January 11, 2019
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14 January,2019By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update
January 11, 2019
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Dear Bowen Families,
Winter is here… at least the cold winds and freezing temperatures are!  Please be sure to send your children to school with layers so that they can adjust from the classroom temperature to the temperature outside. Thank you for everything you do to help your children develop and grow as learners.  Bowen is a great place to be!  Enjoy the weekend, see you next week!
Yours truly,
Diana

Weekly News                                         
PTO Open Meeting Recap
This week the PTO Executive Committee and I presented at our PTO Open Meeting.  I presented some highlights of the work our staff is engaged in this year and we also discussed the PTO budget, upcoming community events, and the NPS new Equity Policy, a budget review and upcoming spring events.  The PTO will host another Open Meeting later this year, the date is to be determined.
 
Bowen’s PTO Mystery Dinner - February 2, 2019 - Tickets on Sale Now
Please join us for the Bowen Mystery Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 2nd: it's an adults-only event for Bowen parents and staff, where the mystery is who you have dinner with! It’s a great way to meet other Bowen parents and staff members and connect with ones you already know.
We start off as a large group for appetizers at Principal Diana Guzzi's house at 6:30 pm, then split up into smaller groups for dinner at the homes of Bowen families, and then reconvene as a large group at the end of the evening for dessert.
Tickets are $40 per person, and you can buy them at https://tinyurl.com/BowenMysteryDinner2019. If you would like to attend and need financial assistance please let Diana know.  Tickets have sold out in the past few years, so be sure to get yours soon!
Questions? Please contact Stephanie Jernigan - steph@redclayandhoneysuckle.com.
Newton’s 51st Annual MLK Celebration
The 51th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will be Monday, January 21th at 9:30 a.m., at the First Baptist Church, Newton Center.  The Newton Community Celebration was first established in 1968.  The Community Celebration was founded by members of the Myrtle Baptist Church as a means of remembering the civil rights leader in the context of a community celebration of his life and the ideals he strove to achieve for all people.  This is a family event with a large attendance and includes music & short recitations by students from the Newton Public Schools.
Incoming Kindergarten Registration
Are you the parent of a child who will be entering Kindergarten next year?  Do you know of someone else who has a child who will be joining our Bowen community for the 2019-2020 school year? Please let Ms. Megrian in the office know if you have the name of any incoming kindergarten student, even if you think he or she is already on the list.  Newton has made changes to the kindergarten registration process--please check out the Kindergarten Registration website at <http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/2912> for additional information.            
MCAS Testing Schedule Reminder
Earlier this fall, I shared the following MCAS schedule.  Please plan accordingly.  We understand that some absences are unavoidable, but we do ask that everyone be mindful of the testing dates when making appointments, etc.
 
Grade 3 English/Language Arts                       Grade 3 Math
Thursday, April 4th (9:00 a.m.)                                    Monday, May 13th (9:00 a.m.)
Friday, April 5th (9:00 a.m.)                                         Tuesday, May 14th (9:00 a.m.)
 
Grade 4 English/Language Arts                       Grade 4 Math
Monday, April 8th (9:00 a.m.)                                       Wednesday, May 8th (9:00 a.m.)
Wednesday, April 10th (9:00 a.m.)                               Friday, May 10th (9:00 a.m.)
 
Grade 5 English/Language Arts                       Grade 5 Math
Monday, April 1st (9:00 a.m.)                                        Monday, May 6th (9:00 a.m.)
Wednesday, April 3rd (9:00 a.m.)                                 Tuesday, May 7th (9:00 a.m.)
 
Grade 5 Science
Wednesday, May 15th (9:00 a.m.)
Thursday, May 16th (9:00 a.m.)
 
Next Week at Bowen

Monday
 
Tuesday
 
Wednesday
 
Thursday
  • 5th grade Creative Arts and Science program, Techsploration
  • 4th Grade Field Trip, Lowell Mills
  • String Ensemble w/ Cara Bergantino, NSHS, 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday
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  • Reminders - Upcoming Events        
  • January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School
  • 51st annual City of Newton MLK Celebration, First Baptist Church
  • January 31: NPS Progress Reports available to families
  • February 1: 5th grade Understanding Our Differences
  • February 2: PTO Mystery Dinner, 6:00 p.m.
  • February 5: Chinese New Year, Lunar Year Recognized
  • February 6: Early Release Wednesday, 12:30 dismissal
  • February 7: NPS Education Center Visual Art Exhibits & Reception, 4 p.m.
  • February 11:  3rd grade Creative Arts and Science Program, Blacksnake Woman
  • February 14: Valentine’s Day
  • February 15:  School-wide assembly, hosted by 4th grade
  • February 26:  NPS New K Family Informational Evening, NSHS, 7 p.m.
  • March 5, 7 & 8: K Screening
  • March 15:  3rd grade Creative Arts and Science Program, Rock Detectives
  • March 15: 5th grade Understanding Our Differences
  • March 18: Teacher/Family Elementary Spring Conferences begin
  • March 20:  PTO Bookfair, and BAM night
  • March 21: Superintendent and School Committee PTO meeting, 8:30 a.m.
  • March 21:  Early Release Thursday, 12:30 dismissal
  • March 26: 2nd grade Creative Arts and Science Program, Day in Ghana
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