April 26, 2021
Apr 28 - Asynchronous Wednesday
Apr 28 - Parent Ed Event - Digital Wellness
Apr 28 - 6th and 7th Grade Surveys Due
Apr 29 - Family Talk: Vaping
May 4 - Parent Ed Event - ANGST
May 4 - Family Talk: Vaping
May 5 - Asynchronous Wednesday
May 6 - SMFCSD School Board Meeting
There are many exciting things happening this week! We switch to the new spring schedule today and hybrid hubs and after school Volleyball, Basketball and Running start today. See below for the announcements for the week.
Have a great week!
The Bowditch PTSA
NEWS from the SMFC SCHOOL DISTRICT
PTA Council Parent Ed - DIGITAL WELLNESS Redefining Your Child’s TIme Online: Wednesday April 28th from 6:30pm-7:15pm (with Spanish Translation) Join Common Sense as they share practical tips for parents grappling with distance learning and online fatigue. We will create a practical plan to address online engagement, understand tech tools that can better help children navigate screen time, and share insight on how to celebrate your child's positive presence. Our speaker, Jamie Nunez is the Western Region Manager at Common Sense and supports school districts, educators, and parents across the country in their efforts to implement digital wellness initiatives.
SMFCSD AND SMUHSD Present – Family Talk: Vaping
Multiple dates and times available: Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 4 pm or 7 pm AND Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 4 pm or 7 pm.
(For SMFCSD middle school students and families, SMUHSD high school students and families, and community members) Please join SMFCSD and SMUHSD for Family Talk: Vaping, a facilitated workshop for families and children about vaping nicotine. What are vapes and what do they contain? What are the health risks? Why do teens use them? How can you help a young person who is using nicotine? Please attend WITH your child to discuss all of these topics and more!
Virtual, free of charge.
Spanish translation available. Other languages available upon request.
Register on Eventbrite by Monday, May 3, 2021.
SMCOE PARENT ED EVENTS:
ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety: Presented by SMCOE Tobacco Use Education (TUPE) and Safe and Supportive Schools.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Online Event (Webinar). Register: https://angst2021smcoe.eventbrite.com
San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) and Safe and Supportive Schools programs present a FREE community screening of ANGST.
ANGST is an IndieFlix Original documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety. The film includes expert advice from mental health professionals, along with interviews from elementary and high school students who discuss how anxiety has impacted their lives.
Parents, students, educators, counselors, mental health professionals, and community members welcome! ANGST is appropriate for viewers age 10 and older. Spanish film subtitles and simultaneous interpretation for the panel and Q&A will be provided.
This special event is sponsored by San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE), Peninsula Health Care District, and Sequoia Healthcare District, in partnership with The Parent Venture.
Vaporized: Navigating Teenage Trends in Vaping, E-Cigs, and Social Media
(For All K-12 Parents, Educators, Mental Health Professionals, Community Members)
Monday, May 17, 2021, 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
How has teenage use of e-cigarettes and vapes changed during COVID-19? How does social media influence the health behaviors of adolescents? Is tobacco use rising or falling? Attend this online session to learn about vaping, e-cigarettes, social media, and their effects on teenagers’ health and well-being. Learn more and register here.
SMCOE STUDENT CONTESTS
Break the Vape PSA Contest
(For All 6-12 Students) Due Monday, May 10, 2021
Get creative and submit an audio clip, video, or poster to educate fellow teens about the dangers of nicotine addiction and how they can break away from their addition. Educational hip hop group Music Notes will be hosting two writing workshops for students who are interested in submitting a song. Learn more. Contest Rules.
Submit Solutionary Fair Projects
(For All K-12 Students and Classrooms) Due Friday, May 14, 2021, 5:00 pm
Students can showcase their solutions to local and global problems at the First Annual San Mateo County Solutionary Fair on May 22nd. The fair highlights student leaders who identify inhumane, unsustainable systems and develop solutions that are healthy for people, animals, and the environment. Learn more. Even More Info on the Solutionary Fair Website.
The Big Five Art Contest
(For All K-12 Students and Classrooms) Due Friday, May 21, 2021
The San Mateo County Office of Education is hosting a contest for students to help design the look of two main characters in books on The Big Five, San Mateo County’s five immediate action emergency responses. The winning entries will be put into The Big Five books and will be shared with schools county-wide! Learn more.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT BOWDITCH
SPORT HUB REMINDERS: Tennis and Hula Hoop will be starting this week of April 26th. Don't forget to bring your own water bottle and outdoor shoes as all hubs are happening outside. Please see the Sports Hubs Expectations Document for more information.
If your child is doing hybrid, they are to either directly report to the lunch tables by the gym to eat a lunch/snack brought from home or pick up their grab-and-go lunch and then report to the tables.
If your child is doing FTDL, they are to enter Bowditch via the front office gate on Tarpon only to get temperature checked and to show the Frontline verification and then report to the lunch tables (if early) or to their practice spot (if late).
Tennis and hula hoop coaches will be meeting students at the lunch tables to walk them over to their practice spot; in future weeks, students will be expected to meet at their practice spot at the beginning of their hub (lunch supervisors will remind them). The contacts for all coaches were on the email with the original confirmations- students must contact coaches the morning of their hub if they will not be able to attend that day.
Students will be dismissed to the front of school for pick up on Tarpon; students can also leave via the Swordfish gate. Students are to not use the Beach Park gates; however, the bike racks will be open for students.
BOWDITCH PTSA 2021-2022 ELECTIONS: Bowditch PTSA 2021-2022 Board Elections will be held during the Bowditch PTSA General Meeting on Wednesday May 26 at 7:00pm.
