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Bigelow Tea

We would like to have our traditional Bigelow Tea on Thursday May 5th during Teacher Appreciation Week this year! We hope every family can contribute something to this event and to show the Bigelow teachers our appreciation with a personal touch!

Sign up here:

If you’re not a baker, there are slots for sending in drinks, fruit, flowers, or making a poster. We just ask that food be presented in single portions. Please do not send in anything that needs to be cut, and label common allergens (e.g. nuts, dairy, wheat). 

Please deliver food directly to Bigelow on Thursday morning either yourself or send it in with your child to be delivered to the main office. If necessary, food can also be delivered to the home of Charlene Gillespie (42 Waterston Rd. Newton MA) on Wednesday evening or on Thursday morning (by 10am at the latest).

Many thanks in advance!

Susan St. Pierre, Karen Yee, and Charlene Gillespie

Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who came out to supported Bigelow and attended Coming Out of the Dark party! Special thanks to Julie Landesman and Alexia Giannakopoulos for all their hard work in planning the auction!

Thank you to Sarah Hirzel and Giulia Guffanti for organizing Bigelow Serves!

For graduating 8th grade parents

NNHS PTO is looking for parents to volunteer next school year for the NNHS 22-23 Board and Committees.  They really need a Technology Co-chair – which is really managing the website. It’s less than 1.5 hours a month – plus attendance at Board meetings (6 per year – and attendance can be split with the co-chair).  Knowledge of Word Press is helpful but not necessary. 

You can click here to see all of the vacant roles. 

Coming Out Of The Dark Party – largest Fundraiser of the year is here!

After two long school years of staying in, it’s time to come out of the dark! 

RSVP before April 26th to secure a spot at Bigelow’s Coming out of the dark at Union Restaurant  Thursday 4/28/22 from 7:00-10:00PM. Tickets are $75.

There will be live music, karaoke, hors d’oeuvre, and cash bar. You will also have the opportunity to bid on remaining prized items from the Online Auction. 

Buy tickets now: 

  • By Venmo: @BigelowPTONewton

Please specify how many tickets you are buying and if you are sponsoring a teacher.

  • By Credit Card:
Big Night – 1 ticket Big Night – 2 tickets

As this is a Community building event, we hope as many families and teachers are able to participate. Please consider sponsoring one or two teachers.

Big Night Sponsor a teacher $75 Big Night Sponsor two teachers $150

Don’t forget to get online and BID!

Big Night Auction 2022

Big Night will be at Union Restaurant (107 R Union Street, Newton) from 7:00-10:00PM.

Some fine prints: An at-home COVID test is strongly recommended to everyone attending. If you need confidential financial assistance for the evening (for tickets and/or associated costs such as childcare) – Bigelow PTO can help. Please email  This is an ADULTS ONLY evening. Don’t forget to have your sitters in place.  

COVID Testing before returning to school

From Newton Public Schools:

COVID tests have been distributed to students this week so that you will have tests to use before returning to school and during the week after the break. NPS and Newton HHS strongly recommend that you test your student on Sunday, April 24, 2022 prior to the return to school.
The state has recently indicated that COVID test kits will continue to be provided to students and staff who have opted into the program after the April break. This is good news and we encourage you to opt in! Opt-in through your Aspen parent/guardian account: Aspen. Follow these instructions once you are logged in.

Volunteer for NewtonSERVES!

Bigelow needs you on May 1st to help reinvigorate the green areas around the school! It will be a fun day!  The event will be open between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, you can come anytime and stay as long as you want. Any minute of your time matters.

Please, register at the link down below and bring with you water and gardening tools, if you have any. We invite all Bigelow families, friends, neighbours and whoever is willing to help.
Thank you!


Volunteer registration deadline: April 25, 2022 

Newton Food Pantry – School Break

With the upcoming school breaks, The Newton Food Pantry wants to make sure that anyone experiencing food insecurity knows how to get help, even when school is not in session. Two easy options are the Newton Food Pantry and the Newton Community Freedge. The Newton Food Pantry is now serving over 1,800 Newton residents at our renovated City Hall basement location, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue. Clients are able to shop for the items they want and need, selecting from a variety of dry goods, fresh produce, dairy, proteins, personal care items and culturally-relevant foods. Walk-in shopping hours are every Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm. Shoppers at the Newton Food Pantry must be Newton residents (or they can be Newton-based college students or staff), provide proof of residency and complete a New Client Registration Form, found here. The Newton Community Freedge is at 420 Watertown St. The Freedge is a free refrigerator & pantry stocked by community and local businesses in the parking lot of Central Drapery & Dry Cleaner.  It can be accessed 24 hours a day by anyone.  No forms or Newton residency required. Additional information about the Newton Food Pantry and Freedge can be found, translated in 4 languages, on our Get Help  page.