Bowman News 10th Edition

November 1, 2019

Dear Families,

Earlier this month, parents/guardians of students in grades 3rd-5th received their child’s standardized MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) report based on testing that students participated in last spring. The tests assess students in mathematics, reading and writing. Students in fifth grade also participate in a science, technology and engineering exam. If you are curious to see the data and how our students did, please visit: DESE School Profiles/Bowman MCAS.

Principal for the Day/School Spirit Day

On, Wednesday, November 13th, Bowman School will host a guest Principal, Ms. Dawson. She is a member of Ms. D’Abreu’s first grade class and won the opportunity to be the “Principal for the Day” in the recent PTA fundraising auction. Ms. Dawson has declared November 13th as a “School Spirit Day.” To show your spirit, she is requesting that students in Kindergarten wear purple, first grade wear blue, second grade wear green, third grade wear yellow, fourth grade wear orange and fifth grade wear red.

100 Mile Club Update

Outside of School Credit Slip: 100 Mile Club supports student’s physical exercise in and outside of school. In an effort to recognize cardio activity, students may submit (with parent/guardian signature) a “credit slip” for: running, walking, hiking or swimming. A minimum mile may be accrued and applied to their 100 Mile Club mileage count.


Please see fill out the 100 Mile Club Credit Slip send back to school and give to a 100 Mile Coach will will record the the mile(s).


Tuesday/Wednesday afternoon & students in grades K-3: If a student in grades K-3 has an older sibling in grades 4 or 5th who is staying after school to run, the younger sibling may remain after school and run too. Please be aware, that the older sibling/parent/guardian is responsible for the younger student especially when 100 Mile Club ends and students are dismissed.

Dismantling Racism Parent/Guardian Night

As you know, new lessons were added this summer to our “Dismantling Racism and Other Isms” curriculum. Parents/Guardians are invited to join Bowman Staff on November 20th, from 6:15-7PM, to see a videotape of a new lesson created this summer where students learn through a child's personal story about identifying as transgender.

Redistricting Update

Yesterday, Dr. Hackett emailed an update that extends the original timeline for determining the outcome of the plans for redistricting. Please see below for new dates:

  • November 5, 2019 - The School Committee will receive an update on the Transportation Consultant’s analysis of the original recommendation and an alternative minimal impact scenario. The meeting will be held in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room and will begin at 7:00 p.m.

  • November 18, 2019 - The School Committee will hold an additional public hearing at Clarke Middle School Auditorium. The public hearing will begin at 6:00 p.m.

  • December 3, 2019 - The School Committee will vote on the redistricting recommendation. The meeting will be held in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room and will begin at 7:00 p.m.

PTA News

THANK YOU Katie Quick and the volunteers who helped make the Scholastic book fair such a success! The quality and wide selection was most impressive. Thank you also to the families who purchased classroom “wish list” books. We appreciate your thoughtfulness!


BOWMAN SPIRIT WEAR It's Spirit Wear time! Show your school spirit with colorful shirts, sweatshirts, pants, scarves, and hats. Sale ends Sunday Nov. 10th. Bowman PTA is offering your favorites: Plaid Flannel Pants, Long and Short Sleeve T-shirts, Hooded and Zip Up Sweatshirts, Tie Dye T-shirts, Knit pom-pom hats, baseball hats, scarves and Dri-fit T-shirts! Children and adult sizes available.

NEW FOR 2019/2020

- BOWMAN zip up hoodie *back by popular request*

- BOWMAN sweater fleece pullover - ADULT ONLY

- LEXINGTON pullover sweatshirts and LEXINGTON athletic short sleeve shirts- great for everyone- especially 5th graders moving on next year, and adults!

- LIMITED SUPPLY: Lexington basketball socks, and Lexington plush blankets- order these fast! Due to the custom nature of these items, there are NO exchanges or returns so PLEASE be sure of sizes when ordering. To order: https://bowman19.itemorder.com/sale. Store “closes” Sunday, November 10th. Questions? Email spiritwear@bowmanpta.org (please do not contact Tricon directly.)

SEPAC Survey

Is your child on an IEP (Individualized Education Programs) or a 504 Plan?

The Lexington Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC), is administering an anonymous parent survey to all parents with children in Special Education or with a 504 accommodation plan. All responses, including comments, will be kept strictly anonymous and will be collated by the parent LexSEPAC group. Results will be collected and presented to the LPS administration and School Committee in early 2020. A parent Q & A will follow the public presentations in the Spring of 2020. Complete the Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JSZLT9W For questions or more information, please contact presidents@lexsepta.org. To learn more about LexSEPAC and the work that we do, visit lexsepta.org


Community News and Dates

Saturday, 11/2, 7:30PM at Follen Church, Lexington, Deeper Than the Skin: A Musical Presentation on Race. Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway are singers and storytellers with a long history of friendship across race. The performance is free; donations are encouraged. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7:30 performance. The next morning, Sunday, November 3, Reggie and Greg will lead the multi-generational service at Follen Church at 10:30am. All are welcome. For more information, see https://follen.org/deeper-than-skin/ or https://deeperthantheskin.com/


Saturday, 11/2, 1-4PM at Lexington Community Center: Screening of Wonder.

Family friendly event- Screening of the movie Wonder followed by a short kindness activity. This is event is sponsored by the Lexington Human Rights Committee.

Monday, 11/4, 7PM at LHS, LEF Trivia Bee. The LEF Trivia Bee is a fun battle of wits where the public is invited to cheer for 40 3-member teams of educators, parents and community members as they answer questions in pursuit of the Masters of Trivia title and trophy!


Wednesday, 11/6, 7-9PM at Cary Memorial Hall: Please join us in learning about Vaping and E-Cigarettes, health risks, and the current issues facing youth. A free community presentation and discussion presented by Dr. Vaughan Rees. (see link to flyer for more details)

Sponsored by: Town of Lexington Human Services Department, LPS PE/Health/Wellness Dept., School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) & SHAC Substance Abuse Task Force.


Monday, 11/18, 7-8:30PM at Cary Library, Lexington Human Rights Committee - Panel Discussion: “The Impact of Hate and How we Combat it.”


Save the Dates:

November 8th No School for Students - LPS Professional Development

November 11th Veteran’s Day - No School

November 13th School Spirit Day (see above)

November 13th Picture Retake Day

November 20th Dismantling Racism Parent/Guardian Information Night 6:15-7PM

*November 20th PTA Meeting 7-8PM (Note New Date)

November 27th ½ Day - Students dismissed @12:15

November 28th & 29th Thanksgiving Holiday - No School