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December Summary
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:27 AM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
December School Council Update At this month’s school council meeting, we reviewed Newton Public Schools community goals in order to help identify our own school goals.  Once created, our Bowen School community goals will be incorporated in our S
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January Summary
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:28 AM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
At this month’s school council meeting, we continued to develop a community goal for our 2018 - 2021 School Improvement Plan.  Our draft goal states that we will “creatively engage families in school initiatives to increase involvement, connecte
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November Summary
Friday, December 8, 2017 3:41 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen School Council November Update School Council kicked off the year welcoming new and returning members, reviewing the annual family survey and discussing our goals for the year.  This year 72 parents and guardians responded to our annual survey
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January Summary
Thursday, April 27, 2017 9:49 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
At the January meeting, the Bowen School Council began by activating their brains in a different way: by playing “Bowen School Council” Boggle!  Using the letters in “Bowen School Council,” teams of two or three tried to make as many words a
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March Update
Friday, March 31, 2017 4:09 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
School Council March Meeting Update This morning, the Bowen School Council met to discuss the proposed Newton School budget and heard about how this budget proposal will directly affect Bowen.  Attached to this e-mail is the presentation that was s
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December Summary
Friday, January 13, 2017 3:22 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
December School Council Meeting Summary At the December meeting, the Bowen School Council began by sharing resolutions/goals for 2017.  Once again, opposite views on travel popped up, with “travel more” and “travel less” both making an appe
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November Summary
Friday, December 9, 2016 4:11 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
School Council November Meeting Summary At this month’s meeting, the members of the Bowen School Council began by sharing what they are thankful for, both personally and professionally, at this time.  It is interesting to note that both “traveli
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Bowen Family Survey
Friday, October 21, 2016 7:46 AM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Dear Bowen Families: Bowen School Council is seeking your feedback as we continue the practice  of implementing a brief family survey.  During this process we hope to identify trends and changes over time.  In order to do so, we need your help!
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School Council Update & Election
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 10:20 AM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
School Council Update & Election Every school in Massachusetts is required, by law, to have a school council made up of parents and teachers that serves as an advisory board to the principal. The council meets in open meetings monthly, and every
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June Update
Friday, June 3, 2016 4:18 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen School Council Summary Agenda (6/3/16): Community Builder - Favorite donuts, in honor of National Donut Day! Working Goals and Actions - Enrollment/Class Sizes - Clarifying information Bowen school wide enrollment is going from 445 to 421 stude
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May Update
Friday, May 27, 2016 2:43 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen School Council Meeting Summary Agenda (5/20/16): Community Builder Bowen Update Working Goals and Actions: Consistent Communication to Families (continued) At this month’s meeting, the Bowen School Council began with a “silly sentences
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April Summary
Monday, April 11, 2016 8:00 AM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen School Council - April Meeting Summary At this month’s meeting, the Bowen School Council recognized the meeting date by sharing successful/fun April Fools’ Day jokes they have pulled.  The group has some creative minds!  The next item on
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March Summary
Saturday, March 12, 2016 8:49 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen School Council Summary - March At this month’s meeting, the Bowen School Council began by identifying “commonalities” amongst the members of the group.  Each member chose one question to ask as many people as possible in order to identi
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December Summary
Monday, January 4, 2016 3:20 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen School Council Meeting - December 11, 2015 At last monthís meeting, the Bowen School Council meeting began with an opportunity for council members to share a memory of a memorable teacher and to explain why he or she made such an impression.
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November School Council Meeting Notes
Monday, November 30, 2015 7:49 AM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen School Council Meeting November 20, 2015 Notes   Attendance: Diana Guzzi (Principal/Co-Chair), Tiffany Back, Sharon Lipman, Christopher McBride, Nicole Davis, Renee Cebra, Ainsley Brockmeyer, Katie Frieze, Ellen Weiss, Andy Sokatch (Parent/Co
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November 20th Meeting
Friday, November 13, 2015 3:03 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen School Council The Bowen School Council is ready to hit the ground running!  The focus priorities for this year will include communication and teacher support/development.  Additional priorities will be drawn from the results of this fall’
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FWD from the PTO - School Council Candidate Information
Thursday, October 29, 2015 1:43 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
We understand that some are having trouble finding the link to the information regarding the school council candidates. Please use this link, [ https://msg.schoolmessenger.com/m/?s=l_yLxrV72JQ&mal=c4421d23229d50ac2f8420f4a78ae324044124d81ccee4d
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School Council Update & Election
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 5:19 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
School Council Update & Election Every school in Massachusetts is required, by law, to have a school council made up of parents and teachers that serves as an advisory board to the principal.  The council meets in open meetings monthly, and eve
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Family Survey
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 10:32 AM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Dear Bowen Families: This year, the Bowen School Council is continuing the practice we began last year of implementing a brief family survey.  We are excited that, with a year’s data, we can now begin to look for trends and changes over time.
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Family Survey Update
Monday, June 1, 2015 10:40 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen School Council Family Survey Work Update During the April and May School Council meetings, the three working groups reported out summaries of recent work and identified action steps for each topic. ~Subgroups were formed based on themes identi
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November Summary
Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:21 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
November Meeting Summary

