Sunday, May 14, 2017
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Bigelow News

In addition to join the fun, you can also help at the Big Night!
May 13, 2017 02:01 pm | From the PTO  [Back to top]

Please join our volunteer crew to set up and clean up our Big event! We need people to help during the day, for a few tasks during the event, and also at the end of the night. The more and merrier — and faster.

We would appreciate help ate the following times on Saturday, May 20th:

  • 11am – 2pm – Set up crew
  • 7pm – 10pm – 1 hours shifts during the event
  • 11pm – 12am – Clean up

If your are interested in volunteering, please contact Beth Panella at

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2017 Newton Schools Foundation Honor Thy Teacher
May 13, 2017 09:03 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

Are you looking for a way to honor and thank the exceptional teachers and staff who have motivated, educated and inspired your students to grow and achieve all year? Consider participating in Newton Schools Foundations’ Honor Thy Teacher campaign. This special program, now in its 20th year, enables families to thank teachers or other school personnel (such as a special education aide, a fine arts or music teacher, or a coach or counselor) by giving a gift to NSF in their honor.  After receiving each donation (a suggested amount is $25 per teacher/staff member), NSF will notify the honored teachers and staff of your gift; share the honoree names with the Superintendent and Principals; and list each of those honored in the Newton TAB.

You can make your tax-deductible donation on-line at, or mail it to Newton Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 590020, Newton Centre, MA 02459. Please be sure to include the names of the teachers and/or staff that you are honoring.  Or look for a flyer in your mail in the coming weeks that includes a donation form.

NSF is a non-profit organization that raises funds to enhance the quality of education throughout Newton’s public schools. Your gift supports NSF initiatives including teachers’ professional development and new curricula and learning opportunities, including the following at the middle school level:

  • Middle School Peer Leadership
  • Generation Citizen
  • Integrating Coding in the Curriculum
  • Responsive Classroom Training
  • The Calculus Project

13 Reasons Why Newton Cares
May 12, 2017 09:29 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

On Wednesday, May 24th, the City of Newton, through its NewtonCares initiative, will host an informational evening for parents on the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The panel discussion, including Newton North guidance counselor Ali Malkin, will focus on how to engage people of all ages in safe, positive discussions about suicide prevention and mental health. Please see below for additional details.

This event is intended for adults, especially: Parents, caregivers, educators, coaches, youth mentors, group leaders and any adult who cares about young people

13 Reasons Why Newton Cares
: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: 1000 Commonwealth Ave. Newton (requested, not required)

Join the PTO Board next year!
May 10, 2017 03:37 pm | From the PTO  [Back to top]

Middle school is a very different experience for kids and parents so getting involved is a great way to stay connected with the school community! There are many PTO Board roles available for next year as well as committee chair positions and we would love to have representation from all grades. Please contact Tracy Carroll, the Nominating Committee Chair for more information. Thank you!

Tracy Carroll –, 617-913-9332

  • Co-Vice President Fundraising (Officer) (2)
  • Co-Secretary (Officer) (1)
  • Co-Treasurer (Officer) (1)
  • Co-President-Elect (2)
  • Super Supper Stroll Chair
  • Nominating Committee Member (from the Ward district)
  • Nominating Committee Member (from the Lincoln-Eliot district)
  • Nominating Committee Member (from the Underwood district)
  • Nominating Committee Member (from the Mason-Rice district)
    * One of the Nominating Committee Members will serve as Nominating Chair

Mark Your Calendars

Wed, May 17 – MCAS Math 8:35am
Thu, May 18 – MCAS Math 8:20am
Thu, May 18 – School Council Meeting 3:00pm
Thu, May 18 – Bigelow Talent Show 7:00pm
*  Sat, May 20 – Big Night Luau 7:00pm *
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Earlier Announcements

Letter from the Superintendent
Volunteers needed for Big Night
Bigelow Clubs and Sports Calendar now available
Bigelow Outreach Club sponsors Paint Bar Event – June 7th
Thank you for beautifying Bigelow  

Recent Community Notes

Secrets to Standing Out in Your College Essay
Special Education Parent Advisory Council meeting – May 18th
Waban Village Day – May 21st
13 Reasons Why Newton Cares
Write Successful Essays for your College Application
Do you have a child that loves to sing?
Waban’s Thirteenth Annual Village Day
Calling Mason-Rice alumni

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42 Vernon St.
Newton, MA 02458

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