School Dismissal Change

Just a friendly reminder - it is best when you make dismissal plans as consistent as possible.  Please discuss any
changes with your child before he/she departs in the morning from home.  We do request all transportation changes are
received in writing.  In the rare event of an emergency, we can accept phone calls.  Also, if you are picking a child up at
dismissal, we kindly ask you do not arrive before 5 minutes before dismissal.

         Elementary Yearbook 2018

The Elementary Yearbook Pre-Sale will be held in January 2018.  Please look for more information to come closer to
the pre-sale date.

Digital Library Resources

The Lowville Elementary School Library has purchased a number of online database and encyclopedia subscriptions for
student use. PebbleGo is a research database geared especially for young children in PreK through Grade 2. It pairs
factual information with pictures about topics such as animals, earth, space, famous people, US symbols, landmarks
and SO much more.  We just added a new module on Dinosaurs. PebbleGo also reads entire articles to the youngster!
Worldbook is an online encyclopedia that offers three different levels: Early World, Kids, and Students. CultureGrams
provides information about all of the United States and countries around the world. TumbleBooks and BookFlix are
interactive libraries of picture books. Click the book and it comes to life for your child! If you have internet access at
home, these resources are available to you. Just use these usernames and password.

PebbleGo - username: lowvillees AND  password: lowvillees
WorldBook - username: lowvillees AND password: lowvillees
TumbleBooks - username: jeffersonlewis AND password: boces
BookFlix - username: lwvacademy AND password: flix
CultureGrams - username: 84-81675 AND password: bigchalk

Lowville Kindergarten Gets a Visit from “Buster the Bus”

During the week of October 3, the Lowville Kindergarten classes enjoyed a visit from Buster the Bus.  Buster is an
automated school bus (small scale) that interacts with the students giving helpful safety information to the children. 
Buster was accompanied by Astrid Brislan, the Jefferson/Lewis BOCES Safety Trainer, who helped Buster as he
interacted with the students.  As always, Buster was able to give the students important safety information in a fun and
interactive way.  Thank you Buster!!

Where Does Your Garbage Go?
Ask any third grader at LACS and they can tell you.  On October 12, the students visited the Development Authority of
the North Country’s Solid Waste Management Facility in Rodman, NY.  Here students witnessed where their waste
goes and learned about the importance of protecting our natural resources.

Students were amazed to see firsthand the large trucks that work at the landfill, especially the ones with huge, metal-
spiked wheels.  They continued to be impressed by the size of the “mountain of trash” that is our landfill.  They also
learned about the trash fences (with deer doors), the leachate monitoring systems, and the methane-burning
generators.  Due to the heavy rains, there was standing water in the active site, and they were trucking twice as much
leachate as typical.

Visiting this facility was a great learning experience that solidified the value of protecting our natural resources through
reducing, reusing, and recycling.

Pee Wee Lacrosse
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About 40 students in grades 3-6 participated in a Lowville Pee Wee Lacrosse program in September and October. 
Students from various experience levels came together to learn some basics of the game.  There was a focus on basic
skills like passing, catching, shooting, and ground balls.  We finished each session with some small, competitive
scrimmage games.  Thank you to all the adults that helped with the program and to the parents who made it possible
for their kids to attend. Most importantly, thank you to all the kids that came out to enjoy the game of lacrosse!

From the Grades K-2
Physical Education Staff

PLEASE remind your child to bring sneakers to school every day.  Students need sneakers four days out of the six day
cycle.  Because of safety concerns, we do not allow students to play in physical education while wearing dress shoes,
flip flops, clogs, heels, winter boots, etc.  We love to see your child moving and learning life-long physical activity skills
and watching from the sidelines is no fun for them!  Thanks for taking this opportunity to make your child successful.

Dress Warmly

Please be sure to dress your elementary student warmly during the winter months.  During the day, children should
have on long sleeves and/or sweaters, and tights if they’re wearing a dress or skirt.  For recess time, children will need
warm jackets, boots, snow pants, hats, and mittens.  We do go outside for recess in the winter unless the temperature
is below 10°.  We appreciate your cooperation with this issue.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately
when he/she leaves in the morning. 

Family Holiday Survival Tips!

With the holidays fast approaching, families can easily become overwhelmed by all of the shopping, baking, traveling,
and other additions to the normal family routine.  Although it involves a lot of fun, too much fun can lead to stress!

Here are some tips on how to reduce stress during the holidays:
Make a list of all of the things that you and your family need to do.
Prioritize your list; feel free to cross out any activities that you feel are not necessary.
Remember to include special time for your immediate family.
Try to limit the amount of time spent with family members who tend to cause ill feelings.
When you must be around such a family member, try to steer the conversation away from unpleasant topics or
past fights.
Smile!  Try to remain positive even if you are feeling negative feelings inside.
Include specific games, activities, or toys for children in your gatherings.  Children cannot be expected to sit
quietly and listen to adult conversation.
Try to keep a schedule for your children.  Let them know what the plan is for the day and try to stick to it. 
If traveling, allow each child to bring a favorite toy or comfort item from home.
Don’t forget to include time for rest in everyone’s schedule!  This may include naps for younger children or quiet
time (reading, puzzles, quiet games) for older children.
If possible, keep your child’s normal bedtime consistent.
Enjoy this special, stressful time of the year and know that January is just around the corner!

Happy Holidays from Mrs. Ortlieb and Ms. Henegan
School Psychologists

Dear Parents,

The years pass us by so quickly and one reason why is our students are so busy!  Many students participate in activities beyond the classroom in the elementary school.  Different opportunities are offered to students at different grade levels.  Some include: participating in morning announcements; the morning open gym program; the library Golden Ticket program; Makerspace activities; student council; Community Service Club; Military Families Group; Odyssey of the Mind; band and chorus; and many community sponsored activities such as scouts or athletics beyond the school day. It is fantastic for our students to be able to participate in such an outstanding academic program as well as these other activities beyond the classroom.

Students would not have these additional opportunities without the important adults that put in the extra time with the students, often volunteering.  Please remember every time you see students participating in extracurricular activities (at school and in the community) there is an adult giving their time to these children.  Please take the time to acknowledge these adults and thank them for their selflessness.  I know I appreciate the people who make additional time in their busy schedules for our youth.  It is great to partner with these people who believe in providing our students with a childhood filled with opportunities!

December is a busy month with holiday concerts and events.  I wish you and your family the happiest of holiday seasons this year.  January will be here before we know it!  We will return from the busy holiday season and then we will soon conclude the second quarter.  We are hopeful that the winter weather does not upset our calendar this year!

As always, please let me know if there is anything I can do to help build the partnership between home and school for you.  I thoroughly enjoy working with the children in the community and look forward to watching them learn and grow at school each day.


Philomena B. Goss
Elementary Principal

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Mrs. Philomena Goss
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