Weekly Bulletin - June 21, 2023
In this Bulletin
 - What's New? 
Hastings News  - Presidents' Thank You, PTO Meeting Notes, Ice Cream Social Thank You, Return Library Books
Upcoming Events  - Bike Train Last Day of School, Harvest Run Help Needed, LexFUN Kindergarten Meetup
LPS/School Committee  
Community Events  
Principal's Message

Missed Mr Wai's Friday Hastings Heroes Report? You can view it here!

Hastings News

In this final Bulletin of the year we'd like to repeat our message of thanks to all the wonderful Hastings grown ups that have volunteered this year. To give any amount of time or money while also caring for young children is incredibly generous. We are so grateful for our volunteer community.

A huge Hastings thank you to all that have volunteered at lunch time! Thank you for making the Green Team possible and helping our children keep literally tons of food waste out of the incinerators! 

Thank you to those that supported Mrs Rich and our students in the Hastings library.  Your work in checking books in and out, shelving and tidying books is greatly appreciated and ensures the smooth running of the library. 

Thank you to all our room parents!  Great room parents make a big difference to the class community so thank you to the many Hastings grownups that have supported their child's class and teacher this year.

A big Hastings Hero THANK YOU goes to all the wonderful Hastings grown ups that have been part of the PTO Board this year.  You all generously gave your time and enthusiasm to create a calendar of events and activities that let the Hastings school spirit shine. From Arts Night and Big Back Yard to Science Fair and Square 1 Art and everything in between.  

Our final thank yous go to the small team of grown ups that make up the Executive Committee.  The behind the scenes work by this dedicated group of parents ensures the smooth and compliant running of the PTO. 

And last but not least a huge thank you to our Principal Mr Christopher Wai who has fully supported the PTO. We are grateful for the wonderful community you are building here at Hastings.

With gratitude,

Sarah Thomas (outgoing Hasting PTO Co-President) and Emma Harding (returning Hasting PTO Co-President)

PTO Meeting Notes

New Executive Committee (EC) Members

Thank you to all who came out for the last PTO meeting of the year. It was bittersweet as we said some goodbyes but also welcomed 5 new Executive Committee members. All positions were voted in with unanimous affirmative voice vote. 

We are pleased to announce our Executive Committee lineup for the school year 2023-2024:

Emma Harding - Co-President (returning)

Mallik Greene - Co-President (incoming)

Co-Treasurer – Gloria Son (returning)

Co-Treasurer – Maria Pak (returning)

Secretary – Meg Taves (returning)

Sarah Thomas - VP Communications (incoming)

Janet Alpert - VP Membership/ Directory (incoming)

Chandan Phukan - VP Technology (incoming)

Debra Moffitt - VP Staff Relations (incoming)

Ashley Longacre - VP Events (incoming)

A huge Hastings welcome to incoming committee members and thank you for stepping up to support our school, our children and our community.

Enjoy the summer and see you @ 9am on Tuesday, August 29th, for the Annual PTO Welcome Back Coffee Morning!

Ice Cream Social - Thank You

What an amazing Ice Cream Social! Thank you to YOU -  our wonderful Hastings families for coming out and making the event such a joyful success! 

A huge THANK YOU to the planning team (Christie Leitch, Christina Grant, Nia Boutwell, Sugandha Goel and Meg Taves), our rising Fifth Grade Activities partners (Debbie Hellweg, Anita Kirmani) and the amazing volunteers who supported the event! Much appreciated. A great end to the school year! 

Library Books - Final Reminder

All library books were due on Friday, June 9. Please look for any books and return them TOMORROW. Lost materials need to be replaced, typically with a new or gently used copy of the missing item. Please contact Ms. Rich at brich@lexingtonma.org for more information, or if you need specifics. 

Thank you so much.  

Ms. Rich, Hastings Librarian

Upcoming Events
Bike Train - Last Day of School - Tomorrow

Date: Thursday, June 22

Time: Before School 

Location: See website

The Hastings Bike Train will be riding on Thursday, June 22. The map showing both the eastbound and westbound bike train routes and the schedule can be found at the following link: www.hastingsbiketrain. com 

Students of all ages are invited to join, but students younger than 3rd grade need an adult to accompany them. As always we love having as many adults join us as possible.

Please email biketrain@hastings-pto.org with any questions.

Come follow us on Instagram @hastingsbiketrain 

Hastings Harvest Run - Sign up to help

Date: Sunday, October 1

Time: 11am

Location: Hastings Park

Let's start thinking about the Harvest Run! The Hastings Harvest Run, our school’s leading community fundraiser, is going to be Sunday, October 1 at 11:00 a.m.Register now and spread the word! You can run or walk the 1.5 or 3 mile route. DJ Mike will be there to host the after party at the Hastings Green.

It takes a village to make this happen. We need help with a number of things including race day help with set up and registration, clean up, bib prep and handouts ahead of time, hosting a lawn sign, helping direct runners, and many other jobs! Sign up to help!

If you are interested in learning about fundraising opportunities or have any questions, please reach out to harvestrun@hastings-pto.org.

Help Needed
Hastings Kindergarten Meetup

LexFUN! Kindergarten Connection - open to ALL incoming kindergarteners!

Date: Sunday, August 27, 2023  

Time: 10-11:15am

Location: Hastings Elementary School Playground, 7 Crosby Road

Calling all families with a rising kindergartner!  Attend a playground meetup on Sunday, August 27 from 10-11:15am and play with your future classmates! Color coded name tags will help you find friends in your new class!

Please note; restrooms will not be available and please bring your own water as refreshments will not be provided. Siblings are welcome to attend.

Kindergarten Connection welcomes ALL incoming Kindergarteners. LexFUN! membership is not required to participate.

More information can be found here.

LPS/School Committee
School Committee Meetings

There was a School Committee meeting on June 13. The agenda is linked here. This was the final meeting of the 2022-2023 school year. 

All meetings are at 6pm in the Central Office School Committee Meeting Room and virtual 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). 


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

Thursday, June 22
Last Day of School (1/2 day)
Hastings Bike Train
Tuesday, August 29
9:00a Annual PTO Welcome Back Coffee
Sunday, October 1
11:00a Hastings Harvest Run
Community Events

Community Events Linked HERE

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.

Bulletin Submissions
  • Bulletin submissions are due Mondays by 12pm and made via email. Make sure your subject line includes "BULLETIN SUBMISSION". 
  • Comments or general questions about the Bulletin? Email Ali at vp-communications@hastings-pto.org.
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