January 29, 2016
Announcements from the Principal
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29 January,2016By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News
January 29, 2016

Dear Bowen Families,

Happy Friday!  As we wrap up the month of January, we’re definitely enjoying our good luck with weather for as long as we can.  Even though the need for boots, mittens, snow pants, and hats requires a lot more “prep time” for going out and coming in, the fact that kids are able to spend time playing and enjoying their friends outside surely outweighs any inconvenience!  And there haven’t been TOO many cases of complete head-to-toe dampness from melting snow...yet.  We hope that you enjoy time over the weekend having fun with family and friends before we see you again next week.  Thank you for everything you do as members of the Bowen community to support all of the children as they learn and grow!

Yours truly,
Diana & Tiffany

News You Need to Know
Incoming Kindergarten Registration
Are you the parent of a child who will be entering Kindergarten next year?  Do you know of someone else who has a child who will be joining our Bowen community for the 2016-2017 school year? We are gathering the names of incoming kindergarteners in order to invite parents to the Bowen Kindergarten Information Night which will be held on Thursday, February 25th. Please let the office know if you have the name of any incoming kindergarten student. Additional details about the Kindergarten Information Night and Kindergarten registration dates will be mailed to families whose names are on the list, so please let the office know!

Bowen’s DESE Report Card
Attached to today’s newsletter is our school’s 2015 “report card” overview from the Massachusetts Department of Education, as well as information about the 2016 PARCC assessments.  If you have any questions about these documents, please contact Diana.  Cover Letter   PARCC   School Report Card   Cover Letter/Portuguese   Cover Letter/Chinese 

FYI - Professional News from Tiffany
Finalists for the Franklin School Principal search were named earlier this week, and we wanted to let the greater Bowen community know that Tiffany has been selected as one of the two finalists.  We will keep you posted as the final stages of the search move forward!

Time to dig out those calendars!  Testing sessions for PARCC (grades 3, 4, & 5) and MCAS (grade 5) are listed by grade level below.  Please note that unless listed otherwise, all test sessions will start at the beginning of the school day.  We do have time allotted for makeup sessions during the week of May 23rd, however we ask that you make every attempt to minimize appointments, etc. that will take your child out of school during the scheduled sessions.  If you have any questions, please contact Tiffany or Diana.
Grade 3
Thursday, 4/28 - Math session 1
Friday, 4/29 - Math session 2
Monday, 5/2 - Math session 3
Wednesday, 5/4 - Math session 4
Monday, 5/9 - ELA session 1 (AM)
Tuesday, 5/10 - ELA session 2
Friday, 5/13 - ELA session 3
Grade 4
Thursday, 4/28 - Math session 1
Friday, 4/29 - Math session 2
Monday, 5/2 - Math session 3
Wednesday, 5/4 - Math session 4
Monday, 5/9 - ELA session 1 (PM)
Wednesday, 5/11 - ELA session 2 (PM)
Monday, 5/16 - ELA session 3 (PM)
Grade 5
Tuesday, 4/26 - Math session 1
Wednesday, 4/27 - Math session 2
Tuesday, 5/3 - Math session 3
Thursday, 5/5 - Math session 4
Wednesday, 5/11 - ELA session 1
Thursday, 5/12 - ELA session 2
Monday, 5/16 - ELA session 3 (AM)
Thursday, 5/19 - MCAS Science session 1
Friday, 5/20 - MCAS Science session 2

A Note from the Bowen Library
If you did not have a chance to donate a book to the Bowen Library through the Support our School Library program it is up and running again with lots of great books!  
Contributions can be made in two ways:
1. Select specific titles from the school wish list. Donor nameplates can be customized and inserted in each book selected.
2. Contribute a specific dollar amount and Bound to Stay Bound will select titles from the wish list to fulfill the amount.
To purchase a book or make a general donation click on the “make a donation” button on the top right part of the page.  The Web site is: http://www.btsb.com/sosl/bowenschoollibrary5
The students love getting new books!!!  Thank you very very much!  
Mrs. Mason

Next Week at Bowen School...
Mark Your Calendar!

  • Progress Reports available to families (12:00 p.m.)
  • Bowen Staff Appreciation Luncheon - Grades 2 & 3 Families hosting(12:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday
  • “Winter Walk to School Day” (Safe Routes to School)
  • Early Release - 12:30 p.m. dismissal
  • Thursday
  • Responsive Home Workshop for ELL Families (6:30-8:30 p.m.) @ Newton Education Center, Room 210
  • Friday
  • Bowen School Council meeting (7:30 a.m.)
  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday, 2/9 - “Responsive Home” Workshop @ Newton Education Center (9:00-11:00 a.m.)
  • February School Vacation 2/15 - 2/19
  • Thursday, 2/25 - Incoming Kindergarten Information Night (7:00-8:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, 3/2 - Bowen Book Fair
  • Spring Conference Period 3/10 - 3/24
  • Sunday, 4/3 - Bowen’s Science Day (1:00-4:00 p.m.)

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