PTO Board and Committees

The 2020/2021 PTO Board

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

2020/2021 Committee Chairs

School Directory – Megan Flynn
Communications/Website – Gwen Hautefeuille
Creative Arts & Sciences – Caryn Izhar
Back to School Picnic
6th Grade Potluck – Gabriela Kroszynski
8th Grade Activities – Gabriela Kroszynski
Ten Tables
Big Night – Alexia Giannakopoulos
Teacher Appreciation – Susan St. Pierre, Karen Yee and Charlene Gillespie
Scholarship Fund
Nominating Committee
Newton Serves

2020/2021 Liaison Positions

PoPS (Parents of Performing Students) – Krista Chavez
Boston Parents  –
FORJ – Danielle Ahite-De Medeiros, Davena Jackson, Julie Landesman, Madeline McNeely, Margo Michaels,  Ruth Hertzman-Miller, Becca Schulman Havemeyer
Safe Routes to School – Sarah Hirzel, Joana Canedo
Green Newton School Connections – Joana Canedo

Bigelow PTO Board and Committees 2021-2022

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 2021/22. See below for open positions and email us at

President Rotating leaders who are accountable for the success of the PTO filled
Vice President Work with board and committee chairs to coordinate fundraising activities filled
Treasurer Track budget and finances for the PTO filled
Secretary Take minutes, keep the PTO calendar current, communication flow filled
Communications/ Website Maintain info on the PTO website, send newsletters filled
School Directory Maintain database of parents/students and prepare material for the creation and printing of the school directory. filled
Creative Arts & Sciences Help enrich the curriculum by planning cultural events for the student body filled
Back to School Picnic Coordinate the back to school picnic at Franklin Park with the school administration (September) 1 OPEN
6th Grade Potluck Organize the 6th grade community “getting to know you” event (September) 1 OPEN
8th Grade Activities Lead 8th grade parents as they organize the Moving On ceremony and other transition activities for the outgoing 8th graders  1 OPEN
Ten Tables Organize our Progressive Dinner fundraiser (October-November) 2 OPEN
Big Night Coordinate the planning our Winter fundraiser (December-March) 2 OPEN
Teacher Appreciation Organize the teacher appreciation lunch (February) and teacher appreciation tea (June) filled
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
Liaison Positions
Boston Parents Liaison to the Boston parent METCO families. 1 OPEN
POPs Liaison between the PTO and PoPS parents to coordinate events and streamline communications 1 OPEN
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