Lowell Weekly Parent Newsletter

November 22, 2020

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Principal Corner

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Happy Thanksgiving!


This will be a short week, Monday all classes are remote, Tuesday cohort A will attend school in-person and on Wednesday cohort B will attend school in-person as usual, from 8:15-12:15. However, there will be no assigned work after 12:15 on Wednesday. We will officially be on Thanksgiving Break starting at 12:15.


Students will return to school for remote learning Monday, November 30th. Tuesday, December 1st is also a remote day. Cohort A will attend class remotely for core instruction and cohort B will attend their extension classes.


Parent-Teacher Conferences begin on November 30th and run through December 3rd. Due to conferences, we will not be holding our closing circle at 2:10 Monday- Friday.


We are taking a week off from parent newsletters. This allows everyone a little break. We will resume sending newsletters on December 4th.


This week during professional learning time our staff began reading Ibram Kendi's text How To Be An Antiracist. We plan on using this text to frame our learning over the coming months. We took time to read and discuss the book Antiracist Baby also by Kendi during our professional learning time. We've chosen this book as our whole school read for the month of December. We hope to use this book in our classrooms to facilitate conversations about race and identity. Please watch the author being interview on the Today show. I've also included the learning guide here for you.


I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

As always, be safe and stay well,

Stacy

'Antiracist Baby' Author Ibram X. Kendi On Where We Go From Here | TODAY

Title I Schoolwide Program- How it serves you and our school community.

The Watertown Public School System and its Title I Schoolwide Program, K - 8 are committed to continuously improving the opportunities for parents to be actively involved in their child's learning at home and in school. We have found this general education support to be highly valuable in helping students improve their math and literacy skills. Title I is the largest Federally funded supplemental education program. It does not replace what the school does; instead, Title I gives schools and students additional resources and instruction in math and reading. Title I partially funds our math and reading support and after school tutoring. Our tutors work closely with the classroom teachers to help improve students’ skills in reading and writing.


This district Parent Involvement Plan serves to outline overall expectations for parent involvement activities and programs, establish an environment for parental participation in Watertown's Title I programs at the school level, and identify the support which the Title I program can provide to assist schools in achieving their goals of supporting student learning. The Title I Home/School Compact outlines school, parent/guardian, and student responsibilities.


We welcome you to join us for an informal meeting for parents at our upcoming Parent Coffee on Zoom where we can talk in more detail about the Title I Schoolwide Program in grades K - 8 and answer any questions you may have, which will be held on December 4th at 9:00 am via zoom. If you have any questions, please contact the school at 1-617-926-7770.


Join Zoom Meeting
https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/94155396380?pwd=TXhzVnB6bWhySW41UmpLYjN0czdlUT09

Last week at the Lowell

Parent Diversity Council

Thank you to the Teachers, Staff and Parents that were able to join the Lowell Diversity Council Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19th at 6pm. Please see the agenda and slides from meeting here.
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Looking for LEGO Donations

Hello Lowell Community,


We wanted to reach out to see if families have LEGO Sets they would like to donate. Building Legos sets is highly motivating for students. Students connect with each other about their love of LEGO sets. Students are able to work independently during a break or indoor recess. We would most graciously accept any sets; Harry Potter, Lego Friends, Ninjago, Star Wars, Avengers, Lego City, Minecraft, Batman, Super Mario, etc. Just to name a few of the more popular sets. Even if the set is missing a few pieces; we will hunt it down in our lego bin. If the sets are missing directions, don’t worry, we can find them and print them out as well. Thank you in advance for even reading and considering a donation. Stay safe


Best,

Brian Connors

Lowell Book Fair

It's Bookfair Time!

The Lowell Virtual Book Fair is underway! Please visit the links below. Virtual Book Fair ends Nov. 30th.


Visit https://efairs.follettbookfairs.com/guest/home?classCode=M7G3P OR, go to https://efairs.follettbookfairs.com/and type our school code: M7G3P


You can do some holiday shopping and support our school library and classroom libraries at the same time!

Upcoming Events This week

Thanksgiving Break

Reminder,


There is No school on Thursday Nov. 26th and Friday, November 27th


Please note that out of an abundance of caution and to ensure appropriate staffing after the break, all students and staff, including our high-needs populations, will engage in remote learning on Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1. This will allow WPS families and staff who traveled to high-risk states ample time to obtain PCR test results prior to returning to the school buildings on Wednesday, December 2, and still maintain teaching and learning.

Coming Soon

Parent Teacher Conference

Please see the schedule below for parent teacher conferences .



Elementary Conferences will be:


  • Monday, November, 30th : 1:40pm - 2:30pm
  • Tuesday: December 1st 1:40 - 2:30pm and 5 - 7pm
  • Wednesday: December 2nd 1:40pm - 3pm
  • Thursday: December 3rd 1:40pm - 2:30pm and 6pm - 8pm

Please sign up for conferences at Lowell Website.


*Please note, there will not be CLOSING Meetings on Nov. 30th-Dec. 3rd.

PTO Updates

Thank you!

Thank You—for your generous support for the Panera PTO Fundraiser. We greatly appreciate your time and contributions.


Lowell Book Fair – Last Week! The Lowell School Book Fair will be open through November 30. Your purchases will support the Lowell School Library and also the classroom libraries. Every teacher, including specials teachers, also has a wishlist. Check it out here.

New Parent Forum

Introducing “Let’s Chat!” The Lowell School team supporting students’ social-emotional health and well-being are hosting question boards using Padlet. You can post an anonymous question (using the plus sign in the bottom right-hand corner) and look for the experts to post an answer to some of these questions in upcoming newsletters. We’ll also be having “Let’s Chat” virtual parent meet-ups in the future. Ask a question here on Padlet!

Parent Resources

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Technology Updates

We look forward to supporting you with your educational technology questions.

Please visit the WPS Family Ed-Tech for ALL websites for updated resources.


Here is a link to the weekly 11/15 Family Ed-Tech for All Newsletter, LIVE Ed-Tech Family Support Sessions, Resources, Tutorials & tips that are curated and created, just for you.


Need support! Please complete the WPS Ed-Tech Support Request Form if you need support with Ed-Tech. A member of the WPS Ed-Tech team will reach out to you asap.


Additional Resources:

Below is a curated collection from the extensive PBS LearningMedia and Early Childhood education Libraries hosted on WGBH’s Distance Learning Center. You can use these resources in school or at home as needed.


Thank you and have a terrific day,

Rashmi Pimprikar (District Ed-Tech Coordinator), Digital Learning Team and IT Team

Child Care Available


Watertown Community Education is offering an in-person childcare program on student's remote learning days! Click the link to their Smore for program details and registration information. https://www.smore.com/9anju

Thanksgiving Mutal Aid

As the Winter Holiday season begins, we want everyone to be able to celebrate with good food on the table. Fill out this form to support a family or request support in celebrating Thanksgiving, Thursday 11/26.


Support can include


  • gift card to a grocery store or restaurant
  • home-cooked meal
  • grocery delivery


Sponsored by Watertown Community Foundation, and Wayside Youth and Family Support Network.

Lowell's Art Club

Please see the pictures below of the Lowell Art CLUB, hosted by Shianne Silva.

Students can participate virtually on Every Weds from 1pm-2pm.

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