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Ten Tables 2019: Join Us on Saturday, Nov 2nd

You are invited to a fun evening with Bigelow families and staff!

Registration is now open! Please reserve your seats here.

Come! We hope to see you!

TEN Tables is a progressive dinner held at several homes in succession on one night. A single course is served at each home. At the first home everyone gathers for appetizers. Guests then go to a second home for dinner with 8-16 people. After that, everyone meets again to finish the night with desserts at a third house. TEN Tables, formerly known as Supper Stroll, has been an enjoyable fundraiser for many, many years. Adults in the Bigelow Community are welcome to participate. 

Saturday, November 2nd 6:30pm-11:30pm

  • Appetizers 6:30-8pm
    Co-Hosted by
    Alessandra Di Bacco & Tomasz Grzegorczyk  
    and Shana & Daniel Smythe
  • Dinners 8-10pm* – Assorted Residences
  • Dessert 10-11:30pm* – TBA

*Guests will be given their dinner host addresses & the dessert location at the Appetizer home.

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A Big thank you to all the families who will generously open their homes to host a dinner for our evening. We still need a host for dessert – please consider contributing to this great event!

If you have any questions, please contact Una Simmons at or

More information here

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Open House and Parent Coffee 2019

Classrooms in each grade will be open one morning for parents to visit during this week.   Wednesday, October 16, is open house for Grade 6 classes. The day begins at 8 am with coffee in the library for sixth grade parents, and then parents are welcome to visit seventh grade classes until 11:00 am.  Thursday, October 17, is open house for Grade 7 parents.  Coffee will be served for seventh grade parents at 8 am in the library, and then seventh grade classrooms are open until 10:52 am for parents to visit.  The Grade 8 open house is on Friday, October 18.  Again, coffee will be served at 8 am in the library, and then parents may attend eight grade classes in the morning until 10:52 am.  Please bring a copy of your child’s schedule so that you know which classrooms to visit, and please attend only the classrooms of the grade open on each designated day.

Volunteer at “Laps at Lunch” so our students can get some fresh air

Laps at Lunch is a Bigelow program to help our students get some fresh air in the middle of the day. At Laps at Lunch students  walk laps around the inside perimeter of Burr Park once they’re done with their lunches in the cafeteria. As a parent, you help them cross the street and monitor their walk. It’s a fun way to be around the kids and see how much they get from this opportunity. If interested, please contact Mary Fitzgerald (physical education teacher) at: More about the program here.

Attention Cooks & Party People! TEN Tables is coming up!

Saturday, November 2, 2019, is the Bigelow PTO TEN Tables progressive dinner!

We need Hosts! One Host for Appetizers, One Host for Dessert and a few hosts for dinner.

Please consider opening your home to host the evening appetizer kick off, the dessert party or host a dinner. This event has been an enjoyable PTO fundraiser for many years at Bigelow, a great way for Bigelow caregivers to get together and raise money for our school and our children.

This event needs your help to be successful

Appetizer and Dessert Hosts

  • You can co-host with another family.
  • Appetizer house would need to host ~100 people for 1.5 hours (from 6:30pm to 8pm)
  • Dessert house would need to host ~ 60 people for 1.5 hours (from 10pm to 11:30pm)

I would like to host

Tips for the TEN Tables Dinners
1. Cook what you love! OR Order out and serve from your favorite restaurant!
2. Join together:  one household cooks while the other hosts the dinner.
3. Choose recipes that can be made ahead and kept warm until guests arrive.
4. Buffet style works for dinners as does sit-down.
5. If your family is new to Bigelow, this is a great time to get to know more people!
6. The PTO can help you if you need guidance or advice. Don’t hesitate to contact us!

TEN Tables is a progressive dinner and is held at several homes in succession on one night. A single course is served at each home. Everyone meets from 6:30-8pm at one house for drinks & light appetizers – perhaps cheese and crackers. There you receive your dinner hosts address. You then leave and go to dinner (with 6-12 other guests) from 8-10pm at your dinner hosts’ house. At 10pm everyone meets at the dessert house for to end the evening.

Please contact Una Simmons at or if you would like to host part of this fun evening or if you have any questions. Thank you!!!

New Menu App

Check out the new interactive menu app for school lunches. Write “Bigelow” or another Newton school on the research field and explore:

  • Find out about allergens and dietary restrictions and preferences
  • Check nutrition information, by clicking on the item name to view the ingredient statement
  • Print full weekly menus
  • Download the mobile app

Food Allergy: School cafeterias will maintain an allergen “right to know” station on every serving line, which includes a detailed listing of all of food products separated by allergen food categories. In addition, detailed ingredient information is available for freshly prepared menu items, as well as manufacturer labels for every pre-packaged item (i.e., snacks) through the foodservice director on site.

How PoPS supports the performing arts programs

In 2019, funds raised by the PoPS helped to support Bigelow performing arts programs, as well as the Bigelow community as a whole, thanks to improvements to the auditorium. The PoPS are still working with a surplus thanks to auditorium upgrades by NPS. Other performing arts items to be funded will be discussed throughout the school year. See meeting minutes for more information.

April 2019 – Spots!!

The PoPS funded the purchase of two new free standing spotlights to improve the stage lighting.

October 2019 – Instruments are safe with the PoPS!

80 locks were purchased for the Bigelow Arts Department to secure the instruments in the new lockers provided by NPS.

October 2019 – Let there be LIGHT!!

The new light board will be installed and an in-service will be paid for by the PoPS in the coming weeks. The tech crew is hoping the light will always shine brightly on our actors and musicians at Bigelow with the new house lights and now the improved stage lighting!

October 2019 – Making music real! 

The Pops will support a workshop and concert on October 18th by recording artist and songwriter Jean Rohe and her band. 7th and 8th grade chorus is singing her song “National Anthem: Arise! Arise!”. The opportunity to meet singers and songwriters brings music to life for the students in a unique way, we are pleased to support this venture!

See pictures here.