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Feb 2017
Principal’s Den
Dear Lowell Families,
It is time to say goodbye to January and say hello, February! The month of February is a
great month to lift moral and enjoy the friendships you have in your life. It is a great time to
be in the building listening to students share what it means to be a good friend. Their kind
words will warm your heart. Our students are amazing!
Your Principal,
Dr. Adria David
Important Dates and Events
4:00-5:30 pm
5/6 Boys’ Basketball Game: Lowell at Longfellow
5:00-6:00 pm
PTSA Fundraiser: Steelheads Night
9:30-11:45 am
Grade Fieldtrip: Idaho State Capitol Building
4:00-5:00 pm
PTSA Meeting
9:30-11:30 am
Grade Fieldtrip: Silent Films at Egyptian Theatre
4:00-5:30 pm
5/6 Boys’ Basketball Game:
All Day
No School, District In-Service Day
All Day
No School, Presidents Day
5:30-6:30 pm
Grade Parent Night (parents only): North JR High
9:30-10:30 am
Grade Field Trip: Verde Percussion w/Philharmonic
8:30-9:10 pm
Lowell Pride Assembly
9:00 am - 12:00pm
Boise Quadrant: Bond Canvassing
Kindergarten Registration
Lowell Bond Team: Phone Banking
Boise Bond Election
Lowell STEM Night
Food Trucks
6:00-7:30 PM
Micron STEMbus and Grade Level STEM Activities
Weather Changes
Please continue to remind your child to wear their warm outside gear (coats, boots, hats and gloves) as well as
appropriate footwear for the melting ice/snow mix. Students are welcome to pack a second set of footwear for
inside the building.
Historically, as a District we use 20°F as a baseline for making the decision to have indoor recess. As a staff
we also take into account the age of students and the wind chill factor in reaching our decision.
For safety reasons, students should not be on campus before 8:45 AM or on campus after 4:00 pm, as
there is no playground supervision. This will also limit the time students will be standing outside in the cold.
Eight Habits of the Heart
Character Trait for February-Hope
Within the community, hope is believing in tomorrow because you have learned to see
with your heart.
-Clifton Taulbert
District News: Bond Update
On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 the Boise School District will hold a bond election to reinvest in our
neighborhood schools and community with no increase in the current property tax rate.
The bond would address these top challenges:
Overcrowding with student populations so large schools can’t function properly
Using portable classrooms to address overcrowding and safety
School parking lots overflowing into busy streets at critical times, creating safety issues
Older school buildings that are simply out-of-date and some that are too costly to repair
Aging electrical systems that cannot support modern technology
Structural issues that could result in safety concerns
Classrooms and schools that are physically unable to meet modern educational
If approved, the bond will provide students access to modern classrooms and schools that reflect best
practices in education and technology - ensuring students graduate college and career ready.
Learn more at
Update from the Lowell Bond Team
Phone Banking
When: Monday, March 13, 2017
Time: 5:00-9:00PM
Location: Cole Meadows Office Building 2645 N Cole Rd
(corner of Cole and Swift just north of Fairmont Junior High) Suite K
Neighborhood Canvassing
District Wide Competition
(Which quadrant can get the most volunteers to show up)
When: Feb 25, 2017
Time: 9:00-12:00 AM
Meeting Place: TBD
More Volunteers Needed come join the team and help us talk to
your neighbors!
The Micron Stem Bus is coming to Lowell!
The First Time Ever!
The STEM Mobile Discovery Lab is equipped with the latest technologies, enabling 30+
students at a time to learn and explore. Students can expect to see drones, robots, smoke and
explosions. They will also get to experience high-end, hands-on tools like virtual reality,
circuitry and much, much more. This is going to be one fun filled, amazing day of learning!
Please show your School Spirit
by wearing your Lowell Spirit Wear
and/or black and gold!
When: March 10, 2017
Location: Lowell Elementary
Event Activities: 5:30-6:00 Food Trucks (Come Have Dinner)
6:00-7:30 Tour the Micron STEMbus and participate in STEM Activities with
your child
Please invite your neighbors, friends and family members!!
Superintendents Office
Dear Boise School District Parents and Staff:
Earlier this week, Rod Wray, an English teacher at Borah High School, wrote a powerful statement, "Immigrant
Students Enrich Our School and Community" on the importance immigrants and refugee students bring to our
schools and community. We believe he has captured perfectly the sentiments and philosophy of our district.
