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Bigelow “Love Your Library” Valentine’s Day Book Drive

Help keep the Bigelow Library independent reading collection relevant, interesting, educational, and fun for all our students by purchasing a book today.

Participate in the Bigelow “Love Your Library” Valentine’s Day Book Drive

When you buy a book through this website (Bound to Stay Bound Books), your donation pays for a book specially bound in a way to increase the lifespan of the book, and a donor name plate will be included for the person you are honoring with the purchase. Your continued support is deeply appreciated.

Thank you,

Patty Summa
Bigelow Librarian

Link to Book Drive Website:


Please consider joining the planning committee. You can make this as large or small a time commitment as you would like. There are many tasks – ranging from sending a few emails to setting up an entire auction online and decorating the venue on the day of the event. All help is vital and greatly appreciated!

Planning committee meeting:
Wednesday, February 15th
7 pm
at Beth Panella’s Home
5 Channing Road (not Street) in Newton Center

Please email Beth if you can attend the meeting and/or are interested in volunteering for the Big Night.

See some of the pictures from last year’s Big Night below – the theme was “Bigelow Speakeasy” and everyone had a fantastic time while raising more than $15,000 for the school!

The current PTO members who have been most active in planning and organizing the Big Night will be leaving Bigelow this year, so we need new 6th and 7th grade parents to join the planning committee and become familiar with how the event is run so that it can continue to be a success in the coming years.

The Teacher Appreciation Lunch was a SUCCESS – Thank you!

The teachers and staff at Bigelow enjoyed the wonderful lunch last week. 

A warm thank you to all that contributed your time and delectable food to the Teacher Appreciation Lunch.

A special thank you to Stacy Schwartz and Magda Duchnowska for leading this effort for us, as well as Miriam Alandidy for all the help at the clean up!!

And to all of you:

Allison Lee, Ana Kales, Andrea Hemment, Ann Sharon, Anna Olivella, Anne Reenstierna, Aoife O’Dwyer, Autumn Sarzana, Beth Secinaro, Carol Ann Delmonico, Carol Pelon, Deb Gilpin, Debbie Fredberg, Diana Kurland, Ellen Waldorf, Heidi Gardner, Janet Rickershauser, Jenn Goldberg, Jessie Gilmartin, Joana Canedo, jordana alford, Judy Kelly, Karen Manning, Karen Stevens, Klee Miller , Krista Corr, Kritzer, Laura Gainsboro, Lena Goodwin, Magda Duchnowska, Marcia Heron, Maria Howell, Marianna Lenskaya, Mary Lee, Meridith Welch, Michele Baxter, Miriam Alandydy, Monika Sawicka, Roberta Laredo, Sami O’Reilly, Sarah Lee, Shana Smythe, Terri Bancroft, Tracey Brenner, Tripti Thomas, Valerie Pontiff, Winnie Liu, Xujiang Wang, Yuri Eidus

Dishes, utensils, bags etc can be picked up from the kitchenette off of the library.

New England Camp Fair rescheduled due to snow storm

The Underwood PTO’s NEW ENGLAND CAMP FAIR is canceled due to the Nor’easter closing in on the Boston Metro area on Thursday. We expect 7-10+ inches falling heavily from 7am-7pm, which means Newton schools will almost surely be closed (and therefore, Bigelow Middle School would be closed). Moreover, we feel it would be unsafe to encourage families to venture out.

Please note our NEW DATE & TIME:

Sunday, March 5th, 2017 from  11-2pm
in the Bigelow Middle School gymnasium

We hope you will try to attend with your children and support our school. As you  know, the Camp Fair is free and open to all.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.