Sunday, April 09, 2017
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Bigelow News


Tickets for the Big Night are on sale!
Apr 08, 2017 05:55 pm | From the PTO  [Back to top]

Come out for the Big Night and enjoy live music, great food and drinks. It’s a a fun place to catch up with other Bigelow parents and staff. If you are new to the community or if your child is coming to Bigelow next year, it will be a great opportunity to meet new people and some of your child’s future teachers. All present and incoming parents are welcome and can raise funds for art and sciences programs.

We are arranging child care options near by. More information will be available soon.

Buy your tickets here and invite friends to join the fun.

Bigelow Big Night Luau 2017
When: Saturday, May 20th from 7pm – 11pm.
WhereCommander’s Mansion at the Arsenal in Watertown
             440 Talcott Avenue, Watertown, MA 02472
Tickets: on sale now
Why: Money raised from this event supports our students, and it’s a lot of fun!

For more information on the event, please visit the Bigelow Big Night Luau 2017 page on our website. If you have any questions please contact Beth Panella at beth.panella@comcast.net.

Thank you,
Tammy McKenna and Beth Panella – your event co-chairs



National Day of Silence – April 13
Apr 07, 2017 03:56 pm | From the PTO  [Back to top]

With the support of our Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Bigelow will be observing the National Day of Silence,on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

The Day of Silence is a student-led action sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), in which thousands of students around the country will remain silent for all or part of the school day to call attention to the harassment and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

Bigelow students can show their support and participate in the Day of Silence in two ways.

1) REMAIN SILENT FOR THE DAY –  Students making this choice are expected to participate non-verbally in all school-related activities, both in the classroom and the cafeteria. Students can choose to wear a Day of Silence lanyard with a card that explains their silence.

2) BE AN ALLY –  Allies will not remain silent themselves, but will respect the silence of others. Students can choose to wear a Day of Silence lanyard that explains why they are showing their support as an ally.

Participation is completely optional.  Contact Principal Todd Harrison if you have any questions.



Bigelow Math Team won the last meet
Apr 07, 2017 11:47 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

Congratulations to the Bigelow Math Team for winning the last meet of the year, on April 6th. With perfect scores from Samir T. and Helen X., Bigelow came out ahead of 6 other schools. Great job everyone!

The Bigelow Math Team is part of the Intermediate Math League of Eastern Massachusetts (IMLEM).  The Team competes against other Newton middle schools, as well as Brookline (Heath), Needham (Pollard) and the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS).



School Committee approved the budget for the 2017-18 school year
Apr 07, 2017 09:20 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

On April 6, the School Committee approved the budget for the 2017-18 school year.

According to the Superintendent, David Fleishman: “The final budget approved allows us to preserve many of the programs and supports we have worked hard to implement over the past several years. With the additional monies we received late in the budget process, we have been able to partially restore program areas we thought we would need to reduce more significantly, most notably library staff in our schools.”.

For additional information and details, please visit the district website.



Lex Splash – a free one-day event for middle school students
Apr 07, 2017 07:44 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

Lex Splash (modeled after MIT Splash) is a free one-day event in which middle school students can take a variety of unique classes taught by Lexington High School students.

Some of this year’s classes include introduction to molecular orbital theory, basics of psychology, the Catalan numbers, competitive programming, ukulele 101, and ultimate frisbee – no matter what a student’s interests are, there’s something for them at Splash. See the course catalogue here.

The goal of the program is to help younger students explore and discover their passions before high school, and to foster a genuine love of learning in the process.

“The high school students at Lexington High School are eager to share their knowledge and talents with the broader Boston community, and we’d love for Bigelow students to be a part of that.” Kimia Abedi (LHS ’18) 

This year’s Lex Splash will take place on Saturday, April 15th, from 8 AM to 4 PM, at Lexington High School. Students can sign up and find more information at lexsplash.learningu.org

LHS Educational Studies Program
Lexington High School
251 Waltham St, Lexington, MA 02421
E-mail: lexingtonsplash@gmail.com



Haiku Poetry Contest
Apr 06, 2017 04:58 pm | From the PTO  [Back to top]

April is national poetry month. The Bigelow Library is holding its annual haiku writing contest.

What is a haiku?

A form of Japanese poetry about nature or  a season.  It consists of 17 syllables formatted like the poem below.

how the birds quarrel (5)
among themselves this morning (7)
over one small worm (5)

Stop by the library for more information. All submissions are due by Friday, April 28.
There will be prizes for the top three most creative submissions. Do haiku today!



NewtonServes – Bigelow Beautification
Apr 06, 2017 02:59 pm | From the PTO  [Back to top]

NewtonServes is a Day of Community Service that brings together over 1,000 volunteers of all ages to complete more than 50 community projects for the benefit of numerous non-profit organizations and City of Newton departments. Volunteers work in teams on morning, afternoon or all day projects throughout the city, such as cleaning up parks, planting gardens, building and painting school bookshelves, spring cleaning at non-profit organizations and helping senior citizens. This year it will take place on Sunday, April 30, from 9am to 4pm.

There are many volunteering opportunities all around the city, including:

Bigelow Beautification
Join us as we beautify the grounds of Bigelow Middle School. We plan to clean and mulch garden beds, prune shrubs and trees, etc. outdoors. We also may build a short wooden fence to protect planting beds from foot traffic.
Please bring some tools.

NewtonServes is a project of Newton Community Pride, Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs and the Newton Parks and Recreation Department



Earth Day Celebration – April 24th
Apr 05, 2017 01:39 pm | From the PTO  [Back to top]

Bigelow will be celebrating Earth Day on Monday, April 24th.

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

At Bigelow, students will plant seeds and make a pledge to Earth. 

Everyone is invited to wear green & blue.



Bigelow Middle School 2016-2017 Yearbook
Apr 05, 2017 08:01 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

Yearbooks are on sale now!
The order forms were given out in homerooms this week.

Bigelow Middle School 2016-2017 Yearbook
Durable hard cover with original design by 8th grade artists
All-color pages
Price: $25
Payments: cash, check or online
Deadline to order: April 13th
(after April 13th you can still pay by cash/check but only while supplies last)

Order online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectJob   (Bigelow’s code: 1945917)

If you would rather pay by cash or check (payable to: Bigelow Middle School), please place payment in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and homeroom written on the front. Your child should give the envelope to their homeroom teacher.



Mark your calendars


Wed, Apr 12 – All City Band and Orchestra Concert 7:00pm at Newton North
Thu, Apr 13 – Day of Silence
Fri, April 14 – Good Friday- No School
Mon, April 17-21 – Spring Break- No School
April 24, 2017 – Earth Day Celebration
Thu, Apr 27 – Spring Play 7:00pm
Sun, Apr 30 – NewtonSERVES - Bigelow Beautification

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