September 2019

Dear 8th Grade Families,

This is the final year of Middle School for your 8th graders! The transition to High School is almost as exciting for families as it is for the students. It is going to be a great year, and we will need your help to ensure that our children have the best 8th grade year possible!

There are many special activities for the 8th grade students throughout the year, and some of the more important ones are:

September 11 Bake Sale First fundraiser of the year, during Back to School Picnic. We are looking for volunteers to lead this first effort! Please contact us in interested!
September 27 Carwash and Bake Sale Fundraising activities
November 27 Grade 8 Turkey Bowl  (9am-11am) A spirit-filled flag-football game between clusters E and F. Parents invited. 
December 20 Grade 8 Ballroom Dancing (2pm-3pm) Students perform ballroom dancing, which they learned in their Physical Education classes. Parents invited
February/ March Introduction to Newton North and registration Classroom teachers will discuss courses, visit from Newton North faculty, choice of electives, etc.
May/June 8th Grade 3-day trip Students go to NYC for 3 days
June Step up day Students visit Newton North to meet teachers, hear from administrators, and learn about clubs, sports, and other opportunities in the high school
June Graduation Ceremony (9am-12am) Morning before the last day of school
June Grade 8 Evening Party (7pm-10pm) Same day as the Graduation Ceremony. Boston Boat Cruise.

In order to have a successful year, parents can help! 

8th grade families are in charge of raising funds for the Graduation Reception and evening Party, in addition to a class gift to the school. Also, traditionally, 8th grade families raise money for the Cyndi Dailey-Smith & Howard B. Smith Scholarship Fund, which was created to ensure that all students are able to participate together in all field trips, including the end-of-the-year 3-day trip to New York City.

E-mail us if interested in being part of the 8th Grade Activities Committee! 

This is the fundraising goal for 2019-2020

3-Day Trip in May/June - Scholarship fund $    7,000
Graduation Ceremony $       800
Graduation Dance/Boat Cruise $    2,000
Class Gift $    1,500
TOTAL $  11,300

Fundraising opportunities

September 11 8th Grade Bake Sale All School Picnic
September 27 Carwash and bake sale Grade 8 Carwash
November 5 8th Grade Bake Sale Election day 
November 21 Turkey Bowl Pizza and cupcakes
Sept-June Solicit Banks & other 3rd Party Institutions for Scholarship Fund ALL Year
Fall 2019 Sell "Class of 2019" Gear/stuffed animal / Sapling Sale TBD

Additionally, 8th grade parents help organizing the Graduation Ceremony and Party. This involves getting refreshments, decorating, setting up and breaking down & organizing 6th/7th grade parent chaperones.

We need a chairperson or persons to lead the committee to organize these fun events for our kids. Please let us know if you are interested in being part of the 8th Grade Activities Committee or if you would like to volunteer for specific tasks. The Committee will make sure eighth grade families know what is going on by sending emails and reminders. 
Contact us today: Bigelowbulldog@gmail.com

If you want to hear more about the 8th Grade Activities and the Committee, please join us on Monday, 09/23, 7pm, at the Bigelow PTO Meeting, that will take place at Karen and Larry Markson's home, 150 Hunnewell Ave.

Download this letter in PDF here.

We hope you have a great year! Sincerely, 


Una Simmons & Karen Markson

Bigelow PTO Co-presidents

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