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Save the date for our first PTO Meeting

Wednesday, October 18th, 7pm, is the First PTO Meeting of the year.  Please join us in the Bigelow Library and find out what is planned for the PTO this year.It is a great way to get involved with your student’s school and meet new members of our Bigelow community.

We hope to see you there!!

Supper Stroll – Dinner and Dessert hosts still needed!

The Supper Stroll is one of the most enjoyable fundraising events for the Bigelow community. The success of this event depends on your willingness to open your home to a small group of parents/guardians, teachers and staff on Saturday, November 4th and enjoy a lovely meal while supporting all the great programs and activities at Bigelow.

This year several families volunteered to host dinners and appetizers – THANK YOU!. But we still need 4  more dinner hosts and a family willing to open their house for dessert. Please consider hosting or cohosting with another family.

If you are new to the Bigelow community, or feel like you don’t know very many people, take a chance – it will be fun! If you have any questions, concerns, misgivings, just feel like you don’t quite understand what this is about and how it will work, please email us. More information  here.


6th Grade Fall Social: Friday, 10/13

All sixth graders are invited to attend a Grade 6 Social on Friday afternoon, October 13, 3-5 pm. This a students only event promoted by the school.

There will be games, ping pong, music, and basketball. Students will be able to purchase pizza, drinks and snacks at the school store.

Tickets are $6 and sold during lunch in the cafeteria beginning October 10. This is an opportunity for 6th graders to have fun with new and old friends.

Performing Arts Calendar

Mark your calendars for the Bigelow performing arts presentations.

Fall Play – “Peter and the Starcatcher” – November 16, 17, 18, 2017@ 7 pm
Jazz Band Concert – November 28, 2017 @ 7 pm
Chorus Concert – January 18, 2018 @ 7 pm
Orchestra Concert  – January 30, 2018 @ 7 pm
Concert and Symphonic Bands – February 5, 2018 @ 7 pm
All School Musical – March 15, 16, 17, 2018@ 7 pm, March 17@ 12 pm
Spring Play – April 26, 2018@ 7 pm
Concert and Symphonic Bands – May 23, 2018 @ 7 pm
Orchestra Concert –  June 5, 2018 @ 7 pm
Chorus Concert – June 5, 2018 @ 8 pm
Bigelow Beats Concert – June 12, 2018 @ 7 pm
Jazz Band Concert – June 13, 2018 @ 7 pm

More at Ms Alberts’ Website and Mr Livingston’s Website.

Do you know about the Centre Street Food Pantry?

The Centre Street Food Pantry can be relied on as a source of food when families are in need.  The Food Pantry stocks canned goods, juices, toiletries and have fresh items, produce, and bread. 
Families can shop for the groceries they need for their household, according to how many people they have at home, within generous limits.
Residents of Newton and surrounding communities (Brighton, Watertown, Waltham, West Roxbury, Wellesley, Needham)  are welcome to shop once per month.
Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm
and the
first Saturday of the month from 11am-1pm
11 Homer Street, Newton Centre, MA

Green Newton School Connections October 11

Green Newton has created a forum for Newton parents and teachers interested in promoting sustainability in the classroom and beyond.  The group offers a setting for sharing experiences and ideas as well as support in facing challenges in implementing green initiatives at their schools.

You are welcome to attend a meeting on October 11 at 4 pm at the Underwood Elementary School at 101 Vernon St. in Newton Corner where parents and staff will connect on issues of recycling, composting and school garden projects and more. Please contact Marcia at if you are interested.

Would you like to help our kids walk and bike to school safely?

Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) invites you to join school administrators, elected officials, local planners, parents, and police officers across the Commonwealth for this free Safe Routes to School Forum.

When: Thursday, November 2, 2017 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Where: Arlington Town Hall, Charles Lyons Hearing Room
730 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA 02476

The forum this fall focuses on Encouragement and addresses common community questions, including:

  • How to host a SRTS event at your school
  • How to encourage communities and schools to incorporate SRTS into policy
  • How to start a Walking School Bus Route
  • And many more encouragement activities!

The goal of SRTS forums is to provide participants with information and tools for starting, maintaining, and improving SRTS programs. Each forum focuses on one of the E’s–Encouragement, Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Evaluation, and Equity– and encourages all SRTS members to attend.

If you are interested, let us know! Send a message to:

Raising a Resilient Teen: Can your teen bounce back?

Presented by the Newton North PTSO:

“Raising a Resilient Teen: Can your teen bounce back?”

  • What is resilience and how does it help teens manage adversity, develop adaptive coping strategies, and reach their full potential?
  • What practical strategies can parents/guardians use to cultivate resilience in their teenagers (and themselves!)?
  • How does resilience apply to the most ambitious and the most vulnerable teenagers?
  • How can a focus on resilience guide our handling of social media, drugs and alcohol, college applications, and other challenges?
  • What is the role of school and community resources in supporting teens and helping them feel empowered?

When: Wednesday, October 1, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: Newton North High School Auditorium

Who: Susan Swick, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief of child and adolescent psychiatry
Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Newton Public School parent

Big Thank You to the 8th grade volunteers and the Bigelow Community

A big thank you to our 8th grade students and families that helped out on Friday.

The bake sale and car wash raised $800 to support our year-end activities!

Also a huge thanks to the Bigelow community for supporting our efforts – with a special shout out to Mr. Harrison and Mr. Mogensen, who were spotted washing cars, and Mrs. Pierce who organized our 8th graders to help out.

Additional information will be out shortly detailing other opportunities to support our 8th graders and their activities in their final year at Bigelow.

Very best regards,

Gail Fitzgerald
8th grade committee chair

Let’s get our kids outside – help with “Laps at Lunch”

Laps at Lunch is a program designed to give Bigelow students a daily opportunity to get outside for movement and fresh air. It allows students to walk laps around the inside perimeter of Burr Park once they’re done with their lunches in the cafeteria.

The school would like to get this program up and running next week and have some teachers and staff on board to help make that happen. But they still need people on board to make this fly!

This is a great way to become involved, meet other parents, see the students in action, and help our students get more active time during their school day.

If interested or for more information please contact Mary Fitzgerald (physical education teacher) at:

Click here for more information.

The kids are really looking forward to getting outside!