Category Archives: From the PTO

MathCounts and More Competition

Do you enjoy solving math puzzles and testing your math skills? Do you like math competitions? Try out for the 2021 Bigelow Mathcounts+ Team.

This coming weekend we will send out a “Mathcounts Challenge Test” to interested students, 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 (held virtually on Friday afternoons) in preparation for the regional competitions held online in February as well as other related competitions. To learn more, see

You must register in advance for the Mathcounts Challenge, by filling out this form.

The Bigelow team has had good success in recent years, and we have had fun.

Bigelow’s Virtual Back To School Nights this Week

A reminder that Bigelow’s Virtual Back To School Nights will be held this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, October 20-22. All presentations by teachers will take place online in zoom meetings. Here is a brief overview of the schedule:

Tuesday, Oct 20

  • 7-8pm. Grade 6: Team teachers, special educators, and ELL teacher
  • 8-9pm. All Grades: World Language, Literacy Lab, ELL (in-person cohort C), and Library

Wednesday, Oct 21

  • 7-8pm. Grade 7: Team teachers, special educators, and ELL teacher
  • 8-9:10pm. All Grades: FAA Teachers, and Band/Chorus/Orchestra directors

Thursday, Oct 22

  • 6:30-7pm. METCO: parents meet and greet
  • 7-8pm. Grade 8: Team teachers, special educators, and ELL teacher
  • 8-8:45pm. All Grades: Physical Education teachers

Here are detailed schedules with zoom links and passwords for the evening: Tuesday, Oct 20, Wednesday, Oct 21, Thursday, Oct 22

Due to the brevity of the zoom sessions, Back To School Nights are not an opportunity for individual conferences with teachers.  For an individual meeting, please email your child’s guidance counselor.

Mr. Harrison will be hosting a Q&A event about the hybrid model on October 26. If you have questions about this next model, which Bigelow hopes to implement in mid-November, please bring them to the October 26 meeting. The meeting will be recorded and posted if you can not make it.

Hope to see you at our Back To School Nights next week!

Halloween Scavenger Hunt

We are very excited to announce our first ever Halloween Scavenger Hunt taking place on Saturday afternoon, October 31st, from 1- 5 pm!  

We will have teams of 1 to 2 families each that will hunt for items on our special list to bring to the school parking lot. The winning team(s) will collect the most items and will be awarded Bigelow water bottles. 

To enter the Scavenger Hunt, please sign up here.

We are also having a Pumpkin Decorating Contest for families that day, regardless of whether you participate in the scavenger hunt. If you would like to enter the contest, please bring a decorated pumpkin – carved, painted or otherwise made special – to the school parking lot on October 31st, from 1- 5 pm. We will display all the pumpkins on the steps of Bigelow for all to enjoy. During the week, our community will vote online for their 3 favorite pumpkins, with prizes being awarded to the winners! 

Get Your Bigelow Gear Today!

Take a look at the Bigelow PTO online store for face masks, t-shirts, hoodies and sweatpants.

Online orders will remain open until Friday, October 30th.
Items will be distributed at the Bigelow parking lot in November. Dates and times to be announced.

Thank you to the Bigelow Student Council for the support and logo design!


All funds raised by this sale will go towards supporting Bigelow students and school, including performing arts, technology, literature and cultural events. Check out here: What the PTO Supports

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Chair needed for our Ten Dinners event!

As you know, an annual event for the PTO is Ten Tables, a progressive dinner hosted by a number of Bigelow families in early November. This event is not only an important fundraiser for the PTO, but also one of the highlights of our social calendar.

We know we cannot hold our traditional Ten Tables this year, so we are reimagining what it can look like. So next month, toward the end of November or the first week of December, we would like to host Ten Dinners over the course of a week. We are hoping that 10 Bigelow families will prepare (or buy) a three course dinner which Bigelow families will purchase. In keeping with the spirit of Ten Tables, we hope to have theme dinners such as “Nights of Arabia” and “Memphis BBQ.” Families will sign up to offer the meals and we would then have families purchase them.

We are looking for a Chair to oversee this event, along with our help from the PTO Board!

Please contact us at if you are interested and would like to be part of what will be a fun event!

Save the date for Jerry Craft

All Bigelow students are invited to participate in a virtual presentation with Jerry Craft, Newbury Award-winning author of New Kid, Wednesday, November 4 at 10am.
More details and a Zoom link will be provided closer to the presentation. This is part of Bigelow’s One School, One Book Program.

This program is co-funded by the PTO and made possible by parents’ generous contributions and by One School, One Book

Please note more related events for students, parents and guardians:

Bigelow Social Emotional Academic Survey

From the Principal’s Office:

These are challenging times for you and your children. Over the past few months, students have experienced significant disruptions in their lives with many implications for their social, emotional and academic health and development.

As we all return to school this fall, we are working hard to make sure the programs and supports we have in place meet the needs of our students and families. In our effort to foster a stronger partnership and more effective communication between school and home, we would like your help answering the questions on the linked survey. The information you provide will help us identify and develop the resources needed to support each student’s social, emotional and academic needs. The information we gather will be accessible to counselors and school based support staff who are responsible for supporting the social-emotional wellness of our students.

Social-Emotional-Academic Survey

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s guidance counselor or me if you have any questions about the survey. Thanks.

Todd Harrison, Bigelow Principal

October Updates from School Health Services

From the nurse’s office:

Daily Health Assessment

  • Please be sure you’re completing the Daily Health Assessment with your child each morning. This is one of the COVID-19 prevention pillars that if followed, will help to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and allow the hybrid learning model to continue. Consider posting it in your home where you exit so you don’t forget.
    • Use a thermometer to take your child’s temperature each morning. Do not come to school if your child’s temperature is above 100 degrees F.
    • If you’re having difficulty obtaining a thermometer, check with your child’s school nurse.
    • If your child has difficulty tolerating an oral thermometer, consider a touchless model.
  • If your child is staying home from school due to COVID-19 related symptoms, please call the school nurse in addition to checking in with your child’s healthcare provider about next steps.
  • If your child has COVID-19 related symptoms, to return to school s/he will need either a negative COVID-19 test (PCR preferred, antigen ok, antibody not accepted) or a written alternative diagnosis from a healthcare provider. School nurses are available to help answer questions. Please reach out if your child has symptoms.

Flu Vaccine

  • Flu shots: All students (even those learning remotely) must have a flu shot by 12/31/20, as required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. If your family is having difficulty obtaining a flu vaccine, please check for a list of resources. Be sure your child’s school nurse has documentation of your child’s flu vaccine.

Medication at School

  •  Please note that regular rules apply for medication administration at school.  All medications require a signed parent permission form and a written medication order by a prescriber.  The form to use can be found here
  • Students cannot transport medication.  Contact the school nurse to arrange medication drop off.

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

Bigelow Drama Fall 2020

Calling all writers, actors, artists, builders, and techies! Bigelow Drama is now in full swing! 4-5 every day except Wednesdays, no sign up needed, open to all students in all grades. Whether your student is interested in acting, tech, or playwriting, movies or plays or musicals, there’s something for everyone! Check out our full schedule and more information at

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Alberts, Drama coordinator: