Category Archives: From the PTO

Thank you to all those who helped with the Teacher Appreciation Tea

A warm thank you to all that contributed your time, funds and delectable food and drink to the Teacher Appreciation Tea this week! The teachers and staff at Bigelow enjoyed the wonderful spread. A special thank you to co-chairs Miriam Alandydy and Andrea Hemment for leading this effort for us. Please stop by the Main Office if you would like to re-claim your food containers. 

See pictures here.

Calling 7th and 6th grade parents to help during graduation

It is a tradition at Bigelow for 7th and 6th grade parents and guardians to give a hand during the 8th Grade graduation. This year the ceremony will be on Monday, June 17th, from 9-11am. Please come help with cutting cakes and preparing punch that will be served at Burr Park for graduating families.

If you are interested in volunteering please email 7th Grade Counselor Kathleen Ahern: Kathleen_Ahern@newton.k12.ma.us. Thank you!

Food Service Advisory Group starting June 2019

Newton PTOs are partnering with NPS administration and the School Committee to form a Food Service Advisory Group (FSAG). The purpose of this group is to create a two-way dialogue between families and NPS food service partner–Whitsons Culinary Group–so that food service in the Newton Public Schools meets expectations and can be continuously improved. The group will comprise representatives from each school, a School Committee representative, and a Whitsons’ representative. Representatives from FSAG will periodically meet with NPS staff and Whitsons’ staff to share feedback gathered by the school representatives.

Mary Fitzgerald, PE teacher, will be the Bigelow representative at FSAG. Thank you, Mary!

PTO Board for 2019-2020

We are pleased to announce the PTO Board members for the 2019-2020 school year, voted at the Bigelow PTO Annual Meeting, on Monday, June 3rd. Terms become effective September 1, 2019.

Co-Presidents – Karen Markson and Una Simmons
Vice President – Joana Canedo
Treasurer – Linda Gillepsie
Secretary – ​open
Nominating Committee – ​5 open

Please look here for PTO Board and committee positions still open.

We also approved the budget and the membership dues for 2019-20. More details in the meeting minutes.

Students encourage reusing school materials

The Bigelow Green Team put together an announcement and is going to make an instagram story about sustainable back-to-school supplies:

Reduce your 2019 back-to-school shopping list by REUSING items. Calculators, Binders, Paper, Pencils, Cases, Backpacks, Notebooks, etc. in good or like new condition all can be reused!  The Bigelow Green Team wants you to think about school supplies in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. #LoveEarth

Support Our School Library

Honor a graduate or thank a teacher at the end of this school year by purchasing a book through the Support Our School Library  website. This service allows you to choose a book and include a personalized bookplate to honor a student or thank a staff member at Bigelow. In addition, each book is bound in a special way to make it last and processed quickly so students can have it in their hands as soon as possible. Consider donating today to help maintain Bigelow Library’s rich collection of independent reading books. Donations can be made through the end of the school year. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity.

Lets get together and celebrate the 2018-2019 School Year

All are invited to our last meeting of the year, when we are going to celebrate the 2018-2019 school year with light refreshments and good talks! We would love to see you there!

This is a great time for rising 8th grade parents to learn about all of the 8th grade activities next year and how they can get involved. Rising 6th grade parents will have the opportunity to get to know their new PTO and what we do for the school and the students.

We will present the 2019/20 budget and show how the PTO uses all the money raised by our community. The incoming leadership will be brought forward for a vote of Bigelow parents, guardians, teachers and staff. We still have open positions to fill!! If you would like to become more involved in the strategic aspect of the Bigelow PTO, helping direct and manage the overall program for 2019/20, you are encouraged to join the board or one of the committees.

PTO Annual Meeting
Monday, June 3rd 2019, from 7pm to 8pm
Bigelow Library

Proposed 2019-2020 Officers and Nominating Committee Members

  • Co-Presidents – Karen Markson and Una Simmons
  • Vice President – Joana Canedo
  • Treasurer  – Linda Bentley Gillespie and one open
  • Secretary – open
  • Nominating Committee – 5 open

Please look here for committee positions still open.

Hope to see you all there!

Support Our School Library

Honor a graduate or thank a teacher at the end of this school year by purchasing a book through the Support Our School Library  website. This service allows you to choose a book and include a personalized bookplate to honor a student or thank a staff member at Bigelow. In addition, each book is bound in a special way to make it last and processed quickly so students can have it in their hands as soon as possible. Consider donating today to help maintain Bigelow Library’s rich collection of independent reading books. Donations can be made through the end of the school year. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity.

7th Graders Learned about Engineering and Erosion

On May 30 and 31, the New England Aquarium brought to Bigelow 7th graders their new Coastal Engineering Outreach Program. The program challenges students to address the issues of local coastal erosion through the engineering design process, with an emphasis on communication and collaboration. Students work as teams employing engineering design to plan, test, and present their solutions to limit the erosion of sand from their own section of simulated sandy coastline.

This program was sponsored by the PTO, thanks to the support of our community.