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Get social at the Social! Saturday, May 18th, 7-9 pm

Calling all Bigelow Parents and Caregivers!

Let’s get social at the Social! 
Join us to celebrate our Bigelow community and the winding down of our school year with casual conversation, food, and drink.

Bigelow Social at the Social

  • Saturday, May 18th, 7-9 pm
  • Social Restaurant and Bar 320 Washington Street, Newton, MA
  • Cost: $35 per person
  • Food will be provided
  • Cash Bar
  • This is an adult only event.

Please RSVP here to reserve your ticket. Payment can be made via Venmo @BigelowPTONewton (please designate “Spring Social” in the note)

Questions? Please contact Tracy (bucknertracy3@gmail.com) or Bekka (rebecca.cirel@gmail.com)

Bigelow FORJ Nubian Square Walking Tour: Sat. 5/11, 10 am – 1 pm

Please join Bigelow FORJ and the Bigelow community on a walking/bus tour of Nubian Square this Saturday. Learn about the rich history of African American culture in the heart of Roxbury. The tour will be led by a tour guide from “Visit Nubian Square” (https://www.visitnubiansquare.com). We will end the tour with a pizza lunch at the Museum of NCAAA, National Center of Afro-American Artists. 

When: Saturday, May 11, 2024, 10 am – 1 pm
Where: Nubian Square, Washington & Dudley St, Roxbury, MA
Price: Free

Please RSVP here: https://tinyurl.com/Nubian-Square-Tour or to the link in the attached flyer.

Spring Bling Dance + Social: Friday, May 17th

To make this event more inclusive, we have updated the Spring Bling Dance + Social event to feature:

*basketball
*hula hoops
*board games
*corn hole
*photo booth

And of course dancing!

We still need more volunteers to make this event a success!

We need 3 more volunteers to help with the food/snacks table.
We need 4 more volunteers to help with chaperoning.

Please sign up here if you can help:
http://Spring Bling Dance + Social Volunteer sign up

Thank you for your participation to make this a shiny success!

Newton Schools Foundation Honor Thy Teacher

LOOKING FOR A GREAT WAY TO THANK A TEACHER OR SCHOOL STAFF MEMBER DURING TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK?

Newton Schools Foundation Honor Thy Teacher program enables families to pay tribute to teachers and school staff by making a gift to Newton Schools Foundation in their name. It’s a great way to show your appreciation during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6 – May 10) or at any time until the end of the school year, while adhering to the Newton Public School’s teacher gift policy

A donation to Newton Schools Foundation will support grants that fund new approaches in the classroom, professional development for teachers, and programs that promote equity for all students. To learn more about the programs NSF funds, see our Impact page.

Find out more and donate on the NSF website, scan the QR code, or mail your donation to Newton Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 590020, Newton Centre, MA 02459.  (Please be sure to include the name(s) of your child(ren) and the names of the teacher(s) and/or staff you are honoring and their schools.)

Thank you Newton Serves volunteers!

Huge thank you to the volunteers who helped reinvigorate the grounds around Bigelow on Sunday for Newton Serves! Volunteers tirelessly weeded, planted, and mulched garden beds, and cleaned outdoor spaces around the school. Be sure to admire the new plantings and watch the gardens take shape in the coming months and years!

Special thanks to Corena Larimer for leading this effort!

Teacher Appreciation is Next Week!

In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6th – 10th), the Bigelow PTO will host three luncheons for our dedicated teachers and staff.  Each lunch will be catered by families from each grade:

Please review sign-up links for each grade above, and deliver your donated item to Bigelow the morning of your grade’s luncheon. 

We are also accepting monetary donations to fund luncheon items. If you would prefer to donate money, the steps are:

  • 1. Venmo @BigelowPTONewton and add note “[Grade] Teacher Appreciation Lunch”.
  • 2. Sign up for an item in the grade-specific SignUpGenius link above. In the comments include “Venmo to Bigelow PTO [$ amount]”.
  • 3. A PTO volunteer will cover that item for you the day of the luncheon. 

This will be our final teacher appreciation event of the year.  Let’s give our Bigelow staff a big thanks for all that they do!

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Mandell (lauramandell@yahoo.com) for 6th Grade Luncheon; Ron Farrar (ronfarrar@gmail.com) for 7th Grade Luncheon; and Suriya Sangsub (suriya59@hotmail.com) for 8th Grade Luncheon.

NewtonServes is this Sunday, May 5th

Volunteer for Bigelow SERVES
Sunday, May 5th 10 am to 2 pm

Drop in for any amount of time!

Please join us Sunday, May 5th to help reinvigorate the green areas around Bigelow for NewtonSERVES 2024. The event will run from 10 am to 2 pm and volunteers are welcome to drop in for any amount of time. Every minute of your time helps!

Please wear work clothes and bring a refillable water bottle. We also request the following items if you have them:

  • work/gardening gloves
  • yard tools (shovels, rakes, trowels, etc)
  • wheelbarrow
  • watering can

**Please label any tools you bring so we can be sure they are reunited with you at the end of the event.**

NewtonSERVES is an annual city-wide day of building community through service. NewtonSERVES projects focus on cleaning and improving our parks, school grounds, open space areas, and conservation lands. Please join us, Sunday, May 5th, to build our Bigelow Community while reinvigorating the green areas around the school!

All Bigelow families, friends, and neighbors are welcome!

Volunteer for Spring Bling Dance: Friday, May 17th

We are looking for parent volunteers for the Spring Bling Dance on May 17th.

Roles:

  • Set up 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Serving food (pizza and drinks) 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
  • Gym and hallway chaperones 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Clean up 8:30- 9:30 p.m.

Please email Hai Ly at ms_haily@yahoo.com with your interested role. All volunteers must have an up to date CORI/SORI form filed with Bigelow.

Thank you for your participation to make this a shiny success!

Q&A with Principal Finalists: Wednesday, May 1, 6-8 pm

Please join us Wednesday, May 1st from 6 to 8 pm for a Question and Answer session with Finalist Candidates for the new Bigelow Principal. The Question and Answer session will be live with online recording. Questions and feedback will be elicited from the members of the audience and a virtual ranking sheet will be sent to those who attend virtually.  

The timeline for the Principal selection process can be viewed via this link:

Donations For Teacher Appreciation Week: May 6-10

In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6th – 10th), the Bigelow PTO will host three luncheons for our dedicated teachers and staff.  Each lunch will be catered by families from each grade:

Please review sign-up links for each grade above, and deliver your donated item to Bigelow the morning of your grade’s luncheon. 

We are also accepting monetary donations to fund luncheon items. If you would prefer to donate money, the steps are:

  • 1. Venmo @BigelowPTONewton and add note “[Grade] Teacher Appreciation Lunch”.
  • 2. Sign up for an item in the grade-specific SignUpGenius link above. In the comments include “Venmo to Bigelow PTO [$ amount]”.
  • 3. A PTO volunteer will cover that item for you the day of the luncheon. 

This will be our final teacher appreciation event of the year.  Let’s give our Bigelow staff a big thanks for all that they do!

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Mandell (lauramandell@yahoo.com) for 6th Grade Luncheon; Ron Farrar (ronfarrar@gmail.com) for 7th Grade Luncheon; and Suriya Sangsub (suriya59@hotmail.com) for 8th Grade Luncheon.