The Bigelow PTO is the parent-teacher organization of the Bigelow Middle School, one of four public middle schools in Newton, MA. All Bigelow parents and teachers are members of the PTO.
The PTO keeps the community up-to-date with what is going on in the school and in the community. If you are not already receiving emails from the PTO, please click here to sign up for the email list .
To contact any PTO officer, please email BigelowBulldog@gmail.com.
How you can help
The Bigelow PTO is a volunteer organization and we welcome participation from all. Without the financial support and time contributed by Bigelow families, none of our activities would be possible.
Interested in getting involved ? Following are our committees and contact people.
Communications/ Website: Post announcements and maintain the PTO website. Currently the weekly newsletter is generated by using the information posted on the website to generate an email. - Beth Coomber
School Database/Directory: Maintain database and email list of Bigelow parents and students. Prepare material for the creation and printing of the school directory which is compiled as soon as possible after the start of school in September. - Beth Coomber
Advertising for Directory: Solicit advertisements for the school directory. – Heather Kelly and Megara Bell
Schoolkidz Representative: Getting school supplies is easy when you order the kit which contains the necessary items for each grade. Supplies will arrive at the beginning of the school year. Work with teachers to arrange contents, promote SchoolKidz purchasing in June, and organize distribution to parents/students in August. – vacant
8th Grade Activities: Help with Moving On ceremony and other transition activities for the outgoing 8th graders in June. – Melanie Varady and Alicia Matos
6th Grade Potluck: Help organize the 6th grade community “getting to know you” event for parents in October. – Laura Davis
Boston Parent Representative: Liaisons to the Boston parent METCO population. – Leah Arteaga
Creative Arts & Sciences: Previews potential and existing curriculum enhancing programs with assistance of citywide coordinator. Schedules and finalizes contracts for all programs. Communicates to parents and students about programs presented via the school newsletter. – Laura Davis, Elaine Smith Purcell and Sheryl Kalis
Teacher Appreciation: Help with the teacher appreciation breakfast in the fall and teacher appreciation lunch in the spring. Also oversee the Buy-A-Book program to honor teachers. -Stacy Schwartz and Maria Sullivan
Hospitality: Provide refreshments for PTO meetings and events. – vacant
Community Outreach/Green Decade: Work with students and teachers identifying programs where students can make a difference. – vacant
Newton Serves: Work with principal in determining what needs to be cleaned up in the school and on the grounds and organize people for those tasks. – Deb Jonas-Walsh
Passive Fundraisers: Stop and Shop/Target. – Stacey Horsik
Bake Sale Coordinator: Recruit bakers and bake sale attendants for political elections. -Sally Brickell and Heather Mehra
Cookie Dough Fundraiser: Coordinate this spring fundraiser. – vacant
Soup and Supper Stroll: Chair our Fall fundraiser. – Carolyn Judge and Jacquie Arbuckle
Bigelow’s Big Night: Chair our annual silent auction fundraiser and parent night. – Liz Haas and Laurie Halloran
You can also use the volunteer form to tell us what activities you want to do — or help organize — to support the Bigelow community this year. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, there’s room for that, too.