foundation!

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.


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.

Going to Target??

Use your Target REDcard, and Target will donate 1% of your REDcard purchases made at Target and Target.com to help Lowell! Sign up is easy at the link below:
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