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Sunday, May 19, 2019

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Are you curious about new topics and enthusiastic about learning?

Attend Lex Splash at Lexington High School on Saturday, May 25 from 8 AM – 4 PM to gain exposure to high school level classes. Sign up for Lex Splash today, a free one-day enrichment event, to take a wide range of classes taught by Lexington High School students. From playing the ukulele, learning sign language, debating about policy issues, and understanding calculus, we have a place for you. 

This year’s Splash will take place on Saturday, May 25th, from 8 AM to 4 PM, at Lexington High School. Students can sign up at  


Teacher Appreciation Tea – Tuesday June 4th

Please volunteer to help or donate to the Teacher Appreciation Tea – Tuesday, June 4th. Our teachers and staff members do so much for our children throughout the year. They teach them invaluable skills, instill them with knowledge and a love of learning, and serve as intellectual role models.

So let’s say a proper thank you with a proper English tea — Bigelow-style. This year’s annual staff appreciation tea takes place on Tuesday, June 4th at 2:00 pm.

We are looking for volunteers to provide finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries, fruit salad and any other delectable that goes well with tea. We also need volunteers to help set up and break down. Set up is at 1:15 pm and break down is at 3:00 pm.

All items may be dropped off the morning of the tea in the teacher’s lunchroom or put in the refrigerator there. Please drop off items no later than 12:30pm. It is most helpful if items are brought in a disposable container.

  • To bring food or volunteer please sign up HERE.
  • To make a monetary contribution for the tea by credit card, please click HERE.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Teacher Appreciation Co-Chairs, Miriam Alandydy ( or Andrea Hemment (


Band Parents: you are invited to the PoPS

Please join us in the library when you arrive at Bigelow to drop off your performers. We’ll have an informal gathering to share our current PoPS activities and gather input for ways to support our Bigelow performing arts community going forward. We’ll have light refreshments and snacks and look forward to getting to know each other.

When: Thursday, May 22 at 6:15pm
Where: Bigelow Library
Hosted by the current PoPs members


Bigelow Civics Day 2019

Our 8th Grade students invite you to join us for “Bigelow Civics Day”. See how our change makers are addressing community issues!

  • 1pm – 1:25pm: Welcome and Program Overview
  • 1:30pm – 2:45pm: Student Presentations

Focus issues proposed by the students:

  • addressing students’ mental health 
  • restricting underage vaping
  • helping the homeless population
  • increasing affordable rentals in Newton
  • improving nutrition for low-income families
  • reducing academic stress

Parents are welcome to arrive and leave at anytime.
The event is part of the Generation Citizen program led by 8th Grade Social Studies Teachers Ms. Singers and Mr. Swan. Generation Citizen is an action civics curriculum in which students identify issues in their community, research the root cause and then advocate for change.


Recycling Markers

From the Bigelow Green Team

Dear Families,

We’re excited to tell you about a very special program we’re coordinating at Bigelow in conjunction with Crayola. It’s called Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing project devised to repurpose used markers rather than sending them to landfills!
The ColorCycle program has repurposed more than 70 tons of expended markers in the United States and Canada since 2013, and uses the most advanced plastic conversion technologies available today to make wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles as well as to generate electricity that can be used to heat homes, cook food, and power vehicles.
All around Bigelow, students and teachers will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house – even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included. Drop-off boxes will be located in Ms. Hoffman’s room G08 for your child to deposit the markers.
Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of families like yours across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can continue to keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.
The Bigelow Green Team

Download the letter here.
For more information about the Bigelow Green Team, please contact the Team advisor, Deanna Hoffman at


Join the Bigelow PTO Board next year!

The PTO is looking for enthusiastic parents and guardians to join our mission! Please consider being an active member of our rewarding organization that directly benefits our children.

Would you like to become more involved in the strategic aspect of the Bigelow PTO, helping direct and manage the overall program for 2019/20?  All Bigelow parents and guardians, including those of incoming 6th graders, are encouraged to join the board.  The proposed slate of 2019/20 Board members will be voted on at our final PTO meeting of the year on June 3rd.  Serving on the Board is a great way to meet other Bigelow parents and help out at your child’s school.  

The Bigelow PTO is a volunteer organization dedicated to provide support and information to the school community. Take a look at what we do and what we support.

We have several open positions for next year, including officer and committee roles. Please take a look here.

Please contact us at if you are interested in learning more. The success of the Bigelow PTO depends on our volunteer parents and caregivers. We are grateful for your support and hope to work with you for the 2019/2020 school year!


Mark Your Calendars

  • Mon, May 20 - Bigelow Civics Day @ 1:00pm details...
  • Tue, May 21 - MCAS-Math-Grade 8 @ 8:30am details...
  • Wed, May 22 - MCAS-Math-Grade 8 @ 8:30am details...
  • Wed, May 22 - PoPs informal gathering @ 6:15pm details...
  • Wed, May 22 - Band Concert@ 7:00pm
  • Thu, May 23 - MCAS-Science Technology-Grade 8 @ 8:30am details...
  • Mon, May 27 - Memorial Day - No School
  • Thu, May 30 - 7th Grade CASC Presentation: “Engineering and Erosion” @ 8:30 am
  • Thu, May 30 - Bigelow Beats A Capella Concert @ 7:00 pm

Community News and Advertisements

Highlights of the week

Green Newton Schools Connections Meeting

Come Hear What Newton Students are Doing for the Environment (and Who Won the 2019 Environmental Leadership Awards)

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Newton, MA 02458

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