October 5, 2018
Announcements from the Principal
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5 October,2018By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update
October 5, 2018

Dear Bowen Families,
It is hard to believe this this week was a our first full week… no days off and no half days and kindergartners stayed on their full days!  Routines are starting to click, meaningful learning is happening in each classroom and students are truly in school mode.  Thank you for all of your support to ensure that Bowen is a wonderful community!  Enjoy the long weekend, see you on Tuesday!
Yours truly,

Weekly News
Bowen Family Survey
The Bowen School Council and PTO are seeking your feedback as we continue the practice  of implementing a brief family survey.  During this process, we hope to identify trends and changes over time.  In order to do so, we need your help!  Below you will find a link for the anonymous survey developed by the Bowen School Council and PTO.  It is important for us to hear from you about what is working well at Bowen, areas to improve, and additional thoughts you have about your family’s experience at school.
We ask that EVERY parent/guardian of a Bowen student to please fill out the survey (so that if a student has 2 parents or guardians each person should each fill out a separate survey).
The online survey is open today, October 5 and will close on October 15, 2018.  In addition to the online survey, a PDF is attached PDF Bowen School Family Survey  and paper copies are available in the office.  
The survey can be found at the following link:
If you choose to complete the paper copy of the survey, please return it to the office.  Once the survey is complete and data has been collected, the survey will be analyzed by the Bowen School Council and PTO.  These findings will then be shared with the school community. 
We look forward to using this valuable feedback to continue to help us grow and learn!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  Thank you!
Walking to School Tips
Thank you to all of the families who participated in International Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day (iWalk).  We encourage families to walk, bike or roll to school or the bus stop.  Here are some walking safety tips from Bowen Safe Routes:
  • Walk together – Walk with your family or a friend. Each person can be responsible for everyone getting to school safely.
  • Pick a safe route ahead of time – Identify a safe and quick way to get to school, and practice on the weekend.
  • Use crosswalks – Only cross streets at crosswalks identified by white lines. Cars aren’t looking for you between crosswalks. If there is no crosswalk, cross at the corner.
  • Stay on the sidewalk – use the grass between the sidewalk and the street as a buffer zone between you and cars.
  • Move safely – don’t run carelessly, chase others or push anyone. Someone can accidentally fall in the path of a moving vehicle. Move safely and in control, on the sidewalk.
  • Use your eyes and ears – listen for cars that are on and may back out of their driveway. Use your eyes to see any moving vehicles around you and move out of their way.
  • Look up at every driveway – the times you go to and leave school are also the times people leave their house for work. Be aware.
  • Don’t take a ride – never get in anyone’s car on the way to or from school, unless it is arranged in advance.
  • Use a light – in the winter when you have stayed at school late, or if it’s not bring yet when you leave for school, use a flashlight so people can see you walking.
  • Left Right Left – look left, then right, then left again before crossing the street to be sure no one is coming.
  • Put the device away – don’t walk while looking at a phone or other device. Look up and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Make eye contact – if you’re crossing the street in front of a stopped car, make eye contact with the driver to be sure the driver sees you.
  • Speak up – if you see someone who might be in danger, say something. Loudly!
  • Unplug – be sure you can hear what is around you. Turn your headphones to a low volume or use only one.
  • Be a role model – younger kids are watching you. Show them what it looks like to walk to school safely.
  • Invite a friend – walking to or from school can be a great time for a talk or a mini-play date.
  • Obey – obey all traffic signs and signals. If you don’t know what something means, ask an adult.
  • Walk across – always walk across the street. Don’t run, don’t ride your bike or your scooter. Walking will help you have the most control and be best aware of what is around you.
  • Report – if sidewalks on the way to school are not cleared, use the Newton 311 app to report it to the city.
  • Communicate – if something doesn’t seem right or safe, tell an adult.
  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Monday
  • Columbus Day, No School
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Reminders - Upcoming Events
  • October 22 - November 2 - Fall Conferences
  • October 23 - CAP Family Informational Meeting, Horace Mann, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • 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
  • December 5 - Early Release WEDNESDAY, 12:30 dismissal
  • December 24 - January 1 - December Break, No School

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