Weekly Newsletter



Picture Retakes will be on Wed. Oct 7th.  Please let me know if your child needs to retake their picture.

 J Mrs. Lowery


Friday, October 2, 2015


I hope you had a fantastic break!  I am excited to be back with your sweet kiddos.


Book Challenge:

Please look over your child’s book challenge this weekend.  It is located in their reader’s journal.  They need to choose their first book and project by Monday.  The first project is due by October 19th.  You will be able to see the remaining project dates for the quarter on the first page of the book challenge project for this quarter.  I did also make a change to the project grading rubric so now each project is worth 25 points instead of 20 points.



A lot of work has been completed on our playground over break.  Several broken pieces of equipment were removed, new mulch has been laid, some areas have been leveled to help contain our mulch better, and a new fence is on the way for the side yard.   Many thanks to ETSU, The University School Foundation, and Dr. Knechtel for the help in making this space safe for children.  Hopefully one day we can add some new equipment to our new safe space.  On that note I came across this and entered this sweepstakes today because this would be wonderful for our school to aide in this cause.  Anyone can enter on behalf of our school and you can enter every day.  There is no limit on how many people enter on behalf of a school so I thought I would share for those willing and interested.  The grand prize is drawn in March and is $30,000 for a playground upgrade. 


Information on the sweepstakes:

Could your school’s playground use and extreme makeover? Each year, the sweepstakes provides the opportunity for you to win big for your school!

Anyone can enter on behalf of your child's school. Enter once a day, every day until March 25, 2016. The more entries your school has, the greater chance it has to win!

Follow the link to enter:



Morning Mile:

Dr. Knechtel is initiating the new Morning Mile Program on Monday.  He is inviting students and families to come out at 7:30 am to run or walk to begin the day.  This program allows for 20 minutes of running or walking before school.  Dr. Knechtel will be out front Monday to get names on cards.  Then at 7:30 students begin.  They will stop at 7:50.  Every 5 laps around the sidewalk is a mile.  After they have completed 5 miles they get a chain and a foot pendent.  This program will happen on days when weather permits.  Here is some info on the Morning Mile program: http://morningmile.com/about/


Dr. Knechtel has also loaded a new newsletter for parents on the school website homepage at: http://www.etsu.edu/coe/uschool/


Thank you,

J Mrs. Lowery




Thursday, October 1, 2015

To: Parents

Subject: fundraising order issues

From: Kelly Foster ( )


Hi Parents,

Over the next week we need to be collecting all the remaining monies from the fundraiser. Please send your child to school with any money but they may have collected in an envelope that is sealed with your child's first and last name on it. Please have your child give it directly to their teacher who will then make sure it gets to the foundation. There have been several things turned in with no name on them. That makes it exceptionally difficult to figure out who to credit so please make sure that your child's name is on anything that you send in.


Now, about orders. There have been a few emails about missing or incorrect cookie dough orders and missing, broken, or incorrect gift orders. If any of these situations apply to you then please do the following:

First, send me an email that lets me know what the issue is. In the subject line please identify whether it's a missing broken or incorrect item. Also if you could please give me as much information as possible on the email that would be helpful. Second, bring the incorrect or broken item if that is the case back to school to the front office. Please, please, please make sure that your name is on the item so that I know who it is from.


I am out of town for the remainder of this week but I will gather everything as soon as I get back in and will correct missing items and send back any broken items.


I apologize for any inconvenience to anyone with regards to incorrect orders or missing or broken items. I will work as fast as possible to get everything taken care of. Thanks to all the parents for supporting the University School and for helping out our fundraisers!



2015 Fundraising Chair

Kelly N. Foster, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Director, Applied Social Research Laboratory

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

I just wanted to let you know that you can go on Powerschool to view your child’s grades.  I have entered everything and will be finalizing grades tomorrow afternoon. 
I sent home a packet of student work with a flyer on top.  I have attached the flyer about book challenge and math bonus points just in case it didn’t make it into your hands! J
I hope you all have a wonderful break!
J Mrs. Lowery

Hi parents! If you have not picked up your fundraising items please come to the gym today (Wednesday, September 9th) between the hours of 2 PM to 4 PM. We have quite a few students and parents who have not picked up their fundraising items. We really need to get these cleaned out before fall break so that nothing is sitting there and we don't have to worry about refrigerating or freezing cookie dough and things like that! If you have any problems or concerns please contact Kelly Foster by calling or texting 706-540-0448




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Great news! All 4th graders and their families get free admission to all National Parks



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

We have been working on rounding numbers  and doing mental math with large numbers in fourth grade.  Now we are combining those skills by estimating sums.  Today we did a very interactive lesson to practice this.  We also learned a song.  I am attaching the you tube link to the song.  I thought it would be helpful to have common language if you are helping your child at home with the rounding skills.  Although my ultimate goal for my students is to have a enough number sense to be able to reason which way to round a number, that can be very difficult for fourth graders with very large numbers.  Having the steps help them support their thinking and check their answers.


