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

  • Mother's Day 


  • Early Release Day: May 12th

    ERD May 12


  • McAvinnue's School Site Council Meeting

    SSC May 13

    McAvinnue's next School Site Council Meeting will occur on Thursday, May 13th from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PMWe will be discussing the ongoing school reopening, COVID-19 update, ST Math May Challenge, MCAS Testing, open teaching positions, and end of the year events.

    You will be able to access the meeting agenda as well as the Zoom link by clicking below. This information will be posted on Wednesday, May 12, 2021

    https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/domain/665


  • Arrival & Dismissal Reminders

    Arrival Dismissal Reminders

    We appreciate everyone's efforts to ensure that arrival and dismissal to McAvinnue is as safe as possible. However, we have noticed a few items over the past month of school and we want to make sure that everyone understands our expectations for these times of the day. Please understand that the policies we have in place are to protect everyone and following them is extremely important. Here are some reminders for you:

    • Please wear a mask when coming to the school. If you are out of your car on school grounds during arrival and dismissal everyone 3 years and older should be wearing a mask.
    • During arrival, please follow the directions of the faculty that are located at each of the 4 entry doors ways. Students will need to sanitize their hands before entering the building.
    • On the 4th Avenue side of the school, please do not double park your car. Mr. Domina will support getting your child out of your vehicle...so, there's no need walk your child to their assigned entry doorway.
    • Please do not park in the bus lanes which are on located on the parking lot side of the building. Student drop off is NOT permitted in this area during both drop off and dismissal times.
    • During dismissal, please park your car on the 4th Avenue side of the school when picking up your child. You can also park on the surrounding streets if things are full. Please keep in mind that the earlier that you arrive for pick-up...the greater the chance you will have to secure a parking spot.

    If you have any questions about these procedures, please reach out Mr. Domina at mdomina@lowell.k12.ma.us or your child's teacher directly.


  • UPDATE: MCAS Update: Grades 3 & 4

    MCAS

    The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced new dates for the Spring 2020 MCAS tests for Grades 3 and 4. They are now scheduled to take place between May 10th - June 11th. Students will only be taking one session of each test to keep testing time to a minimum.

    Here is the updated testing schedule that McAvinnue will follow during the month of May:

    • Tuesday, May 25th: ELA MCAS Testing: Grade 3
    • Wednesday, May 26th: ELA MCAS Testing: Grade
    • Thursday, May 27th: ELA Remote MCAS Testing: Grade 3
    • Friday, May 28th: ELA Remote MCAS Testing: Grade 4
    • Tuesday, June 1st: Math MCAS Testing: Grade 3
    • Wednesday, June 2nd: Math MCAS Testing: Grade 4
    • Thursday, June 3rd: Math Remote MCAS Testing: Grade 3
    • Friday, June 4th: Math Remote MCAS Testing: Grade 4

    Stay tuned as these dates are subject to change. More information to follow over the next few weeks.


  • Kindergarten Registration: Begins May 3rd

    Kindergarten Registration

    The Lowell Public Schools Kindergarten registration period for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year will start Monday, May 3rd. Children turning 5 years old on or before September 1, 2021 are eligible to register for kindergarten. Even if your child is currently enrolled in a LPS Preschool program you still need to register for Kindergarten.

    Kindergarten Registration Period

    The Kindergarten registration period will go from May 3rd - July 25th and will be split into 3 rounds:

    • Round 1 - Register between May 3rd and May 23rd to be eligible for the 1st lottery on June 9, 2021
    • Round 2 - Register between May 24th and June 20st to be eligible for the 2nd lottery on July 7, 2021
    • Round 3 - Register between June 21st and July 25th to be eligible for the final lottery on August 4, 2021

    We encourage families to register during the 1st round of registration (May 3rd - May 23rd). While we can't guarantee placement in your preferred school, being eligible for the 1st lottery increases your chances of getting the seat of your choice.

    For more information about kindergarten registration, please visit our website: www.lowell.k12.ma.us/kindergartenregistration


  • COVID-19 Vaccine Local Opportunity

    Vaccine Opportinity

     The City of Lowell has appointments available for Moderna clinics at the Lowell Senior Center this week. All residents age 18 and older are eligible. View appointments and sign up today: http://lowellma.gov/lowellvax


  • McAvinnue's Picture Day: Friday, May 21st

    Picture Day

    We will hold picture day for both our in-person and remote students on Friday, May 21st. Pictures will be provided by O'Connors Studios.

    In-person students will take their pictures during the school day and we will follow all approved COVID-19 safety precautions. Remote students will take their pictures after school on this day starting at 3:45 PM.

    We will send home the picture order form with in-person students when they are delivered to the school. Remote students will be able to pick up the picture order form at the school when they come for their photo session.

    More information to come over the next few weeks.


  • LOOKING FOR PARENTS AND STAFF TO HELP BUILD A STRONG COMMUNITY FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

    Racial Justice

    To continue the conversation started last week within the LPSD community, Lowell Public Schools is hoping to find parents and teachers who might be interested in leading portions of the dialogue around Building a Strong Community for Racial Justice. Please see the two requests below and let me know if you, yourself, or a parent might be interested.

    • For the Part 2 "Listening" sessions, it would be appreciated if school principals can identify 1-2 Asian/AAPI parents who they think would be great for sharing a "personal story." It is our hope that with encouragement that they will commit to attending one of the "listening" sessions and would be willing to share their personal experience with racism.
    • For Part 3: Dr. Phitsamay Uy from the Center for Asian American Studies at UMASS Lowell will be available to train selected staff on facilitating a parent workshop on the topic of active ways to build family discussions with their children about racism. School principals are asked to identify 1-2 staff who will engage in this training and commit to facilitating this Part 3 session for your school. Any after work training time with Dr.Phitsamay as well as time used for the launching of the parent workshop will be stipended by the E&E office.
    • School principal are also asked to identify 1-2 students who are willing to role play during the zoom, modeling parent/child communication.

    If you have any interest in any of the 3 areas indicated above, please reach out to Mr. Domina directly at mdomina@lowell.k12.ma.us.


  • "Return To In-Person Learning" Video Presentation
     
    Click below for the video presentation of McAvinnue's "Return To In-Person Learning". This presentation has some critical information for those families that will have a child returning to in-person learning at McAvinne on Monday, May 3rd.
     
     
    If you have any questions, you can also contact the Main Office for support or clarification.
     
    In-Person Learning
     
     

  • 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

      


  • Spring 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  
     
    The Lowell Public Schools Technology Help Desk will be setting up a service tent this week at the following times and locations:​
     
    • Tuesday, May 11th @ 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Reilly Elementary School (115 Douglas Rd. - rear door facing rear parking lot)
    • Thursday, May 13th @ 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Stoklosa Middle School (560 Broadway St. - side door facing parking lot)

    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.    
     


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

    May 10th - May 14th

    Eagle

    We will try another new pose this week called the "Eagle". This new pose will allow us to work on maintaining a clam and clear focus using a technique that maximize balance integration and unique upper body positioning. We will practice the "Eagle" pose daily during our "Virtual" Morning Announcements during this up and coming week. You can get an early head start and practice this technique 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 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Lineup begins at 1:30 PM.

    The next food pantry is Tuesday, May 11th. 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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