December 9, 2016
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9 December,2016By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News
                                                                                                        December 9, 2016

Dear Bowen Families,
Happy Friday!  It is such a bright, beautiful sunny day today...but boy, is it COLD!  Not that we should expect anything less from December, of course, but the blasts of frigid air always are a bit of a shock to the system each year.  Better make sure you’re bundled up to go outside...or find some fun weekend activities that will allow you to keep warm and cozy inside!  Whatever plan you choose, we hope that your weekend gives you and your family the chance to have some fun, get some rest, and recharge your batteries as we head into the last two weeks before December break.  Have a wonderful weekend, and we will see you on Monday!      
Yours truly,
Diana & Tiffany
News You Need to Know
Preparing for the Winter Weather
With our first signs of winter with snow on the ground we want to remind families of how you can help us keep our children safe and warm.  While we value and love our time outside during recess, especially when there is snow, it is important that children are dressed appropriately.  Jackets, hats, gloves/mittens, snowpants, and boots are strongly recommended for all students.  We are happy to assist families who might need support providing this winter attire, so please let us know.  We would also like to remind you that the building does not open until 8:20 a.m.  This is a district-wide policy.  Be sure that students are prepared to stay warm if they will be waiting outside for the building to open.
Village Bank Holiday Gift Drive
Looking for a way to brighten up a child’s holiday season?  The Village Bank Holiday Gift Drive is collecting gifts for children ages newborn to 10 to distribute to deserving Newton families this holiday season.  New, unwrapped toys or gift cards from local Newton merchants are greatly appreciated!  Donations will be accepted at Bowen in the main lobby until Tuesday, December 13th.  Gifts can also be dropped off at any Village Bank Newton location.  Thanks in advance for your generosity!
School Council November Meeting Summary
At this month’s meeting, the members of the Bowen School Council began by sharing what they are thankful for, both personally and professionally, at this time.  It is interesting to note that both “traveling for Thanksgiving” and “not traveling for Thanksgiving” were on the thankful list!  The group briefly discussed Bowen Back-to-School Night and the need to plan logistics for what the evening will look like in the spring, as the event itself takes place very shortly after the start of the new school year.  The next item on the agenda was to examine the data collected from the Bowen Family Survey to identify trends, patterns, and any questions that were raised by the responses.  One observation is that the results from this year were very similar to the results from last year, leading to the question of how we can better ensure that we are hearing from a wide range of voices.  Some topics raised by survey respondents as areas for suggested improvements/feedback were:
  • Homework - Bowen’s belief and approach
  • Traffic/Parking/Blue Zone
  • Physical Plant -playground, cafeteria  
  • Curriculum - level of challenge
  • Communication - consistency across classrooms
  • At the December 23rd meeting, the School Council will continue to look at the feedback from the Bowen Family Survey and identify reasonable topics for the group to discuss and issues to address this year.  Please remember that all Bowen School Council meetings are open to the Bowen community.  Feel free to join us!
  • Unicef Donations
  • Thank you so much to the students and families who collected donations for Unicef while trick or treating this year!  Bowen raised $494 to help provide food and water for children around the world.
  • From the Bowen Library
  • This is just a reminder that there is still time to make a donation to the “BTSB Support our School Library” program.    
  • 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:
  • If you have any questions please email our Library Teacher,
  • Donna Mason, at
  • Thank you so much!
  • NPS Gift Policy
  • Newton Public Schools allows a group gift to an individual staff member only if the gift is identified as being from the entire class, the identity of the givers and the individual amounts are not disclosed to the recipient, and the gift does not exceed $150 per school year.
  • Individual gifts of appreciation in the form of sentimental tokens are allowed. Gifts of commercial value are not permitted.
  • NPS allows and encourages giving to charitable organizations such as school PTO’s or the Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher Program which honors staff while supporting our schools.
  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar!
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • 12:30 p.m. dismissal
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • High School Start Time forum @ Oak Hill (7:00 p.m.)
  • Friday
  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • Friday, 12/23 - Bowen School Council meeting (7:30 a.m.)
  • Monday, 12/26 through Monday, 1/2 - Winter Break
  • Monday, 1/16 - No School (Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday)
  • Friday, 2/3 - Progress Reports available online to families

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