March 11, 2016
Announcements from the Principal
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12 March,2016By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News
March 11, 2016

Dear Bowen Families,
Happy Friday!  The uptick in doorbell rings before and after school can only mean one thing...conferences are underway!  We hope that your conversations with all of the adults who work with your children (and your children, in some cases!) are informative, productive, and enjoyable as you learn about all of the work and growth that has taken place over this year.  Educators are always excited to talk about “their kids”...just like you!  Thank you as always for everything you do to help your children be excited, successful learners...have a wonderful weekend!
Yours truly,
Diana & Tiffany

News You Need to Know

Bowen School Council Summary - March
At this month’s meeting, the Bowen School Council began by identifying “commonalities” amongst the members of the group.  Each member chose one question to ask as many people as possible in order to identify trends and patterns.  The next business item was to review and summarize comments from the staff survey about how teachers communicate with families around curriculum, expectations, and homework because of comments shared on the family survey expressing inconsistency with teacher communication.  The staff survey looked not only at methods, but also at frequency of communication.  Two observations from the survey results were: 1) Curriculum Night is seen by the teachers as an extremely important method of sharing information about expectations and curriculum and 2) The majority of classroom teachers currently send newsletters to families either weekly or monthly.  The Council began to dig into the issue of Curriculum Night, as family attendance has recently been around 50-60% of families.  Some questions for further investigation include the idea of “rebranding” Curriculum Night in order to give a better sense of its purpose, tracking who does and does not attend Curriculum Night, and identifying barriers that keep people from attending Curriculum Night (childcare, translators, etc.) to see if there are steps Bowen can take to solve these issues.  The April Bowen School Council meeting will focus on budget review.

Upcoming School Council Meetings:
April 1st
May 20th
June 3rd

Just in case you haven’t put them into your calendar yet...
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

Creative Arts & Sciences - Community Concert
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 at Newton South High School. 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 Newton’s Creative Arts & Sciences programming during the 2016-17 school year.  

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

  • Incoming K Screening
  • Tuesday
  • Incoming K Screening
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Incoming K Screening
  • Friday
  • Bowen International Potluck Dinner (6:00-8:30 p.m.)
  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • Spring Conference Period 3/10 - 3/24
  • Tuesday, 3/22 - 5th Grade Musical “Once Upon a Mattress” (7:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, 3/23 - 5th Grade Musical “Once Upon a Mattress” (7:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, 3/25 - No School
  • Friday, 4/1 - Bowen School Council meeting (7:30 a.m.)
  • Sunday, 4/3 - Bowen’s Science Day (1:00-4:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, 4/7 - “Responsive Home” Workshop @ Ed Center (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
  •   5th Grade Parent/Guardian Tour & Coffee at Oak Hill (8:30-10:00 a.m.)
  • Friday, 4/8 - 5th Grade Parent/Guardian Tour & Coffee at Oak Hill (8:30-10:00 a.m.)

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