Tuesday, March 7, 2017
HOOT'S HAPPENINGS

THIS WEEK
MAR 08           Parent Math Night at Fiske
MAR 09           PTO General Meeting

UPCOMING
MAR 16           Fiske Kindergarten Orientation
MAR 23           Fiske PTO Science Fair
APR 5-6           School Conferences - 12:15 Dismissal
APR 12-13       School Conferences - 12:15 Dismissal


PTO NEWS AND EVENTS
PARENT MATH NIGHT AT FISKE
Wednesday, March 8
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Fiske Gymnasium

Come join members of the Fiske staff to explore strategies and ideas to support your child to grow as a mathematician and problem solver! We will explore how to foster a passion for math, embrace challenge, and grow their brain with ideas that you can use immediately at home to promote problem solving and the joy of mathematics! Parents from all grade levels are encouraged and invited to attend.   This is a parent-only event.

COACHES NEEDED FOR FOR FIT GIRLS!
 
The Fiske PTO is excited to bring you FIT Girls -  a running club for girls!   This after-school program combines training for a 5k road race with reading and community outreach. 

Registration for this program will occur in March 2017, but in order to launch this program we need Coaches!

  • Anyone can coach!  You do NOT need to be a runner, you just need to show up and encourage the girls with a positive attitude.  
  • Fiske FitGirls will run 6 - 8 weeks from April - June.
  • 2  practices/week after school (3:15 - 4:30 pm) on Wednesdays and Fridays. 
  • Practice will be at Fiske, ideally outside on the fields by the playground
  • Current CORI volunteer form MUST be on file with the Fiske Main Office.
  For more information on Fit Girls go to  www.fitgirls.org

To volunteer as a Coach, please contact Head Coach & Coordinator Vanessa Keeney at vanessakeeney@gmail.com by Friday, March 10.


LEXINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
LEXINGTON HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL SEARCH SURVEY 

The Principal of Lexington High School has announced her retirement at the end of this school year.  

Lexington Public Schools will be conducting a principal search starting in February using the consultant firm of Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates.   Students, staff, parents and community members are invited to participate in an online survey to help develop the leadership profile of the new LHS principal. Please be aware, all written comments will be made public.  

Please take a few minutes to complete survey so that our community's voice and philosophy is integrated into the LHS Principal search process.  Thank you for your participation.


LPS - NEW CENTRAL REGISTRATION OFFICE
146 Maple Street
Lowe Level, Room 9
Lexington, MA
Entrance and parking are located in the rear of the Central Administration Office.

Effective Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Central Registration will register all NEW incoming preK - Grade 5 students online through our Central Registration website  http://lps.lexingtonma.org/ . 

All NEW incoming Grades 6-12 students will continue to register directly at Clarke, Diamond and Lexington High School using the registration forms available on our website.

Effective July 1, 2017 all NEW incoming preK - Grade 12 students will register online through our Central Registration website. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the Central Registration Office with questions or for support at 781-861-2580 ext 68100, or by emailing  LPSCentralRegistration@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

Computers and assistance are available. 

COMMUNITY NEWS
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY COALITION - OPEN HOUSE 
Thursday, March 9
7:00pm
Lexington Community Center
39 Marrett Road
 
In 2015-16, with your help, the Lexington Community Coalition identified 3 key areas of concern related to the health and wellness of our youth:
1   Reduce Alcohol and Substance Abuse
2   Reduce Atmosphere of Academic Competition
3   Decrease Youth Experience of Loneliness, Depression and Suicidal Thoughts.
If you are concerned about these issues, join us on March 9th to further the Coalition's work on specific actions in support of these goals. Strides have already been made in these areas, but we need your help to make a deeper impact. 
 
 Examples of how you can get involved:

*   Help determine K-12 outreach strategies related to the dangers of substance abuse

*  Organize parent discussions and teen-parent dialogues related to stress and academic competition

*   Engage extracurricular organizations (sports, dance, enrichment) in conversations about youth stress

*   Improve outreach about resources and supports for families and youth

*   Work to develop a technology and communications plan for the Coalition

For a full list of goals and action items, see attached and visit us on Facebook!
 
Questions or can't attend on March 9? Email the Coalition at lexcoalition@gmail.com  and let us know which specific goal(s) or actions you are interested in supporting.

