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8 December,2017By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update
December 8, 2017
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Dear Bowen Families,
We hope you have had a great week and are ready for our first snowfall this weekend.  If you are looking for something to do on Sunday, think about joining Ms. Granada and Bowen families watching some Bowen students perform for the Providence Bruins (3 p.m.).  Tickets can be purchased at the arena.  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 weekend, see you next week!
Yours truly,
Diana

News You Need to Know

Village Bank Holiday Gift Drive
It’s not too late to donate a gift to the Village Bank Holiday Gift Drive. We are 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! Today the 5th grade student council met with Susan Paley from Village Bank to learn more about the gift drive and give her some of our collected donations. Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Preparing for the Winter Weather
As first signs of winter with snow are predicted for this weekend, we want to remind families of how you can help us keep our children safe and warm.  While we value and love our time outside during recess, especially when there is snow, it is important that children are dressed appropriately.  Jackets, hats, gloves/mittens, snowpants, and boots are strongly recommended for all students.  We are happy to assist families who might need support providing this winter attire, so please let us know.  It is also helpful to label your winter gear so it can get returned to the right student.  We would also like to remind you that the building does not open until 8:20 a.m.  This is a district-wide policy.  Be sure that students are prepared to stay warm if they will be waiting outside for the building to open.

NPS Gift Policy Reminder                                          
Newton Public Schools allows a group gift to an individual staff member only if the gift is identified as being from the entire class, the identity of the givers and the individual amounts are not disclosed to the recipient, and the gift does not exceed $150 per school year.
Individual gifts of appreciation in the form of sentimental tokens are allowed. Gifts of commercial value are not permitted.
 NPS allows and encourages giving to charitable organizations such as school PTO’s or the Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher Program which honors staff while supporting our schools.

Planning a Trip?  
As you plan upcoming family trips, please be sure to let the classroom teacher and office know if your child(ren) will be missing school.  We want to ensure that students are in school as much as possible and understand there are circumstances that make perfect attendance challenging.  Please remember that “lengthy absences for extended trips are strongly discouraged by the Newton Public Schools, as teachers cannot provide advance assignments or study aides a child would need over long periods of time to maintain the pace of learning in the classroom.” (NPS, Students Righter and Responsibilities Handbook, 2017 - 2018, p. 6)                                                        

Out-of-Assigned District Placement for 2018-2019 - District Message                                        
Each year, the Newton Public Schools considers applications for students to transfer to a school outside of their home (assigned) district. Out-of-Assigned district placements are limited and made on a space available basis.                                                       
Applications for the 2018-19 school year are available beginning November 29, 2017 and should be submitted between March 1 and May 1, 2018. Forms are available at the Education Center (100 Walnut Street) and online at www.newton.k12.ma.us. Completed applications must be signed by the in-district principal for Newton parents and submitted to the Education Center by mail or in person.                                                          
Applications received after May 1, but before Labor Day may, under special circumstances, be considered for placement after all other placement decisions have been made. Out-of- assigned district decisions will be announced as close to June 1 as possible. Parents are responsible for their child’s transportation to and from the out- of-assigned district school.                                                        
Interested families may contact the Elementary Education Office (grades K-5) at 617-559-6105 or the Secondary Education Office (grades 6-12) at 617-559-6115 for additional information.                                                

Staff Update
  • We would like to thank Nesa Verneret for her semester at Bowen.  This winter she will return to North Eastern University to continue her studies.
  • We would like to thank Judy Garcia for her time and services as our Lunch Manager this fall.
  • We would like to welcome Tabitha Sharpe who has joined Bowen as our new Lunch Manager this winter.
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  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar!
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  • Monday
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  • Tuesday
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  • Wednesday
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  • Thursday
  • Winter Concert  7:00 PM
  • Friday
  • School Council 7:30 AM
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  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • 12/25 - 1/1 - No School (December Break)
  • 1/2/18 - School reopens 8:20 a.m.
  • 2/7/18 - Responsive Home Workshop, 6:30 - 8:30, District Education Center, Room 2010, 100 Walnut Street, Newtonville
  • 2/19 - 2/23  - February Vacation, No School
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