Category Archives: From the PTO

Supper Stroll: Please join us! We hope to see you!

Online registration is now closed. Please contact Una Simmons, to check for availability.


Please contact Una Simmons at if you have registered for the Supper Stroll but have not received a corresponding email after registering.

Supper Stroll Registration is still open! Please reserve your seat here. Only 10 seats left!

You must register to secure your seat. This event is very popular and it is expected to sell out.

Register here.

The Supper Stroll  is a progressive dinner and is held at several homes in succession on one night. A single course is served at each home. At the first home everyone gathers for appetizers, you then go to a second home for dinner with 8-12 people, then everyone meets again to finish the night with desserts at a third house. The Supper Stroll has been an enjoyable fundraiser for many, many years. Adults in the Bigelow Community are welcome to participate.

Please join us! We hope to see you!

Saturday, November 4th, 6pm-11:30pm

Appetizers      6-8pm – The Mattioli Residence
Dinners           8-10pm – Assorted Residences*
Dessert         10-11:30pm – The Kelley Residence*

*Guests will be given their dinner & the dessert address locations at the Mattiloli’s.

Get your tickets here.


A Big thank you to all the families who have generously opened their homes to host a dinner for our evening.

If you have any questions, please contact Una Simmons at or

More information here

PartyLite Candle Sale

Just in time for the upcoming holidays, we are selling a variety of  candles and scented sticks as a fundraiser for student programs at Bigelow.

On Friday, October 27, students took home packets with photos and descriptions of the products on sale, and an order form.

All orders should be returned to the main office by November 9, with checks payable to Bigelow Middle School. Delivery is usually in 2-3 weeks and all orders are shipped directly to the student’s home address. Or if an out-of-state relative makes an order, we can arrange to ship it directly to their address.

More information here.

Top selling students will win prizes and be entered in a raffle for a grand prize. Check out here.

Fragrant samples are available in the school main office.  Stop by for a sniff!

Sponsored by the Bigelow Middle School and the Bigelow PTO.

Ward Elementary celebrates Amy Broder on November 14th

Save the Date!

Ward Elementary celebrates Amy Broder on November 14th from 7pm-9pm at the Durant-Kenrick house, 286 Waverly Ave. Amy is retiring after 26 years teaching at Ward. Come by anytime to wish her well and to say good bye. Parking on Waverly Ave(even side) and Kenrick St only.

As a tribute to the many traditions Amy started at Ward, we would love for families to bring their Hero/Shero project to the celebration. If you cannot attend on the 14th but would be willing to loan your Hero/Shero to the party, please contact Jen Rugani at

Notes about the PTO Meeting

We had our first PTO meeting of the year on October 18th 2017.  Below is a summary of what we talked about:

1. Principal’s Welcome and Update

1) Two research studies:
a. Brandeis University. Study on political socialization of adolescents.
b. Wellesley college. Study on social media and the effects on early social media use
2) All School Dance on 10/27.
3) Bigelow has a new Tweeter account
4) Progress reports
5) One Book, One School program
6) Turkey Ball.
7) How to deal with smartphones for kids?

2. PTO fundraisers

  • The Supper Stroll – 11/04
  • New Ginza. – 11/22
  • Skate Night at the Warrior rink. 12/08
  • Bigelow Big Night. – 03/24
  • Amazon Smile. Button on website
  • Candle Fundraiser – 10/27 to 11/9
  • SchoolKidz school supply boxes – The PTO will not be doing it anymore.

3. Nominating Committee Needs and Volunteers

  • To comply with the PTO by-laws, we need parents from the 4 feeder schools to join the nominating committee
  • Volunteer opportunities are always open at the Bigelow PTO.

4. Programs supported by the PTO

  • Creative Arts and Sciences
  • One Book, One School

5. Open for Questions and Comments.

  • Families Organizing for Racial Justice
  • Peer Leaders program at Bigelow
  • GSA Club at Bigelow
  • Bigelow Outreach Club

6. Next PTO meetings
Winter Meeting: 01/11/18
Spring Meeting: 04/04/18
Annual Meeting: 06/06/18

Please read the Meeting Minutes for more details.

All-School Dance: Friday, 10/27

From the Principal’s Office

Our first All-School Dance is coming up next Friday, October 27, 6:30-9:00pm.  Dance tickets are $6 and will be on sale this week and next during lunch in the cafeteria. Students can hang out, play ping pong or other games, and listen and dance to music in the gym. Pizza and snacks will be sold in the cafeteria.

Our dances are open to all Bigelow students in grades 6, 7, and 8.  Asking a classmate as a “date” to the dance is unnecessary and discouraged. We want all students to come and have fun with friends. The theme of this dance is Halloween, and costumes (but no masks) are encouraged!

A few parent chaperones are needed. (Costumes optional!) Please email Assistant Principal Lucas Mogensen at if you are interested in helping out. Parent chaperones help take tickets, sell refreshments, and supervise the hallways; teachers and counselors chaperone inside the gym.

Bigelow dances are for Bigelow students only, and all school rules apply at this event.  The dance ends promptly at 9:00 p.m., and we ask that parents pick up on time at the gym entrance then. For safety reasons, students are not allowed to walk home, even in a group, without parent accompaniment.


Todd Harrison

Coming this Friday: Candles for the holidays

Bring the warm glow of candles into your home for the holiday season and support the school at the same time.

Students will receive order forms and information packets about PartyLite Candles from their Homebase teachers this Friday, October 27th. Orders and payments must be returned to Homebase teachers on Tuesday, November 7th.

“PartyLite Candles are a mix of natural essential oils, the highest quality food grade paraffin and soy wax. This combination results in a lower melting temperature that completely liquifies but is still able to release a lot of wonderful aromatics! Since our wax is food grade you can recycle the jars for anything you want!

– Hypoallergenic, Non Toxic and Safe for Children & Pets
– All our wax is USA made
– Derived from a Renewable Resource and Biodegradable
– Burn up to 50% longer
– Fragrance Technology-Scents formulated to be combinable creating a third unique signature fragrance”

Please see attached the Fall 2017 PartyLite Catalogue

Bigelow ADL Peer Training Program

Programs at Bigelow

The Anti-Defamation League’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute Peer Training Program provides students in the middle and high school with the opportunity to increase their understanding of the causes of prejudice and its manifestations such as name calling, bullying and cyberbullying. All four middle schools in Newton have an ADL Peer Leader program.

Working closely with Bigelow’s advisors, Kyra Mercado, Kim LeQuire, and Stefanie Dalfior, the trained students from Bigelow will take an active role in leading workshops for their peers during school to promote inter-group dialogue and understanding as well as respect for individual differences.

The Peer Leadership commitment involves a weekly planning meeting, as well as various opportunities to share their skills and knowledge.  Bigelow has 32 7th and 8th grade peer leaders this year. Students are nominated by their teachers, and the selection process of students to become Peer Leaders includes the criteria:

  • Students who represent a wide variety of social groups within Bigelow Middle School  and students from each of the Bigelow teams
  • Students who are actively kind and compassionate at school
  • Students who consistently listen to their peers and adults at school
  • Students who have expressed interest in skills of facilitating
  • Students whose actions at school have shown they are part of the solution

We want to thank our sponsors for their food donations in support of the program:  Wegmans, Star Market, and BJ’s.