Category Archives: From the PTO

Bigelow, BBQ and Beets –  the Bigelow PTO Zoom Trivia Night on January 29, 2021! 

Join us for a fun evening, testing your knowledge of all things trivia January 29, 2021, 7:30 – 9:30 pm! 
Hosted by local trivia host extraordinaire, James Marohn, you will be challenged with four rounds of questions, covering a broad range of topics, such as sports, Bigelow history, The Office (of course) and Massachusetts trivia. James will use lots of visual and audio clips that will add to the fun!
How to participate: You can sign up here. We will assign teams, which will be a great way to meet other folks from the Bigelow community.
We will contact you again after we have assigned teams, and you will be able to contact your team members directly to decide on a team name. You will receive the Zoom link a few days before the event, along with a confirmation of your team name.
How to add BBQ to your evening: Please consider ordering your dinner that night from Blue Ribbon BBQ! Mention you are part of the Bigelow PTO and 20% of the proceeds from all orders will be donated to the Bigelow PTO, so another great reason to order delicious BBQ!
How to add Beets to your evening: Start by binge watching The Office!
Prizes will be given to the teams that come in first and second, and the team that shows the most Bigelow spirit. So get your Bigelow gear and get ready for a fun night!
Please register by Friday, January 22, 2021.
Questions? Email kmarkson@gmail.com

BLM Resource Guide created by Bigelow Student Club

We are pleased to share with you a resource guide about Black Lives Matter made by members of the Bigelow World Issues and Politics Club. Check it out – it is loaded with ways for students and adults to make a difference. The World Issues and Politics Club is a student led group dedicated to educating youth on important current and past events in this nation and around the world. Formed two years ago the club meets weekly to have in-depth discussions and work to make a difference in the Bigelow and Newton community. The club members that created this resource guide are Anna S., Alexis V.B., Eliza K., Maya M., and Rhiannon E. We encourage all students and families to review this document and to get involved.

The Resilience Project

The Resilience Project is an innovative school-and community-based initiative designed to promote the mental health and well-being of adolescents. It provides support to students, parents, educators, counselors and communities through collaboration with school personnel, customized educational programming and improved access to treatment resources.

Their Special Edition: Caring for the Caregivers is a trove of information to help parents, educators, healthcare professionals, counselors, social workers, first responders, and all those caring for their families and communities deal with uncertainty, stress, exhaustion and burnout.

Bigelow World Issues and Politics Club’s Black Lives Matter Resource Guide

We are pleased to share with you a resource guide about Black Lives Matter made by members of the Bigelow World Issues and Politics Club. Check it out–it is loaded with ways for students and adults to make a difference.

The World Issues and Politics Club is a student led club dedicated to educating youth on important current and past events in this nation and around the world. Formed two years ago, the club meets weekly to have in-depth discussions and work to make a difference in the Bigelow and Newton community.

The club members that created this resource guide are Anna S., Alexis V.B., Eliza K., Maya M., and Rhiannon E. We encourage all students and families to review this document and to get involved.

 

COVID / School Reopening Taskforce

The Bigelow PTO received the following communication and letter from a group of Newton families regarding their proposal to form a task force to assist NPS with a school reopening plan.

 

Dear Newton Public Schools Families,

Earlier today, a group of over 50 physicians and scientists, all Newton residents and many with directly relevant specialties including infectious disease, pediatrics, pulmonology, emergency medicine, pediatric psychiatry and occupational medicine sent a letter to City Councilors, the School Committee, HHS Commissioner Youngblood, and Mayor Fuller urging the city to create a COVID / school reopening taskforce. We, along with these physicians and scientists, see this as the most viable path forward to resolving the issues that are halting a safe return of Newton students to their classrooms. Please click here to read for a copy of this letter.

In addition, Deborah Youngblood, HHS Commissioner, gave a public health update specifically related to schools at the City Council’s most recent Program and Services Meeting (Jan 6th). Commissioner Youngblood’s comments begin at the 1:15 mark. Click here for the NewTV broadcasts of that meeting.

As always if you find our updates helpful, we encourage you to forward to neighbors and friends. To be added to our mailing list, please email nps elementary families@gmail.com

Thank you for your support of NPS students!

Food Service News – 2020-21 School Year

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is funding free lunches for all students for the 2020-21 school year. This means that any student in the Newton Public Schools is eligible for free lunch (and free breakfast where available.)

Students who are in school buildings through lunch (including K-2 who will now stay through lunch) can simply ask for the meal on the menu for that day and the meal will be provided to them free of charge.

Students in the Distance Learning Academy, or remote learners at the middle and high schools, can access free meals here:

Location: Newton North High School (theater entrance) and Newton South High School

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

We encourage you to take advantage of this free meal service in our schools.

Thank you and welcome back to school!

Sincerely,

Newton Public Schools Food Service

Bigelow Virtual Team Trivia Night on January 29, 2021!

All Bigelow families are invited to join us on Zoom for Bigelow Virtual Team Trivia Night on Friday, January 29, 2021!

Emceed by trivia host James Marohn (gameswithjames.net), you’ll be challenged with dozens of questions in a variety of general knowledge categories (including The Office, of course). Lots of visual clues and audio clips. You’ll be put on a team with other families, and compete against other teams for the title of “Bigelow Trivia Champs”! Save the date and plan to be part of this night of friendly competition with your classmates and neighbors!

And please get your take out from Blue Ribbon BBQ that night and mention you are a Bigelow family. 20% of all proceeds will be donated to the PTO so it will be a finger licking good night all around!

Stay tuned for more details.