Category Archives: From the PTO

20-21 Annual Appeal

Annual Appeal 2020-2021

Giving Tuesday is December 1 this year and we hope that will inspire us all to donate to the PTO to enhance our kids’ experience at Bigelow!

You should have received your Annual Appeal letter but you can always donate online. We hope that you will consider making a donation to the Bigelow PTO to fund the very many programs and services that benefit our children. We count on your support now, more than ever, as fundraising has been challenging due to COVID-19.

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 offer field trip scholarships.
  • 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, online or by check – CLICK HERE. Matching gifts are a great way to maximize your donation and some companies double or triple your gift to education.


Bigelow is fortunate to have a powerful partnership between the school’s terrific leaders, teachers and staff as well as a dedicated and vibrant PTO. See here how your donation helps the school and our children.

Bigelow Holiday Cookie Sale

The Bigelow PTO is offering for sale the most delicious cookies that you will ever eat! And the bonus is your purchase supports the PTO!

  • 6 Cookies in a cellophane pack: $20
  • 12 Cookies on a small tray: $35

Cookies are nut-free although some almond extract may be used.

We are offering this sale through Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Cookies will be available by Wednesday, December 16, 2020, and we will deliver them to your house!

Cello Bag Option #1 6 cookies – BLM Cream Cheese Velvet Cookies on map of the United States $20
Cello Bag Option #2 6 cookies – Peace/BLM/Unity Cream Cheese Velvet Cookies on solid neutral tones on map of the United States $20
Cello Bag Option #3 6 cookies – 2 Purple Sprinkle, 2 white Chocolate drizzled red velvet cutouts, 2 chocolate sandwich cookies with plain filling $20
Cello Bag Option #4 6 cookies – 2 Chocolate Chip, 2 Purple Sprinkle (go Bulldogs!), 2 Peppermint Oreos $20
Tray Option #1 12 cookies – 3 chocolate chip, 3 purple sprinkle, 3 white chocolate drizzled red velvet cutouts, 3 peppermint Oreos $35
Tray Option #2 12 cookies – 4 purple sprinkle, 4 red velvet, 4 Oreo with peppermint or plain filling $35

To order cookies, two options:

1- Return the order form and check (made payable to Bigelow Middle School PTO) to the school’s office (attn: Bigelow PTO/Karen Markson).

2- Order online now:

Fill the Cookie Order Form and pay below:

1 bag of 6 cookies = $20      2 bags of 6 cookies = $40

1 tray of 12 cookies = $35      2 trays of 12 cookies = $70

1 bag of 6 + 1 tray of 12 cookies = $55


Tray Option #2

Cello Bag Option #2

Cello Bag Option #3 and #4


Thank you for your support of the One School, One Book Program!

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the students, staff and the One School, One Book Committee, I want to thank the PTO for its support of the One School, One Book Program. Providing funding this year for our visit with Jerry Craft was very generous. Our virtual visit with him was outstanding and was a very special way to end our New Kid Activities.

The feedback we received from our students about Mr. Craft’s visit was very positive. He inspired many of our students with his story and the art he created while speaking with us. Students filled out a survey about the author visit and included a one sentence thank you to him. The thank you’s were compiled into a document and shared with Jerry Craft. To get a better sense of the appreciation that the students had for the author and his visit, take a look at their thank you’s with this LINK.

Finally, I want to give a special thank you to Caryn Izhar, our parent liaison for Creative Arts and Sciences, who facilitated our visit with Mr. Craft. Everything went off without a hitch due to her excellent communication with me and the author.



Patty Summa
Library Teacher
Bigelow M.S.

Mass Travel Order: Students Need to Quarantine

We hope you had a safe and joyful holiday.  Please remember:  If you travelled  to a high-risk state* or to a country, even for a day, you will need to either quarantine for 14 days or provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered up to 72 hours before returning to Massachusetts before your child can return to school.

We urge you to comply with the Mass. Travel Order so we can continue to keep our community safe.

*All states are considered high-risk except for Hawaii.

Reminder about Attendance

If your child is hybrid A or B and does NOT come to school for any reason on the mornings that they have in-person classes, please call the main office attendance line at 617-559-6835.   If we do NOT hear from you, your child will be marked absent, even if they connect to their classes remotely from home.


Did you get your pre-ordered 2019-2020 Yearbook?

2019-2020 yearbooks are ready for pickup at the school Main Office.

If you did not order a yearbook and want a copy, we have a limited supply of extra books available for purchase. Bring $25 in cash or check made out to Bigelow Middle School.  These books will be sold on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.

Free Breakfast and Lunch for Students

Whitsons is partnering with Newton Public Schools to provide FREE breakfast and lunch to ALL students in Newton.

Virtual Leaner pick- up locations:

  • Newton North HS (Theatre Entrance)
  • Newton South HS

Pick-up available from 10-12pm Mon-Fri.

In Person Pick-up:

School specific grab-n-go available either in café or by exit points.


Newton SEPAC presents: Special Education Rights during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Please join Newton SEPAC (Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council) for a presentation on:

Special Education Rights during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Monday, November 23, 2020
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Via Zoom:

Presented by:

Daniel Heffernan, Esq., Newton parent and Special Education Attorney at Kotin Crabtree and Strong, LLP

Dan will discuss the most current DESE decisions and guidelines affecting special education students in Massachusetts during the pandemic. Some of the areas Dan will cover include IEP service delivery, compensatory services, evaluations, administrative timelines, etc. We will also have time for Q&A from families.

Newton Schools Foundation Liaison needed!

The mission of the Newton Schools Foundation is to advance excellence in the Newton Public Schools. To that end, NSF supports the professional development of educators, new approaches to teaching in the classroom, and programs that address both racial and income inequities to enable all students to achieve their full potential.

The NSF Board would like to collaborate with the Bigelow PTO to strengthen the relationship between our school and the NSF donors who fund these programs.  With a better understanding of NSF’s mission and available funds, the Bigelow PTO will be able to encourage Mr. Harrison and teachers to apply for NSF grants that will enhance educational opportunities in Bigelow, and advise NSF of supplemental programs we are exploring which might be grant-eligible.

In an effort to create this collaboration, we’d like to invite a member of our parent community to be a liaison to NSF. The time commitment is minimal but the impact can be significant.  Find the NSF Liaison Description here.

Want to learn more about the logistics of the role of school liaison and the expectations for this new relationship going forward, and to familiarize you with NSF?  Attend Zoom meeting with NSF’s two co-presidents, Liz Hiser and Rhanna Kidwell for Tuesday, December 15 at 7:00 pm to further discuss:

Meeting ID: 858 7956 1438 – Passcode: 786028