Pupils Excused Before Dismissal/Dismissal Procedure
We would appreciate that whenever possible, appointments be made either before or after school hours. If parents need to have students excused prior to dismissal time, a note should be sent with their child in the morning. We ask that you refrain from calling the school for early pick-up whenever possible. Parents are asked to come into the office to pick up your child at the designated time and sign for early release. We must also have a note from you if you wish to have another person pick up your child. In the unusual circumstance that a change is needed, you must notify the office before 1:30 p.m. Please refrain from calling the school for bus changes. We would ask that you also send your child with a note in the morning if they need to be dropped off at a different location. Changes during the day should only be made to accommodate emergencies as these changes can be confusing to children.
Parking - Pick Up of Students
Parents who need to pick up their child during school hours are requested to park at the elementary lobby entrance on State Street. Please only park in designated parking spots. Please do not attempt to enter the Trinity Avenue school driveway at the beginning and dismissal of school. The bus fleet loads and unloads each day from 8:15-8:30 a.m. and 2:45-3:20 p.m. Traffic is prohibited in the Trinity Avenue parking lot during these times. Safety is always extremely important when students enter or leave school. Please exercise every precaution when driving on school grounds.
We are pleased to continue to offer a Pre-Kindergarten program for all children in the district for the 2019-2020 school year. It is a wonderful opportunity for children and we are delighted with the program and all that it provides for our young students. Information about the Pre-K program follows.
Eligibility: Students who will turn 4 on or before December 1, 2019 are eligible to attend our Universal Pre-K program. Students who are five years of age on December 1, 2019 are eligible for Kindergarten.
Children who are three years old and will turn four by December 1, 2019 may attend the program but are not eligible for district bus transportation until they turn four years old. New York State law requires car seats and bus aides for children under the age of 4.
The Pre-K program follows the school calendar with classes being held Monday - Friday.
Morning program 8:30 - 11:00 2 sections
Afternoon program 12:30 - 3:00 2 sections
Morning or afternoon placement decisions may need to be made based on bus routes. All children are eligible for busing to/from Pre-Kindergarten upon turning 4 years old.
Each classroom will be staffed by a NYS-certified teacher and a NYS-certified teaching assistant. The program is provided at no charge to all district residents. Out-of-district students will be accepted on a space-available basis at the district’s tuition rate. The district plans to have four sections of UPK available. Each classroom will accommodate 18 students, for a total of 72 students.
REGISTRATION: Beginning in February, registration for the Lowville UPK program will be ongoing by calling the elementary office for a registration packet at 315-376-9005. Packets will be mailed home mid-April.
Sharing Christmas Joy
Mrs. Laribee’s morning and afternoon Pre-K classes, along with Mrs. Platz’s second grade class, participated in a community service project, Sharing Joy, this past December. Each class brought in a variety of items for deployed soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan. Mrs. Laribee’s class made American heart flags and Mrs. Platz’s class wrote letters. It was our hope to let the men and women serving our country know that they are being thought of during the holidays and that we appreciate their service to our country. With the generous donations, we were able to fill two large boxes! The boxes were shipped to Sergeant First Class Jonathan Brown, Brogan and Maelyn Brown’s father, and his company HHC 2nd Brigade.
Mrs. Hoppel’s Class Participates in Scholastic Pajama Drive!
For the seventh year, Mrs. Hoppel’s class participated in Scholastic’s Pajama Drive as part of their Christmas unit on giving. The class collected 57 pairs of new pajamas in a variety of sizes. These pajamas were given to the Victim’s Assistance Program in Watertown. For every pair of pajamas, Scholastic provided a free book. The children enjoyed looking at and counting all of the pajamas they were giving to assist others.
Family Reading Night
The elementary school Academic Intervention Service providers will be hosting a Family Reading Night on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. All students in Pre-K - 5 and their families are invited to attend this event for a night of reading. More information will be sent home at a later date.
Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are hard at work preparing for the 9th Annual Elementary Science Fair. The Science Fair will be held on February 9 at 9:00 in the Elementary Cafeteria. A wide variety of science projects will be presented, including projects in Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, Space/Technology, and Engineering Design. Please come view the future scientists of Lowville, learn something new, and have fun! The fair results will be shared in the next district newsletter and on the Elementary Science Fair webpage. Contact the elementary office if you are interested in being a volunteer judge at the event.
