November 2019

Bowman Broadside

Inside This Issue

Bowman Spirit Wear

Fifth Grade Families

LEF Trivia Bee

Picture Retake Day

Volunteers Needed

  • School Directory
  • Big Back Yard Coordinators
  • Membership
  • Disco Bingo
  • Community Service

Box Tops for Education Update

Click, Shop, Collect, Support!

Ready… Set… Compost!

Thank You!

  • Membership update


Bowman Spirit Wear

It’s Spirit Wear time! Show your school spirit with colorful shirts, sweatshirts, pants, scarves, and hats. Sale ends on Sunday November 10th.

Bowman PTO is offering ALL your favorites:

Plaid Flannel Pants, Long and Short Sleeve T-shirts, Hooded and Zip Up Sweatshirts, Tie Dye T-shirts, Knit pom-pom hats, baseball hats, scarves and Dri-fit T-shirts! Children and adult sizes available.

New for 2019/2020:

  • BOWMAN zip up hoodie *back by popular request*
  • BOWMAN sweater fleece pullover – ADULT ONLY
  • LEXINGTON pullover sweatshirts and LEXINGTON athletic short sleeve shirts – great for everyone- especially 5th graders moving on next year, and adults!
  • LIMITED SUPPY: Lexington basketball socks, and Lexington plush blankets – order these fast!

Due to the custom nature of these items, there are NO exchanges or returns so PLEASE be sure of sizes when ordering.

Store Now Open! Visit the following link to make purchases. Deadline to order Sunday November 10th.

*Orders are processed when this store closes NOT after individual orders are placed*

Questions? Email s[email protected] (please do not contact Tricon directly.)


Fifth Grade Families

Fifth Grade Families… it is an exciting time for the fifth graders as they embark on their final year at Bowman School! There will be many special activities planned for the fifth graders this year and we need your help to make them a success. We are collecting donations from 5th grade families to help fund these special activities. If you’re able, we suggest donating $25–$35 per student to cover the costs for all these events, but we appreciate donations of any amount! There are two ways to donate:

Donate by check

Send a check to the Bowman office, made out to the Bowman PTO. Please earmark “5th Grade Activities Donation” on the envelope.

Donate online

1] Login to Go to “Store”, and click on “Donations” in the store and data forms section. Then, enter the amount you would like to donate in the line item for “5th Grade Activities Contribution”.

2] If you have not already set up your account at this year, please create an account with the same email address you used in the past for myschoolanywhere, then confirm your family information after receiving an email confirmation from Membership Toolkit.

With these donations, ALL fifth graders will receive a class t-shirt which they will wear while they work the Spaghetti Dinner. Near the end of the year, students will also have a Luau party, Moving On ceremony and reception, and receive a class yearbook and a secure link to a whole class video. Please contact Fifth Grade Activities Chairs Liza Leventhal or Elisabeth Moeller at [email protected] if you’d like to volunteer or if you have additional questions. Thank you for your support!


LEF Trivia Bee

Monday, November 4, 7pm, Lexington High School Auditorium

The Lexington Education Foundation Trivia Bee is a fun Lexington tradition in which three-person teams compete to answer trivia questions about history, sports, popular culture, science, arts, literature and current events. The PTA is supporting two teams from Bowman – come and cheer on our Bowman teams!

Team #1: “The Straight A’s” Bowman Teachers: Sean Avery, Lauren Archibald, and Maggie Aikenhead.

Team #2: “Bee-wildered” Bowman Parents: Sarah Carter, Matt Carter, and Victor Gorospe

Register, sponsor or learn more at

Lexington Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that brings the community together to support the Lexington Public Schools in fostering innovation in teaching and learning to provide our children a world-class education.


Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, November 13th

If anyone is not completely satisfied with their school pictures this year, or your child missed picture day for some reason, there is still a chance to have them retaken! Send your child to school on Wednesday November 13th in their best picture day outfit, and they can have them retaken free of charge. Just make sure to send any pictures you received to hand in (minus the class picture, you keep that), and they can try again. FYI, retakes are taken inside so the backdrop will be different.

