Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bigelow News

SchoolKidz is going to refund Bigelow families
Sep 10, 2017 04:14 pm | From the PTO  [Back to top]

The Bigelow PTO has worked all week with SchoolKidz to find a satisfactory solution to the problems we encountered with the school supply orders.

An agreement was reached and SchoolKidz committed to:

  • Refund Bigelow families 100% of their order total.
  • Send families an email this week to notify them.
  • Process refunds this week. This could take up to 5 days to be reflected in each family’s account.

This means that no more supplies will be forthcoming, so families will have to purchase what is missing in order for students to start working in their classes. Please check again the supply list available in the Bigelow website.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience. We appreciate your patience and understanding with this issue that was out of our control. Please feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions.

Best wishes for a great school year!

The Bigelow PTO Board

Bigelow Picnic!
Sep 09, 2017 07:49 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

The weather looks good for the Bigelow Back to School Picnic at Burr Park, but we will be having fun, rain or shine!

When: Thursday, September 14th 5:30 – 7:00pm
Where: Burr Park  (cafeteria and/or gym in case of rain)
Food: Chik Chak food truck (Middle Eastern food), plus a bake sale for dessert sponsored by the 8th grade

Plan to bring blankets, playground balls and frisbees. Board and card games will be available (in case of rain) and a great time will be had by all!

Last chance to order a copy of the Bigelow Directory
Sep 08, 2017 05:19 pm | From the PTO  [Back to top]

You can order your copy of the Bigelow Directory by clicking here. Printed directories will be distributed on Back to School Night (October, 5th) for all those who ordered by September 14th.

First make sure your family information is accurate.  Please confirm or updated your data by September 13th so it shows correctly in the printed version.

The online directory is open to all Bigelow families at all times, and it’s important that it’s information is accurate.

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

Attention 7th grade parents!!! Many of you are not in the Directory due to a problem we had last year, so add your information now!

NOTE: The Bigelow PTO maintains the online Family Directory at MySchoolAnywhere, and we also print it as a service to the Bigelow community. Bigelow families are automatically in the directory unless they specifically opt out when confirming their data. Parents that do not update their data will be displayed as entered. More information HERE.

Carpool on Tuesdays and Thursdays afternoon
Sep 08, 2017 08:58 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]
Our son Gabriel is in 6th garden at Bigelow and attends Russian School of Math at 200 Wells Ave. in Newton on Tuesdays starting at 3:30 pm, ends 4:30 pm,; and Thursdays starting at 3:50 pm ends 5:50 pm.  We are looking for someone who may also attend RSM we can carpool with.  We both work and can pick up the children in the evenings, but we are looking for someone who can handle the afternoon drop off.
Please contact us at 508 333 2930 or
Thank you,
Chichi and Geoffrey

Seeking Parent Volunteers for “Laps at Lunch!”
Sep 07, 2017 07:48 pm | From the PTO  [Back to top]

Last spring Bigelow piloted an exciting new program designed to give students a daily opportunity to get outside for movement and fresh air. Laps at Lunch allows students to walk laps around the inside perimeter of Burr Park once they’re done with their lunches in the cafeteria. The pilot program, initially run by volunteer staff members, was a huge success and many students have begun asking for its return this year.

We need volunteers to continue this program as we do not have staff available for this program on a regular basis.

What volunteering entails:

  • Laps at Lunch training – provided by Bigelow staff members
  • Supervising students as they walk during lunch. There are three lunch shifts—total time commitment is about 1 hour.
  • Signing up online for a day that is convenient for you. Volunteers are welcome for one day or for multiple days.
  • Supervising one of three areas:
  1. Monitoring students crossing Arlington Street to get to and back from Burr Park
  2. Monitoring students who are walking around the park
  3. Monitoring students as the re-enter the building by the parking lot near the gym

Volunteers can also walk along with other volunteers and students. 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:

More volunteer opportunities at Bigelow
Sep 07, 2017 06:29 pm | From the PTO  [Back to top]

The Bigelow PTO is a volunteer organization and your help enriches the school environment. Volunteering is a great way to meet other parents, build school community and support the purpose/mission of your PTO.

