February 2020


Bowman Science Fair

Mark your calendars for the annual Bowman Science Fair!

Grades 3-5, Wednesday, February 5, 7:00-8:15 PM
Grades K-2, Thursday, February 6, 7:00-8:15 PM

New this year, the Bowman Science Fair will span two nights. It will be exciting to learn from our budding Bowman scientists who will present and demonstrate their projects. Everyone is welcome to attend the Science Fair, even if they are not presenting a project. Please plan to come and support your fellow students! For more information, visit the PTA’s Science Fair website.

Also new this year, Bowman student scientists are invited to display their Science Fair projects during the school day so that all students can view and learn about their classmates’ projects. Projects will be displayed on Thursday and Friday mornings, following each evening’s fair, and each classroom will have an opportunity to visit the displays.

Science Fair Sponsor: Thank you to Composable | Intelligent DataOps for sponsoring this year’s Bowman Science Fair

February Valentine’s Staff Appreciation Event

Tuesday, February 11, 8:00-8:30 AM

The staff appreciation team invites you to show how much we LOVE our teachers and staff at Bowman by donating some Valentines k-cup coffee/tea, and snacks/treats on Tuesday, February 11 – please drop off from 8-8:30am in the staff lounge. Sign up on Signup Genius and email Staff Appreciation Team (Rita Dulgarian, Kim Karelis, Janice Patel, and Brandy Hartford) at staffappreciation@bowmanpto.org with any questions. Thank you for your donations! Our last staff appreciation event this school year will be Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8th.

Family Math Nights Return to Bowman This Winter

Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-8:00 PM, Bowman Cafeteria

Mark your calendars for the return of Family Math Nights!  We continue with our Math Night for Grades 2-3 on February 25h from 6:30–8:00pm in the Bowman cafeteria.

Family Math Nights are a great way for parents and students of all ability levels to experience the fun of math together.  We’ll have games, puzzles, brainteasers, and lots of hands-on activities. Challenge your student to a logic game, build a symmetrical pattern, or investigate the volume of 3-D shapes.  It’s your choice at Family Math Night!

Plan to attend a Family Math Night with your student this winter.  Save the date for an upcoming Family Math Nights:

Grades 2-3 – February 25
Grades K-1 – March 17

Questions? Contact familymathnights@bowmanpto.org.

Save The Date! 11th Annual 5th Grade Spaghetti Dinner

Thursday, March 5, Bowman Cafeteria

Are you hungry for spaghetti and sauce? Come join in the fun and support 5th graders in their annual fundraiser! Look out for email for ticket information. (Always a sell out!)

Bowman Variety Show

Friday, March 13, 7:00-8:30 PM, Clarke Middle School Auditorium

Calling all Bowman students in grades K-5. Start tuning your instruments, warming up your voices and practicing your dance moves. We’re looking for performances in gymnastics, dancing, singing, magic, juggling, comedy, storytelling, hula hooping, cup stacking, solo, groups, and more.

You will have 90 seconds to show your friends and classmates your amazing talent.

Registration will be open from February 10th. Visit the Bowman PTO homepage https://bowmanpto.org to sign up. The show can only feature 40 acts, so sign up early to avoid disappointment.

The emcees for the evening will be some of our 5th grade students. If your child is interested, send an email to varietyshow@bowmanpto.org. The script will be provided in advance and the role can be done with a partner.

We are also looking for parent volunteers to help on the night of the show. Please contact us if you are available to help out.

The event is free to attend. Please come and support your classmates even if you don’t want to perform.

Please note that each act will only have 90 seconds to perform in order to accommodate all the participants.

Disco Bingo and Class Basket Raffle

SAVE THE DATE of April 3 for one of Bowman’s favorite fundraisers and events-Disco Bingo and the Class Basket raffle! Class Baskets will be on view during parent conferences starting on March 24th, and will be raffled off during Disco Bingo on Friday, April 3. Get your dancing shoes ready, and be on the lookout later this spring for more information about Disco Bingo, the baskets, and how to buy raffle tickets.


Box Tops

Now is the time to download the new Box Top app!

From now until Feb 28th, every time you upload a receipt to the Box Top App, you will be entered for a chance to win 5,000 bonus Box Tops (worth $500) for Bowman and a $50 gift card for you!  More details can be found at Box Top Sweepstakes.

Box Top

How does the new Box Tops program work?

Download the new and improved, user-friendly Box Tops app, register and select Bowman as your school, and then scan an eligible receipt containing Box Tops products. You’ll earn 10 cents for each Box Tops product purchased plus extra earnings for any Bonus Box Tops opportunities. The app will automatically add Box Tops to your school’s earnings online, giving visibility to see how you are supporting your school in real-time.

Can I still send in regular Box Tops?

Yes! Keep clipping regular Box Tops and sending them in with your child as long as you continue to find them on packages.  Bowman will still get credit for all clipped Box Tops.

Questions? More FAQ’s available at Box Tops 4 Education or, contact the Box Tops Coordinator at boxtops@bowmanpto.org.

Congratulations to the Brick Legends Team!

The Brick Legends Won an Innovative Solution Award, and qualified for the State Finals for Lego Robotics! 

