News & Events
First Day of School
Monday, September 14, 2020 – All LPS Students Return to School*
*All PK, K-12 substantially separate, and K-12 at risk students return to school on September 8, 2020.
NO Back to School Parent Coffee IN-PERSON COFFEE CANCELLED
Instead of doing a back to school parent coffee this year, we invite parents to come to our first evening PTA meeting. The format will be slightly different this year and we will focus on events and volunteer opportunities. Thank you!
PTA Kickoff Meeting
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 – 7pm-8:30pm on ZOOM
In lieu of the Back to School Parent Coffee this year, ALL Bowman Parents and Guardians are invited to join us for our kickoff meeting. We will give an overview of our events and programs, talk about how they will be different this year, and discuss volunteer opportunities. Bowman Principal Jenny Corduck and Assistant Principal Beth Glick will be there to say a few words and/or give an update. Please join us! (Login information will be emailed to all families before the meeting)
Back to School Night (LPS) VIRTUAL
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Film Screening and Community Talk – “I’m Not a Racist… Am I?”
“What if this next generation could transcend racism?”
The middle and high school PTOs are proud to present “I’m Not Racist…Am I?” Previously postponed due to COVID, we now have a unique opportunity to bring this event to you virtually at a critical moment in our shared history. After watching the movie, please join us for an online discussion about the movie and to address questions you might have from what you saw. No matter your beliefs about racism, having opportunities in a safe space to share different perspectives and experiences is a key step to helping move us forward on dismantling racism.
NOTE: The filmmakers believe the film is appropriate for children in Grade 7 and up.
1. REGISTER NOW to access the movie link
2. Watch the movie: August 2-3*
3. Join in the community conversation: Tuesday evening, Aug 4 from 7- 8:30pm
Questions? – Please email Christina Lin at email@example.com
* Technically, access to the movie link will be open from 9am Sunday, Aug2 to 9am Tuesday, Aug4.
I’m Not Racist…Am I? is a feature documentary from Point Made Learning and brought to you by LHS, Clarke, Diamond PTOs in collaboration with ABCL, IAL, LPS, LHRC, Lexington Human Services, Cary Library, and Follen Church (Follen Responds to Racism), and with the support of CAAL, LexPRIDE, JPLex, BALex, and CALex
Black Lives Matter.
“Each and every one of us is born with a clean heart. Our babies know nothing about hate or racism. But soon they begin to learn—and only from us. We keep racism alive. We pass it on to our children. We owe it to our children to help them keep their clean start.”—Ruby Bridges
There is no place in our community for hate. The Bowman PTA will continue to support our community and embrace our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racist practices to break the cycle of racism and other forms of oppression. As Dr. Hackett and other town leaders wrote in their recent letter: We must rely on one another during this period of COVID-19 shutdown and school closure and beyond. Now, more than ever, we need to speak up, listen, talk with one another, take action, and effect change. In the Town of Lexington and the Lexington Public Schools community, we all belong. We invite you to partner with us as active “upstanders” who shape history and create a more compassionate, humane world.
We feel it’s important to have these discussions. Now is the time for us all to embrace change and help stop the cycle of inequality in our country.
Here are some resources from Principal Corduck, for families looking for guidance on how/when to talk to their child about race:
- Becoming Upended: Teaching and Learning about Race & Racism with Young Children and their Families is a good one- put out by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)- has info/links/resources for teachers and parents/families
- Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk about Racism
- Teaching Tolerance’s resource collection on Race & Racism
- “Never Too Young to Talk About Race” infographic
- Teaching for Change: “Teaching Young Children About Race”
- Facing History- Bearing Witness: The Death of George Floyd: lists a number of great resources for further reading
- And for a more expansive read, Principal Corduck recommends Everyday Anti-racism by Mica Pollock, with contributions from many other authors and educators. It is also the core text for one of our district professional development series for teachers.
If you or someone in your family is struggling right now, there are resources available to you, and we are here to help. Please email any member of our school staff and we can help to connect you or your child with support.
Here is a very special presentation by Lexington Human Rights Committee Conversation on Race from the MLK Day events. We encourage parents to watch this, feel this, listen to this. Let’s learn together.
Remote Learning Resources
Please check the Lexington Town web site for up to date information on Covid-19: https://www.lexingtonma.gov/public-health/pages/current-information-covid-19-coronavirus
Schools will remain closed for the rest of the year, but we are still here for you. Here are some helpful links for Remote Learning:
- Lexington’s NEW Remote Learning Resources web site
- LPS Big Back Yard web site
- WGBH Distance Learning Center
- Museum of Science at Home
- Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Virtual Tours
Please Join the Bowman PTA!
As parents, one of the best things we can do to support our children’s education is to get involved at school. We realize that not everyone has the time and flexibility to volunteer, but simply contributing to the PTA by purchasing a membership helps ensure that we can continue to provide programs aimed at enriching Bowman’s amazing educational experience.
Please join, or renew your membership and help us make this year the best year yet for Bowman!