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28 January,2019By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update
January 25, 2019
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Dear Bowen Families,
Even though the snow is quickly melting from last weekend’s storm, it is a good reminder for us that winter is here… which means we have to plan for the impact of snow during arrival and dismissal time.  This is not an easy task as each family must determine what is the safest way to and from school… it will vary from walking to driving.  No matter how you travel to and from school,  you need to plan extra time, be careful and be patient.  If you use the Blue Zone or travel on Cypress street,  it is recommended that you continue to travel toward Parker Street to eliminate the gridlock that was created on Tuesday.  Do not park on both sides of Cypress Street and do not make illegal U turns.  Please follow the directions of our crossing guards and staff as we try to help our students arrive and depart from school safely.  Thank you for everything you do to help your children develop and grow as learners.  Bowen is a great place to be!  Enjoy the long weekend, stay warm and enjoy the snow, see you next week!
Yours truly,
Diana

Weekly News                                         
Progress Reports and Spring Conferences
On Thursday, January 31st, student progress reports will be posted on Parent Connect.  Please be sure to download the document and review the progress your child has made so far.  If you are having trouble logging on, please email aspen@newton.k12.ma.us directly.  The information shared on your child’s progress report will be helpful for you as you prepare for the upcoming Parent/Teacher conference.  The spring conference period will begin on March 18th.
Sports Fan Day
Next Friday, February 1, we will have a schoolwide Sports Fan day.  Students and staff are welcomed to wear their favorite sports team gear to school.  I know I will be wearing my New England Patriots gear as I prepare to cheer them on in the Superbowl.
Lunch Monitors Needed
Memorial-Spaulding Elementary School and Countryside Elementary School are currently seeking a Lunch Monitor.  Hours: 10:20-1:20 Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri.  Successful candidates must: 1) Enjoy working with/assisting children 2) Be willing to work with a school-based food service team 3) Be committed to creating a positive and enjoyable dining experience for students.  Interested candidates should send resumes to:
  • Bowen School Council January Update
  • School Council kicked off the new year reviewing our community goal and reviewing the annual family survey data.  During the year, the Bowen School Council will continue to work towards “creatively engaging families in school initiatives to increase involvement, connectedness and support.”  We also reviewed the annual family survey (see attached PowerPoint  Annual Family Survey ).  Families identified strengths of Bowen to include the following categories or themes: community, teachers and staff, diversity, and families.  Bowen families also shared improvement suggestions, including the following categories or themes:  facilities (paint, playground, grounds, bathrooms), lunch (length of time to eat, food quality), parking, teacher consistency (expectations, homework, communication), academics (challenge, math curriculum), language, increase parent volunteers and volunteering opportunities, and more specialist’s time.  Some of this feedback will be integrated in our work as a school council, and other feedback will be shared with the district.
  • Bowen School Council meetings are always open to the community and we hope you will consider attending our meetings this year.  Our meetings will be March 1 @ 7:30 a.m., April 12 @ 7:30 a.m. and May 17 @ 7:30 a.m.
  • Staff Update
  • Please join me in welcoming this semester’s student teachers to Bowen:
  • Alana Harrington, nursing student
  • Clarissa Henson, student teacher, learning center
  • Anna LaRose, student teacher, learning center
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  • Next Week at Bowen
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  • Thursday
  • NPS Progress Reports available to families
  • Friday
  • Sports Fan Day
  • 5th grade Understanding Our Differences
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  • Reminders - Upcoming Events        
  • 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 8: Winter walk and roll to school
  • 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 1:  Bowen School Council Meeting, 7:30 a.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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