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A Message from Principal Mary Sepler Jan. 3rd, 2019

Dear Lowell Family,

I’m thrilled to be back at school with these wonderful kids and teachers!  I hope the winter break was good for you and that the coming year brings many good things your way.  My break brought the wonderful news that my son, Robbie, is getting married! Rick and I are overjoyed to welcome his fiancé, Breanne, into our family.  What fun!

In January we’re continuing our school-wide goal to provide a unified and child-centered approach to our positive discipline system.  As a staff, (certificated and classified combined) we have been participating in professional development with the Sound Discipline agency and have used this time to develop common understandings and approaches to supporting kids experiencing trauma, providing differentiated supports for social-emotional needs and implementing our new curriculum, Caring School Community.  Our next professional development will be this Tuesday after school and will be supported by three additional 2-hour sessions this year.

PTA announcements include sign up for after school enrichment classes.  Many classes have openings.  Please go to https://www.6crickets.com/ to register.

Secondly from PTA, the Lowell Talent Show is approaching! Friday, January 4th is the last day to sign up for talent show auditions. Auditions are during and after school on Tuesday, January 8th. Questions can go directly to jillculver@gmail.com.  Thanks!

A note from our school nurse, Julia Pillar-Schefer:

Cold weather doesn’t deter head lice as they stay warm and cozy on the head.  As more coats and hats come out, it is a good time to review with your children the need to keep their outer wear away from other student’s things in the classroom.  As we come back from winter break, there frequently is an increase in head lice showing up on students.  This is because they spread from head to head contact during play or sleep-overs which happen more often during the break.  Then they first get noticed in the classroom when students are sitting still and being observed as they do their classroom tasks.

What you can do:

  • Check your child about once a month for signs of lice or nits in the hair.
  • Teach not to share hats, scarves, or other hair items and to avoid head-to-head contact.
  • Long hair can be braided or pulled back to reduce accidently brushing against others.
  • If you find head lice or are notified that your child is suspected of having them, do not panic.  They do not carry disease and there are effective ways to get rid of this pest.

What we do if head lice are suspected on a student:

  • We call parents/guardians of the student to inform them and discuss treatment options.
  • The student will be reminded not to share hair items or have head to head contact.
  • The student can go home as usual at the end of the day, to be treated that evening and can return to school the next day if they have been treated
  • For communication, if a classroom has two or more students with infestations, other parents at grade level will be notified that head lice have been an identified at school. Identities are never disclosed in this notification.

If your family is having difficulty getting rid of head lice, or cost of treatment is a problem please contact your school nurse for help and support.  For more information on how to treat, please see visit the Families tab on your school website and click on health.  More information about head lice and treatment can be found on the website at www.cdc.gov/lice

The Bellingham Community Meal Program is offering free home cooked meals at Assumption Church Gym 2116 Cornwall Ave 12:30-3:30 pm on the following Saturdays:  Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 30, Apr. 27, May 25, June 29, July 27, Aug. 31, Sept. 28, and Oct. 26.  For additional information, contact Kasey Potzler @ 360-647-5114 or volunteerbcmp@gmail.com

 

Thanks everyone,

Mary