JANUARY 13, 2020

Hello Bowditch Community,

Hello Bowditch Community,
Happy New Year and welcome back. Please see below for this week's updates.

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Bowditch Middle School PTSA

1450 Tarpon St, Foster City, CA  94404



SEDAC Meeting - The Special Education District Advisory Committee (SEDAC) will be meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7:00pm at the District Office (1170 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA).  We welcome your attendance to support the District's Special Education programs. The agenda will include an update regarding the recent presentation to the Board of Trustees, continued discussion of governance and mission/vision and a communication workshop.

The final two meetings for the 2019-2020 school year are listed below:
March 24, 2020 at 7:00 pm at the District Office
May 12, 2020 at 7:00pm at the District Office

We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday evening.
Thank you,
San Mateo-Foster City School District


8th Grade Families - 8th Grade Panoramic Pictures - will be taken on Tuesday January 14th, 2020. This picture can be purchased online beforehand at mylifetouch.com. Please use Picture Day ID: BY449622T0. The cost of the picture is $22 plus tax for an 8x24 Panoramic Group Picture or $39 plus tax for an 8x24 Panoramic Group Picture with Frame. (This picture will also be in the Yearbook.)

Drama Fundraiser - Support Bowditch Drama at Mod Pizza (1297 Chess Drive, Suite B, Foster City) on Thursday January 16, 2020 from 5:00pm until closing. 20% of your bill will be donated to Bowditch Drama. Please bring this flyer with you.

Seussical the Musical - Come see Bowditch Middle School’s fun production of Seussical the Musical on February 7th, 8th and 9th, 2020 at the Bayside Performing Arts Center, 2025 Kehoe Avenue, San Mateo. Tickets are $10/person and are available at bowditchmusical.ludus.com.

Parent Ed Events:
Screening of GENERATION ZAPPED - (sponsored by Capuchino High School) on Tuesday January 14th, 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Capuchino High School Library (1501 Magnolia Ave, San Bruno). GENERATION ZAPPED investigates the potential dangers of prolonged exposure to Radio Frequencies (RF) from wireless technology; it’s effects on our health and well-being, as well as the health and development of our children. From its links to breast and brain cancer, to its associations with increased infertility and genetic mutations related to autism and ADHD, to newly developed illnesses, such as Electrical Hyper-Sensitivity (EHS).

Today we encounter a hundred thousand times the level of radiation from wireless technologies than we did decades ago. Yet the safety standards set by federal regulatory agencies are outdated. New wireless devices such as smart phones, tablets and baby monitors to the latest “Internet of Things” continue to enter the market without any proper pre-market testing or post-market monitoring. Too little is done to ensure public safety and awareness.

So how can we uncover the facts and reduce our exposure to limit the associated health risks during this technological revolution? GENERATION ZAPPED attempts to do just that.

"Let's Talk about It: Listening to Your Kids' Struggles Without Your Stress Getting in the Way" presented by Cynthia Klein, Parenting Educator (https://bridges2understanding.com/) (sponsored by Bowditch Middle School) on Wednesday January 29, 2020 from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Bowditch Media Center. Please RSVP here.

Positive Psychology through The Villages (sponsored by SMFC Distrct Middle schools) on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00pm at Bayside theater. This talk provides parents research-based ideas to support students through resilience and stress.


Bowditch Spirit Events - 
Lip Sync Battle - Friday, January 17th during lunch in the lunch court. Keep practicing, and make sure to come sign up in Mz. Freesmeier's room, 44, by Wednesday the 15th. No late entries will be allowed.

Dress as your Favorite Music Inspired Talent Friday, January 17th, 2020. Think about your favorite musician, composer, singer/song-writer, pop-artist, rapper, or rock star and dress to impress!


Student Store - The last day of the semester is January 24th. The student store will be open 2 additional days to help the kids get their supplies for their new classes:  Monday, January 27 and Tuesday, January 28 during lunch time.


Book Fair at Bowditch? - The Bowditch PTSA would like to sponsor a book fair at school.  We are looking for one or two people that are interested in making this happen by organizing or chairing it.  Please inform us of your interest by emailing bowditch.pta@gmail.com. We'll move forward only if we get a response on this.



AYSO Spring Soccer - Online Registration for the Spring Soccer season of Foster City AYSO is now open.  The season is March 14 - May 30.  Please register online at www.fcayso.org. All the spring season details are available online. After online registration, print a copy of the player registration form and bring it (with a copy of the birth certificate or passport if new to AYSO) to one of our registration events:. January 26, 1-4 pm, Foster City Elementary School MPR. The second event February 22, 1-4 pm at Audubon Elementary school. Please contact Beth Jordan at registrar@aysofc.org with questions.


