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Dear Lower Lab Community,

Here at Lower Lab, 2017 is off to a great start!  To thank for that, we have our hard-working teachers and staff, strongly committed families and wonderful children!

In this past month and a half, we re-launched Zumba, a fun movement program to keep our students physical in the cold months, when outdoor recess may not be an option.  Thank you to Mr. Goodman and the School Wellness Committee for securing this program once again.  In all grades, we are pushing our reading through books with strong characters, biographies and texts with important themes.  In writing, we are working on building stamina and opinion pieces, and the kindergarten classes celebrated with a publishing party for their how-to books.  Test prep in the upper grades has also begun with commitment and rigor to the task, building on everything they already know, while also supporting individual and small group needs.

In technology classes, students are using google slides (2nd grade), internet research and class padlet (3rd grade), Khan Academy (4th grade), and google docs and google drawing (fifth grade).  All classes will be starting computer science in March.  Coming soon – hands-on technology for our Kindergarteners and first graders!!

This month, we are following up our January Lower Lab Value – RESPECT, with our February focus on EMPATHY.  Every student and staff member is engaged in this important work and the Book of the Month – The Invisible Boy, by Trudy Ludwig, has helped to launch many high-level discussions.

As many of you know, Ms. Lindsey Kubera, our awesome special education teacher, will be taking a maternity leave sometime in mid-March.  We anticipate her return in the beginning of June.  At this time, it is my pleasure to announce that Ms. Rachel Kanegis will be taking over Ms. Kubera’s responsibilities during her absence.  Ms. Kanegis has been a part of the Lower Lab community as a Teaching Assistant since 2015, working in classrooms across the grades.  In addition to her experience at our school, she holds licenses in Elementary Education K-6 and Special Education K-12 from University of Delaware.  She is currently enrolled in Bank Street College of Education, where she is completing her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

Fortunately, and to make the transition seamless, Ms. Kanegis has been shadowing Ms. Kubera to learn her routines and the ongoing support of students.  During the time Ms. Kanegis is assigned to this position, the following changes will also take place.  Ms. Natalia Maurillo will join class K-101 and a new TA, Ms. Hanna Richman will begin in class 3-205.  Shadowing and transition plans will be provided for these changes as well.

I hope that you will enjoy the mid-winter break next week by spending quality time with your loved ones, relaxing, rejuvenating and having fun.  If you are in town, perhaps you can carve out some time to visit a museum; so many of the museums have special programs specific to children of all ages.  If you are out of town, there will probably be lots to do together.   Children grow up so fast; mine sure did. Enjoy every minute!

A few upcoming events:

  • Parent/Teacher conferences –Thursday, March 9th (half day for students)
  • Also for 5th grade parents – Wednesday, March 8th (regular school day for students)
  • Scholastic Book Fair on Thursday, March 9th and Friday, March 10th
  • The AUCTION, on March 16th – can’t wait!!!
  • General PTA meeting– March 21st after drop off
  • ELA state tests March 28th-30th

As always, thank you for your generosity and support.  We have much to look forward to in the months and years ahead!


Sandy Miller