Category Archives: From the PTO

Let’s get our kids outside!!! Parents volunteers wanted

Laps at Lunch is back! This is a great program designed to give 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. Would you like to help? If interested please contact Mary Fitzgerald (physical education teacher) at: Mary_Fitzgerald@newton.k12.ma.us. More about the program here.

Calling all 8th grade parents!

Come have a fabulously fun evening building community with other Newton parents as you learn about the international travel learning opportunities available to students at Newton North and Newton South, all while supporting scholarships for students who can’t afford to participate.

On Saturday, May 5th, GELF will hold its 10th Anniversary Benefit Dinner from 6:30-11:30pm at Newton North High School. The evening is a not-to-be-missed community event, featuring:

  • A gourmet five-course tasting menu cooked from scratch on-site.
  • Table service by Newton Public Schools principals, Superintendent, & the Mayor
  • Paired fine beers and wines
  • 175 like-minded friends and community members
  • Live music and dancing
  • Support for a scholarship fund that creates transformational educational travel opportunities for Newton North and Newton South high school students

You’ll also have a chance to mingle with some of the teachers who have created these learning experiences for our children.

Grab some friends and come celebrate the new worlds that high school reveals!

Buy dinner tickets or make a donation here.

See what theNewton TAB has said about the GELF dinner and the life-changing benefits of studying abroad here.

Bigelow Middle School 2017-2018 Yearbook

It is not too late to order a yearbook, the deadline to pre-order has been extended to Monday 4/30. There are usually some extras that can be bought after this deadline by cash or check – but only while supplies last.

All-color pages
Durable hard cover with original design by 8th grade artists
Price: $25
Payments: cash, check or ONLINE

Order online HERE. (Bigelow’s Yearbook ID Code: 1945918). If you would rather pay by cash or check (payable to: Bigelow Middle School), please place payment in a sealed envelope with the student’s name and homeroom written on the front. Your student should give the envelope to his/her homeroom teacher.

If you have any questions, please contact Sherri Rice at Sheryl_Rice@newton.k12.ma.us.

Bigelow students at the ADL Youth Congress

Twenty five Bigelow students from 7th and 8th grades, who participate in the ADL Peer Training Program, attended the 24th Annual New England ADL Youth Congress on Friday April 13, 2018 at the Boston Sheraton Hotel.

The theme of this year’s Congress was ‘Courageous Conversations’. This one-day conference brought together over 1,300 middle school and high school students, teachers and community leaders from over 70 schools across New England, including Bigelow Middle School.  Four Bigelow students were selected to lead a workshop for peer leaders from other schools doing activities similar to the ones they do in Advisory at school, when they visit with students from all grades to present on bullying, cyber-bullying and anti-bias behaviors.

Educator, writer and national leader in social justice Brittany Packnett was the keynote speaker. Mya and Deanna Cook, the sisters who advocated for greater cultural responsiveness at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, also spoke to students about their experience creating change in their school.

The ADL Peer Training Program at Bigelow, part of “A World of Difference,” is funded by the Newton Schools Foundation.

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MCAS this week.

MCAS tests begin this week. The sixth and seventh grade take the English Language Arts (ELA) MCAS test on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and the eighth grade takes their ELA MCAS test this Thursday and Friday.

We want all of the students to approach these assessments in a positive and confident frame of mind. Your help makes a huge difference. Here are a few tips:

  • Words of encouragement to your child are especially helpful before the assessments and on the day of it.
  • Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep prior to each test, a healthy breakfast on the morning of each test, and that he or she arrives to school on time.
  • Bringing a water bottle or purchasing a bottle of water in the school store in the morning is also recommended.

After a short reprieve, testing will resume the week of May 7 with the sixth and seventh grade taking the math MCAS test on May 7-8, and the eighth grade taking it on May 9-10.

The final test, the Science/Technology/Engineering MCAS test, will be given to the eighth grade only on May 17.

Tue, 4/24 Day 5 Grade 6 Paper-based
Grade 7 Computer-based
Session 1 2 hours
Wed, 4/25 Day 6 Grade 6 Paper-based
Grade 7 Computer-based
Session 2 2 hours
Thur, 4/26 Day 1 Grade 8 Computer-based Session 1 2 hours
Fri, 4/27 Day 2 Grade 8 Computer-based Session 2 2 hours

 

Thursday: “Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood”

The Spring Play this year is Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood.

One night only- April 26 at 7

Tickets on sale at the door-$5

1 hour running time

The Merry Men get an update as they fight Prince John with archery, swords, and feminism! This action-packed hour will upend the Robin Hood you thought you knew.

The spring play is a small cast one-act show, that travels to the METG Middle School Drama Festival, a full day of seeing and celebrating middle school theatre with 6 or 7 other middle schools on April 28.

Bigelow Beautification – April 29th

NewtonSERVES 2018 will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2018. Volunteer registration is now open! We hope you’ll sign up with your friends, your families, your colleagues or your neighbors to do a project again this year. Your efforts are greatly valued. Here is the link to the NewtonSERVES volunteer sign up.
NewtonSERVES is one of many Newton Community Pride (NCP) programs.

You can volunteer at Bigelow and many other sites in Newton:

Bigelow Beautification
Join us as we beautify the grounds of Bigelow Middle School. We plan to clean and mulch garden beds, prune shrubs and trees, etc. outdoors. We will also build another short wooden railing, similar to the one we built last year, to protect other plant beds from foot traffic.

Let’s get our kids outside!!! Parents volunteers wanted

Laps at Lunch will come back after the break! This is a great program designed to give 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. Would you like to help? If interested please contact Mary Fitzgerald (physical education teacher) at: Mary_Fitzgerald@newton.k12.ma.us. More about the program here.

Last Day of School: June 22nd

On April 9th, the School Committee voted the last day of school. It will be Friday, June 22nd. It is an early release day (South 10:50 a.m., North 11:00, Middle Schools 11:30 a.m., Elementary 12:00 p.m.) Want a preview of the ’18-’19 calendar? Find it here: https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/2#calendar1/20180412/month

You can subscribe to the School Committee Mailing List at the bottom of the School Committee homepage.

Bigelow Middle School 2017-2018 Yearbook

Yearbook order forms were given out in homerooms last week.

All-color pages
Durable hard cover with original design by 8th grade artists
Price: $25
Deadline: April 13th
Payments: cash, check or ONLINE

Order online today HERE. (Bigelow’s Yearbook ID Code: 1945918). If you would rather pay by cash or check (payable to: Bigelow Middle School), please place payment in a sealed envelope with the student’s name and homeroom written on the front. Your student should give the envelope to his/her homeroom teacher.