February 3, 2017
Announcements from the Principal
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4 February,2017By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News
February 3, 2017

Dear Bowen Families,

Happy Friday!  You may have heard that the groundhog saw his shadow yesterday (depending on which groundhog you happen to follow), which means six more weeks of winter.  But really...when it comes right down to it, wouldn’t we be expecting six more weeks of winter no matter what?  Not that this winter has presented very much in the way of weather challenges so far.  Uh-oh...was that just the jinx?  Moving on!  Bowen continues to be full of positive energy as we move toward the 100th day of school next week, and we are so appreciative of everything you do to support your children in their learning.  We hope you have a wonderful weekend and that any bleary eyes we see on Monday morning are thanks to a Patriots win!  Go Pats!

Yours truly,
Diana & Tiffany
News You Need to Know

Progress Reports and Spring Conferences
On Monday, February 6th, student progress reports will be posted on Parent Connect.  Please be sure to download the document and review the progress your child has made so far.  If you are having trouble logging on, please email Skyward@newton.k12.ma.us directly.  The information shared on your child’s progress report will be helpful for you as you prepare for the upcoming Parent/Teacher conferences.  The spring conference period will begin on March 6th.

BE Family Project
We would like to invite all Bowen families to participate in an extension project of our weekly community block, a time that fosters and develop relationships among our students, staff, classrooms, and the larger community.  We would like you to research people from around the world who represent any of Bowen’s four expectations and values:
BE Kind, BE Safe, BE Respectful, BE Engaged.
            As a family, we want you to have fun identifying people who have made a difference in your lives, championed a cause that you care about, and/or impacted our global community.  You can do research online, at the library, or by using other resources.  Compare sources to make sure that your facts are true.  Discuss with your family what Bowen value the person and their action demonstrates.  Then write a few sentences describing the person and their accomplishment, and include a photograph or picture to share as well.
            Please return completed projects to the main office.  We will create a display for finished projects in the main lobby so that others can learn about people who demonstrate the values we hold to be important here at Bowen School.
Here are a few examples:  See attachment for examples with photographs:  Bowen News With Photos 

BE Engaged - Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai is an activist from Pakistan who has advocated for others, including education for girls.  She was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
BE Respectful - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the first elected female president in Africa.  She has been recognized for overcoming many challenges her country Liberia has faced and has been a strong advocate for women.
BE Safe - Garrett Morgan
Garrett Morgan was an avid inventor and obtained many patents for his inventions, including a model of a traffic light signal that was used in United States, Britain and Canada.
BE Respectful - Jose Hernandez-Rebollar
Jose Hernandez-Rebollar invented a glove that translates sign language into speech.

Sodexo Student Lunch Accounts
Sodexo has asked us to share the following information regarding overdrawn student lunch accounts.  Please know that no student will be denied a lunch, regardless of the status of an account.  When the account balance reaches zero, the student is able to purchase three more regular meals.  After that, the student lunch option is a sunbutter and jelly sandwich.  Notices about overdrawn account status are sent to families via e-mail from the Food Service Director, as well as a letter sent via USPS from Food Services.  Please reach out to us with any questions you may have about this process.

Incoming Kindergarten Registration
We are currently scheduling kindergarten screening/registration appointments for children entering kindergarten in September of 2017. Appointments will take approximately one hour and will be held during the mornings of March 6, March 7 and March 9.  Please call Ms. Megrian in the Bowen School office to schedule your child’s appointment on one of the dates listed above.

Reminder:  Kindergarten Information Nights for Parents & Guardians will be held on February 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Newton North High School and on February 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Newton South High School.  

For additional information, please check out the Kindergarten Registration website at <http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/2912> Please let us know if your family would like an informational flyer in a language other than English.  Kindergarten Informational Flyer 
MCAS Schedule
The district asked us to make a slight tweak to our testing schedule so that all grades could begin testing in the morning for each session.  Grades 4 & 5 were affected by this, so make sure the schedule you have matches this one!
ELA Testing
Grade 3                                                Grade 4                                    Grade 5
Monday, 4/3 @ 9:00am                         Tuesday, 4/4 @ 9:00am            Wednesday, 4/26 @ 9:00am
Wednesday, 4/5 @ 9:00am                   Friday, 4/7 @ 9:00am               Thursday, 4/27 @ 9:00am
Thursday, 4/6 @ 9:00am                      Monday, 4/10 @ 9:00am           Friday, 4/28 @ 9:00am
Math Testing
Grade 3                                                Grade 4                                    Grade 5
Monday, 5/8 @ 9:00am                         Tuesday, 5/9 @ 9:00am            Wednesday, 5/3 @ 9:00am
Wednesday, 5/10 @ 9:00am                  Thursday, 5/11 @ 9:00am         Thursday, 5/4 @ 9:00am
Science Testing
Grade 5
Monday, 5/15 @ 9:00am
Tuesday, 5/16 @ 9:00am

Responsive Home Workshops
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 three sessions to choose from:
Wednesday, March 1st (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, April 12th (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.)
Thursday, May 11th (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!

Next Week at Bowen School...
Mark Your Calendar!

  • Progress Reports available online to families
  • Incoming Kindergarten Information Night @ Newton North High School (7:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday
  • 12:30 p.m. dismissal
  • Wednesday
  • Incoming Kindergarten Information Night @ Newton South (7:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • Friday, 2/17 - Bowen School Council meeting (7:30 a.m.)
  • February School Vacation: Monday, 2/20 - Friday, 2/24
  • Wednesday, 3/1 - Responsive Home Workshop @ District Education Center (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
  • Spring Conference Window: 3/6 - 3/17
  • Wednesday, 3/15 - Bowen Book Fair.....Bowen BAM (Books, Art, Music) Night
  • Wednesday, 3/22 - Newton Community Forum: “Talking to Children About Race: Why and How?” at Angier Elementary School (7:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, 3/24 - Bowen International Potluck Dinner

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