Sunday, June 03, 2018

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Bigelow News

Lets get together and celebrate the 2017-2018 School Year

All are invited to our last meeting of the year, when we are going to celebrate the 2017-2018 school year with light refreshments and good talks! We would love to see you there!

This is a great time for rising 8th grade parents to learn about all of the 8th grade activities next year and how they can get involved. Rising 6th grade parents will have the opportunity to get to know their new PTO and what we do for the school and the students.

We will present the 2018/19 budget and show how the PTO uses all the money raised by our community. The incoming leadership will be brought forward for a vote of Bigelow parents, guardians, teachers and staff. We still have open positions to fill!! If you would like to become more involved in the strategic aspect of the Bigelow PTO, helping direct and manage the overall program for 2017/18, you are encouraged to join the board or one of the committees.

PTO Annual Meeting
Monday, June 11th 2018, from 7pm to 8pm
Bigelow Library

Proposed 2017-2018 Officers and Nominating Committee Members

  • Co-Presidents – Jessica Gilmartin and Jennifer Weber
  • Vice President Fundraising – Una Simmons
  • Co-Treasurer  – Michelle Welford and one open
  • Co-Secretaries – Joana Canedo and Kara Peterson
  • Co-Presidents elect (in preparation for 2019/20)  – two open  
  • Nominating Committee** – Tracy Carroll and Lisa Schwartzberg
  • Nominating Committee – from Ward feeder school – Lisa Schwartzberg
  • Nominating Committee – from Lincoln-Elliot feeder school – open
  • Nominating Committee – from Underwood feeder school – open
  • Nominating Committee – from Lincoln-Elliot feeder school – open
  • **One member of the Nominating Committee serves as the Chair and one member of the Board of Directors is appointed by the Board to serve on the Nominating Committee

Please look here for committee positions still open.

  • Teacher Appreciation co-chair
  • METCO representative
  • Newton SEPAC Liaison
  • 6th Grade Potluck Chair
  • Green School Chair
  • Safe Routes to School Chair

Hope to see you all there!

Teacher Appreciation Tea on Tuesday

Please remember to drop off all items at the teacher’s lunchroom at Bigelow no later than 12:30 PM on Tuesday (perishables can be placed in the refrigerator there). If you prefer to drop off items the night before, please contact Magda Duchnowska at or 617-548-1600.

YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP to donate or volunteer by clicking HERE.

  • It is most helpful if items are brought in disposable containers.
  • We ESPECIALLY need volunteers to help set up and break down. Set up is at 12:45 and clean up is at 3:00

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Teacher Appreciation Chair, Magda Duchnowska, at

Thank you again for helping us show our appreciation for our teachers and staff.

Step-Up Day – Friday, June 8th

Please mark you calendars for Step-Up Day, Friday, June 8.

Grade 6
 All 6th graders will be dismissed early.
~ 11:30am dismissal – to make space for the Stepping Up 5th Graders
The usual bus routes will run then.

Grade 7
Seventh graders have a full day
~ 2:45pm dismissal – Regular Schedule

Grade 8
Eighth graders also have a full day.
~ 11:30am – 2:30pm – step up to Newton North High School
~ 2:45pm dismissal – from Bigelow Middle School

The usual bus routes will run again for 7th and 8th graders at 2:45pm.  A flyer is attached.

Honor a Bigelow graduate or staff member

From Patty Summa, Bigelow Library Teacher

Honor a Bigelow graduate or staff member this June by supporting the Bigelow Library! How? Choose a book to purchase at the Support Our Library page. A bookplate including the honoree’s and donor’s name will automatically be placed inside the book. Supporting the library in this way helps to keep the library collection relevant and interesting for our students. In addition, a donation will sustain our goal to promote a love of reading throughout the Bigelow community. It is a great way to honor a graduate or thank a staff member. The company, Bound to Stay Bound Books, binds the books in such a way that makes them more durable and last longer. Consider donating today to help support the Bigelow Library! Thank you for your support.

Link to purchase a book: Bound To Stay Bound Book Drive

9th Annual Newton 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. Parents, guardians and students may submit nominations and may nominate any staff member who they believe has done exceptional work. In the past, we’ve had regular education teachers, special education teachers, aides, BT’s, secretaries, principals and custodians receive awards.

Please note that the awards do not identify you or your child by name, to preserve the child’s confidentiality. Only the honoree is given the name of the person who nominated him or her.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 6:00 pm
Newton North High School Cafeteria
457 Walnut Street

8th Grade Families – Directory information

Newton North High School uses the same online directory software that we use here at Bigelow (MySchoolAnywhere). We will be authorizing their account to automatically import graduating students from our account so that no student is overlooked. This would be a great time to log in and make sure your information and share settings are up to date. Just login to:

If you still have children at Bigelow next year, you will be able to select which school to view upon logging in. If your child is not moving on to Newton North, please be sure to let the Newton North administration know so they can have the PTO remove your child from the directory. Let us know if you have any other questions about this.


Bigelow Links

Bigelow PTO Website 

Bigelow PTO Calendar

Bigelow Middle School

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Bigelow Morning Announcements

Student Activities and Sports

PTO Newsletter Archives

Community Notes

Earlier Announcements

Honor a Bigelow graduate or staff member
Volunteer with the Bigelow PTO next year!
The first Bigelow Civics Day was a success
Newton SEPAC Special Educator Awards 2018
Teacher Appreciation Tea – Tuesday June 5th  

Contact Us

Bigelow Middle School PTO
42 Vernon St.
Newton, MA 02458

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Mark Your Calendars

  • Tue, Jun 05 - Teacher Appreciation Tea @ 2:00pm details...
  • Tue, Jun 05 - Chorus Concert@ 7:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 07 - Newton North High School Athletics Night @ 6:30pm details...
  • Fri, Jun 08 - Step Up Day details...
  • Mon, Jun 11 - Annual PTO Meeting@ 7:00pm details...
  • Tue, Jun 12 - Bigelow Beats A Cappella Concert @ 7:00pm
  • Wed, Jun 13 - Band/Orchestra/Jazz Band Concert @ 7:00pm details...
  • Wed, Jun 20 - Eighth Grade Canobie Lake Field Trip @ 8:00am details...
  • Thu, Jun 21 - Grade 8 Graduation@ 9:00am details...
  • Thu, Jun 21 - Grade 8 Dance@ 7:00pm details...
  • Fri, Jun 22 - Last Day of School@ 11:30am details...
  • Fri, Jun 29 - Report Cards and Obligations details...
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