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Bowen News - April 17, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015 4:11 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News
April 17, 2015
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Dear Bowen Families,
April Vacation
We have been waiting for you!
Patiently?  Not quite…
 
Guess what day today is?  Yes, it is Friday..and yes, it is the Friday before vacation...but April 17th is also National Haiku Poetry Day!  As we watch all of our classrooms busily finishing up reading books, completing writing projects, and getting everything cleaned and organized for the break, we want to make sure you know how much each and every member of our Bowen community is appreciated for the efforts put into helping our students grow and flourish as learners.  We hope that your April vacation is filled with whatever will bring you the most joy, whether that’s quality time with family and friends, adventurous travel, relaxing at home, catching up on your “fun reading,” or something else altogether!  The bottom line is this: take time for YOU, have a wonderful week, and we look forward to seeing everyone’s well-rested selves after the break!  There will be lots to do when we get back!
 
April Vacation
The beginning of the end
Hang on, and let’s go!
 
Yours truly,
Diana & Tiffany

News You Need to Know

Last Day of School - It’s Official!
Now that all the snow has melted, the Newton School Committee has voted and approved the last day of school for students to be Wednesday, June 24th.  Dismissal will be at 12:00 p.m. that day.

Field Trip Chaperones - CORI/SORI Forms
There are a LOT of field trips on the Bowen Calendar for the month of May!  Every single grade level will be traveling somewhere to learn about something new, and we couldn’t do it without the help of our parent volunteer chaperones.  In order for parents to act as school chaperones, there must a a current CORI/SORI screening form on file with the school.  CORI/SORI forms must be filled out in person, as a photocopy of your license is needed.  If you are uncertain about whether or not your CORI/SORI  is up to date, you can call the Bowen Office to inquire.

Kindergarten Screening
We met nearly 60 incoming Kindergarten students this week at our screening sessions!  If you or someone you know has a child who will be entering Kindergarten at Bowen this fall, please call the Bowen office to schedule a screening appointment for your child as soon as possible.  Thanks!

2015-2016 Placement Information
During the months of May and June, we will begin our work to create balanced classrooms for the next school year.  An important part of this process is the feedback we will be requesting from parents/guardians regarding your child’s learning style, goals you have for your child, and social information regarding his/her peers.  There will be a form sent home after April vacation that asks for your input, so please be on the lookout for this!

PARCC & MCAS Testing Dates
We know it seems like we JUST finished up with the first round of PARCC...because we did just finish up with the first round of PARCC...but we wanted to make sure everyone received the information about the next round of assessment dates.  The kids all worked diligently during each and every session during our first go-round, and we fully expect that they will show us their best thinking next time as well!
Grade 3:
            ELA PARCC - Tuesday, 5/12 @ 9:00 a.m.
            Math PARCC - Tuesday, 5/19 @ 8:45 a.m.
                                  Wednesday, 5/20 @ 12:45 p.m.
Grade 4:
            ELA PARCC - Wednesday, 5/13 @ 9:00 a.m.
            Math PARCC - Monday, 5/18 @ 9:00 a.m.
                                  Wednesday, 5/20 @ 9:30 a.m.
Grade 5:
            Science MCAS - Tuesday, 5/5 @ 9:00 a.m.
                                     Thursday, 5/7 @ 9:00 a.m.
ELA PARCC - Thursday, 5/14 @ 9:00 a.m.
            Math PARCC - Monday, 5/18 @ 11:30  a.m.
                                  Tuesday, 5/19 @ 10:45 a.m.

Summer S.P.A.C.E. Camp
SPACE Camp is a four-week summer enrichment program for students entering kindergarten through students entering ninth grade. They offer two programs - an upper school (entering grade 5-entering grade 9) and a lower school (entering kindergarten-entering grade four). During the upper school program, students are given the opportunity to become involved in program courses of their own choosing. In the lower school program, students are assigned to age-appropriate groups. Students work with staff members in art, music, science, movement, games, recreation, drama, and other enrichment activities.  This summer, S.P.A.C.E. Camp will be located at F.A. Day Middle School.  Please visit the website for more information.  http:/ /www.newton.k12.ma.us/spacecamp

Staffing Updates
  • We would like to send out our thanks to Gyula Kovacs, Kim Scaltreto, and Rosanna Babbage for all their work with students here at Bowen School.  We wish them well in their new endeavors!
  • Please join us in welcoming Glenda Jimenez, our new lunch manager, to Bowen!  We would also like to welcome Cam Levenstein BACK to Bowen!
  • Next Week (after vacation!) at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar!
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  • Monday
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  • Tuesday
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  • Wednesday
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  • Thursday
  • Oak Hill 5th Grade Parent Coffee in the Bowen School Library (8:30 a.m.)
  • Oak Hill Principal meets with 5th Graders (9:15 a.m.)
  • Friday
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  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday, 5/5 - Grade 5 Science MCAS
  • Wednesday, 5/6 - Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day
  • Thursday, 5/7 - Grade 5 Science MCAS
  •                         Early Release Day (12:30 p.m. dismissal)
  • Monday, 5/25 - No School (Memorial Day)
  • Tuesday, 6/2 - Color Day
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