At this month’s Bowen School Council meeting we continued our discussion about conducting a community survey to gather more information about families’ experiences at and beliefs about Bowen.  Below is a brief summary of the November School Council meeting agenda items, including:

Family Survey
The School Council reviewed a second draft of a family survey and updated some of the statements, in hopes to clarify the main idea of each statement, as well as an overall rating about Bowen.  A final version of the survey was completed later in the week by a smaller group of School Council members.  The survey will be shared with current families electronically and by paper starting on November 12. Families who graduated Bowen last year will also be invited to participate in the survey.  The Bowen School Council is also hoping to translate the survey into other languages, as needed, to encourage as many families as possible to share their thoughts.  Please contact us if you are available to translate the document.

The survey will be accompanied with a letter that will describe the purpose, timeline of implementation, and plan for dissemination of survey results.  Please be on the look out for this information.

Other Topics
Other topics that were briefly discussed at the closing of the meeting included the updated playground rules and the guardian/teacher conference schedule.  Highlights from those discussions include:

  • Playground Rules:  These rules will continue to be reviewed and revised as our playground is updated in the upcoming year.  Our goal is to keep the playground fun and safe while being properly supervised during the school day.  We also understand that children need time to explore new equipment in order to learn how to use it appropriately.
  • Guardian/Teacher Conference Schedule:  Conference dates are designated by the district and have been identified for the year.  Spring conferences will be held March 11 – March 24.  Families are encouraged to mark their calendars and teachers will be asked to post the conference schedule as far in advance as possible in order to allow families to plan accordingly.
Next Meeting
Our next meeting will be January 6, 2015, 7:30 - 8:20 a.m. in Diana's office.  Please note that the December meeting has been canceled, in order to provide time for the School Council to interpret the survey feedback.  At the January meeting, the School Council will present a summary of what was learned from the survey and begin discussing next steps based on the results.  This information will also be shared in the monthly summary and available to all families.  We invite and encourage you to attend this meeting.  If you are unable to attend this meeting please keep yourself informed by reading the School Council Meeting Summary, which will be posted after each meeting.

Remaining Meeting Dates
The School Council will meet monthly from 7:30 - 8:20 a.m. in Diana's office.  Please mark your calendar with the upcoming meeting dates.  We hope you will join us!
        January 6    February 3       March 3           April 7           May 5       June 2 (hold, if needed)

Contact the School Council Co-Chairs
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions for the Bowen School Council.  We are looking forward to working together this year and hope you will join us.

Diana Guzzi, Principal                                                   Greg Wellenius, Parent            
Diana_Guzzi@newton.k12.ma.us                                  gregory_wellenius@brown.edu




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October Summary
Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:19 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
October Meeting Summary This month the Bowen School Council reconvened for the new school year.  Every school is required by Massachusetts general law to have a School Council. The Bowen School Council serves as an advisory body to the Principal an
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January Summary
Friday, January 30, 2015 9:20 AM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
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