Author Archives: Bigelow PTO

Thank You Ten Tables Organizers and Hosts!

Thank you to all who made last Saturday’s Ten Tables a success!

Huge thank you to our fearless organizers, Carolyn Gillespie, Charlene Gillespie, and Shana Smythe for pulling off this spectacular evening!

Special thank you to Charlene Gillespie & Brian Hillburn, who welcomed everyone to their home to start the night off with appetizers.

Thank you to our gracious dinner hosts:

Elizabeth & Jim Gagnon
Allison & Dave Penn
Becca & David Connors
Samantha Morton & Mike Champion
Kathy & David Shields
Gabriela Kroszynski & Shahar Layani
Priya Radakrishnan & Krishna Iyer

Finally, another special thank you to Shana & Dan Smythe who welcomed everyone back to their home to end the evening with desserts.

Thanks to your efforts, we raised $2,500 to support Bigelow and our students!

The Bigelow Fall Fest & Halloween Dance is Tomorrow! Friday 11/4, 6:30-8:30 pm

All current Bigelow Middle School students are invited to the Bigelow Fall Fest & Halloween Dance, Friday 11/4, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Bigelow Gym.

  • Admission is $10 and includes a snack.
  • Tickets can be purchased in the front office, at lunch, or at the door.
  • Remember to bring cash! Pizza and beverages will be available for purchase at the event.

Interested in volunteering? Please email if you would like to chaperone or help with concessions.

Please note: This event is open to current Bigelow Middle School students only.

Proposed Changes to Bigelow/Day Feeder Patterns

Thank you to those who attended Monday’s Special PTO & Community meeting to discuss proposed changes to the feeder patterns for Bigelow and Day Middle Schools.

Information related to the proposed changes (including a link to the slide show presented Monday) and a running FAQ document is available on the NPS website at

Parents/guardians are encouraged to send questions or feedback to

In addition, parents/guardians may provide feedback to the School Committee at its meeting on November 7, 2022. Login information can be found on the School Committee webpage.

Community Announcements

Pumpkin Smash! Saturday 11/5, 1-4 pm

Bring your pumpkins to Newton’s Annual Pumpkin Smash at City Hall on Saturday November 5th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Why put your pumpkin in with your yard waste when it’s much more fun to smash it?

This family friendly event takes our orange pumpkins and turns them “green.” All our smashed pumpkins will be composted by Black Earth Compost (Newton’s curbside composting partner), thus reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions and creating a valuable amendment for our soils.

You can fling, toss and smash your pumpkin in all sorts of ways, including with smashing machines made by the Newton LigerBots, the high school robotics team. 

Pre-registration is encouraged but onsite registration will be available for the Pumpkin Smash which will be held rain or shine. 

All the information above is available at

Volunteer for Bigelow All Students Fall Fest & Halloween Dance, Friday 11/4, 6:30-8:30 pm

Bigelow leadership is bringing back the Middle School dance!

We are looking for parent volunteers to chaperone and help with concessions at the Fall Fest & Halloween Dance. Interested? Please email to help bring back this fun event!

Please note: This event is open to current Bigelow Middle School students only.

Volunteers Needed for 8th Grade Fundraising & Activities

Eighth grade is a big year for middle schoolers! We are looking for a few 8th grade parent leaders to join the 8th Grade Activities Committee to organize activities, graduation, and fundraising efforts that support 8th grade events and the class gift.

Additionally, we need volunteers to help with several upcoming 8th Grade Fundraising Opportunities:

  • Friday November 4th: Staff/Student Soccer Game at Burr Park, 3:15 to ~4:30/5 pm: Sell refreshments (Hot Cocoa, Coffee, etc.)
  • Friday November 4th: Fall Fest and Halloween Dance in Bigelow Gym, 6:30-8:30 pm: Sell refreshments (Pizza, Chips, Beverages)
  • Tuesday November 8th: Election Day Bake Sale

Parent volunteers can help the class of 2023 have a memorable final year of middle school and celebrate moving on to high school!

Please email Gabriela at to join the committee and/or volunteer for fundraisers listed above.

Special Bigelow PTO & Community Meeting, Monday 10/31, 8:30 am

Please join the Bigelow PTO for a meeting with School Committee representatives to discuss proposed changes to the elementary/middle school feeder patterns for Bigelow and Day Middle Schools on Monday, October 31 at 8:30 am.

More information regarding the proposed changes can be found on the School Committee Website and the Enrollment and Facility Planning Memo in the School Committee meeting materials.

Back-to-School Family Educational Session with Bigelow Counseling: Tuesday 11/1, 1 pm

Welcome—we’re back to school! Join our Bigelow Counseling Department Tuesday November 1st from 1-2 pm to learn tips on how to help your child(ren) manage all that comes with a new school year: new classes & teachers, making new friends, assignments & deadlines, extra-curricular activities, and much more.

Please be sure to RSVP at