Curriculum Enrichment

Curriculum Enrichment

Arts Created Together (ACT) Programming
Contacts: Asli Cakim, Liza Leventhal-Byers, Susan London

ACT Chairs collaborate with Principal and staff to find and schedule arts enrichment program for each grade’s curriculum. There are school wide presentations as well as an additional presentation per grade. These programs are funded 100% by the PTA.

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Big Backyard
Contacts:  Victoria Moule, Ming Tregay, Lori Wright, Karin Ornstein, Brandy Hartford, Shannon Murtagh, Aarti Negi

The BBY program is a series of curriculum based nature walks developed to provide hands-on learning in science and social studies.  Parent volunteers are needed to support classroom teachers in coordinating resources and leading small groups of students on specific walks.  Volunteers are instructed on how to lead the specific walk with the help of a written guide and walk-through training.  No experience needed.

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Big Map Night
Contact: Amahl Bishara

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BOKS (Building Our Kids Success)
Contacts:  Jess Quattrocchi, Paul Quattrocchi

BOKS (Building Our Kids Success) is a physical activity program for elementary and middle school children developed by moms and sponsored by The Reebok Foundation. Several studies establish that moderate to vigorous physical activity stimulates brain function and creates the physiological conditions for students to be ready to learn. BOKS prepares children for a day of learning and is an important step in helping children to appreciate the benefits of exercise and establishing healthy choices that will last a lifetime. Parents and teachers report that children participating in the program seem to be more alert in class on BOKS mornings, have increased self-confidence and have increased their levels of physical activity between 80 to 120 minutes a week.

The daily program consists of a warm-up, a quick stretch, timed running, relay races and many other fun team oriented games. The goal of BOKS is to keep the children moving and having fun. All classes end with a cool down and a quick nutrition talk about making smart choices and then the children transition to class.

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Book Swap – “Stories Under the Stars”
Contacts: Sisy Thomas, Melinda Nasardinov

An exciting whole-family evening of shared stories, crafts, a book swap, and more. Students donate their gently used books and take home “new” books from the Book Swap. Volunteers help with set up, book collection and sorting, crafts, and clean up on the evening of the event.

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Bowman Writes Magazine
Contact: Suman Murali, Wendy Short Carlton, Jo Sun

The Bowman Magazine is put together almost entirely by students.  The editors (4th grade students who are learning computer skills) are led by a fourth grade teacher. The 4th graders arrange the layout of stories, poems, articles, puzzles, comics and other submissions written or drawn entirely by Bowman students.  Bowman students of all grades see their work and their friends’ work in the magazine.

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Family Math Nights
Contacts: Sarah Carter, Lauren Avery, Stephanie Ryan, Taleen Gleeson, Kavita Ravi

Parent-child fun filled evening of math games held once a year for each grade. Parents help set-up grade appropriate math games in the school cafeteria. Parents do not need to be math gurus to participate!

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Math Team (New this year!)
Contact:  Andrew Bennett

New this year – Bowman Math team will be run by PTA parent volunteers. For 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Registration will be open from August 26 2019 to September 6 2019. Registration will be limited to approximately 25 students per grade with lottery selection if there are an excess of applications. Math team meets before school at 7:15am, with each grade on a different day: 3rd grade on Tuesdays, 4th grade on Fridays, and 5th grade on Wednesdays.

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National Geography Bee
Contact: Lauren Avery

The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Each year, thousands of schools across the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee, competing for college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion.

All interested 4th and 5th grade students participate in 7 Preliminary Rounds. Only the students who receive the Top 10 Scores move on to the Final Rounds.

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Science Fair
Contact: Karla Nash

The Science Fair is an annual opportunity for grade 2- 5 students to create and display projects and experiments. The Science Fair, usually scheduled for Spring, is organized by parents. Click here for more information.

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