Fifth Grade Activities 2017-2018

5th Grade Activities (5GA) are run by and for 5th graders and their parents.  In the Fall, 5th graders run several community services that  support our Hastings Community and serve as fundraisers for social events for all 5th graders.

In addition to all of the above, in September the school runs an overnight trip to Thompson Island.

To make 5th Grade Activities successful, we need parent coordinators and volunteers for all events; 5th graders also volunteer for the community service fundraisers. If you are worried that you don’t have experience in any given coordinator or volunteer role – don’t! Coordinator instructions have been developed over the years for all roles and will be given to all coordinators. There are still openings for parent coordinators, please scroll down to the sign-up sections to look for specific activities.

The Halloween Party is our biggest event in terms of both effort and fun. We ask every 5th grade parent and child to join the team and share the workload by volunteering for the Halloween party as well as one other event over the course of the year. Volunteering allows each and every student and parent to be a contributing part of 5th grade activities.

About a month out from each 5GA event, Sign Up Genius will be opened. So please, come back to this site often and use one of the links below to volunteer for specific activities and events.

Program timeframe: Year-round
Committee co-chairs: Liz Lin
Committee email:
Committee treasurer:  Sharon Musto
Treasurer email:

Sign-ups for Community Service and Fundraising Activities

Back to School Picnic – Ice Cream Sales
Sell ice cream at the Hastings Back to School Picnic. 30 minute shifts
September 11, 2017 Riny Saptari, Lisa Farrell, Nozomi Karachi
Fall parent-teacher conference babysitting
5GA parents oversee 5G students watching young students and siblings while their parents attend
Oct 25, 2017
Oct 26, 2017
Nov 1, 2017
Nov 2, 2017
Abira Ramakrishnan
Halloween Party
This Hastings Institution is our main event and tons of fun. All parents and 5th graders should volunteer for this community Halloween Party.
October 2017 Jennifer Yaar
Spring parent-teacher conference babysitting
5GA parents oversee 5G students watching young students and siblings while their parents attend conferences.
Parent sign-up
Student sign-up
March 28, 2018
March 29, 2018
April 4, 2018
April 5, 2018
Abira Ramakrishnan

Sign-ups for Social Event Organization

Class photo
Work with Coffee Pond to schedule class photo, get it framed and hung on Hastings’ wall for future generations.
Fall 2017 Denise Bandaru
Class gift
Each class gives Hastings a farewell gift. Help generate and gather ideas and pricing with student input and coordinate the purchase of the gift.
Spring 2018 Aleena Banerji, Dina Patel
Coordinate sizing and ordering of a Hastings t-shirt for all 5th graders.
Spring 2018 Grace Lee, Meredith Applegate
Using software programs, work with 1-2 parents to pull together yearbook. Also candid photo coordinator needed.
Spring 2018 Lin Jensen, Raj Holalkere, Bindu Setty
Moving On Ceremony
End of year celebration of our fifth graders. Slideshow coordinator also needed.
Parent sign-up – TBD
June 2018 Danit Netzer, Nancy Cowen
Slideshow:  Alia Kalai, Kim-Anh Nguyen
Canobie Lake Amusement Park
This is NOT a 5GA event which means that parents are responsible for getting their own children to and from the park as well as their supervision at the park. That said, many students enjoy going to Canobie Lake Amusement Park immediately following the Moving On Ceremony.
June 2018 N/A
Pool Party
The last Friday of the school year. A day of fun at the town pool, model after prior years or bring your own touches to this celebration
Parent sign-up – TBD
June 2018 Bobbie Basta, Dawna Cellucci