February 2021

Passport to the World Series – “We All Belong”

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

Session One: Thursday, February 11th at 7:00 pm

Sweden: An introduction to Sweden and a cooking demonstration of Swedish cookies.

Egypt: Oldest country in the world? Longest River in the world? Then it must be Egypt! Join us on a trip through time, culture, amazing food, and people.

China: Lunar New Year holiday, tradition, and Zodiac signs

Russia: “Winter through Russian Painting” art presentation

Save the date for future journeys!

Session Two: Thursday, March 11th – Featuring Ireland, India, Pakistan, and China

Session Three: Thursday, April 8th – Featuring China, India, and Jewish culture

Prehistoric Explorers Club

Are You a Dinosaur Enthusiast? Do You Want to Learn More about Prehistoric Creatures? Join the new Bowman Virtual Club: Prehistoric Explorers!

This club (for grades K-2) will meet weekly after school (on Zoom) on Wednesdays from 4:00-4:30 pm.

Prehistoric Explorers will time travel to learn about amazing creatures from the past! We’ll talk about dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals and plants. During meetings, we may do a mix of activities, such as reading books, watching videos, playing games, simple crafts (from home supplies), or share and tell opportunities.

There is no fee to participate. The program is limited to 10 participants and may expand later if possible. Please email Jaclyn Anderson (prehistoric-explorers@bowmanpto.org) for more info.

If there are any 3rd-5th grade dino experts, we could use your help as guest readers or presenters…please get in touch via email! RAWR.

Sign up now: https://forms.gle/Cc3SCE9eaG6gCG8f6

Virtual Origami Club

Starts on February, 2nd, 2021, Tuesdays from 4:00 pm-4:30 pm, for 16 weeks.

Join us for a free Virtual Origami Club where students will have a chance to practice the fun Japanese art style with a new pattern every week. The program is limited to 16 participants per zoom session.

Please register at https://forms.gle/HiY3VevEKgYZUVoH6

Email any questions to origami-club@bowmanpto.org

Family Math Night – Grades 2-3

Parents and Students, please join us for virtual Family Math Night for grades 2-3, which will be held on Tuesday, February 23 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/805054CA5A92BA1F49-bowman

Save the dates for upcoming Family Math Nights: March 9 – Grades K-1

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

Bowman Science Fair – Registration Deadline Extended to Friday, February 5

We hope your children will participate and share their interest in science as they’ve done in previous years. Here’s a short overview of this year’s Fair:

What’s the same

  • Student Scientists are welcome to work individually or in small groups.
  • Students should design a project that answers a hypothesis by doing an experiment or demonstration. Visit the “What to do?” page for project design guidance.

What’s different

  • Since we are not able to gather in person, students will share their projects in a Google slideshow (using their LPS, Bowman School account). Students are encouraged to include a combination of photos, videos, and text in their slideshows.
  • Projects will be featured on the Bowman Science Fair website and will be available for all of the Bowman community to view.
  • Depending on student demand and the number of Visiting Scientist volunteers, students can opt to discuss their projects with a Visiting Scientist via a Zoom call. Zoom calls will likely be held among 2-4 student groups sharing their projects with the Visiting Scientist and their classmates in the same grade.
  • Parents – your consent is needed! Please check the parent consent box on the registration form to allow your child’s image and/or name to appear on their slideshow.
  • Parents – your consent is needed! If you would like your child to have a Zoom call with a Visiting Scientist, please check the parent consent box on the registration form.

Key dates

  • Registration open: Monday, Dec 14th – Friday, Feb 5th (Deadline Extended!)
  • Project slideshow links due: Sunday, Feb 21st
  • Visiting Scientist Zoom calls (tentative): Monday, March 1st – Thursday, March 11th

Students – Please Register Here Now!

Bowman Writes is Happening This Year!

Every Bowman student will have the opportunity to publish their writing or artwork in Bowman’s printed literary magazine. This year, students will work with their classroom teachers to choose their best work, and teachers will submit their work for publication. 

What to Include

Every student can submit one piece of original writing or artwork. Submission of students’ best work will come from your classroom teacher. Stories and artwork will be printed in black and white. If possible, please submit your typed writing, or scan* of your original work. If your best work is something you created outside of class, you may submit that instead. Entries are limited to one submission per student plus one (optional) cover contest entry.

Cover Contest!

Students are invited to design a cover drawing for this year’s magazine. The artwork should be in color, and should feature the theme “We All Belong.” All Bowman students will get a chance to vote for their favorite covers this year. If possible please submit a color scan* of your student’s artwork.

Bowman Writes Magazine will be printed and distributed to students in late Spring. Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child’s classwork published, or their full name included with their work, may opt-out by contacting principal Jenny Corduck at jcorduck@lexingtonma.org.

*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).

More info will be coming soon, along with a submission form for the cover artwork.

Thank 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 and the second competition for 4th and 5th graders was in December.

4th grade: There are 69 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 two tests of 61/72, which put them in the top 25% in the country and #1 in New England. Congratulations to Kiernan P., Joey W., Bennett S., and Kevin Y. who each had a 5/6 on their test.

5th grade: There are 72 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 66/72, which put them in the top 15% in the country and #1 in New England. Congratulations to Charles C. and Jerry C. who each had a perfect score on their test.

