Monday, October 31, 2016

Help Needed for our Learning Garden!!

It's been another fantastic year of hands-on, experiential learning in the Lowell Learning Garden.  A big thank you to Judith Fallows, Watertown Elementary Garden Coordinator, for guiding our children in such interesting, important, and fun, outdoor work.  Judith has helped make wonderful student and curriculum connections to the garden again this year.  (Make sure to ask your student what project he or she helped with in the garden this fall!)

**Now that the days are cooler and students have completed most of the harvesting, the Lowell Learning Garden needs volunteers to help with end-of-season garden clean-up.  Judith will guide volunteers through the work that's required at this time of year.  Feel free to bring your smaller helpers along - it's always a fun activity for those big and small!  If you are able to help on Sunday, November 6th from 2-5pm, please sign up here**: 

Please be in touch with Kathleen McGah ( or Judith Fallows ( any questions.  Thank you for considering to help out!  

Friday, October 28, 2016

PTO Halloween Party, Cheaper Internet, and LCVP

Our Halloween Party is TONIGHT from 6:30-8:00

Here is a message from Toni Carlson for lower rates on internet at home:

Dear Watertown Families,

If you do not have Internet in your homes and you would like it, there is an affordable option.  If you qualify, you can pay only $9.95 a month plus tax.  There is no installation fee, no contract to sign, and in home wifi is included.  Click this link to learn more about this opportunity.  

From our LCVP:

Our Lowell Community Volunteer Program is committed to serving alongside of our teachers to help lighten their load and we are thrilled by the response so far this year. We have about 25 volunteers who come in every week to help with copying, laminating, cutting, book binding and library help. This is HUGE.  And our teachers are so grateful!

We have a NEW NEED though that might work for you :-)

Teachers have jobs that can be completed at home. For example leveling books! This essentially would entail taking home a bunch of books in a bag with instructions and you would go to the scholastic website and let teachers know the recommended reading level for each book. This can be done while watching TV and would save teachers hours of time.  There is also cutting things out, tracing, organizing, alphabetizing, labeling.  

Should you be interested in committing to one day a week to do something like this, or even every other week would you please email 

Lowell Community Volunteer Program
Parent co-leader Nici Smith at

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Awesome Lesson in the Garden

I had the amazing opportunity to join Ms. Levine's and Ms. Sudbay's fifth grade classes in our garden this week.  Judy Fallows started things off discussing the harvesting process.  They then discussed the parts of the plants, their life-cycle, and the differences between squash and sweet potatoes.  The kids then got their hands dirty (literally) and began to rotate throughout the garden.  They got to dig for potatoes and sweet potatoes, weed surrounding areas of the garden, harvest scarlet runner beans, and take down the stalks of corn for winter.  It is one of the coolest lessons I have ever seen.

Special thanks to Elizabeth Kaplan for attending as well.

I know that there were first/second grade classes harvesting earlier in the week as well.

Please see some awesome pictures below:

Monday, October 24, 2016

Upcoming Events and a Recap from Last Week

Hello Lowell Community,

We had a great week last week.

The Lowell had our first Buddy Tuesday and it was a roaring success.  We had 5th graders paired with 2nd graders, 4th graders paired with 1st graders, and 3rd graders had their first chance at being BIG buddies working with Pre-K/K.  Here is an example of some cool activities the groups did:

We also had our first High Five Friday.  It was a huge success, as students of all ages had positive, community building interactions in the hallway all day.  Everyone stepped up and followed the rules, creating a very fun day.

Halloween event is Friday6:30-8pm. Costumes are recommended, NO costume weapons will be allowed. 

This is not a drop off event. We still need parent volunteers, please consider helping out so we can maximize the number of games and fun for the kids:

Today is the last day for the Fall Box Top Contest, get those box tops in. 
Mr. Fiandaca(379) and Ms. Mcdonough (373) are only separated by 6 box tops !!!!!!!!!!

Tomorrow is the last day to pre-order the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Books will be at the school for pick up Nov. 1st
Form is here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Breakfast at the Lowell

Did you know that many kids in grades K-12 report that they do not eat breakfast before school?

The Lowell School offers breakfast every morning from 7:45 A.M.- 8:15A.M. This is an excellent

opportunity to ensure that your child is receiving a nutritionally balanced meal at the start of each

day. Studies have shown that children who eat a nutritious breakfast have better behavior, better

attendance, and improved grades. All students are welcome to attend Monday through Friday.

Students who receive free or reduced lunch are also eligible for free or reduced breakfast.

Find our breakfast menu here:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Our First Buddy Tuesday and High Five Friday!!

