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1 December,2017By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update
December 1, 2017
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Dear Bowen Families,

Welcome back!  We hope you enjoyed the long weekend with family and friends.  Students and staff have quickly readjusted back into the school routine and learning has continued.  We appreciate all your efforts to make this week fun, special and safe!  Thank you again for everything you do to help your children develop and grow as learners.  Bowen is a great place to be!  Enjoy the long weekend, see you next week!

Yours truly,
Diana

News You Need to Know
Village Bank Holiday Gift Drive
Looking for a way to brighten up a child’s holiday season?  The Village Bank Holiday Gift Drive is collecting gifts for children ages newborn to 10 to distribute to deserving Newton families this holiday season.  New, unwrapped toys or gift cards from local Newton merchants are greatly appreciated!  Donations will be accepted at Bowen in the main lobby until Monday, December 11th.  Gifts can also be dropped off at any Village Bank Newton location.  Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Bowen School Council November Update
School Council kicked off the year welcoming new and returning members, reviewing the annual family survey and discussing our goals for the year.  This year 72 parents and guardians responded to our annual survey.  We would like to share with you some key highlights from the survey:
  • Overall families reported strongly agreeing or agreeing that communication is open, respectful, and responsive. Families feel welcomed, school is a positive place for students and being overall satisfied with Bowen.
  • The top three best things about Bowen included our community, our diversity as well as the teachers and staff.
  • The top three suggested improvements included our facilities, lunch and consistent communication between home and school
  • Families also shared positive feedback about the new structure of the Back to School Night and made the recommendation to increase the time spent in the classrooms.
  • We will continue to review the survey to identify action steps at our next School Council meeting on Friday, December 15th at 7:30 a.m.  Please remember that all Bowen School Council meetings are open to the Bowen community.  Feel free to join us!
  • New Water Fountain and Water Bottle Filling Station
  • In case you haven’t heard… this week a new water fountain and rapid water bottle station was installed in our lobby.  Students and staff have been excited to use it!  This station even shares information on how many water bottles have been saved by refilling water bottles.  So far we have saved more than 350 bottles… imagine the number by the end of the year!  I would like to thank the 5th grade class of 2017 and their families for the $500 contribution they made to this purchase as their class legacy gift.  The remaining cost of the station and installation will be paid for by the district.  We are grateful for the generosity of both and know it will get great use!  Students and staff are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to school to refill at the rapid water bottle filling station!
  • Donate Extra Computer Mice - To be tweaked
  • Do you have an extra or unused computer mouse for a pc or an interchangeable one that you do not need anymore?  If so, please donate it to Bowen Elementary School.  We would like to have computer mice available for those students who prefer using a mouse.  Donations can be delivered to the office.  Please understand that this is a donation and that the mouse will not be returned to you.  
  • Unicef Donations
  • Thank you so much to the students and families who collected donations for Unicef while Trick or Treating this year!  Bowen raised $704.00 to help provide food and water for children around the world.
  • Newton for a Better World at NNHS
  • Dear Newton North Community,
  • I’m excited to invite you and your students to Newton for a Better World, a special event featuring adults and teens who, through small acts of service, have made a difference in the lives of others and in so doing have found meaning and passion in their own lives. I encourage you to put this event on your calendar and attend together.
  • Newton for a Better World continues our work equipping students for a successful and happy life by teaching them important social and civic skills and by encouraging them to get involved in improving our community.
  • This inspirational evening will be headlined by Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, a sought-after speaker across the United States and abroad and author of nine books on topics related to medicine, leadership, happiness, and living with purpose.  His books include The Two Most Important Days: how to find your purpose—and live a happier, healthier life and Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny and the American Dream, a double memoir written with his brother Deepak Chopra, who is also a renowned speaker and author.
  • Featured speakers will be the founders of several area nonprofits and community efforts--Hope and Comfort, Stand Up Campaign, and Pie in the Sky—along with Newton North students who are taking action and serving others.
  • The evening will include displays of students’ community and volunteer work and a dessert bar featuring Cabot’s ice cream!
  • This event is open to all Newton students and families so seating will be limited. Doors will open at 6:30.
  • I look forward to seeing you and your students on December 2.
  •            Best regards,
  • Henry J. Turner, EdD, Principal, Newton North High School
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  • Responsive Home Workshops
  • Struggling with behaviors at home?  The Responsive Classroom strategies can work at home, too.  Learn useful steps to creating a Responsive Home including: family meeting, interactive modeling, logical consequences, house rules, positive language, as well as choice and quiet time.  Amy Kelly, the District Leader of Social and Emotional Learning, will teach this workshop.
  • Dates include:
  • January 20th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., District Education Center, Room 2010, 100 Walnut Street, Newtonville
  • February 7th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., District Education Center, Room 2010, 100 Walnut Street, Newtonville
  • March 6th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., District Education Center, Room 2010, 100 Walnut Street, Newtonville
  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar!
  • Monday
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  • Tuesday
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  • Wednesday
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  • Thursday
  • Early Release (12:30 p.m. dismissal)
  • Friday
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  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • 12/14 Winter Concert 7:00 p.m.
  • 12/15 - School Council, 7:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, 12/10 - Bowen Students perform for the Providence Bruins (3 p.m.)
  • 12/25 - 1/1 - No School (December Break)
  • 1/2/18 - School reopens 8:20 a.m.
  • 2/19 - 2/23  - February Vacation, No School
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