Message from Dr. Smith
June 5, 2015
It's difficult for me to believe there is only one week left in the2014-2015 school year! Congrats to our preschool, kindergarten and 5thgrade scholars on their upcoming promotion ceremonies. As I reflect onthe year, I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as yourprincipal. I remain excited and energized because I work with such adynamic and dedicated staff and faculty. As we end our third yeartogether, let us not forget that learning is anevery-moment-of-every-day experience. School may be over until Septemberbut each of us, young and old, continues to learn on a daily basis. Iwish you all a very happy and safe summer holiday. I wish you and yourfamily time together to be creative and to have fun.
I would like to take this time to thank the Lowell staff and faculty,the Partners at Lowell School (PALS) PTA, our community partners and allwho have made this school year so productive and enriching for ourschool community. A particular thank you to Diane and Christi who keepit all together in the main office. The phone never stops; the foottraffic is endless; requests, questions and paperwork come at them fromall angles and they just battle on with a smile. Unfortunately, it hasto be said there are days and weeks when those of us who rely so much onthese two ladies may take it all for granted as we busily get on withour own business. Therefore let's take this moment to stop and thinkabout how much they do for us and how much we do appreciate them.
This has been another exciting, challenging and transformative year. Getready ... Year 4 is coming fast and we have cemented ourselves as THEdowntown elementary school in Seattle, as touted by Bryan Cohen of theCapitol Hill Seattle Blog last year: http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2014/04/lowell-reinvents-itself-as-the-elementary-school-for-capitol-hill-and-downtown-seattle/
For those of you in the know, this deserves 2 claps, 2 slam dunks and a Yee Haw!
Trimester 3 Progress Reports will be sent home via kid mail on Tuesday, June 16.
June Enrollment Staffing/Projections
I have been informed that based on revised June enrollment projections(we are now projected to enroll 353 K-5 students / including ourPreschool students our enrollment will near 400), Lowell will beallocated an additional full-time general education teacher.
This means that Lowell is scheduled to have 14 general educationhomeroom classes next school year. I have sent an e-mail to Joe Wolf(K-12 Capital Planning) to address the capacity management issue(s)connected to adding an additional homeroom. Once I hear from him, I willbe in contact with the Lowell community regarding Next Steps.
Mitigation Results for 2 New Positions on Campus
Our request for a Homeless Liaison was denied; on a positive note, ourinitial request for an Assistant Principal has been approved andadditional funding has been provided to ensure a full-time AssistantPrincipal for the 15-16 school year.
Jump Start: Incoming Kindergarten students and families
As a step to help all new Kindergarten students feel excited and readyfor school, we want to invite your child to come to a week-longKindergarten "Jump Start." During Jump Start, children will get to knowthe school, meet teachers and practice school activities. We will beoffering Jump Start for five days, from August 17- August 21, 2015,9am-12pm. Lunch will be provided. This is a FREE program open to all newKindergarten students. Unfortunately, Seattle Public Schools does notoffer transportation for this program.
During Jump Start, your child will become familiar with the schoolbuilding, meet new friends, learn school routines and rituals, playgames and practice new skills, and get to know some of the schoolstaff. We have not yet made classroom assignments, so please know thatyour child may end up being assigned to a different classroom than theone taught by the Jump Start teacher.
Jump Start is also a chance for adult family members to meet one anotherand school administration. I invite you to come to school with yourchild so you can learn more about the school, ask questions, and take atour. I look forward to seeing you on Monday, August 17, 2015, at9:00am.
More information about Jump Start will be mailed to incoming kinderfamilies in late June 2015. Important Date to Know: Kindergartenstudents will begin the 15-16 school year on Monday, September 14, 2015.
Here are a few additional items for your consideration as we end the school year:
Student class assignments for the 15-16 school year will be sent tofamilies via US postal mail the last full week of August, along with aWelcome Letter from the teacher and administration, recommended supplylist, and Transportation information as/if needed.
15-16 Staff Assignments, Transitions, and Additions
Core teaching and staffing assignments have been communicated to staff.Below are assignments for the fall. Assignments are subject to changebased on student enrollment and/or staffing adjustments needed to meetschool-wide, department and student learning goals. Any changes inassignments will be communicated to families. In addition, we willconduct interviews during the summer to fill open and new positions.
Preschool / Medically-Fragile: Barbara Lynn
Preschool / Developmental: Valerie Jostock
Preschool / Extended Day: Kate Westerlund
Kindergarten: Pia Dixon, Nicole Richards, To be hired (1 position)
Kindergarten/1st Grade: Liz Kuykendall
1st Grade: Toni O'Neal, To be hired (1 position)
2nd Grade: Rae Richardson, Jenn Sendak
3rd Grade: Carly Nelson, Kelly Lusnia
4th Grade: To be hired (1 position)
4th/5th Grade: To be hired (2 positions)
PE: Kyle Hoffman
General Music: To be hired
Visual Arts: Robyn Jordan
Reading Specialist: Joy Southworth
Math Specialist: Bill Martinsen
Librarian: Deb Sabotta
Special Education SM-1 (K-2): Janie Cantwell
Special Education SM-1 (3-5): Karen Giroux
Special Education SM-2 (K-3): Amy Forhan-Stocks
Special Education SM-2 (3-5): Kyle Sullivan-Jones
Special Education SM-4 (Medically-Fragile): Caroline Glusenkamp
Special Education SM-4 (K-5): John Conom
English Language Learners: Luan Vu
Family Support Worker: Jesselyn Finkley
School Psychologist: Caity Stemle
Office Assistant: Christi McGrath
Administrative Secretary: Diane Hutchinson
Nurse: Jaquie Bowen, Diane Shearer
Michael Anderson (General Music Teacher) will be moving out-of-state to pursue his nutrition and health business.
Nathan Hoch (4th/5th Grade Teacher) has accepted a position in the Bellingham School District.
CJ Martin (4th/5th Grade Teacher) has accepted a position in Tacoma Public Schools.
Autumn Mittelstaedt (1st Grade teacher) has accepted a position at Greenwood Elementary School.
Marc Nelson (Special Education Teacher) will be retiring after 30 years of service to the students and families at Lowell.
Additions to Lowell:
I would like to introduce and welcome the following new staff members to our Lowell community:
Mindy Terr / Computer Specialist (coming to us from Concord International Elementary School)
Darryl James / Counselor (coming to us from Aki Kurose Middle School)
Pat Forest / Long-Term Guest Teacher for Jen Sendak (during her maternity leave)
Kyle Sullivan-Jones / SM-2 Teacher (transitioning from Classified Pre-K Instructional Assistant to Certificated Teacher)
Nicole Richards / Kindergarten Teacher (coming to us from Everett Public Schools)
For those leaving Lowell, I wish them the best. For those returning, Ilook forward to our collective work during the 15-16 school year.
Recess Monitors Needed for Next Year
We need you for the 15-16 school year! We are looking to hire recessmonitors to assist with recess supervision. Do you have two hours tospare each day? Do you know someone who is great with children,organized and who is available for two hours each day? If so, contactadministrative secretary Diane Hutchinson (206-252-3020) to expressinterest in this paid position. The hours are 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.(hours subject to a slight change due to final master scheduling)Monday- Friday. Thank you in advance for spreading the word about thisgreat opportunity.
School Summer Hours
The school office will be open through June 23, 2015. The school officewill open, for the start of the 15-16 school year, on Monday, August 17,2015. Please note that phone calls received after the office closes inJune will be returned in August.
Have a safe, relaxed and enjoyable summer vacation!
Your partner in education,
Dr. Marion Smith, Jr.
Engage! Educate! Liberate!