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Sunday, April 14, 2019

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New Bigelow Counseling Site

The Bigelow Counseling Team has developed a website with resources for families and students. Parents and guardians are invited to visit and learn about Bigelow’s commitment to social and emotional learning and health.

“Educating the whole child is the mission of Bigelow Middle School. Helping each child grow emotionally and socially, and become a healthy well-adjusted adolescent is as important as helping each child achieve strong academic progress. We strive to create a personalized environment in which students develop positive connections with trusted adults and with each other as part of a supportive community. We work together with students, parents and staff to promote the health and well-being of all students.”


Brooke Brady is ready to run the Boston Marathon for NSF

The training is over and she’s ready to run her first marathon! Brooke grew up watching the Marathon as a spectator. Now it’s her turn to conquer Heartbreak Hill on her way to the finish line at Copley Square.
Brooke is running to raise funds for Newton Schools Foundation. Help her surpass her $5000 goal to ensure NSF can continue to advance excellence and equity in the Newton public schools by funding promising initiatives, professional development, and programs that close gaps in achievement and opportunity.

Message from Brooke
“I am proud to have been chosen to run for Newton Schools Foundation.NSF supports new curricula and learning opportunities that foster high achievement for all students.
“As a special educator in Newton for the past 15 years, I have had the opportunity to strengthen my skills and see first hand the positive impact that these programs have on our students. The funds raised go directly to the professional development of the staff, and programs for the students.”
To follow Brooke on Marathon Monday text Runner to 234567 and enter bib number 30358.


Bigelow Middle School 2018-2019 Yearbook

  • All-color pages 
  • Durable hard cover with original design by 8th grade artists
  • Price: $25
  • Order deadline: April 24th
  • Payments: ONLINE, cash or check 

Order today at (Bigelow’s Yearbook ID Code: 1945919)

If you would rather pay by cash or check (payable to: Bigelow Middle School), please place payment in a sealed envelope with the student’s name and homeroom written on the front. Your student should give the envelope to his/her homeroom teacher.


Laps at Lunch Open House

Meet staff and parent volunteers who help make our program a success! No pressure to become a volunteer! Although we’d love to have you join us, we are happy to just share our program with you so you can see how much our students enjoy it. Come see for yourself!

When: Monday – Friday, April 22 – 26 (Weather Permitting!)
Where: Burr Park
What Time: Any time between 11 am – 12pm
Who: Any parents, family and friends who are interested in volunteering or just seeing how it works!

More about Laps at Lunch HERE


Notes from the Counseling Department – March 2019

Making Stress Your Friend

As March draws to a close, our thoughts turn to spring and flowers and warm sunshine and end of term grades and, for our 8th graders, high school choices and MCAS testing…Oh no!  I can just feel the stress building! 

We have all heard about how dangerous stress can be and how harmful it is for our children (and ourselves) to be under consent pressure. We’ve heard the links between stress and heart attacks, between stress and high blood pressure, between stress and suicide.  Stress, no matter how we look at it, tends to be seen as harmful.  

The truth is, stress isn’t all negative.  More at the Bigelow Counseling Team blog.


Mark Your Calendars

  • Apr 15 - 19 - Spring Vacation
  • Mon, Apr 22 - Earth Day Advisory@ 8:30am details...
  • Tue, Apr 23 - MCAS-ELA-Grade 6@ 8:30am details...
  • Wed, Apr 24 - MCAS-ELA-Grade 6@ 8:30am details...
  • Wed, Apr 24 - School Council Meeting @ 3:00pm
  • Thu, Apr 25 - CASC - 6th grade: Starlab: Night Skies @ 8:30am details...
  • Fri, Apr 26 - CASC - 6th grade: Starlab: Night Skies @ 8:30am details...
  • Thu, Apr 25 - MCAS-ELA-Grade 7@ 8:30am details...
  • Fri, Apr 26 - MCAS-ELA-Grade 7@ 8:30am details...
  • Sun, Apr 28 - Newton Serves: Bigelow Beautification + Recycling Signs details...
  • Tue, Apr 30 - MCAS-ELA-Grade 8@ 8:30am details...
  • Wed, May 01 - MCAS-ELA-Grade 8@ 8:30am details...
  • Thu, May 02 - Jazz Band Concert@ 7:00pm
  • Fri, May 03 - Catie Curtis- Presentation to Chorus class @ 11:20am

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Want something to do during April school vacation?

Save the Date for the 10th Annual SEPAC Awards Ceremony!

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