What’s new with the Hastings PTO

Principal’s Letter

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

PTO Board for 2018-2019

It’s time to start thinking about our PTO for next year! The following executive committee positions will be open – please consider stepping up to help out. More info coming soon!

  • Co-President
  • VP of Planning and Board Development
  • VP of Fundraising
  • Secretary
  • Harvest Run Post-Race Party Co-chair (2)
  • Webmaster to help with weekly website updates (1 needed, 2 already in place)
  • Multicultural potluck co-chairs (2)

Reading Without Walls Challenge

Calling all readers! The Literacy Department at Hastings, our librarian – Mrs. Rich, and our technology specialist – Ms. Peterson challenge you to stretch your reading muscles by completing the following challenges:
Read one book for each of the following:

  • has a character (person) that looks different or lives differently than you (fiction)
  • has a topic that you don’t know much about (nonfiction)
  • is in a format that you don’t usually read (ex: picture book, graphic novel, magazine, eBook, audio book, chapter book)

If you are in grades K-2, you are invited to complete this challenge as a class. Your teacher will be responsible for reading aloud three books and sharing your learning. If you are in grades 3-5, you are invited to complete the challenge as an individual. Once you finish reading one (or all) of the books, visit the Hastings Homepage and click on a Google form to answer questions to share your learning. The link to the form is found under Announcements. Students will need to sign into their LPS Google accounts. You can revisit the form multiple times. You will also find a video that explains step by step how to fill out the form.

Students have until Friday, February 16th​ to read and complete the form or complete the challenge in class. Happy reading!

Calling all Box Tops for Education!

The next deadline for Box Tops is Thursday, February 15th. Simply double check your box tops for expiration dates, place them in a ziplock, and drop them off in the box at the school entrance.

LEF/LCE partner to bring Homegoing author Yaa Gyasi to Lexington!

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Lexington High School Auditorium

Please join Lexington Education Foundation and Lexington Community Education after February break for A Night with Yaa Gyasi, at Lexington High School Auditorium at 6:00pm. Doors open at 5pm. Book signing to follow the event. Award winning Ghanaian-American author Yaa Gyasi discusses her New York Times best-selling novel Homegoing and how the legacy of slavery affects relationships between Africans, African-Americans and the rest of the African diaspora. Homegoing follows the parallel paths of two half sisters born in different villages in eighteenth century Ghana. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort while the other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned and sold into slavery. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed – and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the souls of our nations.

Advanced Ticket Sales Details: Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased at www.lexedfoundation.org/gyasi.  For more information, go to www.lexingtoncommunityed.org or www.lexedfoundation.org/events/

Math Night Parent Coordinators Needed for 4th Grade

Can you help? We still need two parent coordinators for the 4th graders on Thursday, March 8th from 7:00-8:15pm. Your student may participate at the same time (sometimes both parents attend with one as a coordinator and one as a parent participant).

The parent coordinators need to do the following:

  • Pick up the Math Night box with materials a week before
  • Quickly review contents (they are very complete)
  • Arrive 15 minutes early and set up name tags, sign up sheet, and puzzles.
  • Be available during first half to greet and answer questions on the puzzles (we have answer keys)
  • Explain the large group game (a card or dice game) for the second half and help direct the game.
  • Clean up and store materials.

Please email with any questions and thank you.

Household Composting Fundraiser!!

Mention Hastings when you sign up for home pick-up from Black Earth Compost – you will receive $10 off of your first bill and Hastings will receive a $10 donation. Currently the program costs $99 for 6 months. Once 300 families in Lexington/Arlington area enroll, the price will drop to $49.99 for 6 months. You have the choice to begin service after the price drops – you won’t be charged until that happens, but your household will immediately be counted toward the threshold to have the price drop. Trash in Lexington is incinerated, causing air pollution. Composting recycles nutrients back to the soil for use by local farmers and gardeners. Help the environment and Hastings today! For more info, see this guide.


Teacher Appreciation

First of all, an enormous thank you to all the teachers and staff who work with our children every day at Hastings. We all see the effort and care put into educating our children and it is very very much appreciated.

Second, we would like to thank everyone who donated a gift card to show appreciation. At the teacher/staff appreciation luncheon on Thursday 2/1 it was clear how much these individually presented cards meant to the recipients.

Finally, we want to thank Sharon Musto who did a wonderful job organizing and preparing the gift cards and meal, and everyone who helped with getting the meal in place, set up and clean up – Christine Manavian, Shilpi Lulla, Kate Criniti, Veronica Criniti, and Nicola Rinaldi.


If you’d like to stay updated on school building projects and other community updates (sports teams, club registration as well as community posts), please join the Hastings Families Google Group at http://bit.ly/HastingsFamilies.

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Selectmen’s Meeting Room, 1625 Massachusetts Avenue.


View all upcoming events online at hastings-pto.org/pta-calendar/ and save to your Google Calendar.

2/19-2/23 Monday-Friday All Day No School – February Break
2/27 Tuesday 7:00 pm School Committee Meeting, 1625 Massachusetts Ave, Selectman’s Meeting Room
3/6 Tuesday 6:30-7:30 pm Family Math Night (Grades K & 1)
3/6 Tuesday 7:00 pm School Committee Meeting, 1625 Massachusetts Ave, Selectman’s Meeting Room
3/7 Wednesday 7:00-8:15 pm Family Math Night (Grades 2 & 3)
3/8 Thursday 8:55 – 9:30 am All School Meeting
3/8 Thursday 7:00-8:15 pm Family Math Night (Grades 4 & 5)
3/12 Monday 7:00-8:30 pm PTO Board Meeting (only need to attend one)

Hastings Cafeteria

3/13 Tuesday 9:00-10:30 am PTO Board Meeting (only need to attend one) 7 Park Street.
3/15 Thursday 6:45 pm Kindergarten Orientation
3/19 Monday, 3/21 Wednesday 6:30 pm Begin school committee meetings every M/W until town meeting ends, Cary Memorial Building, Estabrook Hall.
3/22 Thursday 8:55 – 9:30 am All School Meeting
3/22 Thursday 7:00-8:00 pm General PTO Meeting, Cafeteria – Topics: Update on new Hastings – All are welcome (including rising K parents)
3/24 Saturday TBD Family Friends: METCO Parent Sponsored Activity in Boston

Monday – Thursday

8:15 am-4:00 pm Book Fair
3/27 Tuesday 6:30-8:30 pm ArtsFest
3/28-3/29 Wednesday – Thursday 12:15 pm dismissal both days Parent-Teacher Conferences

(Babysitting Available)

3/30 Friday All Day No School – Holiday – Good Friday

Bulletin submissions are due on Mondays by 12:00 pm and should be made online.

Visit the Hastings PTO website to find more information and helpful resources.

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