Please consider getting involved. There are many opportunities to participate. Our current needs for this year are as follows:

  • Supper Stroll Hosts (November)
  • Bake Sale Coordinators  (Election Day and others)
  • Big Night Committee Member (December-March)
  • Teacher Appreciation Events (February and May)
  • Safe Routes to School Representative
  • NewtonServes (April)
  • Passive Fundraisers
  • General Event Specific Help (Baking, chaperoning, cleaning up, etc).

Please contact us at if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.

6th Grade Parents Potluck: Sep 22
Sep 07, 2017 11:22 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

This 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!

*September 22, 2017 @ 7:00*
Simmons Residence
Newton Corner
Please RSVP to Una Simmons –

Please bring your own beverage(s) and if your child’s last name begins with:

A – E Please bring a dessert
F – L Please bring a main dish
M – R Please bring a side dish or salad
S – Z Please bring an appetizer

Please note: This is an adult only evening.

If you have any questions or concerns please send an email to

Classes for middle school students
Sep 06, 2017 09:41 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]
Newton Community Education will be offering the following classes for middle school students this fall. The classes are for Grades 6-8 unless otherwise noted. Classes will be starting soon, so sign up today!


Parkour– Tuesdays at Day 2:15-3:45, Sep 26 – Nov 14
Learn to Code with Scratch – Tuesdays at Day 2:15-3:15pm, Sep 26 – Nov 14
Chess for Middle Schoolers – Tuesdays at Day 2:15-3:15pm, Sep 26-Jan 2
Yoga for Middle Schoolers – Wednesdays at Day 2:45 – 3:45pm, Oct 4 – Dec 13
Stock Market Game for Girls – Thursdays at Day 2:45-4:15, Sep 28-Dec 7
Ultimate Frisbee (Grades 3-6) – Tuesdays at Brown 3:30-4:30pm, Sep 19 – Oct 24 
Fencing (Grades 5-8) – Fridays at Brown 3:30-4:30pm, Sep 22 – Dec 15
3-D Print a Cell Phone Stand – Fridays at Brown 3:10-4:30pm, Oct 6 – Dec. 8
Archery (Grades 3 & up) – Tuesdays at Oak Hill 3-4:30pm, January 17-March 14
Debate Club (Grades 7-9) – Thursdays at Newton South, 6-8pm, Oct 26-Nov 16
Latin Intensive (Grades 7-8)- Mon. & Wed at Newton South or Newton North 3:30-5:00pm, Sep 25 – May 16
Learn Latin (Grades 7-8) – Thursdays at Newton North 3:30-5pm 
Speech Team – Wednesdays at Newton South, 3:30-5pm, Sep 27 – May 16
Babysitting & Safety Training (ages 11 & up) – various dates/times


Visit or call 617-559-6999 for more information.

Bigelow Girls Soccer
Sep 06, 2017 07:30 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

From Ms. Rice – Girls Soccer Coach

Tryouts will take place Mon. 9/11 AND Wed. 9/13 from 3pm – 5pm. Thursday, 9/14 MAY be a tryout day OR our first practice. You must be at EACH DAY of tryouts in order to play on the team – NO EXCEPTIONS! There will be practice Friday, 9/15.

For more information check the Bigelow Girls Soccer website

Keep up to date with the happenings at Bigelow  
Sep 05, 2017 08:58 am | From the PTO  [Back to top]

The Bigelow PTO Website is updated periodically to keep up with the happenings at school.

We post important notes related to Bigelow and PTO events, such as athletics and club sign up, social functions and other information needed to navigate the school year. The website has links to:

Please check out all our forms of communication HERE.

Mark Your Calendars

Thu, Sep 14 - All School Picnic - 5:30pm
Wed, Sep 20 - 8th Grade Field Trip
Thu, Sep 21 - Rosh Hashanah - Recess
Fri, Sep 22 - 6th Grade Parents Potluck
Tue, Sep 26 - 6th Grade Parents Breakfast
Wed, Sep 27 - Early release - 11:30am
Thu, Sep 28 - 8th Grade Car Wash 

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