Category Archives: From the PTO

All-School Dance is coming up next Friday

Bigelow All-School Dance is coming up next Friday, October 25, 7:00-9:00pm.

Dance tickets are $6 and will be on sale this week and next during lunch in the cafeteria. Students can hang out, play ping pong or other games, and listen and dance to music in the gym. Pizza and snacks will be sold  in the cafeteria.

The dance is open to all Bigelow students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Asking a classmate as a “date” to the dance is unnecessary and discouraged. Students are invited to come and have fun with friends. The theme of this dance is Halloween, and costumes (but no masks) are encouraged!

A few parent chaperones are needed. (Harry Potter “Invisibility Cloaks” costumes optional!) Please email Assistant Principal Lucas Mogensen at if you are interested in helping out. Parent chaperones help take tickets, sell refreshments, and supervise the hallways; teachers and counselors chaperone inside the gym.

Bigelow dances are for Bigelow students only, and all school rules apply at this event.  The dance ends promptly at 9:00 p.m., and we ask that parents pick up on time at the gym entrance then.  For safety reasons, students are not allowed to walk home, even in a group, without parent accompaniment.

One Book One School Activities Coming Up

In the next couple of weeks, Bigelow students will have the opportunity to participate in activities related to Refugee (the book they read over the summer) in three different occasions, on the 23, 28 and 30.

The goal of Bigelow’s One School, One Book Program is to create a more inclusive community through participation in a common reading experience as a whole school. Through discussion and advisory activities, staff and students share a common experience of reading and learning together. This program is supported by the Bigelow PTO, thanks to your donations.

Bigelow has prepared a series of great activities for our students. If parents would like more resources to talk to their children about this issue that touches some Bigelow families more closely then others, here are two suggestions:

From the UN Refugee Agency: Teaching about refugees
From the Harvard Graduate School of Education: Migration, Separation, and Trauma
(Note: the resources suggested above are for the adult community)

Bigelow Activities

Wednesday 10/23 Extended Advisory
The students will watch a portion of a video documenting the story of a young Vietnamese boy’s childhood escape from war-torn Vietnam, and his eventual resettlement in Australia.The film won the Audience Award and the 2015 Human Rights and Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia. They will have a discussion afterwards with their advisor and fellow advisory members.

Monday 10/28 Advisory
Students will view a video that explains the difference between a migrant and refugee as defined by the United Nations.  Advisory members will work together to create a working definition of these two words.

Wednesday 10/30 School-Wide Events
The day begins with students participating in an interactive experience in advisory designed to help students gain more insight into the refugee experience. Following this activity, each grade will listen to a guest speaker who will share their experience about moving to America as a refugee or helping newcomers resettle in our community.

  • 6th grade speaker: Howard Sholkin. Mr. Sholkin is a trustee of Temple Shalom in Newton and supports the temple’s work assisting families who need to resettle in America due to political unrest in their countries.
  • 7th grade speaker:  Adnan Almalky. Mr. Almalky lives in Lowell, MA with his family where he resettled in the United States needing to leave Iraq.
  • 8th grade speaker: Joseph Singer. Mr. Singer is the grandfather of one of our former Bigelow graduates who survived the Holocaust and resettled in the United States.

From the Nurse’s office – Flu Clinic 2019: November 6

Note from the Nurse’s Office:

The Bigelow flu clinic will be on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Each student to be vaccinated must have a parent/guardian complete two forms 

  1. Consent/Screening form
  2. Vaccine administration record/Insurance form.

Forms are available in the school nurse’s office, or may be downloaded at You may electronically complete the form, print, sign and return. Forms are due to the School Nurse by Monday, November 4, 2019.

Only the flu shot (no nasal spray) will be offered at school this year. The Vaccine Information Statement about the flu shot, and additional information for families including tips on preparing kids for a shot is available at or in the school nurse’s office. There is no cost to receive the vaccine, but insurance information is requested. All students, regardless of insurance status, are invited to receive vaccine with parent permission.

Students are not required to receive flu vaccine, however the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccine for all people age 6 months and up. There are many places to get a flu vaccine including at school, your primary health care provider or community clinics. For additional clinic dates for the whole family, visit

In addition to vaccination, it is important to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette by washing hands often; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the arm; and staying home when sick. For more flu prevention tips, talk to the school nurse or check out these websites: and

English flu forms 2019.pdf

Ten Tables 2019: Join Us on Saturday, Nov 2nd

You are invited to a fun evening with Bigelow families and staff!

