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. Please visit the PTOC’s Community Notes page for even more.

Empow Studios #1 STEM Programs

Registration NOW OPEN!

Empow Studios #1 STEM Programs Registration NOW OPEN!

At Empow Studios, kids have fun exploring various STEM programs, finding their passion, and accelerating their learning. With classes and camps across five STEM domains, kids deepen their technology skills as they build amazing beginner to advanced projects:

  • Minecraft
  • Coding
  • Video Game Design
  • Digital Art & Design
  • Robotics

Empow Studios is honored to be trusted by more than 150 educational and enrichment organizations that support STEM programs. We’ve won more awards than any other STEM after school program or camp provider in Massachusetts!

We offer many programs including BUILD After School Classes, One Day School’s Out Camps, Vacation Camps during Winter, February and April vacation and of course, Summer Camps.

Bowen families can use the discount code BOWEN50 to save $50 on in-person programs!

Visit our website today:

STEM Classes: Fall 2022 Empow Studios Fall 2022 STEM Classes

STEM Camps: Summer 2022 Empow Studios Summer Camps 2022

(Register for multiple weeks and save! Campers who enroll in 2-6 weeks of camp can save $40 per week.)

Public Speaking & Debate Summer Camps

Public Speaking & Debate Summer Camps in Newton, Lexington, Acton, and Milton (Grades 4-10). Give your child the opportunity to meet new friends, develop critical thinking skills, and practice their public speaking in a fun, low-pressure learning environment!

Public Speaking Confidence
Body Language and Tone
Fun Games and Activities!
Outdoor Activities and Sports!

Lumos teaches debate through fun games and activities that students love. And the instructors are friendly, warm, and great at making public speaking exciting!

Please register quickly as we typically sell out and need to move students to the waitlist. Early bird discounts up to $240. Choose your dates and register now at:

Summer Basketball Camps

ASA Hoops is back in Newton for its 26th consecutive summer. In 1997 ASA started at the Cabot School court as a small program for Newton Parks and Recreation, it has expanded to 60 + basketball camps throughout MA and NH. Our Newton location is held at the Brown Middle School in Newton: boys and girls ages 7-16.
For more information visit: or contact

Summer Ink is Back!

Summer Ink is a 2 week summer program for 5th, 6th and 7th graders that uses The Writers’ Express Method (WEX) to transform the literacy skills of all students who attend our programs, combining writing instruction with adventures, arts, and sports.

Students will participate in various highly engaging activities off-site and on-site. Immediately after students participate in an activity, they respond in their journals. Each day, the writing counselors give thoughtful feedback to each student’s entries, pointing out ways that they can focus more deeply on one moment or aspect of their experience.

Simmons campus, 2 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
July 18 – 29, 2022! Monday through Friday,
from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, with extended care available from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Our program includes 24 students, 4 Senior Counselors (teachers and college students),
and 4 Junior Counselors (high school students).

Questions: Please email or call +1(617) 714-0263

Visit our website to learn more

Boston College Women’s Soccer Clinics

Women’s Soccer at BC is offering clinics:

June Night Clinics (BC Newton Campus)
June 15-17
Ages 4-12

More information at:

Building Math Minds

Small group (2-4 students) enrichment math tutoring in person or online for this summer. Students will collaborate to solve engaging, real world problems. Our goal will be for students to construct deeper conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts and skills by making their thinking visible and discussing their strategies in our small group sessions.

If interested please contact Andrew Guttell at I am a math coach in the Newton Public Schools a former Bowen teacher.

Visit our website for more details on our rich programming for young mathematicians.

Steve Matthews Basketball Clinic

Steve Matthews current Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach for the Back-to-Back DCL Large Champion Newton South Lions, and one of college basketball’s all-time great players, will run four-day basketball clinics this summer. Attendees will learn how to play with perfect form. The clinics will include all aspects of the game of basketball. There will be lectures, drills, contests, and games. Location: Newton South High School Field House 140 Brandeis Rd.

Dates: Tuesday, July 5th – Friday, July 8th
Monday, July 11th – Thursday, July 14th

Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Boys & Girls entering grades 5-9 (Fall 2022)
Cost: $299 per attendee

Please complete and submit application online here.

Newton North STEMentors Private Science Experiment Events

Work with Newton North STEMentors to host a private science experiment event!

  • these will be on Zoom due to the current status of the pandemic
  • there will be two STEMentors for the group
  • the minimum number of kids is 10, and the maximum is 20
  • families make the guest list and let us know how many kids will be there
  • the STEMentors running the event will come up with the experiments and send out the list of materials before the day of the event.
  • it is a FREE event

NOTE: we ask that all events be made at least 3 weeks in advance

If you are interested, please fill out this form:

Join Newton Cub Scout Pack 210

Boys and girls grades 1-5 are invited to join Newton Cub Scout Pack 210. Scouting is a great opportunity to make new friendships and learn new skills. We have an exciting year planned, with fun activities including camping, hiking, outdoor activities, community service, and monthly Den/Pack meetings. We are also starting our grade-specific Den meetings. Please reach out, and we can let you know when the meeting for your child’s grade is.
Please join us or email Chris with questions. We look forward to a great Scouting year ahead!

Newton’s One-to-One Program

Newton’s One-to-One Program, our very own “big brother/sister program” has been matching wonderful high schoolers with children in grades one through five for over 40 years. If you think your elementary aged child would benefit from a mentor in their life and you can commit 2 hours each week to have your child meet with a high school mentor from November to May – you should contact us.

Here is a link to the program information and application:

For questions or more information, please contact Rebecca Young, Program Coordinator, at or 617-315-8733

Newton Centre Folk Music

Newton Center Folk Music invites Bowen parents and community members to join the group for regular meetings. This Spring we will return to the Bowen tent every other Sunday afternoon from 4 to 6 PM. If you play an instrument, or just like to sing old and more contemporary folk music, you can join the group through, a free platform that we use. During the winter months a group of no more than 8 are meeting indoors in a local home, all participants must be vaccinated and masked, but unlike the tent, there is no playground for children to play in while parents sing and play. If interested, sign up at, search for Newton Center Folk Music, ask to become a member, and you will receive notices and information.
Questions? Contact Elliot Frank at : elliot.frank 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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