Week of October 13th, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

     LHS PTO: Are you a member yet?
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
     LHS Calendar Dates
     Sophomores and Juniors: PSAT Information
     Freshman Counselor Seminars
     Announcement For LHS Seniors and Juniors Regarding Testing and College Applications
     2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!!
     LHS Field Hockey Best Buddies Fundraiser

     Help Make #MAKE HAPPY HAPPEN atT LHS
     Winter Sports Student-Athlete /Parent Pre-Season Meeting
     LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
     LexRAP Winter Coat Drive to Support Refugee Families

     Town Meeting to Vote On Recreational Marijuana Businesses Ban
     Bridge’s Monstah Carnival: High School Students Volunteers Needed
     "How to Raise an Adult": Community Discussions on Parenting and Prep
     Diwali Mela
     Lexington Family Flu Clinic, October 28th
     22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run – Spencer’s Sprinters
     YES! For Lexington
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
     November Driver Ed Program
     An Afternoon of Chamber Music with Peter Sulski and Friends
     Powered by Girl: Creating the World We Want: The Power of Girl-Fueled Activism
     Navigating the Student-Athletes College Search and Recruiting Proces



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 
 
Saturday, October 14: PSAT Exams (7:30am – 3:00pm) LHS
Monday, October 16: School Council Meeting (6:15pm – 7:45pm)
Friday, October 20: Juniors School Dance (7:00pm-10:00pm) 
Monday, October 23: Winter Sports Meeting 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Tuesday, October 24: Picture Make-Up Day (lunch blocks)


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

LHS PTO: Are you a member yet?

The LHS PTO depends on membership dues and additional donations to fund the budget, which supports the students, staff and parents at LHS. As a benefit of your membership you will receive access to the online LHS Directory. Thank you for your generous support. 

Just click on the link to become a member, donate and/or volunteer: https://www.lhspto.org/donate/

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Thanks -
LHS PTO


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates
For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis” 

Sophomores and Juniors: PSAT Information
When: Saturday, October 14, 7:45AM
Where: Lexington High School

The PSAT/NMSQT: What Do You Need to Know?
Sophomores and Juniors at Lexington High School are invited to take the PSAT. Click here for more information. 

Freshman Counselor Seminars 

Freshman Counselor Seminars will begin on October 20, 2017 for students scheduled on Friday, and the week of October 23rd for all others. Students should report to the room listed for “Counselor Seminar” on their schedule and not to their “Study/Sem” room. Seminars will run until the end of quarter 1. If you do not see seminar on your schedule, please reach out to your counselor.  

Announcement For LHS Seniors and Juniors Regarding Testing and College Applications  

For information regarding:
• Naviance Records Release and Payment Authorization
• LHS Request Deadlines for official transcripts 2017-2018
• SAT Test Dates for 2017–2018
• ACT Test Dates 2016-2017
• Transcript Financial Assistance
Simply click here or visit our LHS PTO website

2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!! 

All Parents –
Yearbooks are selling at a record pace. Last year we sold out and as of Thursday afternoon, we have already sold half of our books!!
To purchase your 2018 book by credit card, simply click this link: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/4219 

Senior Parents:
There is still time to have your senior's portrait taken. Final date is now October 31st.  Here are the options: 

Option 1 - A photography studio will be set up right here at LHS in the Library Classroom on October 16th right after school! You can book a "Simple Experience" session (about 8 pictures) right here. These are by appointment only. Book by calling Smile-Pro at 781-275-2015. As in the studio, there is a sitting fee for these sessions. These appointments cannot be booked online; you must call. 

Option 2 - Book an appointment at the Smile-Pro studio where you can schedule either a "Simple" or "Traditional" experience (8 or 16 photos). You may book either by phone (781-275-2015) or online (smile-pro.com).  

Option 3 - Right here at school and free on October 24th. You can have your picture taken in Commons II during lunch. There is no charge for this one-and-done photo. See Ms. Wallen in the Library if you would like to take advantage of this option. 

