Lowell Memo: Issue #14

February 7, 2014

Published by Lowell School & the Lowell PTA

Lowell has Olympic Spirit!

Join us in commemorating the 2014 Winter Olympics by participating in Spirit Week from February 10-14:

  • Monday, February 10- Hats off to the Olympians! (Wear your favorite winter hat.)
  • Tuesday, February 11- Support your favorite sport! (Represent your favorite sport or sports team.)
  • Wednesday, February 12- Lowell students shine! (To symbolize the olympic medals, wear sparkle or shine.)
  • Thursday, February 13- Lowell students stay connected! (Join your grade level in wearing one of the Olympic ring colors. (K & 1- Blue; 2-Yellow; 3-Black; 4-Green; & 5-Red)
  • Friday, February 14- We LOVE our country! (Wear Valentine gear or represent the USA or your country of birth.)

Jamboree is coming!!

  • Just a reminder that the 2013-2014 Directory Cover Art Contest submissions are due on Friday, Feb. 14th.
  • Also don't forget that all pre-sale and volunteer forms are due back to the office no later than Friday, February 21st, but the earlier you can send them in, the better. Volunteers are already busy filling orders.
  • We are still in need of full-size candy donations for Candy Grams and large baskets for the raffle. Thanks to all who have contributed!
  • We would also LOVE to have your help the night of the event. There are five volunteer shifts to choose from--please consider signing up for one by filling out the volunteer sign-up form in your packet.
  • This event could not succeed without the help of the whole school community—thanks for all that you do for Lowell School!

Thanks to the PTA for our Rope Warrior Assembly!

Looking for the Class of 2027!

All children who will be 5 years-old by September 1, 2014 are eligible to enter Kindergarten in the fall of 2014. If you have a child or know a child who was born before September 1, 2009 that will attend Lowell, please contact the school office at 630-682-2085 to share contact information. Lowell Kindergarten Round-Up is scheduled for the evening of February 25; please watch for more information here and on the Lowell web page!

Mark your calendars, put on your spirit wear and join Lowell Elementary on Thursday, February 20th from 5-8 pm at Chic-fil-A Wheaton for our next Cook's Night Out!

Thursday, Feb. 20th, 5-8pm

301 E Loop Rd

Wheaton, IL

Help raise money for Lowell, while dining at a local restaurant that not only gives back to the community, but has great food and is a fun place to hang out with family and friends! Dine in or drive-thru, just let the cashier know you are with Lowell Elementary. Also bring a buck (...or two!) for the fun CFA spinning wheel as every person who spins wins a prize! See you all there!

Chess Corner

Congratulations to the following members of the Lowell Chess Team who represented Lowell at the Glenbard South Raider Chess Tournament on January 18th 2014:

  • Gabrielle Horn
  • Jacob Horn
  • Jordan Winter

Lowell had a fantastic day at the tournament.

  • Jacob Horn finished 1st place in the "5th grade and under" division with his first perfect score of 5 wins, 0 losses, 0 draws.
  • Jordan Winter finished 9th place in the "5th grade and under" division with a personal best of 3 wins and the added bonus of beating a 5th grader.
  • Gabrielle Horn finished 13th place in the "5th grade and under" division with a personal best of 2 wins, 1 draw, and the added bonus of beating a 5th grader.

It was a record breaking day for the team. Congratulations to the entire team!

Important Traffic & Parking Reminders

We are grateful to partner with the Wheaton Police Department to keep the area around our school safe for your children and for you. We understand that limited parking is a challenge, and we thank you for your patience.

In particular, please note:

Keeping Driveways Clear- Please do not block the driveways on Willow if the pick-up line extends beyond the pick-up/drop-off zone. It is important that we are good neighbors and do not compromise people's access to their homes. In addition, tickets may be issued if police observe this practice.

Willow Parking Restrictions- Please be alert to parking restriction signs in the Lowell area. Wheaton Police and city engineering continue to monitor and make adjustments to ensure safety and smooth traffic flow.

Cut-Out on Illinois- Please only use this for a.m. kindergarten pick-up, p.m. kindergarten drop-off, picking up sick children, and dropping off items that will take under 5 minutes. Please do not stop with your car outside of the cut-out for safety and traffic flow purposes.

Drop-off & Pick-up Zone on Willow - Students should only leave and load vehicles in the fenced in lane for safety. Please do not let students out of cards outside of that area on Willow.

Thank you again for your understanding and cooperation!

Lowell School-wide Reading Incentives

Great America

Forms have gone home and are due back on Friday, February 14th. Students can earn a free ticket to Great America!

Kane County Cougars

  • Starts: January 20
  • Ends: March 14

Watch for Game Plan sheets from your child's teacher to see their reading goal. Lowell students will be recognized at the Kane County Cougar games on April 11th and May 22nd (Both are 6:30 game times).

De-clutter and donate to support the Lowell Jamboree!

Plans are well underway for this year's Jamboree on Friday, February 28th, between 5 and 8 p.m. Be on the lookout for several new games and attractions this year! Also, in an attempt to maximize our prize budget, we will be placing a box in the office to collect any gently used knick-knacks you might want to de-clutter from your own home. Bouncy balls, Happy Meal toys, rainbow loom bracelets, books, matchbox cars, stickers, pencils, figurines, any little new or gently-used toys that you don't mind parting with will be accepted throughout the month of January. These items will be re-distributed as prizes, saving Lowell money and saving the earth at the same time. Thanks for your support!

American Dental Association’s 12th annual Give Kids a Smile Day

The Dental Clinic at DuPage County Health Department is planning the American Dental Association’s 12th annual Give Kids a Smile Day for February 7, 2014 (Friday) 9am-3:30pm. We are asking for your help to distribute, post, and forward (blast email) the attached flyers to School Nurses, Immunization Clinics, Resource Centers, Clinics, etc. Volunteer Dentists from the community will be doing free children’s dental screenings at both locations and restorative treatment (fixing cavities) at DCHD C/O. This year we will be at two different locations:

DuPage County Health Department/Dental Clinic

111 N. County Farm Road

Wheaton, IL 60187

DuPage Children’s Museum/Smile Squad Mobile Dental Clinic (Located in the parking lot)

301 N. Washington St.

Naperville, IL 60540

If you have any questions, please contact Carlos G. Theriot 630-221-7337. Thank you!



Emergency Closing Information

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2013-14 PTA Meetings

  • Friday, February 21st- 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 20th- 7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 11th- 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 15th- 7 p.m.

  • All Thursday evening meetings will be held in the LLC.
  • All Friday morning meetings will be held in the Art Room.
  • Free babysitting is available at each meeting.