Bulldog Bulletin!

Week of 10/11-10/15

October 11, 2021

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Greetings, Bigelow families & students! With a new month comes new changes to embrace! October is fully upon us, and hopefully you are excited about the opportunities that this month holds. THANK YOU for your support & commitment to Bigelow and the school year thus far.

The beginning-of-year jitters are now behind us, and we look toward our future with hope. We hope to continue growing, learning, and refining ourselves as an entire school community, as we are still adjusting to health & safety protocols, yet still trying to operate as "normally" as possible. To help with this, we look forward to seeing students & families during our virtual Back-to-School Night on Thursday, 10/14! Details are included within this newsletter.

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 Bi-Weekly Newsletter

September 29, 2021 Edition

*NOTE*: Bigelow's 6th grade will be tested on Wednesday this week.

Weekly COVID Cases

This week, Bigelow recorded 1 COVID case. Close contacts and classrooms were informed and provided instructions, per our notification protocols. Information on districtwide COVID cases and vaccination rates can be found on the Newton Health and Human Services website here: NPS COVID Case Count and Vaccination Rates.

Weekly Principal Office Hours

Click here to sign-up for your time to meet with Ms. Coston during her Tuesday family office hours. If no families sign-up, Tuesday office hours will be cancelled until the following week.

Ms. Coston provides families an opportunity to meet with her virtually every Tuesday from 3-4pm during office hours. This time is to ask any questions you may have, or just to say hello!

What's going on this Week?

~MONDAY, 10/11:
  • Holiday, no school | Indigenous People's Day

~TUESDAY, 10/12:

  • Day 3 of the cycle
  • Principal Office Hours, 3-4pm | sign up above!

~WEDNESDAY, 10/13:

  • Day 4 of the cycle
  • COVID testing for 6th Grade only
  • Dismissal at 1:50pm

~THURSDAY, 10/14:

  • Day 5 of the cycle
  • Advisory
  • Back-to-School Night, 6:30-8:30pm virtually; more details below

~FRIDAY, 10/15:

  • Day 6 of the cycle
  • T-shirt Fridays! Students, rock your Bigelow, college, athletic, educational, or favorite t-shirt/gear!

~SATURDAY, 10/16:

  • Beautify Bigelow Day, 9am-3pm; more details & RSVP below

~SUNDAY, 10/17:

  • Franklin Park Picnic! 12:30-3:30pm; more details & RSVP on flyer below


Click here for Back-to-School Night Details

Zoom Links document will be shared prior to Thursday evening.

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~Bigelow Gamers Guild (Game Club)~

Contact: Mr. Burtch (burtchm@newton.k12.ma.us)

The Bigelow Gamers Guild is starting back up this year. Any students 6th-8th grade who are interested in playing Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering, or other games, are welcome to attend on Tuesdays after school in Room 203.

Contact: May Chen (maysueki@hotmail.com)

Bring your gardening gear and tools and join us & the Bigelow PTO on Saturday, October 16 from 9-3 for Beautify Bigelow Day (Sunday, Oct. 24 is the rain date). The entire Bigelow Community is welcome. We will clean, weed, mulch, and plant new bulbs for the spring in front of Bigelow beginning at 9 am. All volunteers are welcome to drop in for any amount of time. Every contribution counts! Please RSVP via the link above.


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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Upcoming Important Dates:

  • 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
  • Thursday, October 28: PTO Meeting, 7-8pm
  • Tuesday, November 2: Election Day & Early Release, 11:20am
  • Thursday, November 4: Monthly FORJ Meeting, 7-8pm
  • Sunday, November 7: Daylight Savings Time ends
  • Monday, November 8: Bigelow FORJ Program, more details to come
  • Thursday, November 11: No School, Veteran's Day
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Translated Franklin Park Picnic Flyers

Spanish • Mandarin • Portuguese

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We understand this meeting takes place during our Back-to-School Night. Feel free follow-up & stay connected via the provided contact information.


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!

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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 5th Edition of our Families & Students Bulldog Bulletin! Have a productive week and, as always, #GrowBigelow!