Grandparents Day
Friday, May 19

On Friday, May 19, the Elementary School will celebrate Grandparents and Older Friends Day.  We are very excited to be able to host this popular and special day.  Students and their grandparents and older friends eagerly look forward to this day sponsored by the elementary staff and the Parent-Teacher Organization.

Children in grades PreK-5 are encouraged to invite grandparents or older friends to lunch.  Grandparents may also like to visit their grandchild’s classroom.  The cafeteria staff will serve a delicious luncheon of homemade chicken & biscuits, buttered peas with carrots, fruit cup, homemade apple crisp, coffee, and milk.  Cost of the lunch will be $4.00 for adults and $1.75 for children.  This is a big event at school that is enjoyed by everyone involved.

Special parent letters will be sent home explaining the lunch schedule and day’s activities.  Grandparents are able to purchase pre-sale tickets from Monday, May 8 through Thursday, May 18.  Tickets may also be purchased the day of the luncheon.  Students are encouraged to pre-pay for lunch for that day.  Please join us if you can.  It will be a great day!

Shuttle Bus for
Grandparents Day

Lowville Academy will again provide a shuttle bus to make parking easy and hassle-free for guests who will be attending the special luncheon on Friday, May 19.  Parking will be available at Climax Manufacturing where there will be continuous shuttle bus service to and from the school from 10:30 a.m. until it is no longer needed.  The shuttle will take you from your car door to the school door and, following your visit and lunch, back to your car when you are ready.  Climax Manufacturing is located just north of the hospital and village on Route 26.  Follow the signs to the designated parking/shuttle bus area.

Come and enjoy this special day and luncheon.  Please hop on our bus and leave your parking worries to us!

Kindergarten Registration
and Screening May 23

Kindergarten registration and screening for Lowville Elementary School will be held Tuesday, May 23.  Registration packets were mailed the week of April 17.  Information and forms were sent to all parents who have a child who will be five years of age on or before December 1, 2017.  If you have not received your packet, please contact the elementary office at 376-9005. Students who are already in the Pre-K program will be screened during their class time.
Classroom Photos -
Thursday, May 25

The Elementary PTO has made arrangements with Urbaniak Studio to take classroom pictures on Thursday, May 25.  The 5” x 7” color photo is priced at $3.00 each.  Parents and students who wish to order a class picture should prepay at the photo session.  Checks should be payable to Lowville Elementary PTO.  More details of the photo session will be sent home in early May.

Student Placement Process
Into Next Year’s Class

The guiding principle of the placement process is to match the instructional and personal needs of each student with an appropriate instructional group and a supportive teaching style, while also providing each teacher with a well-balanced class to maximize instructional effectiveness.
The placement of students in each classroom is undertaken with great planning and care, involving the classroom teachers and other faculty along with administration.  The placement process includes, but is not limited to, the following considerations:  special education needs; gifted and academic enrichment needs; AIS needs; behavioral management needs; male/female ratio; students’ social and behavioral strengths and weaknesses; and family relationships (siblings, cousins, etc.).

Lowville Elementary will allow parents who have unique and special academic concerns to follow the guidelines below and submit a teacher request for the 2017-18 school year:
Submit the letter to Mrs. Goss, Elementary Principal by Friday, May 12, 2017.
Include the child’s name and current teacher.
Include the name of two teachers to be considered for your child’s placement.
Include specific educational reasons for your request.

No placement requests will be accepted without two teacher names and the educational reasons for the request. 

The school will take parent requests for student placement into consideration; however, this will be done after all programmatic factors are considered and prioritized.  Our practice is to not move students from one classroom to another after the start of the school year.  For your awareness, teacher assignments may change from year to year or over the summer.  Requested teachers may not be available at the grade level they are currently teaching for next year.

All letters must be written and signed by the parent(s) and delivered, either by hand or US Mail to the elementary office.  Please do not send the requests to classroom teachers and please do not send requests via email.

All parent requests received between Friday, April 28, 2017 and Friday, May 12, 2017 will be considered. Late requests, verbal requests and emails will not be considered.  All requests may not be able to be granted.  Final placement will be based on a variety of factors.  Thank you for the support you give your child and for understanding our process.

Lowville Elementary
Students Recognized in
Dental Health Month Contest

Three Lowville Elementary students were recognized as local winners in the Sunshine Dental National Children’s Dental Health Month Contest.  The students were entered into the local contest by completing the “2min 2x” coloring page.  The following students were recognized:
George Smith in Mrs. Kaufmann’s kindergarten class, Lauren Crouse in Ms. Waddell’s second grade class, and Tristan Kibbler in Mrs. Spaulding’s third grade class.

Our local winners were included in the regional contest and invited to an awards ceremony in celebration of their accomplishment.  We want to congratulate our winners and recognize the efforts of all students who entered the local contest.

The Speech Spot
Brought to you by: Mrs. Predmore,
     Mrs. Rauscher, Mrs. Wood

May is “Better Hearing and Speech” month.  This annual event provides opportunities to raise awareness about communication disorders and to promote treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing (AHSA, 2010).

Did you know?
46 million Americans, including an estimated 15 to 25 percent of young children, have some type of difficulty communicating.
Children with speech and language problems are more at risk for developing reading problems and falling behind in school.
Speech therapists love play!  Research supports encouraging play, so play is what we do!  Play encourages language.  It helps children develop the ability to think logically and creatively, and solve problems into adulthood.  The ability of a child to pretend play helps him/her imagine beyond the existing and provides courage to explore the unknown.  So get out and play!!!!

If you have any questions regarding this topic, you can always ask your pediatrician or contact any of us at 376-9005.  Check out our display in the kindergarten wing display case during the month of May!
Dear Parents,

The last two months of the school year are very busy with important events, which are listed throughout this newsletter.  We invite you to attend these events to support the children in the elementary school.  We hope you enjoy your time celebrating with our students.

Individual classroom teachers plan a variety of classroom activities such as cooperative projects, field trips, and other special events.  Teachers often focus special projects on important days in May, such as Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.  We celebrate Grandparents and Older Friends Day, Parent Picnic, band and chorus concerts, Walk for Health, and Junior Olympics as an entire building. 

As weather turns from spring and begins to look and feel more like summer, it is great to see students playing outside.  While we love to see children playing on school grounds, I do remind parents that our elementary students, especially grades PreK-4, should be supervised after school hours by an adult.  Students should leave school grounds at dismissal and report home.  Our younger students can return to the playground with adult supervision.  Our older students are welcome back to play, but should check in at home before returning to school after dismissal.  There is no regular supervision of the school play areas after dismissal by school personnel.

We hope to finish the 2016-2017 school year strong!  We have seen so much growth in our students and we love to see students enjoy their days both inside and outside the classroom!

Thank you for your support and the continued partnership as we work with you to educate your child.  We take this task seriously and appreciate your support.


Philomena B. Goss
Elementary Principal

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Lowville, NY  13367
Mrs. Philomena Goss
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