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December 8, 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017 3:40 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update
December 8, 2017
Dear Bowen Families,
We hope you have had a great week and are ready for our first snowfall this weekend.  If you are looking for something to do on Sunday, think about joining Ms. Granada and Bowen families watching some Bowen students perform for the Providence Bruins (3 p.m.).  Tickets can be purchased at the arena.  We appreciate all your efforts to make this week fun, special and safe!  Thank you again for everything you do to help your children develop and grow as learners.  Bowen is a great place to be!  Enjoy the weekend, see you next week!
Yours truly,

News You Need to Know

Village Bank Holiday Gift Drive
It’s not too late to donate a gift to the Village Bank Holiday Gift Drive. We are collecting gifts for children ages newborn to 10 to distribute to deserving Newton families this holiday season.  New, unwrapped toys or gift cards from local Newton merchants are greatly appreciated! Today the 5th grade student council met with Susan Paley from Village Bank to learn more about the gift drive and give her some of our collected donations. Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Preparing for the Winter Weather
As first signs of winter with snow are predicted for this weekend, we want to remind families of how you can help us keep our children safe and warm.  While we value and love our time outside during recess, especially when there is snow, it is important that children are dressed appropriately.  Jackets, hats, gloves/mittens, snowpants, and boots are strongly recommended for all students.  We are happy to assist families who might need support providing this winter attire, so please let us know.  It is also helpful to label your winter gear so it can get returned to the right student.  We would also like to remind you that the building does not open until 8:20 a.m.  This is a district-wide policy.  Be sure that students are prepared to stay warm if they will be waiting outside for the building to open.

NPS Gift Policy Reminder                                          
Newton Public Schools allows a group gift to an individual staff member only if the gift is identified as being from the entire class, the identity of the givers and the individual amounts are not disclosed to the recipient, and the gift does not exceed $150 per school year.
Individual gifts of appreciation in the form of sentimental tokens are allowed. Gifts of commercial value are not permitted.
 NPS allows and encourages giving to charitable organizations such as school PTO’s or the Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher Program which honors staff while supporting our schools.

Planning a Trip?  
As you plan upcoming family trips, please be sure to let the classroom teacher and office know if your child(ren) will be missing school.  We want to ensure that students are in school as much as possible and understand there are circumstances that make perfect attendance challenging.  Please remember that “lengthy absences for extended trips are strongly discouraged by the Newton Public Schools, as teachers cannot provide advance assignments or study aides a child would need over long periods of time to maintain the pace of learning in the classroom.” (NPS, Students Righter and Responsibilities Handbook, 2017 - 2018, p. 6)                                                        

Out-of-Assigned District Placement for 2018-2019 - District Message                                        
Each year, the Newton Public Schools considers applications for students to transfer to a school outside of their home (assigned) district. Out-of-Assigned district placements are limited and made on a space available basis.                                                       
Applications for the 2018-19 school year are available beginning November 29, 2017 and should be submitted between March 1 and May 1, 2018. Forms are available at the Education Center (100 Walnut Street) and online at Completed applications must be signed by the in-district principal for Newton parents and submitted to the Education Center by mail or in person.                                                          
Applications received after May 1, but before Labor Day may, under special circumstances, be considered for placement after all other placement decisions have been made. Out-of- assigned district decisions will be announced as close to June 1 as possible. Parents are responsible for their child’s transportation to and from the out- of-assigned district school.                                                        
Interested families may contact the Elementary Education Office (grades K-5) at 617-559-6105 or the Secondary Education Office (grades 6-12) at 617-559-6115 for additional information.                                                

Staff Update
  • We would like to thank Nesa Verneret for her semester at Bowen.  This winter she will return to North Eastern University to continue her studies.
  • We would like to thank Judy Garcia for her time and services as our Lunch Manager this fall.
  • We would like to welcome Tabitha Sharpe who has joined Bowen as our new Lunch Manager this winter.
  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar!
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Winter Concert  7:00 PM
  • Friday
  • School Council 7:30 AM
  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • 12/25 - 1/1 - No School (December Break)
  • 1/2/18 - School reopens 8:20 a.m.
  • 2/7/18 - Responsive Home Workshop, 6:30 - 8:30, District Education Center, Room 2010, 100 Walnut Street, Newtonville
  • 2/19 - 2/23  - February Vacation, No School

