What’s new with the Hastings PTO

March 11, 2020


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

Hastings News

Hastings Book Fair

The Book Fair will be open from March 22-27 during the times listed below. This year it will be located in the second Music Room (2nd Floor). Stop in to pick up some new books and support the new Hastings Library! Teachers will have book wish lists at the fair if you would like to purchase a book for your child’s classroom.  You can also make a direct donation to the library fund and/or purchase a gift card for your teacher here.  (Select the General Fund or teacher’s name after adding item to your online cart.)

Book Fair Dates/Times:

Sunday 3/22, 1pm-3pm

Monday 3/23, 8:15am- 4pm

Tuesday 3/24, 8:15am to 4pm and 6:30pm to 8pm (during Arts Night)

Wednesday 3/25, 8:15am to 4pm

Thursday 3/26, 8:15am to 4pm

Friday 3/27, 8:15am to 9:30am

If you have any questions please contact Anne or Liz at bookfair@hastings-pto.org.

Alphabet Rockers
2-time GRAMMY-nominated Alphabet Rockers from Oakland, CA is coming to perform at Hastings on March 24th! ALPHABET ROCKERS make music that makes a change. This intergenerational group creates brave spaces to shape a more equitable world through hip hop. Their 2018 album, Rise Shine #Woke reached 300K kids and families since its release, inspiring American kids to stand up to hate and be their brave and beautiful selves. For more information about Alphabet Rockers please visit their website – https://alphabetrockers.com/

This event is sponsored by the Hastings PTO.

PTO Search Committee
Planning has begun for the 2020-2021 School Year, and the PTO Search Committee will begin meeting soon to discuss positions on the PTO Executive Board and throughout the organization.  Please watch your email to learn about the available positions, and begin thinking about which of your friends and neighbors (or yourself) might be good candidates for these roles.  

Also, thank you in advance to our PTO Search Committee, Lisa Farrell and Beth Bristol, for their time and efforts!  There is one more spot available on this committee.  If you are interested, please reach out to Christine Manavian at vp-planning@hastings-pto.org.

Hastings School Cookbook
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.
Questions? Email Natalie: president@hastings-pto.org


Thanks to everyone who shopped at Wilson Farm on Thursday.  Thanks to Wilson Farm for donating to the Hastings PTO!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Parents’ Night Out at Eddie V’s on Thursday.  Thanks to Christine Manavian for organizing all 3 of our Parents’ Night Out events. They helped us connect with other parents – especially during construction of the new building.

Upcoming Events

Lexington Community Open House – Volunteers Needed

Date: Sunday, March 22

Time: 1:00-3:00pm

Location: New Hastings School

We will open the school for the larger Lexington community.  There will be a scavenger hunt, photo booth and more! Elected Town officials, Board members, School and Municipal leaders will join us in celebrating the new school.
***We are looking for volunteers to be stationed at different locations throughout the building.  Would you be able to help? Volunteers will need to arrive at the school by 12:45pm and stay until 3:15pm.  We are requesting that volunteers not have their children with them unless they are with another adult.

Please sign up at the link below, and feel free to to reach out to Christine at vp-planning@hastings-pto.org with any questions.


Arts Night – Volunteers Needed

Date: Tuesday, March 24

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Location: Hastings School

Please save the night of Tuesday, March 24th for Arts Night! Arts Night celebrates all Hastings Artists! Each student will have a piece of artwork displayed in our pop-up gallery and have a chance to create new art too.

***Please sign up for a shift to help with Arts Night.  Some shifts are only 1/2 hour.
We will also be labeling and mounting artwork on Thursday, March 19 from 12:15-3:15pm.

If you would like to join the planning committee for Arts night please email Ali and Shweta at artsnight@hastings-pto.org

LPS/School Committee

Redistricting Update: Email communication was sent 2/28 and includes a February update.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Monday, March 23 (6pm, Cary Hall)

The next few meetings will be on Mondays, 6pm at Cary Hall due to Town Meeting. 

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

Upcoming Month’s Calendar

Note: We are cancelling All School Meeting on Friday 3/13 at this time because it is a large group gathering. Other events and information is up to date as of distribution, but may change as we receive new information.

Saturday 3/14 9:30am-2:30pm Lexington Parent Academy
Thursday 3/19 12:15 – 3:15pm Family Friends
Sunday 3/22 1:00 – 3:00pm Lexington Community Open House
Monday 3/23  6pm School Committee (Cary Hall)
Week of 3/23   Hastings School Book Fair
Tuesday 3/24 Alphabet Rockers (during school, for students)
Tuesday 3/24  6:30 – 8pm Arts Night
Wednesday 3/25  12:15pm Dismissal  Parent-Teacher Conferences (babysitting available)
Thursday 3/26 12:15pm Dismissal  Parent-Teacher Conferences (babysitting available)
Friday 3/27  8:55 – 9:25am  All School Meeting
Monday 3/30  6pm  School Committee (Cary Hall)
Wednesday 4/1   12:15pm Dismissal Parent-Teacher Conferences (babysitting available) 
Thursday 4/2 12:15pm Dismissal Parent-Teacher Conferences (NO babysitting this day)
Monday 4/6  6pm School Committee (Cary Hall)
Thursday 4/9   Passover Begins (school open)
Friday 4/10   No School – Holiday – Good Friday
Monday 4/13   6pm School Committee (Cary Hall)
Thursday 4/16 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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