Category Archives: From the PTO

Postural Screening Program

The Bigelow Postural Screening will be January 22nd for students whose parents choose to have the screening. If you would like the school nurse to look at your child, please contact Nurse Schy: sue_schy@newton.k12.ma.us.

Massachusetts General Laws (M.G.L. c.71, s.57) require that all public school students in grades five through nine be screened annually for the early detection of spinal problems. This is not a diagnostic service but a screening program to identify children who should have further medical evaluation.

The screening consists of observations of the student’s back when standing and bending forward and will be done by a school nurse or Physical Education, Health and Wellness teacher. If your child has any unusual findings, you will be notified and asked to have your child seen by a health care provider. For more information, contact Nurse Schy: sue_schy@newton.k12.ma.us.

Save the date for Bigelow Big Night!

Big Night 2019: Saturday, March 30th at the Cambridge Boat Club.

This fundraising event is for adults in the Bigelow community to come together for a night of food, fun & cheer. There will be music, a silent auction & more – all at the beautiful Cambridge Boat Club overlooking the Charles River.
Please contact Karen Markson @ kmarkson@gmail.com, if you would like to be involved in the organization of this fun event. The next planning meeting will be on Tuesday, January 15th, from 7:30-8:30, at the Markson’s residence: 150 Hunnewell Ave, Newton, MA 02458. Come be a part of it!

More about the Bigelow Big Night.

Celtics Night fun

What a great way to start out the New Year! it was a big win all around for the Boston Celtics, Bigelow kids & their families on January 2nd. Perfect timing for Bigelow families to do an outing around the holidays. 

Thanks to all who worked to make this happen, in particular Una Simmons and Yael Waldman.

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Tuesday: “Teens Making Smart Choices expo”

Teens and adults are invited to the FREE Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices expo for participative, informative exhibits; live music; free refreshments; and fun. 

Tuesday, January 8, 5:00-7:30 p.m
Newton North High School (457 Walnut Street)

  • Mini-session “E-cigarettes, Vaping, and Juuling: Know the Risks” presented by biology teacher Jodie Cohen and student speakers (6:15-6:45 p.m.)
  • Mini sports massages provided by Wellbridge Physical Therapy
  • Table Tennis Challenge
  • Henna tattoos
  • Performances by Melocotones, Northern Lights, and Forte (student a capella groups)
  • Prize drawing (prizes include a school-spirit basket, movie basket, two tickets to the junior semi-formal, and wireless Beats headphones)
  • Free pizza and light refreshments

See expo FAQs here.

Sponsored by the Newton North PTSO.

From the Nurse’s office – December Newsletter

The school nurses are seeing the usual uptick in winter illness – colds, stomach bugs and fevers. It remains important for families to keep sick kids at home, in accordance with school policy. Students cannot return to school until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours, without medication like Tylenol, Advil or Motrin. These guidelines are also good common sense for adults in the workplace. 

The Newton school nurses monitor illness in the schools and are available for any questions or concerns. It’s important to notify the school nurse of any diagnosed condition such as influenza or strep throat. It may seem elementary, but in conjunction with a flu vaccine, thorough handwashing is the best way to prevent all kinds of illness including the flu. 

More information here.

Happy Holidays

And save the date for events coming up after the December break:

Celtics Game Night – Wed, 01/2/19 – 8:00 pm details
Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices Expo – Tue, 01/08/19 – 5:00-7:30 pm details
Big Night Planning Meeting – Tue, 01/15/19 – 7:00 pm details
Martin Luther King Day – No School – Mon, 01/21/19
PTO Meeting with Superintendent & School Committee – Tue, 01/22/19 – 7:00 pm details
Chorus Winter Concert – Wed, 01/23/19 – 7:00 pm details
Band Winter Concert – Thu, 01/24/19 – – 7:00 pm details

Grade 8 Ballroom Dance

On Friday, December 21, from 1:55pm to 2:45pm, the 8th grade will hold their annual “Dancing With The Stars” performance in the gym. The 8th graders have been working hard to learn their Foxtrot and Tango steps in Physical Education classes, and will be putting on a display of their footwork just before the vacation begins.  It’s a sight not to be missed–hope you can make it!

Parents (as well as students and staff) are invited to sit in the bleachers and spectate. To see your child in formal wear dancing the foxtrot is an event not to be missed!

New Winter Clubs at Bigelow

1. Ski and Snowboard

Who: All 6th, 7th, & 8th Graders are invited to participate
When: 1/16, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6 (Wednesday Evenings)
Where: Wachusett Mountain
Why: Fun Winter Sports experience with Bigelow friends
Website: https://sites.google.com/newton.k12.ma.us/fitzy-pe/ski-club-2019
For more information please contact Ms. Duda: DudaE@newton.k12.ma.us

2. Debate

In the Debate team students will be given a team on which to debate their side of an argument chosen by the group. For more information please contact Ms. Booras: boorasj@newton.k12.ma.us 

3. Yearbook 

Yearbook club is open to 6th, 7th & 8th graders – no experience necessary!
We are looking for hardworking students interested in photography and/or design to help create this year’s yearbook. For more information please contact Ms. Rice: sheryl_rice@newton.k12.ma.us

Geography Bee

The Geo Bee is coming soon!  The Geography Bee Qualifying Quiz will be given in homebase on Monday, Dec. 17.  New this year are questions about animals and natural events. Do your best on this quiz–if you qualify for the school championship, participation is optional.

Attention Celtics Night Attendees

**Very Important Information**

Please check to make sure you received your email regarding your ticket order. All tickets were e-mailed from the Celtics on December 3rd. If your child was one of the 25 chosen for the halftime tunnel experience, you will have received an additional e-mail on December 3rd from Erin Lewis from the Celtics. Follow the instructions provided, you need to do this a few days before the event. Please open, read and follow all of the instructions before the event. Thank you!