Author Archives: Bigelow PTO

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 bigelowbulldog@gmail.com. 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: https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/login.a5w. 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 kingjo@newton.k12.ma.us.  Thank you!

Please join us today to celebrate the 2017-2018 School Year

All are invited to our last meeting of the year, when we are going to celebrate the 2017-2018 school year with light refreshments and good talks! We would love to see you there!

This is a great time for rising 8th grade parents to learn about all of the 8th grade activities next year and how they can get involved. Rising 6th grade parents will have the opportunity to get to know their new PTO and what we do for the school and the students.

We will present the 2018/19 budget and show how the PTO uses all the money raised by our community. The incoming leadership will be brought forward for a vote of Bigelow parents, guardians, teachers and staff. More information here.

PTO Get Together
Monday, June 11th 2018, from 7pm to 8pm
Bigelow Library

Hope to see you all there!

Back-to-School Supplies at Bigelow – getting green

The end of the year is around the corner and we are all thinking about summer, yeah! However, before we all go, the PTO would like to invite you to start thinking about school supplies – in a more sustainable way.

This year the PTO will NOT organize the back-to-school supply kit program. Instead, we invite you to try to reduce your school shopping list by reusing items that are still in good conditions. This can save money, will reduce waste and it can be a great opportunity to embrace our sustainable values, with our children. There’s a reason reduce & reuse come before recycle– not just because it sounds good, but it’s the order in which we should approach sustainability.

This is our suggestion. Working with your students when school is over:

  • Empty backpacks, pencil cases, binders, folders.
  • Clean everything (a swipe of rubbing alcohol can remove marker and make things look like new).
  • Organize pens, pencils, markers, scissors, calculators, etc.
  • Take out the used pages of notebooks and evaluate if the notebook can be reused in school or at home.
  • When the school supply list arrives, compare the list with what you have organized and cleaned. You might find out that there’s very little to buy!

Here are a few resources:

Mr. Livingston’s BIG Bigelow Final Concert

Dear Bigelow Families,
After 40 years in NPS, Mr Livingston is retiring. We want to make this as special as possible for him. Two options:

1) Share a memory of Mr Livingston for his memory book. Was it Ghost Chickens in the Sky? How to extricate a pick from inside a guitar? Watching him demo the double bass? What memory of Mr L makes YOU smile? Submit a memory of Mr L to the email livingstonparty@gmail.com! Please do so by next Wednesday, June 13.

2) Wednesday, June 13 at 7: Mr Livingston’s Big Finale Concert! At Bigelow in the gym, reception to follow. RSVP HERE.

PLEASE share this event with Newton friends – Mr L has taught in 7 schools for 40 years, so you never know who had him! Your quick note or presence at his concert will be the gift of a lifetime to the man whose presence in school was a gift to so many people.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFdjXB_lS7Tj0wbeKRcYgb67QVep8oHvunSoseMn9-wLTISg/viewform

Calling all 7th and 6th grade parents and friends!

Chaperones needed 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 bigelowbulldog@gmail.com. Thank you!

Summer Reminders from the School Nurse

Medication Pick-up: 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. 

Medication Order Reminder: All medication orders expire at the end of the school year. If you are visiting your child’s health care provider during the summer, consider requesting a new medication order for your child. All medication, prescription or over-the-counter, requires an order. The Medication Permission Form and the Medication Policy are both available online at  www.newtonma.gov/schoolhealth

West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease Prevention: Mosquito and tick-borne diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme disease occur in Newton residents. Take steps to avoid getting sick!

  • Mosquito repellant not only works for mosquitoes, but helps repel ticks as well. Use a repellant with DEET, and follow label instructions for concentrations appropriate for children.
  • Avoid being outdoors during peak mosquito hours, particularly once West Nile Virus has been detected in the mosquito population.
  • Remove containers around your home (tires, kid pools, pots, tarps) that could allow mosquitoes to breed.
  • Check your body for ticks after being outdoors and remove them immediately to avoid disease transmission.

Shoo the flu! Seasonal influenza vaccine will be offered this fall during the school day to students and employees. The flu shot (no FluMist again this year at school) will be available to all students in Kindergarten through grade 12, by parental consent only. Consent and screening forms will be posted at www.newtonma.gov/flu by early September, in preparation for the fall clinics. Insurance information will be requested, but all students are welcome to receive the vaccine at no charge.

The flu clinic date for Bigelow Middle School will be Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Forms (available in Sept.) will be due to the school nurse by Monday, October 22, 2018. This schedule is confirmed unless the flu vaccine supply is delayed, in which case the school nurse will notify families of an alternative date once the vaccine arrives.

Have a happy and healthy summer!

Sue Schy, Bigelow Nurse