Category Archives: From the PTO

Big Night 2020 – Auction Items Needed + Come to our meeting

We are excited about our Big Night Hoedown, on March 28, 2020, at the Hibernian Hall in Watertown.

Planning is well underway: our next meeting is this Wednesday, January 22, 7pm, at 81 Montrose Street at 7:00pm. All are invited to join!! Please bring your ideas and energy. 

Now are actively seeking donations for the silent auction. Your support and help is critical to making this event successful. We need 60 items and we are asking that each grade donate 20 items. More information here.

  • Can you donate a gift certificate to your favorite restaurant, workout site, movie theatre?
  • Or would you be willing to ask a local business for a donation?
  • Do you have tickets to a sporting event or concert?
  • Can you cook and host a meal, football game, or cocktail party?
  • Do you have a vacation house getaway you can donate?
  • Would you like to donate a wine basket, an Italian Dinner basket, Lottery Card Wreath, Car Detail Basket, Moscow Mule Basket, Olive Oil Basket, Game Night Basket? Just to name a few ideas!

Download an individual donation form if you want to donate an item OR help us by soliciting local businesses for a donation – download and print a business solicitation letter and form here.

Another way to help is by sponsoring the event and get our Greatest of All Time – GOAT Award!

Please contact committee chairs, Cheryl Abramson ( and Alexia Giannakopoulos (, if you have any questions.

Thank you in advance for your support of this event.

Our Annual Appeal campaign is almost over!

Thank you to everyone who already donated to Bigelow’s Annual Appeal. 

If you have not had a chance to donate yet, it is not too late. Just do it now, or send a check to: Bigelow PTO at 42 Vernon Street, Newton, MA 02458.

All donations – large or small – are greatly appreciated and will help us achieve all that we set out to do.

$500 | $250 | $100 | $50 | $20 | $10


Bigelow Gear 2020

The 2020 Bigelow Gear is ready to be ordered! Each advisory teacher will receive a bundle of order forms for their advisory students this week. Order forms should be filled out and returned to homebase (with payment) by Friday, January 24. Order forms show the options that are available and has black/white images of them. For a color look at the items see the link on the Bigelow homepage or follow this link:

Bigelow Student Council
Jason Leone, Advisor

Pack for a Purpose

Bigelow Middle School PTO was represented by the Simmons family as they traveled to Barbados over winter break. They packed school supplies in their luggage and dropped them off at their participating hotel. The school supplies will be distributed to support the local community through non-profit group – PACK for a PURPOSE –  Bigelow PTO pencils, folders and other paper good were donated. Consider donating something on your next trip.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon – Looking for Event Chair

We are looking for thankful caregivers to organize Bigelow’s teachers most appreciated event of the year: the Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon!

This is an annual event organized by the PTO in early February. The PTO also organizes a Tea for teachers and staff in June.

In 2020, the Luncheon is on February 6th and the Tea is June 2nd.  Please contact us if you would like to help organize this celebration of Bigelow’s educators. Email:

Those are great ways to take a moment to thank the amazing teachers and staff at Bigelow for all they do for our children. Bigelow families provide the food, beverages, serving utensils and flowers for this event.

The events are held on Early Release Days, and teachers and staff can enjoy a joyful peaceful time. They absolutely love and appreciate every aspect of those days!

Annual Appeal 2019-2020

It’s that time of year and your mailbox is probably filled with worthy organizations asking for donations. The Bigelow Middle School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is one cause that doesn’t get more personal: our kids’ education. As parents and guardians of Bigelow students, we are all members of the PTO, an organization that is well worth supporting.

Why give to the PTO?

  • We underwrite programs that the Newton Public School’s budget does not cover, such as Creative Arts and Sciences and classroom technology.
  • We offer field trip scholarships.
  • We serve as an important communication channel between the school and parents.
  • We help build the community that makes Bigelow a special place for our children.

Please support these important programs with your gift to Bigelow PTO, online or by check – CLICK HERE. Matching gifts are a great way to maximize your donation and some companies double or triple your gift to education.


Bigelow is fortunate to have a powerful partnership between the school’s terrific leaders, teachers and staff as well as a dedicated and vibrant PTO. See here how your donation helps the school and our children.

Thank you for all of you who have already donated!!!!