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January 2017 (part II)
Principal’s Den
Dear Lowell Community,
Happy New Year! Welcome back. I hope you all had a wonderful and safe holiday break. We are excited to
see the smiling faces of our students tomorrow. I realize I already sent out the December/January Newsletter
before break, but I wanted to send out a follow-up to the previous newsletter as we head into the new year.
Once again thank you again for your continued partnership, care and support. We appreciate you!
Your Principal,
Dr. Adria David
Colder Weather
Please help your child prepare for the colder months ahead by reminding them to wear their warm outside
gear (coats, boots, hats and gloves). 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.
Inclement Weather
In the event of a school closure due to winter weather the District will communicate to the local radio and
television stations to spread the word. The District will also email parents, send a text message to parents, and
post closure information on the District's website and on the District’s Twitter account.
To sign-up for the District's emergency text messaging service text SUBSCRIBE to the number 68453.
Lowell Elementary Important Dates and Events
First Day Back
First Day 5
Grade Boys’ Basketball Practice
9:20 am-3:20 pm
Grade Snow School
4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
PTSA Meeting, Library
All Day
No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Grade Honors Math Placement, North Jr. High
Early Release, End of 1
After School
Shake It Up Auditions Start, Lunchroom
All Day
IRI/CBM Testing
1:45 pm 3:35 pm
Grade Career Field Trip
8:30 am-9:00 am
Lowell Pride Assembly
Eight Habits of the Heart
Character Trait for January - Dependability
Within the community, dependability is being there for others through all the times of their
lives, a steady influence that makes tomorrow a welcome event.
-Clifton Taulbert
New Excel Program
We are excited to announce that we have a new program starting January 4th at Lowell. The
teacher of this program will be Mark Lagomarsino and he is joined by David Tilley and Danielle
Lofgren. Mark has worked in the BSD for several years. He brings experience in behavior
management, social skills and problem solving strategies. This team will work with students to
increase positive interactions within the school environment. The students in the program will
range in grades from 4-6. Please make Mark, his staff and students feel welcome stop by and say hello when
you have an opportunity.
Grade Boys’ Basketball
Starts Tomorrow
When: January 4th
Time: 4:00 PM 5:15PM
Location: Gym, Lowell Elementary
Coach: Marc Münch
*Please make sure to have your signed paperwork. Additional copies are located in the office.
MOSS is coming to Lowell
Great News! Based on the results of the parent survey sent out by our PTSA, our Lowell 6th grade students will
have the opportunity to participate in outreach program from the University of Idaho college of Natural
Resources McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS). This year the outreach program is willing to come to Boise
and work with our students. The outreach program will focus on team building, geology, adaptations, water
ecology, ecosystems, winter ecology and more. For more information:
When: April 4, 2017 April 7, 2017 (during school hours).
Where: Boise (more information to come regarding site
locations, previous locations have been Lucky Peak,
Nature Center, Ann Morrison Park).
*Volunteers will be needed: one adult chaperone will be needed for each field group (more to come).
**Enrollment forms will need to be completed by parent or legal guardian in order for student to participate.
(Enrollment information will be sent out closer to the program date.)
and 6
Grade Parents
Shake It Up After-School
Lowell Elementary School is again partnering this year with Boise State University, to offer
a free after-school drama program called “Shake It Up After-School.” Like many programs
at Lowell this year, funding has been reduced for this program due to the loss of Title I
funds. This has required some changes to the program, most significantly the need to limit
the number of students who will be able to participate in the program to 30 students.
This year there will be auditions for participants the week of Monday, January 23rd with
the following schedule:
Monday 1/23/20176: All interested 5th and 6th Graders
Tuesday 1/24/2017: All interested 4th graders
Wednesday 1/25/2017: Call-backs, by invitation
Thursday 1/26/2017: Call-backs, by invitation
In addition to acting potential, the program leaders will be looking for students who demonstrate effective
teamwork, careful listening skills, and a positive, collaborative attitude.
For those invited to participate, there will follow 27 sessions (Mondays Thursdays for seven weeks; no
meeting on Presidents Day, 2/20) beginning Monday, January 30th and concluding with two performances on
Friday, March 17th. The sessions are scheduled as follows:
Dates: January 30-February 2, February 6-9, 13-16, 21-23, February 27-March 2,
March 6-10 and 13-16.
During these sessions, Lowell students will be coached and directed by undergraduates from Professor Matthew
Hansen’s ENGL 345 Shakespeare course at Boise State University to prepare a one-hour performance version
of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth. The program provides an introduction to Shakespeare and theatrical
performance that is interactive and fun. Mounting a performance is both hard work requiring discipline and
teamwork and a great deal of imaginative play.
This program runs Mondays through Thursdays for only seven weeks; if your student wishes to pursue other
after-school activities that will keep him or her from attending “Shake It Up After School” more than once a
week, please decide which activity is more important.
The program will conclude with two performances at Lowell Elementary, on Friday March 17th, at 2:30
p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Hansen and his program leaders would love to have some parent volunteers to help with the program.
Volunteers would help Dr. Hansen's students as they rehearse scenes, review lines with individual students or
small groups, and help to supervise craft or writing activities. Theater experience is in no way required: just a
willingness to help keep kids stay focused and on task. Ideally volunteers will be able to attend on a consistent
basis, for example, one day a week for the seven week duration of the program.
For additional information:
Please call or email Matthew C. Hansen, Ph.D.
208-426-1215 (Office)
Box Tops For Education
A BIG thank you to the Lowell families who donated Box Tops for Education! The fall submission earned $1002.40 for
Lowell Elementary! Mrs. Carson-Eisenman’s 4
grade class earned the pizza party for most Box Tops submitted. They
will enjoy a pizza lunch during their Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 21
Keep saving those Box Tops! We will collect, count, and turn them in again this Spring. Please help Lowell continue to
earn free money!
Thank you,
Lowell PTSA
Message from Counselor
Lowell Families,
Boise Parks and Recreation Activity Guide is great resource as we head into the 2017 school year.
Here is a link to the winter/spring guide:
Dave Sica, M.Ed.
School Counselor
Lowell Elementary School
Lowell Community Resources
Office: 208.854.5487
Fax: 208.854.5481
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
Message from our Nurse
Message from Lowell’s Leadership Team
Part of the Leadership Teams goal is to finalize our SMART Goals. These smart goals provide
Lowell with information towards designing and guiding our professional development and
instructional practices. Below are 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.