Category Archives: From the PTO

Principal Coston Meet & Greet and PTO Meeting

Thank you to all who attended Tuesday’s Meet & Greet with Principal Coston and our first PTO meeting of the 2022-23 school year! It was great to make connections in person, share the PTO’s purpose and activities, and hear Principal Coston’s goals and updates for Bigelow.

For reference, Principal Coston’s slides can be found following this link.

SAVE THE DATE: Ten Tables is back on October 29th and hosts are needed!

About Ten Tables: Ten Tables is a progressive mystery dinner fundraiser for Adults. Ten Tables is a fun and festive way to support Bigelow Middle School and our PTO while enjoying delicious food and great company.

Here is how it works: On the evening of the event at 6pm, attendees gather at one large appetizers party, where they will receive their dinner destination. At 8pm, everyone will proceed to their dinners hosted by volunteers, where we will all enjoy delicious food and get to know 8-9 other randomly assigned attendees. After dinner around 10pm, everyone reconvenes for dessert and coffee at a new location.

Want to host? We need Appetizer, Dessert and Dinner Hosts! Please contact Shana Smythe, Carolyn Gillespie, or Charlene Gillespie ( if you are willing to host or need more details.

Beautify Bigelow Day: THIS Sunday October 2nd

Bring your gardening gear and tools and join the Bigelow PTO THIS Sunday October 2 from 10 am to 1 pm for Beautify Bigelow Day. (Rain date Sunday October 16th) The entire Bigelow Community is welcome. We will plant, clean, weed, and mulch in the front entrance beginning at 10 am.

All volunteers are welcome to drop in for any amount of time. Every contribution counts! Please RSVP via the link below.


Call for Volunteers! Student Wellness Day: Thursday, December 8th

Building on the success of last year’s Staff Wellness Day, Principal Coston and Bigelow Leadership are planning Bigelow’s first ever Student Wellness Day.

When? Thursday, December 8th, ~8:30-11:20 am (December 8th is an early release day with 11:20 am dismissal)

What? After advisory, students will rotate through 5 different 30-minute health and wellness activities. Students will be able to choose the activities that most interest them.

We need you! We are looking for parent volunteers to share their talents and lead 30-minute activity sessions to make Bigelow’s first ever Student Wellness Day a success. The goal is for students to have a wide range of activities to choose from, e.g., origami, dance, yoga, meditation, cookie or cupcake decorating, crafts, gaming, sports, etc.!

Interested? Please email with your idea and join the fun!

Community Announcements

Mini-Golf Fundraiser for Pediatric Cancer: October 1st

The Newton North Class of 2023 is partnering with Putting 4 Patients to host a Mini-Golf Fundraiser on October 1st, 12-3pm, on the Newton North Front Field.  (In case of rain, the event will be in the Newton North SOA).  All proceeds go to Pediatric Cancer at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana Farber.

Activities include an 18-Hole Mini-Golf Course with prizes for the winner and the winning team, a Hole in One Contest, Face Painting and a Prize Drawing.  Entry is $10 for students and kids and $15 for adults.  All are welcome!  Food from food trucks and a concession stand will also be available for purchase, and some proceeds will benefit the Newton North Class of 2023.

Additional donations to Putting for Patients from this event can be made HERE.  On this site you can also mention why you are supporting.

Thank you!

NCE Middle School Speech Team

The Newton Community Ed Middle School Speech Team is resuming in-person tournaments and is actively recruitiing new team members! More information about this opportunity including registration details is available HERE.

Newton Fall Events for Kids

The City of Newton’s Cultural Development office is hosing two great kid-friendly this Fall. Please see below for more information and share with families!

The Harvest Fair on Sunday Octover 16th is a wonderful family event in Newton Centre where kids can enjoy games, rides, entertainment, and fair food.

The Halloween Window Painting is a once-a-year opportunity for creative kid artists to adorn Newton storefronts with Halloween-themed art. It’s open to all Newton students in grades 3-8. Students can register HERE.

Principal Coston Meet & Greet and First PTO Meeting

New Date & Time! Tuesday, September 27th, 7 pm

Principal Coston and the Bigelow PTO invite you to attend the First PTO Meeting of the 2022-23 school year in person at Bigelow Middle School on Tuesday, September 27 from 7-8 pm.

Please note this is a new date & time due to a scheduling conflict with Newton North High School’s Back to School Night.

All Bigelow parents, guardians, teachers and staff are members of the PTO, and we encourage the participation of all in its activities.

Please contact us at with any questions.

Save the Date! Annual Bigelow Middle School Franklin Park Picnic

Date: Sunday, October 23, 2022, 1:00-3:00 pm (Rain date: Sunday, October 30 th)

Location: Franklin Park Valley Gates (Next to the Franklin Park Zoo) at the intersection of Circuit Drive and Jewish War Veterans Drive, Boston 

Please join Principal Coston, the Newton METCO program, Bigelow PTO, Bigelow FORJ, and our Boston and Newton families for fall fun and connections as we start the 2022 school year!

Pizza graciously provided by the Bigelow PTO. Families are also welcome to bring food.

The 2021-22 yearbooks have arrived!

Current 7th or 8th graders who pre-ordered a yearbook can pick-up their copy from Ms. Rice in room 210 during 4th period or after school. (Not sure if you’ve already ordered?  Click here to view your order history for the 2021-2022 school year)

We have extra yearbooks for sale for $25 (cash or check*).  First come, first serve.  Students can purchase a yearbook during 4th period or after school. Students should see Ms. Rice in room 210.  

*make checks payable to “Bigelow Middle School”