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Sunday, January 27, 2019

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Big Night 2019 – Auction Items Needed

We are excited about Big Night, Bigelow-On-The-Charles, on March 30, 2019, 7:30-10:30 pm, at the Cambridge Boat Club! 

Planning is well underway and we are actively seeking donations for our silent auction. Your support and help is so critical to making this event successful and being able to reach our goal of 60 donated items.

Gift cards for restaurants, spa services, sporting event tickets, weekends at a vacation home, etc. are all great ideas for our auction. And whether it is your family that is donating or a business, we cannot thank you enough for your generosity.

Donated items are due by March 10, 2019, and we appreciate receiving auction items as soon as possible!

Below you will find a link for a printable business solicitation letter and donation form. Please contact committee chairperson, Karen Markson, at or if you have any questions. Thank you so much for your support of the Bigelow community’s biggest fundraiser of the year!

Download business solicitation letter here.


Teacher Appreciation Luncheon – Call for volunteers and food contributions

The Bigelow Teacher Appreciation Luncheon will be Wednesday, February 6th, at the Library.

It is a great way to take a moment to thank the amazing teachers and staff at Bigelow for all they do for our children. Bigelow families provide the food, beverages, and financial support for this event. Please, consider making a contribution to the luncheon, or help with set up and clean upWe still need some volunteers and donations for this appreciation event.

To donate or volunteer please sign up HERE.

To make a monetary contribution for the luncheon, please click HERE.

  • Please send in your favorite lunch food! Salads, sandwiches, entrees – whatever you think our wonderful teachers and staff will enjoy.
  • It is most helpful if items are brought in recyclable containers.
  • All items may be dropped off on the morning of the luncheon in the teacher’s lunchroom (in the library) or put in the refrigerator there.
  • Please drop off all items no later than 10:30 AM.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Teacher Appreciation Chairs, Miriam Alandydy ( or Andrea Hemment (

Thank you again for helping us show our appreciation for our teachers and staff.


Show Your Love for the Bigelow Library!

Honor a teacher or student with a donation to the Bigelow Library. By clicking on the Bigelow Library Donation Website, you can purchase a book from the requested list of books to help maintain Bigelow Library’s rich collection of independent reading books. Each book purchased will include a bookplate on the inside cover of the book with both your name and the person you would like to honor. The books are covered and bound in a special way to last for a long time and come shelf ready so that each book can be in the hands of a reader as soon as possible.  

Love the Bigelow Library by making a donation today!  

Thank you for your consideration and generosity.
Patty Summa, Bigelow Library Teacher


Steps at Lunch – an opportunity for fresh air

The winter version of “Laps at Lunch” is “Steps at Lunch”. Parents and guardians in the Bigelow community are invited to help out, giving our students the opportunity to get outside in front of the school in the cooler months, whenever it’s a nice day.  If interested please contact Mary Fitzgerald (physical education teacher) at: about the program here.


Cabot Alumni and neighbors, you are invited to a celebration

You and your family are invited to take part in building the Cabot School Mural!

WHO: The Cabot School Community – Cabot Families, Cabot Alumni, Cabot Staff & Faculty, and Cabot Neighbors! (Please note that this is not a drop-off event – all children must be accompanied by an adult.)

WHAT: Help us build a 100-square foot glass-tile mosaic mural (under the supervision of muralist David Fichter) that will be installed in the main lobby of the new Cabot School when it opens next fall!

WHERE: Cabot @ Carr School – 225 Nevada St, Newton, MA 02460 – in the Art Room. Please enter from the doors nearest the staff parking lot on the front of the school (off of Nevada Street).

WHEN: Saturday, February 2nd and Sunday, February 10th from 10am-3pm.

HOW: Please sign-up for a time slot below, and indicate how many people will be in your group. (There is a maximum of 15 people per timeslot.)

CLICK HERE to learn more about the mural project.

Questions? Send them to


Mark Your Calendars

  • Tue, Jan 29 - Geography Bee - School-wide Championship @ 8:20am details...
  • Thu, Jan 31 - Orchestra & Jazz Band Concerts @ 7:00pm details...
  • Wed, Feb 06 - Early Release Day @ 11:30am details...
  • Wed, Feb 06 - Teacher Appreciation Luncheon @ 10:30am details...
  • Fri, Feb 08 - 6th Grade CASC Presentation: Author Greg Mone@ 8:30am details...
  • Sun, Feb 10 - New England Camp Fair @ 11:30am details...
  • Feb 15-24 - Winter Vacation

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