Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bigelow News

Supper Stroll: Register now to secure your spot!

You are invited to a fun evening with Bigelow families! 

You must register to attend this event. The Supper Stroll is expected to sell out and seats are limited. Registration will be closed on October 28th or when all seats are full. Please register now to secure your spot!

Please reserve your seats here. 

The Supper Stroll is a progressive dinner and is held at several homes in succession on one night. A single course is served at each home. At the first home everyone gathers for appetizers, you then go to a second home for dinner with 8-12 people, then everyone meets again to finish the night with desserts at a third house. The Supper Stroll has been an enjoyable fundraiser for many, many years. Adults in the Bigelow Community are welcome to participate.

Come! We hope to see you!

Saturday, November 4th, 6pm-11:30pm

Appetizers      6-8pm – The Mattioli Residence
Dinners           8-10pm – Assorted Residences*
Dessert         10-11:30pm – The Kelley Residence*

*Guests will be given their dinner & the dessert address locations at the Mattiloli’s.

Get your tickets here.


A Big thank you to all the families who have generously opened their homes to host a dinner for our evening.

If you have any questions, please contact Una Simmons at or

More information here

All-School Dance: Friday, 10/27

From the Principal’s Office

Our first All-School Dance is coming up next Friday, October 27, 6:30-9:00pm.  Dance tickets are $6 and will be on sale this week and next during lunch in the cafeteria. Students can hang out, play ping pong or other games, and listen and dance to music in the gym. Pizza and snacks will be sold in the cafeteria.

Our dances are open to all Bigelow students in grades 6, 7, and 8.  Asking a classmate as a “date” to the dance is unnecessary and discouraged. We want all students to come and have fun with friends. The theme of this dance is Halloween, and costumes (but no masks) are encouraged!

A few parent chaperones are needed. (Costumes optional!) Please email Assistant Principal Lucas Mogensen at if you are interested in helping out. Parent chaperones help take tickets, sell refreshments, and supervise the hallways; teachers and counselors chaperone inside the gym.

Bigelow dances are for Bigelow students only, and all school rules apply at this event.  The dance ends promptly at 9:00 p.m., and we ask that parents pick up on time at the gym entrance then. For safety reasons, students are not allowed to walk home, even in a group, without parent accompaniment.


Todd Harrison

Coming this Friday: Candles for the holidays

Bring the warm glow of candles into your home for the holiday season and support the school at the same time.

Students will receive order forms and information packets about PartyLite Candles from their Homebase teachers this Friday, October 27th. Orders and payments must be returned to Homebase teachers on Tuesday, November 7th.

“PartyLite Candles are a mix of natural essential oils, the highest quality food grade paraffin and soy wax. This combination results in a lower melting temperature that completely liquifies but is still able to release a lot of wonderful aromatics! Since our wax is food grade you can recycle the jars for anything you want!

– Hypoallergenic, Non Toxic and Safe for Children & Pets
– All our wax is USA made
– Derived from a Renewable Resource and Biodegradable
– Burn up to 50% longer
– Fragrance Technology-Scents formulated to be combinable creating a third unique signature fragrance”

Please see attached the Fall 2017 PartyLite Catalogue

Bigelow ADL Peer Training Program

Programs at Bigelow

The Anti-Defamation League’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute Peer Training Program provides students in the middle and high school with the opportunity to increase their understanding of the causes of prejudice and its manifestations such as name calling, bullying and cyberbullying. All four middle schools in Newton have an ADL Peer Leader program.

Working closely with Bigelow’s advisors, Kyra Mercado, Kim LeQuire, and Stefanie Dalfior, the trained students from Bigelow will take an active role in leading workshops for their peers during school to promote inter-group dialogue and understanding as well as respect for individual differences.

The Peer Leadership commitment involves a weekly planning meeting, as well as various opportunities to share their skills and knowledge.  Bigelow has 32 7th and 8th grade peer leaders this year. Students are nominated by their teachers, and the selection process of students to become Peer Leaders includes the criteria:

  • Students who represent a wide variety of social groups within Bigelow Middle School  and students from each of the Bigelow teams
  • Students who are actively kind and compassionate at school
  • Students who consistently listen to their peers and adults at school
  • Students who have expressed interest in skills of facilitating
  • Students whose actions at school have shown they are part of the solution

We want to thank our sponsors for their food donations in support of the program:  Wegmans, Star Market, and BJ’s.

Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ)

Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) is a group started by three parents in Newton to foster inclusion, acceptance, understanding and support for all people. We still have a lot of work to do to make all kids and families feel valued in every community.

FORJ’s goal is to have a group in every Newton school that advocates and supports locally for racial justice in whatever format works for us at Bigelow. We are looking for volunteers who want to join our group and help develop and implement a plan to engage kids and parents (separately or together) around social justice issues that make our school and city strong, welcoming communities. One of the FORJ founders, Amy Behrens, is working with Newton Public Schools this year on training and education in all of our schools.

More information at:

Please contact Regina Sullivan, parent of a 6th grader, if you are interested in learning more about FORJ.  Her email address is  Everyone is welcome!

Do you know about GSA?

The Bigelow GSA (Gay-Straight-Alliance) is a community of students and teachers who work together to create an environment of tolerance in our school. Our group provides a sanctuary for students to feel safe and be themselves. Basically we want you to be accepted for who you are because you are amazing!   Whether you are gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual,  straight or unsure, you can join the GSA.

More information at the GSA Website.

Morning Announcements

Did you know families can read the students morning announcements daily? They are available online on a Google Doc maintained by M. Swan, 8th Grade Social Studies teacher. A link to it is in the Bigelow PTO website, under Bigelow Links, on the right side bar.

To find out what announcements your student is hearing each morning during home base,  click here.

Note from M. Swan

Hello PTO! I am the 8th grade teacher who facilitates the AM announcements — making sure we have student announcers, proofreading announcements beforehand, and otherwise maintaining the GoogleDoc they read from.

This is a link to that GoogleDoc: Morning Announcements. Only specific Bigelow staff have editing access, but it can be viewed by anybody. You might include this in future PTO newsletters so parents can see what their children should be hearing about upcoming clubs.

Best wishes,
Andrew Swan

Food Service Wants to Hear From You!

Please share your food service experience so that the NPS food service department can improve service, address any issues of concern, and make changes that create a more positive experience for students and families.

The survey should take no more than 5 minutes and gives very important feedback!

Parent Survey:

Student Survey (middle/high school only):

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Supper Stroll Registration is Open!
Join us at our First PTO Meeting: Wed, Oct 18th
Clubs starting next week
FUEL: Weekend food for students
Save the date for our first PTO Meeting  

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