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Family Updates for August

August 4, 2022 

Dear Dragon Families, 

We are eager to work in partnership with you and begin another wonderful year of joyful learning at Lowell.  I am confident that through our collaboration as a community the 2022-2023 school year will be incredible!  Here are a few reminders and answers to commonly asked questions to help us start the year strong!

Enrollment Updates

If you have moved out of the Lowell attendance zone and no longer plan to attend Lowell, we will miss you. Please contact SPS Admissions at 206-252-0760 and e-mail office assistant, Maria Smith, at mdsmith@seattleschools.org to update records.

First Day of School

The first day of school is Wednesday, September 7th for students in 1st-5th.  Please note that school releases early on Wednesdays in SPS, so the first day bell times will be 8:55 AM-2:10 PM. Preschool and Kindergarten begins Monday, September 12th.  School hours on M, Tu, Th, and F will continue to be 8:55 AM-3:25 PM. Doors open daily at 8:40 AM.

School Office Hours 

The school office will open on August 15. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me via email at cldziedzic@seattleschools.org  if you would like schedule a time to meet or talk with me. I am here to listen and vision what we can do together to make this school year great for your child(ren) and family.

Contact Information Updates

If you have changes to phone numbers, e-mail addresses, or emergency contacts, please login to The Source or e-mail office assistant, Maria Smith, at mdsmith@seattleschools.org

Transportation Updates

If you have moved within the Lowell attendance zone and anticipate needing a new bus stop or route, please complete a change of address through SPS Admissions – 206-252-0760. Any bus related questions should be addressed with the SPS Transportation Department at 206-252-0900.

Family Resource Support

If your family is experiencing housing or financial insecurity, please connect with our Family Support Worker, Youka Hem – yohem@seattleschools.org or our social worker, Tracey Thompson – tlthompson@seattleschools.org who can assist by sharing resources.

School-Based Health Clinic – Now Open!

Did you know that we have a health clinic on-site for Lowell students, staff, and families? We have health care providers from Odessa Brown and Carolyn Downs Country Doctor here to serve you. Most services can be offered on-site and if they cannot, the providers will help get you networked to other options. If you would like to learn more, contact Michael Pham, Community Care Coordinator, at 206-681-7641 or michael.pham@seattleschildrens.org

School Supplies

We are a community school and families are not expected to purchase school items. That said, if you want to buy backpacks or common items for your student or donate to the school in a collective way, you are welcome to do so. We have an Amazon wish list here.

Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and Engagement Opportunities

  • If you are interested in supporting/joining the Lowell PTA, please e-mail Courtney Zier at courtneyzier@gmail.com
  • There is a “Lowell Parents” Facebook page that we plan to use this year to advertise events and updates. Please join if you’d like!
  • We are also looking for parent community participation on our Building Leadership Team for 22-23 and on several other committees. Let me know if you would like to learn more about these leadership opportunities.

Classroom Assignments

We will be finalizing our staffing this month and will be monitoring enrollment numbers. We will share teacher assignments in early September.

Community Event

Our team plans to host a Popsicle Social on our playground at the very end of August or early September. More information to come.

SPS Is Hiring

The SPS Transportation Department is hiring crossing guards and bus monitors. Crossing guards are responsible for safely crossing students to and from school at various locations throughout the district. Bus monitors implement district standards for safe and orderly conduct of transporting students with disabilities and assist students into and out of the bus. Both opportunities are ideal for those interested in part-time work. Please visit the transportation jobs webpage for complete details. 

Additionally, Culinary Services is hosting job fairs at multiple locations this summer. The department is hiring for secondary managers, elementary managers, and lunchroom assistants (cooks, servers/cashiers). Benefits include medical, dental, vision; retirement, life, and AD&D insurance; long-term disability insurance, medical FSA and DCAP.

Job fair dates and locations follow. All events are from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Job candidates will complete applications and interviews on site.

  • Tuesday, August 16, Alan T. Sugiyama High School’s Commons Area
  • Tuesday, August 23, Broadview Thompson Elementary’s Lunchroom
  • Wednesday, August 24, Roosevelt High School’s Lower Commons/Lunchroom                

It is my honor to serve as the principal at Lowell and I am very much looking forward to working with you this year.

Sincerely, 

Chelsea Dziedzic

Lowell Principal