Welcome to Hastings!

Fabric Recycling!

Date: Every day
Time: At your convenience
Location: Donation bin behind Hastings, next to the parking lot.
Did you know that you can donate fabric items that are no longer useful (those socks with holes, stained shirts, jeans ripped beyond use, basically anything fabric that you’d toss rather than donating)? Instead of going in the landfill they are reused as furniture stuffing, and as a bonus, the money raised goes to the PTA! You can also put stuffed animals in the bins, as well as wearable clothing – anything goes (as long as it’s clean please!). The company that collects the items will sort as appropriate.

Hastings Star Newsletter Second Monthly Meeting

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time: 3:15 – 4:15pm
Location: Hastings Library
Hastings students, the Star Newsletter club is meeting today. Join your fellow writers and illustrators in our new, much quieter venue, where you can inspire and be inspired! At our last meeting, several students created comic strips and poems on the spot. All are welcome to attend this very free-form, drop-in creative space; submissions can also be placed in the box in the lobby or emailed here. Submissions are ongoing throughout the school year; however, the deadline for inclusion in the first newsletter is January 6, 2017.

Fifth Grade Community Service

The 5th grade will be participating in the Project Bread Holiday Spoons Project this year. For this community service project the students will work together to decorate a spoon for every student at Hastings. Most of us are fortunate that when we see a spoon we think about what we will eat, but next week when you see a spoon, we hope that you will see it as an opportunity to help ensure that other people can enjoy food too. With the spoon your child receives there will be an envelope for donations to Project Bread. Any amount matters because together, as a Hastings community, we can help many. Please send in the donation envelopes with your child by Tuesday, December 20th.

Vegetarian Options in Lexington Public Schools

A small group of parents met with Whitsons, the caterer for the Lexington Public Schools. The aim was to offer a greater number of hot vegetarian options, while also providing balanced meals with diversified protein and carbohydrate sources. We are pleased to report that the December menu has some of the changes that we recommended. Please check out the Whitsons web site to see menus from each Elementary School and have your children try these vegetarian options.

Red Sox Coordinator Needed

The potential dates for a Hastings Red Sox night have recently been announced. We currently do not have a coordinator – if you would be willing to organize, which involves selecting the date, publicizing, and coordinating ticket distribution – please contact Amee Desjourdy, VP of Planning.

Save The Date – Annual PTA Adult Only Holiday Celebration

Date: Thursday, December 8
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: 53 Reed Street, Lexington
Mark your calendars for a low-key evening of fun and relaxation. Bring a friend, have an appetizer and drink, and enjoy some time with other Hastings parents. ALL PTA members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Adult Social and Fundraiser is Set

Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 7:00-11:00 p.m.
Location: Battin Hall inside the newly renovated Cary Memorial Building, Lexington

Please mark your calendars and plan on joining fellow Hastings parents and partygoers on St. Patrick’s Day for our bi-annual Adult Social & FUNdraiser. The Town of Lexington has granted us approval to host the first-ever school social/fundraiser inside the newly renovated Cary Memorial Building! Planning for this fun and important night will soon begin after the holiday weekend. Any questions can be directed to the adult social team.

Holiday Deals to Support Hastings

Learning Express Toys / Bedford

Learning Express Toys of Bedford will give shoppers who mention this Hastings PTA fundraiser 10% off their purchase AND donate another 10% to Hastings PTA Tuesday November 29th through Friday December 2nd. This offer is only available next week at the Bedford store. Please be on the lookout for the catalog and flyer in your child’s folder and PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING THE FLYER OR MENTION THIS OFFER WHEN YOU BUY!

Giving Assistant

Giving Assistant is an ongoing online fundraiser that is offering us a special promotion during the peak shopping week of November 23 – November 29th, so if you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet this is your chance! Click here to save.

Amazon Smile

Shopping Amazon for Holiday Deals? Please remember to “Start with a Smile”. Same great Amazon features and pricing with 0.5% donated to Hastings PTA. Click here to start saving.

Red Sox Coordinator Needed

The potential dates for a Hastings Red Sox night have recently been announced. We currently do not have a coordinator – if you would be willing to organize, which involves selecting the date, publicizing, and coordinating ticket distribution – please contact Amee Desjourdy, VP of Development.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE AND OTHER UPDATES

For building projects and other community updates like sports team and other club registration as well as community posts, please join the Hastings Families Google Group

School Building Project Meeting
Date: Thursday, December 15
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Estabrook Cafeteria
Join us for a brief tour of Estabrook and to discuss the options for building a new Hastings prior to the next MSBA presentation.
School Committee Meetings

Date: Tuesday, December 20
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Selectman’s Meeting Room, 1625 Massachusetts Ave.