Sunday, June 11, 2017
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Bigelow News

Back-to-School Supply Kit available through June 30th
Jun 11, 2017 02:14 pm | From the PTO  [Back to top]

Back by popular demand! We will be using the convenient services of Staples SchoolKidz, Inc. and their Teacher Tailored® back-to-school supply kit program again this year!

Staples SchoolKidz, Inc. offers brand name items, chosen by the teachers and is exactly what is on your child’s supply list. The brand names include, but are not limited to, Crayola®, Fiskars®, Elmer’s® and Staples®. Best of all, the entire package comes in a reusable personalized kit.

We are offering this program as a service to the students and parents of our school and hope this makes your transition or return to Bigelow Middle School easier. We believe this is a wonderful program for purchasing your child’s exact school supplies and encourage you to take advantage of this offer. Why fight long lines and stress of trying to find every single requested item on your child’s supply list? All of the shopping is done for you!

This program will save you time, allowing more summer vacation time, making “back-to-school time” less hectic and more enjoyable for both students and parents. We believe you will find the pricing to be very reasonable. All kits will be delivered to the school and can be picked up on Tuesday, August 29th – details to follow.

Go to: and enter acct #32972.
Please note supply kits need to be ordered before June 30th, 2017.
This service will NOT be available after June 30th, 2017.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Download attached letter.

Thank you all for a successful Car Wash
Jun 10, 2017 12:37 pm | From the PTO  [Back to top]

Thanks to everyone who came out to support the 8th Grade Car Wash and Bake Sale on Thursday! A lot of cars got washed and a lot of treats were eaten. Fun was had by all and we raised more than $600 for eighth grade activities and scholarships. Special thanks to all the eighth grade volunteers!

Many thanks to Marian McDonagh and Andrea Katsenes for organizing the car wash and the bake sale.

Thanks to parents who helped at the car wash and all those who baked and brought treats: Oc Manos, Laura DeDominicis, Magda Duchnowska, Sami O’Reilly, Mary Lee, Beth Panella, Sepideh Sahami, Yesenia Carias. Thank you!!

Thank you to all those who helped with the Teacher Appreciation Tea
Jun 10, 2017 09:42 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

A warm thank you to all that contributed your time and delectable food to the Teacher Appreciation Tea this week. The teachers and staff at Bigelow enjoyed the wonderful spread. A special thank you to Stacy Schwartz and Magda Duchnowska for leading this effort for us!!

THANK YOU: Debbie Fredberg , Andrea Hemment, Gwo-Shu Mary Lee, Marian McDonagh, Joanne Simpson, Rachel Zoob, Beth Secinaro, Monika Sawicka, Laura DeDominicis, Sarah Lee, Frances Kervin, Joana Canedo, Lisa Camesano, Quan Lu, Emily Hsieh, Karen Manning, Judy Kelly, Elsa Tsao, Klee Miller, Denice Adrianza, Xujiang Wang, Judy Kelly, Gail Fitzgerald, Nooshin Ghazi and Jordana Alford.

8th Grade Families – Directory information
Jun 10, 2017 08:44 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

Newton North High School uses the same online directory software that we use here at Bigelow (MySchoolAnywhere). We will be authorizing their account to automatically import graduating students from our account so that no student is overlooked. This would be a great time to log in and make sure your information and share settings are up to date. Just login to:

If you still have children at Bigelow next year, you will be able to select which school to view upon logging in. If your child is not moving on to Newton North, please be sure to let the Newton North administration know so they can have the PTO remove your child from the directory. Let us know if you have any other questions about this.

To 8th Grade Parents – Newton North PTSO 2017-2018 Volunteers Needed!
Jun 10, 2017 07:23 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

Newton North depends on the generosity of parent/guardian volunteers to help keep our community informed, connected, and strong. Can you help? Please consider the excellent opportunities below.

Questions? Please contact

Board positions

Work with other PTSO co-president and committee chairs to run Newton North PTSO. Strong organizational, people, and technical skills needed. Previous PTO experience is a plus, but not required. Time commitment: 10-15 hours per week.

Programming co-chair
Work with current chair and with co-presidents to determine PTSO meeting content and arrange logistics. Attend PTSO board meetings (every six weeks during the school year). Time commitment: September to June, one hour every two weeks.

