Friday Flight

January 6-10

Welcome to 2014!!

What is your one word?

As I shared before break, we have the exciting opportunity for many new starts at school. The beginning of each year brings excitement and anticipation. Each trimester of the year is new, and we have the opportunity to come back tomorrow to a brand new calendar year. What do you hope to accomplish in 2014? While many of us have resolutions, think about the movement to pick a word to focus on to improve yourself in the next year. (Below, you can see a link to how a school applied this in the Hidden Lakes Elementary Link.) Share your 'one word' here on this Padlet wall. Just go to the link, click on the screen, and type. I've started us out with mine!

As you'll note below, we will not have our regular staff meeting tomorrow morning. I will be in the staff center with coffee and cocoa as a token of my appreciation for all that you do for Lowell. Please review the This Week's Events section quickly to review the next three days at Lowell. I've also reprinted and/or updated a few items from the last Flight for your review.

Here's to a great 2014!


Engage 200

Please review the information about Engage 200, the district's community engagement process. Please let me know if you are interested in attending as a voice for Lowell as a staff member or as a district resident; please also let me know ASAP if you have a parent or community member you suggest I invite.

This Week's Events

Monday, January 6

Tuesday, January 7

  • Frozen Days

Wednesday, January 8

  • NO staff meeting (Moved to 1/22; Caffeine & Curriculum postponed from that date TBD)
  • Coffee & cocoa from Kathy in the staff center for all staff after 8:30; thanks for all you do!!
  • Benchmarking as scheduled
  • Battle of the Books in the LLC @ lunch
  • After school tutoring; 3:30 in LLC
  • Grade 4 F & P training; 4-5:30 @ Wheaton Community Center

Thursday, January 9

  • Intervention Team/Staffings as scheduled
  • Grade 5 F & P Training; 4-5:30 @ Wheaton Community Center
  • (Girl Scouts; 6-7 p.m. in LLC)

Friday, January 10

  • BLT; 8:30 in library
  • Benchmarking as scheduled
  • (Chess Club; 3:45 in LLC)

PTA Appreciation & Resources

Please be sure to drop the PTA a note or an email when they provide a resource or support an activity for your class or our school. They enjoyed sharing notes form students at our meeting today, too.

Please keep in mind the following programs the PTA has to financially support teachers.

  • Teacher wish list: Forms are in the office
  • Teacher support money: $75 for full-time; $35 for part-time teachers (Receipts and reimbursement forms are available in the office.) Don't leave your money unused! This is not the same as district discretionary money.

Both of these programs can be used for classroom resources, supplies, field trips, or other instances in which you would ask parents to send in money. Please see Kathy with questions!

2014-15 District Calendar

Last night, the BOE approved the 2014-15 school calendar. Please note that the November 14 Institute will be a teacher workday for elementary, as it aligns with the end of the trimester. January 16th will be an elementary Institute Day. The secondary schools will do the opposite as they are on quarters.

2014-15 Calendar

After School Pick-Up

Please ensure all students who are going home in cars to exit the building at Door #16. This promotes loading in a safe and orderly manner and limits the number of students entering vehicles outside the 'safe zone'.

Local Assessments

Thank you for your patience with the local assessment process. Click here for the district assessment calendar. Amanda G. is compiling a list of issues so that we're able to report that back to the district assessment people. Please feel free to communicate any concerns or successes to Amanda or Kathy.

Please watch for our building F & P schedule by January 10.

F & P Message from Faith

Because of school being closed, we need to change a few dates for the Fountas and Pinnell trainings. This will impact only the sessions for grade 3 and kindergarten. All meetings are from 4:00- 5:30 at the Wheaton Community Center.

Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessments Trainings

  • Gr 4: Jan 8
  • Gr 5: Jan 9
  • Gr 3: RESCHEDULED for Jan 13
  • Gr 1: Jan 14
  • Gr 2: Jan 15
  • Kindergarten: Jan 16 (which was an earlier date and now we have chosen it once again)

Tech Tips: Conference Opportunities for Students

SIT Conference Website

Downers Grove location flier

  • Children can present or simply attend
  • Conference Date: Saturday, February 22
  • Registration Deadline: January 24

Tech 2014 Website

  • Event Date: May 8 in Springfield
  • Application Deadline: January 21

Please let me know if you have any questions or interest.

Next Committee Meetings

BLT: Friday, January 10 @ 8:30 (LLC)

Wellness Committee: TBD

Instructional Team: Tuesday, January 21 @ 8:30 (LLC); we'll connect online prior to that.

Behavior Task Force: 1/2 Day to be scheduled for January

Technology: Tuesday, January 14; 3:40-4:10 (Office conference room)

*Agendas will be linked above moving forward.

Calendars: Scheduling Events

When you are scheduling an even at Lowell, please send an e-mail to Cathy Cebry and Kathy Melton. Cathy will update the building Outlook calendar and the hard copy calendar on her desk. Kathy will update the PTA, the website calendar, and the Friday Flight. The large calendar on the bulletin board by the nurse will no longer be used. See below for a partial list of upcoming events. Please notify us of evens as soon as they are put on your calendar. Thank you!

Long Term Planning

As we keep communication within school and with our parent community a priority, please communicate any important dates that parents may need to know. Please be thinking about special events that you or others in our building may host so we can plan for timely communication of those events.

  • December 20-January 6: Winter Break
  • January 15: Runathon incentive trip to Chuck E. Cheese
  • January 16: Group pictures for yearbook in LLC
  • January 21- F & P benchmarking begins at Lowell
  • February 7: Assembly in A.M. (Rope Warrior; 9:45-10:30 (3-5); 10:45-11:30 (K-2) (Requires use of gym & multi-purpose room)
  • February 14: Great America program logs due
  • February 20: Cook's Night Out @ Chik-Fil-A
  • February 28: Jamboree
  • May 3: Lowell 5K
  • June 3: Discovery Day

Happy Birthday!

Teacher Grants

Junior League of DuPage County

Interested in pursuing a grant? Read here about an opportunity for the Junior League of Kane and DuPage counties. The deadline for application is January 15.