Backpack Express

Good morning,

Hope you are well.  Here’s this week’s Backpack Express for you:

  • Volunteers:  We are in need of a handful of parent volunteers to assist with providing teacher coverage on Wednesday, December 21st in order to allow our wonderful Sowams teachers, faculty, and staff to enjoy a meal together. Can you help? Volunteers would be asked to provide coverage on the playground or in the lunchroom for approximately one hour (11:45-12:45).

  • Lantern Walk:  The PTO is sponsoring a Lantern Walk to celebrate winter.  The walk will take place on December 21, 2022, from 6:00-7:00.  More information about this may be found here.

  • Silent Auction:  Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent Silent Auction.  The PTO was able to raise approximately $8300 that will benefit our students.

  • Roller Skating/Blading:  Last week’s roller skating/blading event was very successful.  There were 91 skaters from our school who participated…and no accidents were reported!  Hope everyone had a fun time.

  • Lost and Found:  There are many items in the lost and found…from coats to hats to water bottles.  Please remind your child to visit the lost and found if they are missing something.  It is located in the foyer of the school.

  • Vacation:  As a reminder, our last day of school before our winter break is December 22, 2022.  We return to school on January 3, 2023.

  • Survey:  In order to have more parents participate in our school and district survey, the window was extended until this Friday.  If you have not taken the survey, please click this link to access it.

  • Progress Reports:  Tomorrow, your child’s first trimester progress report will be available for you.  The progress reports may be found in Aspen. The progress reports tell you how your child is performing based upon what has been taught.  Here are the narratives that explain what your child is being scored on for the first trimester:  Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3.  If you do not know your username or password to Aspen, please email  We do not have access to this information at our school

Have a wonderful day.


Jim Callahan