Sunday, August 26, 2018

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Bigelow News

Let’s get our Directory ready for the new school year

Please help the Bigelow PTO provide a comprehensive Family Directory for our community.

Your family information needs to be confirmed or updated by September 10th, so it shows correctly in the printed version. Parents that do not update their data will be displayed as entered.

The online directory is open to all Bigelow families at all times. The success of the system is dependent on every family logging in and confirming their information.

To make sure your family’s contact information is in the directory, please follow one of these two steps:

  • If you have been in the Bigelow directory last year or if your student comes from one of the feeder schools (Lincoln Eliot, Underwood or Ward), you can access the directory and confirm your information HERE.
  • If your student comes from Mason-Rice or another school, if you are new to Newton Public Schools or if you have never been in the Bigelow PTO directory, go to and enter the join code: JOINBIGELOW

Attention 8th Grade families. Only half of 8th Grade families are included in the directory. Please make sure your family is in it! Thank you.

You can order a hard copy of the Family Directory on the “Store” section of the Online Directory. Printed directories will be distributed on Back to School Night (October, 4th).

Social Media in Middle School
  • What are Bigelow students doing on social media these days? 
  • What are parents doing to monitor social media? 

Bigelow Middle School and Wellesley College invite Bigelow parents to a forum to share results from the Learning, Social Media, and Healthy Behaviors research study, that took place in 2017.

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (and Bigelow alum), and Megan Moreno, M.D., M.S.Ed., M.P.H., academic division chief of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at University of Wisconsin, Madison, will co-present on the findings from the whole-school survey they conducted in Fall 2017.

September 6, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
Bigelow Auditorium

Please RSVP to Kersten Raso so that we know how many parents to expect:

Sponsored by Bigelow Middle School and Wellesley College.

6th Grade Parents Potluck – Save the Date 09/22

The 6th Grade Parents Potluck is a wonderful, low-key, no-stress opportunity to meet with other 6th grade parents and build a community for the next 3 years of middle school!

On Saturday, September 22nd, at 6:30pm, 6th grade parents Jen and Chris Murphy + Holly and Ben Raynes will be hosting the evening.

If you have any questions please send an email to

After School Activities for 6th Graders

Bigelow offers lots of after school activities. In the Fall, 6th graders can do:

Cross Country. The sign up meeting for participation on the Bigelow Cross Country Team for the 2018 Season will be held Wednesday, September 5, 2018 in the Bigelow Library at 2:45pm. The cross country team is a coed team open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. It is the only sport in which sixth graders are eligible to participate during the fall sports season. No experience is necessary and there are no cuts. The season goes from September to November. Practices every Mon, Wed, Thu and Fri, from 3pm to 4:15pm. There is approximately one meet per week, in schools of the region. More here.

Drama. 6th grade auditions for cast and backstage crew will be held on Wednesday, 09/05, to complete the casting for the fall show. Auditions require NO PREPARATION – just show up! Fall season runs from September to November, and rehearsals are Mon, Thu and Fri, from 3pm to 5pm – not all cast and crew are called everyday. The Fall Play will be performed November 15, 16 and 17. More here.

Clubs. There are many clubs available and they are all run by Bigelow Teachers. They don’t have a specific start date – some start in September, others in October or November. They are usually once a week from 3pm to 4pm. More here.

New After School Options

Newton Community Education

Three new classes will take place at Bigelow in the fall:

3-D Printing & Design  10/12/18 – 11/16/18 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM F
Fencing: New & Continuing Fencers  10/02/18 – 12/11/18 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Tu
The Stock Market Game for Girls  10/02/18 – 12/11/18 2:10 PM -3:40 PM Tu

Makers’ Corner

“A brand new branch of programming presented by the established Underwood After School Program, the Makers’ Corner makerspace will enable access to a wide variety of sophisticated STEAM skills and materials in a free-flow, high-choice environment. With flexible scheduling options, students can enroll for one to five days a week, for full or half afternoons, and even club-only options for limited 6- to 8-week runs. “For more information about the program and to register, visit, or email Kate Finnan at”

More After School Programs For Middle School Students

From Newton Youth Services – Middle School Resources

Financial Aid: available at all of these programs, see program websites for more information. For financial aid tips see available for some of these programs. See their websites for more information.

After school options located at middle schools

After school programs located at the middle schools do not run on Tuesday early release days. Transportation available (late bus) from all schools.

School Supply List 2018-2019

School supply lists for each grade and for world language classes are posted on the Bigelow website.

It is not necessary to purchase all new materials — the school and the PTO encourage you to re-use quality materials from the past. Here are a few tips on how to clean and reuse school materials.

Newton Public Schools continue to encourage students to “lighten their load” by reducing their backpack weight. Please see the attached letter from the School Council on this topic. In Bigelow’s ongoing effort to minimize the weight that students carry daily, the number of binders that students need in 2018 was reduced, and all students will be trained to store their backpacks in their lockers during the school day.


Useful Links

Bigelow PTO Calendar

Bigelow Middle School
Tweets by @BulldogWoofs

Bigelow Morning Announcements

Student Activities and Sports

PTO Newsletter Archives

Community Notes

Earlier Announcements

Calendar for the 2018-2019 School Year
Summer Reading
3 More Chaperones Needed for the 8th Grade Dance
Board elected and Budget approved
Medication Pick-up and other Reminders from the School Nurse  

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Newton, MA 02458

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Mark Your Calendars

Tue, Aug 28 - Grade 6 Ice Cream Social @ 9:00am details...
Tue, Sep 04 - First Day of School
Wed, Sep 05 - Cross Country sign up@ 2:45pm details...
Wed, Sep 05 - Grade 6 Auditions for Fall Play @ 3:00pm details...
Thu, Sep 06 - Social Media in Middle School @ 7:00pm details...
Mon, Sep 10 - ROSH HASHANAH - No school details...
Wed, Sep 12 - Back to School Picnic@ 5:30pm details...
Wed, Sep 12 - Grade 8 Bake Sale@ 5:30pm details...
Wed, Sep 19 - YOM KIPPUR - No school details...

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Important information for voters
NCE Kids classes at Oak Hill this Fall

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