Hello Lowell Community,

We had our first whole school assembly on Friday and it was a lot of fun to have all 415 students all together in the gym.  We had three fifth graders that were brave enough to stand up in front of the whole school to sing the school song.  They did a fantastic job.  Our Core Values (Cooperation, Perseverance, Integrity, and Kindness) were introduced to the whole school.  We also discussed that we will be having Buddy Tuesday's coming up along with our first High Five Friday.

We have an exciting week ahead of us.

Today (10/18), we are having our first Buddy Tuesday.  This is a very cool thing that the Lowell school does, where we have fifth graders meet with a buddy in second grade, fourth graders meet with a buddy in first grade, and third graders meet with a buddy in Kindergarten.  This is a chance for our younger students to really have someone to look up to and ask questions.  It also allows our older students to become better leaders in the school.  They are really able to build skills in the core values kindness and cooperation.

High Five Friday is an idea I came up with to help our school build even further as a community.  We will be having our first one this Friday (10/21).  Part of our whole school assembly was a lesson on safe high-fives versus non-safe high fives.  We had some students from Ms. Levine's class participate in our instructional videos:





We are really looking forward to these fun events this week.  I hope you all have a great one.

Mr. Oates

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

PTO FUN - Box Tops, Chicken Parm, and Halloween - OH MY!

Hi everyone,

We have some nice fundraising events coming up.

We will be collecting Box Tops up until the 21st.  It is amazing how many items have these on there, take a quick look and make the school FREE MONEY!!

The 20th will be a Chateau event where 20% of Food and Beverage expenses gets donated to the school.  If you haven't had the chicken parm with toasted ravs from the Chateau, you have not lived.  Their Creamy Italian is delightful as well.

Finally, the last image gives us a breakdown of a variety of events that are coming up.  The Color Run was a huge success.  The Halloween Party will be a scream.  To volunteer for that sign up: HERE

And, out book fair is coming up in early December.  We will be having a Literacy Night on December 9th.

ALSO - ELECTION DAY - While many people vote in our community, our fifth grade will be having a BAKE SALE fundraiser.  If you can bake or have time to stop in and volunteer, we can use all the help that we can get.  Please sign up here to help: BAKE SALE

The meetings are there at the bottom of the last image.  Come and support your school!!

Mr. Oates

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

We had a Successful Wellness Week - New Website/Morning Activities - PTO this week

Hello everyone,

We had an extremely successful wellness week run by our fantastic Physical Education Team of Eileen Donahue and Tina Loguidice.  Monday, we starting things off with ten jumping-jacks.  Tuesday we did ten burpees.  Wednesday we had twenty front-kicks.  Thursday we had everyone in the hallway doing sit-ups (pictured above).  Friday, we had the whole school in the hallways doing ten more burpees.  Moving forward, the kids had such a good time, we are going to try and do Wellness Week once a month.

Our PE teachers will be beginning their FREE morning program on Tuesday and Thursday Morning which runs from 7:40am-8:00am.  I just walked in there to see them doing jump rope and basketball.  Definitely take advantage of this great opportunity to get your kids' bodies going in the morning.  Check out their brand-new website for more: Lowell Physical Education

Picture Day is October 20th.  We will be sending home the forms today.

PTO Meeting
We will be having our monthly PTO meeting this evening (10/11) in the Library at 7pm.

Monday, October 3, 2016

A Fun Weekend and Looking Ahead

 Hello Lowell Community,

What a fun event yesterday.  The Color Run, which took place at the Hosmer School, helped raise money for all three elementary schools.

Above, you can see our top four finishers #GirlPower and myself after being bombarded by some current and former students.

Special thanks to the Fitzpatrick family and Lowell PTO for organizing!


Our school has begun MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing in many of the grades.  It is a three week testing window in which we can only have two classrooms going at once.  We will be testing our students in Math and Reading.  We will then test them again in the winter and spring to mark progress.  Tests generally take about an hour.  We will use this data to aid in creating some of our grouping moving forward.

This morning, Ms. Donahue, Ms. Loguidice, and I led the whole school in 10 jumping jacks right after the pledge.  We will be continuing this the rest of the week.  If you have any fun ideas for that LET ME KNOW!

School Site Council:

This week we will be having our first School Site Council Meeting on Tuesday (10/4) at 7pm.

Here is the agenda for the meeting:

1. Introductions

2. Review last year’s School Improvement Plan

3. Presentation from Phil Oates SIP implementation for this year

4. Ideas for the next meeting

Have a fantastic week,
Phil Oates