Grants and projects co-chair
Screen grant requests from teachers and staff and allocate funds for classroom enrichment. Attend PTSO board meetings (every six weeks during the school year). Time commitment: November through March, one hour per week.

Recording secretary
Take notes at PTSO board meetings and publish minutes. Attend PTSO board meetings (every six weeks during the school year).


Celebration co-chair
Help oversee the post-prom party for all seniors (June). Event planning and team leading skills helpful. Time commitment: February through early June, 3 hours per week.

Class liaison
Serve as liaison between NNHS and parents in each grade. Time commitment: September to June, one hour every two weeks.

Northside Dining Adventure co-chair
Run annual parent social event (November). Time commitment: September through mid-November, one hour per week.

Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices co-chair
Help PTSO organize yearly Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices prevention expo (January). Time commitment: November through January, two hours per week.

Newsletter editor
Help PTSO co-presidents arrange content for the weekly e-newsletter, Tiger News, and post stories on PTSO website.

Student-Faculty Administration
Attend weekly morning meetings with students, faculty, staff, and principal in a non-voting but advisory capacity to help determine school policies.

Help current webmaster with technical oversight of PTSO website. Knowledge of Drupal programming helpful but not required.

7th and 8th grades Electives 2017-2018
Jun 09, 2017 09:20 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

The online registration process for selecting fourth period electives and for choosing Fine & Applied Arts (FAA) courses for next year is open on the school website. The registration needs to be completed by Wednesday, June 14.

Students may choose electives or “T-Time” on days 1&4, 2&5, and 3&6.  Students not choosing an elective will be assigned to “T-Time.”

For the first time next year, an FAA drama course is being offered in grade 8, and students may indicate their preference for three FAA courses.

Please note: Special Education and ELL classes are in the process of being scheduled. Students enrolled in special education and ELL classes may not be able to take an elective or “T-Time” class during fourth period.

Please register here: 7th and 8th Grade Electives

2017-2018 Student School Supply Lists
Jun 09, 2017 09:10 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

The student school supply lists per grade are available at the school website.

Please go to this link:

New PTO Board for 2017-2018
Jun 08, 2017 10:29 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

We are pleased to announce the PTO Board members for the 2017-2018 school year, voted at the Bigelow PTO Annual Meeting, on Wednesday, June 7th.

Co-President (Officer) – Jessica Gilmartin
Co-President – Jennifer Weber
Co-Vice President Fundraising (Officer) – Una Simmons
Co-Treasurer (Officer) – Miriam Alandydy
Co-Treasurer – Michelle Welford
Co-Secretary (Officer) – Joana Canedo
Nominating Committee – Tracy Carroll (ret

Terms become effective September 1, 2017.

Bigelow PTO Annual Meeting Minutes – June 7th 2017

Yearbooks are on sale!
Jun 08, 2017 07:30 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

We have extra yearbooks for anyone who is still interested but did not pre-order.

Price: $25
Payment: cash or check (payable to: Bigelow Middle School)

Please place payment in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and homeroom written on the front. Your child should give the envelope to Ms. Rice (room 210). We have a limited quantity – first come, first serve.  Get them while supplies last!

“Honor a Graduate or Staff Member” Book Drive
Jun 06, 2017 03:38 pm | From the PTO  [Back to top]

Participate in Bigelow Library’s “Honor a Graduate or Staff Member”  End of Year Book Drive. When you buy a book through this website (Bound to Stay Bound Books), your donation pays for a book bound in a way to increase the lifespan of the book, and for a donor name plate placed in the book for the person you are honoring with your purchase.

Help keep the Bigelow Library independent reading collection relevant, interesting, educational, and fun for all our students by purchasing a book today! Your continued support is deeply appreciated.

Mark Your Calendars

Tue, Jun 13 - Chorus-Spring Concert 7:00pm
Wed, Jun 14 - Jazz Band Concert 7:00pm
Wed, Jun 21 - Grade 8 Field Trip 8:00am
Thu, Jun 22 - Grade 8 Graduation 9:00am
Thu, Jun 22 - Grade 8 Dance 7:00pm
Fri, Jun 23 - Last Day of School - Recess at noon

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