Lowell Lantern

Week of February 25-March 1, 2019

Tuesday is a RED DAY for specials.

WE ARE LOWELL

Our theme at Lowell this year is "We are Lowell...CORE is our Superpower!"--Civility, Order, Respect, Excellence. We are encouraging students to embrace this challenge and achieve them.

A NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Lowell Families,


Next week is our last week for our Kindness and Justice Challenge. Our Penny War will wrap up on Monday. So if you have loose change that you would like to donate to our K & J Challenge, please have students bring that in on Monday. We will have one final spirit day next week. Wednesday will be crazy hair day for students with a $1.00 donation to our charities. Remember, all money raised goes towards Riley Hospital for Children, Warren Early Childcare Center, and The American Heart Association. Thank you for your continued support! We will have our Kindness and Justice Challenge Celebration on Friday of next week. Friday will be a spirit wear day -- we are asking all students to wear their green Lowell t-shirt on Friday, March 1.


Congratulations to our 4th Grade Math Bowl Team! Our team came in 2nd place last night in the district Math Bowl Competition! They showed great teamwork and determination, and we are so proud of them! Thank you to Mr. Reeves for coaching our team and to Mrs. Reid for helping to proctor the event. Way to go 4th graders!!


We are asking all parents to participate in our parent survey. Please look for the survey link in this newsletter. Your feedback is very valuable to us as we are a continually working on school improvement! Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey!


We hope to see many of our Lowell Dads at our Donuts with Dads event next Thursday, February 28 at 8:00am in the Lowell cafeteria and gym! Come enjoy some time with your children before school begins!


Finally, good luck to our Robotics teams at their competition this weekend! They are having a fabulous season!! Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Griffin


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Math Bowl

Congratulations to our 4th grade Math Bowl team on their second place finish! Huge thanks to Mr. Reeves for coaching!
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Lowell Parents,


MSD Warren Township is conducting an online survey to support continued improvement. We are encouraging all Lowell Families to participate in this survey. The survey link below is specific to Lowell. The feedback we get from you helps us to continue to improve and be the best we can be! To participate for Lowell, click the link below. Thank you for your participation and input! (THIS LINK IS FOR LOWELL PARENTS ONLY). The survey window is now open and will be available through March 15, 2019.


https://surveys.panoramaed.com/climateidoe/5377family/surveys?language=en

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4th Grade Basketball Tournament

Our Fourth Grade Basketball Team will be participating in a tournament with other Warren Elementary Teams on Friday, March 1. The tournament takes place at the High School Field house and starts at 6:00 pm. This is a fun, family event so we hope you can come and watch our 4th graders competitor There is a cash only admission of $3.00/person or $10/family of four. All proceeds go directly to the Warren Arts and Education Foundation which in turn supports Warren students and staff through funding grant projects. Before the championship game, Elementary and District Administrators will participate in a free throw shooting contest. Come cheer on Mrs. Griffin as she shoots free throws! We hope to see many of you there on March 1!


Excel Program

MSD WARREN TOWNSHIP EXCEL PROGRAM FOR 2019-2020


Mission Statement: The EXCEL Program is designed to meet the unique academic and affective needs of highly talented students through a cooperative, enriched, and accelerated academic program where each person feels significant and appreciated.

The curriculum in the EXCEL program is differentiated and faster paced. Students will work above grade level.

EXCEL Parent Recommendation Form

The Parent Recommendation form must be completed by March 31, 2019.