“Find the place” (underline it)

“Look next Door” (draw an arrow)           (Motions)

“Five or above raise the score”                  Point up to the sky

“Four or less let it rest”                                  Point down to the ground

“Look to the right”                                           Point to the right

“Put Zeros in sight”                                         Make zeroes with hands and put them together to look through them like a telescope


Listen at home with the link below!  J




Have a great evening,


Mrs. Lowery



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Dear University School Families,


If you currently use an after school daycare provider or are thinking of using one, we may have an alternative for you to consider but we need your help.


University School and the Child Study Center are working together to investigate the need and feasibility in offering an afterschool child care for children in grades K-5th on site.  As we would like to have this up and running as soon as possible (if it we are able to do so) your timely response in taking the survey would be very helpful in moving this project forward. With that in mind, we would appreciate you completing this survey by September 4, 2015. 


Please follow the following link to participate in a survey.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/afterschoolUS


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Beverly Wiginton via email at or by phone 423.439.4887. 


Thanks for your input!



Science Materials


We are beginning to learn about the interactions that take place in ecosystems and the effects of those interactions.  Tomorrow students will be organizing an experiment to create an ecosystem to monitor for a week.   I will be getting the materials for them to complete their experiments but thought I would check with you to see if any of you had any of the items at home or would be interested in sending them in for us.  We will need them by Thursday 8/20, because we will be assembling our ecosystems that day.


Here is a list of things that we need.  If you have something to send please let me know by tomorrow afternoon because I will be going to get any other needed materials after school.


-Potting Soil (1 bag should be enough)
-Small plants (any type that will fit into a small container).  We will need 8 of them.
-Clear plastic containers that are about 8-10 inches wide and 8-10 in. tall. (8 of them)


We will be collecting the rest of our biotic and abiotic factors at school.



 J Mrs. Lowery





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Tuesday, August 11, 2015


I am moving our Math Test to Monday

Friday 8/14: WW and Plant/Animal Cells Quiz

Monday 8/17: Math Chapter 1 Test


Mrs. Lowery


Monday, August 10, 2015



We painted cell models today and I was so impressed with your kiddos!  They did a phenomenal job!  They will be bringing home their models later this week after we finish comparing plant and animal cells. Thank you so much for all of your help making this happen!

Tests and Quizzes for this Week:

Thursday: Chapter 1 Math Test (Study guide will be sent home tomorrow)

Friday: WW 3 Test and Plant and Animal Cell Quiz (Study guide for science quiz will come home by Wed.)


Cookie Dough:  If you forgot to bring me your order forms today, please bring them tomorrow!

Book Challenge:  Your child needs to choose their 3rd book and project for the quarter!  This project will be due on 8/24.

Book orders:  I sent forms home today.  Please send them back by September 8th if you would like to order!  You can also order online by going to Scholastic.com/reading club.  This is a great way for us to earn free books for our classroom just by you purchasing books for your home!


Thank you,

J Mrs. Lowery



Friday, August 7, 2015


Good afternoon,

Today was great!  I know that some of the challenges were scary for some students but I was so proud of the way that they gave it their best. 

The second book challenge projects are due on Monday!!!!

Cookie Dough orders are due Monday!!!!  Please see message below!

Have a great weekend,

J Mrs. Lowery


Hi parents! The cookie dough sales and gift fundraising sales will go through this weekend. Your child's order forms are due back at the school on Monday morning. So enjoy the weekend and sell as much as you can!! The website for cookie dough orders will stay open through Monday of next week.  

Also, just as an FYI, all children in the K - 8 grades will be able to attend the mega party. I heard that some children were worried that they would not sell enough items to participate but the University School makes it so that all children can participate regardless of what they sell.

Thank you for all you do to support the University School!

- Kelly Foster

University foundation 2015 fundraising chair




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Thursday, July 30, 2015

There were two very important forms in your child's folder today!  We have the opportunity to visit the Greenwood Challenge Ropes Course next week!  We will take this trip on Friday August 7th!  Please read over the letter and forms and submit them as soon as possible.  I really would like to have them all in by Tuesday.  We are so lucky that the foundation is completely funding the cost of the bus as well as admission!  I am so excited for the fourth grade class to get to complete this activity together.  I truly believe it will be a wonderful opportunity for them to grow as peers, students, and for me to grow as a teacher too. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Thank you,

Mrs. Lowery


Tuesday, July 28, 2015


We will be making models of cells next week.  I have created a volunteer spot that shows the items we need to complete this lab.  If you would like to send in materials for our lab please visit the following link and sign up for what you would like to send: http://vols.pt/KCAVUi

We need all of the materials by Monday 8/3.  We will also need cardboard squares for the models.  This will be what the model is sitting on and they need to be about 6 inches by 6 inches in size.  If you have cardboard boxes that you would be willing to send in we can work on cutting them to the appropriate size.  We will need 24 6x6 cardboard squares. 

Thanks so much for your help with this,

Andrea Lowery



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Parent Communication

Each week I will upload a parent letter to our website.  I will also send the letter to parents via email each week.  This letter will contain information about curriculum and upcoming events.  I will send home paper copies of the newsletter until the e-mail distribution list is complete.

I typically primarily use e-mail as a communication device with parents.  Please make sure that you have included the correct e-mail on the attached sheet in order to ensure that communication is not an issue.  I am also happy to meet with you at anytime throughout the term, I just ask that you arrange an appointment either through e-mail or by calling the office and leaving a message.



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