Registration is now open! Please reserve your seats here.

Come! We hope to see you!

TEN Tables is a progressive dinner held at several homes in succession on one night. A single course is served at each home. At the first home everyone gathers for appetizers. Guests then go to a second home for dinner with 8-16 people. After that, everyone meets again to finish the night with desserts at a third house. TEN Tables, formerly known as Supper Stroll, has been an enjoyable fundraiser for many, many years. Adults in the Bigelow Community are welcome to participate. 

Saturday, November 2nd 6:30pm-11:30pm

  • Appetizers 6:30-8pm
    Co-Hosted by
    Alessandra Di Bacco & Tomasz Grzegorczyk  
    and Shana & Daniel Smythe
  • Dinners 8-10pm* – Assorted Residences
  • Dessert 10-11:30pm* – TBA

*Guests will be given their dinner host addresses & the dessert location at the Appetizer home.

Buy Your Tickets Now!

A Big thank you to all the families who will generously open their homes to host a dinner for our evening. We still need a host for dessert – please consider contributing to this great event!

If you have any questions, please contact Una Simmons at or

More information here

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Open House and Parent Coffee 2019

Classrooms in each grade will be open one morning for parents to visit during this week.   Wednesday, October 16, is open house for Grade 6 classes. The day begins at 8 am with coffee in the library for sixth grade parents, and then parents are welcome to visit seventh grade classes until 11:00 am.  Thursday, October 17, is open house for Grade 7 parents.  Coffee will be served for seventh grade parents at 8 am in the library, and then seventh grade classrooms are open until 10:52 am for parents to visit.  The Grade 8 open house is on Friday, October 18.  Again, coffee will be served at 8 am in the library, and then parents may attend eight grade classes in the morning until 10:52 am.  Please bring a copy of your child’s schedule so that you know which classrooms to visit, and please attend only the classrooms of the grade open on each designated day.

Volunteer at “Laps at Lunch” so our students can get some fresh air

Laps at Lunch is a Bigelow program to help our students get some fresh air in the middle of the day. At Laps at Lunch students  walk laps around the inside perimeter of Burr Park once they’re done with their lunches in the cafeteria. As a parent, you help them cross the street and monitor their walk. It’s a fun way to be around the kids and see how much they get from this opportunity. If interested, please contact Mary Fitzgerald (physical education teacher) at: More about the program here.

Attention Cooks & Party People! TEN Tables is coming up!

Saturday, November 2, 2019, is the Bigelow PTO TEN Tables progressive dinner!

We need Hosts! One Host for Appetizers, One Host for Dessert and a few hosts for dinner.

Please consider opening your home to host the evening appetizer kick off, the dessert party or host a dinner. This event has been an enjoyable PTO fundraiser for many years at Bigelow, a great way for Bigelow caregivers to get together and raise money for our school and our children.

This event needs your help to be successful

Appetizer and Dessert Hosts

  • You can co-host with another family.
  • Appetizer house would need to host ~100 people for 1.5 hours (from 6:30pm to 8pm)
  • Dessert house would need to host ~ 60 people for 1.5 hours (from 10pm to 11:30pm)

I would like to host

Tips for the TEN Tables Dinners
1. Cook what you love! OR Order out and serve from your favorite restaurant!
2. Join together:  one household cooks while the other hosts the dinner.
3. Choose recipes that can be made ahead and kept warm until guests arrive.
4. Buffet style works for dinners as does sit-down.
5. If your family is new to Bigelow, this is a great time to get to know more people!
6. The PTO can help you if you need guidance or advice. Don’t hesitate to contact us!

TEN Tables is a progressive dinner and is held at several homes in succession on one night. A single course is served at each home. Everyone meets from 6:30-8pm at one house for drinks & light appetizers – perhaps cheese and crackers. There you receive your dinner hosts address. You then leave and go to dinner (with 6-12 other guests) from 8-10pm at your dinner hosts’ house. At 10pm everyone meets at the dessert house for to end the evening.

Please contact Una Simmons at or if you would like to host part of this fun evening or if you have any questions. Thank you!!!