May 12, 2017
Announcements from the Principal
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12 May,2017By: Diana Guzzi
                                                             Bowen News
                                                              May 12, 2017
Dear Bowen Families,

Happy Friday!  Can you guess what “National Day” today is?  Here’s a hint:
There once was a neighborhood school
Where everyone thought learning was cool
The days were not boring
And students were soaring
‘Cause focus on kids was the rule!

Yes, it’s National Limerick Day!  (No, we are not great writers of poetry.)  However, we hope that the point gets across that we know that everyone who is part of the Bowen community is highly invested in children and wants to do everything possible to help every student be successful!  Thank you for everything you do to help your children grow and learn both in and outside of school.  Your support helps makes Bowen great!  Have a wonderful weekend, and we will see you on Monday!  
Yours truly,
Diana & Tiffany

News You Need to Know
Bowen Spring Fling
In a little over a week, it will be time for the annual Bowen Spring Fling!  Come join the fun on Sunday, May 21st from 4:00-7:00 p.m. here at Bowen School.  Enjoy games, face painting, food, a bouncy obstacle course, and, of course, the dunk tank!  Rain or shine, we can’t wait to see you there!  

Newton Schools Foundation - Honor Thy Teacher 2017
The Newton Schools Foundation “Honor Thy Teacher” program provides a way to thank the hardworking staff at Bowen School while also supporting NSF in making new educational programs possible for the Newton Public Schools.  Any staff members who are honored receive a notice, and a list of all honored staff members will appear in the Newton Tab in the fall.  The letter attached to this e-mail provides more information about programs that are supported and how to donate. Honor Thy Teacher Information  It’s a great way to thank individuals who have shown dedication and support to your children over the course of the school year!  

Upcoming CAS Program for Grades 2-5 - Author Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Creative Arts + Science is excited to announced that best selling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka will visit Bowen’s 2nd - 5th graders on Monday, June 5th!  Jarrett creates books with humor, heart, and a deep respect for his young readers. As Ms. Mason can attest, Jarrett’s books are very popular in the library!  We hope that this program will give students something to look forward to at the end of year and inspire summer reading.
Jarrett will hold two assemblies - one for grades 2 & 3, and one for grades 4 & 5, as well as conducting writing workshops for grades 4 & 5.  He will also sign books between presentations, so families may wish to purchase copies of Jarrett’s books before the day of the visit to have signed.
His visit will be much more exciting, and have greater impact, if students are familiar with Jarrett’s work.  Books are available from the Bowen library and the public library.  Ms. Mason can also help provide copies of Jarrett’s books and additional suggestions for in class activities.  Some of Jarrett’s most popular titles include the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, the Platypus Police Squad novels for middle grade readers, and several books in the Jedi Academy series.  
If you have any questions about this event, please contact Lisa Butts ( or Elisa Friedman (

Back to School Night 2017
We know some of you like to plan ahead.  WAY ahead!  Bowen’s Back to School Night will be held on Wednesday, September 13th.  More details to come in the fall!

Staffing Updates
  • Ted DeColo, a 25-year veteran of Newton Public Schools music and a professional musician, will be joining us to teach 4th grade instrumental lessons and 5th grade band.  He started this past Wednesday, and he is happy to be part of the Bowen community!
  • On Monday, Alisa Granada will begin as the teacher for general music classes K-5, as well as for 4th and 5th grade chorus.  We are excited to welcome her to Bowen!
  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar!
  • Monday
  • MCAS testing, Grade 5 Science session 1 (9:00 a.m.)
  • Tuesday
  • MCAS testing, Grade 5 Science session 2 (9:00 a.m.)
  • 12:30 p.m. dismissal
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • Sunday, 5/21 - Bowen PTO Spring Fling (4:00-7:00 p.m.)
  • Monday, 5/22 - 5th Grade Musical (6:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, 5/24 - 5th Grade Musical (7:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, 5/26 - Bowen School Council meeting (7:30 a.m.)
  • Monday, 5/29 - No School (Memorial Day)
  • Friday, 6/2 - Bowen School Council meeting (7:30 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, 6/6 - Bowen Color Day
  • Friday, 6/9 - 5th Grade Step-Up Day at Oak Hill (11:00 a.m.)
  • Thursday, 6/22 - 5th Grade Ceremony & Celebration (1:30-5:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, 6/23 - Last Day of School for Students (12:00 p.m. dismissal)

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