Four Bowman 4th graders banded together to form the Brick Legends Team. Ian Chung, Matei Bennett, Lincoln Rowan, and Charles Chen (photo order). The team was formed to compete in a Lego Robotics Tournament held at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in December 2019. They worked together 2 evenings a week from September to December.

The team built a robot, and wrote the code for it to perform specific missions during a timed event of 2 minutes, and 30 seconds. Based on the robot performance, the referees gave points for the missions accomplished during the competition.

Part of the competition was to present a solution to a problem in their community.  The team identified a problem, brain stormed options, and developed a theoretical solution. They presented this process to the Judges. After the presentation, the Judges asked questions of the different members about how they reached their conclusions. They were excited to win the Innovative Solution Award.

We are proud of the Brick Legends for all their hard work!

– The Brick Legends Families

Math Team News

The Bowman Math Teams meet weekly before school, and recently the 4th and 5th grade teams participated in the second of five Continental Math League competitions. Students were given 6 problems and had 30 minutes to solve them independently. Each correct answer was worth 1 point and the top 6 scores became the team’s score.

4th grade: There are 131 teams participating in this year’s CML Grade 4 Math at the Pythagorean level (the higher of the 2 levels). Bowman’s team scored 33/36, compared to a national median score of 26/36. Bowman’s total score through two tests is 65/72, which puts them in the top 13% in the country and #2 in New England. Congratulations to Bart B., Matei B., and Vivek A. who all had a perfect score on their test.

5th grade: There are 132 teams participating in this year’s CML Grade 5 Math at the Pythagorean level (the higher of the 2 levels). Bowman’s team scored 31/36, compared to a national median score of 18/36. Bowman’s total score through two tests is 67/72, which puts them in the top 5% in the country and #1 in New England. Congratulations to Aaron Y. who had a perfect score on his test.

Excellent job to both teams! Every member of the team worked hard and can take pride in this accomplishment.

The third competition for 4th and 5th grade teams will take place in January, and the first competition for 3rd grade will take place in January.

Volunteers Needed! PTA Open Positions

Please consider volunteering for one of the open PTA positions this school year.

School Directory

We need one or two more parents volunteers to help with our online and print directory. If you’re interested please email president@bowmanpto.org.

PTA Membership – Shadow

We encourage every Bowman family to become a member of the PTA so that we can continue delivering programs and services vital to our students, parents and teachers. You would work with the current VP Membership to learn more about the role. If you’re interested please email president@bowmanpto.org.

Disco Bingo – Shadow

Bingo Night is a fun filled night for the whole family with teacher and student Bingo callers. Volunteers focus on publicizing the annual event (usually in Winter), obtaining prizes and recruiting Bingo callers. If you’re interested please email president@bowmanpto.org.

Parent Volunteers for Artsonia

The art room is looking for three volunteers for next year (2020-2021), to help with photographing and uploading student art work for Artsonia, our online art gallery for student artwork. This is something that can be done at home with the help of an iPad or phone camera. For the last several years it’s been a great program here at Bowman. Please consider volunteering. Our current volunteer can train you before the school year ends and show you all the in’s and out’s. If you’re interested please email president@bowmanpto.org.

Thank You!

Bowman Broadside – Thanks and Welcome!

Many many thanks to Suman Murali, who has been publishing the Bowman Broadside for the PTA for so many years that we’ve lost count! Your hard work and dedication to this project is appreciated by all! A big welcome to Lisa Spitz, who will be publishing the Broadside starting with this issue!

Stories Under The Stars – Thank You!

Thank you to all the Bowman families and staff who came out on a chilly night to participate in our “Stories Under the Stars” family literacy night. Your presence and warmth was felt by all.

Thank you to those who shared poems, stories and songs with us during open mic, to the families who helped create a cozy camp out feel for the evening by sharing their tents with us, and to those of you who donated pj’s to cradles to crayons.

Thank you to our Assistant Principal, Ms. Beth Glick, who closed out the evening with her lively rendition of “This Little Light of Mine” leading the students in a singalong luminary parade.

Extra special thanks goes to event organizers Sisy Thomas, Melinda Nasardinov, and all the volunteers – parents & students – without whose help our event would not have been successful!

You all made our celebration of stories not only possible but truly memorable!

Monthly Events

PTA Meeting

Wednesday, February 26
7 pm in the Bowman Conference Room


February 2020

05 – Grade 3-5 Science Fair, 7:00-8:15 PM

06 – Grade K-2 Science Fair, 7:00-8:15 PM

11 – February/Valentine’s Staff Appreciation Event, 8:00-8:30 AM drop-off in staff lounge

17-21 – No School (February Vacation Week)

25 – Grades 2-3 Family Math Night, 6:30-8:00 PM

26 – PTA Meeting, 7:00 PM

March 2020

05 – Spaghetti Dinner

11 – PTA Meeting, 7:00 PM

13 – (NEW DATE!) Bowman Variety Show, 7:00-8:30 PM

17 – Grades K-1 Family Math Night, 6:30-8:00 PM

17 – BIG Map Night (all grades!)


March Submissions
Broadside submissions should be sent to Lisa Spitz at broadside@bowmanpto.org. Deadline for the March issue is February 13.

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