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Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Gather your team and join us on our first ever Halloween Scavenger Hunt taking place on Saturday afternoon, October 31st, from 1- 5 pm!  

We will have teams of 1 to 2 families each that will hunt for items on our special list to bring to the school parking lot. The winning team(s) will collect the most items and will be awarded prizes. 

To enter the Scavenger Hunt, please sign up here.
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We are also having a Pumpkin Decorating Contest for families on October 31!

Regardless of whether you participate in the scavenger hunt, you can join the contest. If you would like to enter, please bring a decorated pumpkin – carved, painted or otherwise made special – to the school parking lot on October 31st, from 1- 5 pm.

We will display all the pumpkins on the steps of Bigelow for all to enjoy. During the week, our community will vote online for their 3 favorite pumpkins, with prizes being awarded to the winners!

Please help the PTO with Tax Filing!

Dear Bigelow Community,

We are looking for a volunteer to help the PTO with our annual tax filings. It is critical we find someone that can help us do this. If not, the PTO will have to incur a significant cost to hire a firm. The PTO’s return is fairly simple and straightforward, and should not require much time to complete. If you are able to help us file our return we would be most grateful!

Bigelow PTO Board

Monday, 10/26: Split-Hybrid Plan Presentation and Q & A

Mr. Harrison will present information on the split-hybrid plan on Monday, October 26, 7pm-8:30pm.  The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period. The zoom webinar will be recorded and posted at a later date for those who can not attend live.

NPS is aiming to pivot from our current model to the split-hybrid model on November 16.

This meeting is for parents.  Bigelow will give presentations to the students as we get closer to the start date.

Zoom linkhttps://newton-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/87962992629
Passcode: please contact the school office at 617-559-6800 or bigelow.support@newton.k12.ma.us

Bigelow Drama: students of all grades are invited to join

If your student loves drama, there’s a lot going on at Bigelow this fall! Acting workshops, tech workshops, playwriting workshops- we have something for all students 4 days a week from 4-5 on zoom. Details here.

If that’s not enough, on Sat., Nov. 7, Bigelow drama students can join kids from around the state for the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild’s annual middle school workshop day, featuring guest clinician (and Bigelow Drama alum) Skylar Fox! Sign up here.

New Kid author Jerry Craft will talk to Bigelow students

All Bigelow students are invited to participate in a virtual presentation with Jerry Craft, Newbury Award-winning author of New Kid, Wednesday, November 4 at 10am.
More details and a Zoom link will be provided closer to the presentation.

The Bigelow PTO funded this program through One School, One Book and Creative Arts and Sciences programs, thanks to our community’s generous contributions!

Please note more related events for students, parents and guardians:

MathCounts and More Competition

Do you enjoy solving math puzzles and testing your math skills? Do you like math competitions? Try out for the 2021 Bigelow Mathcounts+ Team.

This coming weekend we will send out a “Mathcounts Challenge Test” to interested students, where you will test yourself against a challenging series of math problems. Top performers from the Challenge will be invited to join the team.

If you are invited and decide to join, your commitment involves a weekly practice (held virtually on Friday afternoons) in preparation for the regional competitions held online in February as well as other related competitions. To learn more, see www.mathcounts.org/programs/competition-series.

You must register in advance for the Mathcounts Challenge, by filling out this form.

The Bigelow team has had good success in recent years, and we have had fun.

Bigelow Social Emotional Academic Survey

From the Principal’s Office:

These are challenging times for you and your children. Over the past few months, students have experienced significant disruptions in their lives with many implications for their social, emotional and academic health and development.

As we all return to school this fall, we are working hard to make sure the programs and supports we have in place meet the needs of our students and families. In our effort to foster a stronger partnership and more effective communication between school and home, we would like your help answering the questions on the linked survey. The information you provide will help us identify and develop the resources needed to support each student’s social, emotional and academic needs. The information we gather will be accessible to counselors and school based support staff who are responsible for supporting the social-emotional wellness of our students.

Social-Emotional-Academic Survey

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s guidance counselor or me if you have any questions about the survey. Thanks.

Todd Harrison, Bigelow Principal

5 More Days to Order Your Bigelow Gear!

Take a look at the Bigelow PTO online store for face masks, t-shirts, hoodies and sweatpants.

Online orders will remain open until Friday, October 30th.
Items will be distributed at the Bigelow parking lot in November. Dates and times to be announced.

Thank you to the Bigelow Student Council for the support and logo design!

SHOP BULLDOG

All funds raised by this sale will go towards supporting Bigelow students and school, including performing arts, technology, literature and cultural events. Check out here: What the PTO Supports

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Bigelow’s Virtual Back To School Nights this Week

A reminder that Bigelow’s Virtual Back To School Nights will be held this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, October 20-22. All presentations by teachers will take place online in zoom meetings. Here is a brief overview of the schedule:

Tuesday, Oct 20

  • 7-8pm. Grade 6: Team teachers, special educators, and ELL teacher
  • 8-9pm. All Grades: World Language, Literacy Lab, ELL (in-person cohort C), and Library

Wednesday, Oct 21

  • 7-8pm. Grade 7: Team teachers, special educators, and ELL teacher
  • 8-9:10pm. All Grades: FAA Teachers, and Band/Chorus/Orchestra directors

Thursday, Oct 22

  • 6:30-7pm. METCO: parents meet and greet
  • 7-8pm. Grade 8: Team teachers, special educators, and ELL teacher
  • 8-8:45pm. All Grades: Physical Education teachers

Here are detailed schedules with zoom links and passwords for the evening: Tuesday, Oct 20, Wednesday, Oct 21, Thursday, Oct 22

Due to the brevity of the zoom sessions, Back To School Nights are not an opportunity for individual conferences with teachers.  For an individual meeting, please email your child’s guidance counselor.

Mr. Harrison will be hosting a Q&A event about the hybrid model on October 26. If you have questions about this next model, which Bigelow hopes to implement in mid-November, please bring them to the October 26 meeting. The meeting will be recorded and posted if you can not make it.

Hope to see you at our Back To School Nights next week!

Chair needed for our Ten Dinners event!

As you know, an annual event for the PTO is Ten Tables, a progressive dinner hosted by a number of Bigelow families in early November. This event is not only an important fundraiser for the PTO, but also one of the highlights of our social calendar.

We know we cannot hold our traditional Ten Tables this year, so we are reimagining what it can look like. So next month, toward the end of November or the first week of December, we would like to host Ten Dinners over the course of a week. We are hoping that 10 Bigelow families will prepare (or buy) a three course dinner which Bigelow families will purchase. In keeping with the spirit of Ten Tables, we hope to have theme dinners such as “Nights of Arabia” and “Memphis BBQ.” Families will sign up to offer the meals and we would then have families purchase them.

We are looking for a Chair to oversee this event, along with our help from the PTO Board!

Please contact us at bigelowbulldog@gmail.com if you are interested and would like to be part of what will be a fun event!