Category Archives: From the PTO

Generation Citizen Program – Cluster 8E

Note from Jean Singers, Bigelow Grade 8 History/Social Science Teacher

Dear Bigelow Parents,

Cluster 8E will be piloting a program known as Generation Citizen this spring. Generation Citizen is a non-profit organization that has created an “action civics” curriculum.
Action Civics empowers students to identify issues in their school or community, research the root cause, and implement an action plan to change it. Parent volunteers are needed to be part of a “working group” along with our family engagement team that will support and advise implementation of the pilot program. The commitment is two meetings at Bigelow convenient to the working group. This program is part of Bigelow’s goal of increasing family and community engagement. Please contact me at jean_singers@newton.k12.ma.us if you have any questions.
Thank You!

Jean Singers

 

February is “Love Your Library” Month at Bigelow

Keeping the library collection new and exciting supports our goal to promote a love of reading throughout the Bigelow community. Consider donating a book in honor of a student or in recognition of a staff member through the Bound to Stay Bound Books. When a book is purchased through this website, it receives a special binding to help the book last longer, and it will include a nameplate with an honoree and donor inscription. Love the Bigelow Library by donating today. Thank your for your support!

Donate a book.

Ms. Buttiglieri in the Massachusetts Hall of Fame for Science Educators

Congratulations to Mary Buttiglieri!  Bigelow’s 7th Grade science teacher was inducted into the Massachusetts Hall of Fame for Science Educators.

The Hall of Fame was founded in 1992 and has recognized 110 members.  Each member has had a long and distinguished career in science education in Massachusetts.

Interested to learn more? Read the complete article here: http://newton.wickedlocal.com/news/20180207/newton-teacher-inducted-into-state-hall-of-fame-for-science-educators

Thank you for making the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon a success!

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

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

A special thank you to Magda Duchnowska and Beth Hicks for leading this effort for us.

And to all of you:

Albert Kurland, Alexandra Novina, Andrea Hemment, Anna Olivella, Anne Reenstierna, Aoife O’Dwyer, Beth Secinaro, Cindy Henry, Connie Tong, Debbie Fredberg, Deborah O’Rourke, Emlie Tucker, Heidi Gardner, Holly Georgiadis, Joanne Simpson , Judy Kelly, Judy Stern, Karen Manning, Karen Petrulakis, Katia Stavropoulos, Kelly Qian-Tsuchida, Kristin Golden, Laura Gainsboro, Macy Tubman, Maria Hanelin, Maria Howell, Marianna Lenskaya, Meredith Andrews, Michele Baxter, Miriam Alandydy, Rachel Zoob Hill, Rebecca Schmidt, Roberta Laredo, Shana Smythe, Shannon Flint, Teresa Carmona, Terri Bancroft, Tiffany Angel, Tracey Wolfsdorf, Tripti Thomas-Travers, Una Simmons, Wendy Kritzer, Xiaolei XU, Xujiang Wang.

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

You can be a Big part of our Big Night: donate an auction item!

We still need a few items for our Big Night Silent Auction on March 24th at the Cambridge Boat Club. Can you donate an item for our fun, festive night?? Look here for some ideas.

If you have something to donate, please get your item in as soon as possible so we can post them on the event website. Gift Cards can be mailed or dropped off to the Bigelow PTO (Bigelow Middle School, 42 Vernon Street, Newton MA 02458) and bigger items dropped off to Una Simmons, 12 Willard Street, Newton, MA 02458.

Stay tuned for more information to come regarding Bigelow’s most exciting night!

Please contact Meredith Andrews, Big Night Committee Chairperson, at meredithandrews13@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon – Call for volunteers and food contributions

The Bigelow Teacher Appreciation Luncheon will be this Wednesday, February 7th, at the Library.

It is a great way to take a moment to thank the amazing teachers and staff at Bigelow for all they do for our children. Bigelow families provide the food, beverages, plastic serving utensils and flowers for this event. Please, consider making a contribution to the luncheon, or help with set up and clean up. We still need some volunteers and donations for this appreciation event.

To donate or volunteer please sign up HERE.

  • Please send in your favorite lunch food! Salads, sandwiches, entrees – whatever you think our wonderful teachers and staff will enjoy.
  • It is most helpful if items are brought in recyclable containers.
  • All items may be dropped off on the morning of the luncheon in the teacher’s lunchroom (in the library) or put in the refrigerator there.
  • Please drop off all items no later than 10:30 AM.
  • Items can also be dropped off at Magda Duchnowska’s home, 53 Brackett Road, Newton, until 10 PM on the evening of February 6th.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Teacher Appreciation Chair, Magda Duchnowska at froggiemagda@hotmail.com.

Thank you again for helping us show our appreciation for our teachers and staff.

February is “Love Your Library” Month at Bigelow

Keeping the library collection new and exciting supports our goal to promote a love of reading throughout the Bigelow community. Consider donating a book in honor of a student or in recognition of a staff member through the Bound to Stay Bound Books. When a book is purchased through this website, it receives a special binding to help the book last longer, and it will include a nameplate with an honoree and donor inscription. Love the Bigelow Library by donating today. Thank your for your support!

Donate a book.

February is “Love Your Library” Month at Bigelow

Keeping the library collection new and exciting supports our goal to promote a love of reading throughout the Bigelow community. Consider donating a book in honor of a student or in recognition of a staff member through the Bound to Stay Bound Books. When a book is purchased through this website, it receives a special binding to help the book last longer, and it will include a nameplate with an honoree and donor inscription. Love the Bigelow Library by donating today. Thank your for your support!

Donate a book.

Annual Appeal – Help us reach our goal

This year our goal is to get 100% Participation from our amazing community!

We are hoping that every family will participate in this fundraising endeavor. No amount is too small (or big) to give to the PTO – and all gifts make a difference. With your financial help, all children at Bigelow can enjoy many exciting, enriching and fun educational programs. Learn more here.

To make your gift online by credit card just click here: Donate online. Or you can send a check to: Bigelow PTO at 42 Vernon Street, Newton, MA 02458 – download form here.

Matching gifts are a great way to maximize your donation and can double or triple your gift to education. Please click here for a partial list of companies that offer to match employee donations.

DONATE

All donations – large or small – are greatly appreciated and will help us achieve all that the PTO sets out to doA thank you to those of you who have already donated!!

Warmly,
PTO Board