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New After School Options

Newton Community Education

Three new classes will take place at Bigelow in the fall:

3-D Printing & Design  10/12/18 – 11/16/18 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM F
Fencing: New & Continuing Fencers  10/02/18 – 12/11/18 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Tu
The Stock Market Game for Girls  10/02/18 – 12/11/18 2:10 PM -3:40 PM Tu

Makers’ Corner

“A brand new branch of programming presented by the established Underwood After School Program, the Makers’ Corner makerspace will enable access to a wide variety of sophisticated STEAM skills and materials in a free-flow, high-choice environment. With flexible scheduling options, students can enroll for one to five days a week, for full or half afternoons, and even club-only options for limited 6- to 8-week runs. For more information, email Kate Finnan at, or call 617-244-1810.”

After School Activities for 6th Graders

Bigelow offers lots of after school activities. In the Fall, 6th graders can do:

Cross Country. The season goes from September to November. Practices every Mon, Wed, Thu and Fri, from 3pm to 4:15pm. There is approximately one meet per week, in schools of the region. All students are welcome. More here.

Drama. 6th grade auditions for cast and backstage crew will be held on Wednesday, 09/05, to complete the casting for the fall show. Auditions require NO PREPARATION – just show up! Fall season runs from September to November, and rehearsals are Mon, Thu and Fri, from 3pm to 5pm – not all cast and crew are called everyday. The Fall Play will be performed November 15, 16 and 17. More here.

Clubs. There are many clubs available and they are all run by Bigelow Teachers. They don’t have a specific start date – some start in September, others in October or November. They are usually once a week from 3pm to 4pm. More here.

School Supply List 2018-2019

School supply lists for next year for each grade and for world language classes are now posted on the Bigelow website.

It is not necessary to purchase all new materials — the school and the PTO encourage you to re-use quality materials from the past. Now, as the year ends, is a good time for your child to clean out — and clean — her or his backpack and take stock of belongings that can be used again next year. The PTO wrote about this a few weeks ago, with tips on how to clean and reuse, and also about reusing and recycling.

Newton Public Schools continue to encourage students to “lighten their load” by reducing their backpack weight. Please see the attached letter from the School Council on this topic. In Bigelow’s ongoing effort to minimize the weight that students carry daily, the number of binders that students need next year was reduced, and all students will be trained to store their backpacks in their lockers during the school day next year.

Calendar for the 2018-2019 School Year

The 2018-2019 Calendar is available on the NPS website, HERE.

As for Bigelow, below are a few dates to get on your calendars looking ahead to next year.

  • Aug 28   Tue    Grade 6 Ice Cream Social (9 – 10am)
  • Sep 4     Tue    First Day of School
  • Sep 10   Mon   Rosh Hashanah – No school
  • Sep 12    Wed    Back to School Picnic (5:30 – 7pm)
  • Sep 19   Wed   Yom Kippur – No school
  • Sep 21   Fri      6th Grade Potluck (7 – 9pm)

For the Grade 6 Parent Potluck – Fri. September 21 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm – we are looking for a 6th grade family to host. If interested please email us at

Summer Reading

Bigelow Reads Together! The One School, One Book Program – supported by the Bigelow PTO – was created to foster a more inclusive community through participation in a common reading experience as a whole school.  Through discussion and advisory activities, staff and students will share a common experience of reading and learning together. This summer students and staff will read  Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton. In the fall students will participate in advisory discussion and activities related to the book. More information in the Library website.

Ms. Summa, Bigelow Librarian, also encourages reading whatever kids want. “Grab your beach blanket and snuggle down with a good book, magazine, or audiobook. Anything you read or listen to during the summer keeps your brain in shape for the season.” Here are some suggested titles.

3 More Chaperones Needed for the 8th Grade Dance

Calling all 7th and 6th grade parents and friends! We still need 3 chaperones for the 8th Grade Dance, on June 21st. It is a tradition at Bigelow for 7th grade parents and guardians (6th grade parents are welcome as well) to chaperone the 8th grade year-end dance. This year the dance will be on Thursday, June 21st, from 7-10 in the Bigelow Cafeteria. We have two shifts available (7-8:30 pm and 8:30-10 pm) and need four people per shift. If you are interested in volunteering please email the PTO at Thank you!

Board elected and Budget approved

Thank you to all who attended Monday’s PTO meeting. We are pleased to announce the PTO Board members for the 2018-2019 school year.

Co-Presidents – Jessica Gilmartin and Jennifer Weber
Co-Vice President Fundraising – Una Simmons
Treasurer – Michelle Welford
Co-Secretaries – Joana Canedo and Kara Peterson
Nominating Committee – Tracy Carroll

Terms become effective September 1, 2018.

We also approved the budget and discussed some of the activities for the upcoming school year, including the Back to School Picnic and the 8th Grade activities.

Medication Pick-up and other Reminders from the School Nurse

Parents of students who have medication stored in the health room should pick it up by the last day of school, June 22. All medication (pills, epi-pens, inhalers, etc.) not picked up will be discarded. Please plan ahead to pick medication up so it is not wasted! Medication may not be carried home by the student — it must be picked up by an adult. School nurses will not be available after June 22 to return medication to families. 

Please click here for details on the following reminders:

  • Medication Order: All medication orders expire at the end of the school year.
  • West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease Prevention: Take steps to avoid getting sick!
  • Shoo the flu! Seasonal influenza vaccine will be offered this fall during the school day to students and employees.

Have a happy and healthy summer! Sue Schy, Bigelow Nurse

Access to Bigelow directory ends June 29, 2018

For housekeeping purposes, access to this year’s electronic Bigelow Family Directory and app will end temporarily on June 29, 2018.  Current families will have the opportunity to access the directory mid July. Incoming families will have access to it in September.
8th Grade Families, please take the opportunity to update your information on the Bigelow Directory today, so it is transferred correctly to the Newton North PTSO directory. This way you will not miss any important information from the Newton North PTSO.  Just login to: Please, do NOT change your children’s grade yet; it will be done automatically.

Hosting a SEGA School Student

Bigelow’s sister school, the SEGA School for Girls, is looking for a family to host one of their students who will be visiting Newton. This is a unique cultural opportunity for a Bigelow family to provide a place to stay for one of the Tanzanian girls as they visit the US for a four to five week period in November. If you are interested in more details, please contact John King (Bigelow teacher) at  Thank you!