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10 January,2017By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News
January 6, 2017
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Dear Bowen Families,
Happy first Friday of 2017!  24 hours ago, we would have been commenting on how it doesn’t really look very “winterish” outside.  How quickly that changes!  We love getting just enough snow to make the landscape look nice...while not getting so much that it makes traveling a huge challenge.  Hopefully your first week back from vacation was a good one.  We saw lots of smiling faces and heard many stories about fun and relaxing breaks.  We also saw lots of students and adults getting right back down to the business of learning!  The weekend will be a good chance to recharge.  We appreciate everything that you do to help your child grow and learn, both inside and outside of school!  Have a wonderful weekend, and we will see you on Monday!

Yours truly,
Diana & Tiffany


News You Need to Know
 
GELF Benefit Dinner
Newton’s study abroad scholarship program, the Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Fund (GELF) is turning nine!  Join other members of the Newton community for an evening of food and fun in support of a great cause that helps Newton students.  Since its inception, GELF has funded more than 160 students for international travel and given away more than $240,000 in scholarships.  This year’s GELF Benefit Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1st at Newton North High School.  Reserve your seat online at http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/2289 or by sending a check for $150 (made payable to Newton Schools Foundation) to Newton Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 590020, Newton, MA 02459.  It will be a great night!
 
Incoming Kindergarten Registration
Are you the parent of a child who will be entering Kindergarten next year?  Do you know of someone else who has a child who will be joining our Bowen community for the 2017-2018 school year? Please let Ms. Megrian in the office know if you have the name of any incoming kindergarten student, even if you think he or she is already on the list.  Newton has made changes to the kindergarten registration process--please check out the Kindergarten Registration website at <http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/2912> for additional information.  For your convenience, an Informational Kindergarten Flyer is attached as well as a FAQ sheet. Kindergarten Flyer  Please let us know if your family would like an informational flyer in a language other than English.

 
December School Council Meeting Summary
At the December meeting, the Bowen School Council began by sharing resolutions/goals for 2017.  Once again, opposite views on travel popped up, with “travel more” and “travel less” both making an appearance.  A popular goal was simply, “Try more things that scare you.”  That’s how we grow!  The group then discussed how to better engage a wider group of respondents, which led to some conversation about attendance at school-based meetings.  Thoughts about creating an online forum or a FAQ were shared, with the Council agreeing that answering questions raised through the Family Survey on a Bowen School FAQ document would demonstrate responsiveness and provide another entry point into the conversation about Bowen for a greater number of community members.  
 
At the January 27th meeting, the School Council will discuss the trends identified within the data from the Bowen Family Survey, as well as identify questions asked on the survey to be answered for a Bowen FAQ list.  Please remember that all Bowen School Council meetings are open to the Bowen community.  Feel free to join us!

 
Staffing Updates
We have some student teachers joining us here at Bowen for the winter/spring semester.   Please be sure and welcome them to the Bowen community!
 
  • Ms. Paolillo’s class - Lauren Werth
  • Mrs. Cameau’s class - Ashley Roth
  • Ms. DiBenedetti’s class - Cameron Levenstein
  • Ms. Cruz’s class - Maha Bugrara
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  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar!
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  • Monday
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  • Tuesday
  • “Understanding Our Differences” meeting for parent volunteers in the cafeteria (8:30 a.m.)
  • 12:30 p.m. dismissal
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  • Thursday
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  • Friday
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  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • Monday, 1/16 - No School (Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday)
  •         - 49th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Newton Community Celebration @
  • Temple Beth Avodah (9:30 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, 2/1 - Early Release Day (12:30 p.m. dismissal)
  • Thursday, 2/2 - Grade 5 Winter Concert (1:45 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.)
  • Monday, 2/6 - Progress Reports available online to families
  • Monday, 2/6 - Incoming Kindergarten Information Night @ Newton North (7:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, 2/8 - Incoming Kindergarten Information Night @ Newton South (7:00 p.m.)
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