Category Archives: From the PTO

Please support Bigelow!


It’s that time of year and your inbox is probably filled with worthy organizations asking for donations. The Bigelow Middle School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is one cause that doesn’t get more personal: our kids’ education. As parents and guardians of Bigelow students, we are all members of the PTO, an organization that is well worth supporting. With the pandemic, fundraising events are very limited so your donations are needed now more than previous years.

Why give to the PTO?

  • We underwrite programs that the Newton Public School’s budget does not cover, such as Creative Arts and Sciences and classroom technology.
  • We supplement pandemic related supplies for the classrooms
  • We offer field trip scholarships.
  • We provide assistance to Bigelow families who have fallen under unfortunate circumstances
  • We serve as an important communication channel between the school and parents.
  • We help build the community that makes Bigelow a special place for our children.

Please support these important programs with your gift to Bigelow PTO, venmo, online or by check.
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Bigelow School Council Vote

Based on the last week’s nomination period, these are the parents/guardians who have been nominated to serve on the 21-22 Bigelow School Council:

  • Justine Kelley (Grade 6 & 7)
  • Gabriela Kroszynski (Grade 7)
  • Julie Lane Kane (Grade 6)

Learn more about School Councils here.

Printed Directory: Coming home this week

The printed Bigelow PTO Directory will be distributed during advisory on Monday, November 15.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and integrity of this directory data. Changes cannot be made to the printed directory but you can change any directory information online through MembershipToolkit or by contacting the directory team, Sarah Lenz ( or Heather Philbrook ( Please also contact us if your student has not received a printed version by November 22.

We encourage you to download the Membership Toolkit app to make connecting with other Bigelow families even easier.  The app is available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

For more information about the Directory, go to the Bigelow PTO website

Brent Daniels Virtual Music Technology

This program will be offered to 6th graders on Tuesday, December 7 at 9am.
Brent Daniels is an entertainment industry veteran and award-winning music producer using the latest technology to sculpt sound and create music for Marvel Studios, Disney Studios, Netflix, Activision, Epic Records and more. His online Virtual Music Technology assembly shows students how their everyday devices are used by professionals to create the music and sounds they love.
This is not your everyday Zoom meeting! Classes will be brought into Brent’s studio for an interactive educational experience they will never forget! Virtual Music Technology is a one-of-a-kind online event in which students participate to create an original track that will raise the roof! Using master-level musicianship and a blend of high energy music production, audience interaction, information and humor, Brent delivers an exciting performance and a premium educational experience that will capture the imaginations of students.

Thsi program is ponsored by the Bigelow PTO and Creative Arts & Sciences

Did you know that you can make your Annual Fund contribution by Venmo?

Simply send your donation via Venmo to @BigelowPTONewton. Please put “Annual Fund” in the memo line.
Donations support Bigelow creative arts and science presentations, the One School One Book project, community building events, cultural events, field trip scholarships, classroom supplies not covered by NPS, and lots more!  
Venmo to: @BigelowPTONewton.  Please don’t delay and make your contribution today!  
A big thank you to those who already donated!  

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