Community Notes

Bowen Community Notes provides important community information to over 650 parents in Newton, MA. For publication, please send a brief notice, ready for publication, in plain text format to: Bowen Community Notes  (no attachments, please). If accepted, your note will be included on the website. The Bowen PTO reserves the right to accept or reject announcements for publication at their discretion. 

John M Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton April Vacation Week 

Come and Enjoy the Fun! In a safe socially distance environment.

Arts, STEM, Social Recreational Games, Challenges, Daily Physical Activity, and weather permitting Outside Activities.

Members must bring appropriate outside gear to participate in the outdoor activities, as well as a lunch, afternoon snack, water and extra masks.

Register today..! 

Steve Matthews Summer Shooting Clinics 

Steve Matthews current Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach for the DCL Large Champion Newton South Lions, and one of college basketball’s all-time great shooters, will run four-day shooting clinics this summer. Attendees will learn how to shoot with perfect form. The clinics will include all aspects of the game of basketball. There will be lectures, drills, contests, and games.

Location: Cold Spring Park, 1094 Beacon St. Newton, MA 02461

Dates & Session Times:

Monday, June 28th – Thursday, July 1st
Tuesday, July 6th – Friday, July 9th
Monday, July 26th – Thursday, July 30th
Session 1: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Session 2: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
*Each session limited to 24 attendees

Boys & Girls, entering grades 5-9 (Fall 2021)
Cost: $199 per attendee

Please complete and submit application online at:

Kindergarten Soccer Registration Open

Since 1993, Newton Kindergarten Soccer has been introducing children to soccer in a fun and non-competitive environment where girls and boys develop friendships, learn teamwork, and gain confidence. This program is a unique opportunity for children and families to become acquainted with others who are entering kindergarten in their neighborhood.

Each hour-long session includes a half hour of soccer games and exercises and then a half-hour scrimmage, run by our volunteer parent coaches. Kindergarten Soccer is held on Saturday mornings, at Oak Hill Field, located at 130 Wheeler Street in Newton Center. The program, held in the fall and spring, is open to all children enrolled in kindergarten in Newton, Massachusetts.

Kindergarten Soccer has ben run by the Zervas Elementary PTO.

Oak Hill Middle School Garden Club Seed Kits

The Oak Hill Middle School Garden Club is selling seed kits as a fundraiser for the Oak Hill garden. If you would like to purchase one, please fill out this order form. You can buy 1 kit for $3.00 or 4 kits for $10.00. All profits are going to the OHMS Garden Club and will be used to buy seeds and supplies for the next planting season. Here is a video with more information. By purchasing a seed kit, you may learn more about gardening and taking care of plants. Thank you!

Bowen After-School Care Program

BASCP plans to reopen in person in September 2021! Though the program may look different than before the pandemic, we recognize the importance of social-emotional learning, physical activity, and the creative process for school-aged children. We are committed to providing that and hope your children will join us. To that end, registration for the 2021-2022 school year will open on May 1. Information regarding registration will be posted on our website, Please feel free to contact Ellen at with any questions.

Newton Girls Softball Registration

Newton Girls Softball Rec League registration is open for girls in kindergarten through 7th grade.  We are fully preparing for a spring season — April 25 through June 13 — and will, of course, be monitoring the latest pandemic-related guidance from the state of Massachusetts. 

Supportive coaches teach the fundamentals of softball and help develop confidence, determination, and resiliency. There is a place for girls of all ability levels in softball. Even if you or your daughter has not considered sports before, please look at our website
Questions? Contact Rec League Director Jason Margolis —

Boston Sakura Kids Japanese Language and Culture Program

Boston Sakura Kids is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to fostering cultural awareness through the Japanese and English language and culture. Since their founding in July 2020, they have served 90 students in the Greater Boston area, providing over 300 hours of live instruction. They believe their Japanese Language and Culture program (JLC) may be of interest to the Bowen community as an engaging, educational opportunity to stay connected with peers while learning this spring. The program is aimed at kids ages 3-12 who are interested in learning more about Japan. No prior experience is necessary, and our program is entirely free. It will start on Thursday, April 1, and run for eleven weeks. Registration is open until March 28 via this Google form.

