Lowell's Family Newsletter
September 18, 2022
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Table of Contents
- Message from Mrs. Phlean
- New Staff
- Lowell School Site Council Presentation
- Internet Safety
- Back-to-School Night
- Diversity Inclusion and Belonging Council
- FTO Update
- Scenes from the Week
- Student Handbook Part II
- Lowell School Parent Guides 2022-2023
- Upcoming Events School & Community (dates, time, and location)
Message from Principal Phelan
We did it! Our first full week is behind us. We've already achieved a few miles stones. We officially started Eureka Squared, an improved version of Eureka Math created by Great Minds. It is a revolutionary math program designed to advance equity in the math classroom by helping students build enduring math knowledge based on real-world problems and applications. We began DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills)testing in grades one and two. It is a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of literacy skills. They are designed to be short (one-minute) fluency measures that can regularly detect risk and monitor the development of early literacy and reading skills from kindergarten through fifth grade. We started i-Ready testing in grades 1-5. And we kicked off the first in a series of professional development sessions focused on strengthening our core instruction for ELs. Teachers attended their first coaching meetings. We began our month-long celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The FTO, co-led by Jennine Tambio and Darlene MacIntyre, held its first planning meeting. Our Site Council met Thursday night to review our opening and refamiliarize ourselves with our school improvement goals. I'd say that's a pretty fantastic start to the year.
Back-to-School Night is Tuesday, September 20th, from 6:00-8:00 pm. You can find more details below. Parents are visiting our Phillips Building. Feel free to park in the Marshall Street parking lot and enter the building students enter in the morning.
We'll hold our first whole building Community Meeting on Thursday. Both buildings will have a meeting. We will review our school's core values, reintroduce the school pledge, explain the new spotted recognition campaign and unveil the new school song!
Thank you for bringing joy to our school this week!
If you have any questions or ideas in the meantime, don't hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
With a grateful heart,
Please Welcome New Members to Our Lowell Team
Luca Tiezzi - New Building Substitute
Luca Tiezzi has BA and MA degrees in Philosophy, obtained respectively in Italy and the Netherlands, where he had his first experience in teaching. There he gave Italian classes, mostly in the form of ludic activity, to children of Italian immigrants of second or third generations. Once he moved back to Italy, Luca first worked in pre-school and afternoon tutoring programs for primary and middle schools, until he obtained a full-time position to teach History and Philosophy in high school. Here he spent some professionally enriching years, being classroom teacher for his subject, as well as lead teacher for a class and coordinating several interdisciplinary projects and school trips with colleagues and students. He experienced that it is fundamental to multiply the strategies for supporting each student according to their individual needs and skills; he also values creating a relation of mutual trust and respect with students. After having moved with his wife to Boston, he is very excited by traveling and exploring the US. He likes swimming and soccer.
Lisa Berk - New LTS Reading Specialist
Bridget Slonecker - Student Teacher
Thursday evening, we held our first School Site Council meeting. We discussed the opening of school, schedules, bussing, school Safety, assessment, routines & expectations, building community, enrollment, demographics, and reviewed our SIP. goals.
Keeping Kids Safe and Secure Online
The United States Attorney’s Office is hosting a virtual Internet safety presentation for parents the evening of Tuesday, September 20th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. The presentation, entitled Keeping Kids Safe and Secure Online: A Project Safe Childhood Presentation for Parents will bring awareness to the dangers of the internet, including gaming and social media platforms that predators use to groom children with the intent of exploiting them sexually online or for an in person meeting. The presentation will focus on prevention by educating parents and community members how to help keep children safe online. We will be covering the following topics:
Social Media 101 & Digital Footprint
Protecting Against Online Predation
The presentation is free. Registration is required. The link to register is included on the attached flyer.
September 20th 6:00-8:00 PM (Phillips & Lowell West)
We are excited to announce we are holding our Back-to-School Night in person this year. To accommodate ALL our families, we will host this year's event at both schools (Phillips & Lowell West). We will offer two sessions at each school for each homeroom. These sessions will contain the same content. Parents can choose which session best works for their schedule.
We will also host a Meet Our Community event in the Lowell West cafeteria at 175 Main Street, Waltham, Ma, from 6:15-7:45 PM. Caregivers from both buildings are welcome to this event.
Meet our specialists' teachers (Art, Music, PE, and Library Media), Reading Teachers, ESL Teachers, Speech, OT, PT, and Guidance. We will also have members of our SEL team present.
The FTO, School Site Council, and Parent, Diversity, and Belonging Council will also be on hand.
Schedule 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Session 1 6:00 - 6:45 PM Your Child's Classroom at their home school
Meet Our Community Event: Lowell West 6:15 - 7:45 PM
Session 2 7:00 - 7:45 PM Your Child's Classroom at their home school
Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Council
Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DIB) Council Updates
Hello Lowell Community Members!
The first week of school under our belts and we hope everyone has had a positive start to the school year. Since our first Diversity and Belonging Council meeting isn't for 2 more weeks, we wanted to send out a quick September update. Read on for information about our meeting dates for the year as well as a volunteer opportunity during the 9/20 Back to School Night event.
Additionally, if you know of any Lowell community members who might be interested in our group, please feel free to forward this email to them, or have them fill out this interest form.
