Lowell Lantern

October 30, 2020

Principal's Message

Hello Lowell Families!


It's been another great week at Lowell! Our students continue to work hard and make good choices! We are proud of their efforts!


On Tuesday, November 3 Warren Township will have a planned eLearning Day for our students across the district. On this day, your student will complete teacher designed extended learning activities at home. I wanted to share a few reminders before Tuesday’s eLearning Day:


  • Our Kindergarten through 2nd graders will bring home teacher designed extended learning activities for Tuesday, Nov. 3rd.

  • Our 3rd and 4th graders will bring home their fully charged school issued iPads on Monday, Nov. 2nd so that they can be used to access their work on Tuesday.They will not bring home chargers. Students must bring back their school issued iPads on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

  • Also Monday, Nov. 2nd, all of our students will be bringing home a breakfast and lunch meal prepared for them by Chartwells.


On this day, teachers will be available to support our students and families from 9am - 12pm. Please look for communication from your classroom teacher that shares how you can reach them during those hours.


I know many students and families will be out and about this weekend for a variety of activities. I hope everyone has fun and most importantly, has a safe weekend. Also, don’t forget to set your clocks back on Sunday!


As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you need anything! Thank you for your support of Lowell! Take care! Be safe!

Mrs. Griffin

WARREN TOWNSHIP eLEARNING DAY ~~ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3

On Tuesday, November 3 Warren Township will have a planned eLearning Day for our students across the district. On this day, your student will complete teacher designed extended learning activities at home. I wanted to share a few reminders before Tuesday’s eLearning Day:


  • Our Kindergarten through 2nd graders will bring home teacher designed extended learning activities for Tuesday, Nov. 3rd.

  • Our 3rd and 4th graders will bring home their fully charged school issued iPads on Monday, Nov. 2nd so that they can be used to access their work on Tuesday.They will not bring home chargers. Students must bring back their school issued iPads on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

  • Also Monday, Nov. 2nd, all of our students will be bringing home a breakfast and lunch meal prepared for them by Chartwells.


On this day, teachers will be available to support our students and families from 9am - 12pm. Please look for communication from your classroom teacher that shares how you can reach them during those hours.


Please review the information below about our upcoming eLearning Day on November 3.

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FAMILY & CAREGIVER SURVEY -- PLEASE COMPLETE


Parents/Caregivers : We value your feedback! Please take some time to complete this survey. Your input on how we are doing with health & safety measures, communication & family needs is invaluable! The survey window is open through November 2! Thank you, in advance, for your participation.


https://surveys.panoramaed.com/msdwarren/familyfall2020/surveys?language=en

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THE BOOK FAIR IS COMING TO LOWELL ~~ NOVEMBER 10 - 12 ~~

We are excited to host our first Book Fair of the school year! Please see the flyer below for more information on how we are priortizing safety with the book fair through contactless checkout and online purchases as well.
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CHANGE REQUEST INFORMATION FOR SECOND SEMESTER

For those families wanting to transiton their child's classroom environment from in-person to virutal or from virtual to in-person, the window to make this change will open from November 13 to November 24 at 3:00pm.


This will be the last opportunity to change your child's classroom environment for the 20-21 school year. The decision families make will be for the entirety of the 2nd semester (3rd and 4th quarters). It is important that families communicate your desired transition as soon as the window opens. We recommend that you inform your schools as soon as possible so that we can begin planning for your student’s needs.


More information and access to the request form will be available on November 13, 2020.

PICTURE RETAKES FOR IN-PERSON LEARNERS

Picture retakes will be on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Mark your calendars.


Please see the flyer below for the code for Picture Retakes. If your child will be taking a retake AND ordered prints, they will need to bring their packet back to school with them on the day of picture retakes.


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2019-2020 YEARBOOKS ~~ EXTRAS AVAILABLE TO BUY

We have some extra 2019-2020 yearbooks that are available on a first come, first serve basis. Yearbooks are $20.00 each.


You may send in payment with a note requesting a yearbook with your child to school or call the front office 317-532-3900 with any questions about purchases.

PLEASE JOIN THE LOWELL PTA

Our Lowell PTA provides so much support for students, families, and staff. Please consider joining the PTA! It does not mean you must volunteer for events; however, joining the PTA allows you to advocate for your child and others.


For every membership bought, you will receive a discount card that provides great deals to businesses on the eastside. So your membership could be free with the great deals you get.


Please click on this link to become a member.

https://indiana-congress-of-parents-and-teachers.square.site/

LOWELL ELEMENTARY COUNSELING SERVICES PARENT/GUARDIAN REFERRAL FORM

Mrs. Hand, our school counselor, is available to support all of our Lowell students. A student may be referred to the school counselor by a parent/guardian, staff member or the student may refer themselves.


If you are interested in counseling services for your child, please click on the link below and complete the referral form for Mrs. Hand. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhMbp6BSh7ti1I6Nc6ar3-LjYr-cqbFUzhxIesLZmRXiqa3w/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0


Mrs. Hand has also created her own website where families can access information and resources. Please visit her website at the link below.


https://sites.google.com/warren.k12.in.us/lowell-school-counselor/home

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

Time Change -- fall back -- November 1

Staff Professional Day -- eLearning Day -- November 3

Picture Retake Day -- November 10

Thanksgiving Break -- November 25 - November 27

STUDENT LUNCH MENU


Here is the Updated Lunch Menu from Chartwell's. Students will get a choice of a hot or cold entree each day.

Grand Opening of the Moorhead Community Resource Center

Today was the grand opening of the Moorhead Community Resource Center! We are thrilled to have this new resource in Warren Township! To celebrate the grand opening, a variety of activities are planned throughout the day.


