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Your are invited to a Family Picnic this Wednesday

Wednesday, September 11th 5:30-7:pm
Let’s Meet & Eat at the Bigelow Gym

Come join the Bigelow students, parents and community to socialize and eat delicious food! Bring a picnic or purchase dinner from the Chik Chak Food Truck that will be back this year offering their wonderful selection of Mediterranean food. We will have tables set up to enjoy your dinner and the gym will be available for kids to play and have fun. The 8th graders will be hosting a bake sale to support their 8th Grade graduation activities so we have dessert covered for you! 

There will be a Bigelow Night Celtics ticket raffle, a banner to sign and PTO activities information. 

Please join us for the first social activity of the year! 

Get involved at Bigelow in 2019-2020

Middle School can be a great experience for parents as well. Get to know the Bigelow community better by getting involved in some of the PTO activities.

Volunteering enriches the school community: every bit of effort helps and any amount of time you can contribute to support our children, the school and our community is invaluable! Check out many opportunities HEREWe have immediate need for:

  • 8th Grade Activities Committee Chair – Consider co-chairing with another parent. Tasks can be shared among volunteers.
  • TEN Tables Co-Chair – Looking for a 6th grade parent. Una Simmons will co-chair and show how easy it is to organize this great event!
  • Big Night Chairperson – Consider co-chairing with another parent 

These are tried and true Bigelow events that need parental leadership. The PTO has structured ways of running these events and will help you, but we need leaders to be in charge, please consider chairing.

Other important roles needed are:

  • Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Liaison – any parent whose child has an IEP or 504 plan or is otherwise receiving special education services is eligible
  • Safe Routes to School Representative – join monthly meetings with Newton Police, DPW, the Mayor’s Office, and School Committee to address obstacles to students walking/biking/taking the bus to school

At Bigelow, students have the opportunity to go outside at lunch time – and they need your help!

Laps at Lunch is going to be back this week! This is a great program designed by Bigelow to give students a daily opportunity to get outside for movement and fresh air. Bigelow is the only middle school in Newton to offer this opportunity, thanks to the commitment of educators who believe that it’s good for our students well being and their academic success, and also to the invaluable help of volunteers!!! (On a side note, Brown and Oak Hill have reached out to us to help them implement similar programs).

Parents and caregivers are needed to make this program available to our students!

Laps at Lunch allows students to walk laps around the inside perimeter of Burr Park once they’re done with their lunches in the cafeteria. Would you like to help? If interested please contact Mary Fitzgerald (physical education teacher) at: Mary_Fitzgerald@newton.k12.ma.usMore about the program here.

News from the Bigelow Athletic Department

Cross-Country

The first practice for those who meet the requirements will begin on Wednesday 9/11/19. All other runners can begin as soon as they tum in everything. The final deadline for participating is Friday 9/13/19. Practices take place from 3:00pm-4:00/4:15pm every day except for Tuesday.

Flag Football – New sport!

Informational Meeting on Monday, September 9, 2:50pm, room 215. For all students. If there is sufficient interest, we will have a 6th grade club and a separate 7th and 8th grade club.

Before school Basketball

Now open every morning, 7:30am, for all students. 

Before school Fitness

Room is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 7:30am, for all students.

New shelves for cafeteria corridor

In addition to the wonderful work completed by our custodial crew over the summer, some former students and their parents helped construct new shelving outside the cafeteria on the Friday before Labor Day. The project was led by Grayson Hargens (Bigelow class of ’16) as a capstone for his Eagle Scout rank from the Boy Scouts.  Also lending a hand was his brother, Holland, their parents Andrew and Melissa, and classmate James Flaumenhaft.  This shelving, which replaces the backpack hooks previously located along the wall, will enable students to safely store their binders and books during lunch. A big thanks to Grayson and his crew. Check out the creative use of school colors and letter B!

Save the Date: 6th Grade Parents Potluck – 09/21

The 6th Grade Parents Potluck is a wonderful, low-key, no-stress opportunity to meet with other 6th grade parents and build a community for the next 3 years of middle school!

On Saturday, September 21st, at 6:30pm, 6th grade parents Jennifer Tseng & Marc Sabatine + Rachel & Ron Blankstein will be hosting the evening. More information coming soon!

If you have any questions please send an email to bigelowbulldog@gmail.com.

How to set up your new Bigelow PTO Family Directory account

The Bigelow School PTO is excited to announce that we will be using Membership Toolkit to host our Bigelow PTO Family Directory online starting with this 2019-2020 school year. Most of the information from the old system (MySchoolAnywhere) was transferred to the new platform, but each family must create a new account and verify their information. 

You will need to visit https://bigelowpto.membershiptoolkit.com/ to create your Membership Toolkit Account.

Here’s what you need to do: 

  • Go to https://bigelowpto.membershiptoolkit.com/
  • Click on the “Register/Login” button.
  • Use the same email and password used in the past Bigelow Family Directory system.
  • Select “Create Account” and fill in the name, email, and password information.
  • Click “Verify my email” and then check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.
  • Once you have verified your email address, log back in and finish the registration process. 

STEP 1: Complete the Parent/Family and then Student Information. Most of this information should already be available. Please just confirm it is correct.

STEP 2: Complete the Directory/Publish Preferences.

Note: Once the Primary Account is set up, the Primary User can “invite” other email addresses to access his/her account. This allows the Secondary User to have their own login information, but still have access to the family account.

The Directory is run and funded by the PTO, thanks to your support! Access to the online directory is free and it can be used by all Bigelow families.

Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

Does your child have an IEP or 504 plan?  Is your child receiving special education services? Are you interested in getting support services for your child? Then check out the Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) at newtonpac.org .

We are a volunteer organization of parents of children with special needs from preschool through high school.  We run an online forum where parents can ask each other about special education programs, issues, policies and resources both within and outside of the public-school system.  We work directly with the school administration regarding our childrens’ special education through our school liaisons, meetings with the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and by attending Newton School Committee meetings.  In addition to sponsoring monthly speakers here in Newton, we publicize presentations and conferences held by other SEPACs and organizations in the area.  We also hold monthly board meetings that are open to all parents whose dates are listed on our website – please join us!  In the meantime, you can join our online community at newtonpac.org

We are also in need of a parent representative from Bigelow.  If you are interested in the position or would like more information about the SEPAC in general, please contact Liaison Coordinator Kim Gallaugher at momofiggy@hotmail.com

New Food Service Comment Form

How do your students like the new food vendor at Bigelow? Did you check out the new menu? Your feedback is important as food service continues to improve for our schools. Please use the form at the link below to provide feedback, ask questions or express concerns about the new Food Service provider at Bigelow! Please use one form for each suggestion or concern.

Food Service Community Comment Form

Did you Know? – Bigelow is on Twitter

Students and the whole school community can get up-to-the-minute updates on clubs, sports, and other Bigelow events by following the school @BulldogWoofs on Twitter.  You can read the Twitterfeed on the Bigelow website, or click on the blue button to “Follow Us” on Twitter.

By following @BulldogWoofs, families can get timely notifications sent right to their cellphones, tablets and computers! This is a great way to keep informed of meetings for new clubs, changes in sports practices and contests, upcoming events, and much much more.