LEXINGTON COMMUNITY CENTER: FAMILY TRIVIA NIGHT
Fee: $20
Ages: 5+
Friday, March 10th
6:30-8:30pm
Lexington Community Center Room 139 (Dining Room)
 
Make a team of up to 6 with your friends and family and be ready to be challenged with trivia categories ranging from science and nature to pop culture.  Prizes will be awarded to the top finishing teams! Figure out which one in your family has the biggest brain!  Fee covers prizes and light refreshments. We always have fun and we can't wait for you and your family to sign up! 
"Walk-ins" are welcome, but pre-registration is required to be guaranteed participation in this event.  Any questions please contact Thomas Romano @ 781-698-4813 or  tromano@lexingtonma.gov

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES DEALING WITH ADDICTIONS
Free Supportive Education Group for Parents
First Monday of every month - 2/6, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1 and 6/5
7:00-8:30PM
Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road

Facilitated by LPS Prevention Specialist Julie Fenn, LICSW & Youth and Family Social Worker Kristie Demirev, LICSW

  • Open to all parents
  • Can be any kind of addiction (Alcohol, substances, gaming, etc.)
  • Can be parent of child with peers dealing with addiction
  • guest speakers
  • Talk to other parents
  • Share experiences
  • Gain resources

For more info contact:
 Julie Fenn, LICS 781-861-2320 or   jfenn@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us
  Kristie Demirev, LICSW 781-698-4843  or  kdemirev@lexingtonma.gov


LEXINGTON YOUTH LACROSSE - SPRING REGISTRATION
Grades 1 and 2 - Boys and Girls
 
Lexington Youth Lacrosse is excited to invite all first and second graders to join us for our Spring Lacrosse Season. NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH LACROSSE IS NECESSARY! 
 
Our Boys and Girls programs are dedicated to introducing, teaching, and expanding youth lacrosse in Lexington, through a fun and instructional environment that teaches individual athleticism as well as teamwork. Sessions are on Sundays afternoons, from April 2nd  through June 18th at Lincoln Fields (no session Easter & Memorial Day weekend).  Come out and join many of your classmates from Bowman, Bridge, Estabrook, Fiske, Harrington, and Hastings!
 
To register for the spring session, please visit:  http://lexingtonlax.org/Registration/Default.asp?org=lexingtonlax.org
 
If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We hope to see you in the spring!
 
Rob Lyng (Boys Grade 1 and 2)  rob_lyng@yahoo.com
Matt Arnold (Girls Grade 1 and 2) mharnold1@outlook.com

LHS SOFTBALL SPRING TRAINING CLINIC
Open to all softball players in Grades 2 - 8!  
5:30 - 7:00 PM
March 13 - 15
LHS Field House
Cost: $75

This clinic will help players get ready for their softball seasons with a battery of fun and challenging drills and stations focused on the skills of throwing, fielding, base running and hitting.  Cost is $75 and includes a free clinic T-shirt if registration received by 3/3/17.  Downloadable Clinic flyers and registration forms can be found on the home page of our website,  LHSsoftball2017.shutterfly.com, as well as under the "Clinic" tab.  Any further questions, please contact Cissy Porter at  jncporter@verizon.net.

THE GIFT OF FAILURE
Tuesday, March 21
7:00 pm
Estabrook Elementary

Estabrook Elementary School is hosting Jessica Lahey, author of the New York Times bestselling book,  The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. This talk is open to the entire Lexington community. Adults and high-school aged children are welcome and encouraged to attend. Attending this event is FREE, however attendees will be asked to register to ensure space. Registration is open at  EstabrookSpeakerSeries.eventbrite.com

In support of Ms. Lahey's speaking event, The Estabrook PTO will be hosting a  discussion  of  The Gift of Failure  on March 7th from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m  at Estabrook school.  To participate in the  discussion , please register at this link:  BookClub_registration  by February 17th. We will use that list to communicate details about the  discussion Cary Library has held several copies of the book for checkout.  Copies are also for sale at all major  book  vendors .

Please note: registration for the  book discussion does NOT guarantee a spot at the evening presentation by Ms. Lahey. Attendees must register separately for the presentation once the registration link is made available.

Questions? Email  estabrook.spc@gmail.com. For more references and enrichment activities, visit  estabrookpto.org/gift-of-failure.

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