What’s new with the Hastings PTO

September 9, 2020


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

Hastings News

Welcome new and returning Hastings Families!
Welcome to our first Bulletin of the 2020-2021 school year!  This weekly Wednesday publication is a great source of information about everything happening with the Hastings PTO and in our Hastings community. It is important that you confirm your email address in Membership Toolkit (MTK) so you continue to receive these emails. You will not get updates from the PTO, including Room Parent emails, if your email address is not confirmed in MTK!
If supporting the PTO through membership is a financial hardship for your family, but you would like access to the online and printed directories, please email directory@hastings-pto.org or Principal Lipsitz at llipsitz@lexingtonma.org to confidentially request a waiver. 

**If necessary, parents can change the teacher assignment by logging into MTK, clicking on the Register/Sign-In button, and then selecting “Step 1: Family Information”.

We look forward to an unforgettable year — whether RLA or hybrid, A or B, new or old, let’s make the most of it as a Hastings Community!

We will host an evening virtual PTO meeting soon — details coming shortly!

Co-Presidents: Rachel Harrington and Tejpreet Kalra
Co-Treasurers: Julia Weng, Nancy Carson, and Tharshini Mathew
Secretary: Nicola Rinaldi
VP, Communications: Ali Lynch
VP, Planning/Board Development: Christine Manavian
VP, Staff Relations: Kim Ryan
VP, Technology: Mike Finkenzeller
VP Membership/Directory: Stephanie Lee, Priya Parasuraman, Bethany Stewart
Looking to get involved? We still have open positions on the Executive Committee for the following roles:
Co-VPs, Fundraising
VP, Student Enrichment
VP, Community Enrichment
There are also open Board positions as listed here! Maybe you would like to help plan a virtual Multicultural Night or virtual Talent show? Both are great ways for new or existing families to get involved with the PTO this year.
Please let us know if you’d like more information about any of these positions.

Hastings Spirit Wear
Here is your chance to show your Hastings pride with the 2020 Hastings Spirit Wear sale! New to the sale this year are adult and youth masks.The online store will remain open until September 25 and you can expect to have your items shipped directly to your home by October 16.  All major credit cards accepted.

Visit the Store here: https://hastingsfall20.itemorder.com/

Questions? Please contact Kim at spiritwear@hastings-pto.org

 Upcoming Events

Hastings Harvest Run

Date: Oct 1 – 8

Mark your calendar for the first big community event of the Hastings school year – the 11th Annual Hastings Harvest Run!  Hastings Harvest Run will be a virtual event this year which means you can run or walk any time between October 1-8. You have the flexibility to do a 1.5 mile or 5K and can register either as an individual or family ($25/$35). If you prefer, you can donate directly to the PTO. For more information, visit the website or register here!

Virtual PTO Meeting

Date: TBD

A chance for parents to come together virtually for the start of the school year.

LPS/School Committee

The School Committee met on September 8. The agenda, including Superintendent’s Report is linked here.  

Upcoming Meetings:
  • Tuesday, September 22
  • Tuesday, October 6

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


Date – Day Time Event/Location
9/8 Tuesday 6:00 PM School Committee Meeting
9/14 Monday First Day of School
9/22 Tuesday 6:00 PM School Committee Meeting
9/25 Friday Spiritwear Deadline
9/28 Monday NO School – Holiday – Yom Kippur
10/1-10/8 Tuesday – Tuesday Virtual Hastings Harvest Run
10/6 Tuesday 6:00 PM School Committee Meeting
10/12 Monday NO School – Holiday – Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s Day


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