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Bigelow Drama

Bigelow Drama returns – now on zoom! Like so many things, drama will look very different this fall- but as they say, the show must go on! Whether you are interested in performing, writing, or technical theatre, we have a spot for you! Please join the After School Drama team on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 4pm or 7pm (pick whatever time works best for you) to hear about opportunities to participate in after school drama at Bigelow this fall.

For more information and for the Zoom link and passcode, please contact Ms Alberts:

All info will also be posted on the Bigelow Drama website, at

Flu Vaccine Clinics for NPS students

The following message is from the City of Newton Office of Health and Human Services.

Flu Vaccine Clinics

Newton’s Health and Human Services Department has initially scheduled two drive-through/walk-up, appointment-based, weekend flu clinics open to Newton residents and Newton Public Schools students and their families.

Registration is not yet open for these clinics. Online appointment registration will open by early next week at

Adults and children older than 6 months may be vaccinated at these clinics. Some high-dose flu vaccine will be available for adults who are at least 65 years old. These clinics are free and health insurance information is requested, but not required. If you do not have a vehicle, you may walk-up to receive a vaccine.

  • Saturday, October 10, 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Newton North High School (457 Walnut Street)
  • Sunday, October 18, 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Newton South High School (140 Brandeis Road)

Additional dates may be added depending upon demand.

Appointments are required and may fill quickly. Alternatively, consider getting a flu shot at another time and place; they are available in many locations, including primary healthcare provider offices, local pharmacies, and urgent care clinics. A list of some additional options for flu shots can be found at

Bigelow PTO Fall meeting

Please join us for the Bigelow PTO Fall meeting this Thursday, October 1, at 7 pm with Principal Harrison, Superintendent David Fleishman and School Committee member (and Bigelow mom) Kathy Shields.

We hope you are able to join our Zoom meeting as we give a brief overview of the PTO.

Principal Todd Harrison will then spend a few minutes discussing the first weeks of school.

After that, we will have a Question and Answer session with Superintendent David Fleishman and Kathy Shields. If you would like to send questions in advance of the meeting, please click here.

Patty Summa, our school librarian, will also join us to talk about the One School, One Book, novel, “New Kid,” by Jerry Craft. She and Principal Harrison will chat about what Bigelow has planned for advisory activities around this wonderful book and the role that FORJ will play in leading discussions on racial equality.

Zoom link HERE.

“New Kid” related Events

Bigelow will virtually host Jerry Craft on November 4 at 10am as part of the One School, One Book initiative. The author of “New Kid” will be zooming with Bigelow students of grades 6, 7 and 8. Details will follow. This event is funded by the PTO and made possible thanks to your support!!!

In the meantime, the Newton Free Library is also hosting several events that might be of interest for our Bigelow readers and cartoonist enthusiasts and their families.

Draw Your Own Comics!
Wednesday, October 14th at 7 PM
Come have fun while drawing your own comics! In this workshop, students will play drawing games, generate ideas for their own characters, and start to write their own comic book stories. All levels of experience welcome! Workshop is run by Cathy G. Johnson, Providence-based writer and author of the graphic novel THE BREAKAWAYS! Registration required to receive the zoom link. For tweens in grades 5 to 8.

New Kid Trivia Night
Wednesday, October 21st at 7 PM
Use your “New Kid” knowledge to challenge your friends and family in a fun evening of trivia. Library staff will challenge players with questions from a variety of categories on Zoom. No restrictions on team size. One registration per team. The Zoom link will be sent out the day of the event. This event is kids, tweens, teens and their families.

New Kid Author Jerry Craft!
Wednesday, October 28th at 7 PM
Newbery Award and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author/illustrator Jerry Craft takes us behind the scenes of his bestselling graphic novel New Kid and the upcoming Class Act. Join us on Zoom as Jerry gives tweens and their families a look into his writing and drawing process. This event will be moderated by Morgan Harper, a Library Teacher at Peirce and Williams Elementary Schools. For 5th to 8th-graders and their families. Please use this google form to register for this event. We will send participants the Zoom link on the day of the event. This program is part of Overdue: Confronting Race and Racism in Newton, a city-wide read and series of events and conversations on race and racism.

Master schedule

Bigelow is rolling out the new 10 Day/2 Week schedules on Tuesday, Sept.29.

1) Teachers will send students new zoom meeting invitation links by Tuesday morning. These will populate your children’s google calendar, and are their primary “one-stop-shop” schedule, with all classes and meeting links in one place.

2) Here  is a color-coded student schedule template for week 1 and week 2.
During Advisory on Tuesday morning, teachers will show students how to fill in each week using their day to day Aspen schedule.  Once complete, students will have a color-coded schedule with all class times.  This version is a secondary  schedule for your child. Your child can complete electronically as a google.doc, or if you have prefer, you can print out a hard copy for your child to fill out by hand. Extra color-coded hard copies are available at Bigelow.
Download PDF here. Download Word document here.

On Tuesday, the school will offer a “help desk” in case a student has any difficulty with this new 10day/2 week schedule.  Please email if you have questions on Tuesday.

Middle School Cohorts Added To Boys & Girls Club of Newton Out-of-School Program

Middle school students are invited to join the Boys & Girls Club of Newton Out-of-School Time Program For Fall 2020. Out-of-School Time accommodates Newton Public School’s full day remote schedule in place for the first few weeks for all students and aims to offer children a small, consistent group and a safe, clean workspace unique only to them in which they can complete their lessons.

For more details, or to reserve a spot for your middle school child to begin as early as Monday September 21st, click HERE.

Click HERE for a virtual tour of the Club and to see the Classrooms that will be in use.



Welcome Back!

Dear Bigelow Families,

We hope that this first week of school has gone well for you! We are looking forward to the new year and to sponsoring creatively both social and fundraising events to benefit our Bigelow community.

First up will be the 6th grade get-togethers over the weekends of September 26 and October 3! We will be sending a sign-up sheet for 6th graders on Monday, September 21st, so please look for that and sign up as soon as possible so that we can confirm plans with our generous host families! 

After that, we will have our Fall PTO meeting – stay tuned this week for more details.

As always, thank you for your support of the Bigelow PTO!

Best wishes,

Karen Markson
PTO President

Surveillance Viral Testing Pilot for Newton Public Schools Parent Survey

Dear Bigelow Community,

We are sharing the message below, at the request of a group of Newton scientists/physicians/parents who are engaged in the “Safer Teachers, Safer Students: Back-to-School SARs-CoV-2 testing collaborative”. You have a few more hours to fill this survey if you have not done so already.


Dear Families,

We are a group of scientists/physicians/parents who are engaged in the “Safer Teachers, Safer Students: Back-to-School SARs-CoV-2 testing collaborative.” This is a growing group of MA towns who are launching pilot programs to develop a comprehensive, coordinated infrastructure for surveillance (asymptomatic) viral testing of preK-12 staff/students.

We are seeking your input on a pilot viral testing program for Newton Public Schools. This survey is completely anonymous and will remain open until Midnight on 09/21/2020. To enable us to get accurate results, PLEASE submit ONLY ONE response per family. Thank you!


Safer Teachers, Safer Students: Back-to-School SARs-CoV-2 testing collaborative