Mrs. Hoppel’s Class Participates in Scholastic Pajama Drive!
For the 8th year, Mrs. Hoppel’s class participated in Scholastic’s Pajama Drive as part of their Christmas unit on giving. The class collected 43 pairs of new pajamas in a variety of sizes. These pajamas were given to the Urban Mission 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.
Caring and Kindness in Third Grade
The theme promoted throughout the Elementary School during the month of December was Caring and Kindness. The third-grade students in Mrs. Augustus’, Mrs. Bala's, Ms. Becker's, Mr. Myers', 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 to donate to the Lowville Food Pantry.
Each classroom visited the Food Pantry and received a tour of the facility in January. Students and staff were very impressed by the number of families who are helped by our local food pantry.
Pre-K Has Busy First Halfof the Year!
The Pre-K classes participated in a field trip 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 Jolene 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.
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.
Promoting Social-Emotional Learning and Positivi-T Day
The students and staff of Lowville Elementary have committed to a renewed focus of social-emotional learning this year. Our students have not only made great growth and progress academically, but they’ve also helped bring a fresh perspective to our monthly character themes and various elements of social-emotional learning. Students have helped promote our monthly themes (such as Responsibility, Kindness, Empathy, and Optimism) by creating, recording, and acting out skits, and reading a positive message related to our theme each week on the announcements. During December, our students were involved in a daily kindness challenge and tracked their progress by creating paper chains to represent each act of kindness in their classroom. Right before Christmas, the chains were displayed in the cafeteria for everyone to see.
Students also participated in Lowville Elementary’s first ever Positivi-T Day where they were invited (though not required) to wear a t-shirt with a positive message. Our next Positivi-T Day will be on Tuesday, February 4. Students are welcome to wear a shirt with a positive message. It can be something they already have, or even a shirt they create themselves. However students choose to participate that day, the focus will continue to be promoting kindness, optimism, and positivity at Lowville Elementary!
Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are hard at work preparing for the 10th Annual Elementary Science Fair. The Science Fair will be held on February 8 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.
Family Reading Night
The elementary school Academic Intervention Service providers will be hosting a Family Reading Night on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 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.
Spring Book Fair Supports PARP
March 16-March 20Reading 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 Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20. The fair will also be open two evenings, Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18, from 6:00 - 7:30 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.