Dragon Tales: “Dine Out” at Coastal Kitchen, Curriculum Night

[this post is a copy of the Dragon Tales newsletter sent 9/24]

Hello from the Lowell Elementary PTA!

We’re excited to send our first email newsletter for 2017–18. Throughout the year, we’ll be sending these occasional updates to the Lowell Elementary parent and teacher community.

If you ever have school-related news or events to share, just email lowellparents@gmail.com.

In the meantime, follow us online for updates on the latest events and volunteer opportunities on Facebook or at www.lowellelementary.org.

“Dine Out” at Coastal Kitchen on Wed 9/27, 5–11pm

Tell your friends! Tell your neighbors! Tell your coworkers! Come dine out at Coastal Kitchen, and they’ll donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to Lowell—plus 100% from some items, like the Moco Loco and rum hibiscus punch. We raised over $2,000 from this event last year.

(If you’re not an old hand of Capitol Hill, Coastal Kitchen is at 429 15th Ave E, across from the QFC on 15th.)

Curriculum Night, Thu 9/28, 5:30–7pm

Curriculum Night is a big open house that happens every fall, and it’s a great opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and hear all about what the students are learning. We’ll post more details as we get them on www.lowellelementary.org and Facebook (@lowellelementarypals).

The PTA will provide free childcare and food.

What’s the PTA anyway?

Simply put, the Lowell PTA is a volunteer group of parents and teachers who try to help our kids any way we can. That happens in a thousand different ways—from shampooing classroom carpets to advocating to the district on safety issues to raising money for classroom grants.

Why should I join?
It’s a great way to get involved with your school and meet fellow parents. You don’t have to know anything or even do anything, you can just sign up. Download the membership form—or if you’re curious and want to learn more, come to the next PTA general meeting.

What’s the PTA General Meeting?
It’s one of three general meetings all year, and everyone is welcome. The next one is on Wednesday, October 4, at Lowell, with free childcare and food. If you are a member (or sign up to become one at the meeting), you can also vote on the annual budget.

I joined last year. Am I still a member? 
No, you need to sign up every year.

I would love to help. How do I get really, really involved? 
That’s great, we need a lot of help! If you have experience or interest in any of the following jobs, please email lowellparents@gmail.com:

Fundraising Chair
Membership/Outreach Chair
Volunteer Coordinator
Enrichment Coordinator
Event Coordinators and volunteers for the Lowell Fall Harvest Festival, Valentine’s Day Dance, and Lowell’s booth at the Pride Parade

Download the membership form to join, and stay tuned to this newsletter and the PTA Facebook page and blog to learn about ways you can help—big and small—all year long.

Update on buses

We’ve been working hard to persuade the district to reduce overcrowding and delays on our buses. You can follow the progress so far in Lowell Parents (a Facebook discussion group not connected to the PTA). You can also contact the Seattle Public Schools Transportation Department directly at 206-252-0900 or transdept@seattleschools.org.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • “Dine Out” at Coastal Kitchen, Wed 9/27
  • Lowell Curriculum Night, Thu 9/28
  • PTA General Meeting, Wed 10/4
  • In-service day, no school, Fri 10/13
  • Picture Days, 10/16–17

Anything else?

We’re all in this together! If you need help or have questions, email lowellparents@gmail.com. You can also keep up with your Lowell PTA on Facebook (@lowellelementarypals) or at www.lowellelementary.org.