Welcome Back Newsletter

Dear Kessler Families,

I want welcome all of you back to school and welcome all returning students, new students, families and friends to Kessler Elementary.  I hope your summer was filled with lots of fun activities and you are excited to gear up for an amazing 2017/18 school year! I personally can’t wait to meet and greet you on our first day! It is an honor and I am thrilled to be your new Principal. Kessler is an outstanding school with great teachers, students and families.

Getting to know all of you and building positive relationships is so important as we begin a terrific year. I would like to share a little background about myself. I have worked in administration for eleven years and taught special education eleven years all working for the Helena Public Schools. Working with adults and children bring me the most joy! My passion is helping children become lifelong learners, feeling safe and secure in their school environment, and feeling confident and successful academically and socially. For enjoyment, I am an avid fly fisher, love travelling, camping, and hiking, but most of all spending time with family. My daughter will be heading to middle school this year and my husband is retired.

And… of course our yellow lab Mickey brings fun and excitement to our lives!


Communication between school and home is key to student success. Please feel free to email or contact our office anytime to visit about joys, concerns, and questions about events, etc. I look forward to visiting with you. Let’s get this year started! Go Kessler Cougars!



Lisa Lowney

Kessler Principal



  • Kelly – Kindergarten
  • Jones – Second Grade
  • Fischer – Title I
  • Leslie – Kindergarten Physical Wellness


GRADE LEVEL TEACHERS – We have had teaching staff movement this year in addition to our new staff. Please notes our grade teachers and the grades they are teaching this year:

  • Hankins and Mrs. Kelly – Kindergarten
  • McGraw and Mrs. Gates – First Grade
  • Buresh and Ms. Jones – Second Grade
  • Kimball and Ms. Wacker – Third Grade
  • Alberts and Mrs. Ford – Fourth Grade
  • Crase and Mrs. Suchy – Fifth Grade



Back-to-School Open House on Tuesday, August 29th. Families visit classrooms from 5:30-6:30 p.m time to meet teachers and drop off school supplies.  At 6:30 I will be giving a short welcome back speech in the gym.  Parent Partnership will be selling Pizza in the Gym until 7:00 so please plan to enjoy time with family and friends while supporting our Kessler Cougars. Thank you Parent Partnership!


As you have noticed when visiting Kessler to see class lists in our foyer, a new parking in progress Thank you so much to our Transportation Department and Facilities Department! It is going to be incredible! Please keep an eye on our webpage and Facebook for additional details, as we know more about completion and the logistics of entering, exiting, and ultimately keeping our Kessler Cougars safe.