Category Archives: From the PTO

MathCounts Competition

Do you enjoy solving math puzzles and testing your math skills? Do you like Math Team and are looking for more challenges? Come try out for the 2019 Bigelow Mathcounts Team. On Friday October 26, 3-4:15pm in Room 209, we will host the Mathcounts Challenge, where you will test yourself against a challenging series of math problems. Top performers from the Challenge will be invited to join the team. If you are invited and decide to join, your commitment involves a weekly practice in preparation for the regional competitions held in February. To learn more, see You MUST register in advance for the Mathcounts Challenge event by October 25, by filling out this form:

Ride from Bigelow to West Newton

From an 8th Grade Parent:

After School Driver Needed Starting December 4 until the end of the school year.
Pick up and drop off needed for a Bigelow 8th grader.

Tuesday Bigelow pick up at 2pm and drop off in West Newton
Wednesday Bigelow pick up at 2:45pm and drop off in West Newton
Thursday Bigelow pick up at 2:45pm and drop off in West Newton
Friday Bigelow pick up at 2:45pm and swing by West Newton to grab practice gear and drop off in Needham at 3:45pm

Sincerely Gracies mom

New Homework Policy

The Bigelow School Council has developed a new school-wide homework policy. This policy is based upon the latest research on homework, and clarifies the reasons for it, the amount of time that students should spend on homework in each grade, the responsibilities of students, teachers, and parents, and the procedures when homework is not completed. It also includes an appendix of suggestions for parents, and the School Council is finalizing a resource guide of best practices for teachers. Here is the link to it. 

Would you like to be a Laps at Lunch volunteer?

This is a great way to help our students get some fresh air in the middle of the day! At Laps at Lunch students  walk laps around the inside perimeter of Burr Park once they’re done with their lunches in the cafeteria. As a parent, you help them cross the street and monitor their walk. It’s a fun way to be around the kids and see how much they get from this opportunity. If interested please contact Mary Fitzgerald (physical education teacher) at: More about the program here.

Ten Tables: Registration is Open!

You are invited to a fun evening with Bigelow families and staff!

Registration is now open! Please reserve your seats here. 

TEN Tables is a progressive dinner and is held at several homes in succession on one night. A single course is served at each home. At the first home everyone gathers for appetizers, you then go to a second home for dinner with 8-12 people, then everyone meets again to finish the night with desserts at a third house. TEN Tables, formerly known as Supper Stroll,  has been an enjoyable fundraiser for many, many years. Adults in the Bigelow Community are welcome to participate.

Come! We hope to see you!

Saturday, November 3rd, 6:30pm-11:30pm

Appetizers 6:30-8pm – The O’Rourke Residence
Dinners 8-10pm* – Assorted Residences
Dessert 10-11:30pm* – The Kelley Residence

*Guests will be given their dinner & the dessert address locations at the O’Rourke’s.

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A Big thank you to all the families who have generously opened their homes to host a dinner for our evening. We still need a few dinner hosts – please consider hosting and contributing to this great event!

If you have any questions, please contact Una Simmons at or

More information here

Open House and Parent Coffees

Classrooms in each grade will be open one morning for parents to visit during this week.   Wednesday, October 10, is open house for grade 7 classes. The day begins at 8 am with coffee in the library for seventh grade parents, and then parents are welcome to visit seventh grade classes until 11:00 am.  Thursday, October 11, is open house for eighth grade parents.  Coffee will be served for eighth grade parents at 8 am in the library, and then eighth grade classrooms are open until 10:52 am for parents to visit.  The sixth grade open house is on Friday, October 12.  Again, coffee will be served at 8 am in the library, and then parents may attend sixth grade classes in the morning until 10:52 am.   Please bring a copy of your child’s schedule so that you know which classrooms to visit, and please attend only the classrooms of the grade open on each designated day.