2017-2018 Elementary Student School Hours

The elementary office hours are from 7:45 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. each day.  The elementary school is in session
from 8:35 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. each day.  Children are counted absent or tardy if they arrive after 8:35 a.m.  Elementary
bus students are dismissed from their buses at 8:20 a.m. each morning.  Elementary students are the first to be
dismissed from school to board the buses before students in grades 6-12 are dismissed.  Students who walk should
leave the school grounds at dismissal.  Students should not be unsupervised in the school building or on school
grounds.  We ask that you communicate with your child each morning where they should be going at the end of the
day.  If there is a change to this plan due to an emergency, we ask that you call the elementary office before 1:30 p.m. 
Students who walk are requested not to arrive before 8:00 a.m.  Should it be necessary for your child to arrive early,
he/she is to wait in the gym where supervision is provided, but not before 7:30 a.m.  Please contact us at 376-9005 to
make us aware of any information regarding your child’s arrival/dismissal plans. Please only park in designated
parking spots when visiting the school.  This is very important for traffic flow and safety when crossing the

Building Announcements

Announcements will be made each morning at 8:35 a.m.  Meeting announcements for outside organizations, such as
Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, hockey, and football will be made in the morning, providing the sponsoring organization
supplies the office with the necessary information before 8:00 a.m.  Cancellations will be read before school is

Secure Building

Lowville Elementary is committed to the security and safety of our students and staff.  All entrance doors to the school
will be secured after student drop-off in the morning and will remain locked until dismissal time at the end of the school
day. Please come to the elementary entrance and use the call button located to the left of the exterior door to gain
access to the building during school hours.  In the office, you will be asked to sign in and you will also receive a visitor’s
pass to wear while you are in the building.  Upon leaving the building, we would ask that you return to the office to sign
out.  If you need to meet with a teacher, please call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Waiting Areas At Dismissal Time

We request that all parents and caregivers meet their children in the main gym lobby.  Please do not plan to arrive in
the building prior to five minutes before dismissal as classes are still in session.  Kindergarten students should be
signed out in the pick-up room in the primary gym.  If a student is signing a kindergartener out of the sign-out room, that
student must be in at least Grade 6.  This is especially important at the end of the school day.  At that time, primary
classes are in movement in the halls for dismissal and intermediate grade classes continue to be in session.  Meeting
in the designated area will assure proper supervision, safety and security for all.

Bus Changes Require
Written Permission

To ensure student safety, children must have a signed note from a parent to ride another bus, or a note saying they will
not be riding on their usual bus.  Without this note, children take their regular bus.  We feel this precaution is necessary
because children sometimes get confused or even decide to visit friends without their parent’s permission.  When this
happens, we have no easy way of locating your child.  If there is an emergency situation that requires you to call the
office for a bus change, please call the elementary office at 376-9005 by 1:30 p.m.  It is difficult to make the necessary
arrangements after that hour.  We do ask that you only make calls for emergency changes.  All other changes must be
in writing.

Elementary Back To School Night - September 14

The Elementary Faculty and Parent Teacher Organization will co-sponsor the annual “Back to School Night” on
Thursday, September 14 at Lowville Elementary School.  Classrooms in grades PreK-5 will be open from 7:00 - 8:00
p.m. for parents to visit and meet teachers.  Your attendance will help make the year ahead a great one for your child. 
We hope you will take a few moments to stop by and say hello.
If you are interested in joining the Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, a sign-up sheet will be located in each
classroom that evening.  Everyone is most welcome to participate.  Our PTO officers will certainly appreciate your help
and participation!

Morning Recreation Program

As the 2017-18 school year begins, we will again be offering our Morning Recreation Program before school officially
begins each morning.  This is a great opportunity for students to release some energy before they start their day, which
allows them to be more focused in the classroom.
The Recreation program will begin each day at 7:30 a.m. and end at 8:20 a.m., at which time all students in or
entering the building are allowed to go to their classrooms. 
When a student enters the gym, they are not allowed to leave unless permission is given by program staff.
If a student eats breakfast at school, they will need to go to the cafeteria at 8 a.m., then report back to AM
Recreation.  Students MAY NOT participate in AM Rec. and then go to breakfast at 8:20 a.m. as that is when they
are expected to report to classrooms for the instructional day.
Students will need sneakers to participate in activities.  Otherwise, they will need to remain on the side where they
can read, work on school work, or sit and chat with friends. 

