March 17, 2017
Announcements from the Principal
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19 March,2017By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen News
March 17, 2017

Dear Bowen Families,

Happy Friday!  One of the great things about Friday (besides just the fact that it’s Friday) is that we get to start each and every Friday morning with our Bowen Community Block.  If you walked around the school building this morning, you could see a LOT of interesting things going on!  Some classrooms were meeting with their reading buddies and doing activities related to St. Patrick’s Day.  Another classroom was beginning a project to “design your own water park” (in the hopes that warm weather will someday arrive!).  A parent was sharing a book about animals as a “mystery reader” in a classroom.  In yet another room, teams of students tried to figure out the best way to build a tower that would support a tennis ball out of straws and tape.  Meanwhile, the entire 3rd grade was deeply involved in their “Many Thanksgivings” celebration and had many parents ready to help kids with a variety of projects.  And that’s just scratching the surface!  Can you see why we like Friday mornings around here?  Have a wonderful weekend!   

Yours truly,
Diana & Tiffany

News You Need to Know

Bowen Book Fair & BAM Night
Thank you to everyone involved with planning, organizing, and running this year’s Book Fair & BAM Night!  There were some nail-biting moments thanks to the snow day and uncertain weather forecast, but everything worked out mostly as planned (just two hours later than usual) and the kids had a great day!    

Newton Community Forum - Talking with Children About Race
Over the past few years, the Newton Public Schools have undertaken the important work of addressing issues of race, bias, and culture.  In order to extend the work in the classrooms to the home and larger Newton community, Superintendent of Schools David Fleishman invites you to a community forum: “Talking to Children About Race: Why and How?” to be held on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at Angier School (1697 Beacon Street).  While an RSVP is not required, it will help to plan for materials and activities.  You can use the following link to RSVP:  We hope to see you there!

Bowen International Potluck Dinner
The annual Bowen International Potluck Dinner is Friday, March 24, at 6:00pm.  Please join us in celebrating Bowen's diversity and international community!  Bring a dish reflective of your heritage, and wear something representative. Ms. Wenger will have art exhibits by our 3rd and 4th graders on display. From 7:15-8:30pm, enjoy performances of instrumental music, traditional dance, rhythmic gymnastics, martial arts, a Chinese lion dance, and an international fashion show.  Please email family travel photos to Julia Wu at by this Sunday afternoon (3/19). The slide show will be on display in the Bowen lobby next week.  Please email Alex Prozument at if your child is interested in wearing traditional clothes in our international fashion show.  We would love as many countries represented as possible. A dress rehearsal is being planned for Saturday (3/18) at 2pm.  We are in significant need of volunteers to help serve food that night!  Please sign up for a 30 min slot at    Guests cannot serve themselves food in accordance with the health code so we need a lot of parental support at the food stations.  Thanks!

Looking for Some Great Host Families!
Every year, as part of Newton’s efforts to encourage intercultural learning, the Visiting International Student Program at Newton South invites twenty international students to join us at Newton South.  This is our fourth year running this program, and we have hosted students from all over the globe.  This year, we have students from a variety of countries including Italy, Colombia, China, Brazil, Spain, Thailand, Indonesia, and Germany.  It has been a blast getting to know these students and they've added so much to our community.
Of course, our wonderful South Side families are an important part of this program!  Families who open their homes and hearts to these students make this intercultural learning experience possible.  Past families have told us how much they have gotten out of the experience.  Connections are made that last well beyond the duration of the visit.
We are already starting to think about Fall 2017.  We have wonderful families who have hosted in the past returning and we are looking for a few new families as well.  In our effort to attract great families, we are working with a company called Educatius International.  
If you would like to learn more about being a host parent, you can contact Claudette Rowe from Educatius International at or 508-246-7028.  If you would like to know more about the visiting international student program at Newton South, you can contact me.  
Please consider hosting an international student!  You'll be supporting this great program and past host families will tell you what a wonderful experience hosting an international student can be for everybody involved.
Best wishes,
Kara Veley
Guidance Counselor
Visiting International Student Program
Newton South High School

Staffing Updates
  • We would like to thank Eric Towne, our evening custodian who is leaving us and welcome Al Zellman, Sr. as our new evening custodian.
  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar!
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • 12:30 p.m. dismissal
  • Wednesday
  • Newton Community Forum “Talking with Children About Race” @ Angier School (7:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Bowen International Potluck Dinner (6:00-8:30 p.m.)
  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • Friday, 3/31 - Bowen School Council meeting (7:30 a.m.)
  • Sunday, 4/2 - Bowen Science Day
  • Monday, 4/3 - MCAS testing, Grade 3 ELA session 1 (9:00 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, 4/4 - MCAS testing, Grade 4 ELA session 1 (9:00 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, 4/5 - MCAS testing, Grade 3 ELA session 2 (9:00 a.m.)
  • Thursday, 4/6 - MCAS testing, Grade 3 ELA session 3 (9:00 a.m.)
  • Friday, 4/7 - MCAS testing, Grade 4 session 2 (9:00 a.m.)
  • Monday, 4/10 - MCAS testing, Grade 4 session 3 (9:00 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, 4/12 - Responsive Home Workshop @ Newton Education Center in Room 210 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, 4/14 - No School (Good Friday)
  • April School Vacation Week: 4/17 - 4/21
  • Tuesday, 4/25 - Oak Hill Principal Coffee w/Grade 5 parents (8:30-9:15 a.m.)
  •           Oak Hill Principal visits Grade 5 students (9:15-10:15 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, 4/26 - MCAS testing, Grade 5 ELA session 1 (9:00 a.m.)
  • Thursday, 4/27 - MCAS testing, Grade 5 ELA session 2 (9:00 a.m.)
  • Friday, 4/28 - Bowen School Council meeting (7:30 a.m.)
  •           MCAS testing, Grade 5 ELA session 3 (9:00 a.m.)

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