October 30, 2015
Announcements from the Principal
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30 October,2015By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News
October 30, 2015

Dear Bowen Families,

Trick or treat?  That’s the question many will be asking on Saturday night...as we leave Daylight Saving Time and turn the clocks back.  The “extra hour” we gain is definitely a treat, but we always feel a little tricked when it’s suddenly dark at 4pm.  Boo, indeed!  We hope that everyone’s teacher conferences have been going well, and that there have been a lot of productive conversations and connections with your children’s classroom teachers and support staff.  We’ve certainly seen a lot of people coming and going at all hours!  Thank you so much for making the time to attend these conferences -- the children benefit greatly from all the connections we can make between home and school!  We hope you have a wonderful weekend and take some time to relax and enjoy time together...we’ll see you next week!

Yours truly,
Diana & Tiffany

News You Need to Know
Bowen Phone Numbers to Know
Did you know that if you need to get in touch with Ms. Rosen, our school nurse, you can reach her directly?  Her direct office number is 617-559-9335. If Ms. Rosen is unavailable at the moment of your call, you will be able to leave a message on her voicemail so she can get back to you.  
Another important number to know is the Student Call Back line.  If you know your child or children will be absent, please call 617-559-9350 and leave a message with your child’s name, grade, and teacher.  We check this line every morning and compare it to the attendance lists sent down by the classroom teachers.  If you leave a message for us, that saves us a phone call home!

Halloween Candy Donations
Once again, Bowen School is participating in the Wellesley Dental Group’s Community Candy Drive to benefit the United States troops serving overseas!  Candy will be collected in the Bowen lobby on Monday, November 2nd and Tuesday, November 3rd.  How many pounds of candy do you think we can collect?  Please share your extra Halloween candy and brighten the day of our soldiers!

Responsive Classroom Nuts & Bolts
At Bowen’s Curriculum Night, families heard about the “Responsive Classroom” approach that has been adopted schoolwide here at Bowen.  Through our newsletters, we would like to continue sharing more information over the course of the year about this approach and its benefits for our school community.
Focus on Logical Consequences:
Sometimes students need more than a cue or a redirection to correct their behavior. In that case, logical consequences can do the job. Logical consequences help children connect their behavior to its effects and repair any damage that behavior may have caused. Logical consequences are also respectful of the child.  There are three basic types of logical consequences:
  • “You break it, you fix it”
  • Loss of privilege
  • Positive Time Out
  • Depending on the child and the situation, teachers might combine a logical consequence with other strategies, or they might use more than one logical consequence.
  • Want to read more about the three types of logical consequences?  Visit the Responsive Classroom website: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/article/three-types-logical-consequences
  • From Our 5th Grade Student Council
  • Dear Bowen Families,
  • The month, the 5th Grade Student Council is sponsoring “Trick or Treat for UNICEF.”  UNICEF is an organization that donates food and water to kids around the world.  They also help provide vaccinations to kids.  This week, student council members visited classrooms to hand out collection boxes and explain the program to everyone.  We encourage kids to bring the UNICEF boxes with them while trick or treating to collect money.  Boxes can be turned in on Monday, November 2nd in the Bowen lobby.
  • Thank you for being a part of Bowen’s “Trick or Treat for UNICEF”!
  • The 5th Grade Student Council
  • The Malala Fund - 5th Grade Project
  • Dear Bowen Families,
  • We are a group of fourteen 5th grade girls participating in a fundraiser for The Malala Fund.  Malala is an 18-year old who has stood up for women's and girls' education rights in other countries where they are not able to go to school.  The Malala Fund works to secure girls' rights to a minimum of 12 years of quality education.  As a group, we read the book I am Malala, which describes how Malala has fought for equal education rights for women and girls, even after a Taliban attack while she was shot while riding her school bus.  Malala speaks out regularly about the importance of education for everyone.  In 2014, she won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work.  
  • To help this fund, we are collecting and donating gently used kids' and women's clothing.  We will be collecting clothing through November 6th, and then we will pack and ship the donations.  Please drop off any clothing you wish to donate in the box in the Bowen lobby.
  • Thank you for your support!
  • Bowen 5th Graders who #StandWithMalala
  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar!
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Municipal Elections @ Bowen
  • CAP Parent Meeting @ Horace Mann (7:00 - 8:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday
  • School Picture Retakes (10:00 a.m.)
  • Thursday
  • “Responsive Home” workshop @ Newton Education Center (9:00-11:00 a.m.)
  • Early Release (12:30 p.m. dismissal)
  • Friday
  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • 10/26-11/6 - Newton Elementary Conferences
  • Wednesday, 11/11 - No School (Veterans Day)
  • Wednesday, 11/25 - Early Release (12:00 p.m. dismissal)
  • Thursday, 11/26 - No School (Thanksgiving)
  • Friday, 11/27 - No School (Thanksgiving break)
  • Thursday, 12/3 - Early Release (12:30 p.m. dismissal)

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