Here is a paragraph from Mr. Wray's op-ed:
"These students enrich our school and the whole community, and I am constantly amazed and moved by the
willingness and desire of the students at my school to reach out to these recent immigrant and refugee
students. I've seen their simple presence in the classroom create a climate of empathy and tolerance much
greater than the community outside of the school and vastly more accepting than when I was in high school.
They are a reminder that we are all immigrants and refugees of sorts, whose families fled something to arrive
here, whether that be one generation ago or 20."
Many of our current and past immigrant and refugee students enroll in postsecondary opportunities after high
school and pursue career and educational paths that contribute to our community. The diversity of
perspectives and cultures they bring enrich Boise and the entire Treasure Valley.
Another recent article, "Two Brothers' Quest to Change Hearts and Minds About Refugees", by Kulsoom Rizvi
in the International Rescue Mission's online magazine, tells the story of two former Borah students, Patrick and
George Ngalamulume, who came to Boise via Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and are now
undergraduate students at the University of Idaho hoping, respectively, to become a lawyer and a doctor.
Their stories are inspiring.
Here is a quote from George:
"To have the doors [shut] on refugees will greatly have a negative impact on the United States," George says.
"You'll miss out on so many opportunities. The next Einstein is not going to be here because America closed
the doors. You'd miss out on having me as a doctor and [my brother] as a lawyer."
Please take a few moments out of what we know is a busy time of year to read Mr. Wray's entire piece and
the article about the Ngalamulume brothers. Together, the articles articulate the value our District places on
creating a safe, welcoming and inclusive educational environment in every one of our schools and classrooms.
Thank you so much for your support of all of our students.
Don Coberly Nancy Gregory
Superintendent Chair, Board of Trustees
5th/6th Grade Boys’ Basketball
Our boys are playing hard with lots of heart! They are fine tuning their skills and having fun!
They continue to bring their A game to the court. Way to go Lowell Leopards!!
Coach: Marc Münch
5th and 6th grade Follow-up Information Math Night
Thank you for your support. We were able to communicate with nearly 1000 parents over the math
nights. Many of you requested the PowerPoint.
Here is the link:
It's also linked on the BSD Website: Teaching and Learning/Secondary Curriculum/5th and 6th
grade Information and Video.
Thank you,
Dr. Thaemert
Recognizing Lowell’s Safety Patrol Members
Lowell’s Safety Patrol students are selected because they have demonstrated to their teachers that they can be
responsible, courteous, dependable, and have shown leadership potential, while also having good attendance.
Being a member of the Lowell Safety Patrol means they have agreed to take on the responsibility of arriving early before
school starts and staying late after school ends. Patrol members constantly demonstrate good citizenship and are
courteous while on duty. Meet our January Safety Patrol members, Maia D. and Abby P. what they had to say about
serving, as well as comments from Mrs. Merrick.
These two sixth grade students have been great leaders in January and demonstrated dedication to our school
community while serving on Lowell’s Safety Patrol! - Mrs. Merrick
Maia “I like being on Safety Patrol because I get to keep people safe when they cross the street
going to or from school or work. I myself walk a bit to go home, and it’s nice to know there will
be someone to make sure cars see you so you don’t get hurt.
Maia is a confident leader who performs her duties well and takes charge when she is on Safety
Patrol. She is dependable and someone I can trust to make good decisions. -Mrs. Merrick
Abby “I wanted to be on Safety Patrol to help everyone to be safe. I want to make this
community better, and this is a good way to help.”
Abby is a great person to have on Safety Patrol to represent Lowell with her bright smile and
friendly attitude. She is a responsible crossing guard and polite and respectful to everyone.
-Mrs. Merrick
Grade Field Trip to Pro-Tech
Hagertys Class Field Trip to Fire Station 16
Shake It Up After-School
Practice Continues:
February 6-9, 13-16, 21-23,
February 27-March 2,
March 6-10 and 13-16
Time: 4:00-5:30, Monday-Thursday
Where: Lowell Cafeteria
Final Program Performance: Friday, March 17
@ 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm
Matthew C. Hansen, Ph.D.
208-426-1215 (Office)
MOSS (McCall Outdoor Science School)
Creating new traditions for our 6
MOSS Outreach Program is coming to Lowell this year!
Thanks to our PTSA and family donations.