Families are invited to a Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat & Food Distribution event today from 3:30pm - 5:30pm. The resource center is located at 8400 East 10th Street. We hope many of you are able to make it to this event!

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VIRTUAL STUDENTS AND PARENTS/CAREGIVERS




Please read the important information below about virtual learning.

BLACK AND GOLD SCHEDULE FOR VIRTUAL LEARNERS

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PICTURE DAY FOR VIRTUAL STUDENTS

VLA Picture Day will happen on November 20th at The Moorhead Community Resource Center. Pictures will take place from 8AM to 3:45PM.

Are You a Virtual Student Who is Having Technology Issues?


Beginning Monday, October 26th the Moorhead technology help desk will move to door 11 at the rear of the building located near the playground. Please drive through the gate on the west side of the building and, after parking, enter door 11 for assistance. The Technology team will keep the same hours for the help desk: Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 11am to 1pm.


If you are having tech issues, please contact the help desk:



MATERIAL PICK-UP FOR VIRTUAL LEARNERS


Virtual Student Materials Pick-up for quarter 2 was on Thursday, October 22nd.


If we missed you, please call the front office at 317-532-3900 to make arrangements for pick up.

FOOD OUTREACH UPDATE

Due to low participation with our Friday food outreach, we will no longer be offering a Friday distribution. Our outreach will continue to be on Tuesdays from 8:00am-9:3am and from 4:30pm-6:00pm.

2nd QUARTER VIRTUAL RELATED ARTS

Elementary students will be accessing their VIRTUAL related arts courses by selecting RELATED ARTS on your teacher’s Canvas Course homepage. Once you select Related Arts, you will select your grade for the content area.


A video has been created for our K-4 students and families to walk you through selecting activities and submitting work.

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AMAZON SMILE

Did you know that Amazon donates money to approved charities and the Lowell PTA was just approved as a charity?


If you use Amazon or have an Amazon Prime Account, money may be donated to Lowell with NO extra charge to you. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.


Please see the flyers below for easy ways to donate to Lowell. Share with your friends and family!

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BOX TOPS ARE GOING DIGITAL!

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SELF-SCREENINGS

Thank you for taking time each morning to screen your child before coming to school each day. Please continue to do so. Below are symptoms impacting consideration for exclusion from school:

● A fever of 100.0° F or greater

● Chills

● Cough

● Muscle or body aches

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● Headache

● Sore throat

● Congestion or runny nose

● Fatigue

● New loss of taste or smell

● Nausea or vomiting

● Diarrhea


Students and employees should be excluded from school if they test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit two or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 that are not otherwise explained based on ISDH / MCPHD guidance. If in doubt, please don't hesitate to call school at 317-532-3900 for some guidance. We appreciate your support in doing this important screening step each day before sending students to school.

MSD WARREN TOWNSHIP S.A.F.E. REOPENING PLAN

You may download our 20-21 Reopening Plan on our S.A.F.E. Reopening Webpage.

https://www.warren.k12.in.us/o/msd-of-warren-township/page/20-21-s-a-f-e-reopening

Covid Screening & Quarantine Information

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CAR RIDER INFORMATION

Our car rider line has changed locations! The car rider drop-off and pick-up line is now on the SOUTH SIDE (Raymond Street) of the building. DO NOT ENTER OFF OF HUNTER ROAD. All car riders will enter the line off of Raymond Street. There is a circular drive that cars will follow around to the sidewalk. Pull your car to the end of the sidewalk, place your car in park, and wait for staff to signal that students may be released from cars. DO NOT RELEASE STUDENTS UNTIL STAFF IS OUTSIDE AND INDICATES THAT STUDENTS MAY BE RELEASED FROM VEHICLE. WE WILL BEGIN TO RELEASE STUDENTS AT 7:55AM. STUDENTS MUST WEAR A FACE COVERING WHEN EXITING THE VEHICLE. PARENTS ARE TO REMAIN IN CARS AT ALL TIMES AND CANNOT EXIT THE VEHICLE TO WALK STUDENTS INTO THE BUILDING.


Students will only be released on the sidewalk side/passenger side of the vehicle. Please make sure your child is sitting on that side of your vehicle. When the sidewalk is cleared of students, cars will be released by staff to exit back out onto Raymond Street. PLEASE DO NOT MOVE YOUR CAR UNTIL STAFF INDICATES IT IS SAFE TO MOVE. DO NOT GET OUT OF THE CAR RIDER LINE TO MANUVEUR YOUR CAR AROUND OTHER CARS. STAY IN LINE AND FOLLOW THE CAR IN FRONT OF YOU SO WE CAN EXIT SAFELY. When the next row of cars are lined up along the sidewalk and are stopped and in park, staff will release the next group of students into the building.


OUR PRIORITY IS TO KEEP STUDENTS AND STAFF SAFE! PLEASE MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THESE PROCEDURES AND TO FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF THE LOWELL STAFF. WE APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION.


Please make sure your child has backpack/supplies ready and that good-byes are said before it's time to exit the car. We will not have time to retrieve items or have prolonged good-byes in the morning. We appreciate your help with this!!


Review the map below to see the entry/exit location and the path for the car rider line. We appreciate your patience as we all learn this new system.

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SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS

Please remember that our Lowell Campus is a smoke-free campus. There is no smoking allowed anywhere on Lowell grounds. This includes smoking in your cars while on the Lowell Campus. Please refrain from smoking on school grounds if you are picking your child up or dropping your child off at school. We appreciate your support with this policy!


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Lowell Construction Updates

The renovation at Lowell is going strong!! We are excited to see the progress!

School District Publication/News Media Use

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STUDENT SUCCESS HANDBOOK

Click on the link below to access the 2020-2021 Student Success Handbook.


Student Success Handbook 2020-2021

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