The proposed Bowditch PTSA Board for 2021-2022 School Year is as follows:
President - Lauren Mansfield
VP of Programs - Tao Wang
VP of Fundraising - Heidi Wallweber
VP of Membership - Daphne Wong
VP of Communications - Cat Bernard
Treasurer - Erik Bruchez
Financial Secretary - Emily Brandt
Auditor - Alison Proctor
Recording Secretary - Nina Farabee
Parliamentarian (appointed) - Joy Maxie
Note: If you wish to run for any of the above positions, please email Harpreet McDermott at email@example.com to let her know. We are still looking for a co-president.
ASYNCHRONOUS WEDNESDAY: Next Wednesday April 28 will be asynchronous. Students should log into their first period class for attendance and then work independently the rest of the day. Wednesday May 5th will now be an asynchronous learning day to allow teachers to prepare for Phase 4, all classes in-person on Monday, May 10.
SURVEY FOR PARENTS with 6TH or 7TH GRADERS: Please see the attached important information about your plans for next Fall. Bowditch School Messenger and School Newsletter Communication.pdf. Thank you for taking the time to read the information and complete the survey so that we can prepare for next year. Please complete and submit the questionnaire by Wednesday, April 28, 2021. ~Ms. Morgan
8TH GRADE INFORMATION
See the Bowditch PTSA - 8th Grade Transition page for district details and important dates.
See the Bowditch PTSA - 8th Grade Promotion page for updates and fundraising for 8th Grade Promotion
FUTURE ARAGON STUDENTS: Do you enjoy technology and community? Learn more about Aragon Robotics and ways you can join in the fall. Virtual presentation will be held on Wednesday April 28 from 2:00pm to 2:30pm at bit.ly/ART2021. See this flyer for more details.
SMHS Design and Thinking Club DESIGN DAY - San Mateo High School’s Design and Thinking Club is hosting a virtual Design Day on Friday April 30 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. Design Day is a S.T.R.E.A.M event (Science, Technology, Reading/Writing, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) where students are able to learn the Stanford D. School's Design Thinking Process which is a method use to create innovative solutions to prevalent problems in today's world. The event will build your critical thinking skills, cooperation, and leadership. This event is open for students in 5th-8th grade. Please use this link to register. Registration closes April 25th
VORTEX ROBOTICS: Vortex Robotics, an award-winning First Tech Challenge robotics team, is recruiting new members for the 2021-2022 season. Applicants have the opportunity to experience and learn about robotics, engineering design, programming, and outreach, in the best way possible: by participating on an award-winning robotics team. To learn about First Tech Challenge, visit https://www.firstinspires.org. You can learn more in their recruitment presentation video, or the slideshow or Vortex robot videos.
If you are interested, please apply here. All applications are due April 30th, and we will begin selecting possible members during May. The process is selective, so please fill out the application wholeheartedly.
SAN MATEO HIGH - SCIENCE BOWL: The San Mateo High School Science Bowl Team is hosting a science trivia contest for middle school students in the Peninsula in order to raise money for their club and also draw in more members for the next year. The competition is team-based, so students can indicate on the registration form with whom they would like to compete. Other information regarding the contest is on the website and the registration form linked below:
PONDERING PARENTING APRIL ARTICLE: Please see this link in English or this link in Spanish for the Pondering Parenting April monthly parenting article “Regulation Station: Teaching Children to Self-Soothe”.
TRAFFIC SAFETY REMINDERS: Starting Monday, April 19, Bowditch Middle School welcomed students back to campus! The City of Foster City is partnering with Bowditch Middle School to share safety reminders due to the ongoing Levee Improvements Project work.
Here are some safety and traffic tips:
Use only approved entrance points to the Bowditch Middle School campus
Avoid left turns onto Beach Park Boulevard
Use the sidewalk if walking to and from school
Avoid crossing Beach Park Blvd mid-block and use caution when using the designated crosswalks
Please use caution when driving near the Bowditch Middle School area and note the reduced 25 mph speed limit. For more information, please visit www.FosterCityLevee.org.
BOWDITCH PTSA CO-PRESIDENT NEEDED for the 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR: We have a wonderful slate of officers for next school year's executive board with a good mix of experienced and newer members to support anyone that is interested in the Co-President role. We hope you will consider joining our team.
The perks Direct involvement in program decisions that the PTSA implement, work closely with a strong and experienced executive board team, work closely with Principal Morgan and build connections with PTSA presidents from other Middle Schools in our district, build a connection to High School PTA/PTO presidents and the SMUHSD Superintendent.
Please contact our current president, Harpreet McDermott, if you are interested in discussing this position at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much for considering and we hope you join us!
BOWDITCH CLUBS: Club information can be found at https://www.bowditchptsa.org/studentclubs
BOWDITCH CAMPUS IS CLOSED: We are still having issues of vandalism and unauthorized people on campus grounds. Due to COVID-19, the Bowditch Campus is closed to students and the general public for the health and safety of our students and teachers. Teachers and staff may be on campus during the week from 7:30am-4:00pm. If you happen to see anyone on campus grounds outside of those times or the gates are open, please call the Foster City police at (650) 286-3300.
Add the Bowditch PTSA Calendar to your Google Calendar by selecting Google's 'Add a friends calendar' and use email@example.com.
Download a copy of the updated District Calendar here.
FACEBOOK: Join the Bowditch PTSA Facebook Group - Our Facebook group is a closed group and is a way for Bowditch Parents to connect. It is also a way for the PTSA to post last minute updates/changes, important reminders and information from the Bowditch community. Be sure to join so you get the latest scoop!