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June 14, 2019
Friday, June 14, 2019 6:30 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update
June 14, 2019
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Dear Bowen Families,
This is the last weekly update of the school year.  This has been a wonderful year of learning and community building.  It was so nice to welcome so many families into the school over June to celebrate the efforts and successes of our students.  I appreciate all of your support throughout the year and I know that our success is a result of our home/school collaboration!  Thank you for all of your support and  everything you do to help your children develop and grow as learners.  Bowen is a great place to be!  Have a wonderful summer, I look forward to seeing you next school year!
Yours truly,
Diana
News You Need to Know
 
Please Donate to the Food Drive!
The 5th grade student council is sponsoring our annual summer food drive next week!  During the summer months, the Newton food pantry is understocked as it provides for families who are home for the summer.  Please consider donating food such as snacks, cereal, cookies, pasta, rice, canned foods, and much more.  Donations will be collected in the lobby.  We thank you for your cooperation and donation!
 
Last Day of School is June 18!
Tuesday, June 18 is a half-day of school, with dismissal at 12:00 p.m.  We look forward to wishing everyone a happy start to summer break at that time!
 
Lost Anything?
Please check out our lost and found in the lobby for any missing items.  All remaining items will be donated after the last day of school.
 
Sharing Progress Reports with Families
Progress Reports will now be shared with families on Monday, June 17 in order to provide the appropriate IT support for families.
 
Summer Reading Suggestions for Adults
This month the Bowen Staff engaged in books discussions that complimented our year long professional practice goal to explore the complexity of identity and identity development, with a focus on race, as we continue to foster a welcoming and inclusive school community for staff, students and their families.  I  would like to share the book choices with you if you are looking for summer reading suggestions.  Please note that most of these books are written for an adult audience.  The book recommendations are:
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah, autobiography
  • George by Alex Gino, realistic fiction (recommended age 4th grade and up)
  • There There by Tommy Orange, fiction
  • Turning Japanese by MariNaomi, memoir/graphic novel
  • We hope you enjoy these books as much as we did!
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  • Food Service Advisory Group
  • Our PTO leadership is partnering with NPS administration and the School Committee to form a Food Service Advisory Group (FSAG).  The purpose of this group is to create a two-way dialogue between families and NPS food service partner,Whitsons Culinary Group, so that food service in the Newton Public Schools meets expectations and can be continuously improved. The group will be comprised of family representatives from each school, a School Committee representative, and a Whitson’s representative.  Representatives from FSAG will periodically meet with NPS staff and Whitson’s staff to share feedback gathered by the school representatives.
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  • We are currently looking for one representative from our school to join the FSAG.  Please see the Job Description below and if you are interested, please send a written statement to us at: chair@bowenpto.org
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  • Job description
  • One meeting per month (time/day TBD) starting in June 2019
  • Members will meet monthly to share feedback, share positive work, identify concerns, and suggest adjustments.
  • Members will be responsible for gathering feedback from their respective schools and sharing that feedback in a constructive and meaningful way with NPS and Whitsons.
  • Qualifications
  • At least one child in representative school
  • Experience with and knowledge of Newton Food Service
  • High level of interest in Food Service including nutrition and sustainability
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Collaborative and positive attitude
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  • Class Placement Lists
  • Placement information will be sent to families on Friday, August 23.  It’s always so exciting to find out who your new teacher will be!
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  • New Classroom Visits
  • Another date for your calendar!  On Thursday, August 29 from 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., staff will welcome families into Bowen for a brief visit to their new classrooms.
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  • Are You Moving Before September?
  • As we started the placement process for the upcoming school year, there have been some conversations that students have shared with teachers about potentially moving before the next school year.  If you are planning to move out of the Bowen district prior to September 2019, please inform the office and the classroom teacher as soon as possible.  This will help us gather the required information to share with the new school as well as help us to create more accurate class placements for the upcoming school year.
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  • Next Week at Bowen
  • Monday
  • 5th grade Moving on Ceremony, 1:30 p.m.
  • 5th grade celebration, 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday
  • Last day of school for students, school dismissed at 12:00 p.m.
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  • Planning Ahead - August & September*  
  • August 19:  Bowen’s main office opens
  • August 23:  Class assignment shared with families
  • August 29:  Classroom Visits, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
  • September 3:  1st day of school for students
  • September 11: Back to School Night, 6:30 p.m.
  • September 30: Rosh Hashanah, No School
  • * More dates may be added over the summer and published on our school’s calendar


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Monday, June 10, 2019 9:45 AM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
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Friday, April 12, 2019 3:51 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019 11:00 AM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
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Friday, March 29, 2019 3:48 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
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Monday, March 25, 2019 12:07 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
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Friday, March 15, 2019 3:29 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
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Friday, March 8, 2019 3:45 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019 10:12 AM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update March 1, 2019 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, It was great to return to school after the February break!
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March 1, 2019                                      Dear Families: Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are do
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Monday, February 25, 2019 10:19 AM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update February 15, 2019 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, I enjoyed ending the week together as a school as we head into the brea
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Monday, February 11, 2019 11:39 AM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update February 8, 2019 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Bowen Families, During this past week, some Bowen families celebrated the
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Monday, February 4, 2019 9:27 AM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
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Monday, January 28, 2019 12:08 AM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019 9:51 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
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Monday, January 14, 2019 10:24 AM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
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Friday, January 4, 2019 3:25 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
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Friday, December 14, 2018 3:34 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
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Monday, December 10, 2018 11:58 AM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
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Friday, November 30, 2018 4:58 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018 4:50 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
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