Category Archives: From the PTO

Nursing Notes – Sep 2018

From Sue Shy, Bigelow Nurse

Get the flu vaccine at school, not the flu!
Seasonal flu vaccination clinics will be held during the school day at the Newton Public Schools beginning in late September. Students in Kindergarten through grade 12 may receive vaccine.

The BIGELOW clinic will be on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Each student to be vaccinated must have a parent/guardian complete two forms:
1. Consent/Screening form
2. Vaccine administration record/Insurance form.

Forms are available in the school nurse’s office (if needed in a different language, please ask your school nurse). They may also be downloaded at You may electronically complete the form, print, sign and return. Forms are due to the school nurse by Monday, October 22, 2018.

Only the flu shot (no nasal spray) will be offered at school this year. The Vaccine Information Statement about the flu shot, and additional information for families including tips on preparing kids for a shot is available at or in the school nurse’s office. There is no cost to receive the vaccine, but insurance information is requested. All students, regardless of insurance status, are invited to receive vaccine with parent permission.

Students are not required to receive flu vaccine, however the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccine for all people age 6 months and up. There are many places to get a flu vaccine including at school, your primary health care provider or community clinics. For additional clinic dates for the whole family, visit

In addition to vaccination, it is important to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette by washing hands often; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the arm; and staying home when sick.

For more flu prevention tips, talk to the school nurse or check out these websites: and

Stay Healthy,


Safe Routes to School Task Force – Bigelow representative

Safe Routes to School is working to increase the number of students walking and biking to school for their health (active transportation) + reduce congestion and improve air quality by reducing the number of vehicles arriving at school.  The Task Force works as a group with NPS and the city on any number of issues such as fixing safety issues, supporting crossing guards, resolving snow clearing problems, conducting bike and pedestrian safety training, etc. Working together SRTS is able to achieve more than individual schools.

SRTS currently have representatives for 18 of the 21 Newton schools.  They are looking for a representative from Bigelow. 

The first SRTS meeting of the year is this Friday September 14th 9:30 am  – 10:30 am at the Waban Library Center 1608 Beacon St. This would be a good time for someone to learn more about the program.

Click here for a quick introduction to SRTS.
Click here if you want to learn more about SRTS in Massachusetts.

Bigelow PTO Membership 2018

All Bigelow Middle School parents & guardians are members of the PTO. Dues are voluntary, but they help fund enrichment materials for classrooms, programs for students, and much moreSuggested PTO dues are $20 and you will be offered a paper copy of our Family Directory.

You can pay your dues by logging in to the Directory (HERE), or mailing in a paper dues form (download HERE) with a check payable to Bigelow PTO. If you have any questions, please contact

Deadline for the Bigelow Family Directory is 9/12

Please confirm your information on the Bigelow Family Directory by 9/12! Families that do not update their data will be displayed as entered or might not be included.

Attention 8th grade parents!!! This is a busy and eventful year for your child. Many 8th grade families are NOT in the Directory, so please add your information now!

To confirm, update or include your information just go to and enter the join code: JOINBIGELOW

You can order a hard copy of the Bigelow Family Directory by 09/12. Login to MySchoolAnywhere and go to “Our Store”. Prepaid Directories will be distributed on Back to School Night (October 4) or a limited supply will be available for $20 cash.

NOTE:  The Bigelow PTO maintains the online Family Directory at MySchoolAnywhere, and we also print copies as a service to the Bigelow community. The online directory is open to all Bigelow families at all times, and every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and integrity of its data – we count on families to help us to keep it that way. Bigelow families are automatically in the directory unless they specifically opt out when confirming their data. Parents that do not update their data will be displayed as entered. More information HERE.

6th Grade Parents Potluck – 09/22

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!

Mark the date in your calendar: Saturday, September 22nd, 6:30pm. 

This year’s Potluck will be hosted by 6th grade parents Jen and Chris Murphy + Holly and Ben Raynes. Thank you!

Please bring your own beverage(s) and if your child’s last name begins with:

A – E    Please bring a dessert
F – L     Please bring a main dish
M – R   Please bring a side dish or salad
S – Z    Please bring an appetizer

Please note: This is an adult only evening.

If you have any questions please send an email to

First Day of School reminders

Message from the Principal

We look forward to the arrival of your child at Bigelow next Tuesday, September 4, 8am. Please note that next Tuesday, September 4, is a state primary election day, and Bigelow is used as a polling site. We anticipate extra congestion in the streets around the school next Tuesday morning. If you are a 6th grade parent who is planning to bring your child to his/her homebase on this special day, please give yourself plenty of time to get to school and find parking. The hallways are open at 8am; homeroom begins at 8:15am. Student release is at 2pm.

Todd Harrison, Principal

Thursday: Social Media in Middle School

Bigelow is hosting a special event for parents on middle school students’ use of cell phones and social media on Thursday, September 6, at 7:00pm. Researchers from Wellesley College will be at the Bigelow Auditorium to present preliminary results of a study that they did with Bigelow and other schools last year on this important topic. Here is a flyer with more information. Please rsvp to if you are interested in attending.

More information here.

Join GN’s School Connections on September 5 and Help Us Green Our Schools

Posted on August 24, 2018 by Green Newton

Green Newton’s School Connections is a forum for Newton parents and teachers who are interested in promoting sustainability in our schools and sharing ideas. Join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, September 5 at 4pm (location TBD) to connect on issues of recycling, composting and school garden projects and brainstorm best practices to implement green initiatives in your school. Check for meeting location. If interested, contact Marcia at (kids are welcome).