Parents

Welcome, parents. We have provided some important resources below for you and your students.

Supply Lists

Kindergarten Supplies

First grade Supplies

Second Grade Supplies

Third Grade Supplies

Fourth Grade Supplies

Permission Forms

School Trip Permission Slip
Permission Form – Use of Student Media

Resources
Useful Links:

Kindergarten Registration
School District of Philadelphia’s Parent Page
FamilyNet:  Access your child’s progress
PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY

Lexia Learning:  Online Intervention Programs:  Please see your child’s teacher for a username and password.

Extended Day ProgramsYoung Acheivers offers before and after school care at Lowell. Please contact them for more information about their programs and rates, (215) 698-2347.

School District of Philadelphia Help Line:  215-400-4000

The School District of Philadelphia is proud to present a new tool that parents and family members will be able to use to stay connected to their child and their school. The School District of Philadelphia Parent & Family Portal gives you access to valuable information about your child’s education and school. You will be able to view your child’s academic history, test results, attendance, and more.

Parent Student Handbook

Student Handbook 2019-2020

Student Enrichment and Special Programs

Special Education Students who have an individualized education plan (IEP) are included in the regular education classes and are supported with additional services.
Lowell offers an Emotional Support classroom for students with emotional disturbance and has an Autistic Support (AS) classroom. Both of these are K-2 settings.

Multi-Tiered Support System 

Students who are struggling academically or with behavior compliance will be entered into the RTII system, where a team of educators will discuss a variety of strategies to implement and teach students to find success.  Parents will be invited to participate in the meetings.

E.S.O.L. – English for Speakers of Other Languages

Many of the children of Lowell come from families in which English is not the main language spoken at home.  Children arrive at school with little fluency in English.  In order to succeed in school Lowell provides the services of the English for Speakers of other Languages program.
The teachers work to give over two hundred children additional skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing English.

We have Bilingual Counseling Assistants who speak many of the languages of our students. They are able to help support families for whom English is not their first language.

Special Programs

The following specialists are full or part time members of the Lowell School faculty.

Reading Intervention Teachers
Physical Education Teacher
Technology Teacher
Instrumental Music Teachers
Bilingual Counseling Assistants
Nurse
ESOL Teachers
Psychologist (part time)
Speech Therapist
Counselor

SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT

The  Lowell Elementary School , and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.

This school-parent compact is in effect during school year 2017-2018.

REQUIRED SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT PROVISIONS

School Responsibilities

The  Lowell Elementary School  will:

Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards as follows:
The teachers of the Lowell School will implement the Common Core State Standards as identified as the standardized curriculum of the School District of Philadelphia. All students are tested and receive interventions. Special Education students receive intervention in the form of AIMS Web, Reading Mastery or Corrective Reading.  All of our teachers are highly qualified and we have 10 highly qualified SSA’s who support teachers in the classrooms.

Hold parent-teacher conferences (at least annually in elementary schools) during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement.  Specifically, those conferences will be held:

Report Card Conferences will be held November 7-9,  2018, January 30- February 1, 2019 and April 3-5, 2019.

Parent- teacher conferences will be held during report card time and as requested by the parent/guardian. Each September we hold a Back To School night for parents and guardians where we review Title I information, general expectations and offer appreciation to parents for their support. Teachers meet with the parents of their students in the classrooms and review the curriculum and their classroom management plans for behavior.

Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress.  Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows:
Teachers will communicate by phone, email and/or in writing on a daily/weekly basis as needed. Each marking period parents will be notified through progress reports if their child is failing and be given the opportunity to address the situation.  Teachers send home daily behavior reports and copies of test scores and other grades.  Students with IEP’s have progress monitoring which is shared with parents on a regular basis and at the annual IEP meeting.

Provide parents reasonable access to staff.  Specifically, staff will be available for consultation with parents as follows:
Staff will be available to consult with parents through phone conferences and appointments made during, before or after the school day. Though we do not interrupt instruction, parents may ask for an appointment with teachers or administrators to discuss a child’s progress.  Teachers may be available before and after school and during their prep times. Check with your child’s teacher for availability.

Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities, as follows:
Opportunities are advertised through flyers sent home by classroom teachers and the Home and School Association, recruitment at Back to School Night, and other announcements via School Messenger if needed.

Parent Responsibilities

There are many ways for parents to be involved in your child’s education.

  • READ to and with your child Every day!

  • Be present and on time every day

  • Help with all at home projects and homework.

  • Monitor the amount of screen time your child gets.  Allow time for some good old imagination to happen.

  • Talk to your child’s teacher and be an active part of your child’s learning experiences.

  • Check your child’s backpack for blue and yellow folders.  These contain important documents that may need to be reviewed, signed, and sent back to school.

Student Responsibilities 

We, as students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and achieve the State’s high standards.  Specifically, we will:

Describe the ways in which students will support their academic achievement, such as:

·       Do my homework every day and ask for help when I need it.

·       Read at least 20-30 minutes every day outside of school time.

·       Give to my parents or the adult who is responsible for my welfare all notices and information received by me from my school every day.

The Lowell Elementary School will: 

1. Involve parents in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s parental involvement policy, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way.

2. Involve parents in the joint development of any school wide program plan, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way.

3. Hold an annual meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title I, Part A programs, and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements, and the right of parents to be involved in Title I, Part A programs.  The school will convene the meeting at a convenient time to parents, and will offer a flexible number of additional parental involvement meetings, such as in the morning or evening, so that as many parents as possible are able to attend.  The school will invite to this meeting all parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs (participating students), and will encourage them to attend.

4. Provide information to parents of participating students in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon the request of parents with disabilities, and, to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand.

5. Provide to parents of participating children information in a timely manner about Title I, Part A programs that includes a description and explanation of the school’s curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure children’s progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.

6. On the request of parents, provide opportunities for regular meetings for parents to formulate suggestions, and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children.  The school will respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible.

7. Provide to each parent an individual student report about the performance of their child on the State assessment in at least math, language arts and reading.

8.  Provide each parent timely notice when their child has been assigned or has been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified within the meaning of the term in section 200.56 of the Title I Final Regulations (67 Fed. Reg. 71710, December 2, 2002).

To help build and develop a partnership with parents to help their children achieve the State’s high academic standards, the Lowell Elementary School will:

1. Recommend to the Regional No Child Left Behind District Liaison, the names of parents of participating children of Title I, Part A programs who are interested in serving on the State’s Committee of Practitioners and School Support Teams.

2. Notify parents of the school’s participation in Early Reading First, Reading First and Even Start Family Literacy Programs operating within the school, the district and the contact information.

3. Work with the School District of Philadelphia in addressing problems, if any, in implementing parental involvement activities in section 1118 of Title I, Part A.

4. Work with the School District of Philadelphia to ensure that a copy of the State Education Agency’s written complaint procedures for resolving any issue of violation(s) of a Federal statute or regulation of Title I, Part A programs is provided to parents of students and to appropriate private school officials or representatives.