Category Archives: From the PTO

Big Night Online auction will open on May 8

Dear Bigelow Families,

We hope that you, your families and friends are doing well. We miss seeing you and look forward to the day when we can return, as much as possible, to life as we know it!

As you know, Bigelow Big Night Hoedown on March 28, 2020 was canceled. Big Night is our largest fundraiser of the year, generating almost 50% of the PTO budget. Last year we raised over $20,000. These funds are critical to support PTO programs, such as Creative Arts and Science, auditorium improvements, as well as scholarship funds to defray costs for our students.

For this very important reason, we have decided to do two things:

  1. Continue with our online auction, which originally was part of Big Night. Much of the auction is in place, thanks to our terrific Co-Chairs, Cheryl Abramson and Alexia Giannakopoulos. We are hopeful that we will still be able to raise a significant amount of funds for the PTO.
    We will launch the auction on Friday, May 8. In the coming days we will send a link so you can see the great items that have been donated by our community! Please share the link with family and friends. We cannot thank enough our donors and sponsors who are making this possible. Please take a minute to recognize them HERE.
  2. Ask those of you who purchased tickets and sponsorships to consider treating them as a donation. We would be most grateful to those of you who are able to do so. Alternatively, we can issue a refund. Please contact us at bigelowbulldog@gmail.com to do so.

As always, we are so thankful for the generosity, kindness and enthusiasm that the PTO receives from our community. We look forward to seeing you soon and working together to support our great school.

Sincerely,

Karen Markson and Una Simmons
PTO Co-Presidents

Cheryl Abramson and Alexia Giannakopoulos
Big Night Co-Chairs

Visit the Online Auction Website

 

Some Good Book News, Episode 1

The NPS middle school Library Teachers, including Bigelow’s Ms. Summa, have created a weekly segment called Some Good Book News (SGBN). They will be doing weekly segments, which can be found on the Bigelow Library’s School Closure page.

In the 1st episode Ms. Summa introduces From Above, by Norah McClintock, Ms. Guzzi recommends The Red Glass, by Laura Resau, and Ms. Lightfoot talks about the AudioFile Sync summer reading program. Check it out!

2020 Yearbook Pictures Needed this Friday!

School may be closed, but Bigelow is still planning to produce a yearbook for this school year. Led by advisor Sheryl Rice, a group of hard-working students are continuing to chronicle this most unusual year in a volume that will surely be a valuable memento and worth ordering. In addition to the many great pages of photos that they have assembled already about events that have taken place at Bigelow this year, the Yearbook Club needs your help as well!

They would like to include photos of students engaged in distance learning during this school shutdown.  In particular, they’re looking for 1-2 candid photos from each student in all grades engaged in activities such as:

  • fitness
  • outdoor activities
  • playing with pets
  • cooking
  • making things
  • playing music
  • working on projects
  • wearing purple or Bigelow gear to show school spirit
  • having your own pajama day
  • Etc… be creative!
  • Please no family photos–we just want Bigelow students

The Yearbook Club will select some of these photos to feature in the Yearbook.  Click here to submit your photos.  The deadline for submitting photos is Friday, May 7.

The deadline for ordering a yearbook has been extended until May 15.  Please see the directions here for how to order your yearbook. Order Online now

Join the PTO Board in 2020-2021!

Would you like to become more involved in the strategic aspect of the Bigelow PTO? Please join us in helping direct and manage the overall program for 2020/21. It is a great way to get involved with your student’s school and meet new members of our Bigelow community!! See here for open positions and email us your interest!

We are looking for a co-president for next year, as well as several other board and committee chair roles. See BigelowPTO.org for details and a full list of open positions.

Positions includeCo-president, Creative Arts and Science, 8th Grade Activities, Ten Tables chair and more. Check out here.

Clubs starting this week

Bigelow 3.0 will begin offering Enrichment clubs starting this week!
Some old favorites will be back, including Anime, Bigelow Green Team and Chess. New clubs just starting are the Bigelow Time Capsule project, Cooking Together!, Collage Art and Design, and Art Club.

Check out all the clubs’ meeting times, descriptions, and Schoology groups HERE. For security reasons, your child MUST be logged onto the Newton Public Schools Google Account to join them.

  • Time Capsule Club – Ms. Summa – Wednesdays from 3 – 4 PM
  • Bigelow Green Team – Ms. Hoffman – no ‘face to face’ meeting
  • Cooking Club – Let’s Cook Together! – Nurse Schy – Mondays from 3 – 4 PM
  • Collage Art & Design – Ms. Capoccia – Wednesdays from 3 – 4 PM
  • Chess Club – Mr. Trunk – Tuesdays 8 – 9 AM & Thursdays 3 – 4 PM
  • Art Club  **starting week of 5/4 – Mr. Legare Tuesdays 3 – 4 PM & Wednesdays 3 – 4 PM
  • Anime Club – Ms. Ketcham – Tuesdays 3 – 4 PM

This list and more details can also be found on the Bigelow website under “Clubs.”

Order your 2019-2020 Bigelow Yearbook

This yearbook is sure to be a keeper, so don’t delay in ordering yours! 

The deadline for ordering a yearbook has been extended until May 15.  Please see the directions below for how to order your yearbook.

The yearbooks will be printed over the summer and distributed to students in early September.  While the details have yet to be worked out, we envision inviting back 8th graders for a “yearbook signing party” when school opens in September.

YEARBOOK ORDERING DETAILS

Deadline: May 15th
Price: $ 25

Option # 1: Order online:  ybpay.lifetouch.com
Bigelow’s ID Code: 1945920
Not sure if you’ve already ordered?
Click here to view your order history for the 2019-2020 school year.

Option # 2:  Mail a check to the school.
Check payable to: Bigelow Middle School
Memo: Student’s First & Last Name, Grade
Addressed as follows:
Attention: Yearbook
Bigelow Middle School
42 Vernon St.
Newton, MA 02458

Checks must be received by May 15th. Please do not send cash.

2020 Yearbook Pictures Needed

School may be closed, but Bigelow is still planning to produce a yearbook for this school year. Led by advisor Sheryl Rice, a group of hard-working students are continuing to chronicle this most unusual year in a volume that will surely be a valuable memento and worth ordering. In addition to the many great pages of photos that they have assembled already about events that have taken place at Bigelow this year, the Yearbook Club needs your help as well!

They would like to include photos of students engaged in distance learning during this school shutdown.  In particular, they’re looking for 1-2 candid photos from each student in all grades engaged in activities such as:

  • fitness
  • outdoor activities
  • playing with pets
  • cooking
  • making things
  • playing music
  • working on projects
  • wearing purple or Bigelow gear to show school spirit
  • having your own pajama day
  • Etc… be creative!
  • Please no family photos–we just want Bigelow students

The Yearbook Club will select some of these photos to feature in the Yearbook.  Click here to submit your photos.  The deadline for submitting photos is Friday, May 7.

The deadline for ordering a yearbook has been extended until May 15.  Please see the directions here for how to order your yearbook. Order Online now

Monday: Grade 5 Parents Night at Bigelow

Come and learn about Bigelow Middle School!

Fifth Grade Parents  are invited to attend an orientation meeting via Zoom on Monday, April 27, 7:30-8:45pm. Here is the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97886680596. Please contact the school office for the password: macdonaldh@newton.k12.ma.us.

Featuring a Powerpoint Screencast, including:

  • Welcome from Principal Harrison and the Bigelow PTO
  • Presentations by 6th grade students
  • Information about Registration, Transition, Clusters, and Core Values
  • Comments from the Counselor and Assistant Principals
  • Followed by a live Question and Answer Period for parents