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Parent/Teacher Conference registration opens Tuesday

Parents and Guardians may sign-up on-line for Parent-Teacher conferences beginning Tuesday, November 13, at 8:00 am, and continuing until Monday, January 28, 11:00 pm. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis on the Virtual Paragon reservation system.

Parent-teacher conferences begin on November 27, 2018 and continue until January 29, 2019.

To schedule a conference with your child’s teachers or cluster, login to the Virtual Paragon website. You will then have to enter Bigelow’s master password before you enter the system. If you have questions or encounter any problems, please send an email to or call the School Office.

Parent-teacher conferences are organized by the school.  The PTO sponsors this convenient, on-line registration system, thank you to your continued support.

Share your talents with the PTO to make our Big Night a success!

We need YOU to make Bigelow Big Night – the biggest FUNdRaising event of the year – a roaring success! The Big Night is going to take place on March 30th 2019 at the Cambridge Boat Club. Much of the event is already in place, so please offer a hand to lead the way or help out with the final planning.

All new and returning Bigelow families who want to get involved are welcome! If you would be interested in chairing or co-chairing or helping with the Bigelow Big Night please contact the PTO at  or Una Simmons Thank you!!!

Save the date: New Ginza Dinner

Pre-Thanksgiving dinner. Before you head out of town or start cooking for the holiday, order dinner from New Ginza or eat at the restaurant to support Bigelow PTO. When you purchase your meal, say you are from Bigelow and follow the restaurant’s instructions to have 20% of your meal’s price donated back to the Bigelow PTO.

New Ginza Dinner
Tuesday, November 20
65 Galen St, Watertown, MA 02472

Bigelow PTO will get 20%
More info to come!

Nursing Notes – Nov 2018: Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Both type of diabetes affect millions in the US and around the world.

Familiarize yourself with the warning signs / symptoms of diabetes. Sometimes the symptoms are very obvious, and other times they are not.  Early detection and knowledge of the warning signs is your greatest weapon against the disease and its complications!

Download: Warning Signs of Diabetes

For more information, log onto,  or

Stay Healthy,

Sue Schy, Bigelow School Nurse

Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

Does your child have an IEP or 504 plan?  Then check out the Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) at  SEPAC is a volunteer organization of parents of children with special needs from preschool through high school. The council runs 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.  SEPAC works 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 in Newton, the council publicizes presentations and conferences held by other SEPACs and organizations in the area.  Newton SEPAC also holds monthly board meetings – that are open to all parents – whose dates are listed on our website.  In the meantime, you can join our online community at

Election Day Bake Sale: Tuesday, Nov 6

The 8th Grade will be hosting an Election Day Bake Sale next Tuesday, November 6th, from 7:00am-8:00pm. This is generally a great success and we have potential to make a lot of money to help fund all sorts of 8th grade events! However, in order for it to be successful, we NEED YOUR HELP! We need parent volunteers to sell the goodies and we need all families to BAKE, BAKE, BAKE! (All Baked Goods should be Nut-Free and Individually Wrapped for efficient sales!)

Please sign up to volunteer and/or bake!

Please bring your items to the Bigelow Gymnasium entrance on the 6th or drop off in the office during school hours on the 5th. If you have any questions, please contact Miriam Alandydy at or 781-424-7340.

Your help is very much appreciated by all the 8th Graders!

Bigelow 8th Grade Parents

Thank you for participating at TEN Tables

Thank you for all that came out for an enjoyable TEN Tables evening! We raised $6000! Guests and hosts had lots of fun, on a lovely night, with great food.

Special thanks to Deb and Dave O’Rourke who started the night off with a dazzling array of appetizers and cheer.

Gracious dinner hosts who opened their homes and cooked dinner.
Dan & Shana Smythe
Enrique and Monica Shadah-Alcalde
Dinora and Ian Justice
Joana Canedo and Jason Dyett
Jonathan Laurence
Kara Peterson & Rich DiBona
Nicole Von Rekowsky
Ning Pan and Xujiang Wang
Patrick and Nini Donovan
Rob and Diane Swint

And another big thank you to Sandra and Kevin Kelley who welcomed everyone back to their home end of the night with fabulous assortment of desserts.

Thank you also goes to Russell Beckler, Andrea Hemment, Tortissima Cakes, Barbara Campbell, Francis Kervin & Hannah O’Rourke for helping making the event a big success.

Una Simmons, Bigelow PTO

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Volunteer at “Laps at Lunch” so our students can get some fresh air

Laps at Lunch is a Bigelow program 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.