Lowell Parent Newsletter

May 31, 2021

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Assistant Principal Search Update

Dear Lowell Community,

Please find the schedule below for Round Two of the Lowell Assistant Principal Interviews. Tuesday Nerecesa Pires will visit Lowell followed by Qi Chen on Wednesday. Parents are invited to attend the candidate forum on Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 6:00-6:30.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

11:30 - 11:45 First candidate arrives brief meet and greet in the library with SEL Team

11:45 - 12:30 Tours the school and visit classrooms

12:30 - 1:10 Teachers meet the candidate for 40 minutes in the library

1:10 - 1:40 ILT meets with the candidate for 30 minutes in the library

1:40 - 2:00 Student Interviews in Ms. Dillaway’s room

2:15 - 3:00 Candidate interviews with Dr. Galdston and Principal Phelan

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

6:00 - 6:30 For Parents/Caregivers: Zoom Meeting with the candidate for 30 minutes

6:30 - 7:00 For Teachers/Staff: Zoom Meeting with the candidate for 30 minutes

Zoom Link: https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/91559955380


Wednesday, June 2, 2021


8:15 - 8:30 First candidate arrives brief meet and greet in the library with SEL Team

8:30 - 9:15 Tours the school and visit classrooms

9:15 - 9:35 Student Interviews in Ms. Dillaway’s room.

9:40 - 10:20 Teachers meet the candidate for 40 minutes in the library

10:20 - 10:50 ILT meets with the candidate in the library

11:00 - 11:45 Candidate interviews with Dr. Galdston and Principal Phelan

Wednesday, June 2

6:00 - 6:30 For Parents/Caregivers: Zoom Meeting with the candidate for 30 minutes

6:30 - 7:00 For Teachers/Staff: Zoom Meeting with the candidate for 30 minutes

Zoom Link: https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/91559955380

I am very much looking forward to meeting the candidates again and learning more about their experiences and their interest in the Assistant Principal position at Lowell School! My hope is that many of you will join in the process as well and share your feedback with me.

Sincerely,

Stacy Phelan

Stacy Phelan

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Dates to Remember



No School: Monday, May 31st Memorial Day Observed


Kindergarten Screening Day: No School for kindergarten, Friday, June 4th


Assistant Principal Finalist Meet Staff, Students, and Parents June 1 & 2


Faculty Meeting Wednesday, June 2nd


Announcement of Assistant Principal Thursday, June 3rd


Kindergarten Screening Day Friday, June 4th (NO SCHOOL K)


HS Graduation Friday, June 4th


School Committee- Presentation of SIP on Monday, June 7th


Responsive Classroom Team Meeting Tuesday, June 8th


Professional Learning Time Wednesday, June 9th


Kindergarten Picnic 11:00 (Front Lawn and Playground) Friday, June 11th


Fun Day Hosted by PTO Tuesday, June 15th


Fifth Grade Move-Up Ceremony 12:00-2:30 Thursday, June 17


Grades K-4 Teddy Bear Picnic (bring a blanket and stuffed animal to lunch) On the front lawn during lunch. Thursday, June 17th


Celebration of Juneteenth Friday, June 18th


Move-Up Day for grades K-4 1:15-2:00 Monday, June 21st

Last week at the Lowell

The Lowell Leopard was spotted.....

Mr. Skaife's Art Class


This Week in Art class, Lennie had the opportunity to see many students enjoying art class.


Ms. Antonelli's class is working on Georgia O'Keeffe pieces in oil pastel.


Students in Ms. Bean's class work on drawings inspired by Yayoi Kusama.


Kindergarteners are learning about Yayoi Kusama's installations and create their own polka dotted art.


Lenny helps the 5th graders make a monoprint with styrofoam, markers and water.


This Week at the Lowell

Students Leaving District



We are in the process of assigning class placement for the Fall 2021. If you are planning to move out of Watertown or the Lowell district, please send an email to Melina Jacovides, Guidance Counselor at melina.jacovides@watertown.k12.ma.us. If you prefer sending a letter via USPS, please send your letter to the attention of Kara Flynn, J.R. Lowell School, 175 Orchard St. Watertown, MA 02472. Please state that you will be moving at the end of this school year and not returning to the Lowell School, and include your new location.


Ms. Jacovides will send your child’s records after your child is enrolled in their new school, and she has received the records request form from that school.


Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent and Teacher Conferences will take place on the following dates and times:

The ESL Team will be booking interpreters for conferences and calling families directly.


Conferences will be held on Zoom.

Thursday, 6/10 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Tuesday, 6/15 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Weds. 6/16 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM


Sign-up Genius will be open on June 1st.

Sign Genius Link

NO SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN ONLY JUNE 4TH

June 4th, kindergarten will not have school. Teachers and staff will be welcoming and screening our incoming kindergarten students. Please plan accordingly.

Parent Math Night!!!

Watertown Elementary Parent Math Night

Tuesday, June 8th

7-8pm

Virtual Event: Zoom Link


Please join the elementary math coaches and the math coordinator to learn about how your students are developing their math skills.


  • Overview of the elementary math program

  • Essential skills and concepts taught at each grade level

  • How to support your mathematician at home and throughout the summer



Attendees will receive a copy of the book: Adding Parents to the Equation by Hilary Kreisberg


Please let us know if you will be attending by filling out this brief Google Form


Contact Elizabeth Kaplan, K-7 Math and Science Coordinator with any questions

elizabeth.kaplan@watertown.k12.ma.us

Elementary Summer Resources

Zearn and IReady


This summer all students entering grades 1-6 will have the opportunity to access i-Ready personalized instruction in literacy and math as well as Zearn for math. Both of these resources are familiar to your students as they have been using them recently.


Zearn is a way to practice core math skills and work on grade level content. If you choose, your student can continue to work within i-Ready online instruction this summer and can play online math games, at home games, or anything else that gets them engaged and challenged in math. A recommended amount of time to spend on summer math work is 2-3 lessons per week or about 30 minutes 2-3 times per week. Use of both of these programs over the summer is optional.


As the year comes to a close, more information about accessing these programs will be shared with families.


PTO Corner

PTO Update

PTO Night Out!

Join other Lowell School parents and caregivers on Thursday, June 3 at 7PM at Donahue's Bar and Grill (87 Bigelow Ave.) for a fun and relaxed evening out. Appetizers to be provided by the PTO. Hope to see you there!


Join the PTO

The PTO is a great way to meet other families and get more involved in the events at school. We welcome everyone. There are many opportunities to volunteer - as a grade level coordinator, helping with events, making e-flyers, etc. Please reach out to lowellelementarypto@gmail.com for more information.

Resources for Teachers and Parents

PBS KIDS Talk About FULL EPISODE | Race & Racism | PBS KIDS

Watertown Boys and Girls Club

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