Monday, December 12, 2016

Spelling Bee, International Night, and Math/Technology Night

We have a Spelling Bee coming up.  We would love to have you get involved:

December 4, 2016
Dear Watertown Educators,
The Watertown Education Foundation, in conjunction with the three elementary schools, will be hosting the 7th annual  Spelling Bee.  Our goal is to involve even more students and teachers this year by partnering with the schools for this event.  As many surrounding towns hold similar events with a high level of participation and success, we hope to mirror that in the 2017 event.  All of the funds generated through corporate sponsorships and registration fees will go directly back into the elementary school PTO’s for use within their respective schools for educational support.
We are asking for your assistance in helping us reach our goal of raising awareness for this event. Some examples of how you can help us personally are;  sending home the registration forms for the Spelling Bee, emailing your families with information about the event and encourage them to register, speaking to your children about this event in your classroom, assisting your students in crafting teams (some children may have difficulty socially being able to find friends to create groups), following up on the registrations, and posting the information on your classroom websites.
The format for this Bee is different than the popular notion of a “traditional”” spelling bee --one child standing alone on a stage in front of an auditorium full of people.  This Bee will feature teams of three children either all from the same school or teams can be comprised of kids mixed from Lowell/Hosmer/Cunniff.  The only rule is that the kids must be in the same grade.  The team will be given words from the spelling bank. The team members will work together to come up with the proper spelling and one team member will write the answer on a pad.  If the team is correct, they will move to the next round.  If the answer is incorrect, the team will be dismissed. The goal is to create a fun atmosphere without any stress.    
We would appreciate you taking a few moments to talk about the event to your students.  I am including a PDF of the Registration form if you need more copies.  Also if you would like to participate as a word caller for this event let us know. We are actively seeking help for that and the children love seeing their teachers at these types of events.
Thank you and if you have any questions please direct them to your PTO Representative
Hosmer: Nicole Higgans
Lowell: Carly Johannson
Cunniff: Donna Driscoll
The Watertown Educational Foundation, Inc. is a Massachusetts non-profit, charitable organization, which has received tax-exempt status from the IRS under the IRC §501(c) (3) designation.

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International Night
Friday January 27, 2017 6-8 PM
The Lowell PTO will host the Annual Lowell International Night on Jan. 27th, 2017. This is an evening to celebrate the great diversity of our community.  The evening will begin with a Country Hall (gym); a place where parents host a table to showcase and share their culture and/or ancestry.

We are reaching out to see if you and your family or friends would like to host a country table. To do so we suggest decorating the table with maps, pictures, books, flags, etc.; anything that you think might showcase your country. It can be as simple or elaborate as your time allows. This is an opportunity for Lowell students, teachers and parents to learn more about the many diverse cultures this world has to offer.  

Always a favorite, is the potluck dinner accompanying the event, where all parents are asked to bring in a native dish of their country to share with the rest of the school. You don’t need to host a table to bring in a dish.

You can either host the table yourself or host it with another family from the same country.
Please contact me if interested in hosting a table or with any questions:
Yolyett Hohmann (  or 617-744-0256

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Math and Technology Night Committee Members Needed

We are thrilled to announce that the Lowell has received a grant from the Watertown Cultural Council to host a Family Math and Technology Night!

We are looking for a few parents who would be willing to help plan the evening. The commitment for this would be 2-3 planning meetings.  We are hoping to hold the event at the end of February, so the first meeting would be in early January.

Many of you have shared you have math or technology expertise. We welcome anyone to join the committee! 

Please let me know if you would be interested in helping to plan this exciting free event for families.

Thank you,
Elizabeth Kaplan

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