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4 February,2019By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update
February 1, 2019
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Dear Bowen Families,
Even the cold could not stop Bowen from enjoying “School Spirit Day” as students and staff sported their favorite team attire.  I hope that this weekend families will find ways to enjoy time together and stay warm.  I am looking forward to seeing some parents at this weekend’s Mystery Dinner.  If you are unable to attend this weekend, I hope you will join in other upcoming school community events always listed in this weekly newsletter and in PTO communications.  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 
 
Winter Weather and Recess
With winter here and after a few extremely cold days, I have received some questions about cold temperatures and outdoor recess from families that I would like to address.  Consistent with other NPS elementary schools, we use the Child Care Weather Watch resource (see attached) Child Care Weather Watch  to determine when it is safe to go outside.  The office checks the “feels like” temperature (temperature after accounting for wind chill) to determine whether we will have inside or outside recess on particularly cold days.  Typically, we use 16 degrees as our minimum temperature for outside recess. This is within the threshold of the yellow/caution zone. We know our children benefit from fresh air and exercise and we wish for them to get outside as much as possible.  There are days when the temperature was just below 20, but lovely outside!  We want kids to go out AND we need to keep them safe!  Depending on “yellow zone” conditions, we may also elect to shorten the amount of time children are outside.  We will make those judgments on a case-by-case basis. 
            To ensure that children enjoy time outside during the winter and are safe, it is recommended that all students and staff come prepared to go outside with winter jackets, mittens/gloves, hats and snow pants (even for some of the staff who get especially cold like me!).
            Another helpful resource for families is posted on the City of Newton’s website about cold advisory.  Please check it out:  http://www.newtonma.gov/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=866&TargetID=1
                                       
Wednesday, February 6th - Early Release - 12:30 Dismissal
Next week there will be an early release on Wednesday for all students at 12:30 p.m.  The bus schedules and BASCP have been adjusted to this schedule.  Bowen staff will be participating in one of five professional development opportunities focused on exploring the complexity of identity and identity development.  We will focus on race, as we continue to foster a welcoming and inclusive school community for staff, students and their families.  On Wednesday, we will discuss the stages of racial identity development.
 
Progress Reports and Spring Conferences
On Thursday, January 31st, student progress reports were 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.
 
Be Healthy: Walk, Bike or Roll to Bowen
Be Healthy: Walk, bike or roll to Bowen or to your bus stop on Friday 8th Feb - rain, snow or shine. Consider walking if you live close enough, park a few blocks away and walk the remaining distance, or walk to your bus stop.
 
February is American Heart Month. Help your child decorate a heart and write something they do to stay healthy, such as walked to school, ate a healthy breakfast, tried a new vegetable, played basketball, danced with friends, ice skated, etc… They can bring hearts to school Friday 8th February or the following week, and we will post the hearts in the school.
 
Heart templates are going home in folders 4th February. Brought to you by Safe Routes to School at Bowen, the PTO and Mr. Smith, your PEHW teacher.
 
Next Week at Bowen

Monday
 
Tuesday
  • Chinese New Year, Lunar Year Recognized
  • Wednesday
  • Early Release Wednesday, 12:30 dismissal
  • Thursday
  • NPS Education Center Visual Art Exhibits & Reception, 4 p.m.
  • Friday
  • Winter Walk and Roll to School
  • 100th day of school (projected)
  • 3rd grade - Many Thanksgivings, 8:45 a.m.
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  • Reminders - Upcoming Events        
  • 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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