What’s new with the Hastings PTO

Principal’s Letter

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

Winter Weather Reminder

The front circle driveway at Hastings is open ONLY for buses and vans at arrival and dismissal times: 8:00-9:00AM and 3:00-4:00PM.  CARS should not enter the circle in front of the building at arrival and dismissal.  Drivers are expected to drop children off on Crosby Road; the entrance doors at the bottom of the hill on Crosby Road are open.  In the morning, please pull as far down in front of the school as possible to help ease traffic on Mass. Ave.

Superintendent Candidate Meetings

Date: January 16, 17, 18
Time: 8:30 – 10 am
Location: Battin Hall, Cary Memorial Building, 1605 Mass Ave.
Time: 7:00 – ? pm
Location: Selectman’s Meeting Room, 1625 Mass. Ave.

The Superintendent Search Committee recommended three finalists for the position of Superintendent of Lexington Public Schools. Parents and community members will have an opportunity to meet each of the finalists in person at Community Meet & Greets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday January 16, 17, and 18 from 8:30 to 10:00 am.

In addition,the community is invited to attend the School Committee’s public interview of each candidate on January 16, 17, and 18, at 7:00 pm in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room, 2nd floor in the Town Office Building, 1625 Massachusetts Ave.

The School Committee will provide an online survey to receive community feedback on the candidates. They expect to meet on January 22, 2018 to select a new Superintendent. Please attend if you can!

January PTO Meeting Tomorrow-Cancelled

Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018
Time: Cancelled
We do not have any particular topics to cover at this time, so we are cancelling this month’s PTO meeting. Our next general PTO meeting is scheduled for March 22.

Staff Appreciation Luncheon – Gift Cards Requested

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Location: Hastings Gym
The PTO will be hosting a luncheon for the entire Hastings faculty/staff on Thursday, February 1. Please help us thank the Hastings faculty/staff for all that they do by donating a gift card.
How does it work?: Lunch will be set up in the gym on Thursday, February 1 for all Hastings faculty/staff. The PTO budget will cover the cost of lunch, desserts, decorations, and paper goods.
How can you help?: We are asking for $15 gift cards for coffee, grocery stores, restaurants, and miscellaneous local vendors (e.g., Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Wilson Farms, Wegmans, Market Basket, Subway, Panera, Via Lago, Staples, Marshalls, etc.) Our hope is that each staff member will leave the luncheon with a gift card that has been donated by parents.  Any additional gift cards will be raffled off as door prizes during the lunch. Sign up here to donate, then leave your donated cards with Mary Tripi in the main office. Thank you for helping us thank the staff!
Please contact staff appreciation@hastings-pto.org with any questions.

Science Fair Registration is now OPEN – Register by January 25 at noon

Date: Friday February 2, 2018
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Hastings Gym and Cafeteria
Registration for the science fair is open! The Hastings Science Fair is open to all Hastings students and is a fun, non competitive way for students to explore science. Please register your individual or team projects before January 25th at noon. ALL EXPERIMENTS MUST BE REGISTERED! The science fair will be held in the Hastings gym and cafeteria on Friday February 2nd at 6:30. Read more information and register now.

See highlights of last year’s science fair here.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you have a science or medical background and would like to help out at the Fair as a “Visiting Scientist,” please reach out to Courtney Horvath or Tharshini Mathew at sciencefair@hastings-pto.org.

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The PTO has determined that it is neither fiscally nor environmentally sound to continue sending out flyers about school events. Flyers will only be sent for the PTO membership drive, in cases where paper is needed (e.g., the directory cover contest) or for major fundraising events like the adult social or Harvest Run. As an alternative, we have established a PTO facebook page where we will post event reminders and other useful information (everything will continue to be in the bulletin as well!). Please join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1493554707397661/.


School Committee Meetings

Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Selectmen’s Meeting Room, 1625 Massachusetts Avenue.


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.


View all upcoming events online at hastings-pto.org/pta-calendar/ and save to your Google Calendar.

1/11 Thursday 7:00-8:00 pm General PTO Meeting, Cafeteria – cancelled
1/15 Monday No School – Holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
1/16 Tuesday 7:00 pm School Committee Meeting, 1625 Massachusetts Ave, Selectmen’s Meeting Room
1/18 Thursday 8:55 – 9:30 am All School Meeting
1/20 Saturday 10:00 am Battin Hall, Budget Hearing
1/30 Tuesday 7:00 pm School Committee Meeting, 1625 Massachusetts Ave, Selectmen’s Meeting Room
2/1 Thursday 8:55 – 9:30 am All School Meeting
2/1 Thursday 12:30 pm Staff Appreciation Luncheon
2/2 Friday 6:30-8:00 pm Science Fair (Snow Date is Friday 2/9)
2/6 Tuesday 7:00 pm School Committee Meeting, 1625 Massachusetts Ave, Selectman’s Meeting Room
2/15 Thursday 8:55 – 9:30 am All School Meeting
2/16-2/23 Monday-Friday All Day No School – February Break
2/27 Tuesday 7:00 pm School Committee Meeting, 1625 Massachusetts Ave, Selectman’s Meeting Room
3/6 Tuesday 6:30-7:30 pm Family Math Night (Grades K & 1)
3/6 Tuesday 7:00 pm School Committee Meeting, 1625 Massachusetts Ave, Selectman’s Meeting Room
3/7 Wednesday 7:00-8:15 pm Family Math Night (Grades 2 & 3)
3/8 Thursday 8:55 – 9:30 am All School Meeting
3/8 Thursday 7:00-8:15 pm Family Math Night (Grades 4 & 5)

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.