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 your 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 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 from the Trinity Avenue parking lot during these times.  We ask that you do not enter the school prior to 3:00 when picking students up at dismissal.  Safety is always extremely important when students enter or leave school.  Please exercise every precaution when driving on school grounds.

Pre-Kindergarten Program
For 2018-2019

We are pleased to continue to offer a Pre-Kindergarten program for all children in the district for the 2018-2019 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, 2018 are eligible to attend our Universal Pre-K program.  Students who are five years of age on December 1, 2018 are eligible for Kindergarten.

Children who are three years old and will turn four by December 1, 2018 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

Parents may request the morning or afternoon program for their child upon registration. The district will attempt to accommodate placement requests; however, 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.  If more than 72 students register, a lottery must be held to determine final enrollment.

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.

Elementary Family Sports Night

The annual Family Sports Night, sponsored by the Lowville Elementary PTO, will be held this year on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  During the evening, elementary students and their families will be able to enjoy swimming, basketball, and volleyball.  All activities will be held in the upstairs gymnasium area.  Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.  Admission is $1.00 for each student.  We request parents stay with their children and enjoy a family night out.

This is always a fun and popular event. We hope many families will be able to join us over winter break and relieve some of that cabin fever!

Family Reading Night

The elementary school AIS providers will be hosting a Family Reading Night on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 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. 

Elementary Science Fair!

Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are hard at work preparing for the 8th Annual Elementary Science Fair.  The Science Fair will be held on February 10 at 9:00 in the Elementary Cafeteria.  A wide variety of science projects will be presented, including projects in Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Space/Technology.  A great deal of learning and fun will be had by everyone in attendance.  If you are free, please come support our budding scientists!  Look for results in the next District Newsletter or visit the Elementary Science Fair webpage.

Spring Book Fair Supports PARP
March 19-March 23

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 19 to Friday, March 23.  The fair will also be open two evenings, Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21, 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.

Thank You!

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 $1208.70! The PTO looks forward to supporting programs for our elementary students using this money.

Coins for Children Drive

The Community Service Club would like to thank everyone who participated in our Coins for Children drive in December.  We raised $382.09 to support Prevent Child Abuse America.  Prevent Child Abuse America works to promote the healthy development of children and to prevent child abuse before it can occur in order to help children grow up and contribute in their communities.  92 cents of every dollar spent is put toward programs that directly help children and communities.  We appreciate everyone’s support in bringing in coins!  Every coin does count!

Pre-K Has Busy First Half
of the Year!

The Pre-K classes participated in several field trips and had many special visitors throughout the first half of the year.  In October during Fire Prevention Week, the classes visited the Lowville Fire Station.  Firemen Doug Hanno and Brian Hanno took time to meet with the students and showed them what a fireman looks like in full turn out gear.  The children were able to explore all of the trucks and see the different types of equipment that are used by firemen.  A special highlight of the trip was the opportunity for each child to “drive” the ladder truck. 

In November, we 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 they would know if someone needed their help.  The students enjoyed their opportunity to walk through the ambulance and see where the supplies are kept.

Trooper Dave Kidder visited our class to discuss his job as a New York State Trooper and how he is a friend to children.  He 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 all of the items in his car, such as his computer and a teddy bear to help calm upset children.  Each child 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. 

We 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 perform a c-section and deliver a puppy.  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. 

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 our visit to Dr. Stacy, the post office, and the wind farm.

Mrs. Hoppel’s Class Participates in Scholastic Pajama Drive!

For the sixth year, Mrs. Hoppel’s class participated in Scholastic’s Pajama Drive as part of their Christmas unit on giving.  The class collected 49 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.

Dear Parents,

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 2017-18 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 spent at Lowville Elementary School.

We have several opportunities available to students and it is great to see them 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 20, 2018.

Our students have also been participating in a solid academic program this year.  Our teachers have been participating in professional development on the Next Generation Learning Standards in ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies. 

The New York State Education department has made changes to the standards as they have attended to the concerns of teachers and parents.  We have also been promised a change in the assessments.  A significant change for the ELA and Mathematics assessments this year is in the number of days of testing.  Rather than three days each of testing for ELA and Mathematics, 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, do not hesitate to call me.


Philomena B. Goss
Elementary Principal

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Mrs. Philomena Goss
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