PTO Board and Committees

The 2019/2020 PTO Board

Co-Presidents – Karen Markson and Una Simmons
Vice President – Joana Canedo
Treasurer – Linda Gillespie
Secretary  – Vicki Spetter

2019/2020 Committee Chairs

Directory – Megan Flynn and Gabriela Kroszynski
Communications – Joana Canedo
Creative Arts & Sciences – Mary Jo Sisk and Alexandra Cohen
Ten Tables – Una Simmons
Big Night – Cheryl Abramson and Alexia Giannakopoulos

To contact any PTO officer, please email
To contact the PTO Treasurers, please e-mail

Bigelow PTO Board and Committees

Would you like to become more involved in the strategic aspect of the Bigelow PTO? Please join us in helping direct and manage the overall program for 2020/21. See below for open positions and email us!

Co-Presidents Rotating leaders who are accountable for the success of the PTO 1 OPEN
Vice President Work with board and committee chairs to coordinate fundraising activities 1 OPEN
Treasurer Track budget and finances for the PTO
Secretary Take minutes, keep the PTO calendar current, communication flow 1 OPEN
Communications/ Website Maintain info on the PTO website, send newsletters
School Directory Maintain database of parents/students and prepare material for the creation and printing of the school directory.
Creative Arts & Sciences Help enrich the curriculum by planning cultural events for the student body 2 OPEN
Back to School Picnic Help organize the family picnic at Burr Park (September) 1 OPEN
6th Grade Potluck Help organize the 6th grade community “getting to know you” event (September) 1 OPEN
8th Grade Activities Help with Moving On ceremony and other transition activities for the outgoing 8th graders  1 OPEN
Ten Tables Organizer of our Progressive Dinner fundraiser (October-November) 1 OPEN
Big Night Coordinate the planning our Winter fundraiser (December-March)
Teacher Appreciation Help with the teacher appreciation lunch (February) and teacher appreciation tea (June)
Scholarship Fund Develop the The Cyndi Dailey-Smith and Howard B. Smith Scholarship Fund, which provides support for Bigelow students who might not be able to otherwise participate in cultural and curricular enrichment learning opportunities, such as field trips 1 OPEN
Look for new PTO board and committee members. There are 5 members: the chair and the feeder schools representatives: Mason Rice, Lincoln Eliot, Underwood, Ward 5 OPEN
One School, One Book Participate in the school committee that organizes the One Book, One School Program  1 OPEN
Liaison Positions
Boston Parents Liaison to the Boston parent METCO families.
POPs Liaison between the PTO and POPs parents to coordinate events and streamline communications
SEPAC Work with the volunteer organization of parents of children with disabilities in Newton 1 OPEN
Safe Routes to School Work with the volunteer organization that encourages walking, biking and taking the bus to school. 1 OPEN