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
PoPS Liaison – Krista Chavez

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 1 OPEN
Back to School Picnic Organize the family picnic at Burr Park (September) 2 OPEN
6th Grade Potluck Organize the 6th grade community “getting to know you” event (September)
8th Grade Activities Lead 8th grade parents as they organize the Moving On ceremony and other transition activities for the outgoing 8th graders  2 OPEN
Ten Tables Organize our Progressive Dinner fundraiser (October-November)
Big Night Coordinate the planning our Winter fundraiser (December-March)
Teacher Appreciation Organize 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 Liaison to the volunteer organization of parents of children with disabilities in Newton 1 OPEN
FORJ Liaison to the volunteer organization Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) helping our children learn about issues of power and inequality and how to stand up for racial justice
Safe Routes to School Liaison to the volunteer organization that encourages walking, biking and taking the bus to school. 1 OPEN
Green Newton School Connections  Liaison to the volunteer organization that  promotes sustainability in schools (reduce, reuse, recycle and climate action). 1 OPEN