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December 1, 2017
Friday, December 1, 2017 3:47 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update December 1, 2017 _______________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, Welcome back!  We hope you enjoyed the long weekend with family and friends.  Students an
November 17, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017 7:47 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update November 17, 2017 ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, Happy birthday, Bowen!  This week the Bowen school building celebrates its 65th year.
November 9, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017 3:27 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update November 9, 2017 ________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, This week you are receiving a special Thursday edition of our weekly blast.  It is a shor
November 3, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017 10:15 AM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update November 3, 2017 __________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, This week was another busy week for our school community.  Families continue to meet wit
October 27, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017 9:27 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update October 27, 2017 ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, I would like to thank all of our first graders and their teaching team for spending th
October 20, 2017
Friday, October 20, 2017 3:42 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update October 20, 2017 ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, We ended our week with another great Bowen Walks the Walk!  Students and staff started
October 13, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017 7:50 AM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update October 13, 2017 ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, Fall is here, as we notice this week’s cool weather!  With the change of the seasons
October 9, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017 4:23 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update October 6, 2017 ________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, It was another very busy week at Bowen and it seemed to end so quickly that we didn’t even have time to send out
October 3, 2017
Thursday, October 5, 2017 12:40 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Dear Bowen Families, I would like to inform you that, today, we had to call an ambulance to respond to a medical need that occurred very close to dismissal time.  The staff and city responded quickly to the situation and we followed our building ba
From Nurse Rosen
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 9:20 AM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
  From the Bowen school Health Office September, 2017 Dear Bowen Elementary School families, Welcome to Bowen School.  I am Barbara Rosen, the School Nurse.  I’m writing to let you know what to expect from School Health Services in the Newton Pu
September 29, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017 3:31 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update September 29, 2017 _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, This morning, everyone at Bowen School had the opportunity to practice some of our
Early Dismissal
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 4:33 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
IMPORTANT REMINDER All students are dismissed at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. 9/27/2017 is one of six early dismissal days on the calendar for this school year. Additional early dismissal dates are 11/2/2017, 12/7/2017, 2/7/2018, 3/8/
September 22, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017 3:31 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update September 22, 2017 _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, This week we celebrated the last day of summer, welcomed the first day of fall,
September 25, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017 10:00 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update September 15, 2017 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, Happy Friday!  We just completed our first 5-day week!  It was a busy week!
A Guide Dog at Bowen
Monday, September 11, 2017 1:19 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Dear Bowen Community, We are so grateful to kick off the school year with so many wonderful and dedicated staff members at Bowen.  Their commitment to Bowen and students was clear during our opening week.  This fall, one of our staff members does
Weekly Update
Friday, September 8, 2017 3:14 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update September 8, 2017 ________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, Despite my back to school nightmare where it snowed on the first day of school, it has be
Bowen Arrival Process - UPDATE
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 10:32 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Dear Families, Welcome to the 2017 - 2018 school year.  As we kick off the school year, we would like to introduce the new arrival routine.  Last spring the superintendent of schools, David Fleishman, informed families of a new district-wide drop-
June 22, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:03 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News June 22, 2017 _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, Even though last Friday was the final “official” newsletter of the 2016-2017 school year, we had
June 16, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017 9:32 AM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News June 16, 2017 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, Happy Friday!  Once we come back to school on Monday, we’ll be in the “last Monday”...”last Tue
June 9, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017 3:45 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News June 9, 2017 _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, Happy Friday!   Well, the weather foiled our Color Day plans this week, but it’s looking like we
June 2, 2017
Monday, June 5, 2017 10:54 AM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News June 2, 2017 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, Happy Friday!  We know that we’ve been saying how busy things are around Bowen for a while n
May 26, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 12:25 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News May 26, 2017 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, It has been an exciting week for our school community as we celebrate a successful PTO Spring
May 19, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017 3:28 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News May 19, 2017 _________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, Happy Friday!  Every week we talk about how many interesting things are going on around Bowen and how busy it fee
May 12, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017 9:41 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
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