When: April 4-7
Afterschool Program: 1
and 2
Who May Enter:
Any student enrolled in a public, parochial or other private elementary or middle school (plus High Schools in Division 4
and 5 only) in the United States of America, Canada or an overseas US military installation may submit artwork to the
National School Bus Safety Poster Contest.
Poster Specifications:
Completed poster size must be 11” x 17” or 12" x 18". Posters may be illustrated on the vertical or horizontal axis.
Designs should be submitted on quality tag, poster illustration board or heavy paper. Construction paper may
be used but winning entries must be mounted on quality tag poster. Lamination is not permitted, and will
disqualify the poster.
There is no limitation on the use and number of colors.
There is no limitation on the type of media -- such as print, crayon, felt pen, etc. -- used on the poster design;
however, wood, plastic, glass or metal should not be part of the poster. Collage materials should not be used.
Glued on pieces will disqualify the poster.
Lettering and Drawing: The poster design may incorporate freehand letters only. Stenciled, pre-printed,
manufactured stick-on or press-on letters or tracings may not be used and will disqualify the poster. Lettering
should be clearly legible, even if used as part of the poster design. Cut paper / stencils (freehand or pre-drawn
stick-on stencils) are not permitted and will disqualify the poster.
Poster designs may not incorporate any copyrighted characters (i.e., comic and/or television characters),
photographs, and magazine or newspaper illustrations.
Drawings must be original, correct in safety concept and the exclusive work of the student entering the
contest in idea, design and execution. All artwork should be positive in approach, demonstrating only proper
school bus safety behaviors. At least a part of a yellow school bus must be present in the poster.
There must be a 3" x 5" card / entry blank securely fastened to the back of the poster which includes the
student's name, grade, age, teacher’s name, school name and school address. Please print clearly. Do not
place name, school, etc., on the front of the poster. Display information on the back only.
An art instructor or art teacher should supervise all work.
Poster Theme:
Every poster and slogan must harmonize with the 2017 poster contest theme:
My Driver - My Safety Hero!
Contestants must illustrate the above theme only. The theme on the poster must be exactly as shown above,
to include all punctuation.
When Can Posters Be Drawn?
Posters can be drawn anytime between September 2016 and September 2017, up to the deadline to submit
an entry. States / provinces often prefer the artwork to be created in the spring and then hold state contest in
the summer to determine which poster(s) will be entered in the national contest. A state / province pupil
transportation association often sponsors these contests. Please contact your state director of pupil
transportation services or NAPT headquarters to obtain the name, telephone number, and/or email of the
person who can best explain the poster contest logistics in your state.
Contest Deadline:
Posters must be received at NAPT Headquarters by October 1, 2017.
Contest Infrastructure:
The National School Bus Safety Poster Contest is sponsored each year by the National Association for Pupil
Transportation, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, and the National
School Transportation Association.
The National School Bus Safety Poster Contest is supported by a state / province level infrastructure. The
national contest is open only to winners of state / province contests or contests held by overseas US military
installations. Contact your state director of pupil transportation or the NAPT headquarters for information
about where to submit posters in your state contest. No other posters will be accepted.
As an exception, students who live in a US state, Canadian province, or overseas US military installation that
does not have a contest may submit entries directly to NAPT National School Bus Safety Poster Contest
Committee for evaluation and potential selection for national competition.
Each participating US state, Canadian province, or overseas US military installation may submit one (only first-
place winners) winning poster in each of the following categories: Division #1 - Grades K-2; Division #2 -
Grades 3-5; Division #3 - Grade 6-8; Division #4 - Special Education (Grades K-12); Division #5 - CAD
(Computer Aided Drawing). There is also a separate contest for International entries (Division #6).
Please Note: Division #5 - CAD and Division #6 - International entries are eligible for competition within those
respective divisions, but are not eligible to be the Overall Contest Winner.
All posters and related intellectual property rights become the property of the National Association for Pupil
Transportation upon receipt and are not returned to the artist, his/her parents / legal guardians, art instructor
or art teacher, school, state or contest sponsor, or any other person(s) claiming a right, title, or other interest
in the poster. Posters that have been used for any promotional purposes may not be submitted.
Mailing Instructions:
No more than FIVE posters from each state / province may be entered in the national contest (one in each
Do NOT roll posters. They must be mailed / delivered flat.
