Sunday, November 12, 2017

Bigelow News

PartyLite Candle Sale – Please return orders tomorrow

Please return PartyLite Candle orders to the main office on Monday, Nov 13th, in the morning. Delivery is usually in 2-3 weeks and all orders are shipped directly to the student’s home address.

Top selling students will win prizes and be entered in a raffle for a grand prize. Check out here.

More information about the fundraiser here.

Fall Play this week: “Peter and the Starcatcher”

Bigelow Drama’s Fall play, “Peter and the Starcatcher” will be performed on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights 11/16-11/18. All shows at 7 PM. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Tickets will go on sale for students in the cafeteria at lunchtime starting Monday, November 13th and will be available at the door before the performances.

More at the Bigelow Drama website.

8th Grade Trips Informational Meetings

8th Grade parents of students considering the field trips to NYC and Montreal in May 2018 are invited to attend informational meetings in the Bigelow Library. At that time the school will share details including the itinerary, costs, payment process, and other requirements of students and families. These optional meetings will last about 40 minutes. Any further information and forms will be handed out to students, sent via e-mail, and put on the Bigelow School Website.

NYC: Monday, 11/13/2017 8:30 AM – 9:10 AM

Montreal: Friday, 11/17/2017 8:30 AM – 9:10 AM

New Ginza Dinner

Pre-Thanksgiving Japanese dinner. Before you head out of town or start cooking for the holiday, order dinner from New Ginza to support Bigelow PTO. Print this coupon out and hand it in when you pay. The kind folks at New Ginza will then donate 20% of your meal’s price back to Bigelow Middle School PTO. This is for dine in, take out or delivery. Please share this coupon and let your friends and family know about this offer.

New Ginza Dinner
Print the coupon here.
Tuesday November 21, 2017

65 Galen Street
Watertown, MA

Turkey Ball

The Turkey Bowl is a flag football game between 8th graders and Bigelow teachers and staff, on the morning of Wednesday, Nov 22nd. Parents are invited to watch the game.

After the game, there will be pizza and drinks for sale.

Ward Elementary celebrates Amy Broder

Ward Elementary celebrates Amy Broder on November 14th from 7pm-9pm at the Durant-Kenrick house, 286 Waverly Ave. Amy is retiring after 26 years teaching at Ward. Come by anytime to wish her well and to say good bye. Parking on Waverly Ave(even side) and Kenrick St only.

As a tribute to the many traditions Amy started at Ward, we would love for families to bring their Hero/Shero project to the celebration. If you cannot attend on the 14th but would be willing to loan your Hero/Shero to the party please contact Jen Rugani at

Green Newton School Connections

Green Newton has a forum for Newton parents and teachers interested in promoting sustainability in the classroom and beyond. The group offers a setting for sharing experiences and ideas as well as support in facing challenges in implementing green initiatives in schools. This is an opportunity for Bigelow parents and staff to connect on issues of recycling, composting and school garden projects. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 15 at 3:45 at the Peirce School, 170 Temple Street in West Newton. Please contact if you are interested.

Supper Stroll was a big success!!

It was a great evening and together we raised close to $5,500, that will go towards enhancing our children’s educational experience. We hope everyone that joined us for the evening was able to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones, while building community spirit.

This would not have been possible without the hard work of Una Simmons, Bigelow PTO VP of Fundraising, who organized the event and helped everyone feel part of this amazing middle school community. Thanks!

Again, THANK YOU to all that participated and made the 2017 Supper Stroll such a success!!

Bake Sale Thank You

Thank you to all of you for your support of the Election Day bake sale.  We raised close to $1000 and voters enjoyed all of your culinary creations.

We greatly appreciate the help of the all of you who baked items for the sale and to those of you who staffed the table during the election.

Thank you to the following Bigelow parents for baking and / or working at the bake sale:

Akiko Schultz, Alexia Giannakopoulos, Andrea Hemment, Aoife O’dwyer, Beth Hicks, Bridget Lannery, Caren Kimball, Chichi Grove, Deborah Fredberg, Ellen Jiang, Emilie Tucker, Gail Fitzgerald, Heather Raker, Joanne Simpson, John Heneghan & Eve Sadowsky, Li Liang, Maren Rossman, Mary Miller, Mary Miller, Melissa Lerou, Monika Sawicka, Neela And Mason Sullivan, Shana Smythe, Sonya Tembelopoulos, Teresa Carmona, and anyone else we may have missed.

A special thanks goes also to the Bigelow custodians for their help before and after this event.

And lastly, a BIG thank you to Jen Rugani and Magda Duchnowska for organizing and running this event for us.

Mark Your Calendars

  • Mon, Nov 13 - Grade 8-NYC Field Trip Informational Meeting for Parents 8:30am (details...)
  • Mon, Nov 13 - Candle Light Fundraiser Ends 8:30am (details...)
  • Thu, Nov 16 - School Picture Retakes 8:30am
  • Thu, Nov 16 - Fall Play 7:00pm (details...)
  • Fri, Nov 17 - Grade 8-Montreal Field Trip Informational Meeting for Parents 8:30am
  • Fri, Nov 17 - Fall Play 7:00pm (details...)
  • Sat, Nov 18 - Fall Play 7:00pm (details...)
  • Tue, Nov 21 - New Ginza Dinner 4:00pm to 9:00pm (details...)
  • Wed, Nov 22 - Grade 8 Turkey Bowl 8:30am (details...)
  • Wed, Nov 22 - Early Release Day 11:30am
  • Nov 23 and 24 - Thanksgiving Recess

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Supper Stroll – THANK YOU!!
Election Day Bake Sale this Tuesday – we need your help
PartyLite Candle Sale – Top selling students will win prizes
Midterm progress reports are available on Skyward
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