Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Go Red Campaign - Fun Event Coming up from the Watertown Family Network

The Lowell School will be uniting on Friday for the Go Red Campaign.

Here's a little information  https://www.goredforwomen.org/get-involved/national-wear-red-day/national-wear-red-day/ as well as a few images.
Also, in general February is "Heart Month" for the American Heart Association and every first Friday  since 2003 has been "Go Red For Women".  This is the 15th year of the campaign.  
Additionally, in the past our PE teachers have done the "jump rope for heart" initiative.  You should be having something sent home on the 13th.

I will be proudly wearing my Tom Brady jersey once again.  We will have a donation box in the main lobby in the morning.  I think it would be nice, if you have the means, to donate a dollar or two to the American Heart Association.  I think this is a nice tradition that we can start this year, following in  WMS's footsteps with their Pennies 4 Patients campaign.


Don’t miss the popular annual……
Doll and Me Morning
Saturday morning, February 11th  - 10:00 am
Church of the Good Shepherd
9 Russell Ave – Watertown

Young children (8 and under) are invited to bring their favorite doll to a morning of creative play.  Dolls and children will be treated to “Doll and Me” activities, crafts, story time and a “doll and me tea”

Admission is FREE however do call 617-927-1661 or e-mail watertownfamilynetwork@gmail.com to reserve your spot
This event is sponsored by the Watertown Family Network and the Church of the Good Shepherd

The Watertown Family Network is a grant –funded program of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care run through the Watertown Public Schools

Saturday, January 28, 2017

International Night was a HUGE Success!!!

International Night was a tremendous success!
Special thanks to Yolyett Hohmann for organizing and facilitating so many details and participants. You went above and beyond! Thanks to the wonderful PTO for funding quite a bit of money for this.
Thanks to all of the families that brought all of that delicious food! I think I hit every continent at the food tables. It was so so so good! Thanks to our wonderful student performers. Thanks to all of the students that proudly taught us about their background.
Thanks to Ms. Steim, Ms. Altobello, Ms. Zywocinski, Ms. Talamas, Ms. Richardson, Mr. Fiandaca, Ms.Breen, Ms. Vachon, Ms. Grimaldi, Ms. Park, Ms. Delande, Mr. Kelly, Ms. Levine, Ms. Horrigan, Ms. Curtin, Ms. Walker, Ms. Fiuczynski, Ms. Flynn, and Ms. Mumtaz for making it out on a Friday night. You help make this the wonderful community that it is.
Thanks to Dr. Brackett and Dr. McGuinness for representing central office! Thanks to Candace Miller for representing the school committee!
It was an amazing event. It was my first and I was absolutely in awe of how cool it was. We had THIRTY countries that participated. We truly are so lucky to have such a diverse community. It makes us better, more well-rounded people every single day. I'm so proud to be a part of it.
Have a great weekend,
Phil Oates

Here are some pictures that I have uploaded on to Facebook:

Here are some other great pics taken by Seta Davidian:


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Spirit Day Friday 1/20 ------ International Night Representation

Hi all,

I sent out a School Messenger email as well that said the following:

There is a big game coming up for the New England Patriots!  I will be wearing my Tom Brady jersey in school tomorrow in order show my spirit.

I think it would be fun if the whole school joined in to wear a jersey of their choice, yes even the Steelers.

We will have some students wear their Watertown jerseys.  We will have some students wear Women's National Soccer Team jerseys.  We will have students wear their math league jerseys.  Anything will do.  Spirit Day is of course voluntary, but we think it will be a lot of fun.

Go Pats!

Also, our International Night is fast approaching on 1/27.

Here are the countries represented so far:

Cape Verde Islands
Puerto Rico
South Africa
United Kingdom

We truly are so lucky to have such a diverse community!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Kingian Nonviolence Training - Our kids made the Globe!!

"We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King

Our fifth grade students participated in Kingian nonviolence training. This was an amazing opportunity for our students. Here is a write up from the Boston Globe:

It was of course Pajama Day...

Happy MLK Day,
Phil Oates

Friday, January 13, 2017

Duct Tape! and prepping for MLK Day

We had a lot of classrooms celebrating MLK day a little early today.

Some classes watched the famous speeches.

We had a class act out Rosa Parks on the bus.

We had a class have half the students with beads and half without.  Beads had special privileges, non-beads did not.  Then, halfway through the day they switched.  The teacher was able to get them to really experience injustice.  Such a cool lesson all day!

We had a class break a brown egg, and then break a white egg.  Students were able to observe that eggs are all the same on the inside.

COOL STUFF!!!!  We have such a great school community.


Special thanks to the Hardy/Johanson and Flan Clans for helping with the enormous task of duct taping.  In the end, I would say about 300 or more kids placed a piece of tape.  It was a pretty darn fun way to start the day.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Phil Oates

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Some important dates coming up! AND PLEASE MORE DUCT TAPE!!

Hi everyone,

Here are some important dates coming up:
1/17 - NO SCHOOL - There is a Professional Development Day
1/18 - Kindergarten Info Night (6:30pm-7:30pm)
1/26 - LEDP Forum with Dr. Brackett
1/27 - International Night - We still need volunteers!  Please email: yolyett@gmail.com
1/29 - Spelling Bee - For more information email: carlyjjo@gmail.com

Guys, I am planning on being taped to the wall on Friday morning.  If you do still have some extra duct tape, we would appreciate the donation.  Science tells us that:

Large amount of Mass > Strength of Small amount of Duct Tape

Have a great day,
Phil Oates

Friday, January 6, 2017

New Wrestling Program

There is a new youth program for Watertown Wrestling through the Recreation Department. The program will be run by Brian Foye, Assistant Coach at the High School. Brian is a teacher at the high school (Special Education), has a Master's Degree and is a former 2 time sectional champ and one time state champ from Lowell HS in their best days when they were one of the top teams in New England. This is a great opportunity for athletes of all ages to learn the skills of wrestling from a top notch coach. Brian also coached at Doughboy in Lowell, wrestled in college and has trained Lowell wrestlers throughout the last 10 years for state tournaments.

The program will begin on January 12 and end on February 14.

Tuesday and Thursday from:

5-6 pm for Grades 1-4 and 6:15-7:15 for Grades 5-8

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Reminder on International Night and a Request for Duct Tape

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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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Mark this down as something I would never make a request for:


I plan on being duct taped to the wall on Friday Morning.

However, I am a little bigger than your average principal, so we will need A LOT of duct tape. If you have some spare tape or could purchase some, the kids will really get a kick out of it.

Phil Oates