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Bigelow Drama Spring Play: “One Little Match”

One Little Match, by the Ghostlight Ensemble, is a two act play entirely written by Bigelow students. Six “unbiased” narrators tell the dramatic story of a bunch of foster kids who want to be together as a family, and their misadventures with law enforcement.

What IS Ghostlight? It’s a Devised Theatre production that will be created by the Ensemble. What is an “ensemble” in this sense? All students cast in the Spring Show, both Tech & Actors. (Not everyone in the ensemble will be performing!) After several weeks of intense team-building activities and group brainstorming/playwriting sessions, a text for a play will be created.

All are invited to the public performances at the school auditorium:

“One Little Match”
Thursday, May 16th, 6 pm
Friday, May 17th, 7 pm
Saturday, May 18h, 7 pm
Tickets $5 at the door


Dear Parents of Performing Arts Students

Please join us in the library when you arrive at Bigelow to drop off your performers. We’ll have an informal gathering to share our current PoPS activities and gather input for ways to support our Bigelow performing arts community going forward. We’ll have light refreshments and snacks and look forward to getting to know each other.

When: Thursday May 16 at 5:15pm
Where: Bigelow Library
Hosted by the current PoPs members


10th Annual SEPAC Special Educator Awards

The SEPAC Special Educator Awards are presented to Newton faculty and staff members who have done exceptional work with students receiving special education services.  

Thursday, May 30th, 6:00 pm
Newton South High School Cafeteria
140 Brandeis Road
Newton Center, MA 02459

Parents, guardians and students may nominate any NPS staff member who they believe has gone above and beyond in their work with special education students (ie: special ed staff, regular ed staff, principals, aides, BT’s, administrative staff, custodians, crossing guards, etc).
Please note that the awards do not identify you or your child by name; only the honoree is given the name of the person who nominated him/her. 
Click on the link below to submit your nomination!


Volunteers for the Newton North PTSO 2019-20

Newton North depends on the generosity and energy of parent/guardian volunteers to help keep our community informed, connected, and strong. Can you help? Please consider the excellent opportunities below!  Have questions or want to volunteer? Please contact

Board positions

  • Vice President, Fundraising
  • Vice President, Programming 
  • Recording secretary


  • Celebration co-chair
  • Class liaisons (Classes of 2023, 2022, 2021 and 2020)
  • Educational Excellence co-chair
  • Family Involvement
  • Newton SEPAC
  • Northside Dining Adventure co-chair
  • Safe Routes to School
  • Student-Faculty Administration

Download flyer here. More details here.


Cafeteria Monitors for announcements

Digital monitors were just installed in the Bigelow cafeteria for relaying announcements to students more efficiently and effectively.

Another source of daily information for students is the morning announcements. They are read by 8th grade students on the intercom at 8:15 AM every day. Parents can access the announcements here.

The cafeteria monitors were purchased by the Bigelow PTO thanks to the support of our community through donations and participation in events.


Join the Bigelow PTO Board next year!

The PTO is looking for enthusiastic parents and guardians to join our mission! Please consider being an active member of our rewarding organization that directly benefits our children.

Would you like to become more involved in the strategic aspect of the Bigelow PTO, helping direct and manage the overall program for 2019/20?  All Bigelow parents and guardians, including those of incoming 6th graders, are encouraged to join the board.  The proposed slate of 2019/20 Board members will be voted on at our final PTO meeting of the year on June 3rd.  Serving on the Board is a great way to meet other Bigelow parents and help out at your child’s school.  

The Bigelow PTO is a volunteer organization dedicated to provide support and information to the school community. Take a look at what we do and what we support.

We have several open positions for next year, including officer and committee roles. Please take a look here.

Please contact us at if you are interested in learning more. The success of the Bigelow PTO depends on our volunteer parents and caregivers. We are grateful for your support and hope to work with you for the 2019/2020 school year!


Mark Your Calendars

  • Mon, May 13 - 8th Grade CASC Presentation: “Midsummer Night’s Dream” @ 8:30am details...
  • Tue, May 14 - MCAS-Math-Grade 6 @ 8:30am details...
  • Wed, May 15 - MCAS-Math-Grade 6 @ 8:30am details...
  • Thu, May 16 - MCAS-Math-Grade 7 @ 8:30am details...
  • Thu, May 16 - School Council Meeting @ 3:00pm
  • Thu, May 16 - PoPs informal gathering @ 5:15pm details...
  • Thu, May 16 - Ghostlight - Bigelow Drama’s Spring Show @ 6:00pmdetails...
  • Fri, May 17 - MCAS-Math-Grade 7@ 8:30am details...
  • Fri, May 17 - Ghostlight- Bigelow Drama’s Spring Show @ 7:00pmdetails...
  • Sat, May 18 - Ghostlight - Bigelow Drama’s Spring Show @ 7:00pmdetails...
  • Tue, May 21 - MCAS-Math-Grade 8 @ 8:30am details...
  • Wed, May 22 - MCAS-Math-Grade 8 @ 8:30am details...
  • Wed, May 22 - PoPs informal gathering @ 6:15pm details...
  • Wed, May 22 - Band Concert@ 7:00pm
  • Thu, May 23 - MCAS-Science Technology-Grade 8 @ 8:30am details...
  • Mon, May 27 - Memorial Day - No School

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The information provided in Bigelow PTO Notes is sent as a service to the Bigelow community. Publication of, and/or links to, any item of the Bigelow PTO Notes does not reflect an endorsement or vetting by the Bigelow PTO or its Board Members. It is the reader’s responsibility to verify and authenticate all references for any information or link posted. All information presented is deemed accurate at the time of posting and is subject to change.

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42 Vernon St.
Newton, MA 02458

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