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24 May,2019By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen’s Weekly Family Update
May 24, 2019
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Dear Bowen Families,
This week highlighted what an amazing community Bowen is!  We kicked off our week with Spring Fling filled with fun games, a chance to get dunked in the tank, and win some great raffle prizes!  We also had field trips, bike safety and we enjoyed the 5th grade musical, The Lion King.  None of these events could be possible without the support of staff and families.  Thank you for all of your support and  everything you do to help your children develop and grow as learners.  Bowen is a great place to be!  Have a wonderful long weekend, see you on Tuesday!  
Yours truly,
Diana
News You Need to Know
Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher
As the end of the school year approaches, you may be wondering how best to thank the special teachers and staff who have taught and nurtured your children since September. Please consider participating in Newton Schools Foundation’s (NSF) Honor Thy Teacher, which provides a way to simultaneously recognize our faculty and support our schools while also complying with the Newton Public Schools Gift Policy.
When you donate to Honor Thy Teacher, NSF will
  • Notify honored teachers and staff of your gift
  • Share honoree names with the Superintendent’s office and individual school principals
  • List all honored teachers and staff in a fall issue of the Newton TAB
  • The funds raised through Honor Thy Teacher focus on teachers’ professional development and new curricula and learning opportunities which collectively impact schoolchildren across all grade levels. This year NSF funding is supporting programs and initiatives which range the gamut of content areas, including:
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Leadership and Citizenship
  • Race and Achievement
  • Music and Arts
  • Literacy and Writing Instruction
  • Social/Emotional Learning; and
  • Global Travel and Learning.
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Read about the programs NSF funds.  By donating to NSF, you are not only acknowledging teachers on a personal level but also providing rich professional development opportunities for them, and supplementing the existing enrichment opportunities that the district provides.
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  • The suggested donation to Honor Thy Teacher is $25 per teacher/staff member. You can find out more information about the specific programs NSF supports online at www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org, where you can also donate electronically.
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  • Thank you for considering this opportunity to support Newton’s teachers.
  • Library Reminder
  • Here are some important dates for the library as we prepare for the end of the year:
  • May 27th-31st: Final week of book checkouts for students
  • Friday June 7th: All student books are due back to the library
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  • The earlier books are returned in June, the more helpful it is for the library inventory to be completed.
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  • Color Day Volunteers Still Needed!
  • Bowen needs help on Color Day!  Color Day is Bowen's field day where students participate in fun and cooperative physical activities.  We still need about 10 more volunteers to help run these events!  This year, Color Day will be on Tuesday, June 4th (rain date: Tuesday, June 11th.)  Volunteers are needed from 8:20 a.m. until approximately 12:15 p.m.  If you would like to volunteer, please make sure your CORI/SORI is up-to-date (you can check with Mrs. Megrian in the office).  Please contact Lina Yoshida at lyoshida@gmail.com to volunteer!  This is a fun and active day for all the students and volunteers!
  • Are You Moving Before September?
  • As we started the placement process for the upcoming school year, there have been some conversations that students have shared with teachers about potentially moving before the next school year.  If you are planning to move out of the Bowen district prior to September 2019, please inform the office and the classroom teacher as soon as possible.  This will help us gather the required information to share with the new school as well as help us to create more accurate class placements for the upcoming school year.
  • Staff Update
  • Please join me in welcoming Julielle Kahn to Bowen and to the 1st grade team.
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  • Next Week at Bowen
  • Monday
  • Memorial Day - No School
  • Tuesday
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  • Wednesday
  • 1st grade CAS program - Wingmasters
  • Thursday
  • PTO Open Meeting
  • 5th grade CAS program - Origami
  • Friday
  • 4th grade CAS program - Rock Detectives
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  • Reminders - Upcoming Events        
  •             June
  • June 1: Girls on the Run 5K
  • June 4: Color Day
  • June 6: 2L End of the Year Celebration
  • 4th Grade Spring Concert, 7:00 p.m.
  • June 7: 4th Grade Spring Concert, 9:00 a.m.
  • 5th grade step up day, Oak Hill, 12:00 p.m.
  • June 11:  Color Day, rain date
  • June 12: Incoming K Family Picnic and Building Tour, 5:00 p.m.
  • June 14:  4th Grade Biography Living Museum
  • 3rd Grade Recorder Concert, 8:45 a.m.
  • 3NR portfolio celebration, 9:05 a.m.
  • June 17: 5th grade Moving on Ceremony, 1:30 p.m.
  • 5th grade celebration, 3:00 p.m.
  • June 18: Last day of school for students, school dismissed at 12:00 p.m.


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