December 2016/January 2017
Principal’s Den
Dear Lowell Community,
Holiday Greetings! During this season of peace and goodwill it is with pleasure that we
pause and express our best holiday wishes and deepest appreciation to our Lowell
Community for all their support. May the warmth and love of the season fill your hearts
and homes.
I have found December to be one of the most exciting months of the year for most of our students. During the
holiday season it is a perfect time for all of us to teach our students to be thankful and show them the value of
generosity and kindness.
With only three weeks between Thanksgiving and the Winter Holiday break, we have put together one
newsletter for the months of December and January. Please help your child prepare for the colder months ahead
by reminding them to wear their warm outside gear (coats, 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, as there is no playground supervision. In addition, this will limit the time students will be
standing outside in the cold.
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 www.boiseschools.org and on the District’s Twitter account.
To sign-up for the District's emergency text messaging service text SUBSCRIBE to the number 68453.
Families and Patrons, thank you again for your partnership, care and support. We wish you all well this holiday
season.
Your Principal,
Dr. Adria David
Lowell Elementary Important Dates and Events
Fri
Dec
9
10:30am & 2:30pm
Tues
Dec
13
5:00pm-9:00 pm
Thurs
Dec
15
11:30am-2:00pm
Fri
Dec
16
8:30am-9:00am
Fri
Dec
16
10:30am & 2:30pm
Wed
Dec
21
1:45pm
Thurs
Dec
22-31
All Day
M-W
Jan
1-3
All Day
Mon
Jan
16
All Day
Fri
Jan
20
1:45pm
Tues
Jan
24--25
All Day
Fri
Jan
27
8:30am-9:00am
Eight Habits of the Heart
Character Trait for December-Responsibility
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; and responsibility means showing and encouraging a
personal commitment to each task.
Clifton Taulbert
Parent Teachers Student Association (PTSA)
Our Staff would like to take this opportunity to thank our PTSA. They are a dedicated group of individuals. They have
gladly and unwaveringly given their time and efforts to improve the lives of our children for the betterment of our
school. The PTSA team has worked countless hours from fundraising to volunteering at Lowell. We have appreciated
the financial support that has been given to the Lowell teachers for the classroom, purchasing of Accelerator Reader and
bussing for fieldtrips. We appreciate all that the group does for Lowell Elementary!
Please show your Lowell school spirit by joining this great group of individuals! 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, http://lowell.boiseschools.org/parentspatrons/parentteacherstudentassociationptsa.
For more information on Lowell’s PTSA, please contact Amber Bennett, Lowell PTSA President at
amberjbennett@ymail.com.
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
assessments.
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.
Message from the Counselor
Assistance League of Boise
P.O. Box 140104, Boise, ID 83714
377-4327
Thank you, Assistance League of Boise!!
Operation School Bell is one of the many programs Assistance League of Boise oversees. This program helps
to outfit students in need. This month the program provided warm clothing for 30 of Lowells. They were
able to “go shopping” for brand NEW clothing, assisted by volunteers.
Funds for the programs come from community donations, private contributions, grants, and the operation
of ALB Thrift Shop at 5825 Glenwood Ave. The public is invited to visit their Thrift Shop, and to support their
programs by donating good quality used clothing and small household items.
Christmas Kids Bike Giveaway-Extended Until December 6th
Boise Bicycle Project
Christmas Kids Bike Giveaway
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Its that time of year again! BBP is gearing up for
its annual Christmas Kids Bike Giveaway. This
year well donate more than 350 bicycles in one day!
Qualifications: BBP is looking for children between the ages of 2-11 in need of bicycles and are in a position
that would not provide one otherwise. Children must be referred through a charitable organization (school,
church, social worker, after school program, etc.)
Registration: Children must be registered by Dec 1st. Numbers of bikes are limited - especially in larger sizes -
so register early to ensure your children get what they need. Referring agencies must contact BBP with the
childs name, age, sex, accurate height, favorite colors and parent/guardians contact info. See Registration
Form below.
Mail or Deliver Completed Registration Form and Liability Waiver to:
Boise Bicycle Project, Christmas Kids Bike Giveaway
1027 Lusk St., Boise, ID 83706
Or email a high quality scan/photo to kids@boisebicycleproject.org
The Event and Bicycle Pickup: On Saturday Dec 17
th
kids will come to BBP (1027 S Lusk Street) to pick up
their bicycle, helmet, and Christmas treats. Kids will be scheduled in 1-hour blocks throughout the day. If not
accompanied by a legal guardian, a form releasing liability (attached below) must be signed ahead of time.
