Category Archives: From the PTO

Planning for the 2024-25 School Year: Final PTO Meeting Tues 6/4 6:30 pm (virtual)

Please Save the Date, Tuesday, June 4th at 6:30 pm for our final PTO meeting of the 2023-24 school year. We will review the PTO budget and start planning for next year. This meeting will be held virtually, link to be distributed.

As a reminder, we are actively recruiting parent/guardian volunteers for several PTO board positions for the 2024-25 school year. Filling these positions is critical to the success of the PTO! Please read more below and fill out this Google Form to express interest or provide feedback.

  • President: Lead and support the team, preside over PTO meetings, serve as primary contact and representative of the PTO
  • Vice President of Community Building: Support Committee Chairs in planning and community events (e.g., School Dances, other Social events)
  • Vice President of Fundraising Activities: Support Committee Chairs for fundraising planning and events
  • Secretary: Take minutes, keep the PTO calendar current, communication flow

We also have open co-chair positions for many committees that work with the board to fill particular needs and drive specific events. Volunteering with the PTO is a great way to enhance your student’s middle school experience while meeting other parents and building a stronger school connection.

Volunteering doesn’t have to be a big commitment! If you are eager to take part in the PTO but would prefer to have a co-chair position, please consider volunteering as a Co-President or Co-Vice President. We’d love to hear from you and include you as part of the team in a capacity that works for all.

To make the PTO a success for all students and families, we would love to involve community members from all of Bigelow’s feeder schools. Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th the grade parents/caregivers from Underwood, Cabot, Lincoln-Elliot, Mason Rice, Ward, and beyond: We want to hear from you! Please let us know if you can join our board or a committee in any capacity ensuring that we have an inclusive board and that our events have a wide reach.

Please review this Google Form to express interest or provide feedback.

Thank You Spring Bling Volunteers!

The Spring Bling Dance + Social was a fun success with over 100 students in attendance dancing, taking photos, and enjoying the games, snacks and the magic show!

HUGE thank you Hai Ly for leading this effort and to the parent volunteers who were crucial to making the dance + social a success:

Rachanee Nelson, Susan St. Pierre, Caitlin Cusick, Laura and Luke Goldworm, Ross Feinberg, Alex and Aparna Rolfe, Nick Burk, Jen Elam, Monika Sawicka, Carla Rodrigues, Kate Leuthy, Margaret Silva, Christian Cotto, Christine Reid, Stacey Kazakaff-Elgen, Joanne Wang, Valerie Conen, Ileen Thelen, Lanni Isenberg, Jen Magee, Paul Chin, and Hai Ly.

A big thank you to our student volunteers: Jaylin Pryor, Ana Pineda, Gabe Neeley, and Nayra Musisi.

Also shout out to Mr. Leone and the student council for their help selling tickets, Principal Coston for her support, and custodians Mike and Rick who were so helpful throughout the entire event. THANK YOU!

Do you have ideas for future school social events? Please review this Google Form to provide feedback or express interest in volunteering for the 2024-25 school year.

Thank You Social at the Social Volunteers!

Thank you to all who attended last Saturday’s Social at the Social to celebrate our Bigelow community and meet incoming Principal Dan Green.

Many thanks to Tracy Buckner, Bekka Cirel, and Erika Holmberg for spearheading this event!

Would you like to see more opportunities for parent/caregiver social events? Do you have ideas for other community building events? Please review this Google Form to provide feedback or express interest in volunteering for the 2024-25 school year.

Yearbook Deadline: Friday May 24th

YEARBOOK ORDERING DETAILS

  • Deadline: Friday, May 24th
  • Price: $25

ORDERING OPTION #1: ***We encourage ordering online***

  • Order online:  ybpay.lifetouch.com 
  • Bigelow’s 2023-24 ID Code: 1945924
  • Not sure if you’ve already ordered?  Click here to view your order history for the 2023-2024 school year.

ORDERING OPTION #2:

  • If you cannot order online you can bring a check or cash to the school.
  • Check for $25 payable to: Bigelow Middle School
  • Memo: Student’s First & Last Name, Grade
  • Checks/cash must be received by May 24th

Bigelow Class of 2020 Reunion

After missing the usual transition from middle school, complete with year-end celebrations and an in-person graduation, the Bigelow Class of 2020 held a reunion at Bigelow on Sunday, May 19th. The reunion was a great success with over 100 people in attendance including Bigelow graduates, former Bigelow Principal Todd Harrison, and several Bigelow teachers.

Many thanks to Bigelow Class of 2020 parents Una Simmons, Erika Holmberg, Kelly Qian, Michelle Ormes, and Charyti Reiter for making this reunion a reality. A big thank you to Principal Harrison and Bigelow teachers for welcoming back the Bigelow Class of 2020!

Best Wishes to the Bigelow Class of 2020!

Attention 8th Grade Parents! Newton North Class Liaison needed

Hello 8th grade parents! The Newton North PTSO is recruiting parents/guardians of rising 9th graders to serve as the Newton North Class of 2028 Liaison. Please see message below from the NNHS PTSO co-presidents.

9th grade Class liaison at NNHS
Serve as parent representative for the grade as needed at the request of the Class Officers. Communicate with parents/guardians, class advisor, class officers and posting on Class social media pages. You will coordinate a 9th-grade welcome event during the first month of school and also coordinate the Senior Sunrise, Senior Countdown, and Senior Breakfast in 2028. Time commitment: September to June, approximately one hour every two weeks. You are expected to remain a liaison all four years. 

