Category Archives: From the PTO

Teacher Appreciation Tea – Tuesday June 4th

Please volunteer to help or donate to the Teacher Appreciation Tea – Tuesday, June 4th. Our teachers and staff members do so much for our children throughout the year. They teach them invaluable skills, instill them with knowledge and a love of learning, and serve as intellectual role models.

So let’s say a proper thank you with a proper English tea — Bigelow-style. This year’s annual staff appreciation tea takes place on Tuesday, June 4th at 2:00 pm.

We are looking for volunteers to provide finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries, fruit salad and any other delectable that goes well with tea. We also need volunteers to help set up and break down. Set up is at 1:15 pm and break down is at 3:00 pm.

All items may be dropped off the morning of the tea in the teacher’s lunchroom or put in the refrigerator there. Please drop off items no later than 12:30pm. It is most helpful if items are brought in a disposable container.

  • To bring food or volunteer please sign up HERE.
  • To make a monetary contribution for the tea by credit card, please click HERE.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Teacher Appreciation Co-Chairs, Miriam Alandydy (Miriam.alandydy@gmail.com) or Andrea Hemment (ahemment@gmail.com).

Honor Thy Teacher 2019

Honor Thy Teacher is a great way to say “Thank You” to the amazing people who motivate, educate and inspire our kids to be the best they can be. When you recognize teachers and staff through Honor Thy Teacher, you’ll also be supporting the Newton Public Schools. 
NSF celebrates teachers and staff by:

  • Notifying honorees of your gift by the end of the school year 
  • Sharing honoree names with the Superintendent and Principals
  • Listing all honored teachers and staff in an ad in the Newton TAB

Suggested donation is $25 per teacher/staff member, which will help NSF fund programs for students and professional development for staff that advances excellence and equity throughout Newton’s schools. Click here to learn about the programs NFS funds.
You can donate online by visiting the NSF website or by check made out to “Newton Schools Foundation,” P.O. Box 590020, Newton, MA, 02459. Be sure to include the name(s) and school(s) of those you wish to honor. 

Bigelow students on the news

Bigelow 8th grade students have been working on their Civics engagement projects as part of the Generation Citizen program led by Social Studies teachers Ms. Singers and Mr. Swan. 

They presented their projects to their peers and families last Monday and they will participate in Newton Civics Night next Tuesday, May 28th.

They are also on this week’s news:

Newton Civics Night

This year all of the Newton Middle Schools will be collaborating on a Newton Civics Night on Tuesday, May 28th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. to display their Generation Citizens Projects. 
Learn how Newton students are leading real community change in Massachusetts through the Generation Citizen action civics program.
Guest Speaker: Representative Kay Khan

RSVP: Tim_Matthews@newton.k12.ma.us

Tuesday, May 28th
6:30PM – 8:00PM
American Legion Post 440
295 California St, Newton, MA

More about Bigelow participation: https://bigelowpto.org/2019/05/bigelow-civics-day-2019/

Share your family recipe with other Bigelow families!

From the Bigelow International Food Network Team

In the fall, we requested that families share their international food traditions. Our goal was to make more connections among the Bigelow community as well as recognize cultural and culinary diversity.  We hope you will explore the International Food Network Site that we created, and we’d like to invite more families to contribute.  You can do so by completing the form that is available on our site.
https://sites.google.com/newton.k12.ma.us/bigfoodnetworksite/home

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 bigelowbulldog@gmail.com 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!

Volunteers with 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 co-presidents@NorthPTSO.org

Board positions

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

Committees

  • Celebration co-chair
  • Class liaisons (Classes of 2023, 2022, 2021 and 2020)
  • Educational Excellence co-chair
  • Family Involvement
  • Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices Expo
  • Newton SEPAC
  • Northside Dining Adventure co-chair
  • Safe Routes to School

Download flyer here. More details here.

Teacher Appreciation Tea – Tuesday June 4th

Please volunteer to help or donate to the Teacher Appreciation Tea – Tuesday, June 4th. Our teachers and staff members do so much for our children throughout the year. They teach them invaluable skills, instill them with knowledge and a love of learning, and serve as intellectual role models.

So let’s say a proper thank you with a proper English tea — Bigelow-style. This year’s annual staff appreciation tea takes place on Tuesday, June 4th at 2:00 pm.

We are looking for volunteers to provide finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries, fruit salad and any other delectable that goes well with tea. We also need volunteers to help set up and break down. Set up is at 1:15 pm and break down is at 3:00 pm.

All items may be dropped off the morning of the tea in the teacher’s lunchroom or put in the refrigerator there. Please drop off items no later than 12:30pm. It is most helpful if items are brought in a disposable container.

  • To bring food or volunteer please sign up HERE.
  • To make a monetary contribution for the tea by credit card, please click HERE.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Teacher Appreciation Co-Chairs, Miriam Alandydy (Miriam.alandydy@gmail.com) or Andrea Hemment (ahemment@gmail.com).

Band Parents: you are invited to the PoPS

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: Wednesday, May 22 at 6:15pm
Where: Bigelow Library
Hosted by the current PoPs members

Bigelow Civics Day 2019

Our 8th Grade students invite you to join us for “Bigelow Civics Day”. See how our change makers are addressing community issues!

  • 1pm – 1:25pm: Welcome and Program Overview
  • 1:30pm – 2:45pm: Student Presentations

Focus issues proposed by the students:

  • addressing students’ mental health 
  • restricting underage vaping
  • helping the homeless population
  • increasing affordable rentals in Newton
  • improving nutrition for low-income families
  • reducing academic stress

Parents are welcome to arrive and leave at anytime.
The event is part of the Generation Citizen program led by 8th Grade Social Studies Teachers Ms. Singers and Mr. Swan. Generation Citizen is an action civics curriculum in which students identify issues in their community, research the root cause and then advocate for change.