Excellent job to both teams! The third competition for 4th and 5th-grade teams and the first competition for our 3rd-grade team will take place in January.

As before, thank you to the numerous parent volunteers who are helping to prepare lessons, facilitate classes, supervise Zoom breakout rooms, and grade homework.

Winter Contest Winners!

THANK YOU for supporting the Bowman PTO! We hope you are all doing well and that you had fun participating in our recent fundraising and community activities!

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Contest

The Bowman PTO would like to extend a huge thank you to all students and families who participated in the Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Contest and made it a resounding success! We received more than 80 entries and saw participation in voting by over 80 families. We are glad to see the enthusiasm with which the contest was received and impressed by the breadth of talent, attention to detail, and the obvious amount of time and effort that each contestant has spent in decorating the cookies! Winners in each grade as below:

Kindergarten: Kira R. (Lee)

1st Grade: Danny P. (D’Abreu)

2nd Grade: William H. (Curhan)

3rd Grade: Yassin K. (House)

4th Grade: Will W. (Brown)

5th Grade: Madison M. (Studley)

Overall Winner: Yassin K.

Read-A-Thon Winners

Thank you for participating in the first Bowman Read-A-Thon! We hope you had a lot of joy in reading over winter break! We were happy to provide all students and staff with a Bowman Reads 2020-2021 pin. 70 students logged over 50,000 reading minutes during the Read-A-Thon! We raised $2,615 during the 3 weeks of the Bowman Read-A-Thon with 81 donations. Congratulations to all of the prize winners below!

THANK YOU for your support!

Top Class Winners

Congratulations to the top reading class (K-2), Ms. D’Abreu’s 1st Grade Class, and top reading class (3-5), Mr. Studley’s 5th Grade Class for logging the most reading minutes! Each teacher will receive $100 worth of Scholastic Book Bucks!

Top Individual Readers

  • First Place: Emily F. (4th Grade-Udell)
  • Second Place: Savi B. (5th Grade-Studley)
  • Third Place: Shlok M. (3rd Grade-Avery)

Top Individual Fundraisers

  • First Place: Alexa H. (2nd Grade-Sawka/Mihovan)
  • Second Place: Henry V. (3rd Grade-House)
  • Third Place: Henry P. (3rd Grade-House)

 Top Grade Readers

  • Kindergarten: Sarojini K. (S. Lee)
  • 1st Grade: Aarna B. (D’Abreu)
  • 2nd Grade: Ronan P. (Kupfer)
  • 3rd Grade: Shlok M. (Avery)
  • 4th Grade: Emily F. (Udell)
  • 5th Grade: Savi B. (Studley)

Top Grade Fundraisers

  • Kindergarten: Callan A. (S. Lee)
  • 1st Grade: JeanLuc F. (Gonsalves)
  • 2nd Grade: Alexa H. (Sawka/Mihovan)
  • 3rd Grade: Henry V. (House)
  • 4th Grade: Kiernan P. (Udell)
  • 5th Grade: Avery I. (Taylor)

General Prize Drawing (10 winners)

  • Venkatesh A. (4-Brown)
  • Omega H. (4-Udell)
  • Sara F. (1-D’Abreu)
  • Safya S. (4-Brown)
  • Insiya S. (2-Curhan)
  • Matthew P. (1-D’Abreu)
  • Jocelyn H. (2-Sawka/Mihovan)
  • Gus B. (3-Bennett)
  • Alec R. (4-Curran)
  • Callan A. (K-S.Lee)

Bowman’s 2020-2021 Membership Drive

The Bowman PTO would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the families who purchased a membership during this 2020-2021 school year. We were able to reach an enrollment of 49% and truly appreciate your support!

Also, a big CONGRATULATIONS go to the 4 winning classrooms who will each receive $75.00 Scholastic Book Bucks! The Top 2 classes with the highest number of participating families are Ms. Dreyer’s class and Mr. Studley’s class. The Top 2 classes with the highest percentage of membership enrollment are Ms. Kupfer’s class and Ms. Kearns’ class. Enjoy those new books!

Thank You’s

Stories Under the Stars

Thank you to everyone who participated in Bowman’s Virtual Stories Under the Stars Coffeehouse, and to all the Bowman families, students, and teachers who attended. We are so proud of all the performers, and the 5th-grade leaders who did a fantastic job as MC’s and Performance Leaders. Thank you to our event organizers, Melinda Nasardinov, Sisy Thomas, and Rebecca Fagan Gorospe for putting together this fantastic virtual event. A special extra thank you to Beth Glick for leading the group and for her amazing music!

Family Math Night Grades 4-5

Thank you to all the parents and students who participated in our Grades 4-5 Family Math Night. Huge thanks to Taleen Gleeson, Lauren Avery, and Stephanie Ryan, 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.

Teacher Book Wish List Donations

Many thanks to all the families who purchased and donated books to teachers from their wish lists! Our teachers and staff appreciate all the support from you. Families donated more than 100 books to our Bowman classrooms! A big thank you to Brandy Hartford and our teacher appreciation team for organizing the donations.

Helpful Links

LPS Web Site

LPS Covid Site

Lexington Town Covid Resources


Broadside Submissions

Broadside submissions should be sent to Lisa Spitz at broadside@bowmanpto.org. The deadline for the March issue is February 29th.

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