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27 May,2016By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News
May 27, 2016
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Dear Bowen Families,

Happy Friday-before-the-long-weekend!  Memorial Day weekend is always a significant marker in the school year.  Not only is it a chance to (hopefully) relax and spend time with family and friends, but it also signifies the shift into the last big push toward the last day of school.  We’re not done yet...but we’re getting closer and closer!  Hold onto your hats, because we have a lot going on throughout these last 18 days.  There is so much to look forward to in each and every one of them!  As always, thank you for everything that you do to make Bowen the great community that it is, and have a wonderful weekend!

Yours truly,
Diana & Tiffany

News You Need to Know
Bowen School Council Meeting Summary
Agenda (5/20/16):
  • Community Builder
  • Bowen Update
  • Working Goals and Actions: Consistent Communication to Families (continued)
  • At this month’s meeting, the Bowen School Council began with a “silly sentences” activity around the theme of summer.  Believe it or not, we’re almost there!  Diana gave an update about school enrollment and building space usage.  Next year, Bowen will have 20 classrooms, with three sections of each grade level except for 3rd grade, which will have five sections.  Bowen will also be getting a cafeteria for the upcoming school year!  The current art room will be relocated, and the cafeteria will be in that space.  After that, the group refocused on its main topic, the evening formerly known as Curriculum Night.  The date for Bowen’s 2016 Back-to-School night is set for Thursday, September 15th, chosen based on the dates selected by Oak Hill and Newton South.  A small subgroup shared ideas about how the evening could better meet the needs of both staff and families.  Some thoughts included:
  • Renaming the event
  • Reframing the purpose as a community building experience, as well as a time for classroom expectations to be shared
  • Creating a separate evening/event for sharing specific instructional models (for example, partial-product multiplication) or deeper exploration of curriculum
  • Holding an adult event off-site directly after the presentations to further develop our community
  • The June School Council meeting will be used to fine-tune plans for Back-to-School Night, as well as a celebration of our year’s work.
  • Back to School Night 2016
  • We know some of you like to plan ahead.  WAY ahead!  Bowen’s Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, September 15th.  More details to come in the fall!
  • Newton PAC Special Educator Awards
  • Each year, the Newton Parent Advisory Council for Special Education honors educators who have done exceptional work with children with special needs at the Special Educator Awards.  Parents, guardians, or students nominate the awards, and everyone who is nominated receives an award.  The ceremony will be held on June 13th at Newton North.  If you would like to nominate an educator for his or her work with students who receive special education services, please submit the following information to specialedawards2016@gmail.com before June 1st:
  • Your name and your email
  • Your school
  • Your school principal’s name and email
  • Name and email address of the SPED contact at your child’s school (inclusion facilitator/assistant principal)
  • Nominee’s name and email
  • A short nomination telling us about why your nominee is so special
  • Nominations are confidential to preserve the child’s confidentiality, and only the honorees are given the name of the family who nominated him or her.
  • Staffing Updates
  • Please join us in welcoming Alana King, who will be working with Ms. Tabor in PE on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for the rest of the school year.
  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar!
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  • Monday
  • NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday
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  • Wednesday
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  • Thursday
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  • Friday
  • Bowen School Council Meeting (7:30 a.m.)
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  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • Sunday, 6/5 - Bowen PTO Spring Fling (4:00-7:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, 6/7 - Bowen Color Day
  • Thursday, 6/9 - Grades 4 & 5 Spring Concert (7:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, 6/10 - Grade 5 “Step Up Day” at Oak Hill (11:30-2:15 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, 6/21 - Progress Reports available online for families
  • Wednesday 6/22 - Grade 5 Celebration
  • Thursday, 6/23 - Last Day of School for Students (12:00 p.m. dismissal)


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