Category Archives: From the PTO

TONIGHT! Join Bigelow PoPS! Thursday 1/11, 7-8:30 pm

Are you interested in supporting music and drama at Bigelow? Bigelow PoPS (Parents of Performing Arts Students) is for you!

Please join us for our next meeting (and first in-person meeting in a long time!) on Thursday, January 11th from 7-8:30 pm.

Bigelow PoPS January Meeting

  • Thursday, January 11th
  • 7-8:30 pm
  • 115 Waban Street (near Lincoln-Eliot Elementary)
  • Dessert and Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP HERE so we know how many people to expect.

About Bigelow PoPS: The Bigelow PoPS (Parents of Performing Students) is a community of dedicated parents that supports the performing arts through advocacy, fundraising, coordination, and volunteering. Any parent or guardian who has a student in Orchestra, Chorus, Band, A Capella, or Drama is welcome and encouraged to participate in the PoPS and support our students and performing arts faculty.

Save the Date! PTO Meeting with NPS Superintendent Nolin: Tuesday, January 23rd, 10-11 am

Please save the date Tuesday, January 23rd at 10 am to join us for a PTO meeting at Bigelow with Newton Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Anna Nolin and members of the School Committee.

This is a great opportunity to learn about district initiatives and ask questions of our new superintendent and members of the school committee in a small group setting.

Calling All 8th Grade Families!

The 8th Grade Year-end/Graduation Committee will be meeting at the beginning of January 2024 to start planning year-end 8th grade celebratory activities in conjunction with the 8th grade teachers and the Bigelow leadership. If you are interested in volunteering and having a voice, please email: Linda Gillespie at directly to be added to our planning meetings.

Thank you!
8th Grade Year-end/Graduation Committee

Happy Holidays!

Dear Bigelow Community,

We wish great health & happiness to all our students, families, faculty, and staff this holiday season and into the New Year! Sending gratitude and appreciation to everyone for helping make Bigelow a place for all our children to learn and grow.


Bigelow PTO

Bigelow School Council 2023-24

Thank you to all who participated in the nomination process for the Bigelow School Council. Congratulations to the parent/guardian Bigelow School Council members for 2023-24:

  • Laura Goldworm (Grade 6)
  • Kristin Golden (Grade 7)
  • Rocio Calvo (Grade 7)

Learn more about School Councils here.

Final days for year-end contributions to Annual Fund

Are you planning to make tax deductions for charitable contributions in 2023? Please consider supporting the Bigelow PTO before the end of year! Bigelow Middle School PTO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and 100% of your donation is tax deductible to the extent of the law.

A gift of any size will help us continue to support many programs and services that benefit our students!

There are many ways to donate:

  • via Venmo @BigelowPTONewton
  • write a check and mail to Bigelow Middle School c/o PTO
  • via the website at


Matching gifts are a great way to maximize your donation! Please consider adding Bigelow PTO to your company’s annual donation matching program, if applicable. Bigelow Middle School PTO is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Tax ID #20-0348453.

Winter Warm-Up Appreciation Lunch

On Tuesday, Bigelow teachers and staff were treated to a “Winter Warm-Up” lunch of a variety of soups, salads, and breads to help show our appreciation for all they do for our students and our school community.

Many thanks to Shana Smythe, Hai Ly, Sara Wantman, Sarah Lenz, Nicole McDonald, Jenny Rosenthal, Kerri Vonnegut, Ileen Thelen, Caitlin Cusick, Jillian Feinberg, and Laura Goldworm for lending crockpots and donating soup, salad, and bread.

Thank you to Bertucci’s in Newton Corner for donating salad, and to Nicole McDonald for coordinating.

And a big thanks to Lanni Harris and Ron Farrar for the set up and clean up!

Bigelow Family in Need

Last month we shared that a family in our community is in need of support. The father of a Bigelow 7th grader is currently undergoing treatment for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In addition to the physical and emotional toll this diagnosis presents, the family is facing financial stress due to mounting medical bills not covered by insurance and by being unable to work.

This family continues to face the challenges of this health crisis. A Go Fund Me campaign has been established to help alleviate some of the financial strain this family is facing so they can focus on fighting this cancer. Donations will directly support medical bills and the family’s day-to-day needs. A portion of the funds will also be allocated to a 529b fund for their 7th grader’s educational needs.

You can read more and make a donation through the Go Fund Me link. Any contribution to help support this family would be greatly appreciated.

As always, we are grateful for the generosity of the Bigelow community.