What’s new with the Hastings PTO

Principal’s Letter

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

Square 1 Art Fundraiser

Celebrate your child’s artwork and raise money for Hastings! Square 1 Art applies your
child’s artwork to a variety of products. Each student received a personalized catalog
with ordering instructions and stickers (check those backpacks!). These high quality
products make excellent holiday gifts and will be delivered to students to bring home on
December 14. The more students participate in this fundraiser, the higher the profit
percentage that Hastings receives. The deadline for paper order forms is Friday,
November 16 (place in the Square 1 Art envelope on the PTO desk) and the deadline for
online orders is Sunday, November 25. If you have questions, please email.
Online ordering available through Sunday, November 25.

Geographic Bee Is Coming! Registration Information and Volunteers Needed (4th
& 5th Grade only)

Date: December 20th and January 2nd
Time: Thursday, Dec. 20 from 10:00 am-11:00 am & Finals on Wednesday, January 2,
2019 from 3:30 pm -4:30 pm
Location: Hastings

The National Geographic Bee is coming for any interested 4th and 5th-grade students.
The Preliminary Round will be held on Thursday, Dec 20 from 10:00-11:00 am and the
Final Round will be on Wednesday, Jan 2nd from 3:30-4:30 pm. We are seeking
volunteers to help with the event. Please read the descriptions below and contact us if
you are interested and available to fulfill this role at both the Preliminary and Final
Rounds. Use this link for GeoBee registration information.

Geography Bee Point Person: Your role is to act as a liaison between the school PTA
community, school principal and front office, and Alex Kuschel, K-5 Social Studies
Curriculum Coordinator. You will work with Alex to coordinate the logistics of the
event ahead of time, complete some administrative tasks, and be present at the event. It is
also possible for you to act as a scorekeeper/timekeeper.

Scorekeeper/Timekeeper (2-3 people): Your role is to assist Alex Kuschel or a school
staff member during the actual competition. Alex or a school staff member will read the
questions to the students. You will keep track of correct responses and the 15-second
time limit each student has to respond. You need to arrive 15 minutes early to the event.
You cannot have a child participating in the Bee to fulfill this role.

Parent Math Night (Hastings Students Welcome)

Date: Thursday, November 29th, 2018
Time: 7:00-8:15pm
Location: Hastings

Come join Hastings teachers as we spend the night engaging in mathematics and
discussing some of the most important aspects of mathematics education today,
specifically, how that looks for you at home. Most of the evening will be spent exploring
ways to bring this rich mathematics into your homes. The best part is, we will send you
off with many resources to instantly use with your children.
*Note: We welcome you to bring your children! Please only bring children that attend
Hastings. You will be together all evening and puzzling through the tasks as a team.


Thank you to Fall Conference Babysitting Volunteers

Thank you to all the parent and fifth grade volunteers who made fall conference
babysitting a successful fundraiser. Special thanks go to Amy Hesik and Dina Yoo for
co-chairing this four-day event, and the following parents for supervising the shifts:
Sumeit Aggarwal, Kunjan Anjaria, Courtney Apgar, Jessica Baim, Tracy Boruta, Anne
Boulter, Stacie Bracken, Kavitha Chivukula, Liz Fray, Colleen Gallagher, Meena Kasi,
Hongbo Lu, Rebecca O’Brien, Karthiga Rengaraju, Andrea Roell, Iris Rozenberg, and
Yue Zheng. Over $400 was raised to support such fifth grade activities as the end-of-year
pool party, stepping up ceremony, and yearbook.


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, November 20th , 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: 1625 Massachusetts Ave, Selectmen’s Meeting Room


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

11/7 Wednesday Diwali (school in session)
11/12 Monday NO School – Holiday – Veterans’ Day
11/13 Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30pm Multicultural Potluck – Hasting Cafeteria
11/15 Thursday 8:55 am- 9:30 am All School Meeting
11/15 Thursday 12:15-3:15 pm Family Friends
11/15 Thursday 7:00 pm-8:30 pm General PTO Meeting, agenda TBD
11/20 Tuesday 7:00 pm School Committee Meeting, 1625 Massachusetts Ave, Selectmen’s Meeting Room
11/21 Wednesday 12:15 pm Early Dismissal for All Students
11/22-11/23 Thursday – Friday NO School – Thanksgiving Break
11/27 Tuesday 7:00 pm School Committee Meeting, Boston, location TBD
11/29 Thursday 8:55 am- 9:30 am All School Meeting
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm Parent Math Night
12/4 Tuesday 7:00 pm School Committee Meeting, 1625 Massachusetts Ave, Selectman’s Meeting Room
12/8 Thursday 7:00-9:00 pm Parent’s Night Out, All are welcome, Location TBD
12/13 Thursday 8:55 – 9:30 am All School Meeting
12/18 Tuesday 7:00 pm School Committee Meeting, 1625 Massachusetts Ave, Selectman’s Meeting Room
12/20 Thursday 8:55 – 9:30 am All School Meeting
12/20 Thursday 12:15 – 3:15 pm Family Friends
12/24-1/1/19 NO School – Winter Break

Bulletin submissions are due on Mondays by 12:00 pm and should be made online.
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