Category Archives: From the PTO

Big Night 2020 Kickoff Meeting on Dec 4

Come join the fun and be a part of planning Bigelow’s biggest night of the year!

We are looking for people to make Big Night a big success. We need your help; please bring your hands, ideas and skills!

When: Wed, December 4, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: 81 Montrose St, Newton, MA 02458, USA (map)
Hosted by Alexis Giannakopoulos and Cheryl Abramson

Big Night is the Bigelow PTO’s biggest social and fundraising event of the year. It’s a night where the Bigelow (adult) community gets together to enjoy music, great food and drinks, bid on wonderful auction items, and meet and catch up with other Bigelow parents and staff. More here.

Please contact us @ if you would like to be involved. Thank you in advance for your support of this event.

Winter Weather Reminders

Snow Day notification procedures:

  • School closings or delays will be communicated via phone call, text message, email, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), website, and local television and radio stations.
  • To receive text messages, you must opt-in. To opt-in, please login to Aspen, navigate to the contact information section, and select “yes” for SMS messages in the drop-down box below your cell phone number.
  • Following a storm, many of our students will continue to walk to school. We have collaborated with Newton DPW to create maps showing sidewalks that will be plowed, ensuring safe routes to school. Download Bigelow map here. For other schools, access the maps here.

For more detailed information on school operations in winter weather, please visit the  NPS site:

Ski and Snowboard Club

Bigelow Ski and Snowboard Club will host a brief informational meeting right after school in the library Monday, November 25th.

Ski and Snowboard Club is an after school club that runs ski/snowboard trips out to Wachusett Mountain on four evenings after school; 1/30 (Thursday), 2/5 (Wednesday), 2/12 (Wednesday), and 2/26 (Wednesday). Sign up is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and is on a first come – first served basis. Due to bus capacity, we can only take 50 students per trip. You may sign up for 1, 2, 3, or 4 trips, as long as there is space. You can cancel your registration without penalty up until the Friday before your scheduled trip.

Please contact Ms. Duda if you have any questions:
More information here:


Find out about the​ Winter Musical: Twelfth Night

The selected production for the Bigelow winter musical is the Public Works Musical adaptation conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub of Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare.

Go to the Bigelow Drama website for all the information about how to be part of the show, including audition info and tech crew application:

This is how the musical was set in 2016, under Oskar Eustis and Kwei-Armah’s direction and with choreography from Lorin Latarro: Twelfth Night.

Bigelow Skate Night 2019

Get your friends & family together & go ice skating where the Bruins practice! Friday, December 6th, from 8pm-10pm, at the Warrior Arena. Lots of kids came out last year that had never skated, so bring your friends and come out!

Skate Night at Warrior
Friday, December 6th, from 8pm to 10pm
Warrior Ice Arena
90 Guest Street, Brighton MA 02135
$10 Admission Includes Ice Skate Rental
Say you are from Bigelow to get the discounted rate (and the PTO will receive a portion of the price).

More information here: Skate Night 2019

Bigelow Celtics Night 2020: Tickets Available Until 11/22

Please note that tickets will only be available until this Friday, 11/22. Online registration and paper forms need to be turned in by the end of the week.

The Bigelow PTO has arranged for a Bigelow Celtics Night at TD Garden on January 8th! Join with your family and friends to cheer on the Celtics as they battle the San Antonio Spurs!
25 lucky kids going to the game will be picked randomly for an exciting pre-game court side activity! Before you register and buy tickets online, please download paper form here.

More information here: Bigelow Celtics Night 2020.

Get Your Tickets Here!

Did you know? – Clubs at Bigelow

Did you know that there’s a page on the Bigelow website that lists all the clubs offered by the school? Check it out: Bigelow Clubs. This is what some of the clubs are doing this week:

Green Team:  Did you know that car exhaust pollutes the air, and idling vehicles are also against the law in Massachusetts?!  So… tell your parents to turn off their engines while they are waiting for you.  Come to the Green Team meeting (11/18) and learn more about how to help make Bigelow a more environmentally friendly place. Mondays at 3pm (Ms. Hoffman, room G08)

World Issues and Politics:  Workshop on using empathy to become a better leader this Wednesday (11/20). This workshop is for students and teachers alike. Wednesdays at 3pm (Ms. Hajjar, room G03)

Drama Club: Interested in being in the Bigelow Musical? Our biggest production of the year, we are looking for singers, actors, dancers, musicians, and crew! Find out more at the info meeting this Monday (11/18), 3-4, in the auditorium. Three-Four times a week through March (more information here)

Bigelow Academic Center (BAC) Morning Edition: The BAC-Morning Edition meets every morning before school from 7:30-8:00am in Room 118.

Bigelow’s 2019 One School, One Book Day was a BIG success

On October 30 the whole school took part in activities that focused on the summer reading book Refugee by Alan Gratz.   Students participated in an interactive experience in advisory that helped them understand many of the difficult decisions that refugees are forced to make when leaving their country of origin to seek safety.  After the interactive experience, students attended grade level assemblies to listen to former refugees speak about their experiences.

Sixth graders heard a presentation from Howard Sholkin, a local Newton resident who is volunteering with Temple Shalom of Newton to help resettle a family from Syria.  Both Mr. Sholkin and the family spoke to our sixth graders about the experience of resettling in the United States and the importance of accepting and supporting new residents in our community.  Seventh graders learned about Adnan Al-Maliki’s reasons for leaving Iraq and his family’s experience resettling in Lowell. Finally, eighth graders listened to Joseph Singer, who shared his story of leaving Poland to escape the Nazis during WWII.

The feedback from students and staff confirmed that this was a successful and valuable experience for all. Bigelow is grateful for the support of the PTO.