Joseph A. McAvinnue Elementary

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School Info

  • 131 Mammoth Road, Lowell, MA 01854

    Tel: 978-937-2871
    Fax: 978-937-2880

    Principal: Mr. Michael Domina
    Assistant Principal: Mr. Joseph Alcaraz

    In-Person Start Bell: 9:10
    In-Person Tardy Bell: 9:25
    In-Person Dismissal Bell: 3:30

    In-Person AM PreK Session: 9:10 - 11:40
    In-Person PM PreK Session: 1:00 - 3:30

    Remote Tardy Time: 9:30
    Remote Dismissal Time: 3:30

    Grades: PreK - 4
    Zone: 1

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  • 25% Return  

    On Monday, March 1st, we will welcome back the 25% of our students that were in-person in the Fall. Everything is set and ready to go. If you received transportation in the Fall...you will still be able to access transportation if you haven't recently changed your address. We will continue to provide breakfast and lunch daily. It is important to understand that we will still enforce mask wearing and 6 feet of social distancing at this time. Our building will go through a deep cleaning and sanitizing every evening...and we will also disinfect classrooms up to 2 times per day.

    We are hopeful to return additional students on Monday, April 5th. We are planning on what this student in-person increase could look like for McAvinnue. We on the lookout for information from the LPSD as well as McAvinnue soon.

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Main Office at McAvinnue or send Mr. Domina a message a mdomina@lowell.k12.ma.us.


  • A Message From Superintendent Boyd

    Boyd

    Please read this important update sent on Friday, February 26th from Superintendent Boyd regarding the recent incident involving LPSD School Committee member Robert Hoey.

    You can access the full letter below using this link:

    https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/update22521?fbclid=IwAR0pJCbRBm8uvFpjxBS__3KqkXGGdrPqVzo3TeTkVmhXEesYaXGKpfzns7Y

    "February 26, 2021

    Dear Lowell Public Schools Students, Families and Staff,

    I received Robert Hoey’s official resignation from the School Committee earlier today and forwarded it to the Mayor with a recommendation that it be accepted immediately. Words and actions have consequences, and public officials must be held to the highest of standards.

    Thank you to every member of our community who spoke out against this hateful act - there is no place in Lowell, or in any community, for bigotry in any form. Though former Committee Member Hoey no longer holds public office, moving forward, we must remain a united front because the work is not done.

    A dehumanizing antisemitic slur like this is not only deeply offensive to members of the Jewish community, it is damaging to members of all communities, particularly those who have been similarly targeted. And as a community we must acknowledge that this is not an isolated incident. Though the resignation of Mr. Hoey is a critical first step, his resignation does not solve the deeply rooted issues of bigotry and systematic racism in our community. In the days ahead, we must collectively commit to the ongoing work of engaging in courageous conversations - and truly bind together as a community to eradicate all forms of antisemitism, racism, anti-immigrant sentiment and bias-based conduct.

    As painful as this incident was, it’s essential that we learn and grow from this experience to emerge even stronger. Our students and families are counting on us and I am confident that we can deliver on our commitment, together, as one district, one community, one Lowell.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Joel D. Boyd

    LPSD Superintendent of Schools"


  • McAvinnue's Supply Pick-Up For Remote Students

    Supply Pick-Up

    We are offering a student supply pick-up week at McAvinnue starting on Monday, March 1st. This supply pick-up is for VIRTUAL or remote students only and will include the following items:

    • Allied Arts (Art, Music, Content Literacy, and Physical Education) Materials
    • Classroom Teacher Supplies (Teacher Will Contact You If There Are Supplies To Pick Up)
    • After School Program Materials (Students Currently Enrolled In The 21st Century After School Program)

    We will follow the schedule below for supply pick-up each day from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM:

    • Monday, March 1st - Grade 1
    • Tuesday, March 2nd - Grade 2
    • Wednesday, March 3rd - Grade 3
    • Thursday, March 4th - Grade 4
    • Friday, March 5th - Kindergarten

    Students that are in-person at McAvinnue will receive their supplies in their classroom.

    THERE'S IS NO NEED TO COME TO PICK-UP SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS IF YOUR STUDENT HAS BEEN IN-PERSON OR WILL BE IN-PERSON STARTING ON MONDAY MARCH 1ST.


  • SSC

    Please Go To The "School Site Council" Tab For Meeting Information


  • In-Person Update

    Updated Plan For A Return To In-Person Learning

    Please read this important update sent on Friday, February 18th from Superintendent Boyd on the status of in-person learning that will resume on Monday, February 22nd.

