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3 June,2016By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News
June 3, 2016
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Dear Bowen Families,

Happy Friday!  Everyone here at Bowen has been enjoying this brief respite from the heat and humidity of last week, but we aren’t too thrilled by the prospect of a rainy weekend!  Isn’t it supposed to be APRIL showers?  We hope everyone is still ready to come and have fun at the Spring Fling on Sunday afternoon, regardless of the weather.  It is always wonderful to have the chance to gather together as a community for these PTO events outside regular school hours!  We hope that the rest of your weekend is filled with fun activities, and that you have a chance to rest and recharge as we head into the final weeks of the school year.  Thank you for everything you do!   

Yours truly,
Diana & Tiffany
 
News You Need to Know

Spring Fling - THIS Sunday!
Come join the fun!  The action will be here at Bowen on Sunday, June 5th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. during the annual Spring Fling.  Come and enjoy games, face painting, a bouncy obstacle course, and, of course, the dunk tank!  Rain or shine, we can’t wait to see you there!

Bowen School Council Summary
Agenda (6/3/16):
  • Community Builder - Favorite donuts, in honor of National Donut Day!
  • Working Goals and Actions -
  • Enrollment/Class Sizes - Clarifying information
  • Bowen school wide enrollment is going from 445 to 421 students, which results in our current model of 23 classrooms decreasing to 20 classrooms.  
  • This year, average class sizes ranged from 18-22  for Kindergarten through 2nd grade and 16-22 for 3rd through 5th grades.
  • Next year, average class sizes will be 18-22 students for K-2 and 22-24 students for 3-5.
  • Recognition of School Council members terming out
  • Andy Sokatch, Dana Elisofon, and Lisa Terrizzi have completed their terms as members of the Bowen School Council.  We appreciate all of their hard work and collaboration!
  • Upcoming Meeting Dates - See you in the fall!
  • Bowen Parent Meeting with Newton Central Administration
  • In order to address questions from parents about class sizes and number of classrooms at Bowen, we have asked Superintendent David Fleishman, Assistant Superintendent Cynthia Paris Jeffries, and School Committee member Ruth Goldman to come to Bowen for a meeting on Monday, June 13th at 8:30 a.m. to discuss Bowen’s enrollment numbers.  We will meet in the staff room.  If there is specific information you would like gathered in advance of the meeting, please e-mail Diana.  Please join us for this important discussion!
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  • Bowen Color Day - Tuesday!
  • Don’t forget about Bowen Color Day on Tuesday!  All of our students and staff are ready for a morning filled with events on the Upper Field.  Please make sure your child comes to school on Tuesday prepared for active, outdoor events.  It will be a great day!!
  • Newton Schools Foundation - Honor Thy Teacher 2016
  • The Newton Schools Foundation “Honor Thy Teacher” program provides a way to thank the hardworking staff at Bowen School while also supporting NSF in making new educational programs possible for the Newton Public Schools.  Any staff members who are honored receive a notice, and a list of all honored staff members will appear in the Newton Tab in the fall.  It’s a great way to thank individuals who have shown dedication and support to your children over the course of the school year!  The suggested donation to Honor Thy Teacher is $25 per teacher/staff member.  You can participate by visiting http://www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org/honor-thy-teacher.  All donations are tax deductible.  
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  • News from the Bowen Library
  • This is a reminder that there is a great way to honor a teacher, celebrate your child's time at Bowen, or just support reading!    
  • The Support our School Library Web site with Bound to Stay Bound bookstore has a wish list of books we would like to add to the library. Check out the site to see what is on the list.  It will be open until the end of the school year.  
  • 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.
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  • To purchase a book or make a general donation click on the “make a donation” button on the top right part of the page.
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  • The Web site is: http://www.btsb.com/sosl/bowenschoollibrary6/ 
  • If you have any questions please email our Library Teacher, Donna Mason, at
Donna_Mason@newton.k12.ma.us.  Thank you very much!
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  • Questions??
  • As always, if you have any questions or concerns about any of the topics covered in this week’s newsletter, please call and/or set up an appointment with Diana.  
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  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar!
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  • Monday
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  • Tuesday
  • Bowen Color Day
  • Wednesday
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  • Thursday
  • Grades 4 & 5 Spring Concert (7:00 p.m.)
  • Friday
  • Grade 5 “Step Up Day” at Oak Hill (11:30-2:15 p.m.)
  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • Monday, 6/13 - Parent Meeting with Newton Central Administration (8:30 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, 6/14 - Incoming Kindergarten Picnic (5:00-6:30 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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