Fifth Grade Activities 2016-2017

(Please scroll down for activity sign-up sheets)

New: Moving On Ceremony will be on June 15, 2017 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM, scroll down to volunteer!

5th Grade Activities (5GA) are run by and for 5th graders and their parents.  In the Fall, 5th graders run several community services that  support our Hastings Community and serve as fundraisers for social events for all 5th graders.

In addition to all of the above, in September the school runs an overnight trip to Thompson Island.

To make 5th Grade Activities successful, we need parent coordinators and volunteers for all events; 5th graders also volunteer for the community service fundraisers. If you are worried that you don’t have experience in any given coordinator or volunteer role – don’t! Coordinator instructions have been developed over the years for all roles and will be given to all coordinators. There are still openings for parent coordinators, please scroll down to the sign-up sections to look for specific activities.

The Halloween Party is our biggest event in terms of both effort and fun. We ask every 5th grade parent and child to join the team and share the workload by volunteering for the Halloween party as well as one other event over the course of the year. Parents and students should sign up for just one Halloween volunteer slot until 2 weeks before the event – this gives other parents a chance to also volunteer. Volunteering allows each and every student and parent to be a contributing part of 5th grade activities.

About a month out from each 5GA event, Sign Up Genius will be opened. So please, come back to this site often and use one of the links below to volunteer for specific activities and events.

Program timeframe: Year-round
Committee co-chairs: Becky Barrentine, Jennifer Marcin
Committee email:
Committee treasurer:  Diane Tran
Treasurer email:

Sign-ups for Community Service and Fundraising Activities

Activity Date LINKS
Spring parent-teacher conference babysitting
5GA parents oversee 5G students watching young students and siblings while their parents attend conferences.
Coordinators: Cyrielle Aldairy, Ritu Chatterjee
April 5, 2017
April 6, 2017
April 12, 2017
April 13, 2017
Parent sign-up
Student sign-up

Sign-ups for Social Event Organization

Activity Date LINKS
Class photo
Work with Coffee Pond to schedule class photo, get it framed and hung on Hastings’ wall for future generations.
Coordinators: Wenshuai Liao
Fall 2016 Parent sign-up
Class gift
Each class gives Hastings a farewell gift. Help generate and gather ideas and pricing with student input and coordinate the purchase of the gift.
Coordinators:  Aparna Rayasam, 1 open coordinator role
Spring 2017 Parent sign-up
Coordinate sizing and ordering of a Hastings t-shirt for all 5th graders.
Coordinators: Rajeshwari Godbole, Cathy Thompson
Spring 2017 Parent sign-up
Using software programs, work with 1-2 parents to pull together yearbook. Also candid photo coordinator needed.
Coordinators: Jayshree Rajamani, Aparna Rayasam, 1 open coordinator role
Spring 2017 Parent sign-up
Moving On Ceremony
End of year celebration of our fifth graders. Slideshow coordinator also needed.
Coordinators:  Audra Myerberg, Kerry Strollo
June 15, 2017
9:00 – 11:00 AM
Parent sign-up
Canobie Lake Amusement Park
This is NOT a 5GA event which means that parents are responsible for getting their own children to and from the park as well as their supervision at the park. That said, many students enjoy going to Canobie Lake Amusement Park immediately following the Moving On Ceremony.
June 15, 2017 N/A
Pool Party
The last Friday of the school year. A day of fun at the town pool, model after prior years or bring your own touches to this celebration.
Coordinators: Kristine Wise, Sharon Kan
June 16, 2017 (Rain date: June 19, 2017) Parent sign-up