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Call for Volunteers Interested in Gardening: Sunday May 21st

Along with our partners at the Newton Housing Authority and Newton Community Farm, Newton Neighbors is launching a project to plant container gardens for eligible seniors at the Horace Mann Housing Complex (corner of Watertown and Walker Streets, Newtonville).

This project is a great way to get outdoors, meet your neighbors, and help beautify the space at the Horace Mann Complex. It is also a great project for kids!  We welcome volunteers of all ages and experience levels.

The project will take place on Sunday, May 21, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Volunteers can sign up for one or more two-hour shifts at

Please contact Susan Vaughn at with any questions.

Reduced Fare MBTA Student Charlie Cards are available at Bigelow!

Encourage your student to pick up their MBTA Student Charlie Card from the Bigelow main office this spring. The card lets students ride the MBTA at the reduced fare rate ($0.85 for regular bus, $1.10 for subway). The card comes empty so you will need to add value to it at an MBTA station. 

The Student Charlie Card isn’t just for school travel; it also works on the subway, express buses, and commuter rail and is valid through August 31 so will work all summer for your student to get around.

Questions about the card? Reach out to

Save the Date! Bigelow Online Auction May 15-21

We’re thrilled to announce that the Bigelow PTO Online Auction will be taking place between May 15 9:00 AM EST and May 21 12:00 AM EST.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to bid on some incredible items and services donated by our generous community and help the Bigelow PTO raise funds to support many curriculum-enriching programs that are not covered by the public school budget, such as the Creative Arts and Sciences program, scholarships for students to attend field trips and special events, classroom supplies, advanced training programs for teachers, the purchase of gym, performing arts and technology items, etc.

Please stay tuned for your email invitation to enter the auction website when the auction goes live on May 15!

Teacher Appreciation Week

Many thanks to Ron Farrar, Suriya Ziblatt, and Sirimon Parker for organizing an amazing teacher appreciation week complete with 3 luncheons. On Monday, 6th grade families treated Bigelow staff to lunch followed by 7th grade families on Wednesday. The 8th grade will cap off the week with an apppreciation lunch on Friday.

Thank you to the many families who donated time, money, and food to help show our appreciation for Bigelow’s incredible teachers and staff!

Thank You Newton Serves Volunteers!

Huge thank you to the volunteers who helped reinvigorate the grounds around Bigelow on Sunday morning for Newton Serves! Volunteers tirelessly weeded, planted, and mulched garden beds, and cleaned outdoor spaces around the school. Be sure to admire the new plantings and watch the gardens take shape in the coming months and years!

8th Grade Dinner Dance Cruise Payment

Reminder for 8th grade families! Please see payment information below for the 8th Grade Dinner Dance Cruise. We are also collecting donations to a scholarship fund!

BOSTON DINNER DANCE CRUISE: Tuesday, June 20th 6-9 pm
This dinner dance cruise in Boston has been fun, enjoyable, and safe Bigelow tradition for 8th grade classes, and we are excited for our students to have this experience. The cruise will be chaperoned, and includes a full dinner, drinks and a DJ.

PAYMENT: $75 per student (Scholarships are available)
Payment can be made in one of the following ways:

  • VENMO @BigelowPTONewton (last 4 digits of phone are 5953) – Please write 8th grade cruise + child’s name 
  • ZELLE Using PTO President Gabriela Kroszynski’s email address: – Please write 8th grade cruise + child’s name
  • CHECK Make check payable to “Bigelow PTO” and place it in an envelope. Please write your child’s name and “8th grade cruise” on the envelope. Your child should give the envelope to their Math Teacher, either Ms. Mercado or Ms. LeQuire.

SCHOLARSHIPS: If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact your student’s math teacher or the 8th grade School Counselor, Ms. Morrow.

All students who want to attend will be able to!

DONATIONS: Please consider a donation to the scholarship fund  
To ensure all students who want to attend end of year 8th grade activities are able to, we are collecting donations for scholarships for students in need of monetory support. Donations can be made by any of the 3 payment methods above. Please indicate “8th grade donation” in the note field.

For more information for 8th grade activities please see this link.

Please reach out to Gabriela Kroszynski at and/or Heather Pozen at with any questions.

Upcoming NPS Community Forum: Culturally Responsive Community

The Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Office of Student Services would like to invite you to our upcoming NPS community forum: Culturally Responsive Community

This virtual event is open to all NPS students, parents, staff and administrators to hear from Lorena Germán, educator and author of Textured Teaching: A Framework for Culturally Sustaining Practices. Her presentation will be followed by a panel of NPS students and educators, who will speak about their identities and experiences with culturally-responsive instruction and practices in our school community. 

For the last several years, NPS leaders have been engaged in professional development and training to enhance culturally responsive instruction (CRI) in the classroom and beyond. This conversation is intended to help broaden the community’s understanding of the values, components and impact of a culturally responsive school community which acknowledges and embraces ALL identities and learning needs represented within NPS.  

*To register, please RSVP in advance in order to receive a zoom link prior to the event.

NewtonSERVES is this Sunday, May 7th, 9 am – 1 pm

Volunteer for Bigelow SERVES
Sunday, May 7th 9 am to ~1pm*
*Please note earlier end time

Please join us this Sunday, May 7th to help reinvigorate the green areas around Bigelow for NewtonSERVES 2023. The event will run from 9 am to ~1pm (please note earlier end time) and volunteers are welcome to drop in for any amount of time. Every minute of your time helps!

Please wear work clothes and bring a refillable water bottle. We also request the following items if you have them:

  • work/gardening gloves
  • yard tools (shovels, rakes, trowels, etc)
  • wheelbarrow
  • watering can

**Please label any tools you bring so we can be sure they are reunited with you at the end of the event.**

NewtonSERVES is annual city-wide day of community service. This year the goal across Newton is to focus volunteer efforts on cleaning and improving our parks, school grounds, open space areas, and conservation lands. Please join us in building community through service!

All Bigelow families, friends, and neighbors are welcome!

Questions? Please email Giulia Guffanti ( or Elizabeth Apgar (