What’s new with the Hastings PTO

January 22, 2020


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

Hastings News

Hastings Celebrations – Volunteers Needed – Last call as plans are underway!
The PTO is helping to facilitate a number of celebration activities to say goodbye to our old building and celebrate our new.  To make this possible, we will need many volunteers.  There are big and small opportunities available – without volunteers, we may not be able to complete all our plans.
Please sign up here to volunteer for these events.
Currently, our plans and volunteer opportunities are as follows:
Goodbye Event for the old building (open to community) – Monday, February 10th, evening – Volunteers needed for way finding.
Memory item of old building (photo book or memory item) –  We need volunteers to take this on or it won’t happen.
Book commemorating past 5th grade classes – Thank you to Trisha Jenness for taking this on! There is room for more volunteers for those that are interested.
Pamphlet about New Building for parents and community members – Thank you for Daniel Pan for taking this on!  There is room for more volunteers for those that are interested.
Community Open House for new building – Rachel Harrington and Tejpreet Kalra to co-chair this event – we will need more voices for the planning!

There is lots of room for creative thinking and planning in these ideas, and we would welcome voices from all of the Hastings community.  Please sign up here to volunteer for these events or reach out to Rachel and Natalie at president@hastings-pto.org  with ideas or questions.

2020 Nominating Committee – Volunteers Needed
The PTO needs your help! Please consider joining the 2020 Nominating Committee!
Nominating Committee Overall Description:
Serve as 1 of 3 parent volunteers that help “fill” and nominate the PTO Executive Committee (EC) and to a lesser extent, the various PTO Board roles (Committee Chairs) for the 2020/2021 school year.  Great way to become involved and learn more about all of the various committees on the PTO.
Time Commitment/Scope:
Minor time commitment, often done by parents who work full-time or part-time and/or who have other roles on the PTO.  Short duration as majority of work done in February and March.  Work is flexible without a lot of group meetings.
  • Using ideas/input from Co-Presidents, confirm EC for following year using email, phone and 1-2 brief meetings in February and March.  Meetings set by the Nominating Committee based on schedules/preferences (mornings, evenings, weekends, whenever).  
  • Finalize & submit final list of EC candidates and short bios by early April.
  • Read aloud final EC slate for a vote at early May PTO meeting.  
  • Help recruit parents for PTO Board roles/Committee Chairs (non-EC) during March (as time allows, not required).
*As a member of the Nominating Committee you are not eligible to run for the EC. However, as a member of the Nominating Committee you can chair any of the Committee’s on the PTO.
To volunteer, please contact Christine at vp-planning@hastings-pto.org.

Hastings School Cookbook


Recipes due Saturday, February 1 (note revised date)
Are you looking for some new recipes to try? Do you have a favorite recipe to share with the Hastings community? Keep reading! 
The Hastings PTO and staff are creating a custom Hastings School Cookbook featuring favorite recipes from YOU — our school community. The cookbooks will be professionally published and are sure to be a treasured keepsake for us all. Money raised will be used by the Hastings PTO to fund enrichment programs for our children.
You can submit your recipe online and preorder a cookbook for $10.
Questions? Email Natalie: president@hastings-pto.org


Packing Party Helpers – Thank you!

Thanks to all the parents who helped teachers pack last Thursday night!  The extra hands were so helpful in the library, art room, a few classrooms and more. The PTO also sponsored a light dinner for teachers.

Kanchana Bhat Tanya Kravetz
Jenny Chen Grace Lee
Andrea Donahue Linda Levitt
Catherine Gonzalez Ali Lynch
Emily Jochim Christine Manavian
Laura Kasparian Krishnan Ramanathan

Upcoming Events

Hastings Science Fair – Registration Open – Deadline 1/30

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

Registration for the science fair is now OPEN! Please Register at http://hastings-pto.org/sciencefair/.

Registration will close on January 30th. Check out some highlights from last year’s Hastings Science Fair: https://youtu.be/GQZ3cJyCuC8.

We are still seeking parent volunteers to act as Visiting Scientists. Please let us know if you can help at sciencefair@hastings-pto.org.

Community Goodbye to Hastings Building

Date: Monday, February 10
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Current Hastings School

The school will be open on Monday, February 10th from 6:00-7:30pm for families, friends, graduates, and community members to walk the halls and write a goodbye message to the current Hastings School.  On February 15 the move to the new building will begin, and shortly afterwards the old facility will be fenced in to prepare for demolition.

LPS/School Committee

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Tuesday, February 4 
  • Tuesday, February 25

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.

Upcoming Month’s Calendar

Saturday 1/25 Lunar New Year 
Thursday 1/30 Science Fair Registration Deadline
Thursday 1/30 12pm Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Saturday 2/1 Cookbook Recipe Deadline (see above)
Tuesday 2/4 7pm School Committee Meeting
Friday 2/7 6:30pm Science Fair (Snow Date Feb 13)
Monday 2/10 6:30 – 7pm Community Goodbye to Hastings current Building 
Thursday 2/13 12:15 – 3:15pm Family Friends
Friday 2/14 8:55 – 9:25am All School Meeting
Friday 2/14 Student Visit to New Building
Monday – Friday 2/17-2/21 All Day No School – February Break
Monday 2/24 First Day In New Building – Parents invited into community wing of building (not classrooms)
Tuesday 2/25 7pm School Committee
Thursday 2/27 5:30-7pm New Building Open for Hastings Families
Friday 2/28 8:55 – 9:25am All School Meeting
Thursday 3/5 Wilson Farm Shopping Day
Thursday 3/5 7pm Parents’ Night Out – Eddie V’s
Tuesday 3/10 7pm School Committee
Friday 3/13 8:55 – 9:25am All School Meeting
Thursday 3/19 12:15 – 3:15pm Family Friends

Community Events

6th Annual Lexington Parent Academy – Saturday, March 14

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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