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Bigelow Teacher Runs the Boston Marathon for NSF

Brooke Brady, our own special education teacher at Bigelow, is training to run the Boston Marathon. She is committed to raising $5000 for the Newton Schools Foundation!  Even though this week was Newton Public Schools’ February break, she took no days off!

This is the link to her fundraiser page:

As a native of Boston, she grew up watching the marathon as a spectator, cheering on the runners. Now, she will be a participant anticipating the crowd’s support, as she makes her way up Heartbreak Hill.

Message from Brooke
“I am proud to have been chosen to run for Newton Schools Foundation. The Foundation supports new curricula and learning opportunities that foster high achievement for all students.
“As a special educator in Newton for the past fifteen years, I have had the opportunity to strengthen my skills and see first hand the positive impact that these programs have on our students. The funds raised go directly to the professional development of the staff, and programs for the students.”

Donate To Brooke’s Run

Big Night is coming up!

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Get Your Tickets Before They Sell Out!

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Come Join the Adult Fun!
Lots of Food – Open Bar – DJ!

*We have sold many tickets so please buy yours before this event sells out!*

We are still accepting donations, please get them in as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you and celebrating on Saturday, March 30th from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. at the Cambridge Boat Club! For more information go to, or

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Can you give us a hand?

The Big Night Committee needs your help!

We are fortunate that we have a number of volunteers who have generously offered their time to help on the night of the event. However, we are still in need of a few folks to help out that night: setting up, selling raffle tickets and breaking down. Please find below the link for the sign up sheet; we hope that we can fill this need which will help make Big Night successful! 

Please sign up here. Thank you very much for your support!

Happy Spring! Our kids can enjoy some fresh air

At Bigelow, students have the opportunity to get outside, enjoy the sun and see the first signs of spring at lunch time thanks to “Steps at Lunch”, a great program designed by school teachers. Parents and guardians in the Bigelow community can help out! Just volunteer for one hour to supervise students as they walk in front of the school. It is a pleasure to see all the smiling faces happy to be outside as they get ready for another round of classes! If interested please contact Mary Fitzgerald (physical education teacher) at: about the program here.

International Food Network Site

From the Bigelow International Food Network Team

In the fall, we requested that families share their international food traditions. Our goal was to make more connections among the Bigelow community as well as recognize cultural and culinary diversity.  We hope you will explore the International Food Network Site that we created, and we’d like to invite more families to contribute.  You can do so by completing the form that is available on our site.

Superintendent’s Forum on Vaping: The Growing Youth Health Epidemic

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Superintendent David Fleishman will host a forum on the vaping epidemic among youth. The evening will include a panel of speakers providing health, wellness, and prevention education on the topic of vaping. Attorney General Maura Healey will provide the keynote for the event. Medical experts and NPS educators will provide information, insight, and education for families and community members.
We do hope you will mark your calendar and join us for this very important event. To RSVP, please follow this link:
Event details are below:
When:            Tuesday, April 2nd
Time:              7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location:        Newton South High School Auditorium (140 Brandeis Rd.)

Food Services at Newton Schools

On March 28, the the working group who is in charge of hiring the new food services management company for Newton schools will be interviewing representatives from Sodexo and Whitsons (the two companies that sent proposals) in order to determine which vendor we will be moving forward with once the current contract with Sodexo expires later this year.

While the interview is not open to the public, Matthew Miller, from the School Committee, feels that the parent/student/community voice needs to be heard. As such, they have assembled a form to collect questions.  

Please send your questions here:

More information at:

Earth Day Celebration

Bigelow will celebrate Earth Day, Monday, April 22nd, with a special advisory activity proposed by a Student-led Earth Day Committee, counseled by 8th Grade Science teacher Ms. Hoffman.

This upcycling-project activity will involve converting recycled materials into flowers or other crafts. The best projects will be on display in the office and library.

The Earth Day committee is asking students to bring in materials for the project, such as: cardboard egg cartons, plastic water bottles, other items that may be useful (e.g. large yogurt container). If parents can donate a few extra tools and materials, they would be very helpful: scissors, clear tape, and colored sharpie markers.

Students can take the materials to their homeroom in the next weeks.

Shrek production and bake sale success!

“This was the most fun I have ever had at school!” quote from a 6th grade cast member.

The Parents of Performing Arts Students – PoPS would like to thank all the staff, teachers, families, and students for making Shrek the Musical such a success! The PoPS would like to give a special thanks to Mrs. P, Ms. A, and Ms. Mo for all their energy and support of our kids. Also, thanks to the support of the Bigelow community, PoPS raised over $1000 to support the program!

Big Night is in two weeks

Dear Bigelow parents and caregivers,
We are two weeks away from Big Night, the Bigelow community’s largest fundraiser of the year. Saturday, March 30, 7:30-10:30 pm, at the Cambridge Boat Club, is the place to be to support our wonderful school!
Please buy your tickets for this special event where you will enjoy an open bar, delicious food, music and dancing! We are also hoping you will consider a sponsorship of head coach, coxswain or crew member when purchasing your tickets!
Click here if you would like to access a discount to Lyft – please consider using Lyft so you don’t have to worry about driving!
Thank you again and see you at Big Night!
Karen Markson, Chairperson 

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