PTA President’s Message, March 2017

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? – Dr. Seuss

Hey Lowell, are you, like, stoked for a totally rad party? Join your fellow Lowell parents at The Grand on April 7 for the 80s-themed Spring Fling! We’re raising money to improve technology at Lowell (awesome Chromebooks!), and we’re going to have a totally wicked time while we do it. In addition to a silent auction for cool prizes, legendary KROQ DJ Richard Blade will spin excellent CDs from the decade so you can pogo, breakdance or moonwalk (as you see fit!) all night long. You can score your tickets at

One thing that has definitely changed since the ‘80s is the cost of college. Back in 1987, in- state tuition at UC schools was only $1,295. Today, it is almost 10 times that much. Private school tuition can be close to $50,000 annually. Add in books, fees, loan interest, and room and board, then multiply by four or five years and the total cost to send just one child to undergraduate college can easily cross into six figures.

Fortunately, there are solutions. Steve Yamarik, an economics professor at CSULB and a Lowell parent, will be at our March 28 PTA meeting to discuss the current and future costs of attending college as well as the tools available to help save for and pay for your child’s higher education. This is the first in our Spring Speaker Series for Parent Education – I hope to see you there.

The meeting will be held in the Lowell Auditorium on Tuesday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. As always, childcare will be available. The 2017-18 PTA Board will also be elected at the March meeting, so this is a good meeting to attend.

See you at school!

Leeanna Izuel
2016-17 Lowell PTA President

Principal’s Message, March 2017

Lowell Families,

The following was written by our very own Mr. Brunner, 3rd Grade teacher and Chess Club Supervisor. The Chess Club truly embodies what we look for in our students here at Lowell: patience, integrity, honesty, goal setting, and kindness.

Lester “Dow” Lawson

Lowell Elementary School Chess Club

Chess may have been around for over 1,500 years, but, at Lowell Elementary School, it dates back to 1992. The Lowell Chess Club, originally, began as a lunchtime activity for third-graders in Mr. Brunner’s class, but quickly expanded to a weekly before-school meeting for all grades. Students learn to plan ahead, looking at not only their current positions on the board, but, also at many moves further along. In chess it doesn’t matter your age; it only matters how carefully you craft your game. In the Lowell Chess Club students definitely learn the value of seeing the big idea, as well as learn to look for changes over time; even if those changes only take place on a board full of squares.