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13 November,2015By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News
November 13, 2015
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Dear Bowen Families,

Happy Friday!  Hopefully we don’t have too many people in the Bowen Community who are superstitious or who suffer from a case of triskaidekaphobia (that’s a fear of the number 13, in case you’re wondering).  We want everyone to enjoy a day without gloomy, drizzly rain!  Of course, that’s pretty much par for the course when it comes to November in New England (unfortunately). As always, we appreciate everything you do to support your children in their learning, both in and out of school.  Next week is a full five-day week, so enjoy your weekend, rest up, and we’ll see everyone energized and ready to go on Monday morning!   
 
Yours truly,
Diana & Tiffany

News You Need to Know
Bowen School Council
The Bowen School Council is ready to hit the ground running!  The focus priorities for this year will include communication and teacher support/development.  Additional priorities will be drawn from the results of this fall’s family survey.  The Council’s first meeting will be held on Friday, November 20th at 7:30 a.m. and is open to all members of the Bowen community.  
 
Celebrate National Picture Book Month!
Did you know that November is National Picture Book Month?  Would you like to donate a book to the Bowen library in honor of your child, a teacher or other staff member, or someone special?  You can!  Special library-bound books can be purchased from “Bound to Stay Bound” and sent directly to the school.  They can even add a bookplate to the book!  The deadline for this program is December 12th, and the donated books will be available for checkout in January.  Trust us...students LOVE new books!  The website is: www.btsb.com/sosl/bowenschoollibrary4.  Ms. Mason appreciates all your support!
 
Upcoming “Responsive Home” Workshops
Mark your calendars!  Please join other Newton parents for a workshop to focus on how parents and guardians can use Responsive Classroom practices to promote positive behavior at home.  Topics will include Family Meeting, House Rules, Interactive Modeling, Positive Language, Logical Consequences, Choice, and Quiet Time.  This workshop will be taught by Amy Kelly, District Leader of Social & Emotional Learning in Newton.  
 
There are four upcoming sessions:
Thursday, November 19th    6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 3rd        9:00-11:00 a.m.
Thursday, January 21st          6:30-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 9th           9:00-11:00 a.m.
 
No advance registration is required.  All sessions will be held in Room 210 at the Education Center, 100 Walnut Street, in Newton.  We are looking forward to these workshops  and the opportunity to work closely with families to support our children!
 
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.
 
Interactive Modeling is an essential part of the Responsive Classroom approach used for teaching children any academic or social skill, routine, or procedure that is to be done in a specific way (whether for safety, efficiency, or other reasons).  In traditional modeling, the teacher shows children how to do a skill, routine, or procedure, tells them what to notice, and expects that they will learn it immediately. The steps of Interactive Modeling incorporate key elements of effective teaching: modeling positive behaviors, engaging students in active learning, and immediately assessing their understanding.  With Interactive Modeling, children create clear, positive mental images of what is expected of them by observing both the teacher model and peer models. They do the “noticing” themselves, which builds up their powers of observation and their analysis and communication skills. In addition, because they get immediate practice, they gain expertise more quickly and have a stronger mastery of the procedure or skill being taught.
For more information about Interactive Modeling, please visit the Responsive Classroom website:
 
Staffing Updates
  • Sara Zirolla, who has worked in 1st grade and 4th grade this fall, will be leaving us  early next week.  Please join us in wishing her well!
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  • Next Week 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
  • “Responsive Home” Workshop @ the Ed Center (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
  • Friday
  • Bowen School Council meeting (7:30 a.m.)
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  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • Wednesday, 11/25 - Early Release (12:00 p.m. dismissal)
  • Thursday, 11/26 - No School (Thanksgiving)
  • Friday, 11/27 - No School (Thanksgiving break)
  • Tuesday, 12/1 - PTO General Meeting with Superintendent & School Committee (8:30 a.m.)
  • Thursday, 12/3 - Early Release (12:30 p.m. dismissal)
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