Middle School Resources updated page

The City of Newton’s Executive Office, Health and Human Services Department and Newton Public Schools are working on promoting out-of-school time for middle schoolers. While all young people benefit from out of school time activities that help them grow and learn, middle school tends to be an age when student participation decreases.

We have updated the middle school resources webpage that we created this spring and have added resources for parents like: do-it-yourself tips and guidelines for helping children find productive ways to use their out of school time in a home-based setting and some information on seeking financial aid. We welcome any feedback and ideas you have for this page.

Cross Country – Sign Up Meeting for 2017 Season

From Patty Summa – Bigelow X-Country Coach

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Bigelow M.S. Library
2:45  p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

If your child is interested in participating in cross country, make sure that he/she has an updated physical on file with the school nurse.  Updated means within the past 12 months. Please email Coach Summa if  you have questions.

Please visit the Bigelow X-Country website for more information

Maestro Musicians Academy

Based in Brookline, Lexington, and West Newton, the Maestro Musicians Academy serves ages 4-104 and specializes in teaching all instruments in both private and group instruction. They care deeply about the unique parent-teacher-student relationship that establishes the foundation for success in their lessons. The unique Parent tested, Child approved philosophy means that they’re happy to offer a free trial lesson for anyone seriously considering the Academy.

For more information, please contact Daniel at 857-756-5230 or lessons@maestromusicians.com. Find out more about the benefits of music lessons by watching this video: Music Lessons Instill Self Actualization.

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!

We hope things are off to a great start!!

These are some of the events planned for this year:

6th Grade Orientation
First Day of School
All School Picnic
6th Grade Potluck
8th Grade Car Wash
Back to School Night
1st PTO Meeting
Supper Stroll
Election Day Bake Sale
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Bigelow Big Night                          
August 29
September 5
September 14
September 22*
September 28
October 5
October 18
November 4
November 7
February 7
March 24

All of these events and others can be found in the calendar at our website, which can be linked to your personal calendar by following the instructions at the bottom right.

As parents or guardians of students at Bigelow, you are all members of the PTO. The PTO acts as a liaison between parents and the school, helps to build community and foster communication and fundraises for the priorities set by Bigelow.

Please, take a minute to read about the Bigelow PTO’s purposes and what it does to promote the core values of the Bigelow Middle School, by supporting performing arts, technology and lots more for our children and the school. The Bigelow PTO is a volunteer organization and your participation enriches the school environment.

We wish you and your students a very successful year!

* Please note the date change (correct date in 09/22)

Keep up to date with the happenings at Bigelow  

Our primary source of communication with families is through email. Throughout the year we send important information related to PTO events and activities. Our notices and newsletters will provide you with important dates, messages from the Principal, EEE activities/club sign up and other information needed to navigate the school year. You can register as many emails as you would like.

PTO Notes are sent to your email weekly on Sunday evenings with current events and other timely information. The PTO also sends weekly Community Notes every Wednesday as a service to our community. You can always check out our website to find out what is happening at Bigelow and for more information.

Please click here to update your email preferences or sign up to the list.

Does your child like to engineer, draw, act or build?

Does your child like to engineer, draw, act or build? If so, your kids are going to LOVE Destination Imagination. Over 350 Newton students have participated in this life changing program and this year is going to be the biggest yet!!

Registration is now open!

What is DI? (watch an intro video for parents)

This year’s 2017 – 2018 Challenges!!! (Show your kids these videos)
Technical Challenge
Scientific Challenge
Engineering Challenge
Fine Arts Challenge
Improvisational Challenge
Social Action Challenge

Please email any questions to: matthew@newtondi.net

Grab Some BBQ at Whole Foods and Support Our Schools

Enjoy a BBQ lunch at Whole Foods Markets at Four Corners and Newtonville and support Newton Schools Foundation. For just $5 you’ll get a beef or veggie burger, chips, and a drink, and Whole Foods will donate 100 percent of your purchase to NSF and match up to $1000!

August 11th, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Newtonville – 647 Washington Street
Four Corners – 916 Walnut Street


Still time for College Prep this summer!

There’s still plenty of time to work on college prep before the school year starts! Come take an SAT or ACT practice test at the Library. They’ll also be offering a College Essay Writing Workshop in August as well!

SAT & ACT Practice Tests, August 12th and 19th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Druker Auditorium:

How will you score? Find out by taking full-length SAT and ACT practice tests under realistic testing conditions proctored by the Princeton Review. Try your hand at the types of questions you’ll see on the real tests and get a personalized score report highlighting your strengths and areas of improvement. We’ll be offering this two Saturdays in a row, so you can have the chance to take both tests if you would like, or take one test twice! Register online for August 12th  and for August 19th.

How to Write Great College Essays, August 15th, 7:00 pm, Druker Auditorium:

A lot of great kids write average college essays—essays about “life lessons learned from football” or “how my trip to Europe broadened my cultural horizons.” Better tales are there for the writing. This workshop will show you what admissions officers really look for in great college essays, and offer suggestions for finding and sharing your best stories. We’ll even share the five most over-used topics you must avoid and give you tips on how to start (and even finish) your essays this summer. Join Abby van Geldern, of Collegewise Newton and former college admissions counselor at RPI, for this great workshop. For teens and adults. Register online.

Historic Newton events of interest to children and families

August 16th, 10:30 am
The Jackson Homestead has been occupied for over 200 years, and has seen many changes come to Newton. The Little House by Caldecott Award winner and Newton resident Virginia Lee Burton tells the story of a house similar to the Homestead. Explore the theme of home, and imagine life from a house’s perspective in this fun program. For children ages 18 months to 6 years and their caregivers. Includes free entrance to the museum after the program.

August 28th, 10:30 am
Today we will read the Caldecott Award winning book Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine based on a true story of one man’s unique, creative escape from enslavement. Preschoolers and their caregivers will be given an opportunity crawl inside Henry’s Box and see other artifacts about freedom seekers around Boston. Includes free entrance to the museum after the program.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free

September 2nd and 3rd, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to the museums.
Locations: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free

October 1st, 12:00 Noon – 4:00 pm
Come enjoy 19th century crafts at the Jackson Homestead! Learn through hands-on activities how Newton families lived in the 1800s. Try your hand at butter making, cider pressing, and candle dipping. Jump into a burlap sack for a race or play the hoop-tossing game of graces. Join us for a day of old-fashioned fun for the whole family.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free

Spanish Tutor available for summer catch-up or advancement!

• Fluent in Spanish
• Massachusetts licensed/certified
• 6 years teaching experience
• BA Latin American Studies: Brown University
• MA Teaching: Boston College
• CAES School Leadership/Administration: Boston College
• Newton Highlands resident
• Available Services:

o Spanish language and literature (all levels)
o Organizational skills
o Study skills

Contact Libby Sands at libby@libbysands.com or 617-256-4780