Participants will receive a call at least a week before the Giveaway to assign an appointment time. Children
must be present during pick up.
Boise Bicycle Project
1027 S Lusk ST
Boise, ID 83706
208-429-6520
info@boisebicycleproject.org
5
th
/6
th
Grade Boys’ Basketball
Welcome Coach Münch!!
Marc Münch has accepted the position to be Lowell’s 5/6
th
grade boys’ basketball coach.
This year Marc was Boise High’s Freshman Football coach. Previously Marc has officiated
high school basketball in District 3. Marc will be sending out an email introducing self and
sharing his rules.
When: January 4
th
- First Day of Practice
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Lowell Elementary
Student Council
The Lowell Student Council is throwing a bike drive.
The bikes will go to people who don’t have or are in need of a bike. All bikes will be donated to the
Boise Bike Project. (BBP)
When: December 15th
Time: After School, 3:45-4:30pm
Where: Lowell Elementary
Remember to bring your old or unused bikes in good condition.
Thank you!
By: Analeah Pimentel a Student Council Member
**A Friendly reminder to our Lowell Patrons, please remember to lock up your bikes to avoid temptations for others.
Detective Lori Bourgeau
Boise Police Dept.
Extra-Curricular Student Awards
Stella is in 3
rd
grade at Lowell Elementary. Her holiday card was selected out
of a 100 for the 2016 Festival of Trees Holiday Card contest.
Congratulations!
is
STEM News
Bringing Hour of Code to Idaho: December 5 - 11
Computer science provides a foundation for virtually any career. It’s the art
of blending human ideas and digital tools. Computer scientist’s work in so
many different areas: writing apps for phones, curing diseases, creating
animated movies, working on social media, building robots that explore
other planets and so much more. That’s why Idaho Digital Learning is
challenging all Idaho students to an “Hour of Code.”
Do something fun and rewarding and participate in an “Hour of Code”
through one of the fun tutorials. Oh and by the way…all participants are
eligible to WIN AN iPAD MINI compliments of Idaho Digital Learning!
What is an Hour of Code? It’s a one-hour introduction to computer science where anyone can learn the basics.
Check out the Hour of Code website at http://hourofcode.org/.
Every Idaho student, teacher, parent, and others who completes an "Hour of Code" through Code.org may
enter into a drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card or an iPad mini! There will be four (4) gift card winners
chosen across four categories; PreK-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, 9th-12th grade and Adult category
(Administrator, Teacher or Parent) and one (1) grand prize winner of an iPad Mini chosen from all categories.
Enter to win HERE.
As you participate and complete the Hour of Code let everyone know by using: #hourofcodeID
Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.
Steve Jobs
Dr. Sherawn Reberry
Idaho Digital Learning
Director of Education Programs
Academic Partnership Facilitator
IDLA On-Line Principal
sherawn.reberry@idla.k12.id.us
(208) 724-2800
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 November Safety Patrol members, Dylan and Juancarlos
hear what they had to say about serving, as well as comments from Mrs. Merrick.
These two sixth graders are the dynamic duo of Safety Patrol! They enjoy serving on patrol together and make a
great team. - Mrs. Merrick
Dylan - Dylan is very dependable and always on time for his patrol shift. He performs his
duties respectfully, and he willingly substitutes for other students when needed.
Dylan “I like being on Safety Patrol because I know I’m helping others.”
Juancarlos Juan is a responsible, polite young man who is a wonderful representative for
Lowell when he is on Safety Patrol. He is dependable and always willing to help as a Safety
Patrol member.
Juancarlos - I wanted to be on Safety Patrol to make Lowell a safe environment and keep
cars away from Lowell students and their parents.”
Breakfast with Santa
Troop 101 Invites you to Breakfast with Santa
Event
When: Saturday, December 10th
Where: Lowell Elementary
Time: 8:30-10:30
Breakfast Includes: Pancakes, Sausage, Biscuits and Gravy,
Beverages, Kid Craft, More…
Tickets
Pre-Order Ticket Prices: $5:00 per person/ $20.00 for family of 5
(Cookie Dough can be used on pre-ordered tickets)
At the Door Ticket Prices: $6:00 per person/ $25.00 for family of 5
Additional Information
*Bring an unwrapped toy for our Christmas donation drive.
**Bring your camera for your personal photos with Santa!
***Email for additional information or pre-order tickets: troop101girlz@gmail.com