Category Archives: From the PTO

Bigelow PTO Membership 2018

All Bigelow Middle School parents & guardians are members of the PTO. Dues are voluntary, but they help fund enrichment materials for classrooms, programs for students, and much moreSuggested PTO dues are $20 and you will be offered a paper copy of our Family Directory.

You can pay your dues by logging in to the Directory (HERE), or mailing in a paper dues form (download HERE) with a check payable to Bigelow PTO. If you have any questions, please contact

Deadline for the Bigelow Family Directory is 9/12

Please confirm your information on the Bigelow Family Directory by 9/12! Families that do not update their data will be displayed as entered or might not be included.

Attention 8th grade parents!!! This is a busy and eventful year for your child. Many 8th grade families are NOT in the Directory, so please add your information now!

To confirm, update or include your information just go to and enter the join code: JOINBIGELOW

You can order a hard copy of the Bigelow Family Directory by 09/12. Login to MySchoolAnywhere and go to “Our Store”. Prepaid Directories will be distributed on Back to School Night (October 4) or a limited supply will be available for $20 cash.

NOTE:  The Bigelow PTO maintains the online Family Directory at MySchoolAnywhere, and we also print copies as a service to the Bigelow community. The online directory is open to all Bigelow families at all times, and every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and integrity of its data – we count on families to help us to keep it that way. Bigelow families are automatically in the directory unless they specifically opt out when confirming their data. Parents that do not update their data will be displayed as entered. More information HERE.

6th Grade Parents Potluck – 09/22

The 6th Grade Parents Potluck is a wonderful, low-key, no-stress opportunity to meet with other 6th grade parents and build a community for the next 3 years of middle school!

Mark the date in your calendar: Saturday, September 22nd, 6:30pm. 

This year’s Potluck will be hosted by 6th grade parents Jen and Chris Murphy + Holly and Ben Raynes. Thank you!

Please bring your own beverage(s) and if your child’s last name begins with:

A – E    Please bring a dessert
F – L     Please bring a main dish
M – R   Please bring a side dish or salad
S – Z    Please bring an appetizer

Please note: This is an adult only evening.

If you have any questions please send an email to

First Day of School reminders

Message from the Principal

We look forward to the arrival of your child at Bigelow next Tuesday, September 4, 8am. Please note that next Tuesday, September 4, is a state primary election day, and Bigelow is used as a polling site. We anticipate extra congestion in the streets around the school next Tuesday morning. If you are a 6th grade parent who is planning to bring your child to his/her homebase on this special day, please give yourself plenty of time to get to school and find parking. The hallways are open at 8am; homeroom begins at 8:15am. Student release is at 2pm.

Todd Harrison, Principal

Thursday: Social Media in Middle School

Bigelow is hosting a special event for parents on middle school students’ use of cell phones and social media on Thursday, September 6, at 7:00pm. Researchers from Wellesley College will be at the Bigelow Auditorium to present preliminary results of a study that they did with Bigelow and other schools last year on this important topic. Here is a flyer with more information. Please rsvp to if you are interested in attending.

More information here.

Join GN’s School Connections on September 5 and Help Us Green Our Schools

Posted on August 24, 2018 by Green Newton

Green Newton’s School Connections is a forum for Newton parents and teachers who are interested in promoting sustainability in our schools and sharing ideas. Join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, September 5 at 4pm (location TBD) to connect on issues of recycling, composting and school garden projects and brainstorm best practices to implement green initiatives in your school. Check for meeting location. If interested, contact Marcia at (kids are welcome).

Let’s get our Directory ready for the new school year

Please help the Bigelow PTO provide a comprehensive Family Directory for our community.

Your family information needs to be confirmed or updated by September 10th, so it shows correctly in the printed version. Parents that do not update their data will be displayed as entered.

The online directory is open to all Bigelow families at all times. The success of the system is dependent on every family logging in and confirming their information.

To make sure your family’s contact information is in the directory, please follow one of these two steps:

  • If you have been in the Bigelow directory last year or if your student comes from one of the feeder schools (Lincoln Eliot, Underwood or Ward), you can access the directory and confirm your information HERE.
  • If your student comes from Mason-Rice or another school, if you are new to Newton Public Schools or if you have never been in the Bigelow PTO directory, go to and enter the join code: JOINBIGELOW

Attention 8th Grade families. Only half of 8th Grade families are included in the directory. Please make sure your family is in it! Thank you.

You can order a hard copy of the Family Directory on the “Store” section of the Online Directory. Printed directories will be distributed on Back to School Night (October, 4th).

Social Media in Middle School

  • What are Bigelow students doing on social media these days? 
  • What are parents doing to monitor social media? 

Bigelow Middle School and Wellesley College invite Bigelow parents to a forum to share results from the Learning, Social Media, and Healthy Behaviors research study, that took place in 2017.

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (and Bigelow alum), and Megan Moreno, M.D., M.S.Ed., M.P.H., academic division chief of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at University of Wisconsin, Madison, will co-present on the findings from the whole-school survey they conducted in Fall 2017.

September 6, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
Bigelow Auditorium

Please RSVP to Kersten Raso so that we know how many parents to expect:

Sponsored by Bigelow Middle School and Wellesley College.