Category Archives: From the PTO

Big Night Tickets on Sale

You are invited to our Bigelow Hoedown!

Big Night is our biggest social and fundraising event of the year will be a hee haw great time! Tickets on sale! Get your tickets today. Sponsorship options are also available.

Big Night Tickets

There will be a DJ, food, cash bar, games, dancing, silent and live auctions, which will feature wonderful donations from local businesses and the Newton community. Check out the one of a kind items such as “Coffee with Mayor Fuller,” “Surfing Lesson with Mr. Harrison,” and “Priority Reserved Seats for the 8th Grade Graduation”.

Come out with your friends on Saturday, March 28th, from 7pm to 11pm! This event is expected to sell out, so get your tickets now.

We look forward to seeing you!

Bigelow Hoedown
When: Saturday, March 28, 2020 ~ 7-11pm
Where: Hibernian Hall, 151 Watertown St, Watertown, MA 02472

Auction Items Still Needed!

20 auction donations are needed from each grade for the auction!
Please donate an item for this worthy cause!
Go to www.bigelowpto.org for more information on donating items.

All School CAS presentation: Women in World Jazz

Women in World Jazz: A Tribute to Composers Around the World

Thursday, March 5
8:30 AM – 8th grade
9:30 AM – 7th grade
10:30 AM – 6th grade

Women In World Jazz is an international ensemble of professional musicians featuring music from around the world. “A Tribute to Composers Around the World” highlights music composed by women artists, past and present. Through their engaging compositions, students learn about a diverse group of pioneering women and their unique cultures. Styles range from Jazz to World/Ethnic. Music from Cuba, Cape Verde, Brazil, Japan, and the Middle East are included.

Thank you to our PTO’s Creative Arts and Sciences (CAS) Committee for bringing this program to our school. This CAS programming is funded by your generous contributions to the PTO. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Big Night 2020: Auction Items Needed!

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We need 60 items for the Big Night 2020 silent auction. We are asking every grade to donate 20 items.

Can you donate a vacation house getaway, a gift certificate from your favorite restaurant, sports tickets? Can you host a party or BBQ at your house or ask a business for an item or monetary donation?

Please contact Chairpersons, Cheryl Abramson (cherylzabramson@gmail.com) or Alexia Giannakopoulos (alexiag5@yahoo.com) if you have any questions.

Also, you can go to www.bigelowpto.org for Big Night 2020 donation forms, ticket information and more!

ps – Tickets will be on sale soon! Please watch out for a message about it this week. 

Super Cupcake Tuesday!

Calling all 8th grade parents and caregivers! Can you help out with the upcoming Bake Sale on Super Tuesday – March 3rd?

The polls will be teeming with people casting their ballots and the proceeds will go towards lowering the cost for all 8th graders end-of-year celebration event. Last year the 8th graders went on the Boston Odyssey Cruise for their end-of-year celebration.

Right now we need a few parents to lead & organize this event. Can you help? Let us know at bigelowbulldog@gmail.com. The PTO has a tried and true process for this type of event but we need parents to take the lead. Please consider being a leader.

A sign up sheet will be posted closer to the date for shifts and items needed. Kids are encouraged to help with their parents.

Postural Screening: please return the opt-in form by Friday

The Postural Screening Program will be the week of March 2nd for students whose parents choose to have the screening.

This year, postural screening will be done for students whose parents/guardians sign them up for the program. If you would like your child to be screened for scoliosis by the school nurse, please download form and return it by 2/14/2020.

Massachusetts General Laws (M.G.L. c.71, s.57) require that all public school students in grades five through nine be screened annually for the early detection of spinal problems. This is not a diagnostic service but a screening program to identify children who should have further medical evaluation.

The screening consists of observations of the student’s back when standing and bending forward and will be done by a school nurse or Physical Education, Health and Wellness teacher. Boys and girls are screened separately and privately. The results are recorded in the confidential school health record. If your child has any unusual findings, you will be notified and asked to have your child seen by a health care provider.

Students are asked to remove their shirts. Girls should wear a bra or halter top to permit more accurate observation of the back. If students do not have the type of clothing that permits observation of the back or refuse screening, they will not be screened and a notice will be sent to parents/guardians that screening was not done. Follow up should be with the student’s health care provider with documentation submitted to the school nurse.

Please feel free to contact the school nurse with any questions about postural screening.

Sue Schy, RN
Bigelow Nurse
(617) 552-7746

7th Grade Program: “I’ll Never Do That”

On Wednesday, Feb 12th, the Improbable Players will come to Bigelow to perform and talk with Grade 7 students. The age-appropriate play, “I’ll Never Do That”,  focus on substance use. The  25-45-minute long performance is followed by a talkback/Q&A, giving students the space and tools to combat social pressures and find coping strategies that work for them.

This program is solely funded by the PTO, thanks to your contributions! PTO funding allows Bigelow to act swiftly to address issues that are directly affecting our kids. This show is being fine tuned for our school to emphasize the issue of vaping.

Bigelow’s Creative Arts and Sciences Needs a Chair (or 2*)!

Are you looking for a fun way to contribute to the Bigelow community? Please consider becoming part of ​Creative Arts and Sciences (CAS)​. If you’ve been part of CAS at the elementary school level, you know that it’s a great program. If you’ve never been part of CAS, this is the perfect opportunity to participate on a highly revered PTO funded program. CAS brings enrichment programming to students in K-8, all funded by the PTO. Check out the city-wide CAS website to learn more about CAS happenings in all of the schools.

About CAS at Bigelow:

In a typical school year, CAS at Bigelow brings 8-9 enrichment programs. All the systems are in place and ready to pass on. The administration is highly supportive as are teachers. In the past Bigelow has brought in programming from Tanglewood Marionettes, New England Aquarium and Theatre Espresso. This year Bigelow has brought in authors Sheela Chari and Gregory Mone, and is looking forward to a visit from NASA astronaut, Susan Kirlan in the spring.

Have questions before committing or are you ready to sign up? Please contact: Alexandra Cohen, current Bigelow CAS Chair, ​acohen415@gmail.com

* If you have a friend that’s interested, you can both participate – co-chairing is always welcome!

Save the Date: “Use Less, Green the Rest” on 03/02

Bigelow is trying to reduce its carbon footprint – and so can you!

Join uns on March 2nd at 7pm at the Bigelow Library for a presentation by the Bigelow Green Team followed by Newton’s Mothers Out Front. Adults and students are invited! Download the flyer here

The Bigelow Green Team will open the evening by presenting what they are doing to make Bigelow more sustainable and reduce Bigelow’s carbon and plastic footprints.

Mothers Out Front will show how we can reduce our household carbon footprint and save money by conserving energy and switching to “green” energy.

This event is co-sponsored by Bigelow PTO and Bigelow Green Team.