Sunday, June 10, 2018

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Bigelow News

Please join us tomorrow to celebrate the 2017-2018 School Year

All are invited to our last meeting of the year, when we are going to celebrate the 2017-2018 school year with light refreshments and good talks! We would love to see you there!

This is a great time for rising 8th grade parents to learn about all of the 8th grade activities next year and how they can get involved. Rising 6th grade parents will have the opportunity to get to know their new PTO and what we do for the school and the students.

We will present the 2018/19 budget and show how the PTO uses all the money raised by our community. The incoming leadership will be brought forward for a vote of Bigelow parents, guardians, teachers and staff. More information here.

PTO Get Together
Monday, June 11th 2018, from 7pm to 8pm
Bigelow Library

Hope to see you all there!

Back-to-School Supplies at Bigelow – getting green

The end of the year is around the corner and we are all thinking about summer, yeah! However, before we all go, the PTO would like to invite you to start thinking about school supplies – in a more sustainable way.

This year the PTO will NOT organize the back-to-school supply kit program. Instead, we invite you to try to reduce your school shopping list by reusing items that are still in good conditions. This can save money, will reduce waste and it can be a great opportunity to embrace our sustainable values, with our children. There’s a reason reduce & reuse come before recycle– not just because it sounds good, but it’s the order in which we should approach sustainability.

This is our suggestion. Working with your students when school is over:

  • Empty backpacks, pencil cases, binders, folders.
  • Clean everything (a swipe of rubbing alcohol can remove marker and make things look like new).
  • Organize pens, pencils, markers, scissors, calculators, etc.
  • Take out the used pages of notebooks and evaluate if the notebook can be reused in school or at home.
  • When the school supply list arrives, compare the list with what you have organized and cleaned. You might find out that there’s very little to buy!

Here are a few resources:

Mr. Livingston’s BIG Bigelow Final Concert

Dear Bigelow Families,
After 40 years in NPS, Mr Livingston is retiring. We want to make this as special as possible for him. Two options:

1) Share a memory of Mr Livingston for his memory book. Was it Ghost Chickens in the Sky? How to extricate a pick from inside a guitar? Watching him demo the double bass? What memory of Mr L makes YOU smile? Submit a memory of Mr L to the email! Please do so by next Wednesday, June 13.

2) Wednesday, June 13 at 7: Mr Livingston’s Big Finale Concert! At Bigelow in the gym, reception to follow. RSVP HERE.

PLEASE share this event with Newton friends – Mr L has taught in 7 schools for 40 years, so you never know who had him! Your quick note or presence at his concert will be the gift of a lifetime to the man whose presence in school was a gift to so many people.

Calling all 7th and 6th grade parents and friends!

Chaperones needed for the 8th Grade Dance, on June 21st. It is a tradition at Bigelow for 7th grade parents and guardians (6th grade parents are welcome as well) to chaperone the 8th grade year-end dance. This year the dance will be on Thursday, June 21st, from 7-10 in the Bigelow Cafeteria. We have two shifts available (7-8:30 pm and 8:30-10 pm) and need four people per shift. If you are interested in volunteering please email the PTO at Thank you!

Thank you to all those who helped with the Teacher Appreciation Tea

A warm thank you to all that contributed your time and delectable food to the Teacher Appreciation Tea this week. The teachers and staff at Bigelow enjoyed the wonderful spread. A special thank you to Magda Duchnowska for leading this effort for us!!

THANK YOU: Akiko Schultz, Alexandra Novina, Alexis Giannakopoulos, Amy Kendall, Ana Kales, Andrea Hemment, Anna Olivella, Anne Reenstierna , Aoife O’Dwyer , Beth Hicks, Beth Secinaro, Claudia Doherty, Debbie fredberg , Frankie Kervin, Heather Pozen, Heidi Gardner, James Bryant, Jinglei Mei, Joanne Simpson , Judy Kelly, Krista Corr, Kristin Golden, Kristin Heyer, Lena Sheehan, Lisa Camesano, Macy Tubman, Maren Rossman, Maria Farrah Howell, Marianne Votta, Meridith Welch, Michelle Welford, Pongha Smith, Shelagh Heurtebize, Terri Bancroft, Tracey Wolfsdorf, Tripti Thomas-Travers, Zlatev

An “edible arrangement” especially prepared for the Bigelow Middle School teacher and staff by a 6th grader mom

Headed to Newton North? Class liaisons needed!

