Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Kingian Non-Violence Opportunity


You are invited to register for our first introductory community course in:


This 16-hour course will be taught by our very own certified trainers, including youth trainers and faculty trainers from WMS & WHS and trained officers from WPD. We are excited to share with you this fun and interactive curriculum created by Dr. Bernard LaFayette in order to teach how Dr. Martin Luther King’s philosophy and methodology can be applied to our present-day conflicts, both on personal and societal levels.

The course will be held at the WMS library on:

Saturday, Jan. 28th, 2017, 9 am- 6 pm 
(Part I)
Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2017, 9 am- 6 pm 
(Part II)

Registration link available on WPS website. Spaces are limited so please sign up early. Participant selection will take into account diversity of school/organizational affiliations.

This course is made possible by the Watertown Public Schools, The Watertown Police Department, and the Unity Breakfast Planning Committee.
Attachments area

Friday, December 23, 2016

We had a pretty awesome week at the Lowell. Happy Holidays!

Our Pre-K put on quite the talent show.

Our Kindergarten students were a Gingerbread Man Factory!

Our students made Snowman Soup in first grade!

The third grade shared their original poetry, while learning about multiple formats for having rhymes in their work!

The Fourth Grade had an awesome opportunity to go see Fiddler on the Roof at the Arsenal!

The fifth grade had the awesome opportunity to go to a BC Women's Basketball game versus Dartmouth as a team building event.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Amazing Concert Put on by the Lowell!

What an amazing concert put on by our fantastic musical students and excellent teachers Mr. Spano, Mr. Jordan, Dr. Schuetze, and Mr. Boynton. They rocked the house!!
Thanks to all of the parents that were able to make it!

Have a great weekend,
Phil Oates

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 (yolyett@gmail.com)  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

Friday, December 9, 2016


What a fun night at the Lowell. We had our annual Literacy Night and it went off with a bang. We had a famous author, Norah Dooley, come tell us stories. Before that we had stations of various fun literacy activities like ghost story reading, high school students reading us their favorite childhood books, a photo booth, and celebrity readers. Special thanks to Ms. Steim, Ms. Walsh, Ms. Delande, Ms. Hudon, Mr. MacLellan, Ms. Altobello, Mr. MacLeod, Ms. Bailey, Ms. Peck, Ms. Sudbay, Ms. Driscoll, Ms. Grimaldi, Mr. Kelly, Ms. Cochrane, Ms. Walker, Mr. Fiandaca, Ms. Carlson,Ms. Donahue, Mr. Connors, Ms. Connors, Ms. Regan, Ms. Richardson, Ms. Cox, Ms. Tresca, Ms. Standige, Ms. McCready, and of of course our Ms. Kaplan's. It was a truly fantastic evening.

Special thanks to Watertown Lowell PTO for funding us for Norah Dooley and for running a very successful Book Fair.

Also, a shoutout to Ms. Balzer and Ms. Miller from the School Committee for making it out.

Thanks to all the families that made it out,

Phil Oates

Kingian Non-Violence Training

We had Watertown Middle School students come to the Lowell today to teach Kingian Non-Violence training. It really spurred some very interesting conversations and will be a topic brought up many more times as we move forward in the year. Special thanks to Ruth Henry and the Watertown Police for being a part of it. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Literacy Night and Pajama Day!!

Hello Lowell Community,

Just some reminders...

Friday night is of course Literacy Night.  Pamphlet below.  Friday is also pajama day.  So, your kids can wear their PJ's right on through for 24 hours.  Comfy kids read.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Book Fair/Lost and Found/Pajama Day/Literacy Night

Hello Lowell Community,

Please come be a part of our Book Fair!  We are off to a great start after Sunday.  Thanks to all of those that put in time on their weekends to make it happen!  ALL MONEY GOES TO LOWELL SCHOOL TEACHERS/CHILDREN!


We have taken all of the items from our lost and found, and placed them on a table outside of the main office, on the way to the book fair.  Please take a look.  Special thanks to Lucy Homer for FOLDING all of those items so that it is not just a chaotic pile.


We will be having our first pajama day on Friday.  Feel free to send your students in their pajamas.  Appropriate PJ's only please.  Also, students should wear active footwear.  No slippers.


Come be a part of it!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Friends of Watertown Music/Picture Re-Take Day/Write-up from the Cunniff Newspaper

There is an upcoming meeting for Friends of Watertown Music.

Please read a message from them:

Friends of Watertown Music is a non profit group started by parents to help raise money to help the music programs at the Watertown Schools. If you are interested in helping, please join us for our next meeting on Thursday, December 8th, at 7:00pm at the Lowell School conference room.  If you have any questions please write us at hellowatertownmusic@gmail.com


This will be held Thursday, December 15.  Please plan accordingly if you need one.


I know that I already showed some pictures from that visit.  But, John Vitti put together a nice write up.

Feel free to read it here: