March 2021


Events

Bowman Science Fair Online Now!

Science Fair presentations are available for everyone at Bowman to view NOW on the Science Fair web site: https://sites.google.com/view/bowmansciencefair/

Visiting Scientist Meetings are March 1-4. We are looking forward to the student presentations and discussions with Visiting Scientists next week! Visiting Scientist Zoom sessions are scheduled from 6 pm to 8 pm next Monday, March 1 through Thursday, March 4. If you are a participant, please check your email for the presentation schedule.

 


Family Math Nights K-1

Parents and Students, please join us for virtual Family Math Night for grades K-1, which will be held on Tuesday, March 9 from 6:30-7:30 pm on Zoom.

Family Math Nights are a great way for students and their families to experience the fun of math together. The PTA website will host links to some of our classic table activities (coming soon) like math games, puzzles, and brain teasers. We will run an abbreviated group activity over the Zoom session.

Please use the link below to sign up to participate (one slot per family), so we have an idea of how many families we will expect. We will email you the Zoom link closer to the event date.

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4ca8a72ba6fb6-kindergarten

Questions? Email familymathnights@bowmanpta.org (Taleen Gleeson, Lauren Avery, and Stephanie Ryan). Thank you!

 


Virtual Bingo Night and Class Basket Raffle

Raffle Tickets on sale NOW! Each class is putting together a creative basket for a school-wide raffle. Baskets will be displayed on the PTA website (http://www.bowmanpta.org/), and in the Bowman cafeteria, starting on March 15th!

3 simple steps to participate

  1. Purchase your raffle tickets online! We are selling sets of 5 raffle tickets for $5. You can purchase as many tickets as you wish. And don’t forget to buy for friends and relatives too! Get your tickets here: https://bowmanpta.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/135795
  2. Write your name and class (Grade/Teacher name) on the back of each ticket
  3. Drop them into the bin next to the basket or in one of the basket bins in the Bowman Lobby

You have to be ‘IN IT’ to WIN it!!!

When do I need to order tickets by?

Ticket Order deadlines are as follows:

Cohort A
Order by 3/19 end of the day – get tickets on 3/22
Order by 4/2 end of the day – get tickets on 4/5

Cohort B
Order by 3/16 at noon – get tickets on 3/17
Order by 3/26 end of the day – get tickets on 3/29

RLA
Order by 3/16 at noon – get tickets on 3/19
Order by 4/2 end of the day – get tickets on 4/9

How do I get my tickets?

Order your tickets online: https://bowmanpta.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/135795

Hybrid: Students will receive their tickets in the class and will be able to drop their tickets
RLA: Pick your tickets on the RLA materials pickup day and drop them off in the boxes in the foyer

Adults: Please write your child’s name and class (Grade/Teacher name) on the back of the raffle ticket

Drop your tickets off at school: Select the boxes you want to win and drop your tickets in the raffle boxes in school. Don’t forget to drop tickets for the “Teacher Basket” to win for your Teacher!

When are the winning raffle tickets announced?

Winning raffle tickets will be drawn on Disco Bingo Night on April 15th. Winners do not have to be in attendance

Questions? Email vpfundraising@bowmanpta.org

 


Passport to the World Series – “We All Belong” Session 2

Passport to the World returns in March. We will travel (virtually!) to the homes of Bowman families to showcase unique performances and presentations. Join our virtual journey to celebrate Bowman’s diversity and cultures.

Session Two: Thursday, March 11th at 7:00 pm

Russia: “Winter through Russian Painting” art presentation.
Pakistan (Southeast Asia): Learn about Pakistan culture, cultural garments, and stories.
India: Go on a journey to India.
China: A presentation about Chinese philosophy.

Save the date for future journeys!

Session Three: Thursday, April 8th – Featuring China, India, Armenia, and Jordan

 


News

Bowman Writes Magazine Cover Contest

All Bowman students are invited to design a cover drawing for this year’s Bowman Writes magazine! Artwork should be in color, and should feature the theme “We All Belong.” Please submit a color scan* of your child’s artwork by March 22 using this form (https://forms.gle/k9wq4fq4bMqxaKBK7)

*There are several apps available that are easy and convenient for scanning work (Adobe Scan, Microsoft Office Lens, CamScanner, or SwiftScan are all good options)

 


Volunteers Needed

The Bowman PTA is looking for parents volunteers! Below is a list of current open positions. We would love to have you onboard! Please contact the Co-Presidents at president@bowmanpta.org if you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities.

Bowman PTA Board Positions for 2021-2022 School Year

The following are open Bowman PTA board positions.  Board members should be able to attend most monthly PTA meetings (usually on one Wednesday evening per month).  Board members make and approve motions in PTA meetings where there is budget or process approval necessary.  We will likely continue Zoom meetings for the 2021-2022 school year.  All of these positions are generally for a two-year term.

2 Co-Treasurers: This is a very important position that needs to be filled for the 2021-2022 school year.  Responsibilities are split between two people, and you have the opportunity to know a lot about what is going on with the Bowman school community through managing the Bowman PTA’s funds and budget.  This is a flexible role that can be done in your own time, and tasks throughout the year include: Managing all PTA funds – deposits, paying vendors, and reimbursing volunteers and staff as necessary. Keep up-to-date, detailed, and accurate financial reports using Quickbooks software. Develop and track the annual budget. Generate reports for various committees and for the accountant. Certain annual duties, such as applying for raffle permits, renewing insurance and charitable status, filing IRS forms, etc.  This is a great role to share with a friend!

VP Membership: This role is responsible for our Bowman PTA membership drive and ensuring we meet our membership dues targets.  The majority of the activity surrounding membership is at the beginning of the year – choosing and purchasing our membership swag options, attending events (virtual for 2021-2022) to encourage membership purchases, and reporting on membership progress.  This is very fun for anyone who likes to put together creative swag packages related to membership!

VP Communications: This is a flexible role for those with great communication skills.  Responsibilities include sending the weekly Bowman PTA update emails, other emails, and communications regarding events, coordinating communications across our channels (emails, website, and social media), and moderating the Bowman PTA Google group. VP Communications also reviews and suggests edits for the Bowman Broadside, event flyers, and general Bowman PTA content.

Bowman PTA Volunteer Positions Open

Bowman Broadside  2021-2022: The Broadside is published monthly on our website. You should be familiar with WordPress, and you will coordinate with the event organizers and communications team to gather content. This is a good position for one volunteer who can take charge and will require just a few hours each month.

Big Backyard Volunteer Coordinators Needed at Bowman for 2021-2022: The BBY group is looking for two more coordinators to help ensure this amazing program runs easily next year. The coordinator would assist in training other parents during the school day periodically throughout the year or helping to schedule walks that take place anytime online.

Staff Appreciation Team for 2021-2022: We are looking for a team of at least two coordinators to plan Staff Appreciation events.  In the past, responsibilities have been: organizing the beginning of the year staff breakfast (a combination of catering and donations), ordering staff pizza dinner for back-to-school night, and staff appreciation events throughout the year (Holiday, Valentine’s, and May Teacher Appreciation week). In 2021-2022, we will likely continue our staff room snack deliveries (4 times during the school year), Valentine’s roses for teachers, and virtual appreciation events  If you love organizing fun goodies to show appreciation to our wonderful Bowman staff and teachers, this is the role for you!

 


Math Team News

The Bowman Math Teams meet weekly before school, with 15-20 students from each of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. The students participate in the Continental Math League. The third of five competitions for 4th and 5th graders and the first of three competitions for 3rd graders was in January.

3rd grade: There are 119 teams participating in this year’s CML Grade 3 Math. Bowman’s team scored 32/36 which put them in the top 19% in the country and #2 in New England. Congratulations to Shlok M. and Yonis G. who each had a perfect score on their test.

4th grade: There are 71 teams participating in this year’s CML Grade 4 Math at the Pythagorean level. Bowman’s team scored 28/36 for a total score across three tests of 89/108, which put them in the top 22% in the country and #2 in New England. Congratulations to Kiernan P., Bennett S., Kevin Y., and Derek Y. who each had a 5/6 on their test.

5th grade: There are 77 teams participating in this year’s CML Grade 5 Math at the Pythagorean level. Bowman’s team scored 32/36 for a total score across two tests of 98/108, which put them in the top 11% in the country and #1 in New England. Congratulations to Charles C., Jerry C., and Alice Y. who each had a perfect score on their test.

Excellent job to all three teams! The fourth competition for 4th and 5th-grade teams and the second competition for our 3rd-grade team will take place in February.

 


Box Tops & Submitting Digital Receipts

Join us in earning cash for our school by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. All you have to do is buy Box Tops participating products (like Cheerios!) and scan your grocery receipt. Box Tops are worth $.10 each and they add up fast! Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need – equipment, supplies or experiences the kids love!

Download the Box Tops for Education app here: https://btfe.smart.link/c2jjdifkw?referral_code=NCYA8J2V

A note on submitting digital receipts:

For those of you who shop online and receive your receipts in email – there are two ways to submit these receipts:

  1. forward your digital receipt to receipts@boxtops4education.com using the same email account you used to register in the Box Tops App OR
  2. use this form https://www.boxtops4education.com/Contact-Us to submit the receipt (attachment or pdf acceptable).

You can learn more here: Submit Digital Receipts – Box Tops for Education

 


Thank You!

Valentine’s Flowers WOW!

Buckets of Valentine's Flowers

A HUGE thank you to all the families who purchased flowers for Bowman Teachers! Our teachers were “WOW’d” by 1100 flowers, and so appreciative of your support! Thank you to Brandy Hartford, and the teacher appreciation team for organizing this wonderful event!

Family Math Night – Grades 2-3

Thank you to all the parents and students who participated in our Grades 2-3 Family Math Night. Huge thanks to Stephanie Ryan, Taleen Gleeson, and Lauren Avery, our Family Math Night organizers, for reinventing this event in virtual format this year. We really appreciate all the work you’ve put into this and your commitment to making it happen.

Passport to the World

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first session of Bowman’s Virtual Passport to the World and to all the Bowman families, students, and teachers who attended. We are so grateful to the Mottalib family, Zaha Al-Azraq and the Li family for taking us on a journey around the world! The 5th-grade leaders did a fantastic job as MCs. Thank you to our organizers Jackie Anderson, Nayera Thabet, Natasha Zeb, Radha Badani, Anne Norman, and Rebecca Fagan Gorospe, for all your hard work and dedication to making this event happen. And a huge thank you to Beth Glick for leading the group. We look forward to the next two sessions on March 11th and April 8th.

Helpful Links

LPS Web Site

LPS Covid Site

Lexington Town Covid Resources


Reminders

Broadside Submissions

Broadside submissions should be sent to Lisa Spitz at broadside@bowmanpta.org. The deadline for the April issue is March 26th.


 

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