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First Day letter from the Principal

posted Aug 26, 2015, 9:07 AM by Michael Oquendo


52 Gelo Park Road

LOWELL, VERMONT  05847-9796

(802) 744-6641 (phone)

(802) 744-9989 (fax)

Anita Gagner                                                                                John Castle

Principal                                                                                    Superintendent

                                                                                                                                                                          August 25, 2015

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to the 2015 – 2016 school year! It seems like just yesterday we were waving goodbye to everyone, wishing them a safe, fun summer. Allow me to introduce the staff at Lowell Graded School. We are pleased to welcome Karla Graham as our preschool teacher.  Suzanne Hastings will be joining preschool until 1:45 p.m. daily.  Melanie Richardson will also be working with the preschool from 1:45 - 3:00 p.m.  Preschool will be 12:00 – 2:45 p.m. daily.  Students need to be dropped off promptly at 12:00 noon for lunch. They will be transported home. First bus dismissal is at 2:45 p.m. Kindergarten and First grade students will be in their classroom with Lorelei Willis all day.  Sonja Blodgett, Anne Cota and Robin Messier will be assisting in the Kindergarten- First grade classroom at various times throughout the day.  Second and Third graders will be sharing a classroom this year.  Their teachers are George Hambleton and Samantha Santaw-Wright.  George is responsible for First through Third grade reading and writing.  Samantha is responsible for First through Third grade math.  Gail Sicotte will be working with George and Samantha in the Second and Third grade classroom.  Fourth grade teacher, Judy Ide, will be located in the classroom across from the office.  Leanne Barnard returns as our Fifth grade teacher, they have relocated across from the Resource Room.  Our middle school is the trio: Zarah Savoie Sixth through Eighth science, Michael Brooks Sixth through Eighth humanities and Bonnie Deslandes Sixth through Eighth math. Homerooms for Seventh and Eighth will remain the same.  The Sixth grade homeroom/Middle School science is now located next to the Eighth grade homeroom/math classroom. Shannon Mead and Jill Legacy will continue to assist students in the middle school.  Mary Peters and Gretchen Irwin return as our special educators. Melanie Richardson will assist Mary and Gretchen.  Please join me in welcoming Dan Griffith.  He will be joining Jenn Blay in providing intervention for students.   Michael Oquendo continues as our music, band teacher and technology integration. Please note that music day will now be Thursday.  Anna McAllister remains our art instructor. Matt Lapham returns for physical education. Please note our P.E. day is now Tuesday.  Joshua Estes returns as our half time guidance counselor. We are excited to announce Sara Morse LeBlanc as our school secretary.  Nanette Bonneau, Joanne Bathalon and Gerry Nick return as bus drivers. Debbie Merrill and Becky DiZazzo return to our kitchen.  I assure you that I will continue to do my best to serve this community and ensure that the children get the most of their elementary educational career. Working together as a team, we will continue to build upon the foundation of learning in ways that excite our children and leave them feeling both good about themselves and curious to learn more.

I want to continue to assure you that I will maintain my “Open Door” policy and would welcome your thoughts and feedback. Please come in for a cup of tea sometime! And let’s not forget, it’s all about “Our Children!”  Our motto or theme if you will is to “stand by each other”.

Now, I know how we all cringe at paperwork, but we do have forms enclosed with this letter which need your immediate attention. Please read, fill out and return as requested.  If you have not completed the Infosnap online registration, please do so.   

Please return forms and complete online Infosnap by Friday, August 28, 2015


Anita Gagner

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