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.

Newton Girls Basketball Association

Registration for the NGBA 2021-2022 season will open October 2nd.

NGBA is a recreational basketball league for Newton girls with fun for beginners and experienced players alike! Games are played on Saturdays for all grades, starting December 4th and continuing into mid-March; for Grades 3-8 practices are for 1-hour on one evening during the week (Mon-Thurs). You will be able to select one day on the registration form that you are NOT able to practice. Otherwise practice times will be assigned according to coach availability. There are no weekday practices for Grade 2. The Grade 2 program is focused on a fun, learning environment.

To obtain additional details and to find out more about the league,
visit the NGBA website.

Learn to Skate Lessons in the Newton Area

Do you want to introduce your kids to ice skating or get them ready for hockey, recreational or figure skating and give them the opportunity to skate with other kids their age? Bay State Skating School is a non-profit organization that has for more than 50 years dedicated itself to introducing kids to the joys of ice skating. Professional Instructors teach Recreational, Figure and Hockey skating skills to children ages 4 to 18 years old – from absolute beginners to experienced skaters.

Classes are held in 10 rinks throughout the Newton– Boston area and registration is open now.

For more information, check out our website and registration information at

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

ActiveMinds Tutoring

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Offering warm support throughout the cold months. 15 years providing tutoring for all academic subjects, studying skills, and standardized test prep (SAT/ACT, ISEE, SSAT).

Contact ActiveMinds to learn more about our personalized plans with experienced tutors. 617-227-2225 |
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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

Tutoring with Yale Grad

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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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