Bowie-isms
A Guide for New 
(and Existing!) Families

   AR:   Accelerated Reader is a PTA-Sponsored reading incentive program available to students in all grades, culminating in an awards ceremony in which prizes are awarded to the top readers. 

   Auction:  Held in the spring, the Bowie PTA holds an auction and party for parents, teachers and staff to raise funds for PTA programs and events. 

   Awards Assembly:  Held in May, attendance awards are given to all students with perfect attendance, Pony Pride awards are given to K-2 grades for students based on grades and citizenship and Mustang Pride awards are given to 3-6 grades based on grades and citizenship.  Parents are encouraged and welcome to attend.

   Boo-Hoo Yahoo: Breakfast held for parents on the first day of school at 8:15 in the cafeteria.  Join other moms and dads after drop-off to flip flop, cheer or cry on each other’s shoulders!

   Book Fair: Scholastic books available for sale in the library to students, parents and staff.  Fairs are held in the fall and spring.  There is also a BOGO sale during the last week of school.  All book fairs are PTA-funded, and go to support the Bowie library.

   Box Tops:You earn cash for Bowie by clipping Box Tops coupons from hundreds of participating products and turning them into the school. Don't forget to write your grade level on the baggie!  www.boxtops4education.com

   “Bowie Reads” Week:  During the last week of school before the winter holiday, Bowie promotes and celebrates reading for fun with different activities, such as dress-up days, bookmark contests, etc.  The librarian also passes out winter reading logs for the kids to use during the winter break. When they return them in January, the librarian draws prize winners to reward students for their extra reading over vacation.

   Buddy Fun Day: Annual field day held in the spring. Students are paired with classmates for games, activities and popsicles.  Volunteers are greatly needed for this exciting and popular end-of-school event! 

   Class Parties: Room parents plan individual parties for each class for the winter holiday, Valentine’s Day, and the end-of-school pizza party. 

   Clothes Closet: RISD Council of PTA’s clothing donation program.  This is a wonderful program for which you can donate your used clothing or your time to help RISD students in need “shop” in the Clothes Closet for new clothes.  You can sign up to volunteer on the Bowie website.

   College and Career Week:  Held in May, the week focuses on encouraging children to create goals for both higher education and careers of interest.  Parent speakers are invited to come and talk to students about their professional careers.

   Cool Rules: Rules on citizenship and teamwork that the counselor teaches to the students throughout the year.

   Courtesy Patrol: Fulfilled by 5th grade students, this patrol helps with morning carpool by opening doors for children being dropped off.

   Dad’s Invasion: A special event—dads and special guests come to have lunch with students in the cafeteria.  Come to the school during your child’s regular lunch time. 

   DI: “Destination Imagination”. Interested students in any grade form a team to work on solving academic problems logically and creatively in a district-wide competition. 

   Donuts with Dad: Dads and other male role-models are invited to the school for doughnuts, coffee and juice with their kid(s).  This is typically held on a Friday in October before school.

   Ed-line:  A convenient way to keep up-to-date on classroom announcements and assignments, as well as calendar updates related to the classroom, testing, school and district events.  

   Enrichment Clusters:  Each grade and class partakes in a 6 week-long study of certain special interests selected by the class (kinder) or multi-age interest groups (grades 1-6). This occurs in the fall and spring, and information will be sent out by your classroom teacher. 

   Fall Festival: A carnival sponsored by the PTA held in the fall on Bowie premises with games, bounce houses, slides, music and food.  Fun for all ages! 

   Grade-level Coordinator:  One per grade-level, this coordinator communicates with teachers and coordinates with Room Parents related to classroom needs and parties. 

   Grandparents Lunch:  This special event is held in the fall, and is always followed by the Veterans’ Assembly at 2:00pm.  Come to the school during your student’s regular lunch time.

Hug Zone:This is the area right inside the main doors. Please respect this area and allow your children to proceed to their classrooms with their friends. If you need to stay on campus, please sign in through the front office and sticker up in compliance with RISD guidelines.

   Invention Convention:  Held in the fall, this district-wide event encourages interested students in all grades to employ a variety of critical thinking skills in the creation of their inventions. 

   Kindergarten Round-Up:  Incoming Bowie kindergartners visit Bowie in the spring to meet some future classmates and visit a kindergarten classroom and teacher, while mom and dad receive important registration information and tour the school. * Please note that the classroom and teacher your student visits may not be the same as the one assigned to your student in the fall.

   Listserve: The Bowie Elementary email subscription service which allows you to receive important announcements from the principal.  You can subscribe by visiting www.risd.org/schools/bow/listserver.htm  Be persistent in verifying your email.  Oftentimes the third time (or fourth) is the charm.  This subscription is different from the Mustang Link Newsletter (see below). 

   Meet & Greet:  Held the Friday before school starts.  Students will have received their teacher assignments that week and are able to meet their teacher, visit their classroom, and purchase spirit wear and school supplies.  You can also skip the lines and order your school supplies and Spirit Wear online at www.jamesbowiepta.org.  

   Muffins with Mom:  Held in the spring, this is a special event welcoming all moms and mother-figures. 