    You can access the information below in multiple languages using this link:

    https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/update21821?fbclid=IwAR3-nxL8lQ5svKRq-8WXc8vm9YuNkHy7jdAMYmhXcdsaoP1GBMFfncKHDgs

    "February 18, 2021

    Greetings Lowell Public Schools Families,

    We hope you enjoyed the February vacation and were able to relax and recharge.

    With our first group of students set to return to in-person instruction on Monday, February 22, and our next group returning in-person on March 1, we wanted to share some updates and reminders to help guide families through the transition (these were included in the February issue of our district newsletter, the LPS Connector):

    Schedule for Returning to In-Person Learning

    • February 22nd - Students in substantially separate special education programs who were previously participating in our in-person learning model (those students who were still attending in-person instruction in December)
    • March 1st - Students who are not in a substantially separate special education program, but were previously served in-person this fall as part of our original school reopening plan.
    • April 1st - Our target date for expanding in-person learning for additional students beyond those who were assigned to in-person learning at the beginning of this school year. We will continue to keep you posted with more details and about the feasibility of meeting this next target date. (In the meantime, please take our return to school survey if you have not already done so.)

    Transportation for In-Person Learners

    • For those students returning in-person on February 22 and March 1 who receive transportation, the transportation schedule will remain the same as the last time they were attending school in-person. If you have any questions, please call the Transportation Office at 978-674-4333.

    COVID-19 Data

    • The COVID-19 rates here in Lowell continue to improve. According to the Commonwealth’s weekly report released on February 18, the average number of daily cases per 100,000 residents is now 41.0, down from 87.0 a month ago, while the “percent positivity rate” (the percentage of tests that are positive here in Lowell) is now 5.01, down from 10.15 a month ago.
    • The latest COVID-19 data, updates and information can be found on the LPS COVID-19 Dashboard. Please check out this great resource.

    COVID-19 Testing Program

    • As part of the reopening process, we will be offering voluntary free weekly COVID-19 testing. This testing will lower the risk of spread of COVID-19 by helping to identify those positive cases in people who do not show any symptoms of COVID-19. In order to participate, parents/guardians will have to sign a consent form for their child. Click here for the consent form.
    • This COVID-19 test is quick, easy and it does not hurt. It is a nasal test that gently swabs the lower inner nostril. We will accommodate all students’ needs to help them be comfortable during the test.
    • The test is free. You do not need to pay for the test or have insurance to get the test.
    • The more students and staff who participate, the safer our schools will be. Please click here to read more about this testing program.

    COVID-19 Vaccine

    • Massachusetts is currently in Phase 2 of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout. As of publication, the following groups are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine: everyone in Phase 1; individuals 75 and older; individuals 65 and older; residents and staff of affordable senior housing; people with 2+ medical conditions. Those accompanying residents 75 and older to vaccine appointments (at the mass vaccination sites) can also get a shot. Early education and K-12 workers are currently slated to be eligible for vaccination later in Phase 2. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the state’s website.

    Check out these helpful resources from the Lowell Community Health Center and the Greater Lowell Health Alliance:

    LPS Face Mask Protocol and Guidelines

    • Students, staff, and any person entering our school buildings are required to wear a face covering, unless there is a documented exception. Masks potentially slow the spread of the virus and can protect against the transmission of the virus from people who may have the virus and be asymptomatic. Please review the LPS Face Mask Protocol and Guidelines.

    COVID-19 Cleaning Protocols

    • As students return to school, we will make sure we continue to follow strict safety guidelines in order to keep our students and staff safe. Air purifiers will be checked to ensure they are running in proper order, hand sanitizer stations and classroom dispensers will be filled, and desks and all surfaces will be regularly cleaned.
    • Our custodial staff will continue deploying additional disinfecting treatments in our buildings, such as using a disinfecting fogging/sprayer machines, especially when a COVID positive case has been identified.

    What To Do When You Feel Sick

    • Do you feel sick or have COVID-19 symptoms? Please refer to this helpful and easy to follow chart for guidelines about if you should go to school and how long you should isolate or quarantine if you do have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. Please be sure to contact your school nurse if your child develops COVID symptoms or has been identified as a close contact or tested positive for COVID. 

    Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order

    • Please be mindful of the state’s COVID-19 Travel Order if you traveled out of state during the February vacation week, especially for families of students returning on February 22 or March 1. Having our COVID-19 numbers continue to decline is key to being able to keep our students in our school buildings."
     

