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Sunday, September 16, 2018

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Bigelow PTO Calendar
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Student Activities and Sports

Bigelow News

It was a great picnic!!!

Thank you to all who contributed to make it happen! Many families came out and had the opportunity to meet or catch up. Due to the weather, the activities took place at the Bigelow Gym, which allowed for everyone to chat, sit and eat – thanks to the food truck and the great bake sale the 8th graders promoted. Basketballs were out for kids to run around – and they also had fun singing a Bigelow banner.

Congratulations to C. Kovach for winning two tickets to the Bigelow Celtics Night in January! Stay tuned for more information regarding this exciting event!


Last chance to update info and order Bigelow Family Directory: 09/17

The Bigelow Family Directory is going to print tomorrow (9/17)! Please confirm or update your information now. Families that do not update their data will be displayed as entered or might not be included. To order a paper copy of the Directory login to MySchoolAnywhere and go to “Our Store”. Prepaid Directories will be distributed on Back to School Night (10/4) or a limited supply will be available for $20 cash. More information HERE.


Grade 6 Parent Breakfast

Come meet 6A & 6B teachers and other 6th grade parents.
Light refreshments, tea and coffee will be served at the Bigelow Cafeteria.

Monday, September 17


Let’s get our kids outside! Parents volunteers wanted

Laps at Lunch is back! This is a great program designed by Bigelow to give students a daily opportunity to get outside for movement and fresh air. It allows students to walk laps around the inside perimeter of Burr Park once they’re done with their lunches in the cafeteria. Would you like to help? If interested please contact Mary Fitzgerald (physical education teacher) at: More about the program here.


6th Grade Parents Potluck – Please RSVP

The 6th Grade Parents Potluck is a wonderful, low-key, no-stress opportunity to meet with other 6th grade parents and build a community for the next 3 years of middle school! This year’s Potluck will be hosted by 6th grade parents Jen and Chris Murphy + Holly and Ben Raynes, on Saturday, September 22nd, 6:30pm. Please RSVP to

Please bring your own beverage(s) and if your child’s last name begins with:

A – E    Please bring a dessert
F – L     Please bring a main dish
M – R   Please bring a side dish or salad
S – Z    Please bring an appetizer


Newton Community Education classes at Bigelow

Three new NCE classes will take place at Bigelow in the fall:

3-D Printing & Design  10/12/18 – 11/16/18 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM F
Fencing: New & Continuing Fencers  10/02/18 – 12/11/18 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Tu
The Stock Market Game for Girls  10/02/18 – 12/11/18 2:10 PM -3:40 PM Tu


Nursing Notes – Sep 2018

From Sue Shy, Bigelow Nurse

Get the flu vaccine at school, not the flu!
Seasonal flu vaccination clinics will be held during the school day at the Newton Public Schools beginning in late September. Students in Kindergarten through grade 12 may receive vaccine.

The BIGELOW clinic will be on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Each student to be vaccinated must have a parent/guardian complete two forms:
1. Consent/Screening form
2. Vaccine administration record/Insurance form.

Forms are available in the school nurse’s office (if needed in a different language, please ask your school nurse). They may also be downloaded at You may electronically complete the form, print, sign and return. Forms are due to the school nurse by Monday, October 22, 2018.

Only the flu shot (no nasal spray) will be offered at school this year. The Vaccine Information Statement about the flu shot, and additional information for families including tips on preparing kids for a shot is available at or in the school nurse’s office. There is no cost to receive the vaccine, but insurance information is requested. All students, regardless of insurance status, are invited to receive vaccine with parent permission.

Students are not required to receive flu vaccine, however the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccine for all people age 6 months and up. There are many places to get a flu vaccine including at school, your primary health care provider or community clinics. For additional clinic dates for the whole family, visit

In addition to vaccination, it is important to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette by washing hands often; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the arm; and staying home when sick.

For more flu prevention tips, talk to the school nurse or check out these websites: and

Stay Healthy,



Safe Routes to School Task Force – Bigelow representative

Safe Routes to School is working to increase the number of students walking and biking to school for their health (active transportation) + reduce congestion and improve air quality by reducing the number of vehicles arriving at school.  The Task Force works as a group with NPS and the city on any number of issues such as fixing safety issues, supporting crossing guards, resolving snow clearing problems, conducting bike and pedestrian safety training, etc. Working together SRTS is able to achieve more than individual schools.

SRTS currently have representatives for 18 of the 21 Newton schools.  They are looking for a representative from Bigelow. 

The first SRTS meeting of the year is this Friday September 14th 9:30 am  – 10:30 am at the Waban Library Center 1608 Beacon St. This would be a good time for someone to learn more about the program.

Click here for a quick introduction to SRTS.
Click here if you want to learn more about SRTS in Massachusetts.


Mark Your Calendars

  • Mon, Sep 17 - Grade 6 Parent Breakfast @ 8:15am details...
  • Wed, Sep 19 - YOM KIPPUR - No school details...
  • Fri, Sep 21 - Grade 6B Field Trip details...
  • Sat, Sep 22 - Grade 6 Parents Potluck @ 6:30pm details...
  • Tue, Sep 25 - Fall PTO Meeting @7:00pm details...
  • Wed, Sep 26 - Grade 6A Field Trip details...
  • Thu, Sep 27 - Early Release Day @11:30am details...
  • Fri, Sep 28 - Grade 8 Car Wash @ 3:00pm details...

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42 Vernon St.
Newton, MA 02458

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