LigerBots are Mentoring Online and Hosting a Hackathon for 4-8th Graders

Our names are Alex and Zavian and we go to Newton South High School. We are on the LigerBots (Newton’s high school robotics team) and we wanted to let you know the LigerBots have started an online mentor/tutoring program this fall. We believe this is an especially useful resource for parents (especially because it’s free!). In order to offer more support to elementary students–as well as provide teaching opportunities to high schoolers–we’ve created an online program in which we pair high school mentors with elementary kids over an online platform (Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facetime, etc.) Mentors could tutor, give homework help, or just play games and do crafts with younger students. We believe that this is an amazing opportunity for high school students to gain teaching experiences and help younger students through these trying times.

We started this program in the spring when quarantine first started and found that it was a useful resource to parents and students in our community so we decided to continue it through the summer as a camp. We have so much success with so many students!

This will be the AMP Spring 2021 session which will run from March 1st to May 31st.

Interested parents should fill out these forms:

For interested parents/elementary students:

Do you have students who are creative and like problem-solving? Programming is a great way to combine storytelling and problem solving, especially when using Scratch.

The LigerBots, Newton’s award-winning FIRST robotics team, will be hosting a Scratch hackathon for students grades 4-8 on April 3, 2021, from 1 pm-5 pm. Programmers of all levels can compete in teams of 2-4 to code the best animation in Scratch. There will be workshops in the first half of the event and prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Please register here:

Newton Educational Workshops

Fourth and fifth graders, join us for five Saturday mornings of outdoor fun this spring! Newton Educational Workshops is a club run by high-school students for fourth and fifth graders from all South-side NPS elementary schools. We’ll teach you exciting courses in whatever you’re interested in, from Let’s Get Crafty to Chopped Junior Cooking to Games Galore. This year’s program will be held exclusively outside and will run on the following dates: March 27, April 3, April 10, May 1, May 8. Learn more about our program here and register your child here, or reach out to with any questions. Make new friends from across the city, learn a new skill, and have lots of fun with us this year!

ASA Hoops Now Offering Virtual Training

ASA Hoops is now offering virtual training 4 days per week:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.  Training is for boys and girls ages 7-14, prices just $10 per session – this is a great way to stay fit and active during this time.  To register please visit: – any questions please email:

Girls Connecting Seeks Middle School & Elementary Level Mentees

I am a junior at Newton North and the Founder of Girls Connecting. Our growing team of volunteers connects by video chat each week to support their younger counterparts. They are 10th grade to college age girls from across the US. In the time of a pandemic which isolates us all, we saw the need for a way to connect emotionally across our community and to make girls feel supported and nurtured. We focus on supporting our community from the high school to college level of mentors through the middle school & elementary level of mentees. The goal is to build a support system for girls in this uncertain time. Contact Alix de Saint-Aignan with any questions or sign up on their website:

2021 Newton Schools Foundation Honor Thy Teacher

Over these past weeks, many parents have developed a deep appreciation for the job that our teachers do each day. If you are looking for a way to express that appreciation during Teacher Appreciation Week or after, here is a way to say thank you.

By donating to Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher program in the name of one or more of your children’s teachers, you can show your appreciation for them AND support your children’s schools. NSF will notify each teacher honored of your gift and share their names with Principals and the Superintendent. A list of honored teachers will appear on the NSF website and in the Newton TAB.

Your tax-deductible donation will go towards funding NSF grants for promising educational initiatives, professional development, and programs that close gaps in opportunity and achievement.  In furtherance of those goals, in recent weeks NSF directed its resources toward the challenges of COVID-19 with a $85,500 grant for the Newton Public Schools to purchase 300 Chromebooks for students needing access to online learning during school closures. 

It’s easy to donate online, or  you can mail your donation  to Newton Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 590020, Newton Centre, MA 02459. Please be sure to include the names of the teachers and/or staff that you are honoring. 

To find out more about the programs NSF funds, visit our website at (

Girl Scouts of Eastern MA Offer Free Online Programming

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts has lots of online programs available—all are free and do not require a Girl Scout membership. A program that I’m especially excited about is our Daisy meet ups series on Saturday mornings at 9:30. This weekly meeting is geared toward preschool and kindergarten girls, and is run just like a regular Girl Scout meeting. Families interested in joining for a meeting can register here. Participants will receive an email with information about materials and how to log into the meeting.

Girl Scouts is for every girl, and that’s why we embrace girls of all abilities and backgrounds, backed by our strong philosophy of inclusion.  If you are looking for social connection for your girl, check out all of our virtual and at-home programming for all grade levels at Below is an email we received last week about the impact of these meetups.

