Sunday, November 05, 2017

Bigelow News

Supper Stroll – THANK YOU!!

To Principal Harrison, Faculty, Supper Stroll ’17 Guests & Helpers,

Oh, what a night! Thank you for making the Bigelow PTO Supper Stroll a smashing success! It was a wonderful time to reconnect with other Bigelow parents and teachers, as well as meeting new people. Not only was it a fun, we raised close to $5,500 for our kids.

The whole Mattioli family went above and beyond creating a fabulous spot for everyone to gather and meet before dinner. The food was delicious and their home inside and out was warm and welcoming. Joanne & Doug Simpson sponsored their son’s NNHS Jazz band, they were phenomenal.

Our dinner hosts were so generous to cook and open their homes for us. Isn’t it nice to meet and share a meal?

And we also shared dessert at Sandra & Kevin Kelley’s house, where we were met with more hospitality, desserts and a roaring fire.

Thank you to everyone that made this a great night for Bigelow: Tony and Kristie Mattioli & Family, Sandra & Kevin Kelley, Michele & Dave Baxter, Michelle & Jeremy Welford, Beth & Bill Hicks, Marc & Roberta Laredo, Lynda & Dan Cotter, Gail & Eric Fitzgerald, Cindy Henry, Dan & Shana Smythe, Michael Rothstein & Nicole Annese, Joana Canedo & Jason Dyett, Caroline & Geoff Burns, Charyti & Steve Perron, Nicole Von Rekowsky, Krista & Bart Corr, Alessandra & Tomasz Grzegorczyk, Maria Farrah, Andrea Hemment, Doris Wong, Maren Rossman & Kathy Eno.

And if you do not have it on your calendar yet, make sure to save Saturday, March 24th for our Big Night!!


Una Simmons
Bigelow PTO VP of Fundraising

Election Day Bake Sale this Tuesday – we need your help

The 8th Grade will be hosting an Election Day Bake Sale next Tuesday, November 7th, from 7:00am-4:00pm.

This is generally a great success and we have potential to make a lot of money to help fund all sorts of 8th grade events! However, in order for it to be successful, we NEED YOUR HELP! We need parent volunteers to sell the goodies and we need all families to BAKE, BAKE, BAKE! (All Baked Goods should be Nut-Free and Individually Wrapped for efficient sales!)

Please sign up here to volunteer and/or bake!

Just to give you an idea, last year, we sold out of baked goods by 11:00am! PLEASE consider baking and/or helping out. Let’s truly make this a huge 8th grade effort and have every 8th grade family involved!

Please feel free to drop your donated items at the school or with Jen Rugani at 14 West Boulevard Rd, the day before the event. Coffee should be dropped off at the voting polls on the morning of the sale.

If you have any questions, please contact Jen Rugani ( or Magda Duchnowska (

Please use the link below to volunteer and/or bake! Your help is very much appreciated by all the 8th Graders!

Election Day Bake Sale – Sign up

Thank you!

Bigelow 8th Grade Parents

PartyLite Candle Sale – Top selling students will win prizes

The PartyLite Candle Sale is still going on this week! Please, remind your students that top sellers will win prizes and be entered in a raffle for a grand prize.

For every student who sells $100, they will receive 1 Raffle ticket for the Grand Prize Drawing! The more you sell the more tickets you get! Grand Prize Winner will get to choose which gift they want!

3D Printing Pen  OR Mini Helicopter Drone Check out here.

There will also be a high five prize competition.The five students with the highest total sales in the school will each receive a mystery prize!

All orders should be returned to the main office by November 9, with checks payable to Bigelow Middle School. Fragrant samples are available in the school main office.  Stop by for a sniff! More information here.

Sponsored by the Bigelow Middle School and the Bigelow PTO.

Midterm progress reports are available on Skyward

From the Principal’s Office

Midterm progress reports for the first trimester are now posted at the online site, Skyward.

You can access Skyward from the Bigelow website, Once in Skyward, you should click on the “Portfolio” tab and then click on “Progress Report Card for Term 1” in order to see the pdf of your child’s progress report. Please submit your electronic signature to indicate that you have seen this progress report.

This progress report reflects first term midterm marks for full year classes that meet and grade on a trimester basis. It will give you a general summary of how your child is performing in these classes so far this term. Please review this interim report with your child, highlight his or her progress, and discuss ways that he or she can improve. The end of the first term is Friday, December 1, and first term report cards will be ready for online viewing in Skyward on Tuesday, December 12.

Not all classes are included in this midterm progress report. FAA classes, such as Art, Drama (grade 6), Music, Health & Wellness, and Technology/Engineering, only issue midterm grades and comments if your child is in danger of not passing. You will be notified directly by these teachers. No midterm comments are given for the electives of Band, Chorus, and Orchestra.

If you have questions about your child’s progress report comments, please contact the teacher directly or your child’s counselor.

Todd Harrison

Paper Directories still available

We still have a few paper Directories for families. If you would like a copy, the PTO offers one when you pay your membership dues. Please go to the membership page to order yours.

Mark Your Calendars

  • Tue, Nov 07 - Election Day Bake Sale 7:00am to 4:00pm (details...)
  • Thu, Nov 09 - Candle Fundraiser Ends
  • Fri, Nov 10 - Veterans Day - No School
  • Mon, Nov 13 - Grade 8-NYC Field Trip Informational Meeting for Parents 8:30am (details...)
  • Tue, Nov 14 - Grade 8-Montreal Field Trip Informational Meeting for Parents 2:00pm
  • Thu, Nov 16 - Fall Play 7:00pm (details...)
  • Fri, Nov 17 - Fall Play 7:00pm (details...)
  • Sat, Nov 18 - Fall Play 7:00pm (details...)

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