Please email co-presidents@northptso.org if interested.

Thanks!
Jacqueline and Natalia
NNHS PTO co presidents

Social at the Social + Meet Incoming Principal Green: THIS Saturday, May 18th, 7-9 pm

Calling all Bigelow Parents and Caregivers!

Let’s get social at the Social! 
Join us THIS SATURDAY to celebrate our Bigelow community and the winding down of our school year with casual conversation, food, and drink. Dr. Dan Green, Bigelow’s newly appointed principal for next year, will join us. Come say hello to our new principal!

Bigelow Social at the Social

  • Saturday, May 18th, 7-9 pm
  • Social Restaurant and Bar 320 Washington Street, Newton, MA
  • Cost: $35 per person
  • Food will be provided
  • Cash Bar
  • This is an adult only event.

Please RSVP here to reserve your ticket. Payment can be made via Venmo @BigelowPTONewton (please designate “Spring Social” in the note)

Questions? Please contact Tracy (bucknertracy3@gmail.com) or Bekka (rebecca.cirel@gmail.com)

Volunteer for the 2024-25 School Year

Have you thought about becoming more involved in the Bigelow PTO? Volunteering with the PTO is a great way to enhance your student’s middle school experience while meeting other parents and building a stronger school connection. Please read more below and fill out this Google Form to express interest or provide feedback.

We’ve had a great year and we plan to continue to be part of the PTO in a different capacity. We’d love to see new members on the board that can invigorate and bring some additional excitement to what we’re already planning for the coming year. To that end, we are recruiting parent/guardian volunteers for the following PTO board positions for the 2024-25 school year:

  • President: Lead and support the team, preside over PTO meetings, serve as primary contact and representative of the PTO
  • Vice President of Community Building: Support Committee Chairs in planning and community events (e.g., School Dances, other Social events)
  • Vice President of Fundraising Activities: Support Committee Chairs for fundraising planning and events
  • Secretary: Take minutes, keep the PTO calendar current, communication flow

Volunteering doesn’t have to be a big commitment! If you are eager to take part in the PTO but would prefer to have a co-chair position, please consider volunteering as a Co-President or Co-Vice President. We’d love to hear from you and include you as part of the team in a capacity that works for all.

To make the PTO a success for all students and families, we would love to involve community members from all of Bigelow’s feeder schools. Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th the grade parents/caregivers from Underwood, Cabot, Lincoln-Elliot, Mason Rice, Ward, and beyond: We want to hear from you! Please let us know if you can join our board or a committee in any capacity ensuring that we have an inclusive board and that our events have a wide reach.

In addition to the PTO board positions, we also have open co-chair positions for many committees that work with the board to fill particular needs and drive specific events.

Please review this Google Form to express interest or provide feedback.

Many thanks,

Eugene & Alex

Chaperones Needed: Spring Bling Dance + Social Friday, May 17th

Bigelow’s Spring Bling Dance + Social is this Friday and we need more volunteers to make this popular event a success! We are especially in need of 2-3 more chaperones for gym activities and 2-3 more hallway chaperones. Please sign up here: http://Spring Bling Dance + Social Volunteer sign up

This not-to-be-missed event will feature:

  • basketball
  • hula hoops
  • board games
  • corn hole
  • photo booth

And of course dancing!

Thank you for your participation to make this a shiny success!

Teacher Appreciation Week

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Thank you to the following parents who supported grade-sponsored lunches for the Bigelow Staff last week in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week!  Support from the parents was tremendous!  Bigelow staff really felt the love from our community!

6th Grade
Organizer: Laura Goldworm
Clean-up: JJ Kazakoff-Eigen
Donations by: Susan St. Pierre, Rachanee Nelson, Kerri Vonnegut, Danielle Tanguay, Maha Farhat, Jen Magee, Leslie Barber, Chris West, Lauren Myers, Pei Huang, Emily Nunez, Joanna Jin, Caitlin Cusick, Nisa Dailey, Stacey Kazakoff-Eigen, Karen Sulesky, Irene Santoni, Magda Duchnowska, Limin Ma, Theresa Proia, Michele Niepel, Corena Larimer, Taran Khanna, Mary McKee, Shana Hickey, Jessica Steytler, Jillian Fienberg

7th Grade
Organizer: Ron Farrar
Donations by: Cindy Chan, David Hurvitz, Hai Ly, Robyn Barry, Crislin Waldman, Sara Wantman, Tara Raposa, Stephanie Gumble, Kristin Golden, Tara Cunningham, Kate Luethy, Jenny Rosenthal, Christine Reid, Angela Brooks, Alex Rolfe, Sally Dupere, Hai Ly, Crislin Waldman, Sara Wantman, Karen Hite

8th Grade
Organizer: Ron Farrar
Donations by: Sukanya Ghosh, Kerri Vonnegut, Alexandra Chakalis, Marie Bocquet, Linda Gillespie, Karen Yee, Jeanne Choe-Arrieta, Brigitte LaMarche, Eugene Rhee, Jen Tsuda, Shana Smythe, Sarah Lenz, Ileen Thelen, Elizabeth Apgar, Elisa Rodriguez, Elizabeth Gagnon, Yulia Dumov, Wendy Smith, Sarah Lenz, Jennifer Roth, Carla Rodriguez, Laura Keenan