Category Archives: From the PTO

Future Women of Science

Bigelow alumni, currently members of the Women of Science team at Newton North High School, will be offering an exciting new camp for girls in grades 5-8 on April break.  The three instructors are deeply involved with the STEM classes and clubs at NNHS, including AP Science and Math classes, and after-school teams and coding clubs. Their experiences as females in traditionally male-dominated classes have shown them the importance of female involvement in these fields, and they are passionate about sharing their experiences with younger girls to get them excited about their futures in STEM.

“Girls, would you like to develop new technologies, find a cure for cancer, or explore outer space? Well it all starts here. In this hands-on class, you’ll explore a variety of science concepts—from chemistry to computer science—all in a supportive setting with fellow future scientists. We’ll throw a few chemicals in a bag to determine the DNA in a strawberry, engineer protective covering for an egg to survive a long fall, observe plant biology, make ice cream with liquid nitrogen, and more. Join us to learn real science concepts and how they apply to our everyday lives.”

Registrations are open at Newton Community Education

Big Night planning under way – join us!

Dear Bigelow parents and friends,
I hope you can join me at my home (150 Hunnewell Ave)  Tuesday, January 15, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., to discuss Big Night planning!
There are so many ways to get involved. It can be anything from spending an hour to pick up donated auction items to being in charge of coordinating the set up volunteers on the night of the event.
The Big Night Committee is grateful for any involvement, no matter what it is, as so many folks are needed to help with this most important fundraiser for Bigelow.
Please feel free to email me at if you have any questions and I hope to see you on Tuesday!
Karen Markson 

Steps at Lunch is Back

The winter version of “Laps at Lunch” is “Steps at Lunch”. Parents and guardians in the Bigelow community are invited to help out, giving our students the opportunity to get outside in front of the school in the cooler months, whenever it’s a nice day.  If interested please contact Mary Fitzgerald (physical education teacher) at: about the program here.

Underwood Owl Courtyard – Brick Campaign

Orders due by January 31, 2019

Be a lasting part of the Underwood Owl Courtyard with a personalized commemorative brick! Located next to the school by the Underwood blacktop (see below), former, current and future Underwood families will be able to see your words of support and appreciation every day when you engrave a brick for our Owl Courtyard. Bricks purchased in the winter of 2018 will be placed during the spring of 2019. Funds raised will continue to fund our Creative Arts and Science Program as well as keeping up with technology changes.

Together, we will craft a beautiful patio to commemorate the diverse Underwood community and create a courtyard to congregate for years to come! 

Click here for more information and to order your bricks

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:

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:

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 @, 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