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14 February,2016By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News
February 12, 2016
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Dear Bowen Families,

Happy Friday...and happy February vacation!  We had a little break-in-delivery from our newsletter thanks to the snow days, but now we’re back on track.  The snow also threw off everyone’s plans to celebrate the 100th day of school right before vacation, but now we get to look forward to the festivities when we welcome everyone back!  It’s been a busy stretch between December break and now, and we know that this vacation comes at the perfect time to allow everyone...families and staff alike...to catch their breath and relax for a bit.  Thank you so much for everything you do to support your children in their growth and learning outside of school, as it allows everyone IN school to help students be successful.  Have a wonderful week off, and we will look forward to welcoming everyone back once vacation wraps up!

Yours truly,
Diana & Tiffany

News You Need to Know

Bowen Staff Appreciation Luncheon - VERY Appreciated!
The Bowen staff would like to send their largest heartfelt “thank you” to the 2nd and 3rd grade families who brought in all that delicious food and wonderful treats for the Staff Appreciation Luncheon last week!  It made everyone’s Tuesday (and Wednesday...and Thursday…) very special and reminded us all how much the work we do means to you all.  Thank you also to the PTO for coordinating this mouthwatering series of events!  We love it!

Progress Reports and Winter Conferences
Earlier this month, student progress reports were posted on Parent Connect.  We hope that you have been able to download the document and review the progress your child has made so far.  If you are having trouble logging on, please email ParentConnect@newton.k12.ma.us directly.  The information shared on your child’s progress report will be helpful for you as you prepare for the upcoming Parent/Teacher conferences.  The spring conference period will begin on March 10th.

Creative Arts & Sciences - Community Concert
SAVE THE DATE! April 8, 2016, CROCODILE RIVER MUSIC RETURNS TO NEWTON!!
Come celebrate the global music experience that Bowen students (and you!) enjoyed this fall. Crocodile River Music, the Creative Arts & Sciences' Concert Series performer that you overwhelmingly loved, is bringing the music of Mali, Brazil, Spain and Trinidad, and the instruments and dances that celebrate these cultures to Newton. Join musicians from Bamako, Mali and Boston, Massachusetts for an evening of world class entertainment in our own backyard. Complimentary wine, beer and light fare will be provided and included in the price of a ticket. Discounted tickets ($20/each) are available to NPS employees and their families and friends - but only the adults, no one under 21 will be admitted. All proceeds to benefit PTO's Creative Arts & Sciences programming during the 2016-17 school year.  

PARCC & MCAS Dates - Updated!
Due to a conflict, we have made a slight adjustment to the schedule.  See changes in bold print below.
Grade 3
Wednesday, 4/27 - 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
Wednesday, 4/27 - 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
Thursday, 4/28 - 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

Staffing Updates
  • Please join us in wishing Eva Kovacs well as she transfers from Bowen to Franklin Elementary School.  She has been a valued member of the Bowen staff and we wish her well!
  • Please welcome Carrol Buchanan to Bowen.  She joins us as a 10 hour lunch teacher and is looking forward to getting to know the students.
  • Please welcome Hayley Tuckett to our Grade 5 team!  Ms. Tuckett will be with us during Ms. Piche’s maternity leave.
  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar!
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  • Tuesday
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  • Wednesday
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  • Thursday
  • Incoming Kindergarten Information Night (7:00-8:00 p.m.)
  • Friday
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  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • Wednesday, 3/2 - Bowen Book Fair & BAM Night
  • Friday, 3/4 - Bowen School Council (7:30 a.m.)
  • Spring Conference Period 3/10 - 3/24
  • Sunday, 4/3 - Bowen’s Science Day (1:00-4:00 p.m.)
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