October 21, 2016
Announcements from the Principal
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21 October,2016By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News
October 21, 2016
Dear Bowen Families,
Happy Friday!  It was a great day to “Be Active” here at Bowen after our first 5-day week in the month of October.  Students and staff all “walked the walk” on the Upper Field during our Community Block to help raise money for the Bowen PTO.  Everyone enjoyed having the opportunity to chat and connect with each other!  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to start every day with a walk?  Hopefully the weather will improve quickly so that everyone doesn’t have to spend the weekend inside!  As always, thank you for everything you do to support your children and their learning, both in and outside of school.  Have a wonderful weekend, and we will see you on Monday!   
Yours truly,
Diana & Tiffany

News You Need to Know

Bowen Family Survey
The Bowen School Council is seeking your feedback as we continue the practice  of implementing a brief family survey.  During this process we hope to identify trends and changes over time.  In order to do so, we need your help!  Below you will find a link for the anonymous survey from the Bowen School Council.  It is important for us to hear from you about what is working well at Bowen, areas to improve, and additional thoughts you have about your family’s experience at school.
We ask that EVERY parent/guardian of a Bowen student to please fill out the survey (so that if a student has 2 parents or guardians each person should each fill out a separate survey).
The online survey opened on October 20, 2016 and will close on October 31, 2016.  In addition to the online survey, paper copies were also sent home.  We have also translated the survey into three of the other primary languages spoken in Bowen homes: Chinese, Russian and Hebrew.  These are available in hard copy, upon request.
The survey can be found at the following link:
If you choose to complete the paper copy of the survey, there will be a collection envelope on the office door labeled “Bowen Family Survey.”  School Council members will collect surveys daily. Once the survey is complete and data has been collected, the Bowen School Council will work as a group to analyze the results and look for trends.  These findings will be presented at an open School Council meeting for all members of the Bowen community who wish to attend.  The results will also be shared in a Bowen School Council Meeting Summary email.
We look forward to using this valuable feedback to continue to help us grow and learn!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  Thank you!

Halloween Candy Drive
Looking for a way to avoid eating ALL of the trick or treating treats?  Bowen School will once again take part in the Wellesley Dental Group’s Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the US troops serving overseas.  We will be collecting candy and/or notes to the soldiers in the Bowen lobby from November 1st through November 4th.  Last year, 33 schools from 13 different towns participated and brightened the days of many soldiers.  Let’s do it again!

Bowen Halloween Costume Drive
Two of our Bowen 5th graders are asking for your help!  They would like to help make sure that all children who want to do so get to celebrate Halloween.  They will be collecting costumes to drop off for donation.  
Items to Donate:
  • Gently used kid-friendly halloween costumes
  • Gently used halloween accessories (swords, wings ,Kid friendly masks, hats, tutu,  ect.)
  • Gently used  kid-friendly halloween trick-or-treat buckets
  • Flashlights (for going trick or treating)
  • Deadline is Wednesday, October 26, 2016
  • Drop-off in the front lobby in cardboard boxes
  • Thank you in advance for your generosity!
  • A Note From the Bowen Library
  • Hello families,
  • Bound to Stay Bound has a great program, Support our School Library, where you can purchase books for the Bowen library or make a general donation.  Our students love new books!  
  • Contributions can be made in two ways:
  • 1. Select specific titles from the school wish list. Donor name plates 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/bowenschoollibrary7/
  • Thank you so much!
  • If you have any questions please email our Library Teacher,
  • Donna Mason, at Donna_Mason@newton.k12.ma.us
  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar!
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • 12:30 p.m. dismissal
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Bowen School Council (7:30 a.m.)
  • Bowen Flu Clinic Forms due to Ms. Rosen
  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • 10/24-11/4 - Newton Elementary Conferences
  • Tuesday, 11/1 - Bowen Flu Clinic
  • Wednesday, 11/2 - School Picture Retakes (AM)
  • Thursday, 11/3 - Early Release (12:30 p.m. dismissal)
  • Monday, 11/7 - Responsive Home Workshop - Newton Education Center, Room 210 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, 11/11 - No School (Veterans Day)
  • Friday, 11/18 - Bowen School Council (7:30 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, 11/23 - Early Release (12:00 p.m. dismissal)
  • Thursday, 11/24 - No School (Thanksgiving)
  • Friday, 11/25 - No School (Thanksgiving break)
  • Thursday, 12/1 - Responsive Home Workshop - Newton Education Center, Room 210 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

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