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 their 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 only park in designated parking spots.  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 in the Trinity Avenue parking lot during these times.  Safety is always extremely important when students enter or leave school.  Please exercise every precaution when driving on school grounds.

Pre-Kindergarten Program
For 2019-2020

We are pleased to continue to offer a Pre-Kindergarten program for all children in the district for the 2019-2020 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, 2019 are eligible to attend our Universal Pre-K program.  Students who are five years of age on December 1, 2019 are eligible for Kindergarten.

Children who are three years old and will turn four by December 1, 2019 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

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.

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.

Sharing Christmas Joy

Mrs. Laribee’s morning and afternoon Pre-K classes, along with Mrs. Platz’s second grade class, participated in a community service project, Sharing Joy, this past December.  Each class brought in a variety of items for deployed soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan.  Mrs. Laribee’s class made American heart flags and Mrs. Platz’s class wrote letters.  It was our hope to let the men and women serving our country know that they are being thought of during the holidays and that we appreciate their service to our country.  With the generous donations, we were able to fill two large boxes!  The boxes were shipped to Sergeant First Class Jonathan Brown, Brogan and Maelyn Brown’s father, and his company HHC 2nd Brigade. 

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

For the seventh year, Mrs. Hoppel’s class participated in Scholastic’s Pajama Drive as part of their Christmas unit on giving.  The class collected 57 pairs of new pajamas in a variety of sizes.  These pajamas were given to the Victim’s Assistance Program 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.

Family Reading Night

The elementary school Academic Intervention Service providers will be hosting a Family Reading Night on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 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. 

Upcoming Elementary
Science Fair!

Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are hard at work preparing for the 9th Annual Elementary Science Fair.  The Science Fair will be held on February 9 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.

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’, Mr. Myers’, Mrs. Roggie’s, 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 and money to donate to the Lowville Food Pantry.  In addition to the boxes of food they collected, they donated over $150!

Each classroom visited the Food Pantry and were given a tour of the facility.  Students and staff were very impressed by the number of families who were helped by our local food pantry.

Spring Book Fair Supports PARP
March 18-March 22

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 18 to Friday, March 22.  The fair will also be open two evenings, Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20, 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 $486.20. The PTO looks forward to supporting programs for our elementary students using this money.

Pre-K Has Busy First Half
of the Year!

The Pre-K classes participated in two field trips 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 Kelly 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.

The children 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 take out objects a dog had swallowed.  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. 

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.
Dear Parents,

We work hard to provide many
different opportunities for students
at school.  During the month of
February, we celebrated our
annual “Fitness February” which
provided a fitness challenge to our
students.  Our challenge was to
have the students climb Mount
Everest through fitness!  Different
exercises were awarded a different
number of feet as we climbed to
the summit.  Families were also
encouraged to participate. We
appreciate all of the positive
feedback we received about this

Throughout March, which is “Music
in our Schools Month,” students
are being exposed to different
genres of music through “Name
That Tune” challenges. We hope
that all students will appreciate the
need for music in their lives. 
Students and families will also be
participating in our Parents as
Reading Partners (PARP)
activities throughout March. 
Students will be rewarded with an
interactive PARP rally at the end
of the month.  The theme this year
is “Color Your World” - we hope
students enjoy the fun!  We have
once again partnered with Water
Safari to offer students a free park
pass if they meet the challenge. 
Throughout April, we will celebrate
the visual arts in the elementary
school.  Students will be busy
completing projects for the art
show in April. 

We appreciate the support we
receive from home for our
academic program.  It is great so
many families have participated in
the programs and functions
sponsored by our school.  We
hope the additional opportunities
we are providing will give all
students a chance to excel and
connect to school.

We are happy to offer these
opportunities to our students both
in and outside of the classroom.
Elementary teachers keep a
careful eye on our students and
help them connect to school.  We
count on parents to be our
partners; here are some things
parents can do to help:

Ask your child’s teachers how
you can help your child at
Spend a few minutes every
evening looking over
handouts your child brings
Contact your child’s teacher
immediately if you see a
problem.  Working together
will help your child succeed.
Attend conferences, parent
meetings, and school events
Be sure teachers know you
appreciate their efforts.

We appreciate the partnership we
have with our families and


Philomena B. Goss
Elementary Principal
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7668 North State Street
Lowville, NY  13367
Mrs. Philomena Goss
Assistant Principal:
Mr. Nicholas Lee
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