Category Archives: From the PTO

Bigelow Virtual Clubs

Bigelow is excited to begin offering Virtual Clubs for the 2020-2021 school year. Check out the website for more information! Your student must be logged into their NPS Google account to view the calendar that contains the Zoom links.

Some clubs will be starting up the week of 10/12/20 and more will follow in coming weeks. Make sure to follow @bulldogswoofs on Twitter for the most up to date information!

 

Link to Bigelow 2020-2021 Clubs site

Paper Bags Needed for the Library Curbside Pickup

The Bigelow library is getting ready for remote check out and curbside pickup starting in November. In preparation, Ms. Summa, the library teacher, is asking for donations of paper bags with handles to organize books for pickup.

If you have any paper bags that you want to donate, please drop them off at Bigelow Middle School in the front foyer. Look for the green bin with the sign, “Leave bags for Library curbside pickup here!”

Thanks for your support!

Virtual Boston College Splash, a day of classes for curious students

BC Splash is a 1-day event held at Boston College each semester where students in grades 7-12 can take fun, interesting classes that are taught and designed by BC undergraduates.

In response to COVID-19 the event will be virtual this semester, but BC Splash has put together a great day and fantastic lineup of classes over zoom for the students. They can take classes such as The Economics of Friendship, The Physics of Airplanes, The Power of Positive Affirmations, and many others.

BC Splash will be held virtually on Sunday, November 8th from 10am – 3:15pm.

Students can register at  bcsplash.learningu.org 

BC Splash’s mission is to build a love of learning and curiosity in students by exciting them about a diversity of topics and encouraging their passions, inside and outside of the classroom. It is also a great way for them to meet some older students, learn about the college experience, and see what Boston College has to offer.

Additionally, BC SPlash offers a parent program simultaneously with the student program for parents to learn more about the college process. This includes a panel with the Student Admission Program, a presentation from the financial aid office, and their very own Splash class.

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.
SIGN UP

 

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