Any questions, please email Michelle Andronaco at [email protected]


Volunteers Needed!

School Directory

We need two more parents volunteers to help with our online and print directory. If you’re interested please email [email protected].

Big Back Yard – Two More Big Back Yard Volunteer Coordinators Needed at Bowman

The BBY group is looking for two more coordinators to help ensure this amazing program runs easily this year. The coordinator would assist in training other parents during the school day periodically throughout the year or helping to schedule walks which takes place anytime online. Please contact us ASAP at [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

Community Service

We need one or two parent volunteers to help coordinate community service events at Bowman this year. If you’re interested please email [email protected].

Safe Routes to School Coordinator

We need one or two parents to help coordinate the Safe Routes to School program at Bowman, and help organize Walk-to-School-Wednesdays. If you’re interested please email [email protected].


Box Tops for Education Update

Have you downloaded the new Box Tops App yet??

With a few minutes of your time, you can earn free money for Bowman! Once you have the app, you simply scan your grocery receipt when you purchase qualified items and Bowman earns cash. As the program transitions from clipped Box Tops to digital, you can early DOUBLE rewards – 10 cents for the digital Box Tops and 10 cents for the clipped 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.

More FAQ’s can be found here: to Earn

Questions? Contact the Box Tops Coordinator: [email protected]


Click, Shop, Collect, Support!

Your everyday shopping can help support Bowman. A portion of your purchases from ALL of these companies will go towards CASH donated to the Bowman PTO:

BUT, you have to sign up! Follow the easy steps to earn money for Bowman and learn more at:

Remember, you can also help earn money for Bowman in other ways:

  • Collect, clip or scan Box Tops for Education and turn them in to your student’s classroom OR
  • Recycle your old textiles by bringing them to the Baystate Textiles bin at Bowman. This bin is located in the parking lot in front of the school and accepts clothing, stuffed animals, bedding, and all textiles, as long as they are clean and dry and in a bag. Bowman School receives money for all donations (by weight) to the textile box. They even accept old shoes and clothing. Almost nothing goes to waste. Click here to learn more

All these opportunities are also available to friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers! So spread the word!


Ready… Set… Compost!

If you’re interested in composting, helping the environment, or just seeing what really goes on in the cafeteria, help out with the lunchtime composting program!

Parent volunteers help direct students throughout the lunch period to the compost, recycling, and trash receptacles. All of Bowman’s food waste is now diverted from the trash to our partner, Black Earth Compost. No experience needed – it’s very simple, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know. You can sign up for as few – or as many! – shifts as you would like, or even just come in occasionally as a substitute.

Want to see it in action and help our students become even better stewards of the environment? Please email [email protected], if you have any questions or would like to be added to the volunteer list (you will NOT be automatically added to the schedule!).


Thank You!

Membership Update

Thank you to all the families who have signed up for PTA membership so far this year. We are happy to announce our membership is up to 60%. Sign up or renew now! There’s still time to sign up, and there’s still a limited amount of Bowman swag left!


Monthly Events

PTA Meetings

11/20/2019 PTA Meeting

7 pm in the Bowman Conference Room


November 2019

04 – LEF Trivia Bee

08 – No School (Professional Development)

10 – Bowman Spirit Wear sale ends

11 – No School (Veterans Day)

13 – Bowman Picture Retake Day

18 – Redistricting Public Hearing – 6pm at Clarke Middle School Auditorium

20 – Dismantling Racism and other isms Presentation – 6:15-7pm

20 – PTA meeting 7pm NEW DATE

27 – Half Day

28-29 – No School (Thanksgiving Holiday)

December 2019

16 – Science Fair registration opens

Dec 23-Jan 1 – No School (Winter Break)


December Submissions

Broadside submissions should be sent to Suman Murali at [email protected]. Deadline for Dec. issue is Nov. 21st.

Traffic Tip
Please be patient! No passing in the drop-off and pick-up rolling car lane.

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