September 9, 2016
Announcements from the Principal
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14 September,2016By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News
September 9, 2016

Dear Bowen Families,

And just like that, the first week of school is in the books!  Even though it was a four-day week, Bowen was still a busy, busy place to be.  Staff, students, and families were all excited (and maybe a little nervous) to find their new classes and meet their learning partners for the next school year.  Even the gloomy-looking rain couldn’t mask the big smiles as we opened the front doors at 8:20 a.m. on the first two days!  We hope that your first week was filled with stories from your children about the great things going on here in our classrooms and excitement about what lies ahead this year.   Have a wonderful weekend, and we will see you on Monday!  

Yours truly,
Diana & Tiffany

News You Need to Know

Bowen PTO Back-to-School Picnic
We’ve been back in school for a week, and it’s time for our first gathering of the official school year at the Back-to-School Picnic hosted by the Bowen PTO!  The picnic will be on Tuesday, September 13th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the Bowen playground.  There will be free pizza and drinks...and the dunk tank will be here!  We look forward to seeing you then!

Bowen Back-to-School Night - Please RSVP!
On Thursday, September 15th, we are excited to welcome you all to Bowen so you can learn more about what the year will look like for your children!  Classroom teachers will send home more information about what the evening will look like for their specific homeroom.

Here is the overall schedule for the evening:
            6:30 - 7:10 p.m. Grades 3-5 (Classrooms); Grades K-2 “Meet Bowen Staff” (cafeteria)
            7:15 - 7:45 p.m. Whole School (Auditorium)
            7:50 - 8:30 p.m. Grade K-2 (Classrooms); Grades 3-5 “Meet Bowen Staff” (cafeteria)

During the “Meet Bowen Staff” sessions, staff members who are not grade-level classroom based (specialists, ELL, special education, literacy specialist, math coach, etc.) will be available in the cafeteria to meet and talk with parents.  We want everyone to meet and get to know all the great people that work with your children!  
We would like to find out attendance plans for the evening, so please RSVP via the following link:

NPS Bus Reminder - Kindergarten & 1st Grade
We just want to remind families that all Kindergarten and 1st grade students must be met by a parent or guardian when the bus arrives at their bus stop.  If there is not an adult waiting, the bus will return to Bowen and we will contact you for pickup.  We want everyone to arrive home safely!

Responsive Home Workshops   Responsive Home Workshop Flyer 
Mark your calendars!  Please join other Newton parents for a workshop to focus on how parents and guardians can use Responsive Classroom practices at home.  Responsive Classroom is an approach to teaching and learning that is centered on the foundation that a social curriculum is just as important as the academic curriculum.  An important goal of Responsive Classroom is to create a school climate that is kind, safe, respectful, and predictable.  Amy Kelly, District Leader of Social & Emotional Learning, will discuss ways that families can use the same language and practices of Responsive Classroom to create a cohesive, unified experience for children, as well as to tackle common home-life challenges.  

There are four sessions to choose from:
Thursday, October 13th (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, October 18th (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.) @ Angier Elementary School
Monday, November 7th (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.)
Thursday, December 1st (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.)

Sessions will be held in Room 210 at the District Education Center, 100 Walnut Street, in Newton unless otherwise stated.  No registration is required, and all sessions are open to the public.  We are looking forward to these workshops  and the opportunity to work closely with families to support our children!

Superintendent’s Back-to-School Messages
If you have not already done so, visit the Newton Public Schools website ( to hear two video messages from Superintendent David Fleishman.  One is a “welcome back” to all members of the Newton school community, and the other is Dr. Fleishman’s opening day address to all Newton faculty and staff.  These messages provide a clear overview of Newton’s priorities and focus areas as we move into the new school year and provide common language for our conversations regarding children, teaching, and learning.  

Staffing Updates
We have many new staff members joining us at Bowen School this year, so please be sure and welcome them to our community!
  • Noah Burnett (Grade 5 intern)
  • Megan Donelan (Grade 3 teacher)
  • Danielle Engel (Grade 5 intern)
  • Susan Gedrick (ISS)
  • Jacqui Hannon (Grade 3 intern)
  • Annalee Lopez (Grade 2 aide)
  • Ollie MacFadden (Music)
  • Susan Marble (PE)
  • Neftalie Torres (Grade 5 teacher)
  • Carly Wiskowski (Grade 4 intern)
  • Britney Wuorio (Grade 2 aide)
  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar!
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • 12:30 p.m. dismissal
  • Bowen Back-to-School Picnic (5:00-7:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday
  • School Picture Day (9:30-12:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday
  • Bowen Back-to-School Night (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
  • Grades 3-5       6:30-7:10 p.m.
  • All School         7:15-7:45 p.m.
  • Grades K-2       7:50-8:30 p.m.
  • Friday
  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • Monday, 9/26 - Long Day Kindergarten begins (Group A)
  • Thursday, 9/29 - Early Release (12:30 p.m. dismissal)
  • Friday, 9/23 - Bowen Safety Day
  • Friday, 9/30 - Long Day Kindergarten begins (Group B)
  • Monday, 10/3 - No School (Rosh Hashanah)
  • Monday, 10/10 - No School (Columbus Day)
  • Wednesday, 10/12 - No School (Yom Kippur)
  • 10/24-11/4 - Newton Elementary Conferences
  • Tuesday, 11/1 - Bowen Flu Clinic
  • Thursday, 11/3 - Early Release (12:30 p.m. dismissal)

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