Sunday, October 01, 2017

Bigelow News

Big Thank You to the 8th grade volunteers and the Bigelow Community

A big thank you to our 8th grade students and families that helped out on Friday.

The bake sale and car wash raised $800 to support our year-end activities!

Also a huge thanks to the Bigelow community for supporting our efforts – with a special shout out to Mr. Harrison and Mr. Mogensen, who were spotted washing cars, and Mrs. Pierce who organized our 8th graders to help out.

Additional information will be out shortly detailing other opportunities to support our 8th graders and their activities in their final year at Bigelow.

Very best regards,

Gail Fitzgerald
8th grade committee chair

Let’s get our kids outside – help with “Laps at Lunch”

Laps at Lunch is a program designed to give Bigelow students a daily opportunity to get outside for movement and fresh air. It allows students to walk laps around the inside perimeter of Burr Park once they’re done with their lunches in the cafeteria.

The school would like to get this program up and running next week and have some teachers and staff on board to help make that happen. But they still need people on board to make this fly!

This is a great way to become involved, meet other parents, see the students in action, and help our students get more active time during their school day.

If interested or for more information please contact Mary Fitzgerald (physical education teacher) at:

Click here for more information.

The kids are really looking forward to getting outside!

Bigelow PTO Supper Stroll – Hosts still needed

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Dinner and Dessert Hosts Still Needed!

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. The first house has drinks & light appetizers from 6-8pm, you go to the second house with 6-12+ people for dinner from 8-10pm, then from 10-11:30pm coffee, drinks & dessert are at the last house.

Kristie & Tony Mattioli are graciously hosting the appetizer portion of this event. Will you consider hosting a dinner at your home or hosting the dessert gathering?

The dessert host must have room for at least 60 guests to mingle inside and/or outside. The Supper Stroll has been an enjoyable Bigelow fundraiser for many years and many new, lasting friendships have been made at this event.

Please contact Una Simmons at or if you would like to host a part of this evening or if you have any questions. Adults in the Bigelow community are welcome to participate. The PTO can help you if you need guidance or advice.

Please consider hosting this festive night. We hope to see you!

Please see attached flyer.

Custodian Day
Monday October 2nd is Custodian Day. Please encourage your kids to take a few minutes to say “thank you” and show our admiration and gratitude to those who keep our buildings and grounds looking good every day!

Underwood is getting a new playground and we need your help

From the Underwood PTO

Hello Friends, Neighbors and Underwood Alumni,

During the weekend of October 13th-15th, Underwood School will be getting a new playground and we need your help!  No building experience is necessary, just the desire to hang out with great people and build a space that all can enjoy.  Please click on the link below to sign up for a slot(s).

To volunteer, please go to

Thanks and have a wonderful day!

Underwood PTO

International Walk to School Day: Wed, 10/04

Join the Celebration on October 4!

Join students and families on October 4 to celebrate the benefits of walking to school during International Walk to School Day – iWalk.

iWalk is promoted by the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS), which works with schools, communities, students, and families to increase biking and walking among elementary and middle school students in the Commonwealth.

The SRTS program helps to reduce air pollution, and traffic congestion near schools, while increasing the health, safety, and physical activity of elementary and middle school students.

Bigelow does not have yet a representative to work with SRTS and help implement the program in our community. But we are looking for volunteers! Let us know if you would be interested.

iWalk 2017 poster

Before and after school activities up and running at Bigelow


The Jazz Band will begin this week on Tuesdays and Thursdays before school and is open to students who are already enrolled in Band and Orchestra.  Rehearsals are held on these mornings beginning at 7:30am.  Interested students should sign up on the whiteboard outside the auditorium or see Mr. Livingston.

Morning fitness club and before school basketball meets every morning at 7:30am in the gym.  These activities are open to all grades, every morning.


The BAC (Bigelow Academic Center) is up and running in the library after school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The library is now open on these afternoons, 2:45-4:30pm, for students to read or work on homework.  Students can stop by the circulation desk in the library and pick up a permission form at any time in order to attend.

Sign up for Cooking Club

Cooking club will begin meeting on Wednesday, October 18th, after school.  

Meets will be on Wednesdays, 3:05-4:05 in the teacher’s room (next to Ms. Martin’s room).

Sign up sheet outside of Dr. J’s office — must sign up by Tuesday, October 17th.

Mark Your Calendars

  • Wed, Oct 04 - 7D Field Trip
  • Thu, Oct 05 - 7C Field Trip 
  • Thu, Oct 05 - METCO meeting 6:00pm (details...)
  • Thu, Oct 05 - Directory Distribution 
  • Thu, Oct 05 - Back to School Night 7:00pm (details...)
  • Mon, Oct 09 - Columbus Day - Recess
  • Wed, Oct 11 - Grade 8 Parent Open House 8:00am (details...)
  • Thu, Oct 12 - Grade 6 Parent Open House 8:00am (details...)
  • Fri, Oct 13 - Grade 7 Parent Open House 8:00am (details...)
  • Fri, Oct 13 - Grade 6 Social 3:00pm(details...)

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8 Grade Car Wash on Friday
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Supper Stroll: consider hosting a dinner party
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