South Row Elementary School

Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, Empathy

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  • Respect

    This month’s core value is respect. At South Row, this is not only one of three school expectations, but we define it as “treating others the way we would want to be treated.” To master this core value, students really have to work on empathy or understanding not only how they would want to be treated, but how it feels to be the other person in a situation. Many of our core values, school expectations and expected behaviors intertwine like this and can be complicated to teach young students. We try to not only define our core values but point them out in actual situations.


    Scholastic All for Books Coin Collection

    The coin collection for the Lowell Wish Project begins February 26 and will run through March 9th. In addition to raising money for a charity in need of books, each classroom will be vying for Scholastic Dollars for their classroom! The winning classroom will receive $200 Scholastic Dollars, 2nd place $125 and 3rd place $75. So empty out your piggy banks to help out a great cause and your child’s classroom library too!


    The South Row Book Fair is coming!

    The South Row Book Fair is coming Monday March 12th through Friday March 16th. The whole school will be buzzing about the latest titles and new books that are available for your home and classroom libraries.

    Mark your calendar for our Family Game Night on Wednesday, March 14th from 6:30-8:00pm where the whole family can enjoy a free night out with friends. The Book Fair will also be open for family shopping.


    Volunteer Sign Up is now available!

    We are looking for volunteers for the Book Fair and Game Night and we are hoping you can help us. Click here to volunteer, choose a time that is good for you!  All volunteers must be CORI'd, please check in with the South Row office if you aren't sure if your CORI is up to date.

    Questions? Contact Tracey Blanchet ( or Meghen Hunter ( See you at the fair!


    March Kind Act… The kind act at South Row this month is to support the Book Fair “All For Books” coin drive. We will be collecting coins starting on February 26th through March 9th, each classroom will be collecting as many coins as they can in a friendly competition to raise money for books for the Lowell Wish Project. The top three classes will receive gift cards to the book fair for their classrooms. To learn more about the Lowell Wish Project, . Thank you in advance for your generosity with your coins.


    Walk to School Day

    Walk to School Days are back! This month, we hope many families will join in walking, biking or scooting to school on Wednesday March 14th.


    School Spirit Day

    On Thursday March 29, 2018, we will have a school spirit day that is “themed color day by grade level.” Colors will be sent home later in the month.


    International Festival Information

    The third annual South Row International Festival will take place on Saturday April 7th, 2018 from 1-4pm. This is a fun and enriching event intended to celebrate South Row's cultural diversity and allow children to learn about other traditions and cultures. The event will consist of three major areas: Student display boards, Parent-led Interactive Stations, and Performances. All students attending the International Festival will be given a passport to collect stickers of flags from each country represented by a Student Display Board or an Interactive Station. We are looking for support on the following:

    Performances: If you know of a group who would be willing to perform on Saturday April 7th during the event (2-4pm), please contact us. In past years, we had performances such as an Indian dance group, a Chinese dance group, a Lebanese dance group, an Irish dance group, folk dances from around the world, piano performances and some martial arts groups. We can have more than one of the same type of dance group or troop. Please contact Sophy Theam if you have a group interested.

    Parent Interactive Stations: Wish list for interactive stations: Teach words in another language, write your name in another language, make a craft, play a game from another country, wear traditional clothing, use an instrument, demonstrate a tradition. We are hoping to get representation from each continent. You do not have to be from a country or continent to run a station. Please contact Melody Suong if you have a station that you and your family can run. (

    Student Display Boards:

    Students are invited to pick a country and create a tri-fold display project, which will be showcased at the International Festival. Participating students will be given flag stickers representing their chosen country to be placed on the student passports. Instructions and registration details for Student Display Boards will be published in an upcoming Home Link. Please contact Christina Pagonis with questions. (

    Family Photos from Around the World:

    We are hoping to create a slideshow during the International Festival featuring photos of family travels around the globe. Share your travel experiences with us. Please send pictures of your family trip(s) to be featured in our slideshow. We prefer that pictures show a landmark or object that has a strong representation of the country you visited.These can also be landmarks here in the United States. We hope that all South Row families will be represented! Information for where to upload above. If you do not have a google account, these photos can also be emailed to Melody Suong, (


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