Bowman News

19th Edition

December 21, 2018

This week’s in the Classroom with Corduck comes from Mrs. Day’s Kindergarten class. On Monday, Mrs. Day received a donation of 18 brand new teddy bears from the Katz family. The bears arrived with a specific request. Mrs. Day explained to the class that the bears were going to the hospital to keep sick children company. She asked the students what kind of written messages would be helpful for the children to read? As you might imagine, one student raised his hand and said “get better soon!” Mrs. Day explained that the hospital wanted words that would encourage and support the children, not remind them that they were sick. Another student raised her hand and said, “be brave.” Mrs. Day asked her why that might be a good message for the bear to deliver and she said, “if you have to stay in the hospital, you might need lots of shots and you need to be brave to get the shot.” The children quickly caught on to the idea and created a list of other sayings with prompting from Mrs. Day. After the brainstorming, the students headed to their seats to get to work writing their message of encouragement that then hung around the neck of a teddy bear. The bears were delivered to Children’s Hospital much to the delight of patients. Mrs. Day, Mrs. Jonnalagadda and I got great joy in watching our children embrace the idea of giving to others and in the end, I am confident that they benefited from the whole experience!

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Congratulations to our top 3 National Geographic Bee Finishers

3rd place - 5th grader Ankit Gupta, 2nd place - 4th grader Joshua Venkitachalam and 1st place winner - 5th grader William Jung. William will now take an online exam to see what his next steps are. Based on his score, he may qualify to participate in the nation wide finals in Washington, DC later this year. Good luck William!

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PTA News

PTA sponsored, “Bedtime Stories,” which evolved from our former Book Swap event, is a celebration of stories–our own and others’. Come in your cozy PJ’s, bring a picnic blanket and “camp out” with your family as we celebrate all things literacy – reading, writing, storytelling, singing, listening.

Bring up to 5 books to swap; read by the “campfire”; share your stories, poems and songs; make your own bookmarks and reading lanterns*; and join our Bowman family in a singalong lantern parade. *If you’d like to make a lantern, bring a mason jar or other empty, label-free jar with you to the event. We will have a limited supply of recycled jars available for those unable to bring their own jar.

If you – student, parent, or staff – would like to share one of your short stories, poems or songs, please sign up for an “Open Mic” slot.

We need volunteers to help make the event a success. Please sign up for volunteer slots.

PTA Broadside Newsletter: Read the latest issue now at

PTA Wants to Hear from YOU! The PTA is taking stock of what programs we bring to Bowman and your feedback is needed. Please take less than 5 minutes to complete the following survey about PTA programs. Feel free to send additional feedback to

Survey Link

Lost & Found:

Please check out our lost and found if you are missing any clothing items! There are many coats, hats, gloves, and water bottles looking to go back home!

Community News:

Thursday, 1/17, 7-9pm at Lexington Venue (1794 Mass Ave., Lexington) free movie screening of “Including Samuel” a documentary by Dan Habib & discussion moderated by Joe Petner, PhD. Including Samuel chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include their son Samuel, who has cerebral palsy, in every facet of their lives. The film honestly portrays his family’s hopes and struggles, as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families. Sponsored by LexSEPAC/SEPTA, Lexington Commission on Disability, the Lexington Human Rights Commission, and the Lexington Venue. Space is limited, please RSVP to

Monday, 1/21, Lexington’s 6th Annual MLK Day of Service - for more information, please visit the website at

Save the dates:

Dec. 24-Jan. 1st - December Holiday/No School

Jan. 11th - Field Day Volunteer Meeting with Mr. Kane @ 8:30am

Jan. 17th - PTA “Bedtime Stories” Book Swap @ 6:30-7:45pm

Jan. 21st - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day/No School

Jan. 22nd - 5th Grade Parent “Human Growth & Development” Curriculum Overview with Julie Fenn @ 7-8pm

**Jan. 25th - Administrative Coffee/Tea with special guest Julie Fenn - 5th Grade parent “Human Growth & Development” Curriculum Overview (Please note this is a date change)

Jan. 29th - PTA 4th & 5th Grades Family Math Night @ 6:30-8pm

** New Date

On behalf of the entire Bowman School Staff - we wish you all the happiest of holidays and a joyful new year!