PTO Board and Committees

The 2021/2022 PTO Board

President – Gabriela Kroszynski –
Vice President – May Chen –
Treasurer – Linda Gillespie –
Secretary  – Sukanya Ghosh –

2021/2022 Committee Chairs

School Directory – Sarah K. Lenz Heather,Thiessen Philbrook
Communications/Website – Gwen Hautefeuille
Creative Arts & Sciences – Caryn Izhar
Back to School Picnic – Kelly Qian
6th Grade Potluck – OPEN
8th Grade Activities – Caryn Izhar, Caryn Lipchin and Susan Giunta
Ten Tables – Shana Smythe, Gabriela Kroszynski, Charlene Gillespie, Carolyn Gillespie and Jill Twohig
Big Night – Julie Landesman
Teacher Appreciation – Susan St. Pierre, Karen Yee, Charlene Gillespie
Scholarship Fund – OPEN
Nominating Committee – OPEN
Newton Serves – Giulia Guffanti
Bigelow Garden – Elizabeth Apgar

2021/2022 Liaison Positions

PoPS (Parents of Performing Students) – Sarah Hirzel (band liaison), Andrea Silver (chorus liason), OPEN (theater liaison), OPEN (orchestra)
Boston Parents  – Jeanne Choe-Arrieta
SEPAC – Brigette LaMarche
FORJ – Margo Michaels
Safe Routes to School – Phil Larimer
Green Newton School Connections – Ileen Thelen
Newton School Foundation Liaison – Julie Kane

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/Email Monitoring 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) filled
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) 1 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. filled
POPs Liaison between the PTO and PoPS parents to coordinate events and streamline communications 2 OPEN
SEPAC Liaison to the volunteer organization of parents of children with disabilities in Newton filled
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 filled
Safe Routes to School Liaison to the volunteer organization that encourages walking, biking and taking the bus to school. filled
Green Newton School Connections  Liaison to the volunteer organization that  promotes sustainability in schools (reduce, reuse, recycle and climate action). filled
Newton School Foundation Laison to the Newton Schools Foundation filled