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A Message from Principal Mary Sepler, March 14th 2019

Dear Lowell Families,

We’re preparing an opportunity for interested parents to participate in a book study here at Lowell.  It’s always challenging and joyful to parent, and we can benefit from learning together and supporting each other.  The book we have chosen is “No More Mean Girls; The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls” by Katie Hurley.  Although the title specifies a gender, we believe any interested parents would benefit from reading and discussing this material.  Please watch for a survey next week to gain an idea of who is interested and when you could meet.  We will also purchase copies to loan if parents don’t have their own.

A reminder that students in grades 3 through 8 and high school will be taking state assessments this spring to measure English language arts (ELA), mathematics and science proficiency.  We encourage students, families and staff to keep these assessments in perspective and to remember that state tests are only one benchmark. Your child’s teachers are the best resource for a complete picture of your child’s academic proficiency. We’ll be sending the assessment calendar dates out to you in the next week, so you can have them on your family calendars.  As with any day of important learning, a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast are an essential part of every school day. We recommend parents and guardians talk to their child about their learning and school day and keep things in perspective (and not overemphasize the test). For more information, talk with your child’s teacher.

Happy Spring! We’re delighted to be back in the garden! Students are cultivating and planting garden beds with peas, lettuce, broccoli, radishes, and much more! Come celebrate school gardens at Common Threads’ 5th annual Dirt Fest on Wednesday, April 24th: Join the Common Threads team for a community-wide garden party at Carl Cozier Elementary 2:30 – 4:30pm.  For more info, please contact: sophie@commonthreadsfarm.org

The Bellingham Public Schools Foundation is hosting their annual campaign which helps supports students throughout the school year. The Foundation connects the community, businesses and parents to help provide the additional resources required for outstanding public schools. You will be receiving a mailer at home or click here to make a gift today.

Have a great rest of the week,

Mary