“I wanted to thank you for this Daisy meeting. It has been invaluable to my daughter to have some sort of social contact with peers during this time. She has an autism spectrum diagnosis, and our school system hasn’t introduced any interactive components to keep up her social skills at this point. These meetings have been VITAL to keeping her at least somewhat connected to children in her age range.  She is VERY excited to become a daisy once the social distancing guidelines are eased, so these meetings have definitely created a future Girl Scout.  We will see you next Saturday!”

Summer Camp with the Boys & Girls Club of Newton

This summer the John M Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton will feature endless age-appropriate activities that include a summer full of Fine Arts, Coding, and Animation, that will capture the camper’s imagination and learn new skills throughout the summer. The Club will also have great outdoor opportunities like Archery, Athletics or even testing solar energy devices will have campers build friendships and engage in the different possibilities that our Camp has to offer in a safe, healthy and positive environment. Come and enjoy the fun! Register Today!

Nature Exploration Virtual Nature Classes for Ages 3 to 7

Looking for a way to engage your young explorer at home and outdoors?

Sign up for a virtual PUDDLESTOMPERS Nature Exploration class! Each weekly class consists of a pre-recorded lesson with three fabulous naturalists teachers who will lead the children through a virtual circle time about a springtime topic. Then head outside for an interactive outdoor experience where the children can follow along, either with the video or in their own explorations. Afterwards, one of the teachers will read a story based on a springtime topic.

Every participant will get:
* a STEM activity sheet
* an outdoor activity or scavenger hunt
* a handout to extend the learning into the home
* a coloring sheet

Topics so far include “Signs of Spring,” “Birds:Nesting,” “Soil,” and “Seed Growth.” Up next:”Worms!” The beauty of these classes is that they are pre-recorded and can be watched at any time! Price: $15.00 per lesson.

Additional details are available at or As always, your teachers are here for you! If you have any questions, email and a teacher naturalist will be in touch!

Virtual Music Lessons

I am writing as a local, Boston-based (for 9+ years) professional musician and experienced teacher offering Zoom private lessons in Bass (upright, electric), Voice, Ukulele, and Song Writing. Specializing in American Folk Music, Jazz, Orchestral, Pop, Children’s Music, all kinds of fun!! I realize online learning has been a challenge for many families, and have been encouraged to hear from students and parents that music is still going well. 

These are trying times for everyone, and would love to connect with anyone interested in more music! I can offer a 20% discount off the first lesson for referrals for Bowen and Newton Public Schools families. 

Contact Brittany Karlson

Mad Science Providing Activities in Free Daily Email

Mad Science is making an attempt to ease the stress of parents and teachers by providing our activities for FREE in a daily email. Here are the daily projects I have emailed this week: Crystal growing, Worm Farming and the Viking Barometer.
The resources students will receive are:
  • Designed with individual grade modifications for grades K-5.
  • Do not involve additional screen time.
  • Follow DOE curriculum frameworks.
  • Completely FREE.

If you would like to receive these emails, sign up here.

Writing Tutors Available

Does your student struggle with school writing assignments? Jane Hirschhorn and her team at JBH Tutoring can help. Jane and her tutors have more than 50 years of combined experience working with students from middle school through graduate school. They tailor their approach to make the best use of each student’s strengths to help them move through the writing process with calm and confidence and can also help with college essays.

For more information, please contact Jane at or 617-957-7208. You can learn more about Jane and her wonderful team at

What is idling and why does it matter?

You may have noticed the new Blue Zone signs at your school with the red “No Idling Per State Law” addition.  Vehicle idling is when a driver leaves a vehicle running while it is parked. Idling increases the amount of harmful emissions a vehicle produces. Vehicle emissions are more concentrated at ground level where kids are standing—and breathing.

Children breathe more air per pound of body weight than do adults. For this reason, they take in proportionately higher “doses” of any pollutants, which enter their lungs and, in some cases, bloodstream. Children are more biologically vulnerable to pollution from idling vehicles and the child with the highest exposure to pollutants may be your own; in a line of idling vehicles, pollutant levels may also be elevated inside your vehicle as well as outside.

What can you do to protect your child’s health? For parents and caregivers at arrival and dismissal, it’s simple. If you will be waiting for more than 10 seconds, turn off the engine.
Remind other drivers to do the same.

Check out the flyer No Idling.

Brought to you by Newton Safe Routes to School
For more information, email or visit

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