April 27, 2018
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27 April,2018By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update
April 27, 2018
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Dear Bowen Families,
It was great to welcome students, families and staff back to school after the April break.  The next two months of school will be filled with learning and special events as we reflect on the current school year and prepare for school year 2018-2019.  I am looking forward to seeing many families at Bowen’s Annual International Potluck Dinner this evening.  Thank you again for everything you do to help your children develop and grow as learners.  Bowen is a great place to be!  Have a great weekend!
Yours truly,
Diana

News You Need to Know

Bowen International Potluck Dinner
The International Potluck Dinner is this Friday, April 27, at 6:00 pm in the Bowen gym!  Please join us, bring a dish reflective of your heritage, and wear something representative.  Ms. Wenger will have art exhibits by the 3rd and 4th graders on display. From 7:15-8:30 pm, please join us in the auditorium for a parade of international outfits and student performances.  We are in significant need of volunteers to help serve food between 6:00pm-7:15pm. Please sign up for a slot at https://tinyurl.com/BowenPotluck   In accordance with the health code, guests cannot serve themselves food...so, please help us! Thank you!

Early Release Thursday
Students will be dismissed on Thursday, May 3 at 12:30 p.m.  During the afternoon, the Bowen staff will participate in professional development.  We will be engaging in courageous conversations about race in order to develop a shared understanding of the impact of racial identity on the school experiences of staff and students in order to foster a welcoming and inclusive school community for staff, students and their families.  

Early Release Thursday Pizza Sale
5th graders will be selling pizza, water, juice and other snacks outside of school on Thursday, May 3rd at 12:30 (early release). The money raised will go towards funding the Bowen Legacy Scholarship, a scholarship established for a Bowen alumni graduating from Newton South High School to help with the cost of college. Grab some lunch and help Bowen students learn the importance of giving back to one’s community. Cash only, please.

2018-2019 Placement Information
During the months of May and June, we will begin our work to create balanced classrooms for the next school year.  An important part of this process is the feedback we will be requesting from parents/guardians regarding your child’s learning style, goals you have for your child, and social information regarding his/her peers.  Included in this email is a placement form that you may use to give us feedback regarding your child that will help us in our process. This optional form will need to be returned to school by Monday, May 7th.  We are sorry that we cannot accept late placement forms.  Optional Placement Form 

School Council Summary
During this month’s school council we began to discuss how we can creatively engage families in school initiatives to increase involvement, connectedness and support.  We will identify school wide experiences to invite families to participate in to develop a better understanding of students, Responsive Classroom and the math curriculum, Investigations.  Experiences and dates for the 2018 - 2019 school year will be selected at next month’s school council meeting and then shared with families.  Our discussion will continue at next month’s school council meeting, May 25, 2018 at 7:30 a.m.  Please remember that all Bowen School Council meetings are open to the Bowen community.  Feel free to join us!

Staff Updates
  • Please join me in welcoming Nertila Gyati to Bowen.  She is joining the community as our lunch manager.
  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar!
  • Monday
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  • Tuesday
  • Grade Level CTTs
  • Wednesday
  • Grade 3 Math MCAS (9:00 a.m.)
  • Student Art Exhibit, Spring Show, 4 p.m., Educational Center
  • Thursday
  • Grade 3 Math MCAS (9:00 a.m.)
  • Early Release, 12:30 dismissal
  • Friday
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  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • 5/7 & 5/8/18 - Grade 4 Math MCAS (9:00 a.m.)
  • 5/9 & 5/10/18 - Grade 5 Math MCAS (9:00 a.m.)
  • 5/22 & 5/23/18 - Grade 5 STE MCAS (9:00 a.m.)
  • 5/25/18 - Bowen School Council, 7:30 a.m.
  • 5/28/18 - No School (Memorial Day)
  • 6/5/18 - Color Day
  • 6/13/18 - Incoming K Picnic, 5:00 - 6:15 p.m.
  • 6/21/18 - 5th grade ceremony, 1:30 p.m. & 5th grade celebration, 3:00 p.m.
  • 6/22/18 - Last day of school for students, 12:00 dismissal
  • 6/25/18 - Last day of school for staff
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