Winning posters from each participating state / province / overseas US military installation must be mailed
first class in a flat envelope to:
National School Bus Safety Poster Contest
c/o NAPT
1840 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
Prominent individuals in the field of pupil transportation will evaluate posters during the annual NAPT
Conference & Trade Show. Criteria for the selection of award-winning posters are:
Relationship of the poster design to the school bus safety practices. (Safety Impact)
Originality of the poster and how the idea is expressed in the poster design. (Originality)
Artwork and its execution. (Artistic Quality)
Visual impact of the poster design. (Visual Impact)
The National School Bus Safety Week (NSBSW) Committee has the right to disqualify any entry that does not comply
with all contest requirements.
Prizes will be awarded for each division as follows:
1st Place and Overall Winner $ 500 check
1st Place Winners of remaining 3 divisions $ 250 check
2nd Place Winners of each 4 divisions $ 100 check
3rd Place Winners of each 4 divisions $ 50 check
1st Place Winner CAD division $ 50 check
1st Place Winner International division $ 50 check
The 1st Place / Overall winning poster will be used to promote National School Bus Safety Week in
Please complete and attach this form to the back of each poster
in accordance with poster specifications noted in the contest rules.
Student Name ________________________________________
Grade _________ Age _______ Division____________________
School ______________________________________________
School Address _______________________________________
City _____________________ State _______ ZIP ___________
Teacher's Name ______________________________________
Student’s Home Address _______________________________
City _____________________ State _______ ZIP ___________
Do not place this information on the front of the poster.
Display on the back only.
Message from Lowell’s Leadership Team
Lowell’s SMART Goals for the 2016-2017 School Year
SMART Goal #1:
By the end of the 2016-2017 School Year, all K through 6 grade students at Lowell Elementary will be proficient or
increase their fluency rate by 10% as measured by the Idaho Reading Indicator or Reading CBM between fall and spring
SMART Goal #2:
By the end of the 2016-2017 school year, we will increase the number of Lowell Elementary 2nd-through 6th grade
students scoring at or above the 50th percentile on STAR Reading assessment by a minimum of 10% or show individual
growth of a minimum of 10%.
SMART Goal #3:
By the end of the 2016-2017 school year, we will increase the number of Lowell Elementary 2nd-through 6th grade
students scoring at or above the 50th percentile on STAR Math assessment by a minimum of 10% or show individual
growth of a minimum of 10%.
SMART Goal #4:
By the end of the 2016-2017 School Year, the number of students who scored between the 60 and 100 range in the area
of Spatial Reasoning as identified by the Primary Math Assessment will increase by 10% at each grade level K through 2.
Spotlight on Lowells Parent Teachers Student Association (PTSA)
Lowell’s PTSA Team members are some dedicated parents
who have continued to support our school. They don’t
necessarily have time, but they have heart raising money to
fund extra student activities in and out of the classroom.
They have been a large driving force in helping bring MOSS
and the Idaho Theatre for Youth to Lowell this spring. They
help write grants, fund after school snacks, treats for Lowell
Pride student lunch, and the AR Program students use to
support their reading practice.
We love our PTSA Team!!!
From the PTSA: Box Tops For Education
Wanted: Box Tops!
Please submit Box Tops for Education by Friday, February 24
Turn them in to your child’s teacher.
Or bundle them, write the name of your child’s teacher on the package, and leave them in the Box Top collection bin up
the stairs from the office.
The classroom with the most Box Tops submissions will earn a pizza party!
Teachers, please submit classroom Box Tops to PTSA box in the mail room by Friday, Feb 24
Best way to turn in Box Tops?
If you have time, clip them to size. Extra weight means more money spent on shipping costs, which
equals less money earned for Lowell.
Ask your neighbors, grandparents, friends to save their Box Tops for Education.
Each Box Top earns Lowell $.10.
Last fall Lowell earned $1004.00!!
Did you know?
Lowell has a Box Tops collection bin just up the stairs from the office. Drop them off any time throughout the year.
Submissions are made to General Mills once in the fall and once in the spring.
Please note: Lowell does NOT collect Labels for Education.
Message from Parent Teachers Student Association (PTSA)
Please show your Lowell school spirit by joining our PTSA! The Lowell PTSA meets on the 2nd Thursday of
each month at 4:00 pm in the library. You do not have to be a member to come to the meetings. However, if
you would like to become a member it is only $10.00. Forms to become a member are located on Lowell’s
website at, For
more information on Lowell’s PTSA, please contact Amber Bennett, Lowell PTSA President at
Saint Alphonsus: Support Groups
Parenting the Love and Logic Way
This common sense approach to parenting
will give parents practical ideas about:
Teaching children to make responsible choices
Setting Limits
Empathetic responses
Avoiding power struggles
Helping to develop problem solving skills
Registration Fee
Book (Please send $10.00 book fee along with registration fee)
Hawthorne Elementary
Jan 19 Feb 23 (Thursdays)
6:00 8:00 p.m.