Looking for a way to get to know Newton North? The PTSO is looking for several volunteers to serve as class liaisons for the incoming 9th grade class. A class liaison is a parent representative for the grade. There are three liaisons per grade and this is normally a four-year position. Class liaisons communicate with the PTSO, with the school, and with parents in the grade. They also work together to host one teacher appreciation breakfast per year. Please contact to volunteer. Thank you!

Honor a Bigelow graduate or staff member

From Patty Summa, Bigelow Library Teacher

Honor a Bigelow graduate or staff member this June by supporting the Bigelow Library! How? Choose a book to purchase at the Support Our Library page. A bookplate including the honoree’s and donor’s name will automatically be placed inside the book. Supporting the library in this way helps to keep the library collection relevant and interesting for our students. In addition, a donation will sustain our goal to promote a love of reading throughout the Bigelow community. It is a great way to honor a graduate or thank a staff member. The company, Bound to Stay Bound Books, binds the books in such a way that makes them more durable and last longer. Consider donating today to help support the Bigelow Library! Thank you for your support.

Link to purchase a book: Bound To Stay Bound Book Drive

Audition for the Bigelow Beats

6th and 7th grade singers are invited to audition for the Bigelow Beats a cappella group. Wednesday, June 13th, during 4th block and from 3-6. Students should prepare to sing the verse and chorus of a song they like. More information with Ms. Alberts:

Don’t miss your chance to thank teachers and staff who made a difference to your child this year!

Making a donation to Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher program is a great way to do this. To donate online and to find out more about the programs NSF funds, go to Donations are tax-deductible and go toward enhancing educational excellence, including teachers’ professional development, initiatives to close the achievement gap, and new curricula and learning opportunities throughout Newton’s schools. One of the programs funded by NSF is the ADL School Peer Leadership program at Bigelow. Teachers, as well as their Principal and the Superintendent, will be notified of this honor, and if you donate by JULY 31 their names will appear in a special notification in the Newton TAB.

Health updates from the Health and Human Services Commissioner

Before you head off into summer mode, I wanted to share a few updates particularly relevant to families with school-age children.

Smartphones: Thinking of getting your student a smartphone this summer? This letter targeted to elementary school families highlights research and resources available to help parents navigate this decision in the context of their own family’s values and circumstances. Additional information relevant to students of all ages is available on the Newton Public Schools website, including suggested guidelines from Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Summer Food: Backpacks filled with a few meal’s worth of nonperishable items will be available this summer for students at locations throughout Newton. The program – a collaboration between the Church of the Redeemer’s FUEL program and the city – is an effort to bridge the food gap for students who may rely on school breakfast and lunch during the year. Backpacks may include bread, peanut butter, canned fish, and canned fruits and vegetables. Nut-free bags can be requested. The locations include: Health and Human Services Department, Church of the Redeemer, West Suburban YMCA, The Boys & Girls Club, Crystal Lake, Gath Pool, Newton Free Library, and many more!

What’s in Your Medicine Cabinet? Be a part of the solution to the opioid epidemic. Misuse of prescription drugs is a common way for teens and adults to start down the road of addiction. The most typical place young people get access to prescription drugs is their home medicine cabinet. A few simple steps taken by adults can have a significant impact. Immediately and safely dispose of unused medication. Two Newton locations are available year-round: the Newton Police Station and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Here are additional tips, and specific addresses and resources.

Have a great summer!

Stay healthy,

Sue Schy, RN, MSN
Bigelow School Nurse


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Earlier Announcements

Why the PTO is not organizing the back-to-school supply kit program this year
Lets get together and celebrate the 2017-2018 School Year
Teacher Appreciation Tea on Tuesday
Step-Up Day – Friday, June 8th
9th Annual Newton SEPAC Special Educator Awards  

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Mark Your Calendars

  • Mon, Jun 11 - Annual PTO Meeting@ 7:00pm details...
  • Tue, Jun 12 - Bigelow Beats A Cappella Concert @ 7:00pm
  • Wed, Jun 13 - Band/Orchestra/Jazz Band Concert @ 7:00pm details...
  • Wed, Jun 20 - Eighth Grade Canobie Lake Field Trip @ 8:00am details...
  • Thu, Jun 21 - Grade 8 Graduation@ 9:00am details...
  • Thu, Jun 21 - Grade 8 Dance@ 7:00pm details...
  • Fri, Jun 22 - Last Day of School@ 11:30am details...
  • Fri, Jun 29 - Report Cards and Obligations details...
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Newton Firefighters want to help extinguish hunger in Newton!
Be part of the SOLUTION for opioid epidemic – Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet

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