May 21, 2020
LOWELL HELPLINE: 542-4040
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
(messages will be answered the next business day)
Mrs. Frank's Tuesday Update
Below is some important information as you start to plan the rest of the year.
INSTRUCTION FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR
For the next two weeks, May 18th-29th, families will continue the same remote learning process as the last 7 weeks. As a reminder, we have NO SCHOOL May 22nd and May 25th. There will be no instruction provided on those two days. There will be no new instruction after May 29th.
LAST TWO WEEKS OF SCHOOL
June 1st-5th the focus of these activities will be review, celebration and enrichment activities. In addition, the district Teaching and Learning department will also have activities linked in classroom lesson plans as well. Teachers will also use this week to check in with families for the end of the school year.
June 8th-11th-All engagement and enrichment activities will be provided by our district Teaching and Learning department. Much like it looked when we returned from spring break. One note, we are NOT ending school early. The last day of school is June 11th. We will have summer learning activities up on our district website through June 30th. This is ALL optional and available if families want and choose.
STUDENT PICKUP SCHEDULE AND PROTOCOL
We have identified June 8th and June 9th as our student pick up days for collecting items from school. I have attached the pick-up schedule and protocol for families. We will send the times and instructions for the pickup days by the end of this week. Please note:
K-2 will pick up items on June 8th
3-5 will pick up items on June 9th
For families with siblings or multiple students, the parents will come on the youngest child’s day and time.
LOWELL OFFICE and FRC HOURS
We will be open to provide tech support, drop off library books, access our FRC services and for student registration or information updates
12-2pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday until the end of the school year. No visitors will be allowed past the waiting area and we request you wear masks and follow social distancing protocols.
Our Lowell Helpline is also being answered from 8-4 Monday-Friday @ 542.4040.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. Have a great week!
LOWELL COUNSELING CORNER
LOWELL LIBRARY CORNER
Congratulations Pearl Rogalski and Georgine Dorris! Pearl and Georgine won a free kindle from the Kindles for Books Program for 5th graders. We are delighted for both of you!
Library books can be returned to Lowell any weekday between 10-1 pm! Please leave your books in the clear book drop bin (where the food pick up occurs each day) by May 29th. Thank you!
Our Treasure State Book Award winner for 2020 is Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of a Little Horse Who Became a Hero by Patricia McCormick. Not only did it receive the most votes at Lowell, it also received the most across the state! If you have not had a chance to listen to it, here is the link: Sergeant Reckless
Treasure State Book Award Results:
1st: Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of a Little Horse Who Became a Hero by Patricia McCormick (4,541 votes)
2nd: Who Will Bell the Cat? by Patricia C. McKissick (1,947 votes)
3rd: Volcano Dreams by Janet Fox (1,029 votes)
4th: Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones (856 votes)
5th: The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling by Timothy Basil Ering (665 votes)
The final competition and district level competition for Battle of the Books has unfortunately been cancelled. Thank you teams for your effort, dedication and enthusiasm. I thoroughly enjoyed working with all of you and cannot wait for next year’s competition! Volunteers, I cannot thank you enough for your time and commitment.
MCPS Early Kindergarten Registration began May 11th
Missoula County Public Schools, School District #1, will offer two Early Kindergarten classrooms for the 2020-2021 school year. The two classes of up to 18 students each will be housed at the Jefferson Center at 1700 South Avenue and will welcome students to their first day of school on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Early Kindergarten classrooms will be separate from the existing Preschool classrooms at Jefferson Center, but students will have chances to intermingle during the school day.The goal of the Early Kindergarten program is to help targeted students with kindergarten readiness skills. We are focusing the Early Kindergarten classrooms on students who live in the following neighborhoods:
- Northside/Westside ( Lowell Elementary)
- Franklin to the Fort ( Franklin Elementary)
- River Road (Hawthorne Elementary)
- Southgate Triangle (Russell Elementary)
Learn more about this opportunity at: https://www.mcpsmt.org/earlykindergarten
LOWELL FAMILY FUN!
MISSOULA COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Covid-19 Information Resources:
- Missoula City/County Covid-19 joint information - http://covid19.missoula.co/
- Missoula County Covid-19 info line: Call 406-258-INFO from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. - Friday
- Covid-19 Emergency Resources for Employers and Workers - montanaworks.gov
- Missoula COVID-19 Mutual Aid Community - covidmissoula.org
- Governor's Coronavirus Task Force - covid19.mt.gov
- Partnership Health Center - (406) 258-4789
YWCA 24 Hr Crisis Line:800-483-7858
National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7/365 at @ndvh by chat or by calling their hotline at 1-800-799-7233
Mental Health Supports
Montana Warmline 1-877-688-3377 (not a crisis line, but an option for someone with mental health to talk to someone. Can refer to other services if needed through three-way calling)
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
Suicide Hotline; National 1-800-273-8255 Montana; 1-800-784-2433
- Covid-19 and Mental Health - Missoula County Resources
Free and reduced internet, free online classes https://www.internetessentials.com/
Free and reduced internet https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist
For families with Straight Talk they can add data for free right now by texting COVID to 611611
Legal (housing support)
The Montana Legal Services Association has compiled a guide to housing and other legal issues related to COVID-19. Visit https://www.montanalawhelp.org/issues/covid-19, or call 1-800-666-6899
The Associated Students of the University of Montana Renter Center has prepared a medium post with advice for tenants in this situation. Visit https://medium.com/griz-renter-blog/difficulty-paying-rent-heres-what-to-do-4f6f880bd34c
Call 2-1-1 to see if you can get financial and other assistance
Montana Unemployment Division http://uid.dli.mt.gov/
Families can contact the Food Bank- (406) 549-0543
and they will figure out a way to get people items the need (may be pick up/delivery)
Emergency Childcare Resources:
- Volunteer Opportunities - volunteermissoula.org
LOWELL FOOD RESOURCES
- Lowell Elementary Meal-site: Lunch, plus Breakfast for the next day, is available for pick-up from 10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday - we prefer that adults pick-up for students, any child 18 or under is eligible. Access on the East side of the school at the cafeteria doors.
- School Bus-stop Food Delivery for Kids: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, CLICK HERE and enter your address to get your location and approximate time.
- Market at Lowell - Missoula Food Bank pick-up at Lowell School - Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Bags of food for the whole family will be available. If there are extras they will be available as requested throughout the week.
- EmPower Packs (Weekend Food) - These will be available on the bus routes and at Lowell Meal-Site on Fridays. Please request one if you normally receive one at school. If there are extras they will be available as requested throughout the week at Lowell.
- Missoula Food Bank & Community Center - (406) 549-0543, missoulafoodbank.org
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Grab and Go meals are also available at EmPower Place, the center is closed for play.
If you are sick or cannot travel to the Missoula Food Bank, call (406) 219-1843 for delivery options.
SNAP Benefits/Applications: www.apply.mt.gov
- WIC (Women, Infant, Children) http://www.signupwic.com/
MIC and other community organizers have arranged for weekly food bank box distribution at Mt. Jumbo School in East Missoula as well as in Bonner and Clinton.
Boxes are delivered in East Missoula on Thursdays between 4-6pm. Families can call Janet at 406-282-4842 to reserve boxes. Reservations must be made by Tuesdays at noon for the Thursday box pickup.