ILEARN ASSESSMENT

3rd and 4th Graders will take the new statewide assessment called ILEARN. This is the assessment that has replaced ISTEP. The ILEARN testing window opens on Monday, April 22. ILEARD measures student achievement and growth according to Indiana Academic Standards. ILEARN is the summative accountability assessment for Indiana students and assesses the areas of Language Arts and Math. Fourth grade will have an additional Science assessment that they will complete. For more information about ILEARN, please visit the IDOE website at https://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/ilearn

IREAD-3 TESTING

3rd Graders will take the IREAD-3 Assessment during the week of March 11- 15. This is a critical statewide standardized assessment. The Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination (IREAD-3) assessment measures foundational reading standards to Grade 3 students each spring. Based on the Indiana Academic Standards, IREAD-3 is a summative assessment that was developed in accordance with House Enrolled Act 1367 (also known as Public Law 109 in 2010). For further information on IREAD-3 you may visit the IDOE website at

https://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/iread-3

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - MONDAY, JUNE 3RD (TENTATIVE)

Monday, June 3rd is Warren Township's last day of the regular school year (barring no further weather closings). This date has been extended due to the following weather closings: November 15th and January 30th.

May 31st (1st designated make-up day) - taken for November 15th
June 3rd (2nd designated make-up day) - taken for January 30th
June 4th (3rd designated make-up day)
June 5th (4th designated make-up day)
June 6th (5th designated make-up day)
June 7th (6th designated make-up day)
March 18th (7th designated make-up day)
March 19th (8th designated make-up day)

It's Time to Show our Superpower of Kindness!

It's time to make the kindness connection! The National Kindness and Justice Challenge is a celebration of the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lowell students began the 15th annual Kindness and Justice Challenge last week. They continue to participate in activities that build an understanding of how simple acts of kindness and justice make a tremendous impact on our community and our world.


For the next several weeks, Lowell students will create "Superhero Capes" to be displayed in our hallways. Students will be encouraged to think about how we treat one another and how we must work together to make this world a better place for everyone. When a student shows an act of kindness, they get a kindness mask to hang on their grade level cape. It is great to see masks being added to our capes! We are Lowell...to the CORE ~~ students spreading kindness like it’s confetti! Keep up the great work!


During the months of January and February, students can bring in money for our Penny War to donate toward the Early Childhood Center in Warren Township, American Heart Association, and Riley Hospital. Students may bring in pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and bills.


One Way all parents can help is by simply enforcing and encouraging the demonstration of kind and just acts at home! Thank you for teaching the valuable lessons of kindness and justice through your own example and support. These will be a part of your child's life forever just as your child will always be somebody special to us!

Free Universal Breakfast

Breakfast is available to ALL students in MSD Warren Township for NO CHARGE.
Our 2 week cycle breakfast menus offer a variety of healthy options for all students.

**Food Service Department News**

Did you know that you can add money, check balances and view what your child is eating for lunch on the Food Service Parent Portal? You can even pay your textbook rental invoice at the same time! Simply to go https://foodservice.warren.k12.in.us/Login.aspx.

If you need your username and password, just email mgallmey@warren.k12.in.us or bsmith@warren.k12.in.us so we can provide you one.

Need to speak to someone in the Food Service Department? You can also call us at 317-869-4381 or 317-869-4389. To view the Food Service website, go to http://www.warren.k12.in.us/food-service.

FRIENDLY TIPS AND REMINDERS

* Students are expected to be at school on time every day. Our tardy bell rings at 8:40am. Please plan accordingly to ensure your child is in his/her classroom by 8:40am each day.

* If your child will be absent due to illness or late due to a doctor's appointment, please call the front office at 317-532-3900 to report the absence or late arrival. This helps to ensure your child's safety. Please bring a doctor's note to document the excused absence.

* Dismissal is at 3:40pm. If you are picking up your child from school, please follow our car rider procedures.

* When arriving at Lowell, please make sure you stop first at the front desk. All visitors MUST sign in and put on a Lowell Badge while in the building. Safety is our top priority for our students. This process allows us to ensure every child's safety during the school day. Thank you for your cooperation.

* Parents are always welcome at Lowell! If you would like to visit your child's classroom, please call or email your child's teacher or Mrs. Griffin so we can make arrangements and ensure that the students will be in the classroom at the time of your visit. We encourage you and welcome you to always be a part of your child's learning, and we truly value your involvement!

* 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.