Lowell's Family Newsletter

September 18, 2022


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Table of Contents

  1. Message from Mrs. Phlean
  2. New Staff
  3. Lowell School Site Council Presentation
  4. Internet Safety
  5. Back-to-School Night
  6. Diversity Inclusion and Belonging Council
  7. FTO Update
  8. Scenes from the Week
  9. Student Handbook Part II
  10. Lowell School Parent Guides 2022-2023
  11. Events
  12. SEPAC
  13. Upcoming Events School & Community (dates, time, and location)

Message from Principal Phelan

Greetings Lowell,

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!

Forever grateful,


If you have any questions or ideas in the meantime, don't hesitate to contact me at stacy.phelan@watertown.k12.ma.us.

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

I have been a classroom teacher and reading specialist in the Boston area for over two decades. My 11 year old daughter and I live in Cambridge with our sweet cat, Blue. In my free time, I enjoy reading memoirs and mysteries, cooking vegetarian food, biking, and spending time with friends and family. My passion is teaching students, collaborating with colleagues, and figuring out how to best support each student. I’m excited to be part of the Lowell community this fall!

Bridget Slonecker - Student Teacher

My name is Bridget Slonecker and I will be working with Stefanie Brodeur in her 5th-grade classroom. I am from CT and just graduated from Bucknell University with an Early Childhood Education degree. I am a creative person, I love to draw, write and design, honestly anything creative I love participating in! I also have a deep love for literacy as well as mathematics. In my free time, I like hiking and hanging with my adorable 7-month-old kitten named Blue. What I'd like to gain from this experience is to become familiar with the inner workings of how to function in a school as a teacher, so staff meetings, paperwork, being a team member, etc. I also want to familiarize myself with MA standards and curriculum and how that looks in the classroom here. Overall, I'd just like to gain more experience actively instructing and working with students as well as within the school community. I look forward to meeting everyone next week!! :)
Lowell Site Council Meeting (presentation slides)

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




Victim Support

Protecting Against Online Predation

The presentation is free. Registration is required. The link to register is included on the attached flyer.

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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

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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.

Monthly Meetings

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!

Warm regards,

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: lowellelementarypto@gmail.com

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 lowellelementarypto@gmail.com

Find Us! You can find us on the web at: http://jrlowellpto.weebly.com/ and please like/follow our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LowellFTO

First Meeting:

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!

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Ms. Talamas' students celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in Spanish class with dance.

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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

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Lunch Menu Lowell West Grades 3-5

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School Events

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Welcome Back, Students

ESL Department is Sponsoring a Meet & Greet

Filippello Park

2 - 5 PM

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Back-to-School Open House


  • Introductions

  • Update on School Reopening

  • School Improvement Goals Update and Action Plan

  • Upcoming School Events

  • Closing

6:00-8:00 PM In-person Meeting

Phillips & Lowell West

Wednesday, September 21, 2022


6:30-8:00 PM

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

Phillips 8:30-10:30

LW 12:30-2:00

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

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SEPAC September's Update

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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

Saltonstall Park (11 AM - 4 PM)

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)

Social Event

In person (TBD)

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