I hope that you have had a restful break. My family and I certainly enjoyed the time to be together and the opportunity to share with each other, family and friends all that we are thankful for each and every day.
As I think about the things I am thankful for, I think back to last Monday and the incredible day of learning teachers had with each other. Lowrie teachers joined elementary school teachers from across the district for a powerful day of professional learning around productive reading workshops. The learning focused specifically on teaching powerful opening mini-lessons, giving feedback to accelerate student learning and facilitating whole-class debrief conversations to cement learning from the day.
As with each time we come together to learn, you would have been inspired and impressed by the depth of thinking and engagement of Lowrie teachers. They are a remarkable group of educators! It was yet another example of the power of our learning community – not just at Lowrie, but around the entire district as well.
Each fall, the West Linn-Wilsonville Education Foundation sponsors the HOT Campaign to honor teachers and staff. By taking a moment to make a tax-deductible donation to the foundation in the name of a teacher or staff member, your contribution directly supports the Foundation's goal of hiring teachers to maintain effective class sizes. The HOT Campaign officially begins on Nov. 30, but you can already get a head start in honoring our staff members.
If you'd like to honor a Lowrie staff member, please use this link. Please look for more information in the coming days and thank your ongoing care, love and support for Lowrie's staff and children.
With deepest appreciation,
It is hard to imagine that Thanksgiving is this week! It has been a fast paced fall filled with incredible examples of student and teacher learning, thoughtful explorations of ideas and concepts and budding friendships! I am so thankful to be a part of this remarkable community. I know that the entire staff feels the same way.
Lowrie is grounded in a belief of excellence and dedication to engaging each child each day. This does not simply happen by accident. It comes from the community, the students, and most definitely the staff. I feel so fortunate to work amongst such an incredible staff. This fall, we have been focusing on continuing our learning about high leverage strategies to support each learner in their reading and writing development. The learning and explorations have been valuable and rewarding for all. Today is a day of learning for teachers across the district. I only wish you could be there to listen and share in their thinking, belief in children and passion for their work. It is yet another example of our on going commitment to our craft and to each child.
I am thankful for the outstanding children who we are fortunate to be with each day. The children come to school eager, ready to learn and with a deep sense of possibility. It is this curiosity that makes our work such a joy.
As we continue to rush headlong into the hectic pace of November and December, I think it is important to remind ourselves of our good fortune to be a part of this incredible community. An article I once read defines gratitude as "affirming that there are good things in the world – gifts and benefits we've received – and recognizing that these sources of goodness come from outside ourselves." When I think about all we have as a community and all the support we give each other every day, I am truly grateful. Thank you.
Take good care,
Want to volunteer? Please contact your child's teacher or office staff
Quiere ser volutario? Por favor contacte al maestro de su estudiante o al personal de oficina
Pick-up, Drop off and Parking Information
• We welcome parents to drop off their children in the gym in
the morning or to meet them after school each day.
• It is important to be mindful of families walking to their cars –
please drive slowly in the parking lot.
• If you are coming into the school, to please park in the
parking lot. I realize that parking is tight, but if you would like to
pick up your child by the buses, we ask that you park in the
• Please only use the handicap slots if you have a handicap
• The curbside is meant just for dropping off and picking up
only. It is very important that drivers remain at the wheel
while waiting for you child. I know that it can get busy,
especially during dismissal, but our goal is to keep the curbside
flowing as much as possible.
• Parents parking in the parking lot and not along the curb in
will certainly help with overall flow within the parking lot.
• Parents are certainly welcome to drop-off and pick-up their
children out by the entry plaza in the back of the school. This
can be a more efficient and quick way to collect your child
at the end of the day.