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.

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo

Free Musical Instrument Petting Zoo for kids of all ages (and kids at heart) sponsored by Note-worthy experiences providers of in-home lessons to students of all ages in Newton.


Newton Kindergarten Soccer registration is open!

For 25 years, Kindergarten Soccer has been introducing children to soccer in a fun and non-competitive environment where they develop friendships, learn teamwork and gain confidence. Games are Saturday mornings at Oak Hill Middle School, April 27th – June 15th.

Pre-K League for Newton children who will enter kindergarten in Fall 2019
Kindergarten League for current Newton kindergartners (2018-2019)

Join in and meet other families in your neighborhood! Kindergarten Soccer is a program of the Zervas Elementary PTO since 1993. For more information and for online registration, please visit

Newton SEPAC presents

Mental Health in Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities with Dr. Kerim Munir, MD, MPH, DSc, Director of Psychiatry at the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Boston Children’s Hospital.

March 12th, 7:15 pm Networking, 7:30 pm presentation begins

Education Center
100 Walnut Street
Room 210

Newton PorchFest 2019: Signups are now open

Signups for Newton PorchFest 2019, scheduled for June 1st (raindate June 2nd) are now open.

PorchFest is an afternoon of free music performed outside of people’s homes. Last year’s inaugural event included 60+ bands. You can participate by signing up to play (all musicians of all types are welcome), host (residents of Auburndale, Lower Falls or Waban), or volunteer.

For more information and to signup, see

Service Stars

We currently are registering for our monthly service programs which are run on Saturday and Sundays and our April vacation Camp.  Our summer program will be open for registration this weekend.
Each day of our program focuses on a different service theme and we work together on a service project, play games and have small group discussions about the different service organizations.
Our winter and spring programs are for grades k-5 and our summer camp will have two age group offerings k-3 and 4-8.
Parents can learn more about our program offerings and register on our website and see our program in action on our facebook page

Schools Out. Rock Out.

From 4 year old air guitarists to 14 year-old Fender shredders, these music camps will have your cool kids rockin’ the summer away! Weekly Sessions start in June and run through August!

Kidzrock Camp for ages 4-7, Half-Day Camp. Kidzrock is a nationally recognized “jam-focused” program that has young kids living out their rock‘n’roll fantasy and playing together quickly! Band members rotate on drums, electric guitar, and keyboards, and each camp week culminates with a concert by the bands!

Jr Rockerz Camp for ages 8-11, Full-Day Camp.  Jr. Rockerz Camp is all about rockin’ out, writing songs, and playing tons of musical games! Instruments offered are: guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, and vocals. Each week long session ends with a concert performance for your friends and family!

Teen Bandz Camp for ages 12-16, Full-Day Camp. Teenbandz Camp is where teens come to play, meet others, join a band, write a song, and get comfortable making music in a group. A great respite from a busy summer or sleep-away camps. Now offering DJ/production classes, and uke groups too! Each band also gets to perform at a concert at the end of their session!

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL until March 15th – Sign Up

Learn More or call 857-234-1935.

The 2nd location of the flagship downtown Boston restaurant – BONAPITA (, located about 10-12 minutes drive from Bowen school, at 75 Spring St. West Roxbury (maybe you got a chance to try our fresh Pita bread we donated recently to BASCP’s Kindness Club Craft & Bake Sale? :))
The new restaurant location has been featured in the Boston Globe  ( and the restaurant is continuously featured at the Phantom Gourmet TV show (
The West Roxbury BONAPITA is open 6 days a week (Tue-Sun, closed Mondays), from 11am till 9pm, providing a beautiful sit down option, delivery (via UberEats), catering, and private events at the space.

Math tutor Grades 3-7

Experience 5th grade teacher and math tutor with 25+ years of experience working with students in the classroom setting and as a private tutor of Bowen and Oak Hill students. Skilled in working with students needing math review/enrichment, confidence building, test prep including ISEE.  Conveniently located across from Bowen School.  Some weekday openings available Please e-mail Maureen Parsons at

Centre Street Food Pantry

Centre Street Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help staff the pantry on Tuesdays and the first Saturday of each month.  Volunteer shifts are available in two hour increments and sign up is flexible.  Tasks include stocking shelves, helping clients shop, clean up and more.

Volunteers must be 16 and older to volunteer without an adult and 12 is the minimum age with an adult. For more information, please visit the Get Involved tab here:

Sign up for the NewtonSTEM newsletter: Science/Tech/Engineering/Math publishes a weekly newsletter of announcements about Science/Tech/Engineering/Math relevant to Newton students, parents, teachers, and community volunteers.

Sign up for the weekly email here, and you can unsubscribe at any time.  Now in its eighth year, NewtonSTEM is a clearinghouse for information about STEM achievements, events, opportunities, and resources, both in and outside of school, specifically relevant to Newton.

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