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A Message from Principal Mary Sepler Oct. 4th, 2018

Dear Families,

Hope this week has been a good one for you? It’s been a busy one here at school, getting even busier tomorrow with our Annual Jog-A-Thon.  This event is the primary fundraiser for our PTA, representing about 80% of the total budget for the year.  We thank our PTA and Andy Aiken for the great organization of the event and school program support.  Kids should have shoes for running and water bottles, if you have them.  If the weather looks drippy we’ll still run, so rain jackets would also be helpful.

Our 5th grade students are gearing up for Mountain School next week and we’re excited for them.  If you have sleeping bags, rain gear or hiking shoes you can donate or loan for use please bring them to the school office sometime tomorrow. (The kids leave early Monday morning) One specific need is woman’s hiking shoes size 9 or 9.5.  Thanks for any help you can provide.

Make a difference in your community by improving water quality in Whatcom Creek with the City of Bellingham and the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) at their annual Make a Difference Day and Arbor Day work party. The work party will take place on Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Whatcom Falls Park. The event will conclude with free pizza and a closing statement from Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville. The is a free, family-friendly event. Tools, gloves, instructions and refreshments will be provided. Please bring weather-appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes. For more information, visit www.cob.org/workparties or email apbrown@cob.org.

Our staff, both certificated and classified, had a 2-hour learning session with Sound Discipline this week.  This training, entitled Positive Discipline, is a 15-hour course that supports us in continuing to create and maintain classroom and school environments where students feel encouraged and engaged in learning, solve their own friendship issues, and feel a sense of connection, value and challenge.  This work complements our implementation of the Caring School Community curriculum by providing opportunities for teaching staff to share challenges and successes and to develop strategies for supporting each student and classroom.  We have also developed a School Culture Statement which will provide a nice ending note for this week’s newsletter.  Take care! Mary

Lowell Elementary is a community of learners.  We are valued and feel safe.  We take risks and engage in curiosity.  We feel challenged and continue to grow.