What’s new with the Hastings PTO

Principal’s Letter

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

Registration for new students for the new 2018-19 School Year is now open!

Please visit the Central Registration Website for more information if you have a new student entering Lexington Public schools, or know someone who does.

For Kindergarten Registration Information for the 2018-2019 School Year, please click here.

Family Math Nights Continue … Rescheduled from last week

Date: Wednesday, March 14th-CANCELLED and will not be rescheduled and Thursday, March 15th (rescheduled from last week)
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Locations: Hastings Cafeteria

Come and join us for some math fun and challenges.

  • 2nd and 3rd Grade,  Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 to 8:15 pm – CANCELLED
  • 4th and 5th Grade, Thursday, March 15, 7:00 to 8:15 pm

Family Math Night involves parents and children working together on fun and engaging self-paced and group math activities. Please plan to arrive on time to get signed in and ready to start. A parent must attend with their child. Read more information here.  Questions? Contact: Sophie He 

Open PTO Roles for 2018-2019 – we need YOUR help!

As we look toward the 2018-2019 school year and the PTO, we are very fortunate and grateful that three members of our current Executive Committee (EC) are willing to return next year to serve the Hastings community:
Co-President: Kate Criniti
Vice President, Communications: Audra Myerberg
Vice President, Technology: Mahesh Kulkarni

We are asking Hastings community members help to fill the following open roles – particularly those of you with kids currently in grades K-2:

  • Co-President
  • VP of Planning and Board Development
  • VP of Fundraising
  • Secretary
  • Nominating committee
  • Harvest Run Post-Race Party Co-chair (Race is on Sept 30) (2)
  • Webmaster to help with weekly website updates (1 needed, 2 already in place)
  • Multicultural potluck co-chairs (October timeframe) (2)

Please email volunteer@hastings-pto.org for more information or to offer your help, and look for an email shortly with more details! THANK YOU!!!!!

Co-President: Work with current Co-President Kate Criniti and Principal Lipsitz along with all Board members to coordinate the schedule for next year. Ensure that event planning is occurring in a timely manner (with the fantastic volunteers we have, this is usually the case!). Share best practices with other PTA/O presidents at a monthly meeting. Plan monthly PTO meeting content.

VP-Planning and Board Development: Plan PTO membership events like the beginning of the year coffee, holiday party, and end of year party. Help with recruiting for open executive board and other board positions. Encourage volunteer to maintain records and plan for transitions to keep events running smoothly from year to year.

VP-Fundraising: Lay out fundraising activities for the year. Work with event leaders as needed, and help with publicity. With the adult social having just taken place last year and many fundraising opportunities ongoing from year to year, additional fundraising requirements will be minimal. Help with the Hastings Harvest Run, our main fundraiser for the 2018-2019 school year.

Secretary: Take notes at PTA Board and Executive Committee meetings, forward to web team to post on hastings-pto.org. Help with the weekly bulletin, and submit facilities forms for events (all forms from this year available elecronically now!) – great training to take over as co-President in the subsequent year.

Nominating Committee: Help with recruiting to fill the above roles, officially nominate candidates at the May PTA meeting.

Harvest Run Post-Race Party Chair (2): Manage the post-race event, including coordinating donation solicitations and event planning (set up, clean up, volunteers). This party has run smoothly for a number of years and Liz Lin, former chair, will pass along all of her contacts and knowledge, so you will have all the info you need!

BOKS-Build Our Kids Success

Date: March 16 – May 4, Tuesdays and Fridays
Time: 7:45 – 8:30 am
Location: Hastings Gym

Build Our Kids Success (BOKS) is a before school program designed to promote the positive impact of physical activity. We hope to spark your child’s mind and body for better learning during the school day. Classes will be limited to 20 students. If more than 20 students register, we will use a lottery system. Please complete this form and place it in the BOKS folder in the PTO file folders at the school entry by March 12. If you have any questions, you can contact the BOKS team.

Shop At Wilson Farm Day

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 9:00am – 7:00pm (regular store hours)
Location: Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant Street, Lexington

Shop at Wilson Farm on Tuesday, March 20th and 20% of your pre-tax spending will be set aside for donation to Hastings! Shop for you and give back to Hastings for your student(s). It’s a win-win. If we are the top school, we will get 25% back for our kids. You will be receiving a flyer in your student’s backpack for you to present at time of check out. Think about all of the fun ways Hastings can use this money for our children’s classrooms!

Join us for ArtsNight, Tuesday March 27

Please join us for the 6th Hastings Arts Night sponsored by the Hastings PTO and Ms. Bettencourt! This is a free community event in which you can view some of the amazing artwork your children have been creating in art class this year. There will be artwork from each child on display, arts and crafts activities, a special collaborative project for all to participate in, and more. The Book Fair in the library will also be open for browsing and purchases during Arts Night.
We can’t make this happen without your help! Please consider signing up to help with artwork prep on March 22 or during the day of the event on March 27 via the Sign Up Genius links below.

Volunteer for ArtsNight preparation, Thursday March 22 anytime between 12:30-3:30pm

Volunteer during ArtsNight, Tuesday March 27, various slots between 3:30pm – 8:45pm

Hastings 5th Graders Offering Spring Conference Babysitting

Date: Mar 28th (Wed) and 29th (Thurs); April 4th (Wed) and 5th (Thurs)
Time: 12:45 – 4:15 pm
Location: Hastings Gym

The Hastings fifth graders are very excited to be providing babysitting services again for the upcoming spring conference! 5th grade parents will be supervising. Activities will include games, basketball, drawing and more. Cost is $5.00 per ½ hour per child with a max of $15.00 for 2 children, max of $20 for 3 or more children.

No advance sign-up is required. A parent/guardian is required to be on school premises during the babysitting period.

Email with any questions.

Save the Date-24th Annual Hastings Talent Show

Date: Friday May 4, 2018
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Hastings Gym

It’s time to think about upcoming talent show. Please brainstorm with your children about performance ideas. We welcome varieties such as vocal and/or instrumental acts, dances, skits, comedy, magic and cultural performances. Be creative!

Online sign up here.

  • Preview Day: 4/26 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm (Boston students at 11:45am)
  • Dress Rehearsal: 5/3 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Show Night: 5/4 at 6:30pm

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.


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, March 6, 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.


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
4/5 Thursday 8:55 – 9:30 am All School Meeting
4/4-4/5 Wednesday – Thursday 12:15 pm dismissal both days Parent-Teacher Conferences

(Babysitting Available)

4/12 Thursday 8:55 – 9:30 am All School Meeting
4/12 Thursday 12:15-3:15 pm Family Friends
4/16- 4/20 Monday – Friday All Day No School – April Break
4/24 Tuesday 7:00 pm School Committee Meeting, 1625 Massachusetts Ave, Selectman’s Meeting Room
4/26 Thursday Boston Students


Local Students:

12:45-2:45 pm

Talent Show Preview

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 like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1493554707397661/.