  • P-EBT Card Updates
     
    The state of Massachusetts has announced that there will be P-EBT benefits for all families who have a child that is remote learning.
     
    The benefit will be made by electronic deposit to your existing P-EBT or EBT card. The details are below:
    • Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, is a relief program created out of the CARES Act for families whose children qualify for free and reduced lunch. The program was launched in Massachusetts in April to help low-income families across the state cover the cost of missed school meals while their children learn remotely.
    • If families previously received P-EBT on an EBT card funds will be put on that EBT card again - even if a family is no longer using the SNAP benefit at this time.
    • If a new EBT card is required please visit DTAConnect.com or call 877-382-2363.
    • If families received P-EBT on a P-EBT card in the past, funds will be put on their child's P-EBT card again. If a new P-EBT card is required visit DTAConnect.com/PEBT.

    For any additional questions regarding P-EBT benefits please refer to MAp-EBT.org. You can also reach out to the Main Office at McAvinnue and we will connect you with Mrs. De La Luz for support.

    P-EBT

      


  • Winter Remote Meal Schedule 

    Remote Meals

    • Students will receive two breakfasts and two lunches on Mondays and Wednesdays at these sites.
    • Students will also receive meals for the weekend days on Fridays at all of our meal sites.
    • All LPS students are eligible for meal service. All meals are free of cost. No student ID is required and students don’t have to be present to pick up a meal. A parent or neighbor can pick up the student’s meal.
    • Meals will be served outside in a grab and go format at the front or back of the school, depending on the location.
    • Please remember to wear a mask or face covering and follow social distancing protocols when visiting the meal sites.

    Any updates to the remote learning meal service schedule will be posted here:

    https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/RemoteLearningMealService


  •  
    Do you need any help with your LPSD borrowed device?
     
    Tech Tent  
     
    The Lowell Public Schools Technology Help Desk will be setting up a service tent this week at the following times and locations:​
     
    • Monday, March 1st from 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Lincoln Elementary School (300 Chelmsford St. - next to the main entrance)
    • Tuesday, March 2nd from 9:00 AM - 11 AM - Pawtucketville Elementary School (425 West Meadow Rd. - next to the main entrance)
    • Wednesday, March 3rd from 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Stoklosa Middle School (560 Broadway St. - side door facing parking lot)
    • Thursday, March 4th from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Reilly Elementary School (115 Douglas Rd. - rear door facing rear parking lot)
    • Friday, March 5th from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Robinson Middle School (110 June St. - side door across from main entrance)

    This service is available for any students or staff needing help with a device issued by the Lowell Public Schools. You do not need to make an appointment. All visitors must wear a mask and bring the device charger.

    If you need to reach the Help Desk, please call 978-674-2024, or email helpdesk@lowell.k12.ma.us.
     
    A student or staff email account must be used in order to email the Help Desk.
     
    Tech Tent
     


  • McAvinnue's Yoga Pose Of The Week: "Cat"

    March 1st - March 5th

    Yoga

    We will try another new pose this week called "Cat". This new and simple pose will allow us to release tension through an upper body stretch similar to what a cat does. We will practice the Cat" pose daily during our "Virtual" Morning Announcements during this up and coming week. You can get an early head start and practice this pose before we launch into another exciting week!


  • The Greater Boston Food Bank

    The Greater Boston Food Bank will be at the STEM Academy (43 Highland Street) will take place from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

    The next food pantry is Tuesday, March 9th. Other dates for this school year are listed on the flyer.

    This food pantry is a drive-up distribution of assorted foods for all Lowell Public School students and their families. All food bank clients are required to wear a mask to ensure the safety of our volunteers as well as other clients and community members. Please bring reusable grocery bags, baskets, or a cart to carry your food.

    Food Bank


  • McAvinnue's Learner's Virtual Website

    Check out McAvinnue's "Learners" Virtual Website! This site is designed for our students...and is the one place that they can go to get everything that they need whether they are working remotely or in-person. You can find the grade level teams and individual teacher pages to better organze their school day. Our teachers took a really creative approach with this...check out their welcome back introduction video on their page!

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    Click Here to Access McAvinnue's "Learners" Virtual Website


School News & Announcements

    • Please check out our McAvinnue Elementary School Facebook page for updated school information about new and recent events. It also gives you another way to communicate with our school directly with any comments, questions, or suggestions. Like our page to keep in the loop about what is happening at the McAvinnue Elementary School!

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