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26 October,2018By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update
October 26, 2018
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Dear Bowen Families,
There is a lot of excitement going into the weekend as we look forward to seeing many families at this year’s Boo-wen Halloween Party.  We hope you can join the Bowen community this Sunday!  We appreciate all of your support to ensure that programs and events like this are successful!  Enjoy the weekend, see you on Monday!
Yours truly,
Diana

Weekly News
PTO Bowen Halloween Party
Join us at Bowen School on Sunday, October 28th for some Halloween fun!  There will be dancing, snacks, music, crafts, a costume contest, and much more!  The party for Grades K-2 will be from 4:00-5:30 p.m., followed by the party for Grades 3-5 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  The cost is $10 per child, adults and children under 3 get in for free.  We look forward to seeing you there!
 
CORI and SORIs for All Volunteers
All volunteers, field trip chaperones and other non-Newton Public School employees must complete required CORI and SORI forms at the main office.  Please be sure to bring government picture id when completing the documents.  These documents must be completed at least two weeks prior to the event in order to allow time to process the requests.
 
Math Family Newsletters
At a recent meeting with families, we discussed how families can become more familiar with the math concepts that students are working on in class.  Each math unit has two family letters.  The first letter shares an overview of the math unit.  The second letter suggests activities to try at home.  These letters are a valuable resource to strengthen the home/school communication and increase opportunities for students and families to explore math concepts at home.

Highlights From This Week’s MCAS Overview and Parent/Guardian Report Meeting
This week we invited families to join a meeting to review Bowen’s overall performance last spring and an overview of how to interpret the information on your child’s report.  Although we had limited attendance, we believe the content and structure of an annual meeting like this is beneficial to continue to build a stronger home/school communication connection.  Here are a few highlights shared during the meeting:
  • In English Language Arts, 70% of 3, 4, and 5th grade students met or exceeded expectations.  This is aligned with how 3, 4, and 5th graders performed throughout the district and is similar to last year.
  • In Mathematics, 75% of 3-4-5th graders met or exceeded expectations. This is aligned with how 3, 4, and 5th graders performed throughout the district and is similar to last year.
  • In Science Technology and Engineering, 83% of 5th graders were Proficient or Advanced compared to 70% of 5th graders district wide.  This is a significant improvement from 2017, in which 45% of Bowen 5th graders were Proficient or Advanced.
  • We will continue to review the data and utilize it as one data source as we support all Bowen learners this year.
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  • Trick or Treat for UNICEF
  • This month the 5th grade student council is sponsoring the Trick or Treat for UNICEF fundraiser.  5th grade student council members will be visiting classes to encourage students to “BE a hero” and participate.  I hope you can support our students with this social action project.  More information from the 5th grade student council will be shared early next week.
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  • Annual Candy Drive
  • Bowen will be participating in the Wellesley Dental Group's Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the U.S. Troops serving overseas.  Please have your children drop off unwanted or excess candy in the front lobby Halloween.
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  • Halloween Safety
  • With witches, goblins and super-heroes descending on neighborhoods this month, it’s important to remember a few safety tips to keep Halloween fun and safe for everyone.
  • Walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks, not on the street or around parked cars
  • Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks and low-flying brooms
  • Carry a flashlight to light your way
  • Adults or responsible teenagers should accompany trick-or-treaters
  • Save the candy eating for home when an adult can look through the treats
  • Throw away opened candy and be cautious of small, hard candy with young children
  • Keep the capes & other costume parts away from candles and feet that might trip
  • Use face paint rather than masks that can limit vision
  • Go only to houses with the lights on
  • Adapted from the American Red Cross
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  • Bowen Staff Update
  • Please join me in welcoming the following staff to the Bowen community:
  • Isaiah Aponte, from Sodexo, will be joining us as our new lunch manager.  
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  • Next Week at Bowen School...
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Monday
  • Fall Conferences continue
  • Tuesday
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  • Wednesday
  • K-1 Halloween Parade, 8:45 - 9:05 a.m.
  • Thursday
  • Portrait Retake Day
  • Early Release Afternoon (12:30 p.m. Dismissal)
  • Friday
  • Bowen Walks the Walk, 8:45 a.m.
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  • Reminders - Upcoming Events        
  • 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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