   MustangLink:  PTA Newsletter published on a regular basis and is available online.  To receive this newsletter via email visit www.jamesbowiepta.org and click on Stay Connected - Mustang Link to sign up.

   Mustang of the Week:  Students who have been recognized for their “Dream Team” qualities may be selected as Mustang of the Week, and be honored with their name on the school marquee.

   OLC:  Outdoor Learning Center located adjacent to the basketball court and playground. 

   Open House: Held in March, parents are invited to the school to view their student’s work in the both the classroom and in specials.

   PACE:  Stands for Physical activity, Academic assistance, Character education, and Enrichment. It is RISD's after school program that encourages students in a variety of quality academic and enrichment activities until 6pm each day. 

   Parent Meet the Teacher:This is held during the first week of school at night. Parents come to school for a PTA meeting and then get to go to their child’s classroom to learn from their child’s teacher about the school year. Plan ahead and get your babysitter lined up. 

   Patriot Day: On September 11, wear red, white, and blue to honor the memory of September 11, 2001 

   Pay Pams: Online service that allows parents to pay for cafeteria accounts and monitor what their children are buying for lunch. 

   PIN:  Each student has a PIN which they punch in when they want to purchase lunch.

   PTA: An important part of Bowie’s continued success! The PTA is responsible for and/or helps with most of the Bowie programs and events.  Please sign up to volunteer or donate at www.jamesbowiepta.org 

   Quest: An enrichment program for identified second grade students, QUEST (Quality Experiences Supporting Talent), will give students an opportunity to demonstrate their gifted behaviors through the development of a portfolio which, in conjunction with standardized test results, may support future placement in REACH.  All non-REACH students will be tested in the spring of first grade to see if they qualify for this academic program.  Quest classes begin in the fall of second grade.

   Reading Buddies: 3rd grade students pair up with kindergartners to read together during classroom time.

   REACH: RISD’s gifted and talented program available for K-6 and is housed at Bowie.  Applications for kindergartners go out in October and qualified students will be tested in January. This application and testing schedule is different for 1-6.  Classes are once a week during regular school hours.  Once accepted, the student will no longer need to be tested and will remain in REACH through grade six.  However, if not accepted, the student is able to retest the following year. 

   Red Ribbon Week:  Red Ribbon Week is a national tribute to drug and alcohol awareness, and takes place in the fall.  Peer mediators visit and students show support with silly outfits throughout the week. The PTA funds an assembly during the week with a different performer each year.

   ROBI:  During the fall and spring semesters, ROBI instructors provide extension and enrichment lessons to kindergarten students in their home campus classrooms in order to encourage higher level thinking. 

   Dream Team: Bowie’s program for recognition of excellence in citizenship and behavior.  When recognized, students are given tickets, and are then entered in a weekly drawing for Bowie Dream Team prizes.

   Room Parents: One for each classroom.  Room parents coordinate with the Grade-Level Coordinator and teachers to meet the needs of the classroom, plan parties, and send emails to parents about volunteer needs for parties, Tuesday Packets, Library hours, teacher birthdays, etc.

   Safety Patrol: 6th graders participate as crossing guards in helping with before and after-school pedestrian safety. 

   School Supply Sale:  Parents can buy school supplies by grade level conveniently online beginning in August, or in the computer lab at Meet the Teacher.  A list of needed supplies is available at www.jamesbowiepta.org

   Sky Ranch: A two night, science-based camp available to fifth grade students in the fall.  Financial assistance is available on an as-needed basis. 

   Sock-Hop/Back to School Picnic: Held in September for all Bowie students, staff, and parents.  This is a fun party for which you can come together with other Bowie families, enjoy music, meet new friend and reconnect with old friends and celebrate the upcoming school year!

   Spirit Day: Every Friday.  Wear your Mustang Spirit Wear or anything red and blue to show your Bowie pride!  The classroom with the highest participation will win the spirit trophy for that week. 

   Spirit Wear: Purchase your awesome Bowie Spirit Wear online starting in August, or at Meet the Teacher.  Spirit Wear is available until it runs out! 

   Summer Reading Program:  Reading logs are filled out during the summer keeping track of the number of pages a student reads.  These logs are turned in the first week of school and an awards assembly is held rewarding the top readers in each grade.  Also, a school-wide “Pop Party” is held in the fall with popsicles and pop music, celebrating ALL of the summer readers who have turned in their reading logs!

   Talent Show:  5th and 6th graders audition and perform in an evening show in May.

   Teacher Appreciation Week:  Held during the first full week in May, this week our PTA Hospitality Committee showers love and appreciation onto our amazing teachers through lunches, treats, surprise goodies, etc.  Lots of volunteer help is needed to make this week a special time for our beloved teachers and staff. 

   Tuesday Packets:  Every Tuesday a manila folder is sent home with your child with important classroom and school-wide information.  Parent volunteers stuff these folders each week and are coordinated by the Room Parents.  There is a link to the Tuesday Packet information on the PTA website.

   www.jamesbowiepta.org:  Our awesome website!  Visit us here for all things Bowie PTA.  Join the PTA, sign up to volunteer, provide information for the directory, view the Mustang link or calendar, purchase spirit wear, yearbooks and school supplies, etc.