MCAS testing will begin this week. Students will take the English Language Arts (ELA) MCAS on April 23-May 1. The schedule for each grade is in the Bigelow School and PTO calendars. You can also download it here.
Tips from Mr. Harrison:
“Words of encouragement to your child are especially helpful before the assessments and on the day of it. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep prior to each test, a healthy breakfast on the morning of each test, and that he or she arrives to school on time. Bringing a water bottle from home is also recommended.”
All parents and guardians are invited to come to Laps at Lunch Open House any day this week at lunch time!
Meet staff and parent volunteers who help make our program a success! No pressure to become a volunteer! Although we’d love to have you join us, we are happy to just share our program with you so you can see how much our students enjoy it. Come see for yourself!
When: Monday-Friday, April 22-26 (Weather Permitting!) Where: Burr Park What Time: Any time between 11 am – 12pm Who: Any parents, family and friends who are interested in volunteering or just seeing how it works! (Rising 6th Grade families are welcome!)
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Each day this week, the Bigelow Earth Day Committee will suggest a way for Bigelow students to help the Earth. Today’s tip: Reduce your garbage! And reuse or repurpose materials instead of throwing them away. For example, Monday in Advisory students will build sculptures from recycled materials. Ask your students what the tips for the rest of the week are.
And thank you all who contributed with recyclable materials for the Advisory activity.
If you would rather pay by cash or check (payable to: Bigelow Middle School), please place payment in a sealed envelope with the student’s name and homeroom written on the front. Your student should give the envelope to his/her homeroom teacher.
NewtonServes is a Day of Community Service that brings together over 1,000 volunteers of all ages to complete more than 50 community projects for the benefit of numerous non-profit organizations and City of Newton departments. Volunteers work in teams on morning, afternoon or all day projects throughout the city, such as cleaning up parks, planting gardens, building and painting school bookshelves, spring cleaning at non-profit organizations and helping senior citizens. This year it will take place on Sunday, April 28th, from 9:30am to 4pm.
There are many volunteering opportunities all around the city, including two projects at Bigelow:
Bigelow Beautification Join us as we beautify the grounds of Bigelow Middle School. We plan to clean and mulch garden beds, prune shrubs and trees, etc. outdoors. We also may build a short wooden fence to protect planting beds from foot traffic.
Signage for Recycling at Bigelow
Are you interested in promoting recycling and helping middle school students learn more about recycling? Help us label recycle bins and trash cans in all classrooms at Bigelow Middle School with new signage about what can and cannot be recycled.
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