Author Archives: Bigelow PTO

Thank you to all those who helped with the Teacher Appreciation Tea

A warm thank you to all that contributed your time and delectable food to the Teacher Appreciation Tea this week. The teachers and staff at Bigelow enjoyed the wonderful spread. A special thank you to Stacy Schwartz and Magda Duchnowska for leading this effort for us!!

THANK YOU: Debbie Fredberg , Andrea Hemment, Gwo-Shu Mary Lee, Marian McDonagh, Joanne Simpson, Rachel Zoob, Beth Secinaro, Monika Sawicka, Laura DeDominicis, Sarah Lee, Frances Kervin, Joana Canedo, Lisa Camesano, Quan Lu, Emily Hsieh, Karen Manning, Judy Kelly, Elsa Tsao, Klee Miller, Denice Adrianza, Xujiang Wang, Judy Kelly, Gail Fitzgerald, Nooshin Ghazi and Jordana Alford.

8th Grade Families – Directory information

Newton North High School uses the same online directory software that we use here at Bigelow (MySchoolAnywhere). We will be authorizing their account to automatically import graduating students from our account so that no student is overlooked. This would be a great time to log in and make sure your information and share settings are up to date. Just login to:

If you still have children at Bigelow next year, you will be able to select which school to view upon logging in. If your child is not moving on to Newton North, please be sure to let the Newton North administration know so they can have the PTO remove your child from the directory. Let us know if you have any other questions about this.

To 8th Grade Parents – Newton North PTSO 2017-2018 Volunteers Needed!

Newton North depends on the generosity of parent/guardian volunteers to help keep our community informed, connected, and strong. Can you help? Please consider the excellent opportunities below.

Questions? Please contact

Board positions

Work with other PTSO co-president and committee chairs to run Newton North PTSO. Strong organizational, people, and technical skills needed. Previous PTO experience is a plus, but not required. Time commitment: 10-15 hours per week.

Programming co-chair
Work with current chair and with co-presidents to determine PTSO meeting content and arrange logistics. Attend PTSO board meetings (every six weeks during the school year). Time commitment: September to June, one hour every two weeks.

Grants and projects co-chair
Screen grant requests from teachers and staff and allocate funds for classroom enrichment. Attend PTSO board meetings (every six weeks during the school year). Time commitment: November through March, one hour per week.

Recording secretary
Take notes at PTSO board meetings and publish minutes. Attend PTSO board meetings (every six weeks during the school year).


Celebration co-chair
Help oversee the post-prom party for all seniors (June). Event planning and team leading skills helpful. Time commitment: February through early June, 3 hours per week.

Class liaison
Serve as liaison between NNHS and parents in each grade. Time commitment: September to June, one hour every two weeks.

Northside Dining Adventure co-chair
Run annual parent social event (November). Time commitment: September through mid-November, one hour per week.

Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices co-chair
Help PTSO organize yearly Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices prevention expo (January). Time commitment: November through January, two hours per week.

Newsletter editor
Help PTSO co-presidents arrange content for the weekly e-newsletter, Tiger News, and post stories on PTSO website.

Student-Faculty Administration
Attend weekly morning meetings with students, faculty, staff, and principal in a non-voting but advisory capacity to help determine school policies.

Help current webmaster with technical oversight of PTSO website. Knowledge of Drupal programming helpful but not required.

7th and 8th grades Electives 2017-2018

The online registration process for selecting fourth period electives and for choosing Fine & Applied Arts (FAA) courses for next year is open on the school website. The registration needs to be completed by Wednesday, June 14.

Students may choose electives or “T-Time” on days 1&4, 2&5, and 3&6.  Students not choosing an elective will be assigned to “T-Time.”

For the first time next year, an FAA drama course is being offered in grade 8, and students may indicate their preference for three FAA courses.

Please note: Special Education and ELL classes are in the process of being scheduled. Students enrolled in special education and ELL classes may not be able to take an elective or “T-Time” class during fourth period.

Please register here: 7th and 8th Grade Electives

New PTO Board for 2017-2018

We are pleased to announce the PTO Board members for the 2017-2018 school year, voted at the Bigelow PTO Annual Meeting, on Wednesday, June 7th.

Co-President (Officer) – Jessica Gilmartin
Co-President – Jennifer Weber
Co-Vice President Fundraising (Officer) – Una Simmons
Co-Treasurer (Officer) – Miriam Alandydy
Co-Treasurer – Michelle Welford
Co-Secretary (Officer) – Joana Canedo
Nominating Committee – Tracy Carroll (ret

Terms become effective September 1, 2017.

Bigelow PTO Annual Meeting Minutes – June 7th 2017

Yearbooks are on sale!

We have extra yearbooks for anyone who is still interested but did not pre-order.

Price: $25
Payment: cash or check (payable to: Bigelow Middle School)

Please place payment in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and homeroom written on the front. Your child should give the envelope to Ms. Rice (room 210). We have a limited quantity – first come, first serve.  Get them while supplies last!

“Honor a Graduate or Staff Member” Book Drive

Participate in Bigelow Library’s “Honor a Graduate or Staff Member”  End of Year Book Drive. When you buy a book through this website (Bound to Stay Bound Books), your donation pays for a book bound in a way to increase the lifespan of the book, and for a donor name plate placed in the book for the person you are honoring with your purchase.

Help keep the Bigelow Library independent reading collection relevant, interesting, educational, and fun for all our students by purchasing a book today! Your continued support is deeply appreciated.

Please donate to the Teacher Appreciation Tea – Tuesday June 6th

Our teachers and staff members do so much for our kids 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 6 at 2:00 pm.

We are looking for volunteers to provide finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries, crumpets (whatever they are), fruit salad and any other delectables that go well with tea. We also need volunteers to help set up and clean up. Set up is at 12:45 and clean up is at 3:00.

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 donate or volunteer please sign up here.

SOME APPRECIATION FROM THE TEACHERS FOR LAST YEAR’S TEA (Your contribution does make a difference!!)

Please know how much your effort goes noticed and appreciated when you host our tea party. The lovely touches, such as the flowers and colorful paper products, bring so much joy!
You outdid yourselves yet again! Thank you so much for the delicious treats – they do make us feel appreciated!
YOU ARE AMAZING! Thank you so much for always “treating” us so well with such yummy “treats” and beautiful flowers! We appreciate it so much.
Thank you for the delicious and abundant spread of treats. We are always grateful for your support and consideration.
Thank you for the tea time desserts and treats. They were lovely and made us fee very appreciated.
The food was all so delicious! The perfect motivation for the end of the year. Thank you so much for always thinking of us!
Thank you for remembering us and showing us your appreciation!
Just a note of thanks for the PTO support for Bigelow teachers. The PTO is such an essential group for the parent community. I appreciate your presence.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Teacher Appreciation Chairs, Stacy Schwartz at or Magda Duchnowska at