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Bigelow Families Support Network

We realize these can be complicated times for many in our community. But we can help each other!
Please fill out this form if you are looking for assistance OR if you are able to offer help. (Note that all information is only visible to the PTO Board)

Bigelow Families Support Network Form

If you would like to speak with someone instead of answering this form, please reach out!
Text or call: (617) 631-0625

Take care and stay healthy!

Other Community Resources

NPS Resources

Newton Public Schools published a page in their website for COVID-19 Information and Resources. Please bookmark it and check it often as the district is constantly updating it. It includes:

  • Covid-19 District Updates
  • School year and last day of school information
  • Enrichment resources
  • Supporting students during Covid-19
  • Transportation
  • Food scarcity and resources
  • Facebook group: Newton Neighbors Helping Newton Neighbors
  • Municipal, State and Federal Health Departments

COVID-19 Information and Resources.

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Update from Bigelow – 03.13.20

Dear Bigelow Families,

You should have received a message from David Fleishman with updates about our school closure.  Thank you all for your patience and flexibility over the past 48 hours as we deal with this unique health challenge.

The NPS Office of Teaching and Learning is assembling a collection of materials to provide enrichment and connectedness opportunities for your children during this closure.  The materials will provide educational opportunities and activities at grade level for your children while school is closed. They are not intended to replace classroom instruction, or to substitute for instruction in any way. Rather, they are supplemental–grade-level activities that are interesting and fun and encourage students to explore new topics on their own.

As David mentioned, all school activities have been postponed.  We’ll revise our schedule for trimester 2 report cards and other key events once we resume normal school functioning.  In regards to the grade 8 New York City field trip in June, no decision has been made about it yet. We are working with our travel company, EF, to explore options for the trip, and will re-assess the situation later in March. Please refrain from contacting EF’s travel support team directly until we determine our plan for going forward.

Please take care.  We will be in touch with further information.  Stay well.

Todd M. Harrison

03.11.20 – Principal’s Update on School Events and Activities

Covid-19 Newton Schools Closure – 03.13.20

Dear NPS Families,

We write to provide you with an update on our school closure related to COVID-19. While we continue to assess the situation and ultimately make a firm decision on the length of our closure, we want to let you know what to expect over the next few days.

Because we had only used one of our five “snow days” when we decided to close, the days out of school until Wednesday, March 18th, will be considered “snow days.”  Only these four days are required to be made up at the end of the school year, which means that the last day of school for students is now firmly set for Wednesday, June 24th.  As with any snow day, there are no expectations of academic work by students and teachers are not expected to provide assignments or instruction. Next week, we will provide you with an update on next steps to support student learning.

We know a school closure may impact our most vulnerable families, especially those experiencing food scarcity. Food resources, as well as additional resources and updates related to COVID-19, can be found on our website at:

As a reminder, the decision to close schools is an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. It will only be effective if the community also takes steps to practice self-isolation, monitor for any symptoms, and avoid large gatherings. We need all community members to do their part or the school closure will not be successful in limiting the spread of the virus. Of course, all school activities regardless of location, including athletics, parent/teacher conferences, club meetings, and extra-curricular classes are cancelled until further notice.

We will be in touch with you next week as our plans progress. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation.


David Fleishman
Superintendent of Schools

Previous Updates from the District

Update on PTO Events

Dear Bigelow parents and caregivers,

As you know, all school related events have been cancelled due to COVID-19. This includes all PTO sponsored events, such as Big Night, PTO Meetings, Skate Night, and Bigelow Unplugged (a PTO event of various board games set up for play in the gym for Bigelow students).

The PTO Board is discussing how we will handle these rapidly evolving changes, and we will continue to communicate with you in a timely fashion. While we are disappointed that these events have been canceled, we know that the concern for the health of our Bigelow community is of paramount importance.

Big Night, as you may know, is the PTO’s biggest annual source of funds. So we are now working on our Plan B to raise as much money as we can without holding this event. We are fortunate that our chairs, Alexia Giannakopoulos and Cheryl Abramson, so wisely suggested we hold an online auction as part of Big Night. So we will continue with this plan and will be in touch in the coming days with further information.

As always, we are extraordinarily grateful to the Bigelow community for their generous support of the Bigelow PTO. We are lucky to be part of such a wonderful group of parents and caregivers.

Please contact us at if you have any suggestions, questions or concerns.

The Bigelow PTO Board

Bigelow’s Update on School Events and Activities

March 11, 2020

Dear Bigelow Staff and Parents,

As a result of the announcement below by Superintendent Fleishman that all NPS evening and community events are cancelled in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we have cancelled all performances of “12th Night–The Musical” that were scheduled for this Thursday morning and evening, this Friday, and the two shows this Saturday.  Rehearsals will continue today and tomorrow; we hope to arrange a recording of the show as soon as possible for the community’s viewing.

We are in the process of assessing the impact of this decision on a multitude of upcoming school events and meetings, and will communicate more information about Bigelow specific cancellations as soon as possible.  This is a rapidly evolving situation, which we are monitoring and responding to daily.

I applaud the extraordinary effort that our students and staff have put into preparing for the musical production, and recognize the disappointment that this announcement will cause.  Our priority is always to keep the students safe and healthy, and at this point, we need to take this unusual measures in order to do so.

As soon as we have more detailed information,  I will be in touch.



Give to The Calculus Project this month and double your impact!

Newton North alum Kyle Ray-Canada lost confidence in his math ability while he was in middle school. Now a college freshman, he’s the go-to guy for classmates needing math help. His mom credits his participation in The Calculus Project.

For the fifth consecutive year, a generous Newton resident will once again match up to $25,000 in contributions made to The Calculus Project during March.

Donate to The Calculus Project

Research shows a strong correlation between taking high-level math in high school and completing college. Prior to The Calculus Project, few Black, Hispanic, and low-income students were represented in advanced math classes in Newton’s middle schools and high schools.

Your contribution to the March match challenge will help close the achievement gap by giving students a path to success in high-level math — and double your impact!

2019 Calculus Project Graduates
Kyle (third from left) and other members of the first Calculus Project graduating class with NPS Superintendent David Fleishman and Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller.

Can we count on your support to make a difference for the next generation of kids like Kyle?

Donate to The Calculus Project

This Week: “Twelfth Night,” Bigelow’s winter musical

Come see the Bigelow’s Winter Musical, Twelfth Night! Bigelow is the first school in New England to produce this new musical! The show is fun, funny and only 90 minutes long with a 10 minute intermission. If you wish to attend the show, you can buy tickets at lunch or at the show. The tickets cost US$5 for students and US$10 for adults.

Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare
The Public Works Musical Adaptation,
conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and  Shaina Taub

Thursday March 12th at 7:00pm
Friday March 13th at 7:00pm
Saturday March 14th at 12:00pm and 7:00pm

More at the Bigelow Drama website.

Super Bake Sale Thank you!

Thank you to all those that donated goodies for the Super Tuesday 8th Grade Bake Sale! And a Super Bigelow thank you to those that volunteered their time at the table: Radha Muthian, Chichi Grove, Olena Sargsyan, Vicki Spetter, Una Simmons, Karen Markson and several 8th grade students.

We raised over $400 for the 8th grade end of year activities!