Sunday, March 19, 2017
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Bigelow News
Note from the Principal
Mark your calendars

Bigelow News

Bigelow Big Night Luau 2017 – Save the Date – May 20th

Mar 19, 2017 08:58 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

Mark your calendars now for Bigelow’s Big Night Luau 2017, our BIG festive evening of food and friends! This year’s event will be held on the evening of Saturday, May 20th at 7pm at the Commander’s Mansion at the Arsenal in Watertown.

We hope you will be able to join us at Bigelow Middle School’s annual fundraiser. Money raised from this event support many curriculum-enriching programs such as the Creative Arts and Sciences Program, scholarships for students to attend field trips and special events, classroom supplies, advanced training programs for teachers, the purchase of gym, performing arts and technology items.

If you would like to help make the Big Night a success, we are looking for donations for our silent auction. Tickets to sporting events, gift cards for services, restaurant gift certificates, vacation getaways, jewelry, artwork, a dinner or cocktail party, memberships etc. are all appreciated. Or you might want to sponsor a portion of the evening?   Click here to donate to the online auction or become a sponsor.

You can also help by soliciting local businesses for an auction donation.  Click here for a printable business solicitation letter and donation form. 

If you have any questions or can volunteer please contact Beth Panella at Our next committee meeting is on March 27th at Beth Panella’s house, 5 Channing Road in Newton Center.


TRACK & FIELD registration is open

TRACK & FIELD registration is open to all grade levels and abilities at Bigelow. There are no cuts and all participants compete in all meets. Students who were not able to make the informational meeting must see Ms. Rice or Mr. Trunk ASAP.  

The DEADLINE for registration, forms, and fees is March 29, 2017.  There is a strict adherence to this deadline.  Students who are unable to meet the deadline will not be able to participate.  Click here details about registration.  Practices begin as follows:

Monday 4/3 – 7th & 8th graders only

Wednesday 4/5 – 6th graders only

Thursday 4/6 – All grade

Practices are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3:00-4:15 pm (give or take 15 minutes). Competitions will occur once a week and the schedule will be handed out the first week of practice.

Link to the Bigelow Track & Field page.


Boys Lacrosse lnfo Meeting – Monday 03/20

AII 7th and 8th Grader boys who are interested in playing lacrosse this season, experienced or not, should come to the meeting!

MONDAY, March 20th

Right after school, in the GYM

lf you can’t make the meeting, or have any other questions see Mr. Muller or email him at


RSVP for Bigelow Bowls by March 26

Bigelow’s Family Event at Boston Bowl

When: Sunday, April 2nd, from 4pm to 6pm

Where: 820 Morrissey Blvd, Boston

$14/person includes: 1 hour bowling, shoe rental, 5 tokens, pizza & soda

R.S.V.P. by Monday, March 26

Print the attached form and fill out the information with the number of people attending the event and the amount of money. Checks should be made payable to Bigelow Middle School. Return the right side of the form and payment to your counselor. Keep the left portion for your information.

Bigelow Bowls Form

Note from the Principal

Dear Bigelow Parents,

Next week we begin the first round of MCAS testing. All students will take the new MCAS assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) on April 5-6, and in math on May 17-18. In addition, eighth graders will take the Science/Technology/Engineering (STE) test on May 24.
These state assessments differ than past ones. The questions will be a combination of past MCAS questions, new MCAS questions, and questions from the PARCC assessment given during the past two years. Also new, the tests are untimed, and the eighth grade ELA and math MCAS tests are now completed only online. (Sixth and seventh grade tests are still paper-based, and so is the eighth grade STE test.)
We will be doing a practice session for each subject with the students to familiarize them with these formats. If you are interested in learning more about this new generation MCAS, here is a link:
These assessments are important. They will provide you with feedback on your child’s progress, and they will give us valuable information about each student, groups of students, and the effectiveness of our curricula, instruction, and programs. Attached is a letter from the Commissioner of Education, Mitchell Chester , about the importance of these assessments.
Our emphasis with all students is on individual progress. We do not want them to feel undo stress about the assessments; at the same time we want them to take the assessments seriously and strive to do their best work. Your child’s “student growth profile” index is a valuable score to measure your child’s improvement compared to past years and to his or her peers across the state.
We want all of the students to approach these assessments in a positive and confident frame of mind. Your help makes a huge difference. Here are a few tips: Words of encouragement to your child are especially helpful before the assessments and on the day of it. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep prior to each test, a healthy breakfast on the morning of each test, and that he or she arrives to school on time. Bringing a water bottle or purchasing a bottle of water in the school store in the morning is also recommended. I am confident that teachers’ and students’ commitment to learning throughout this year will be reflected on these tests. Thank you for your assistance in helping your child do his or her best.


Todd M. Harrison


Mark your calendars

Wednesday, 03/22 - 8th Grade Parent Coffee with NNHS Principal - 8:30am
Friday, 03/24 - Student/Faculty Basketball Game - 3pm
Sunday, 04/02 –Bigelow Bowls - 4pm
Wednesday, 04/05 – MCAS English Language Arts - Session 1
Thursday, 04/06 – MCAS English Language Arts - Session 2

Community News and Advertisements

If you're looking for news about the district, local educational and non-profit events, or services offered by local tutors, merchants, and other service providers, check out the Community Notes page maintained by the Newton PTO Council. Click here to link to their website, which you can search by category. 
Bigelow PTO Website 
Bigelow PTO Calendar
Bigelow Middle School
Community Notes

Earlier Announcements

RSVP for Bigelow Bowls by March 26
Boys Lacrosse lnfo Meeting – Monday 03/20
TRACK & FIELD registration is open
Big Night Committee Meeting – March 15th @ 7pm
TRACK & FIELD information meetings this week  

Recent Community Notes

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Newton Has Talent
Reschuled Meeting of the Newton Parent Advisory Council for Special Education
Studio of Engaging Math & STEAM summer program!
JCC All Camps Fair
Boston-area Jewish Education Program (BJEP) Open House
What’s Happening at the Y-Late Spring Programs
How to Find a Summer Job

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Bigelow Middle School PTO
42 Vernon St.
Newton, MA 02458

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