Bowman News 27th Edition

March 1, 2019

In the Classroom with Corduck

This week’s in the classroom with Corduck is a…“did you know?” Everyday in our classrooms teachers are responsible for monitoring the academic progress that our students make. In addition to the information teachers learn everyday, three times a year, students participate in reading and math benchmark assessments. After the benchmark assessments are completed, the grade level team (including special educators), math and literacy coaches, and administrators meet to discuss the results of the benchmark assessments and progress of students relative to the data that has been collected. This is all in an effort to ensure that our students are getting what they need and that their learning is being supported. An outcome of a data meeting could be that a coach may provide assistances to the teacher or direct instruction to a student in a small group. When a coach begins working with a student, parents/guardians are notified in an effort to keep families informed. For identified students, monitoring their progress related to the prescribed intervention is essential to this process. This formal system of meeting with teachers and administration helps us know how well we are doing as a school, where we need to support our staff, and most importantly, helps to ensure that our students get what they need.


Sagam School Follow Up

In an earlier “Bowman News Edition”, we shared that for several years, Bowman has had a relationship with the Sagam School in Kenya. Over the years, Bowman has held specific fundraisers to help raise money to assist students who attend Sagam pay tuition. Recently, a 5th grade student, Zahra, had her 12th birthday celebration. In lieu of gifts, she requested her classmates, contribute $12.00. As a result, she raised $400.00 which is the cost of tuition for one student for a year! Way to go Zahra and her family for thinking of such a creative idea! Thank you to our PTA treasurer's who help in getting the money wired to the school.


FYI....

We have heard some chatter from students regarding the "Momo Challenge". The challenge is very scary and encourages students to participate in risky or self injurious behavior. Children are also told to not tell adults. If you Google "Momo Challenge" you will find many links to recent news stories associated with this disturbing video pop up. HERE is some information for "What Parents Need to Know about Momo" and how you could talk to your child about it.

Housekeeping

“Coffee with the Counselors” - Please join Bowman School Counselors, Mrs. Shavers and Mrs. Uzenski on March 21st at 8:45am where they will facilitate an informal conversation about “When to Worry about Worries” (how to help your child manage anxiety).


SAVE the DATE: 5th Graduation: June 13, 2019 - much more information to follow!

PTA News

Please join us for PTA Math Night: Kindergarten & 1st grade math night is March 12th & 2nd & 3rd grades math night is April 3rd from 6:30-8pm.


Calling all Bowman students - showcase your talent as a solo or group act in 90 seconds in the PTA sponsored Bowman Variety Show. Registration is first come, first serve. Visit the Bowman PTA homepage, http://bowmanpta.org/ to sign up. Is your 5th grader interested in being an emcee (script will be provided in advance & can be done with a partner) or are you interested in volunteering? Please email varietyshow@bowmanpta.org.

Community News

Saturday, March 2, 10am-1pm, Special Needs Resource Fair, Lexington Community Center (39 Marrett Road, Lexington). Please join Lexington SEPAC/SEPTA for the second annual Special Needs Resource Fair. Come meet therapists, recreational organizations, nonprofits, support groups, and other providers who serve families and children with special needs. Childcare will be available in the kids activity room, thank you to our High School volunteers. For more information about the fair and other special needs programming, please visit lexsepta.org.


Saturday, March 23, 9:30am-2:30pm, Lexington Parent Academy, Lexington’s Community Center 39 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA . Save the date for the “5th Annual Lexington Parent Academy” which is designed to educate and empower parents and caregivers to manage the changing demands of parenting in today’s world. This event is free to the public. A list of presenters will available soon. Please contact Julie Fenn, Assistant Coordinator of PE, Health and Wellness with any questions. jfenn@lexingtonma.org


Saturday, March 23, 7-11pm, Cary Memorial Library Gala

Tickets are now on sale for the Cary Memorial Library Foundation’s Gala for the Library’s 150th anniversary! Early bird prices are $75/ticket until February 1, $100 thereafter. The gala will feature a live band, dancing, drinks & light fare, plus special performances, including by Regie Gibson, Cary Library’s Poet-in-Residence. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.carylibrary.org/foundation

DATES to Remember

March 7th - 5th Grade Spaghetti Dinner (SOLD OUT)

March 12th - K/1 grades PTA Math Night @ 6:30-8pm Bowman Cafe

March 14 - Administrator Coffee @ 8:45am Bowman Library

March 20th - PTA Meeting @ 7pm

March 21 - Coffee with the Counselors @ 8:45am

April 3rd - 2/3rd grade PTA Math Night @ 6:30-8pm Bowman Cafe

April 5th - PTA Sponsored Disco Bingo