Sara Wright & Becky Paslay
(child care provided for 3 yrs. and older)
Adams Elementary
Feb 2 Mar 9 (Thursdays)
6:00 8:00 p.m.
Annie Pierce & Christopher Gibbons
Morley Nelson Elementary
Feb 8 Mar 15 (Wednesdays)
4:15 6:15 p.m.
Miranda Palmer & Tenneal Lujan
(child care provided for 3 yrs. and older)
Grace Jordan Elementary
Apr 3 May 8 (Mondays)
6:00 8:00 p.m.
Lindsy Thomas & Joni Graham
$ = Registration Fee based on sliding scale
= Book required
Building a Relationship with Your Teen to Last a Lifetime
Formerly “Parenting Teens with Love & Logic”
Being the parent of a teen is rewarding, exciting, and quite often challenging. With skills and
understanding you can guide your teen to be responsible, cooperative, and independent. Learn
unique strategies that will make living with a teen more enjoyable and less stressful
The class will focus on helping parents with:
building a relationship with your teen
adolescent development
boundary setting
navigating conflict
Love and Logic strategies
parental concerns
Registration Fee
Book (Please send $10.00 book fee along with registration fee)
Fairmont Jr. High School
Feb 6 Mar 13 (Mondays) (no class 2/20, will be 2/21-Tuesday)
Joan Parsons & Rita Romberg
6:00 pm 8:00 pm
$ = Registration Fee based on sliding scale
= Book required
Parenting Spirited and Strong-Willed Children
This class will focus on parenting strategies and practical ideas for parents of strong-
willed/spirited children. Also covered in the class will be anger management techniques to avoid
power struggles, knowing the importance of considering your child’s personality and temperament
traits, developing prevention plans to deal with known areas of conflict, managing homework time,
knowing how to balance rules and consequences with love, and discussing cognitive thinking patterns
that affect your child’s response to your parenting.
Registration Fee
No book handouts will be provided
Mountain View Elementary
Jan 23 Mar 6 (Mondays) (no class 2/20)
6:00 8:00 p.m.
Barbara Kennedy & Matt Siron
No child care provided
$ = Registration Fee based on sliding scale
Drug Education
(By administrative referral only)
Family Survival Training:
At-Risk Instruction and Support for Parents:
These classes offer information, practical ideas and support for parents of at-risk teenagers who may or may
not already be involved in substance abuse. Focus is on information on drugs and effects of drugs, tips on
building student strengths and improving family relationships, and providing support for parents.
Student Survival Training for Junior High and High School Students
Six week closed sessions focus on the physical and emotional effects of drugs, how to develop personal
strengths, providing support and self-esteem development.
Drug Free Idaho
Drug Free Idaho offers educational presentations about the risks and consequences of drug and alcohol abuse
for classrooms, employers, and community organizations. The active community coalition gives parents a
resource for current information and collaborative efforts to create a drug free culture in Idaho. For more
information or to schedule a presentation, please visit or call 570-6409.
Youth Classroom Education and Demonstrations
Parent Group & Workplace Education and Demonstrations
Red Ribbon Week Presentations
Volunteerism & Community Coalition
1. Complete this form indicating the class you wish to attend.
Class Name: _________________________________________
Location: ____________________________________________
Your Name(s): ________________________________________
Address: ____________________________________________
City: ________________________________________________
Zip Code: ____________________________________________
Home Phone: ________________ Work Phone: _____________
2. Please use the sliding scale for fees. Plus $10.00 book fee for Love & Logic
Plus $12.00 book fee for Co-Parenting
Annual Income Cost per family
$10,000 and under $10.00
$10,000-$25,000 $20.00
$25,000-$40,000 $35.00
$40,000 and up $45.00
Lifetime Membership $100.00
A lifetime membership entitles the member to attend any of the Parent Education classes for life.
3. Mail this form with a check, payable to Boise School District.
Boise School District
Attn: Parent Education Center
8169 W. Victory Road
Boise, ID 83709