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19 December,2016By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News
December 16, 2016
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Dear Bowen Families,
 
Do we even need to talk about how cold it is today?  Let’s just say that you know it’s REALLY cold outside when the children are asking to have indoor recess when they walk in the door at the beginning of the day!  (Just in case you were wondering, we did, in fact, have indoor recess planned for today.)  With only five school days left until the December break, we are swinging into extra-super-high gear to get as much as we can accomplished before we go.  Of course, this includes many fun and special activities as well!  Thank you for everything you do to help your children grow and learn both in and out of school.  It helps Bowen to be the wonderful place that it is!  Have a restful, fun, relaxing weekend...and we will see you on Monday!
 
Yours truly,
Diana & Tiffany
 
News You Need to Know
 
A Message from the Superintendent
Thank you to those who joined me and our School Committee members last week at the PTO meeting. I appreciated your thoughtful questions on both school and district issues. For those who could not attend, I want to take the opportunity to share some highlights of our discussion.
 
Bowen enrollment: Just a few years ago, Bowen's population exceeded 500 students and there was significant concern about overcrowding. Now, the student population has dropped to 417 and is projected to continue to decrease. In order to stabilize Bowen's population and to ensure equitable enrollment in our elementary schools across the district, the Student Assignment Working Group will come together again to assess current school boundaries, analyze enrollment trends, and adjust "buffer zones." Buffer zones are geographical areas in which students may attend one of two schools. It is a strategy used by NPS to minimize large fluctuations in student enrollment in any one school.
 
PARCC tests: As many of you know, in place of the PARCC test this year, Massachusetts will design and utilize a new test called MCAS 2.0. It will still contain elements of the PARCC test, but some parts will be adjusted. We do know that the testing will begin in March and will be shorter in length. We are still awaiting more details from the state and will share it when it becomes available.
 
Parent Forum: In the spring, the district will host a forum for parents on the topic of speaking to your child about race. We have heard feedback from parents and families that this topic is of great interest and many are interested in learning more. More details will be available in the new year and I hope to see many of you there.
 
Sincerely,
David Fleishman
 
Student Safe Callback Line
When calling to leave us a message that your child or children will be absent from school on a given day (617-559-9350), please provide some information about why they will not be in.  This helps us to track any potential illness trends.  Thank you for your help with this!
 
NPS Gift Policy Reminder               
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.
 
MCAS Testing Schedule
While springtime seems a little far away at the moment, we wanted everyone to have the dates for MCAS testing in grades 3, 4, and 5 well in advance.  We understand that some absences are unavoidable, but we do ask that everyone be mindful of the testing dates when making appointments, etc.  Testing will be computer-based for grades 3 and 4, while the 5th grade testing will be paper-and-pencil.  More information about the new “next-generation” MCAS will be coming soon!
 
Grade 3 English/Language Arts            Grade 3 Math
Monday, April 3rd (9:00 a.m.)                Monday, May 8th (9:00 a.m.)
Wednesday, April 5th (9:00 a.m.)            Wednesday, May 10th (9:00 a.m.)
Thursday, April 6th (9:00 a.m.)
 
Grade 4 English/Language Arts            Grade 4 Math
Monday, April 3rd (1:00 p.m.)                Monday, May 8th (1:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, April 5th (1:00 p.m.)            Wednesday, May 10th (1:00 p.m.)
Thursday, April 6th (1:00 p.m.)
 
Grade 5 English/Language Arts            Grade 5 Math
Tuesday, April 4th (9:00 a.m.)                Tuesday, May 9th (9:00 a.m.)
Friday, April 7th (9:00 a.m.)                Thursday, May 11th (9:00 a.m.)
Monday, April 10th (9:00 a.m.)
 
Grade 5 Science
Monday, May 15th (9:00 a.m.)
Tuesday, May 16th (9:00 a.m.)
 
Next Week at Bowen School...
Mark Your Calendar!




Monday
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  • Tuesday
  • 12:30 p.m. dismissal
  • Wednesday
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  • Thursday
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  • Friday
  • Bowen School Council meeting (7:30 a.m.)
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  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • 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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