What’s new with the Hastings PTO

December 4, 2019


View this week’s message from Hastings Principal Louise Lipsitz.

Hastings News

Frank Pepe Pizza Fundraiser – Thursday, December 12
Don’t cook your kids lunch or dinner on Thursday, December 12th. Order some take out or go to Frank Pepe’s in the Burlington Mall for some awesome pizza! (there’s reserved parking right in front for take out customers – Open 11am-10pm).
All friends, family and supporters of Hastings Elementary School are invited to participate in this fundraising event.
Please bring this flyer or simply mention Hastings Elementary School and 25% of your purchase will be donated to the Hastings PTO!
If you have questions, please email: vp-fundraising@hastings-pto.org


Multicultural Potluck Thank You

Thank you to the volunteers who created booths and helped with the performances. They include:
Kiranma Arava
Grace Lee
Swapna Bolleboina Jin Hee Lee
Chaitanya Chintala Marcelle Moukarzel
Fatima Haq Nicola Rinaldi
Alia Kalai Yu Wu

Also thanks to those who helped with set-up/clean-up, check-in and all the families who participated and brought wonderful food to share!

A big thank you to the event chairs, Heather Baker Nielsen and Annie Zhang!

Here are some photos from the event!

Upcoming Events

Hastings Parents’ Night Out – TOMORROW
Date: Thursday, December 5
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Location: il Casale Lexington (1727 Mass Ave.)
Stop by to celebrate the holiday season with old Hastings friends, and make some new Hastings friends! Light appetizers will be served.
Please contact Christine with any questions at vp-planning@hastings-pto.org

PTO Meeting with Superintendent Julie Hackett 

Date: Tuesday, December 10
Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: Hastings School

Please mark your calendars for the next general meeting on Tuesday, December 10th. We will be joined by Superintendent Julie Hackett, who will speak about the Lexington Public School District and answer any questions you may have.


Babysitting will be provided. Please SIGN UP so we have enough babysitters.

If you have questions, please email president@hastings-pto.org.

Hastings Science Fair – Save the Date!

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Hastings Gym and Cafeteria

Start thinking about SCIENCE with your kids! The Hastings Science fair will be held on Feb 7 (Snow date: Feb 13). Registration will open in January.

If your child would like to be part of the 2020 science fair promo video, please email us at sciencefair@hastings-pto.org prior to Dec 20th. Watch last year’s promo video here!

Find out more at http://hastings-pto.org/sciencefair/.

School Committee

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Tuesday, December 17
  • Tuesday, January 7

All meetings are at 7pm in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room (1625 Mass. Ave.) unless otherwise noted. Full schedule is posted on the town website.

Redistricting Vote – Last night the School Committee voted to approve Plan C, moving the fewest number of students town-wide and not moving any current Hastings children.  This plan makes use of “flexible assignment” and includes locations with rental properties or high density where neighbors may attend 2 different schools. Superintendent Hackett also announced the appointment of Ms. Anna Monaco, former Principal of Clarke Middle School, to lead Lexington’s redistricting implementation efforts. Specifically, she will work with students, families, and staff to ensure a smooth and positive transition for all involved. There will be a District Transition Team, comprised of an administrator from each K-8 school in the system.

A recording of the meeting will be available on LexMedia shortly.

Please note: The central place for information on redistricting is the  Redistricting Updates section of the LPS website.

Upcoming Month’s Calendar

12/5 Thursday 7:30pm Holiday Adult Night Out (Il Casale)
12/6 Friday 8:55 – 9:25am All School Meeting
12/10 Tuesday 7-8:30pm General PTO meeting with Superintendent Julie Hackett (babysitting will be available)
12/12 Thursday 11am-10pm Frank Pepe (Burlington Mall) Pizza fundraiser
12/17 Tuesday 7pm School Committee Meeting
12/19 Thursday 12:15 – 3:15pm Family Friends
12/20 Friday 8:55 – 9:25am All School Meeting
Mon 12/23 – Wed 1/1/20 No School – Winter Break
Thursday 1/2 School resumes
Friday 1/3 8:55 – 9:25am All School Meeting
Tuesday 1/7 7pm  School Committee Meeting
Tuesday 1/14  8am School Committee Meeting (FY21 Budget Hearing)
Thursday 1/16 12:15 – 3:15pm  Family Friends
Monday 1/20   No School – Martin Luther King, Jr Day
Tuesday 1/21 7pm School Committee (Budget Second Reading)

Community Events

Please see this link to view the latest Community Events.  These events are announced through the PTA Presidents’ Council (PPC). Community Events are also emailed out to the Hastings Families Google Group approximately twice a week. Other members of the Hastings Community are welcome to post to the group as well by sending an email to hastingsfamilies@googlegroups.com.

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7 Crosby Road
Lexington, MA 02421