What’s new with the Hastings PTO

January 29, 2020


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

Hastings News

Hastings School Cookbook


Recipes due Saturday, February 1 – Last week to submit!
It’s easy to submit a recipe!
1) Print out a copy and give it to Kelly Flaherty (Room 7) OR
2) Email the recipe to president@hastings-p to.org OR
  • User Name: Hastingscookbook2019; password: Lettuce613
 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

Hastings Food Drive
Ms Agne 5th grade class and Ms Greenstein’s 2nd grade class are leading a school-wide food drive. The food pantry is asking for specific foods – each grade is assigned the foods listed below.
Kindergarten 5-7 oz tuna
1st grade 15 oz peas
2nd grade 5 oz whole kernel corn
3rd grade 15 oz fruit cocktail
4th grade 15 oz chicken broth
5th grade angel hair pasta
Students can bring food to the labeled boxes in the cafeteria lobby. The collection will continue until February 5Please check dates to make sure food is not expired. 

2020 Nominating Committee – Volunteers Needed
We are still looking for volunteers for the 2020 Nominating Committee! Please consider filling this important role. Serve as 1 of 3 parent volunteers that help “fill” and nominate the PTO Executive Committee for next school year. Work is flexible without a lot of group meetings – mainly in February/March.
To volunteer, please contact Christine at vp-planning@hastings-pto.org.

Upcoming Events

Hastings Science Fair – LAST CHANCE – Registration Deadline 1/30 (Tomorrow)

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

Registration for the science fair by tomorrow, Thursday, January 30! 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 – sharpies will be provided!

Celebrate the First Day in New School – Coffee Toast

Date: Monday, February 24
Time: 8:30-9:00am
Location: New Hastings School

Please join us in the new Hastings Cafeteria for a coffee toast to celebrate the first day!  NOTE: Please do not plan to see your child’s classroom on that day – only the front of the building will be open for parents.  Also, parking restrictions will remain in place, please plan to park in the neighborhood, the teacher spots and church parking lot remain unavailable for parents.

Open House for Hastings Families

Date: Thursday, February 27
Time: 5:30-7:00pm

This evening will be an opportunity for Hastings families to see the whole building, including their child’s classroom.
Please watch your emails for a larger Hastings Open House in late March after everyone has settled in, which will be open for the entire Lexington community.

LPS/School Committee

School Committee Meeting Summary – January 21, 2020 
The School Committee returned to discuss another big change on the horizon — later start times. Staff gave a detailed report on various repercussions of the changing times including after care, sports & recreation programming, and busing. The slides are found here. As a reminder, elementary school instruction will begin at 9am and dismissal at 3:30pm. The School Committee reaffirmed that children can be dropped off as early as 8:15am, but the first bell will ring at 8:45am. There is still discussion on how to provide care and activities for children who need care before school.
Next, Johnny Cole, Director of Equity and Student Support, gave a report on the Equity audit for the district. The presentation can be found here. The audit provides a framework to continue to improve equity in the areas of staffing, curriculum, discipline, professional learning, and disabilities. Mr. Cole noted that LPS exhibits a high amount of readiness for equity work from both staff and students. There is still a lot of work and practice by all stakeholders to have more equitable and inclusive schools.

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

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  8:30-9:30am First Day in New Building – Coffee Toast – Parents invited into community wing of building (not classrooms)
Tuesday 2/25 7pm School Committee
Thursday 2/27 5:30-7pm Open House 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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Lexington, MA 02421