Foster City Youth Softball - Registration Now Open! We invite girls ages 5-12 with all different levels of experience to come join a team. Represent Foster City in the Peninsula League
The 12U Bandits were undefeated and were 2018 Spring Peninsula League Champions! The 10U Heat were 2019 Spring Peninsula League Champions! The 8U Flash were 2019 Fall Peninsula League Champions! For more information and to register go to www.FCYSA.org. Registration ends January 15, 2020.


Play Ball! Foster City Little League Baseball  - Registration is now open for the 2020 Spring Season. Boys and Girls ages 4-14 are welcome to play. Register at www.FCLL.org or contact registration@fcll.org with questions. Please see this flyer for more information.


Tue. Jan 14 - 8th Grade Panoramic Picture
Tue. Jan 14 - SEDAC Meeting
Tue. Jan 14 - GENERATION ZAPPED screening
Thur. Jan 16 - MOD Pizza Fundraiser
Fri. Jan 17 - Spirit Day/Lip Sync Battle
Mon. Jan 20 - MLK Jr Day - NO SCHOOL
Fri. Jan 24 - Second Quarter Ends
Mon. Jan 27 - Student Store Open
Tue. Jan 28 - Student Store Open
Wed. Jan 29 - PTSA General Meeting/Parent Ed Night


ATTENTION 8TH GRADE PARENTS - High School Registration - The San Mateo Union High School District Priority Enrollment is from December 3, 2019 until February 14, 2020. SchoolMint is now being used to enroll new students. Start by completing the online application at www.smuhsd.org/enrollment or https://smuhsd.schoolmint.net/signup.

Families will then make an appointment with the Student Services office after they have completed the online enrollment form. Please see this letter from SMUHSD for more information.

Washington D.C. Trip - It is not too late to sign-up! If your student is in 8th grade and is interested in going on the Washington D.C. trip, please email Ms. Launer at bowditchschooltrip@gmail.com. This trip is run by School Tours of America and is not organized by Bowditch Middle School. Ms. Launer is acting as a liaison between the students and School Tours of America.

Updated District Handbook - The District Handbook has been updated with the following information:

  • New Nondiscrimination Policy

  • Updated Uniform Complaint Procedure, and

  • Immigration—Enforcement Actions at California Schools. 

Copies of the revised District Handbook in both English and Spanish are available on the SMFCSD website. The revisions to the District Handbook are attached for your convenience. In addition, Parents'/Guardians' Rights are always available to you on the SMFCSD website. District Handbook Amendment 11.18.19


Bowditch and SMFCSD Calendars - 

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Share Your Child's Success - Did your child have any recent successes ? In keeping with the community spirit, we would love to feature any achievement of your kids that can be shared with all. Please send your stories to bowditch.comm@gmail.com.

Log Your Volunteer Hours  - Have you volunteered at Bowditch this week? Please take a moment to log your volunteer hours here.

Have a great week!
The Bowditch PTSA


Congratulations to our Students for Outstanding achievement during the AMC -8 test held last November 12, 2019. AMC-8, American Mathematics Competition, is a Nationwide Math Competitions participated by 8th grade and younger. The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges https://www.maa.org/math/competitions/amc-8

5-D- Honor Roll of Distinction: Scored in the top 1% Nationally
 SHAH, ZAEE , 8th grade


16-H-Honor Roll Certificate: Scored in the top 5% Nationally
BISHT, ARUSH , 8th grade
DARA, ANISH , 7th grade
MUPPALA, ANKIT , 8th grade
ZHU, WILLIAM , 7th grade
ZHANG, RAY , 8th grade
HU, JAKE , 6th grade
VOSS, NIELS C, 8th grade

Congratulations Bowditch Students!


Thank-you Foster City Team up and Clean Up! Foster City Team Up and Clean Up is a citizen lead volunteer organization. You can find the group on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/430574844403833 or email them at cleanfostercity@googlegroups.com. They meet monthly at various locations in foster city to pickup trash and raise awareness of the dangers of the loose trash to our soil, plant and animal life. Before the break, 10 volunteers spent an hour picking up 5 buckets of trash at Bowditch. Common items included snack wrappers, plastic straws, plastic straw wrappers, aluminum foil, pens and pencils. Thank-you for helping to keep Bowditch clean.

Thank-you to our librarian Ms. Alfonso-Punzalan for purchasing new chairs and rugs and spending the time to make the Bowditch library more inviting. 

Bowditch Middle School
1450 Tarpon Street, Foster City CA 94404
 Tel: 650-312-7680
Attendance Line: 650-312-7687
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