PTO Bulletin 2021-2022

This is your weekly one stop shop for all the important Hastings PTO news and events (every Wednesday). The first few weekly Bulletins will be emailed to all parents. Subsequent Bulletins will only be emailed to families registered in Membership Toolkit so be sure to join the PTO today if you are not already a member! The Bulletin will also be posted to the Hastings PTO website here: http://hastings-pto.org/pto-bulletin/

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Weekly Bulletin - September 15, 2021
In this Bulletin

Principal's Message

Health/COVID Reminders

Hastings News/Upcoming Events - New

LPS/School Committee

Calendar

Community Events

Principal's Message

Dear Hastings Community,

Another week in the books! (although it was short one). Your children have done an incredible job acclimating to the building and becoming a Hastings Hero. The wonderful Hastings staff has also done their best to get their classroom communities established and welcoming all their students into their space. 

This past Saturday we commemorated the events that happened 20 years ago on 9/11. None of our Hastings students were born 20 years ago, but many of our parents and staff remember that day quite well.  

It was a very scary and sad time for all of us. Instead of focusing on this tragic event, we should consider the lessons we learned from 9/11.

Right after the events of 9/11, so many people around the world showed their kindness and love to people directly affected by these tragic events.  People put aside their differences and worked together to help one another. It did not matter the color of your skin, your religious background or how much money you had, people worked together to help each other through that tragedy.  

Many of these lessons 20 years later can be applied now. We are currently experiencing a divide within our nation. Despite our differences, we must come together with kindness and love to build a community where all children feel a part of it. Kindness and love are very important to our Hastings community. As humans, we must have the courage to do the right thing to protect and defend each other. Putting our differences aside and coming together as a welcoming community is truly important for our children. We hope that the Hastings Community is this for all of you, a welcoming community where every student learns and every student belongs.  

Warm Regards,

Mrs. O'Hare Gibson -  koharegibson@lexingtonma.org 

Mr. Wai - cwai@lexingtonma.org 

Link to Principals' Corner

Health/COVID Reminders
LPS COVID Testing Consent Form

DON’T WAIT. Complete the Covid Testing Consent form now. It will help keep the most number of our students learning in the classroom.

  • Avoid the possibility of your student having to quarantine for up to 7 days each time they are identified as a close contact.    
  • The consent is quick and covers all three LPS testing programs for the entire school year.   

Together as a community,  we can do our best to keep this pandemic from interrupting time on learning. Again, please complete the Covid Testing Consent here.

Message from the School Nurse

I am really proud of how committed Hastings families and staff were last school year in doing their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. I know we can do it again this year but we need your help! 

Each morning, please review the Family/Student Symptom Checker to see if your child is well enough to go to school. This is imperative to maintain a healthy school for all members of the community. If the answer is yes to any of the symptoms, please follow the directions on the form.

If your child is going to be absent, please remember these two steps:

  • Call the school’s absent hotline at 781-860-5800

AND

  • Complete this form if your child will be absent due to illness or has been ordered to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19. This form is confidential and used by the nursing office to track illnesses. 

Important reminders:

  • Send in an extra pair of clothes for your child to keep in their backpack or locker. The Health Clinic does not keep extra clothing and you will need to come to school with a change of clothes. Your child will miss valuable instruction time waiting in the clinic for clean clothes. There are all types of accidents, from incontinence to puddles and spilled milk so this applies to ALL students. Your child will not have their best day in soiled clothes!

  • The Your Health, Safety, and Well Being page on the LPS website provides resources, protocols, and other information on how to keep you, your family, and our school community safe. 

  • If your student needs to take medication at school or requires an inhaler or epinephrine injector to be kept at school, please secure those medication orders now. The forms are linked below. The school is closed to visitors, but you can drop off medication and medication orders at the front office. If you need to speak with me, please just ask and I’ll meet you in the vestibule.

Helpful Links:

Medication Permission Form & Policy

Asthma Health Care Plan 2021-2022

Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan 2021-2022

Life-Threatening Allergies At LPS - "What Families Need To Know"

If you have any questions, please be in touch.    

Jacqui Falco, School Nurse

Hastings News
Directory Cover Contest

Deadline: Friday, October 1

All Hastings students are invited to make a black pen drawing of something about Hastings - activities, school, or friends. One of the drawings will be selected as this year's directory cover!

Hastings PTO members receive a printed copy of the Hastings Directory and also have access to the directory online at www.hastings-pto.org/school-directory/. Please use the cover contest form that was sent home with your child or you can print a form here. All entries should be turned in to teachers by Friday, October 1. 

PTO Open Positions for 2021-2022 School Year

The Maria Hastings PTO is an important part of our school community and we need your help for the 2021-2022 school year!  This year, like last spring, many events were reimagined (Online Science Fair! "We are Hastings!"). There is some uncertainty around next year, but we know we have amazing parents who will organize great events for our students! 

Top Priority Positions - Volunteers Needed!

  • Harvest Run Race Day Coordinator 
  • VP Fundraising (1-2 Co-VPs needed)
  • Talent Show Co-Chairs
  • Multicultural Night Co-Chairs

The following additional positions are open:

  • Arts Created Together (ACT) Coordinator
  • Arts Night Co-Chair
  • Destination Imagination
  • Geo Bee (rising 4th or 5th grade parent)
  • School Pictures
  • STAR Student Newspaper

If you are interested in learning more about any of these opportunities please reach out to Christine at vp-planning@hastings-pto.org

Volunteer Now!
Room Parent Volunteers

Room parents support Hastings teachers. We take our lead from the individual teachers but common roles include collecting donations for gifts to the classroom, assisting with community building and coordinating classroom volunteers. Volunteer sign up here. Questions? Contact Room Parent Chair, Beverly Montgomery at beverlyjmontgomery@hotmail.com .

Green Team Volunteers

Lunchtime volunteers needed! General support and helping kids separate trash from compost. Whenever you can volunteer would be so appreciated - weekly, biweekly, monthly. Volunteer sign up here.  Composting is easy - there's info on the signup sheet and we will help you with details! Please email greenteam@hastings-pto.org with any questions.

Library Volunteers

Parents will soon be allowed to volunteer in the library! Please sign up here. Mrs. Rich is still working on schedules. Those expressing interest will be contacted once day/time options are finalized. In the meantime there will be a library training session this Friday!

Prior to volunteering, ALL volunteers, regardless of whether you have volunteered in the Hastings Library before, need to participate in a library training. Mrs. Rich will hold the first training this Friday, September 17th,  at 9am. If not everyone can attend this session, she will offer a second training session.

All parent volunteers must have a completed CORI form and Vaccine Clearance Form. For more information, please visit: http://hastings-pto.org/getinvolved/

Hastings Spiritwear

Does anyone in your family need a new pair of sweatpants or a tie-dye shirt? Are you new to Hastings and want to show your school spirit? Here is your chance to show your Hastings pride with the 2021 Hastings Spirit Wear sale! New to the sale this year are pink hats and shirts, a tote bag, cinch backpack, fleece blanket and apparel with the new Hastings logo. 

Start your Spirit Wear shopping today so your student can proudly wear these items to school or around town to show their Hastings school spirit!

The online store will remain open until September 26th and you can expect to have your items shipped directly to your home after the store closes. All major credit cards accepted. 

Visit the Store here: https://hastings2021. itemorder.com/

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

Order Now
Successful Back-to-School Meetup

Great to see so many families on Sunday for the All-School Welcome Back Playground Meetup! We had a beautiful afternoon to gather on the playground. 

Keep reading below to find out what is happening in the weeks ahead and don't forget to join the PTO

Calling all 5th grade parents!

We still have several 5th grade activities that need volunteers so please sign up! 5th Grade Activities are run both FOR and BY 5th graders with help from their parents. Please help get the 5th Grade Activities off to a strong start by volunteering for a coordinator role. Volunteers are needed for:

  • Harvest Festival (formerly Halloween party) 
  • Treasurer and Fundraising coordinator
  • Conference Babysitting Coordinator
  • Yearbook Editor

Each coordinator will be able to speak with people who have filled these roles before and there are notes on how to complete each event. There may be changes to events based on COVID protocols and administration. 


Please sign up using the following link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/ go/409084daaae29abf58- 5gacoordinator4

5th Grade Volunteers
Upcoming Events
PTO Information Night - Virtual

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Time: 7:30pm

Google Meet

Join by phone: 1-470-241-5312 (PIN: 979819620)


To start this school year, the PTO will be hosting a virtual meeting. This will give parents a chance to come together virtually to:

  • Learn more about the PTO's plans (committees, volunteer opportunities, etc.) for the upcoming school year
  • Hear from Principals Katie O'Hare Gibson and Christopher Wai
  • Ask questions - please submit questions by 5pm Friday, September 17 at the link below. 

As in the past, any questions related to your individual child or child's teacher should be addressed directly to the Principals at koharegibson@lexingtonma. org or cwai@lexingtonma.org.

For general questions (for the Principals or the PTO Presidents) complete this google form by 5pm Friday, September 17: HASTINGS QUESTIONS

Hastings Harvest Run

Date: Sunday, September 26

Time: 11am

Location: Lower Hayden Field (100 Worthen Ave)

The 12th Annual Hastings Harvest Run will be held in person, September 26 at 11:00am. (Please note: there will not be a party after the race like previous years) There is the option for a 1.5 mile or 5K and is suitable for all ages and abilities. It is a great opportunity to socialize early in the year with new and old friends while being active. Please sign up and share with friends outside the Hastings community. Youth registrants will receive a t-shirt. For more information, visit the site. 

We are also looking for volunteers to help out with course logistics, water stand volunteer management, barricades, and race-day registration. If interested, please add your name to this form. For any questions, please reach out to Jessica Holt-Carr at hastingsharvest@gmail.com

Register Here
LPS/School Committee
School Committee

The Lexington School Committee met on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. The agenda and Superintendent's report are linked here.

We will have a summary of the meeting in next week's Bulletin. 


Upcoming Meetings:

Tuesday, September 28

Tuesday, October 12

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.org, or your local cable channel (RCN 15, Verizon 37, Comcast 99). 

Calendar

The Calendar in Membership Toolkit (MTK) is updated with Hastings Events. You can sync the calendar to your google calendar.

Thursday, September 16
No School - Yom Kippur
Tuesday, September 21
7:30p PTO Information Night - Virtual
Sunday, September 26
Hastings Spiritwear Shop - Last Day
11:00a Hastings Harvest Run
Tuesday, September 28
6:00p School Committee Meeting
Monday, October 11
No School - Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s Day
Tuesday, October 12
6:00p School Committee Meeting
Wednesday, October 13
K-5 Photo 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.

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