March 9, 2018
Announcements from the Principal
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9 March,2018By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update
March 9, 2018

Dear Bowen Families,
Happy Friday!  Even the snow can’t stop all the exciting things happening at Bowen next week, including parent/teacher conferences, Superintendent's Community Forum, the PTO book fair, BAM night, and School Council.  While you are visiting Bowen, check out the lost and found in the lobby. Our lost and found collection is getting larger each day and we want items to be returned to the correct owner. Also, don’t forget that this weekend is Daylight Savings which means it it time to “spring ahead” and enjoy more sunlight.  Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday.  We know, for some kiddos, they might arrive to school a little tired as they adjust to the new time. Their bodies will quickly adjust!  Thank you again for everything you do to help your children develop and grow as learners.  Bowen is a great place to be!
Yours truly,

News You Need to Know
Bowen Community Forum on Tuesday
Please join me at the community forum meeting with the Superintendent and some School Committee members this Tuesday, March 13th at 8:30 a.m. in the Staff Room.  This a time with the Superintendent and School Committee as they share some of their goals for the district over the next year.  It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions, share concerns, meet district leaders and connect with other Bowen parents and guardians.  I hope to see you there.

Bowen School Report Card Follow Up Discussion - Reminder
To address some of the questions parents have asked about the Bowen School Report Card, I would like to invite families to a presentation and discussion of Bowen’s performance using both state and district data.  The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 29th, 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.  I look forward to seeing you then.

Bowen International Potluck Dinner
The annual Bowen International Potluck Dinner is Friday, April 27, at 6:00 p.m..  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 display art work made by our 3rd and 4th graders. From 7:15-8:30 p.m., there will be student performances in the auditorium (music, dance, rhythmic gymnastics, martial arts, Chinese yoyo, magic, and a parade of international outfits).  Please email Jen Lee at if your child is interested in performing that evening (i.e., play an instrument, sing, dance, or wear traditional clothes in our parade). We are also putting together a slide show showcasing the worldly travels of Bowen families, and will display the slide show in the Bowen lobby.  Please forward family travel photos to Julia Wu at

Lost and Found
We have a new setup for our lost and found!  Coats and jackets are hanging on the rack outside the office, while gloves, hats, and mittens are on the lobby table.  Take a look and see if you can claim any items that have gone missing from home! 

Spring Family and Teacher Conferences
Due to this week’s storm, we will be extending the Spring conference window.  Tuesday, March 20 will be reserved for spring conferences.  I hope this provides you with additional flexibility for rescheduling conferences.  The expectation is that every family will attend a scheduled conference at some point over the course of the month, even if it falls slightly outside Newton’s window.  This is a great opportunity to reinforce the home and school connect, learn what your child is learning, and discuss their successes as well as areas for growth.

Staffing Updates
  • Please join me in thanking Jason Ochsner, our BCBA, for his work at Bowen.  We wish him well as he moves on.
  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar!
  • Monday
  • Spring conferences continue
  • Tuesday
  • Superintendent and School Committees’ Bowen Community Forum, 8:30 a.m., Staff Lounge
  • Wednesday
  • PTO Bookfair, 7:45 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Bowen Gym
  • B.A.M. Night, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Bowen Auditorium
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Bowen School Council, 7:30 a.m.
  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • 3/22-23 - 5th grade musical
  • 3/29 - Bowen principal and parent discussion forum, 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.  
  • 3/30 - No school (Good Friday)
  • 4/8/18 - Bowen’s Science Day
  • 4/16 - 4/20 - No school, April vacation
  • 4/27/18 - Bowen School Council, 7:30 a.m.
  • 4/27/18 - PTO International Potluck

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