Caring and Kindness in
The theme promoted throughout the Elementary School during the month of December was caring and kindness. The third grade students in Mrs. Augustus’, Mr. Myers’, Mrs. Roggie’s, Mrs. Rubenzahl’s, and Mrs. Spaulding’s classes combined the essence of this character trait with the true meaning of the holiday season. Instead of having a classroom gift exchange, the students brought in food items and money to donate to the Lowville Food Pantry. In addition to the boxes of food they collected, they donated over $150!
Each classroom visited the Food Pantry and were given a tour of the facility. Students and staff were very impressed by the number of families who were helped by our local food pantry.
Spring Book Fair Supports PARP
March 18-March 22
Reading is the key to school success and, like any skill, it takes practice. The surest way to get children to read is to give them time to read and books they want to read. A book fair is one way to encourage and promote the love of reading. During the month of March, parents and children can read and share a new book or a story together.
The Elementary PTO, in support of Parents as Reading Partners, is sponsoring its annual Spring Book Fair. It has arranged for Scholastic Book Fairs to be at school on Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22. The fair will also be open two evenings, Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The fair promises to present many different books for students, and also has a parent/teacher section. Please stop in and visit the Book Fair. We appreciate your support.
The elementary PTO would like to thank everyone who has been sending in Box Tops. We were able to redeem the Box Tops we collected this fall and we received a check for $486.20. The PTO looks forward to supporting programs for our elementary students using this money.
Pre-K Has Busy First Half
of the Year!
The Pre-K classes participated in two field trips and had special visitors in the first half of the year. In October during Fire Prevention Week, the classes visited the Lowville Fire Station. Firemen Doug and Brian Hanno took time to meet with the students and show them what a fireman looks like in full turnout gear. The children were able to explore the trucks and equipment that is used by firemen. A special highlight of the trip was the opportunity for each child to sit in the rescue truck.
In November, the classes completed a unit on occupations. Miss Becky and Miss Kelly came to talk to the children about their role as EMTs. They explained why an EMT would come to see someone and how EMTs are notified if someone needs their help. The students enjoyed having an opportunity to sit in the ambulance and see where the supplies are kept. Each child was given a pencil.
The children also visited the Countryside Vet Clinic as part of occupations week and spent time with Dr. Marcus Hetzner. The children examined all areas of the clinic and were able to see some of the animals that were there. Dr. Hetzner had many items for the children to look at, including different types of objects that had been swallowed by animals. They looked at x-rays and even saw one of a dog that was pregnant. They were able to count the puppies! The children participated in a mock surgery where they put on gowns and pretended to take out objects a dog had swallowed. They learned about each person’s role in surgery. The clinic gave each child a goody bag to take home and provided both classes with bandages, medicines, and other items to replenish the vet bags they gave us last year.
Trooper Dave Kidder visited our class to discuss his job as a New York State Trooper. He explained to the children that he is their friend. He also explained all of the tools on his belt and why he may use them. The students were able to sit in his car and view the items in his car, such as his computer. Each child also had their thumbprint taken after Trooper Kidder explained that everyone has unique fingerprints. Lastly, Trooper Kidder talked to the children about how to be safe.
The Pre-K classes are thankful to all of the individuals who gave their time to speak with the students about their occupation. In the next few months the classes look forward to visiting Dr. Stacy, the post office, and the wind farm.
We are settled into the second semester and each day seems to be busier than the one before. We know what is behind us for the 2018-19 school year and now we are looking ahead. Our goal is to have each student gain knowledge and experience growth as a result of the time they spend at Lowville Elementary School.
We have many opportunities available to students and it is great to see children take advantage of them. We have an active Student Council and several students will participate in our Science Fair and on Odyssey of the Mind teams. We look forward to families attending our Family Reading Night on March 19, 2019.
Our students have also been participating in a solid academic program this year. Our teachers have been teaching a curriculum aligned with the Next Generation Learning Standards in ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies. Students have been asked to think about their learning and research information to learn new things.
The New York State Education Department is continuing with the changes made to state assessments last year. Again this year, there will be two days of ELA testing and two days of Math testing in the spring.
Thank you for supporting our students and staff. If you ever have any questions about our academic program or other opportunities we offer at school, please do not hesitate to call me.
Philomena B. Goss
Welcome to the
Lowville Elementary School
Elementary School Events
7668 North State Street
Lowville, NY 13367
Mrs. Philomena Goss
Mr. Nicholas Lee