What’s new with the Hastings PTO

February 24, 2021


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

Health/COVID Reminders

Please continue to maintain and promote health in our schools.

Please review the Family/Student Daily Symptom Checkereach morning to determine if your student is well enough or safe to be at school. If your student is sick, even during his/her remote week of learning, please notify the school nurse by completing the confidential Absent Form.

If you are traveling out of Massachusetts, please inform me of your travel dates. Students will have to quarantine upon their return if traveling to a “red state” or out of the country. More information can be found in the LPS Travel protocol (Updated 1/25/21).

If you have any questions, please be in touch.

Jacqui Falco, School Nurse



We might not be able to gather in the gym and cafeteria this year, but that didn’t stop Hastings students from conducting and presenting amazing science experiments for our 2021 Virtual Science Fair!

Experiments include volcanoes, dancing milk, dry ice, food science and so much more!

This year’s Science Fair features a very exciting and informative interview with visiting scientist, Dr. Melanie Ivarsson, Chief Development Officer at Moderna. Our very own Hastings Hero, Colby Horvath, talks to Dr. Ivarsson about Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine and asks many of the questions we all have!

You don’t want to miss it. Sit back and enjoy the show!

Virtual Science Fair Grades K-2

Virtual Science Fair Grades 3-5

password: hastings2021

Thank you to all the student for their awesome Science Fair projects this year!  
A special thank you to Dr. Ivarsson and all of the students, families, and Hastings staff who made this virtual science fair a success.

Also, a big thank you to the coordinators who reinvented the Science Fair to continue the Hastings Tradition! Thank you to Lauren Alberta-Wszokek, Emily Jochim, and Andrea Pomerantz. 

Hastings Community Conversation – Tomorrow

Thursday, February 25


Zoom Meeting

Please join us for a conversation with Johnny Cole, Director of Equity & Student Supports for Lexington Public Schools.

Thank You Teachers and Staff

Thank You Teachers and Staff
On Monday, the PTO with the help of Whitsons, put out coffee and individually wrapped bagels as a welcome back from break treat for the teachers and staff! Thank you teachers and staff!

LPS/School Committee  

Superintendent Updates
Dr Hackett sent out an update via email on February 6. It is located here. It included an update on COVID-19 testing for staff and older students. It also outlined a pre-planning/data gathering timeline for the Community Input Team (CIT) for Full Return.
School Committee
The School Committee met on Tuesday, February 23. The agenda is posted here. We will have a summary of the meeting in next week’s Bulletin.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Tuesday, March 9
  • Monday, March 22

All meetings are at 6pm via Zoom unless otherwise noted. The agenda and meeting links will be published here.

Meetings are available to view via Zoom, at www.LexMedia.orgor your local cable channel (RCN 15, Verizon 37, Comcast 99). 

Upcoming Month’s Calendar

The Calendar in Membership Toolkit (MTK) is now updated with Hastings Events. You can sync the calendar to your google calendar.

Date Time Event
2/25 Thursday 7pm Hastings Community Conversation
3/9 Tuesday 6pm School Committee
3/11 Thursday 12:30pm dismissal Professional Development
3/13 Saturday 9:30am – 2:30pm 7th  Annual Lexington Parent and Caregiver Academy
3/17 Wednesday 12pm dismissal Early Dismissal – Conferences
3/18 Thursday 12pm dismissal Early Dismissal – Conferences
3/22 Monday 6pm School Committee
3/24 Wednesday 12pm dismissal Early Dismissal – Conferences
3/25 Thursday 12pm dismissal Early Dismissal – Conferences
3/29 Monday 6pm School Committee

Community Events

Please see this link to view details on the latest Community Events

Community Events are also emailed out to the Hastings Families Google Group approximately twice a week. All members of the Hastings Community are welcome to post to the group.

Maria Hastings Elementary PTO
7 Crosby Road
Lexington, MA 02421