What’s new with the Hastings PTO

Principal’s Letter

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


From Kate Colburn, school committee member: Update from last night’s School Committee meeting: barring any additional snow days, the last day of school will be June 22. Bridge School’s last day will be June 25. Next week we will discuss possible changes to the first week of the 18-19 school year – potentially eliminating the staggered start and the Friday before Labor Day.

We will also form a task force to discuss larger changes to the school calendar, which would not take effect until the 19-20 school year, addressing issues like religious holidays and the timing and length of school vacations.

Open PTO Roles for 2018-2019 – we need YOUR help!

Do you have ideas for the PTO for next year? Please join us, share your ideas, and work to make them happen!!

We are asking Hastings community members help to fill the following open roles – particularly those of you with kids currently in grades K-2:

  • Co-President
  • VP of Planning and Board Development
  • VP of Fundraising
  • Secretary
  • Nominating committee
  • Harvest Run Post-Race Party Co-chair (Race is on Sept 30) (2)
  • Webmaster to help with weekly website updates (1 needed, 2 already in place)

Thanks to Annie Zhang and Sherry Zhu for stepping up to run the potluck next year!!

Please email volunteer@hastings-pto.org for more information or to offer your help. THANK YOU!!!!!

Co-President: Work with current Co-President Kate Criniti and Principal Lipsitz along with all Board members to coordinate the schedule for next year. Ensure that event planning is occurring in a timely manner (with the fantastic volunteers we have, this is usually the case!). Share best practices with other PTA/O presidents at a monthly meeting. Plan monthly PTO meeting content.

VP-Planning and Board Development: Plan PTO membership events like the beginning of the year coffee, holiday party, and end of year party. Help with recruiting for open executive board and other board positions. Encourage volunteer to maintain records and plan for transitions to keep events running smoothly from year to year.

VP-Fundraising: Lay out fundraising activities for the year. Work with event leaders as needed, and help with publicity. With the adult social having just taken place last year and many fundraising opportunities ongoing from year to year, additional fundraising requirements will be minimal. Help with the Hastings Harvest Run, our main fundraiser for the 2018-2019 school year.

Secretary: Take notes at PTA Board and Executive Committee meetings, forward to web team to post on hastings-pto.org. Help with the weekly bulletin, and submit facilities forms for events (all forms from this year available electronically now!) – great training to take over as co-President in the subsequent year.

Harvest Run Post-Race Party Chair (2): Manage the post-race event, including coordinating donation solicitations and event planning (set up, clean up, volunteers). This party has run smoothly for a number of years and Liz Lin, former chair, will pass along all of her contacts and knowledge, so you will have all the info you need!

PTO Meeting and New Building Update TOMORROW (coffee/cookie social beforehand)

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm coffee/cookie social time & 7:00 pm meeting
Location: Hastings Cafeteria

Join us tomorrow for our PTO meeting and new building discussion. Everyone is welcome. Prior to the PTO meeting and building update there will be coffee and cookies so we can socialize before we get to business. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Hastings Book Fair is Coming-Please sign up to volunteer

Date: Monday, March 26th – Thursday, March  29th, 2018
Time: see below
Location: Hastings Library and Lobby

We are looking forward to seeing students and parents at the annual Hastings Book Fair! We will be open at the following times:
Monday    8:15 to 4:00
Tuesday   8:15 to 4:00 & 6:30 to 8:00 (we are open during ArtsFest-come to both!)
Wednesday 8:15 to 4:00
Thursday 8:15 to 4:00

Please sign up here for a one-hour shift to help the kids with browsing and purchasing books during the Book Fair.  As with all the school events, we need your help to make them successful. Thank you for your willingness to volunteer!

Arts Night

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Hastings gym

Please join us for the 6th Hastings Arts Night sponsored by the Hastings PTO and Ms. Bettencourt. This is a free community event in which you can view some of the amazing artwork your children have been creating in art class this year. There will be artwork from each child on display, arts and crafts activities, a special collaborative project for all to participate in, and more. The Book Fair in the library will also be open for browsing and purchases during Arts Night.

We can’t make this happen without your help! Please consider signing up to help with artwork prep on March 22 or during the day of the event on March 27. Please email with questions.

Artwork prep help needed TOMORROW, click here.

Day of event help needed on Tuesday, March 27th, click here.

Hastings 5th Graders Offering Spring Conference Babysitting!!

Date: Mar 28th (Wed) and 29th (Thurs); April 4th (Wed) and 5th (Thurs)
Time: 12:45 – 4:15 pm
Location: Hastings Gym

The Hastings fifth graders are very excited to be providing babysitting services again for the upcoming spring conference! 5th grade parents will be supervising. Activities will include games, basketball, drawing and more. Cost is $5.00 per ½ hour per child with a max of $15.00 for 2 children, max of $20 for 3 or more children.

No advance sign-up is required.
A parent/guardian is required to be on school premises during the babysitting period.
Email with any questions.

Save the Date-24th Annual Hastings Talent Show

Date: Friday May 4, 2018
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Hastings Gym

It’s time to think about upcoming talent show. Please brainstorm with your children about performance ideas. We welcome varieties such as vocal and/or instrumental acts, dances, skits, comedy, magic and cultural performances. Be creative!

Online sign up here.

Preview Day: 4/26 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm (Boston students at 11:45am)
Dress Rehearsal: 5/3 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Show Night: 5/4 at 6:30pm


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: Every M/W until town meeting ends
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Cary Memorial Building, Estabrook Hall


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

3/15 Thursday 6:45 pm Kindergarten Orientation
3/21 Wednesday 6:30 pm Begin school committee meetings every M/W until town meeting ends, Cary Memorial Building, Estabrook Hall.
3/22 Thursday 8:55 – 9:30 am All School Meeting
3/22 Thursday 7:00-8:00 pm General PTO Meeting, Cafeteria – Topics: Update on new Hastings – All are welcome (including rising K parents)
3/24 Saturday TBD Family Friends: METCO Parent Sponsored Activity in Boston

Monday – Thursday

8:15 am-4:00 pm Book Fair
3/27 Tuesday 6:30-8:30 pm ArtsFest
3/28-3/29 Wednesday – Thursday 12:15 pm dismissal both days Parent-Teacher Conferences

(Babysitting Available)

3/30 Friday All Day No School – Holiday – Good Friday
4/5 Thursday 8:55 – 9:30 am All School Meeting
4/4-4/5 Wednesday – Thursday 12:15 pm dismissal both days Parent-Teacher Conferences

(Babysitting Available)

4/12 Thursday 8:55 – 9:30 am All School Meeting
4/12 Thursday 12:15-3:15 pm Family Friends
4/16- 4/20 Monday – Friday All Day No School – April Break
4/24 Tuesday 7:00 pm School Committee Meeting, 1625 Massachusetts Ave, Selectman’s Meeting Room
4/26 Thursday Boston Students


Local Students:

12:45-2:45 pm

Talent Show Preview

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. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1493554707397661/.