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.

MIT Autism Research Study

MIT is looking for 7-11-year-old children with autism who have strong passions, interests, or hobbies to participate in an MRI research study. Participants will receive up to $100 and a picture of their brain!

Sign up here to see if your child is eligible for this study.
Feel free to email with any questions.

Newton Metrowest Basketball

Registration is now open for Newton Metrowest Basketball, Newton’s long-time travel basketball league.  The league has over 350 Newton youth basketball players and 75 volunteer coaches in the program. The program teaches basketball skills and sportsmanship in a fun, competitive environment.  Girls and boys in 4th-8th grades who live in Newton or attend Newton schools through the METCO program are eligible.   Tryouts are held in October, practices start in November and games run from December through early March.  Weekend games are against teams from area communities.  Many players learn the game and go on to play in middle school and high school.

 Coaching volunteers are needed at all levels.  To register or for more information, go to

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 almost 50 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

Mini-Golf Fundraiser for Pediatric Cancer

The Newton North Class of 2023 is partnering with Putting 4 Patients to host a Mini-Golf Fundraiser on October 1st, 12-3pm, on the Newton North Front Field.  (In case of rain, the event will be in the Newton North SOA).  All proceeds go to Pediatric Cancer at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana Farber.

Activities include an 18-Hole Mini-Golf Course with prizes for the winner and the winning team, a Hole in One Contest, Face Painting and a Prize Drawing.  Entry is $10 for students and kids and $15 for adults.  All are welcome!  Food from food trucks and a concession stand will also be available for purchase, and some proceeds will benefit the Newton North Class of 2023.

Additional donations to Putting for Patients from this event can be made here:  On this site you can also mention why you are supporting.

Support Newton Kids

The Department of Children and Families is seeking to keep Newton children in their schools and communities. We want to ensure that when DCF assumes care and custody of a child, that child is able to remain in their school, with their friends and the adults that support them. In order to accomplish this, DCF is looking for Newton parents who
would consider becoming a short-term caregiver for a student in need at their child’s
Please complete this brief survey if you are interested in participating or learning more.

Newton’s Harvest Fair and Halloween Window Painting

The City of Newton’s Cultural Development office has two great kid-friendly events coming up this fall: the Harvest Fair and Halloween Window Painting. The former is a wonderful family event in Newton Centre where kids can enjoy games, rides, and entertainment (and all that yummy fair food their parents won’t want them to eat).

The latter is that once-a-year opportunity for creative kid artists to adorn Newton storefronts with Halloween-themed art. It’s open to all Newton students in grades 3-8, and they can register here.

Girls on the Run

Bowen girls in 3rd-5th grade are invited to join Girls on the Run team this fall that will be held in Needham, and will include girls from several schools. There are two options: Sun/Wed 4-5:30 or Mon/Wed 4-5:30.  If your former Bowen girl is now in middle school, she is welcome on the Heart & Sole team for 6th-8th graders that meets in Needham onTue/Thu 4-5:30 or one in Cambridge on Mon/Thu 4:15-5:45.
Girls on the Run is a national nonprofit program designed to help girls be physically and emotionally healthy and strong.  The curriculum includes fun activities to boost confidence and connection, while the girls build stamina and prepare to run a noncompetitive 5K. You can register using this link.  Registration is first come, first served and programs start 9/18.

Join Newton Cub Scouts 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, Pinewood Derby, outdoor activities, community service, and monthly Den/Pack meetings. Our first meeting is on Thursday, September 22 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Arsenal Park, 485 Arsenal St in Watertown. The meeting will feature George Saterial, a hilarious comedian/magician who will perform a half hour show, rain or shine. We will also have frozen treats and it will be a great opportunity to learn more about our upcoming year. Please join us (not necessary to pre-register) or email Colin at ( with questions or if you’re interested in joining. We look forward to a great Scouting year ahead!

Newton’s Community Table tickets now on sale!

The Newton Food Pantry is thrilled to host Newton’s Community Table — a unique event where guests can experience the tastes of some of Newton’s best restaurants, while also giving back to their community.

Join us on September 22nd for great food, live music, a silent auction and our famous mystery boxes! All proceeds benefit the Newton Food Pantry.

Thursday, September 22nd

The Windsor Club
1601 Beacon Street, Waban

$125 per person

Click here to learn more or purchase tickets.

(In case link above doesn’t work:

FIRST Lego League (FLL)

Hello Parents,

My name is Davis and I am a member of Newton’s high school robotics team The LigerBots consisting of students from both Newton North and Newton South High Schools. We compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). If your child is enthusiastic about robotics or LEGOs, or STEAM in general, FIRST also provides robotics programs and competitions for students in grades K-8. FLL gives kids the chance to build robots using LEGO kits. Kids form teams of 2-10 people, program, and build a LEGO robot with the purpose of completing challenges. This year, The LigerBots will be hosting an FLL info night on June 22nd, 7-8:30pm at Newton South High School. You are encouraged to talk to your children about FLL, as FLL is an amazing opportunity for all. Plus, they can form a team with their friends!

We will go over the competition logistics, what students will do, and how to start a team. Interested families can sign up to attend here: If you are unable to make it to the info night, additional information will be sent out to all who fill out the form. If you would like a bit more background information beforehand, here is FLL’s official website.

In addition to the questions or comments section of the form above, please don’t hesitate to reach out and email us at

Thanks in advance,
Davis Rattanavijai
The LigerBots

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.)

Summer Basketball Camps

ASA Hoops is offering School Holiday Clinics throughout the Fall for boys and girls ages 7-15 in Newton (9/26, 10/5, 10/10, 11/10.  In addition, after-school and Saturday skills training takes place at 1337 Centre St.  Since 1997 ASA has been serving the Newton community offering camps, clinics, skills training and AAU basketball.  We hope to see you soon: Register at: / Contact:

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
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