Volunteer for the 2019/2020 Bowen PTO

Volunteering with the PTO is a great way to show your commitment to our community.  It gives you a chance to have a lasting impact on your child’s education while making good friends and having fun along the way.  There are many ways to get involved with the PTO based on your available time and interests…and we have dedicated leaders to help you get started.

Please see descriptions of some of the volunteer opportunities below as well as in the Programs section of our website and contact chair@bowenpto.org with any questions.  To indicate your interest, you may also click the following link and submit your volunteer form in our on-line directory: volunteer opportunities for 2019-2020. Whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours to give, your time is much appreciated.



Back to School Picnic:  The Back to School Picnic is the first community event of the year and very popular among all families. The committee will organize entertainment/activities and food (traditionally pizza).

Halloween Committee: Organize the Halloween Party with the materials and plans from last year as your guide. Create flyers for the event to be distributed to families.   Organize volunteers to collect contributions, man the food table, help decorate, set up and clean up.

International Potluck Dinner: The annual Bowen potluck celebrates Bowen’s diversity and international community! Bring a dish reflective of your heritage and wear something representative as well. A night to enjoy performances of traditional dance, music, gymnastics, martial arts, fashion and more.  Help to get families signed up to participate, make sure the gym is set up with the food stations and tables to eat at, and organize the amazing presentations of kids in our community. 

Spring Fling: The event to celebrate Bowen and the changing of the seasons with food, games and prizes.  Help set up before the event, clean up afterwards, create the layout of the event and promote the event to families and to classes that each have their own fun station.

Incoming Kindergarten Picnic: A hello to new kindergarten families for the upcoming school year.  Help get the word out and with getting food or supplies ready for this afternoon.  Come out to greet families and answer questions.

Fundraising and Social

Bowen Walks the Walk: An annual event, children walk outside on Bowen Upper Field for physical activities organized by our PE teachers. During the two weeks before the event, children raise funds from family, friends and neighbors in support. This group is responsible for organizing donors, matching the money raised (or part thereof), distributing envelopes for money collection and communicating to families before and after the event

Book Fair and BAM Night: An annual event where kids get the chance to look for books with their classes during the school day.  Parents are welcome to volunteer during their child’s classroom time or at night for the BAM (books, art and music) night.  Help kids select and purchase books, or help with set-up, clean-up or food sales.

Spring Raffle: A way that we get to raise money for our amazing school.  Many families get to walk away with great prizes as well!  Help to solicit donations, create flyers, organize tickets, give out prizes and more!

Mystery Dinner: an event for Bowen parents to meet each other, where the mystery is, who you have dinner with!  It’s a great way to meet other Bowen parents and connect with ones you already know!

PTO Operations

PTO Executive Committee: Join the Bowen PTO leadership as one of 3 Co-Chairs, Secretary or executive committee member and work with our Principal, teachers, and parents to create a robust school community here at Bowen.  Help set the PTO budget.  Represent Bowen on the newton-wide PTO Council. Provide leadership for the various PTO committees, events, and activities.

Treasurer: The PTO will need a Co-Treasurer for the 2019-2020 school year to learn the ropes as our current treasurer will move on the following year. Please contact Chair@bowenpto.org or anyone on the leadership committee for more information. Help our current Treasurer oversee and manage the PTO Budget of over $70,000.  Manage cash deposits, matching funds, reimbursements, and tax filing.  As member of the PTO Executive Board, work with the co-Chairs to ensure smooth operation and provide sound financial advice.

Room Parent Coordinators: As room parent coordinator, oversee the class room parents, answer questions and help disseminate information from the executive board.

School Traffic and Safety Rep: Work with the Executive Board and the Principal to improve compliance in the Blue Zone and with all school safety measures.

Website Admin: Maintain bowenpto.org.  Help with technical issues.  Input on design is welcome.  Knowledge of WordPress a plus.

Technology Committee:  Did you know the PTO’s in Newton are a major source of technology? Join the technology committee and help Bowen reach the Newton Public School standard for elementary school


Online Communications: This group works closely with the PTO co-chairs on our weekly email newsletter, website, Facebook and Twitter. Most updates will be provided by the other programs and some are even automated. Parents responsible for this program ensure communications are distributed in a timely manner. This position is great for working parents as everything can be done at flexible times.

Directory: The school directory is the go-to source for contact information for all Bowen families. Responsibilities include: assembling the printed directory in the beginning of the year, maintaining the online directory and soliciting advertisements for both.