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Get your game on for the Bigelow Celtics night

Tickets will be on sale only until Wednesday, November 21st!

Join the Bigelow Middle School Community  to cheer on the Boston Celtics as they battle the Minnesota Timberwolves! January 2, 2019 @ 8:00pm at the TD Garden.

*25 Lucky Bigelow Students going to the game will be picked for an exciting Pre-Game Courtside Activity*

Please follow all the instructions: register online, make a payment AND fill out, sign, print and return to the PTO the printed Celtics form.

Register Here

Download form, print, sign and return to the PTO.

More information here:


Pre-Thanksgiving Japanese dinner with Bigelow families

Before you head out of town or start cooking for the holiday, have dinner from New Ginza to support Bigelow PTO. The kind folks at New Ginza will donate 20% of your meal’s price back to Bigelow Middle School PTO. This is for dine in, take out or delivery.  You just need to print this coupon and hand it in when you pay. Please invite friends and family

New Ginza Dinner
Print Coupon here
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
RSVP here
65 Galen Street
Watertown, MA



Bigelow Spirit Week 2018

Next week is Spirit Week! Students may show their Bigelow pride by participating in the theme of each day.

  • Monday 11/19: Pajama Day
  • Tuesday 11/20: Dress like a HERO day
  • Wednesday 11/21: Bigelow Color Day


Turkey Bowl 2018

Next Wednesday morning, November 21, 9:30-11:00am, the 8th grade will hold its annual Turkey Bowl.

This is a spirit-filled flag-football game. Cluster 8E competes versus Cluster 8F for the coveted Turkey Bowl trophy led by coaches Michael “Bear” Burtch and Andrew “Belichek” Swan. Parents are invited to come cheer on their children. This is a great way to kick-off the holiday weekend.

Following the football game, pizza and dessert will be served in the cafeteria. The cost is $4. Please pre-pay the homebase teacher next week. Cash only, no lunch accounts are acceptable for this special lunch.


Transition to High School informational Meeting (Special Education)

Thinking about high school, and how your child’s special education services will translate? Please come to Bigelow on Thursday, November 29, from 9-11 am. Kate McCarthy, Special Education Department Chair for Newton North HS, and Katie Stahl, Assistant Department Chair, will be here until 10am to review the grade 8-9 transition process and answer your questions about services and course work. This informal talk will take place in the Bigelow Computer Lab, off of the main lobby.

Immediately following our high school presentation, join us for a conversation on the importance of transition planning as youth with disabilities plan for adulthood! NPS Transition staff will be here from 10-11 am, to provide a brief presentation then focus on answering questions about the transition planning process. Topics will include:

  • An overview of the transition planning process
  • School and Community resources
  • Family involvement


Bigelow is in need of a SEPAC parent representative

Would you be interested in filling the SEPAC liaison role at Bigelow? Being without a representative means families of children with special needs at your school may not be getting important information and support. As a liaison, you do not need to attend meetings or be an expert on special education services! You just need to refer or relay any questions or concerns from parents at Bigelow to the greater community of parents of children with special needs in Newton. If you are interested in filling this role, please contact SEPAC Liaison Coordinator Kim Gallaugher at or 857-800-3644. More information here.


Please welcome two new PTO Board Members

The PTO board welcomes our new co-treasurers, Miriam Alandydy and Sarah Rizzo. They will take over from Michelle Welford, who has done a great work as treasurer for the last one and a half years. We wish Michelle all the best in her new endeavors.

Please check out the current Bigelow PTO Board and Committees.


Did you know? – ADL Peer Leadership Program

The Anti-Defamation League’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute Peer Training Program provides students in the middle and high school with the opportunity to increase their understanding of the causes of prejudice and its manifestations such as name calling, bullying and cyberbullying. All four middle schools in Newton have an ADL Peer Leadership program. More information here.

“Our peer leadership program, developed by the Anti Defamation League, is beginning its second full year at our four middle schools. It was a pleasure to see the Bigelow peer leaders working intensely on their plans for delivering lessons to their peers. It was a keen reminder that peer-led conversations can be a very effective learning tool as we strive to have schools that are welcoming and inclusive for all.”

Superintendent David Fleishman, Nov 2018


Mark Your Calendars

  • Nov 19 - 21 - Bigelow Spirit Week details...
  • Mon, Nov 19 - Bigelow Musical Informational Meeting @ 2:45pm details...
  • Tue, Nov 20 - Restaurant Night @ New Ginza details...
  • Wed, Nov 21 - Grade 8 - Turkey Bowl @ 9:30am details...
  • Wed, Nov 21 - Early Release - @ 11:30am
  • Nov 22-23 - Recess - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
  • Mon, Nov 26 - School Musical Auditions @ 3:00pm details...
  • Tue, Nov 27 - Picture Retake @ 8:30am details...
  • Thu, Nov 29 - Transition to High School planning morning (Special Education) @9:00am details...
  • Sat, Dec 01 - 2018 Newton Family Conference @ 1:00pm details...

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42 Vernon St.
Newton, MA 02458

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