If you have any questions, please see, email (hwallen@lexingtonma.org), or call (781-861-2320, ext. 69151) Ms. Wallen. We want to see your smiling face in the senior section of this year's book!!  

HELP MAKE #MAKE HAPPY HAPPEN AT LHS 

Last year, Martha Queenin, LHS Social Worker, helped create a soothing student space located off the main hall near the library in Room 151.   For the second year, The LHS Rock Room is up and running providing LHS students with a quiet room to come before school, during free blocks, I blocks or lunch or after school. In the spirit of trying to help our students manage their stress level, the space continues to provide students with a safe place to connect with others, unwind or de-stress.  Craft supplies, games, music, tea and cocoa all serve to provide students with what they need to self soothe. 

Several students have been brainstorming how we can add to our Rock Room in ways that can foster community and connection.  To that end students are requesting some new activities that can be done together by students visiting the room.  Large puzzles, Legos and a few more community games, craft supplies are on our list as are tea and cocoa. We have again placed our “Wish List” on to Amazon.  The hope is to continue to make the space user friendly and a space where kids can come and unwind and simply be. 

Please consider making a donation to help

#makehappyhappen #LHSROCKS

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/19EQOYXABLSKZ/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_v? 

LHS Field Hockey Best Buddies Fundraiser
When:  Saturday, October 21st  
Time:  10:00 a.m.
Where:  Lincoln Field #3

The LHS Field Hockey Team will be sponsoring a bake sale and 50/50 raffle fundraiser to benefit Best Buddies. The Varsity team will be playing Bishop Fenwick High School. Please come out to watch some exciting field hockey and support Best Buddies! 

The 2017-2018 Winter Sports Student-Athlete /Parent Pre-Season Meeting
 DATE:  Monday, October 23rd
 TIME:   6pm
 LOCATION:  LHS Auditorium

This meeting is required for all LHS student-athletes interested in participating in an interscholastic winter sport at Lexington High School.  All student-athletes interested in playing a winter sport should attend the pre-season meeting with a parent or guardian.   At the large group session in the auditorium, the requirements for winter high school athletic participation (on-line forms, user fees, physicals, eligibility), will be discussed.   

Immediately following the large group session, we will break down into sport specific meetings so that student-athletes and parents can meet with the coaching staff of their respective winter sports.   In the sport specific meetings, our coaches will introduce their staff, talk about practice and game schedules for the winter season, expectations for tryouts, as well as other key elements of the season.  This is a fantastic opportunity for student-athletes and parents to hear from our head coaches about their expectations for the upcoming season. 

LHS Winter Sports:   
• Alpine Skiing - Boys & Girls
• Basketball - Boys & Girls
• Ice Hockey - Boys & Girls
• Indoor Track - Boys & Girls
• Swimming – Boys
• Wrestling – Boys
• Cheerleading

LHS Winter Sports begins - Monday, November 27 

Should you have any questions, regarding this meeting, please contact the athletic office at (781) 861-2320 ext. 69902. We look forward to seeing you on October 23rd

GO Minutemen! 

Naomi

Naomi Martin
Director of Athletics
Lexington Public Schools

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Oct 13-20)  

Friday, Oct 13
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Soccer vs Winchester High School
   4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Field Hockey vs Winchester High School  

Saturday, Oct 14
   2:00pm BOYS Junior Varsity Football vs Belmont High School

Monday, Oct 16
   3:30pm BOYS Varsity Golf vs Melrose High School

Tuesday, Oct 17
   3:45pm BOYS Varsity Soccer vs Belmont High School
   3:45pm BOYS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Belmont High School
   5:00pm GIRLS Varsity Volleyball vs Belmont High School

Wednesday, Oct 18
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Field Hockey vs Belmont High School
   3:45pm BOYS Freshman Soccer vs Belmont High School
   5:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs Belmont High School
   5:30pm GIRLS Varsity Swimming vs Arlington High School

Thursday, Oct 19
   3:30pm BOYS Freshman Football vs Woburn High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Soccer vs Arlington High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Arlington High School

Friday, Oct 20
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Soccer vs Arlington High School
   4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Field Hockey vs Arlington High School

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com 


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

LexRAP Winter Coat Drive to Support Refugee Families
October 16-November 9

WHAT IS NEEDED:  Clean, new or gently used WINTER coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens for children and adult men and women. 

