What’s new with the Hastings PTO

Principal’s Letter

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

Your PTO Dollars at Work!

The PTO is thrilled to announce that we’ve spent $6,500 on mini-grants so far this year in support of a variety of programming for your students. Thank you! Here are just a few of the amazing things teachers have done with the money. For a full list please email president@hastings-pto.org.

Magic of Maps, 3rd Grade
Creative Enrichment provides a program to teach third grade students about map and map making.
Books for Prosocial Curriculum
Books were purchased to support the prosocial curriculum developed by a group of Hastings teachers and staff to help build community and to teach self regulation, executive functioning, friendship, problem solving, growth mindset, and diversity.
Recess Equipment purchase
Games and equipment to enhance recess
Lion King, Jr. Showkits
Purchase of Lion King, Jr. show kits for the 5th grade musical to be performed in the spring. This is a collaboration between Hastings’ music program (Mrs. Jacques) and the 5th grade teaching team.

URGENT – Talent Show Needs Your Help

Because of your help, the Hastings Talent Show is delivered successfully year after year and, at the moment, we are urgently looking for a volunteer to take over coordinating this event. Our previous coordinator has moved to another state, but she would be happy to provide support remotely.

Please email Ranjeeta with any questions, comments, and to find out more about the lead coordinator role.
***Without parent coordinators, this event will not take place in 2019.***

The Hastings FUNdraiser Tickets on Sale Now!

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Cary Hall, Lexington

We’re ready! Early Bird tickets are on sale here now through March 1st.  This will be a fun filled evening celebrating our wonderful Hastings community, and we encourage all families past, present, and future to attend. Spread the word and enjoy a night of food, drink, casino games, and auctions  – all to benefit the Hastings PTO and your students.

This year’s theme is – what else – CONSTRUCTION! So break out your Rosie the Riveter bandana, strap on your Tim the Toolman Taylor tool belt, grab your hard hat or come dressed in your best Lexington Town Inspector uniform. Any way you show up, you will be most welcome to join in the fun. Please email us with any questions.

Shop at Wilson Farm Day

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location: Wilson Farm, Lexington, MA

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  March 13, 2019 Shop at Wilson Farm and 20% of the day’s purchases come to Hastings!


The Hastings Science Fair was a great success this year with over 240 registered students. Many thanks to everyone who helped make this night a fun and educational event, especially our Visiting Scientists (Jamie McPhee, Jen Vandiver, Emily Jochim, Frank Gibbons, Santosh Khedkar, Pravina Borhade, Ryan Horvath, Tejpreet Karla, Catherine Gonzalez, Teresa Wright, Maher Tabba, Joshua Namias, Nancy Masjarian, Andrea Pomerantz, Tina Shih, Jovita Marc, Paul Ricci and Kerry Black!). Additional thanks to Hastings custodial staff (Ryan, Tony and Ken), Jessica Carr and the 15 volunteers from Lexington High School!


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 26, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: 1625 Massachusetts Ave, Selectman’s Meeting Room


2/18-2/22 Monday-Friday All Day No School – February Break
2/26 Tuesday 7:00 pm School Committee Meeting, 1625 Massachusetts Ave, Selectman’s Meeting Room
2/28 Thursday 8:55 – 9:30 am All School Meeting
3/5 Tuesday 7:00 pm School Committee Meeting, 1625 Massachusetts Ave, Selectman’s Meeting Room
3/7 Thursday 5:30-7:30 pm Family Map Night
3/7 Thursday 8:55 – 9:30 am All School Meeting
3/11 Monday 7:00-8:30 pm PTO Board Meeting (only need to attend one)
3/12 Tuesday 9:00-10:30 am PTO Board Meeting (only need to attend one)
3/12 Tuesday 7:00 pm School Committee Meeting, 1625 Massachusetts Ave, Selectman’s Meeting Room
3/14 Thursday 12:15 – 3:15 pm Family Friends
3/14 Thursday 6:45 pm Kindergarten Orientation (For Parents/Guardians)
3/21 Thursday 8:55 – 9:30 am All School Meeting
3/21 Thursday 7:00-8:00 pm General PTO Meeting
3/23 Saturday TBD Family Friends: METCO Parent Sponsored Activity in Boston
3/25 Monday, 3/27 Wednesday 6:30 pm Begin school committee meetings every M/W until town meeting ends, Cary Memorial Building, Estabrook Hall.

Monday – Thursday

8:15 am-4:00 pm Book Fair
3/26 Tuesday 6:30-8:30 pm Arts Festival
3/27-3/28 Wednesday – Thursday 12:15 pm dismissal both days Parent-Teacher Conferences

(Babysitting Available)

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. And don’t forget to join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1493554707397661/.