Message from the Principal – June 17, 2020

Dear Hastings Families,

In this last Bulletin of the year, I want to wish everyone a healthy summer and best of luck to any family leaving Hastings to attend another school, making the transition to Middle School, or returning to a country of origin!

It has been the most unusual and uncertain end of a school year. We have been out of school as a result of the emergency closure for fourteen weeks.  We have experienced some level of trauma from the adjustment to a life online, teaching children remotely and/or becoming their teachers at home, dealing with illness, financial strain, loss of life, lack of in-person connection with others, and the continued horrors of police brutality against black and brown citizens. My personal pledge is to grow and act in the face of these tragedies, in ways that honor and respect every human being in our community, and with the sincere hope that what we do has ripple effects beyond us.  

During this last week of school we are celebrating in any way we are able: special grade level celebrations, virtual year end gatherings, a car parade for our fifth grade graduating class, and best wishes to staff who are leaving Hastings this spring. Here are multiple details connected to the end of the year.

  • Specialist grades will not be included in the Report Card this spring: Regarding specialist grades, we have re-evaluated the match between the nature of instruction that occurred in these subject areas and our modified report card for K-5 this June. Because we value the teaching and learning that occurs in these subject areas and because we also want to be fair to our students, we realize that giving grades for these areas will serve neither of these purposes at this time. Consequently, we will not be giving grades to K-5 students in Music, Art, Band, Strings, Physical Education or Health for the June 2020 report card. We will return to that next year.
  • “If you do not consent to email delivery, your child’s report card will be mailed. Report cards will be emailed to families who have given permission by end of the day, Friday, June 19. Reports cards will be mailed to other families the following week.”
  • While the classes will end, the Remote Learning links will remain on our school website. Our literacy coaches Amy Muzyka and Amanda Densmore, Math coach Becky DeSantis and Library Media Specialist Brenda Rich have created lots of resources for families to use over the summer if they are interested. These ideas are designed to be low key, fun and guided by a child’s interests. 

Library:

Family Resources

Mrs. Rich’s Read Alouds

Hastings Library Page

LIteracy:

Summer Literacy Resources

Math:

Summer Math Resources

There are also questions on everyone’s minds about next fall and the opening of school.  

  • Superintendent Hackett is working around the clock in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, members of the Health Department in Lexington, the LPS staff and School Committee, as well as you: our community, to develop a plan that is responsive to the health and safety of our children, staff and families as well as aligned with our school district’s mission, vision and core values. Her goal is to have a plan finalized by the end of June.  
  • Our staff has committed to working days in August in preparation of the start of school.  
  • Our enrollment currently includes the following sections and staffing:
    • Kindergarten ~ India Anderson, Kelly Flaherty, Bonnie Quinn, Jennifer Sheerin
    • Grade 1 ~ Meredith Hayward Bishop, Sarah Davison (long term substitute August-through December), Megan Garcia, Nicole Wu
    • Grade 2 ~ Emily Cryan, Rachel Finkel, Jennifer Greenstein, Kirsten Sweet, Irfana Syed
    • Grade 3 ~ Maureen McKenna, Patty McLaughlin, Deb Pelkey, De’Shawn Washington
    • Grade 4 ~ Lisa Contre, Gil Davis, Jessica Delande, Sade Finnih, Julie Gallardo, Julie Selub
    • Grade 5 ~ Jennifer Agne, Brittany Medeiors, Samara Soiref, Dana Stenier
  • The building project proceeds a bit ahead of schedule, with Crosby Road closed to traffic starting last month. The roadway, drive, parking lot, and front entrance are under construction. The landscaping and playground work is on-going.  
  • Summer mailings will be sent electronically mid-summer. They will include a teacher letter, welcome letter from me, school calendar, and arrival and dismissal information.
  • If we are able, we will hold Open Houses for families and teachers to meet at the end of the summer.

I will be available by email throughout the summer months. Please do not hesitate to contact me. All the best to everyone for a healthy and relaxing summer. 

Louise Lipsitz


Parent Feedback Opportunities 

(From Dr. Hackett’s email June 9)

During the past three months, we have engaged in remote learning, and we want to learn from your opinions and perspectives, as we craft our LPS Return to School plan for the fall. There are multiple opportunities to share your perspectives and experiences on remote learning, and I hope you’ll be able to join me at one of these upcoming meetings!

Superintendent-Parent Chats:

For Parents/Caregivers of Children in Grades PreK-5

June 19th at 8:30 a.m.