Bulldog Bulletin!

Week of 10/04-10/08

October 3, 2021

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Month 1 Down!

Greetings, Bigelow families & students! At the end of this week, we will be one month into the new school year! Now that wasn't so bad, was it? :-) One down; only nine more to go!

As we observe October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we also observe this week as Mental Illness Awareness Week, as recognized by The National Alliance on Mental Illness. Our Bigelow Counseling Department will share communication this week in advocacy of our students' & school community's mental health & wellness, or you can visit the BMS Counseling website for resources. To further promote students' social-emotional wellness, please see some photos below of physical activity students engaged in around school last week.

Parent/guardian reports from the spring 2021 MCAS have been posted in Aspen. Families are now able to view these, as are teachers and staff. NPS will send an official announcement & more details regarding this Monday morning.

There is plenty of information included within this week's newsletter for your family to digest. Feel free to contact me, any other member of Bigelow Leadership, or the Executive Admin. Asst., Kersten Raso, with questions, comments, or concerns.

Lastly, we are requesting help with masks! Please ensure your child comes to school wearing a mask, and brings an extra! We hope to see all students bright & early before 8:05am each day. Thank you!

-Chassity Coston, Principal

NPS District Newsletter

September 29, 2021 Edition

*NOTE*: Bigelow's 6th grade will be tested this Friday.

Questions about NPS's COVID testing program? Ask here!

If you've previously submitted questions here, please access the document below for answers.

Weekly Principal Office Hours

Feel free to meet with Ms. Coston virtually every Tuesday from 3-4pm during her office hours to ask any questions you may have, or just to say hello! Click here to join; password: bigelow. See you there!

What's going on this Week?

~MONDAY, 10/4:
  • Day 5 of the cycle
  • Advisory

~TUESDAY, 10/5:

  • Day 6 of the cycle
  • Principal Office Hours, 3-4pm


  • Day 1 of the cycle
  • Dismissal at 1:50pm

~THURSDAY, 10/7:

  • Day 1 of the cycle
  • Advisory
  • Early release; dismissal at 11:20am

~FRIDAY, 10/8:

  • Day 2 of the cycle
  • Urban Improv for 6th Grade; at school, in the morning
  • T-shirt Fridays! Students, rock your Bigelow, college, athletic, educational, or favorite t-shirt/gear!
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Contact: Ms. Zheng (zhengs@newton.k12.ma.us)

Come connect with other Asian & Asian American students at Bigelow! We’ll engage in creative activities, discuss culture/identity, share stories/experience, and more! Meetings will be held after school on Mondays. The first meeting will be held October 4th!


Contact: Ms. Ketcham (ketchams@newton.k12.ma.us)

Do you like to knit, crochet, sew or craft? Bring your projects and come join us for a relaxing time crafting! The Yarn and Thread Club will have its first meeting October 5th, and meets every Tuesday in Room 106, from 2:45-4:00. Bring a snack and a project you want to work on!


Contact: Ms. Dworetsky (dworetskyd@newton.k12.ma.us)

Serve For A Cure tennis fundraiser will be held on October 16th from 9:00am to 12:30pm at Newton North High School in support of the Jimmy Fund and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Come check out the event and participate in our amazing raffle of over 25 prizes! The raffle will take place at 12:30, then tennis will continue to be played at 1:30. Raffle tickets are $10.00; please contact Ms. Dworetsky to purchase tickets in advance.

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If you didn’t order a yearbook last year but still desire one, your student can bring $25 dollars cash or check to Ms. Rice in Room 210. Students can pick up a copy before school, after school, or during 4th block. If paying by check, please make it payable to “Bigelow Middle School”.

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Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 11: No School; Indigenous People's Day
  • Thursday, October 14: Back-to-School Night; more info to come!
  • Saturday, October 16: PTO Beautify Bigelow Day (gardening), 9am-3pm in front of the school
  • Sunday, October 17: Bigelow Picnic in the Park (see flyer below for more details)
  • Tuesday, October 19: School Picture Day (see below for more details)
  • Monday, October 25: 6th Grade Field Trip (more details to come)
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Translated Franklin Park Picnic Flyers

Spanish • Mandarin • Portuguese


Picture Day ID: EVTSQBBDG (enter ID in link above; click photo)

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Link to previous Family Newsletter Update

In case you missed any information last week!

Quote of the Week!

We trust that all of our teachers make your child(ren) excited for school daily! This is what we aim for at Bigelow—for students to come excited to school every morning, and hopefully leave happy as they return home every afternoon.

Click here to share with us which teacher makes your child most excited for school, and why/how!

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Contact Principal Coston!

Please know that I am committed to the continued excellence of Bigelow Middle School and its families, faculty/staff, & surrounding Newton community. I look forward to an amazing, progressive, and world-changing school year as we work together to #GrowBigelow.

Please feel free to contact me as needed. In the meantime, stay safe & well.

This concludes the 4th Edition of our Families & Students Bulldog Bulletin! Have a progressive week and, as always, #GrowBigelow!