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7 September,2018By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update
September 7, 2018
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Dear Bowen Families,
This is the first official edition of Bowen’s Weekly Family Update.  It has been an amazing week as we welcomed both new and returning students and families to Bowen, despite the heat.  Staff, students and families are quickly getting into the new school routine.  Please remember there is no school on Monday for Rosh Hashanah.  We wish a Shana Tova to everyone in our community who is celebrating the Jewish New Year.   Enjoy the long summer weekend!
Yours truly,
Diana

Weekly News
School Assembly
Today we held our first All School Assembly.  This is a time when we gather as a larger community to share with each other and reinforce our school expectations.  During our first meeting we reviewed our school core values and school rules.  The classroom community that teachers are establishing within each homeroom reinforces our school values and rules.
   BE Learners
  • BE kind
  • BE safe
  • BE respectful
  • BE engaged
  • Please feel free to ask your child about today’s meeting, including our expectations or about their favorite Bowen staff Bitmoji.
  • First Fire Drill Practice
  • Today we we successfully completed our first school wide fire drill evacuation directly after school assembly.  Students safely, quickly, and quietly exited the building and gathered at the upper field in a timely manner.  This was an opportunity for students to practice leaving the building while listening to the loud fire alarm and seeing the flashing lights.  This ensures that they know what to expect in case of an emergency.  We will continue to practice throughout the year so that students and staff feel prepared if there is an emergency that requires us to evacuate the building.
  • Morning Arrival Reminder
  • It was great to see so many families during morning arrival.  We appreciate your support helping students transition back to school.  Moving forward, students will say goodbye at the door and then independently walk into the building.  Staff members will be available during arrival to help students during this transition period as well.  This practice is aligned with the district-wide drop-off procedure which has families dropping off students outside of each elementary school.  To review:
  • September 11-21:
  • 1st - 5th grade: Beginning September 11, students will enter the building independently from the bus or family drop-off.  The main entrance doors will be unlocked from 8:20 - 8:30 a.m. for students to enter the building independently.  There will also be Bowen staff at the main doors and Blue Zone to greet students and assist students who may need support with the transition.  Families will not accompany their 1st - 5th grade students into the building.  If families need to check-in with the office staff or nurse, they should go directly to the office after their child heads to class.
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  • Kindergarten:  K teachers will meet their students at the small entrance to the left of the building when looking at the building.  There is a small mulched area with a Kindergarten sign.  Kindergarten teachers will remain outside with students from 8:20 - 8:25 a.m.  Any Kindergarten student who arrives after 8:25 a.m. will walk into the school independently, through the main entrance, directly to their class where they will be greeted by their teacher.  5th grade students will also be helping K/1 students, 5th grade morning greeters will be another friendly face to help K/1 students unpack and enter the classroom.  If families need to check-in with the office staff or nurse, they should go directly to the office after their child heads to class.
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  • Bus Arrival:  All students, K - 5th, arriving on a bus from Boston or from Newton will enter the building using the main entrance.  Students on the Boston bus will go directly to Morning Care in the cafeteria because of the early arrival.  Students on the Newton busses will remain on the bus until 8:20 a.m and then enter the building when the doors open and go directly to class at 8:20 a.m.
  • Bowen Back-to-School Night
  • On Wednesday, September 12th, teachers will welcome parents and guardians to Bowen at our annual Back-to-School Night.  This is a great evening to learn more about the grade level curriculum and expectations as you begin to establish a partnership with your child’s teacher.  You will also have the opportunity to visit your child’s classroom.  Please review the schedule, as we have adjusted it over the years based on parent feedback to focus on the grade level presentations and classroom visits.   
  • Back to School Night Schedule
  •             6:30 - 7:20 p.m.  
  • Grades 3-5 (PTO Overview, Group Presentation & Classroom Visits)
  • Cafeteria:  4th grade
  •                                     Library:  3rd grade
  •                                     Auditorium:  5th grade
  • 7:25 - 8:15 p.m.
  • Grades K-2 (PTO Overview, Group Presentation & Classroom Visits)
  •                                     Cafeteria: 1st grade
  •                                     Library:  Kindergarten
  •                                     Auditorium: 2nd grade
  • Bowen PTO Back-to-School Picnic
  • We’ve been back in school for a week, so now we can start thinking about how we can celebrate the new year!  The Bowen PTO will be hosting our annual  Back-to-School Picnic Thursday, September 20th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the Bowen playground.  There will be free pizza!  We hope you can join us!
  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Monday
  • Rosh Hashanah, No School
  • Tuesday
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  • Wednesday
  • Back to School Night, See Schedule Above!
  • Thursday
  • School Pictures
  • Friday
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  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • September 19 - Yom Kippur, No School
  • September 20 - Bowen PTO Back to School Picnic, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • September 27 - Early Release Afternoon (12:30 p.m. Dismissal)
  • October 8 - Columbus Day, No School
  • October 22 - November 2 - Fall Conferences
  • November 1 - Early Release Afternoon (12:30 p.m. Dismissal)
  • November 6 - Election Day
  • November 12 - Veterans Day observed, No School
  • November 21 - Early Dismissal, 12:00 p.m.
  • November 22 & 23 - Thanksgiving Break, No School
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