The morning rec program is run and supervised by Joe Widrick, Physical Education Teacher and Yvonne Virkler,
Teacher’s Aide.

Elementary and Middle School Students Compete In
Lewis County Fair Spelling Bee
In addition to enjoying the food, pig races, and demolition derby at the Lewis County Fair in July, some of our students
had an opportunity to compete in the annual Lewis County Fair Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Journal & Republican
and the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES.

In May, grades 1-5 held a spelling bee to identify those students who would represent Lowville Elementary School at the
fair.  In the Middle School, participants were selected based on the Middle School Spelling Bee held in February. 

The following students competed on July 21 in the LeRoy Nichols Youth Building: Grades 1 & 2 - Riley Gillette,
Parker Schrag, Will Vokey.  Grades 3 & 4 - Eli Gronowski, Zoe Shinnick, Joshua Weiler.  Grade 5 - Ryder
Jantzi.  Grade 6 - Anna Exford, Olivia King.  Grade 7 - Paige Bush.  Grade 8 - Cydnie Clark.
Congratulations to Will Vokey for placing 1st and Parker Schrag for placing 4th in the Grades 1 & 2 Spelling Bee!
Congratulations to Zoe Shinnick for placing 1st in the Grades 3 & 4 Spelling Bee!
Congratulations to Anna Exford for placing 3rd and Olivia King for placing 5th in the Grades 5 & 6 Spelling Bee!
Congratulations to Cydnie Clark for placing 2nd and Paige Bush for placing 4th in the Grades 7 & 8 Spelling Bee!
Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members:
The start of a new school year is always exciting.  While it is difficult to say good-bye to summer fun, it is always exciting as we look ahead to the fresh start of a new school year.  Whether children had fun close to home or traveled on an exotic excursion, we hope they are ready for the new school year.
Many students and teachers were in the building participating in different programs over the summer.  I was very pleased with student attendance at our summer school program.  Many students also participated in our summer science program.  We were also well represented at the County Fair in the annual spelling bee.  Please read the article about the spelling bee later in the newsletter.

The students who participated in the summer Super Stage program entertained many guests with their two performances on August 3.  The students participating in the Summer Rec program looked busy having fun every day.

Teachers have been focused on curriculum work and planning events for the new school year.  The teachers look forward to guiding academic growth in your child.  We cherish the partnership we have with parents helping children grow to be successful contributors to society.  As everyone can see on the front of our building, our students Enter to Learn and Go Forth to Serve!

I have been thinking about the start of the year and what helps students be successful.  Believe it or not, children like routines and rules!  Late in the summer, teachers get ready for school and begin establishing school standards and rules.  Successful teachers establish specific routines for children to follow. Children get their desk in the classroom, a place to keep their materials, and rules to follow.  These routines give children the security to understand their learning environment.  This makes them feel safe and ready to learn!
At home, it is also important to provide routines.  If you haven’t already done so, it would be great if your family could build in time every evening for reading and homework - a place free of distractions is best. Providing a scheduled time for elementary
students to read and do homework is a great opportunity to help a child become self-disciplined and organized.  Each evening please ask your child about their day at school.  An established bedtime also helps students be well-rested for school.
As home and school establish routines and rules for the new school year, we always want to keep in mind that childhood is a special time.  Children learn and grow every day.  Their structured time needs to be paired with free time to explore their world and experience the joy of discovery.  We need to take time to answer their questions and provide them with new opportunities.  Hopefully we can provide time for our children to be successful with more rigorous standards, and to enjoy being children. 
At LACS Elementary, we recognize the important contributions parents make toward a child’s success in school.  Parents are the first teachers children have.     We certainly want to work together to achieve a common goal that is in the best interest of children.  We encourage your continued interest in your child’s education.  The parental support we have is an exceptional strength at Lowville Elementary.
Your child is our priority.  I look forward to working with all of the children and their families this year. 


Philomena B. Goss
Elementary Principal

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Mrs. Philomena Goss
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