June 17, 2016
Announcements from the Principal
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17 June,2016By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News
June 17, 2016

Dear Bowen Families,

Happy Final Friday of the school year!  While we still have four more days of school before hitting the magic number of 180, this will be the final issue of Bowen News for 2015-2016.  We hope that your year has been filled with wonderful moments and memories...ours certainly was!  Each and every year, we take this time to reflect...REALLY reflect...upon how fortunate we are to work in the Bowen community with such a dedicated and caring staff, committed families, and fantastic students.  We know that summer break is highly anticipated (and will be thoroughly enjoyed), but being part of Bowen makes it a pleasure to come back together in the fall.  Thank you for everything you do to make Bowen the place to be!  

Yours truly,
Diana & Tiffany
News You Need to Know
Last Day of School
The last day of school is Thursday, June 23rd.  Dismissal is at 12:00 p.m. on that day.  We will see you then!

Progress Reports
June progress reports will be available for viewing on Tuesday, June 21st.  This provides some time to follow up with the classroom teacher regarding any questions or concerns.  Please let us know if you have difficulty accessing your child’s report!

Bowen Enrollment Meeting Summary
Today Bowen families will receive a separate e-mail blast with a summary and notes from the well-attended enrollment meeting this past Monday.  Please let Diana know if you have any questions.

From the 5th Grade Student Council - Bowen Legacy Scholarship
Dear Bowen Elementary School Families,
Last week, Bowen 5th Grade Student Council members met with the recipient of the Bowen Legacy Scholarship.  This scholarship is a social action project for the 5th grade Student Council.  Emma Lee is a graduate of the Newton South class of 2016 and a former Bowen student.   The 5th graders had many questions about life after Bowen and were excited to hear about all the interesting classes, fun clubs, and exciting activities that lay ahead of them at Oak Hill and Newton South.  She told them, “Don’t worry about the future too much, because it will all work itself out.  The teachers are there to help you be prepared.”  Middle school and high school gave her many opportunities to try new things and make lots of new friends, but know that your elementary school friends are still there for you too.  Her final message to the students was clear: don’t take what you have for granted, and use all of the opportunities provided by the Newton Public Schools to follow what you want to do.  Emma will be a freshman at UMass Amherst next fall and plans to study education.  We wish her the best of luck for her future ahead!  We would like to raise money for the Bowen Legacy Scholarship fund.  But, due to the drizzle and lack of cars at the carwash this year, we didn’t make our annual goal of $1000. Donations can be dropped off in the lobby or the main office. We hope you can donate and support the Bowen Legacy Scholarship!
Bowen 5th grade student council

One More Note from the 5th Grade Student Council - Food Drive!
Dear Bowen families,
 During the winter holidays, the Newton community donates more to the Newton food pantry than in the summer vacation due to holiday cheer.  But the summer is a understocked time for the Newton Food Pantry. Therefore more people will go hungry.   We at Bowen Elementary School do not want others to go hungry.  That is why we have made it our mission to help them. We are collecting food to donate to our local food pantry.   However, the food we are collecting to donate does not grow on trees.  We rely on your thoughtful donations.  The food we collect does have some guidelines, though.  The food we collect should not need expensive cookware, such as a microwave.  The foods must not go bad. Some foods that you could donate are:
  • Canned food
  • Chips
  • Crackers
  • Cookies
  • And much more that you can donate to the helpless and hungry people.
  • Please place your donations in the box on the table in the lobby.  The deadline for donations was June 17, 2016, but we have extended our deadline to Monday, June 20th.  We thank you for your cooperation and donation.
  • Sincerely, The Bowen 5th Grade Student Council of May-June, 2016
  • Class Placement Lists
  • Placement information will be sent to families on Friday, August 26th.  It’s always so exciting to find out who your new teacher will be!
  • New Classroom Visits
  • Another date for your calendar!  On Thursday, September 1st from 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., teachers will welcome families into Bowen for a brief visit to their new classrooms.  
  • Placement Update/Grade Level Staffing
  • As of this week, all grade levels have met to work on creating balanced class placements for the 2016-2017 school year.  There is so much information to consider as we move forward with this process, and we appreciate all the input we have received to help us thoughtfully build classrooms.  The work will continue over the summer as we receive new registrations and make adjustments accordingly.  In the meantime, here are the grade level teaching assignments for next year!
  • Kindergarten                                                                Grade 1
  • Ms. Beil                                                                            Ms. Chapler
  • Ms. Sheehy                                                                   Ms. Lee*
  • Ms. Walsh                                                                     Ms. Noyes
  • Grade 2                                                                        Grade 3
  • Ms. DiBenedetti                                                            Ms. Brockmeyer
  • Ms. Dickerson                                                               Ms. Cebra
  • Ms. Paolillo                                                                   Ms. Napolitano & Ms. Rever
  •                                                                                       Mr. Stockless
  •                                                                              To be hired
  • Grade 4                                                                        Grade 5
  • Ms. Cruz                                                                       Ms. Piché & Ms. Malagodi
  • Ms. Davis                                                                      Ms. Wong
  • Ms. Ferguson & Ms. Anderson                                       To be hired
  • * Ms. Lee will teach 1st grade next year and loop to Grade 2 with her class the following year.
  • Staffing Updates
  • With the end of each school year, we find ourselves bidding farewell to some of our Bowen staff as they move on to new and exciting endeavors both within and outside of Newton.  We wish each and every one of these valued community members the very best!  Thank you to Tracy Affonso, Jin Cai, Megan Donelan, Julie Dorfneilsen, Josh Friedman, Katie Frieze, Kerri Gavin, Missy Giordano, Roberto Goganian, Carole Greenfield, Jenna Haake, Dana Lanciloti, Elana Lerner, Cam Levenstein, Ju Lin, Erica Loucks, Sara Mack, Kim McDonagh, Lisa Richmond, Julie Ryle, Neftalie Torres, and Hayley Tuckett.  Your contributions to Bowen will not be forgotten!
  • News from the Bowen Library
  • First of all...return those books!  It’s time to collect, organize, and shelve them in preparation for summer vacation.
  • Next this is 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 wishlist 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.
  • 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/bowenschoollibrary6/
  • If you have any questions please email our Library Teacher, Donna Mason, at
Donna_Mason@newton.k12.ma.us.  Thank you very much!

  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar!
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Progress Reports available online
  • Wednesday
  • Grade 5 Celebration (9:00 a.m.)
  • Grade 5 Family Pictures outside (10:00-10:30 p.m.)
  • Grade 5 Celebration Party on the Upper Field (3:00-5:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday
  • Last Day of School (12:00 p.m. dismissal)
  • Friday
  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • Thursday, 9/1 - Family Classroom Visits (10:00-10:30 a.m.)
  • Monday, 9/5 - No School
  • Tuesday, 9/6 - First Day of School for Students 1-5; Kindergarten Group A only
  • Wednesday, 9/7 - First Day of School for Kindergarten Group B only
  • Thursday, 9/8 - Both Group A & Group B Kindergarten attend
  • Thursday, 9/15 - Bowen’s “Back to School” Night

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