Category Archives: From the PTO

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!

October Updates from School Health Services

From the nurse’s office:

Daily Health Assessment

  • Please be sure you’re completing the Daily Health Assessment with your child each morning. This is one of the COVID-19 prevention pillars that if followed, will help to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and allow the hybrid learning model to continue. Consider posting it in your home where you exit so you don’t forget.
    • Use a thermometer to take your child’s temperature each morning. Do not come to school if your child’s temperature is above 100 degrees F.
    • If you’re having difficulty obtaining a thermometer, check with your child’s school nurse.
    • If your child has difficulty tolerating an oral thermometer, consider a touchless model.
  • If your child is staying home from school due to COVID-19 related symptoms, please call the school nurse in addition to checking in with your child’s healthcare provider about next steps.
  • If your child has COVID-19 related symptoms, to return to school s/he will need either a negative COVID-19 test (PCR preferred, antigen ok, antibody not accepted) or a written alternative diagnosis from a healthcare provider. School nurses are available to help answer questions. Please reach out if your child has symptoms.

Flu Vaccine

  • Flu shots: All students (even those learning remotely) must have a flu shot by 12/31/20, as required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. If your family is having difficulty obtaining a flu vaccine, please check www.newtonma.gov/flu for a list of resources. Be sure your child’s school nurse has documentation of your child’s flu vaccine.

Medication at School

  •  Please note that regular rules apply for medication administration at school.  All medications require a signed parent permission form and a written medication order by a prescriber.  The form to use can be found here http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/documents/70889
  • Students cannot transport medication.  Contact the school nurse to arrange medication drop off.

Sue Schy, RN, MSN
Bigelow School Nurse
(617) 552-7746

Bigelow Drama Fall 2020

Calling all writers, actors, artists, builders, and techies! Bigelow Drama is now in full swing! 4-5 every day except Wednesdays, no sign up needed, open to all students in all grades. Whether your student is interested in acting, tech, or playwriting, movies or plays or musicals, there’s something for everyone! Check out our full schedule and more information at http://bigelowdrama.weebly.com/fall-2020.html

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Alberts, Drama coordinator: Jaime_Alberts@newton.k12.ma.us

New Bulldog apparel ready to be ordered!

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

Online Back to School Nights – save the dates!

Please save the dates for this year’s Back To School Nights. All sessions will be online on zoom. The schedule will be:

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 teachers

Wednesday, Oct 21

  • 7-8pm    Grade 7: Team teachers, Special Educators, and ELL teachers
  • 8-9pm     All Grades:  FAA teachers, Band/Chorus/Orchestra directors

Thursday, Oct 22

  • 6:30-7:00   All Grades:  METCO Parents meet and greet
  • 7-8pm     Grade 8: Team teachers, Special Educators, and ELL teacher
  • 8-8:45pm     All Grades:  Physical Education teachers

Check out the PTO Calendar.

6th and 7th grade get-togethers

Over the last two weekends, the PTO organized get-togethers for students to meet in person outside of the school. We held 11 gatherings at the backyard of host families all across Newton and in Boston for over 70 students – mostly 6th graders but also a group of new 7th graders!

The feedback we got from the hosts was very positive and the parents indicated that their students had a terrific time and loved being in person with old and new friends.

Social interaction is so important for children and families and we are planning to have more social events in the coming months! Stay tuned for a Scavenger Hunt on Halloween and for a new version of our Ten Tables event.

If you would like to participate in organizing these or other events to bring our community together, please let us know! Contact us at: BigelowBulldog@gmail.com

Safe Routes to School – Would you like to represent Bigelow?

Newton Safe Routes to School works to increase the number of students walking and biking to school and around the city for their health (active transportation) + reduce congestion and improve air quality by reducing the number of vehicles arriving at school.  The Task Force works as a group with NPS and the city on any number of issues such as fixing safety issues, supporting crossing guards, resolving snow clearing problems, conducting bike and pedestrian safety training, etc. Working together SRTS is able to achieve more than individual schools.

Would you like to represent Bigelow at the Task Force?  

The first SRTS meeting of the year will be at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14.  This would be a good time for someone to learn more about the program. Please contact bigelowbulldog@gmail.com if you re interested.

Click here if you want to learn more about SRTS in Massachusetts.