September 29, 2017
Announcements from the Principal
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29 September,2017By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update
September 29, 2017
Dear Bowen Families,
This morning, everyone at Bowen School had the opportunity to practice some of our safety procedures both inside and outside the school.  These included how to shelter-in-place for times when we need to keep the school hallways clear, a lockdown for times when we want to keep everyone safe inside their learning spaces, and an evacuation walk for a time when we might have to have all students and staff leave the building and gather in an off-site location.  We were able to quickly and safely leave the building, walk to the Church of the Newtons, and walk back to school before 9:45 a.m.  If you happened to be passing through Newton Centre between 9:00-9:30 a.m., you may have seen us on our walk!  It was a successful school safety day!  Thank you again for everything you do to help your children develop and grow as learners.  Bowen is a great place to be!  Enjoy your weekend, and we will see you on Monday!
Yours truly,

News You Need to Know
Bowen Family Survey
The Bowen School Council is seeking your feedback as we continue the practice  of implementing a brief family survey.  During this process, we hope to identify trends and changes over time.  In order to do so, we need your help!  Below you will find a link for the anonymous survey from the Bowen School Council.  It is important for us to hear from you about what is working well at Bowen, areas to improve, and additional thoughts you have about your family’s experience at school.
We ask that EVERY parent/guardian of a Bowen student to please fill out the survey (so that if a student has 2 parents or guardians each person should each fill out a separate survey).
The online survey is open today, September 29 and will close on October 9, 2017.  In addition to the online survey, a PDF is attached PDF Family Survey  and paper copies are available in the office.  We also translated versions in the other primary languages spoken in Bowen homes: Chinese, Russian and Hebrew.  These are available in hard copy, upon request.
The survey can be found at the following link:
If you choose to complete the paper copy of the survey, there will be a collection envelope on the office door labeled “Bowen Family Survey.”  School Council members will collect surveys daily. Once the survey is complete and data has been collected, the Bowen School Council will work as a group to analyze the results and look for trends.  These findings will be presented at an open School Council meeting for all members of the Bowen community who wish to attend.  The results will also be shared in a Bowen School Council Meeting Summary email.
We look forward to using this valuable feedback to continue to help us grow and learn!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  Thank you!

PTO School Directory - Please Sign Up
Each year the Bowen Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) creates and distributes a school directory listing every student by class as well as their parent/guardian contact information.  This information is great to have for coordinating activities, such as parties or playdates, with other families.  If your family is new to Bowen or if you have not yet received an email requesting you to confirm your information in Bowen’s online directory, please help us by updating your contact information.  This can be done by going to and using the invitation code BowenDirectory. Follow the directions to enter your information.  Please do this by October 4th.

Staff Updates
Please welcome Andrew Kinsella to Bowen.  He is joining our Instructional Support Staff and will be supporting classes throughout our school.
Next Week at Bowen School...
Mark Your Calendar!

  • First Day of Full Day K, A Group
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • Monday, 10/9 - No School (Columbus Day)
  • 10/23-11/3 - Newton Elementary Conferences
  • Friday, 10/20 - Bowen Walks the Walk
  • Tuesday, 10/24 - Bowen Flu Clinic
  • Sunday, 10/29 - PTO Halloween Celebration
  • Thursday, 11/2 - Early Release (12:30 p.m. dismissal)
  • Tuesday, 11/7 - Election Day (Municipal Election)
  • Friday, 11/10 - No School (Veterans’ Day Observed)
  • Wednesday, 11/22 - 12:00 p.m. Dismissal
  • Thursday, 11/23 - No School (Thanksgiving)
  • Friday, 11/24 - No School (Thanksgiving Break)

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