Sunday, June 18, 2017
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Bigelow News

Calling all 7th and 6th grade parents and friends!
Jun 15, 2017 07:41 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]
Chaperones needed for 8th grade dance

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 22nd, 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 sign up here or email Magda Duchnowska at

We have a couple folks already signed up but need more!

Thank you.

Snacks and decorations for 8th Grade festivities
Jun 14, 2017 07:18 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]
Dear 8th Grade Parents and Guardians,

Next week we will all gather to watch our 8th graders move on from Bigelow and on to high school, and later that evening, the students will gather for the 8th grade dance.

In order to make the day celebratory, we have planned the traditional refreshments after the ceremony, and also there will be refreshments and decorations for the dance.

In the hopes of simplifying this process among the 8th grade families, instead of asking many people to each purchase a small amount, this week the committee has done all of the purchasing of snacks and decorations to make the day festive and fun for the kids. Instead of bringing anything on Thursday, we hope you will consider making a donation for these efforts so that we may share the cost of these activities among the community.

We welcome gifts of all sizes, from $5 and up. Please click here to make a donation, and when you make your gift, please make a note it is for 8th grade graduation.

Also, in preparation for the dance we are soliciting volunteer-parents that can help at 10 pm on June 22th, after the dance has closed, with the clean-up of the Bigelow Gym. Main activities will include removing decorations and getting the Gym ready for regular daily activities (assume less than 1 hour of clean-up needed). Please forward your availability to

With many thanks for helping out! As always, our kids need us! So please sign up for this and/or other activities that will occur around graduation!

Thank you so much for considering a donation! If we don’t see you on Thursday, have a wonderful summer.


8th Grade Graduation Committee

ps – If you have any questions, please e-mail Jessica Gilmartin at

Lost and found eyeglasses
Jun 13, 2017 11:32 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

There are at least 7 eyeglasses in the school office. Do you recognize any of them?

Bigelow’s Summer Reading Book
Jun 12, 2017 09:00 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William KamKwamba

Learn how fourteen year old William became the hero of his family and community through hard work and perseverance!

Summer Reading Assignment for all grades.

Host families needed for Chinese exchange program
Jun 12, 2017 06:50 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

From the Newton Public Schools Global Education Programs

Newton’s Chinese exchange program is urgently in need of host famillies for three high-school aged Chinese exchange students and two adult Chinese exchange teachers this fall. Please help us out! Families of middle school students have hosted before with great success. Students are fifteen years old, have excellent English, and are excited to take part in American family life. They enroll in classes at Newton North or South for the duration of their hosting dates (September 2, 2017 to January 13, 2018). Prior host families have enjoyed the experience and said this is an amazing opportunity to learn about Chinese culture while sharing their own culture and traditions. Please note that federal law prohibits us from offering financial compensation to host families.

If interested, please email Global Programs Manager Samantha Mandel at for more information.

Back-to-School Supply Kit available through June 30th
Jun 12, 2017 06:14 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

Back by popular demand! We will be using the convenient services of Staples SchoolKidz, Inc. and their Teacher Tailored® back-to-school supply kit program again this year!

Staples SchoolKidz, Inc. offers brand name items, chosen by the teachers and is exactly what is on your child’s supply list. The brand names include, but are not limited to, Crayola®, Fiskars®, Elmer’s® and Staples®. Best of all, the entire package comes in a reusable personalized kit.

We are offering this program as a service to the students and parents of our school and hope this makes your transition or return to Bigelow Middle School easier. We believe this is a wonderful program for purchasing your child’s exact school supplies and encourage you to take advantage of this offer. Why fight long lines and stress of trying to find every single requested item on your child’s supply list? All of the shopping is done for you!

This program will save you time, allowing more summer vacation time, making “back-to-school time” less hectic and more enjoyable for both students and parents. We believe you will find the pricing to be very reasonable. All kits will be delivered to the school and can be picked up on Tuesday, August 29th – details to follow.

Go to: and enter acct #32972.
Please note supply kits need to be ordered before June 30th, 2017.
This service will NOT be available after June 30th, 2017.

Complete supply lists for next year can be found on the Bigelow website if you prefer to purchase them on your own: 

If you have any questions, please email us at

Download attached letter.

Mark Your Calendars

Wed, Jun 21 - Grade 8 Field Trip 8:00am
Thu, Jun 22 - Grade 8 Graduation 9:00am
Thu, Jun 22 - Grade 8 Dance 7:00pm
Fri, Jun 23 - Last Day of School 
Fri, Jun 23 - Medication Pick-up Deadline
Fri, Jun 30 - Last day to buy Back-to-School Supply Kit

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Earlier Announcements

Thank you all for a successful Car Wash
Thank you to all those who helped with the Teacher Appreciation Tea
8th Grade Families – Directory information
To 8th Grade Parents – Newton North PTSO 2017-2018 Volunteers Needed!  

Recent Community Notes

Upcoming teen programs @ the library
July 4th Celebration in Newton
Summer Time for Partners
Dinner on the Farm 2017 with Guest Chefs from Farmstead Table!
Ride for Food! Centre Street Food Pantry is looking for riders!
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Newton Kindergarten Soccer registration now open

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42 Vernon St.
Newton, MA 02458

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