Lowell Memo: Issue #25

March 27, 2015

Published by Lowell School & the Lowell PTA

Have a wonderful Spring Break! School resumes on Monday, April 6!

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Lowell's Seventh Annual Culture Fest will be on Friday, April 24th from 6pm to 8pm.

We are looking for families to present a cultural table or to donate a dish (candy, side dish, dessert, etc.) to the International Food Table.

If interested, please contact Andrea Koziarz at andrea@koziarz.com or 630.653.4063.

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Save the Date: 2015-16 Kindergarten Visit; Wednesday, May 13; 9:30-10:15 a.m.

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Lowell Battle of the Books 2015-2016!

Great news, Lowell readers! Battle of the Books will return to Lowell for the 2015 -2016 school year! Battle is open to all interested readers who will be 4th and 5th graders this fall! Battle of the Books is a Wheaton Public Library sponsored program. Participants are expected to read a minimum of 25 books. The 2015 - 2016 Battle List is attached in case it is helpful in determining your child's interest in the program. Teams will be formed this spring so that reading can begin. Teams will practice weekly starting in September (day and time to be determined). Competition (Battles) begins in January and will run through early March. Battles are once or twice a week after school and are held at the Wheaton Library. Each school will participate in 8 battles. Practices will continue to be held once a week January thru March, but again those days/times are to be determined.

If this is a program you are interested in learning more about please contact: Barbara Razzino at babsrazz@mac.com; Deb Farrell at thefarrells0521@yahoo.com; Brigid Coleman at brigidanncoleman@gmail.com; or Karen Lange at bklange@comcast.net

Look for sign up information to come home after spring break!

Join us for the April PTA Meeting

Please save the date, Thursday, April 16th at 7:00 pm, and join us for the April PTA meeting! Our CUSD 200 Superintendent, Dr. Jeff Schuler, will be joining us. We have invited him to come to our PTA meeting and introduce himself and talk to us about the Board of Education's Vision 2018 plan for our district. It would be great if we could show our support for our District and Lowell and have a really strong turnout. Our meetings are typically less than one hour! We will have free babysitting and a free raffle!

We will also be presenting our slate of candidates for next year's Executive Committee at this meeting, as well as discussing lots of upcoming great spring programs!

Please join us......Thursday, April 16th at 7:00 pm in the LLC for our April PTA meeting featuring guest speaker Dr. Jeff Schuler!

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New to the Nest: Colleen Kaczmarski

Colleen Kaczmarski recently joined Ms. Sable's 2nd grade class as their new student teacher. She attends Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights where she is earning a dual certification in both elementary and special education. After completing ten weeks in a self-contained classroom in Naperville, Colleen is excited to join Ms. Sable's class. Colleen lives in Wheaton with her husband and two children. When not in school, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the Great Western Trail. She also enjoys crafting and home decorating. Colleen is thrilled to continue her journey with Ms. Sable’s 2nd graders and looks forward to learning a lot while she is here at Lowell.

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

Back by popular demand...4th & 5th Grade Lunch Time Talent Show!!!

Start warming up your voices, instruments and dancing shoes.The annual Lowell Talent Show for 4th and 5th graders will be held during lunch on Friday, April 17 and Friday, April 24. Auditions will be Wednesday, April 8 and Friday, April 10 from 12-1 in the music room. Acts should be no longer than 3 minutes long. Look for an audition sign-up sheet outside Mrs. Sorensen’s office after Spring Break!

Chess Club Success!

Submitted by: Mrs. Horn, Lowell Parent & Chess Club Coordinator

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Congratulations to the following members of the Lowell Chess Team for representing Lowell School at the All Wheaton Chess Tournament on March 21st 2015:

  • Nikhil Cowart
  • Aidan Flanagan
  • Quinn Flanagan
  • Gabrielle Horn
  • Will Johnson
  • Colin Koprowski
  • Peter Lange
  • Charlie Letizia
  • Max Stankoskey
  • Nicholas Western
  • Jordan Winter

This year’s attendance was the largest ever recorded for the All Wheaton Chess tournament. The kids were wonderful. We were up against over 27 teams in the K-5th grade division. The team worked very hard and endured the multiple rounds of countless brain power. They demonstrated they can work under pressure and still produce outstanding results. They worked together at all times, encouraging each other throughout the day. The Lowell team demonstrated team work, skills and perseverance, and had an outstanding day. This is an exciting way to finish the season.

  • Lowell, Outstanding 4th place (Team category)

  • Nikhil Cowart, 4th place ( 5th grade category)
  • Jordan Winter, 8th place (5th grade category)
  • Peter Lange, 8th place (4th grade category)
  • Quinn Flanagan, medal (1st grade category)

I am incredibly proud of the team. They all did a fantastic job and deserve their big wins.

Go Lowell!!!!

Green Corner: Recycling Extravaganza

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 11th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.--Wheaton's annual Recycling Extravaganza is back! It will be held once again in the commuter parking lot at Liberty Drive and Carlton Avenue and will accept all kinds of electronics, small household appliances, cooking oil, fluorescent tube bulbs, batteries, and even scrap metal. Check the city's website for more information: www.wheaton.il.us/electronics

PARCC End of Year Testing * Grades 3-5 * April 27-May 8 * 3 tests per grade

News From the Health Office

As you start spring cleaning to weed out the clothes your child has outgrown, please consider donating your gently used clothes to the Health Office. We have an abundance of shirts, but are especially in need of pants. Thank-you for your generosity!

Lowell Eagles Learn: Our School Blog

Please view our school blog & consider sharing your own story of learning about Lowell or encouraging your child to write a post! 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 science with Mr. Lee!

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Have you signed up for Fuel Up to Play 60???

Sign up to be part of this special partnership of the National Dairy Council and the National Football League at the student link below & check out some parent/community resources!

2014-15 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: