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Originally delivered on 11/14/2023 6:01 am

SUBJECT: Hastings PTO Bulletin, Nov 14, 2023

Weekly Bulletin - November 14, 2023
MA Teacher of the Year - Mr Washington

"The winner of the Teacher of the Year in all of Massachusetts is fourth-grade teacher De'Shawn Washington," Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey C. Riley announced at a school assembly on Friday.

Yes!  Our very own Mr Washington is the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year.  We are so very proud and honored to have Mr Washington as part of our Hastings community.

Spirit Wear Week!

When: Monday, November 20 - Wednesday, November 22

Where: Maria Hastings School

We have an opportunity to show our Hastings Spirit the week of Thanksgiving by wearing our favorite Hastings attire or simply dressing in Hastings colors of blue and yellow!

You could wear your Hastings Harvest Run or Bike Train t-shirt, any items you have purchased from the Hastings store.  Maybe a sibling has passed down some retro Hastings items?  We would love to see anything and everything Hastings.

Square 1 Art - Nov 22nd Deadline

During art class this fall, each Hastings student has created a work of art to be featured on a variety of products available for purchase. Personalized catalogs should now be with you.

All orders are placed online or via phone and products ship directly home. 

These personalized products make fun keepsakes for children and their families and excellent holiday gifts for grandparents and other family members. 

Hastings PTO receives a percentage of the profits and our profit percentage increases as our participation level increases. That means that just one mug ordered can have a big impact on our success with this fundraiser!  

Any questions?  Please contact Liz Sullivan at 

Math Olympiad Registration 2023-24

Join the Hastings Math Olympiad Team! Grades 4 & 5

Math Teacher: Sarah Doonan, MEd in Math, and Science; Diamond Middle School

Chair: Mallik Greene, PhD, DBA; Meera Sekar, MD; Lei Hamilton, PhD


The Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle School (MOEMS) was established in 1979 with the express purpose of teaching strategies for novel problem solving, developing flexible thinking skills, as well as fostering and encouraging mathematical creativity and inventiveness. 

For more information and to register please do go

Join the Hastings Facebook Group

If you are on Facebook please stop in and join the Maria Hastings PTO private Facebook group.  It's great for reminders and the sharing of Hastings and general Lexington information.

Connect with us and help us build our community!

What Did I Miss?
Parent Teacher Organization Meeting

Last Wednesday, November 8th, PTO Presidents Emma Harding and Mallik Greene, Principal Wai and a group of parents met at Hastings for the first of this year's PTO meetings.  Thank you to the new families that came out, it is always wonderful to meet new members of the Hastings community.  This casual chat allowed for great conversation and sharing of ideas.

The below slides will provide a snap shot of what is to come this year.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns please reach out to, we are always excited to connect.

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School Committee Meetings

(left to right) Larry Freeman; Kathleen Lenihan; Sara Cuthbertson, Chair; Dr. Julie Hackett, Superintendent; Deepika Sawhney, Vice-Chair; Eileen Jay

The Lexington School Committee establishes educational goals and policies for the schools in the district, consistent with the requirements of law and statewide goals and standards.

The School Committee generally holds public meetings every two weeks on Tuesdays during the school year at the Central Office, 146 Maple Street.

Upcoming meeting information can be found here.

Lexington Community Messages
Sheltered Families

Lexington is hosting over 30 families who are temporarily sheltered in town, with elementary, middle, and high school students. They are in urgent need of the basics, warm clothing and coats. 

A consortium of local groups has set up a fund to provide for this immediate need. We will be purchasing for the young children and adults immediately. Sheltered Families Fund: 

There is also an Amazon gift list for consumables, gift cards, and jackets which we will keep updated. Gift Cards will be used by schools to buy needed clothing items:  

In the longer term, there will be a need for ESL lessons and activities for the kids.  We also will eventually ask for books, toys, clothing donations from the community.  

If you can help please fill in this form: 


We do not have storage for donations at this time.   We are asking the community to please DO NOT drop off donated items to any locations or individuals. We will provide an update once a centralized location has been identified.   

Thank you for all your giving!

Lexington Little League - Spring Registration Open

Registration is open and free sweatshirts are back! Register for the 24' baseball/softball season by 12/1 and receive a free hooded sweatshirt valued at $50. Sign up today at

New LHS Community Forum #2 on November 21st (6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Dear Valued Stakeholders,

The Lexington High School Building Committee (SBC) is inviting you to participate in a community forum on 11/21/2023 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM to talk about the New Lexington High School Project.   Lexington has many stakeholders that are critical in the development of this exciting project. The SBC understands input from all Lexington stakeholders is important for a successful project. 

The community forum will discuss what has been done to date, the preliminary schedule and next steps, talk about Lexington’s partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), and offer input from all stakeholders with opportunities for Q&A.  This meeting will be offered in person, as well as provide an opportunity for remote participation via Zoom.  Please click here for more details, or see below.

Looking Ahead
Thursday, November 16
Picture Day Retakes
Monday, November 20
Spirit Wear Week
Tuesday, November 21
Spirit Wear Week
Wednesday, November 22
Spirit Wear Week
Square 1 Art Deadline
12:30p Half Day
Thursday, November 23
School Closed - Thanksgiving
Friday, November 24
School Closed - Thanksgiving
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