From the Principal's Desk

From the Principal's Desk


As we approach the end of the school year, we would like to take a moment and extend a very sincere “Thank You” to the many volunteers that have been in our building.  The large number of parent volunteers that have come into classrooms to work with our teachers has been very much appreciated.  We would also like send a great big “Thank You” to all of the volunteers from Cornerstone Church, Encounter Church, St. Paul’s UMC, and especially our Bowen PTC for all of their time and effort this school year.  Bowen Elementary is a better place because of all these people and the time that they have given to the building and our students.    

 Secondly, this is a very special time of year for our 5th grade students.  Please take a look at the “Dates to Remember” section on the right side of this page to make sure you don’t miss any of the important events that are set up for our exiting class of 2017.

 Lastly, some of our parents have been contacted regarding your child attending summer school.  Please know that a great deal of thought has been put into each of our summer school recommendations and we truly have the best interest of each child in mind.  If you have any questions or concerns, PLEASE do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or myself, we would be glad to speak with you. 

 The school year is quickly coming to an end.  If you should have any questions regarding a class trip or after school activity, please do not hesitate to contact the Bowen Office.  We would be glad to get you the information you need.  Thank you again for all that you have done for our Bowen students this school year. 

Blair Feldkamp


A message from the principal

We wanted to share another nice article from the on-line Love & Logic publication:

If children are going to survive and thrive in tomorrow’s complex world, they need practice solving as many problems as possible… today! The following process is designed to get kids thinking more about their problems than we do.

Step 1: Provide a strong and sincere dose of empathy. Empathy allows the child to stay calm enough to solve the problem… and learn from it. Experiment with saying something like:  Oh no. This is a problem. I bet that’s really upsetting.

Step 2: Hand the problem back. After you have proven that you care, ask:  What do you think you might do to solve this problem? Don’t be shocked if the child mumbles, “I don’t know.”

Step 3: Ask permission to share what “some kids” have tried. Avoid giving suggestions until you have asked:  Would you like to hear what some other kids have tried?

Step 4: Provide two or three alternatives for solving the problem. Remember to avoid resistance by saying:  Some kids decide to _______________________________________________.

How would that work for you?

Step 5: Allow the child to solve or not to solve the problem. Resist the urge to tell the child which alternative to pick. End the session by showing your faith in the child:

- Dr. Charles Faye, Love & Logic Insiders Club on-line newsletter – February 14, 2018

Blair Feldkamp 


Other information of interest:



Students in Kentwood Public School District are assigned to individual school buildings based on the grade level they attend and the geographic area in which they live.  School boundaries were developed with community involvement and can be viewed at the Kentwood Public Schools Administration Building at 5820 Eastern Ave. S.E.



Bowen Elementary has an approved school improvement plan submitted to the State in which stakeholders have outlined goals and objectives for the next 3 years that address student academic needs.  The needs addressed in the plan are identified by looking at a variety of data that measures student academic progress.  A diverse School Improvement Team and other stakeholders identified areas of need and have researched and implemented scientifically based strategies to address these needs.  





Kentwood Public Schools has aligned curriculum in all content areas with the Michigan Curriculum Framework, the Michigan Merit Curriculum and the Common Core State Standards.  Benchmarks can be found on the Michigan Department of Education website ( and at Our assessments and report card are also aligned with the curriculum. Classroom instruction is congruent with the curriculum expectations and is monitored consistently by building principals and academic support personnel.



Each grade level on the elementary level and each content area at the secondary levels meet regularly to study curriculum issues and to ensure that all students have common, equitable curricular experiences. A gap analysis is conducted annually with the MEAP testing information and the curriculum is examined for areas of strength and weakness. After this audit, necessary adjustments are made.



“Excellence and Equity for All” is the motto of Kentwood Public Schools. Common assessments with common scoring rubrics, a common curriculum, common core materials, and a common standards-based report card help us work toward our goal of equity. In addition, principals and other evaluators have common instructional expectations that are used to guide teacher evaluation. Professional development, study groups, and constant communication between regular education, special education, and gifted programs also facilitate this process. We are committed to ALL of our students having multiple opportunities to learn and be successful in the core curriculum.