The DBC monthly meetings serve as a space for any Lowell caregivers and staff who are in support of our mission to ensure we have a welcoming and inclusive school community. Meetings can range in their focus from updates of upcoming events or resources to discussion and processing of local or national events. Lowell meetings are on Tuesdays from 7-8pm. We will have 3 “All Council” meetings this year, in which the councils from all 3 elementary schools will come together. Fall meeting dates and topics are as follows:
Tuesday 9/27, 7-8pm- What does belonging mean to you?
Over the summer, the 3 elementary diversity councils held a council-wide book read of Carla Shalaby’s Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School. The theme of belonging and what it truly means came up in each of our 4 sessions. In our first meeting, we hope to get to know one another and discuss what the “belonging” in “Diversity and Belonging Council” means for the Lowell community and its families.
Tuesday 10/25, 7-8pm- Disability Equity Audit debrief
The Watertown SEPAC will host a disability-centered equity listening session on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 6-8pm on Zoom. This session is designed to review the outcomes from the WPS Equity Audit that took place in the 2021-2022 school year from a disability lens. Will will share a recap of the discussion at our Lowell DIB meeting for those who can’t attend and will continue the discussion.
Thursday 11/17- time TBD- *All Council Meeting (1/3)*
This meeting will either be in zoom or in person at Hosmer, time will be either 6:30 PM-7:30 PM or 7:30 PM-8:30 PM). Please stay tuned for details about our All Council meetings!
Volunteer Opportunity on Tuesday, 9/20
There will be a "Meet Our Community" event on September 20th from 6:15-7:45 PM.in the Lowell West cafeteria during annual Back-to-School Night. Caregivers from both buildings are welcome to this event. There will be information tables hosted by the school's special teachers, reading teachers, ESL teachers, Speech, OT, PT, Guidance, and SEL. The FTO, School Site Council, and Parent Diversity and Belonging Council will also have tables.
We would love to have a few parent volunteers to help cover the table between 6:15 and 7:45 so that our parent reps have the opportunity to also partake in the evening's events. If you would like to volunteer (even 20 minutes would be helpful!), please reply to this email and let us know.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or ideas between now and our September 27th meeting!
Liz and Sheila
Family Teacher Organization
Lowell Family Teacher Organization (FTO) Weekly Updates
We’d love your help! If you would like to volunteer, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Date: Lowell School Movie Night
Friday, September 30 – Location TBD
Join us for a fun Lowell School annual tradition. We’ll show a kid-friendly movie and provide some snacks! Everyone is welcome.
Volunteers needed for Cutting and Laminating
Mr. Stezzi, Lowell's Math Coordinator, would love some help cutting and laminating some math curriculum materials. If you're available to help with this project at the school or at home, please reach out to email@example.com
Our first meeting went well. So wonderful to meet new people. You can find the agenda and minutes at: http://jrlowellpto.weebly.com/
Scenes From This Week!
Ms. Talamas' students celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in Spanish class with dance.
Ms. Altobello's students picking vegetables in our garden.
Mr. Spano breaks out the drums during fourth grade music this week.
New friends sharing about themselves in third grade.
Ms. Sudbay & Ms. Walker's students setting goals for fifth-grade.
Mrs. Walsh checking in with students during Writing Workshop.
"The Best Part of Me," writing in Ms. Spatz's room.
Ms. McCollum and our students are happy to have a Library/Media room at Lowell West this school year.
Lunch Menu Phillips Building Grades k-2
Lunch Menu Lowell West Grades 3-5
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Welcome Back, Students
ESL Department is Sponsoring a Meet & Greet
2 - 5 PM
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Back-to-School Open House
Update on School Reopening
School Improvement Goals Update and Action Plan
Upcoming School Events
6:00-8:00 PM In-person Meeting
Phillips & Lowell West
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
In-Person & Online
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Parent Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Council
Friday, September 30, 2022
Lowell School Movie Night
at Lowell West
175 Main Street
Waltham, Ma 02451
Sponsored by the FTO
Friday, October 14
Picture Day for Phillips and Lowell West
Friday, October 28, 2022
Trunk or Treat
Phillips Parking Lot
31 Marshall Street
Sponsored by the FTO
Picture Day is October 14th for Phillips and Lowell West
SEPAC September's Update
Watertown SEPAC Calendar 2022-2023
More detailed event information coming to the SEPAC website soon: https://sites.google.com/watertown.k12.ma.us/watertown-sepac/past-sepac-calendars
Wed Sept 21, 2022
SEPAC General Open Meeting
Hosmer/Hybrid (6:30 - 8 PM)
Sat Sept 24, 2022
Booth at Faire on the Square
Tues Oct 18, 2022
Equity Listening Session
Zoom 6-8 PM
Tues Nov 15, 2022
Training: Basic Rights (FCSN) Registration Required
Zoom 6-8 PM
December 2022 (TBD)
Social Event / General Meeting
Tues Jan 24, 2023
Training: What’s a 504?
Tues Feb 7, 2023
SEPAC General Open Meeting
In-person/hybrid (6:30 - 8 PM)
Tues March 7, 2023
Training: Conflict Mediation
Tues Apr 11, 2023
Training: Dyslexia and Screenings
Tues May 9, 2023
SEPAC General Open Meeting
In-person/hybrid (6:30 - 8 PM)
June 2023 (TBD)
In person (TBD)