Category Archives: From the PTO

Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ)

Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) is a group started by three parents in Newton to foster inclusion, acceptance, understanding and support for all people. We still have a lot of work to do to make all kids and families feel valued in every community.

FORJ’s goal is to have a group in every Newton school that advocates and supports locally for racial justice in whatever format works for us at Bigelow. We are looking for volunteers who want to join our group and help develop and implement a plan to engage kids and parents (separately or together) around social justice issues that make our school and city strong, welcoming communities. One of the FORJ founders, Amy Behrens, is working with Newton Public Schools this year on training and education in all of our schools.

More information at:

Please contact Regina Sullivan, parent of a 6th grader, if you are interested in learning more about FORJ.  Her email address is  Everyone is welcome!

Do you know about GSA?

The Bigelow GSA (Gay-Straight-Alliance) is a community of students and teachers who work together to create an environment of tolerance in our school. Our group provides a sanctuary for students to feel safe and be themselves. Basically we want you to be accepted for who you are because you are amazing!   Whether you are gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual,  straight or unsure, you can join the GSA.

More information at the GSA Website.

Morning Announcements

Did you know families can read the students morning announcements daily? They are available online on a Google Doc maintained by M. Swan, 8th Grade Social Studies teacher. A link to it is in the Bigelow PTO website, under Bigelow Links, on the right side bar.

To find out what announcements your student is hearing each morning during home base,  click here.

Note from M. Swan

Hello PTO! I am the 8th grade teacher who facilitates the AM announcements — making sure we have student announcers, proofreading announcements beforehand, and otherwise maintaining the GoogleDoc they read from.

This is a link to that GoogleDoc: Morning Announcements. Only specific Bigelow staff have editing access, but it can be viewed by anybody. You might include this in future PTO newsletters so parents can see what their children should be hearing about upcoming clubs.

Best wishes,
Andrew Swan

Food Service Wants to Hear From You!

Please share your food service experience so that the NPS food service department can improve service, address any issues of concern, and make changes that create a more positive experience for students and families.

The survey should take no more than 5 minutes and gives very important feedback!

Parent Survey:

Student Survey (middle/high school only):

Supper Stroll Registration is Open!

You are invited to a fun evening with Bigelow families!

Registration is now open! Please reserve your seats 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.

Come! 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* – TBA

*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. We still need a few dinner hosts – please consider hosting and contributing to this great event!

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

More information here

Join us at our First PTO Meeting: Wed, Oct 18th

Our first PTO Meeting of the year is this Wednesday, October 18, at 7pm.  Please join us in the Library and find out what is planned for the PTO this year.

The following items are on the agenda:

  1. Welcome and Introduction;
  2. Principal’s Welcome and Update;
  3. Supper Stroll Update;
  4. The Upcoming Candle Fundraiser;
  5. Nominating Committee Needs and Volunteers.
  6. Creative Arts and Sciences 2017-2018 Schedule;
  7. Open for Questions and Comments. 

We hope to see you there!!  

Please contact us at with any questions.

Clubs starting next week

The Computer Aided Design Club will be starting soon.To learn what the club has to offer, students should attend the information meeting next Monday, October 16th, from 3:00 – 3:30 in the tech room: 113

The Woodworking Club will ALSO start soon. Students who have not participated before should plan to attend the information meeting next Wednesday, October 18th, from 3:00 – 3:30 in room 113.

Students who can’t attend these meetings should see Mr. Whitman or visit the Engineering Technology Web Site for more information.

Save the date for our first PTO Meeting

Wednesday, October 18th, 7pm, is the First PTO Meeting of the year.  Please join us in the Bigelow Library and find out what is planned for the PTO this year.It is a great way to get involved with your student’s school and meet new members of our Bigelow community.

We hope to see you there!!

Supper Stroll – Dinner and Dessert hosts still needed!

The Supper Stroll is one of the most enjoyable fundraising events for the Bigelow community. The success of this event depends on your willingness to open your home to a small group of parents/guardians, teachers and staff on Saturday, November 4th and enjoy a lovely meal while supporting all the great programs and activities at Bigelow.

This year several families volunteered to host dinners and appetizers – THANK YOU!. But we still need 4  more dinner hosts and a family willing to open their house for dessert. Please consider hosting or cohosting with another family.

If you are new to the Bigelow community, or feel like you don’t know very many people, take a chance – it will be fun! If you have any questions, concerns, misgivings, just feel like you don’t quite understand what this is about and how it will work, please email us. More information  here.