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Big Night Planning – Join Us!
Please consider joining the planning committee for the Big Night 2018. You can make this as large or small a time commitment as you would like. There are many tasks – ranging from overseeing the Silent Auction, sending a few emails & inventory pick up to setting up, breakdown and decorating the venue on the day of the event. All help is vital and greatly appreciated! More details here.
Big Night 2018 Planning Meeting
Monday, January 8th, 7pm
at Una Simmons’ Home,
12 Willard Street (off Hunnewell Ave)
Newton MA 02458.
Light refreshments will be served.
Please contact committee chairperson, Meredith Andrews, at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you cannot attend the meeting but would like to be involved. Thank you in advance for your support of this event.
Last chance to complete the Wellesley Social Media Parent Survey
Wellesley College needs more parents to participate in the Social Media Parent Survey they are conducting to study social media behavior among middle schoolers. The survey should take 20-30 minutes to complete, and all respondents are entered into a raffle for Amazon gift cards. Plus, Wellesley College will give a $1 donation to the PTO for each parent who takes the survey.
Please, complete the survey by Friday, January 5, 2018.
The link to the survey is here.
Here is a link to the letter from them with more information about this parent survey.
Thanks for your help with this important project — Bigelow is eager to learn more about how best to help young people manage social media, and parent participation is key. More about the survey here.
Save the date: PTO meeting with Superintendent Fleishman
The Superintendent Dr. David A. Fleishman and members of the School Committee will attend a Bigelow PTO meeting on January 11, 7pm, at the Library. All are invited.
Nursing notes: e-cigarettes
From Sue Schy, Bigelow School Nurse
They’re disguised to look like a permanent marker or a flash drive. They come in flavors like mango, vanilla cupcake, strawberry margarita and pina colada. They’re electronic cigarettes – also known as e-cigarettes, vape pens, e-hookah, e-juice, e-smoke and more. Using them is vaping, “juuling,” or e-smoking.
We want students and families to have the information they need to talk about preventing and stopping this unhealthy behavior. A 2016 report from the U.S. Surgeon General says:
- E-cigarettes contain harmful ingredients including nicotine, which can cause addiction and can harm the developing brain.
- The effects of nicotine exposure during youth and young adulthood can be long-lasting and can include lower impulse control and mood disorders.
- The nicotine in e-cigarettes and other tobacco products can prime young brains for addiction to other drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamine.
- Even e-cigarettes that don’t contain nicotine can be harmful because the vapor contains flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and heavy metals.
In Newton, a city ordinance passed in 2014 prohibited use of e-cigarettes anywhere the state’s workplace smoking law applies – restaurants, businesses and schools. The ordinance also prohibits Newton retailers from selling flavored products, and requires individuals buying cigarettes and e-cigarettes to be at least 21 years old. We know young people sometimes get these products from older friends or family members, or order them online.
You may have seen or heard that the Newton high school principals sent a letter to families about e-cigarettes. If you missed it, it’s posted on the School Health website, along with other helpful information about talking with kids about e-cigarettes: www.newtonma.gov/schoolhealth
Information adapted from www.cdc.gov and e-cigarettes.Surgeongeneral.gov
Mark Your Calendars
- Tue, Jan 02 - Students first day back from break
- Mon, Jan 08 - Big Night Committee Meeting 7:00pm (details...)
- Thu, Jan 11 - Winter PTO Meeting 7:00pm (details...)
- Mon, Jan 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Recess
- Thu, Jan 18 - Chorus Concert 7:00pm (details...)
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