Sunday, May 27, 2018

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Bigelow News

Honor a Bigelow graduate or staff member

From Patty Summa, Bigelow Library Teacher

Honor a Bigelow graduate or staff member this June by supporting the Bigelow Library! How? Choose a book to purchase at the Support Our Library page. A bookplate including the honoree’s and donor’s name will automatically be placed inside the book. Supporting the library in this way helps to keep the library collection relevant and interesting for our students. In addition, a donation will sustain our goal to promote a love of reading throughout the Bigelow community. It is a great way to honor a graduate or thank a staff member. The company, Bound to Stay Bound Books, binds the books in such a way that makes them more durable and last longer. Consider donating today to help support the Bigelow Library! Thank you for your support.

Link to purchase a book: Bound To Stay Bound Book Drive

Volunteer with the Bigelow PTO next year!

The PTO Board is looking for new members, please consider joining an active group of parents who help strengthen our community ties! Would you like to become more involved in the strategic aspect of the Bigelow PTO, helping direct and manage the overall program for 2018/19?  All Bigelow parents and guardians, including those of incoming 6th graders, are encouraged to join the board or any committee. We have the following openings, and anyone is welcome to volunteer for PTO activities at any time:

  • Co-Treasurer
  • Co-Presidents Elect (in preparation for the 2019/20 school year)
  • Teacher Appreciation co-chair
  • Nominating committee members (one per feeder school)
  • METCO representative
  • Newton SEPAC Liaison
  • 6th Grade Potluck Chair

The proposed slate of 2018/19 Board members will be voted on at our final PTO meeting of the year on June 11th.  Serving on the Board is a great way to meet other Bigelow parents and help out at your child’s school.  Please contact us at if you are interested in learning more.

The first Bigelow Civics Day was a success

Bigelow Civics Day was attended by parents, school administrators and members of the school committee and city council last Tuesday, May 22nd. 8th grade students on Team E presented the advocacy projects they worked on as part of the Generation Citizen pilot program lead by Ms. Singers, Grade 8 History/Social Science Teacher.

Jean Singers would like to thank all those who attended for making the day so wonderful. More information here.

Click to view slideshow.
Newton SEPAC Special Educator Awards 2018

Please join us on Wednesday June 13th at 6 pm at Newton North High School for the 9th annual Newton SEPAC Special Educator Awards! These awards are presented to Newton faculty and staff members who have done exceptional work with students receiving special education services. Parents, guardians and students may submit nominations and may nominate any staff member who they believe has done exceptional work. In the past, we’ve had regular education teachers, special education teachers, aides, BT’s, secretaries, principals and custodians receive awards. Please note that the awards do not identify you or your child by name, to preserve the child’s confidentiality. Only the honoree is given the name of the person who nominated him or her. Please submit your nomination by May 31 to 2018 SEPAC Awards Nomination.

Teacher Appreciation Tea – Tuesday June 5th

Please volunteer to help or donate to the Teacher Appreciation Tea – Tuesday June 5th. Our teachers and staff members do so much for our kids throughout the year. They teach them invaluable skills, instill them with knowledge and a love of learning, and serve as intellectual role models.

So let’s say a proper thank you with a proper English tea — Bigelow-style. This year’s annual staff appreciation tea takes place on Tuesday, June 7th at 2:00 pm.

We are looking for volunteers to provide finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries, crumpets (whatever they are), fruit salad and any other delectables that go well with tea. We also need volunteers to help set up and break down. Set up is at 12:45 and break down is at 3:00.

All items may be dropped off the morning of the tea in the teacher’s lunchroom or put in the refrigerator there. Please drop off items no later than 12:30pm. It is most helpful if items are brought in a disposable container.

To donate or volunteer please sign up here.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Teacher Appreciation Chair, Magda Duchnowska at

Pictures from Newton Serves Day

Thanks again for all who helped to beautify Bigelow on April 29th!

Click to view slideshow.
Got Books?

7th grade student Olivia Freedman is collecting books for Cradles to Crayons.

“Have any new or gently used books? I am collecting books to be donated to Cradles to Crayons. You can drop off donations in a box outside the school office. Please have all donations in by June 8th. Thank you!”


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Earlier Announcements

Bigelow’s Civics Day: All parents invited
2018 Newton Schools Foundation Honor Thy Teacher
Bigelow’s Civics Day: All parents invited
Save the date: Annual PTO Meeting
Volunteer with the Newton North PTSO!  

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Newton, MA 02458

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Mark Your Calendars

  • Mon, May 28 - Memorial Day - Recess
  • May 30 - June 1 - Grade 8 Overnight Trips details..
  • Tue, Jun 05 - Teacher Appreciation Tea @ 2:00pm details...
  • Tue, Jun 05 - Chorus Concert@ 7:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 07 - Newton North High School Athletics Night @ 6:30pm details...
  • Fri, Jun 08 - Step Up Day details...
  • Mon, Jun 11 - Annual PTO Meeting@ 7:00pm details...
  • Tue, Jun 12 - Bigelow Beats A Cappella Concert @ 7:00pm
  • Wed, Jun 13 - Band/Orchestra/Jazz Band Concert @ 7:00pm details...
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Strawberry Festival

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