The Bowerman Star

November 16, 2015

Community Interest

This Wednesday, Mrs. Julia and I will be attending a luncheon with the Springfield Kiwanis. The invitation to the luncheon came recently when they contacted me to let me know of their desire to support our school, our teachers, and our kids. During the luncheon they have asked for us to present a short synopsis of the history of Bowerman, our current reality, and what teachers need in order to be successful. I have created a padlet at this link for you to be able to provide your input.Please type your name and then leave information about your needs. We will keep you posted about how our visit goes. Thank you in advance for providing your voice!

Important Dates

Nov. 16 Baby Shower!

Nov. 17 Hamlin in the Morning at 7:00 a.m. in Library

Nov. 18 Mrs. Webb out in the a.m. for Summer Learning Meeting/Kiwanis Luncheon

Nov. 20 STAR Store

Nov. 20 Mrs. Webb out for Leadership Springfield

Nov. 24 Staff Meeting at 3:15 p.m. in the Library

Nov. 25-27 Thanksgiving Vacation

Rise & Shine

During morning announcements this week, please review slide 17 - Voice Levels and then focus on reteaching any setting you feel your class needs to work on. Here is the link to the Rise & Shine PPT.

Information for YOU!

  • Our kids are rocking Lexia! Bunches and bunches of our kids are meeting their weekly minutes. Way to go! Keep keeping our adaptive software front and center.
  • 3rd-5th Grade Teachers: The goal is to make sure that student devices go home with a specific purpose by Thanksgiving. What is your plan for making this happen? There is footwork to happen prior to devices going home. Remember that you need to contact me when you are ready, We will need to send home a parent prep letter at least 3-4 days prior to devices going home.
  • Our IGNiTE goal is to make sure 3rd -5th grade students are experiencing reading text online. Digital literacy is huge! What does it look like in your mind? How will our students know when they are experiencing online digital literacy?
  • Please be reflective and make sure you are using our established building-wide behavior system. Things to remember:
1. Sending kids to the focus room allows us to track their behaviors.
2. Specials should not be taken from students as a consequence for behaviors (that do not happen as a result of playground behavior).
  • PE equipment will no longer be available to classes to take outside during recess. These items will be reserved for Coach Runnels and Coach Orfs PE classes.
  • See Mrs. Schindele's link (below) for a quick video on RESPONSIBILITY.
  • If you have not done so, consider moving forward with involving your class to set a class attendance goal. There is nothing better than seeing a group of kids work together toward a common goal! :)
  • Jeans Days-a-Plenty! With the sale of jeans tickets for the Pay It Forward campaign, we will be having lots of jeans days. Please check in with Mrs. Lori on the days you are using a jeans coupon and she will give you a stamp. Please keep in mind that even in jeans we should look like the professionals we are. Please leave the jeans at home if I have communicated in advance that we will have district VIPs in the building. Thank you!
  • If you would like to give a colleague a pat on the back, consider filling out an online recognition form. The link is as follows:
  • Please pick up a few Outstanding Behavior and Academic Achievement forms from the front office. If you have a student that is “walking on water” with improving their behavior and/or academic status, please consider filling one out. We will recognize these ‘outstanding’ award winners during our monthly Bowerman Star assemblies.


Nov 20 Carmen Gheorge

Nov 24 Stephanie Reid

Nov 26 Kristie Bennett

Our Mission

The mission of the Bowerman community is to equip our students to be successful and literate 21st century learners.