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What is Lowell Lions' PRIDE?

Perhaps you should ask your child...

We have been talking about our Lion PRIDE as we begin the school. First, we defined what "pride" meant and found out that we really have two meanings at Lowell: 1) a pride is a group of lions that live socially together (a family) and 2) pride is a feeling of happiness we get when someone does something good, difficult, etc.

When we talk about showing our Lion Pride, we are really stating that we are following the expectation that all students will behave in a safe, kind, respectful, and honest manner each and every day.

A committee of teachers have committed to the implementation of PBIS (stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports). This group is working in conjunction with the other teachers and will be seeking input from students to develop behavior expectations for specific locations at school.

In the future, you will hear more about some of the positive rewards being implemented at Lowell and what recognition will be given to individuals and groups for showing their Lowell Lion PRIDE!

If you are interested in learning more about the PBIS framework, please click here.

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Playscape and Nature Trail opens

After our Open House on September 1st, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to officially open our Nature Playscape and Trail to staff and students. There were many families on hand to celebrate by playing on our new outdoor space.

The trail and outdoor classroom will be used by teachers and classes throughout the year. Kevin Zak, parent and Northland College professor, met our staff to explore the Nature Trail and get teachers excited about outdoor learning. Teachers came away with tip sheets for conducting classes outside and other resources to immediately implement into their teaching.

Students have been utilizing the lower portion of the playscape during recess. We will wait to expand to the upper portion until we have proper supervision on the playground.

Speaking of...we are looking to hire a person to assist on the playground. You would work 2.5 hours per day from 10:45-1:15. When it rains or the temperatures are too dangerous to be outside, you would supervise indoor recess in the classrooms. Please contact Gayle Hunger at 336-8895 if you are interested.

Welcoming New Staff to Lowell!

This fall, you should notice a few new, friendly faces at Lowell. Hopefully, some student helpers will be able to introduce these folks more fully in future issues. I just wanted ask everyone to help us welcome these new additions to the Lowell family:

Philip Warmanen (5th Grade)

Nancy Pulkrabek (3rd Grade)

Sarah Burris (Special Education)

Becky Sheldon (Spanish K)

Emma Pickard (Spanish K)

Diana Anstett (Ojibwe 1/2)

Crystal Goldman (Immersion/ELL Coordinator)

Monica Schack (Interim Keyzone Coordinator/Family Liaison)

Martha Mitchell and Jim Watczak (Kitchen staff)

Jonia Gordon (True North Member)

Eli McDonald (True North Member...and former Lowell student)

Margaret Carroll (ReadingCorps Member)

PTA Updates

We had a well attended PTA meeting on September 8. Many decisions were made at that meeting including the election of officers:

President- Leslie Bucar

President Elect- Kari Speer

Secretary- Justina Deluca

Treasurer- open position

If you would like to get more involved at Lowell, the PTA is a great way to start! Contact Lesliebucar@yahoo.com if you would like more information.

The next PTA meeting is scheduled for September 26 at 6pm. Parents will hear about our Title I Parent Involvement plan and will be planning the Fall Carnival (date TBD).

Student Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

We are always so excited to see your student in the morning! Many kids offer hugs to the staff that are welcoming/greeting at the doors...hands down the BEST part of our day! Our main concern during student arrival and dismissal is safety. Here are a few things you can do to help:

  1. Utilize the parent drop-off/pick-up location off of the Barnes Rd in the back of the building. This ensures the safety of all around our school buses.
  2. Communicate with your child's classroom teacher and/or the office of any changes to the end of day routine before 1:30pm. Any later and the message might not received by the teacher in a timely fashion.
  3. If you are coming into the building at either the am arrival or pm dismissal, please respect our bell procedures. Students and Parents should not enter the building before 7:30 am. At the end of the day, please wait in the lobby for your child. Parents should not be going to classrooms to pick up students.

What happened to all of the Friday Folder information?

Lowell is going more paperless. You should notice a significant reduction in the amount of flyers going home. You can access all of the information needed through these newsletters or our website: http://lowell-elementary.isd709.org/about-us/resources

Currently, we have the signup for rookie basketball and cheerleading camp on that resource page.

Using our Website

I have heard from parents that our website is a bit confusing. I think the confusion comes from having the right side bar with directs you back to the district website. Look for the top navigation bar (in the blue box on the image below). That is where information specific to Lowell can be found. If you are not seeing this navigation bar, click on the three lines in the top left to open its view.

Please contact Sofia.Woyno@isd709.org or Linda.Eason@isd709.org if you have any suggestions for our website.

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Upcoming Events at Lowell

9/22- Harvest Celebration (see flyer that went home)

9/26- PTA meeting (6pm)

9/28- Polka Band Performance

10/11 & 10/13- Conferences (more info to come from classroom teachers)

10/20 & 10/21- No School for Staff and Students

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Mark your calenders: Picture Day at Lowell!

Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 8am-2pm

2000 Rice Lake Road

Duluth, MN

You will receive more information home from students closer to the date.
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