WHERE TO DONATE:  Suitable items can be dropped in bins at any of the following locations in Lexington:
• 220 Follen Road
• 210 Lincoln Street
• 12 Nickerson Road      

LexRAP (www.lexrap.org) is holding a winter coat drive to support the efforts of the International Institute of New England (www.iine.us) to provide refugee families in Massachusetts with winter coats.  IINE is the resettlement agency of Massachusetts for refugees, most of whom arrive in Massachusetts from warm climates and without suitable winter clothing.

LexRAP is a group of concerned people from Lexington and surrounding communities calling itself the Lexington Refugee Assistance Program or “LexRAP.” Its focus is to make Lexington a welcoming place for refugees and to help them directly. 

Donations will be accepted between October 16 and November 9. 

If you have any questions or need other arrangements for the donations, please contact Peggy Shukur pegshukur@aol.com, Brigitte Steines Brigitte.steines@gmail.com  or Patricia Valda patricia_valda@yahoo.com  

Town Meeting to Vote On Recreational Marijuana Businesses Ban
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18th
Cary Hall
7:30 PM
 

It is anticipated that Town Meeting will vote on whether to ban recreational marijuana sales in Lexington, on the evening of October 18th. Please come to Town Meeting to show your interest in this issue as parents. If you would like to speak at the meeting, please contact the town moderator to be put on the schedule and let your voices be heard. 

The Lexington voters previously voted 53%-47% against the legalization of marijuana, although as you know the state outcome went the other way. Article 3 (Amend general Bylaws-recreational marijuana) is now being debated among the town meeting members in Lexington. 

Article 3 Description: The operation of any marijuana establishment, as defined in G.LL. c. 94G,, § 1,, including, without limitation, a marijuana cultivator, marijuana testing facility, marijuana product manufacturer, marijuana retailer or any other type of licensed marijuana - related business, within the Town of Lexington shall be prohibited. This prohibition shall not apply to the sale, distribution or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes licensed under Chapter 369 of the Acts of 2012. 

Whether or not you can come to town meeting, please also consider emailing your town meeting members to voice your opinion on this very important issue that will effect our youth and our community. Town Meeting Members email addresses can be found at: http://www.lexingtontmma.org/index.php?n=Main.Members2 The emails areFirst.Last@lexingtontmma.org. 

If you have questions please contact: 

Martha Kurland (marthakurland@gmail.com) or
Sion Harris (gordonsion@rcn.com) 

Bridge’s Monstah Carnival: High School Students Volunteers Needed
The Monstah Carnival is coming to Bridge Elementary School on Saturday Oct. 28, and volunteers are needed to run the games, collect tickets and ensure that all of the little Monstahs have a spooky good time!  Please sign up athttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4fafaa2cab9-bridge1

High school students will receive community service hours and 1 slice of pizza and 1 bottle of water free of charge!  Be sure to bring forms with you.  On the day of the carnival please report to the Volunteer Table in the Bridge School BACK ENTRANCE to check in.  Please plan on arriving 10 minutes before the start of the shift.

Thank you for being a LHS volunteer for the community! 

"How to Raise an Adult": Community Discussions on Parenting and Prep

The Lexington Community Coalition, Lexington Public Schools, and Lexington PTO/PTAs are sponsoring community discussions of the book How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims. A former Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising at Stanford University and a parent herself, Lythcott-Haims talks about the life skills children need for future success and, particularly, the role of parenting in allowing children to develop the independence, resilience, and resourcefulness necessary for success in life. 

Community members and parents with children of all ages – toddlers through adolescence – are encouraged to attend any of the three book discussions: 

Sunday Oct. 15, 3–5 pm. Lexington High School Library, Room 151
Monday Oct. 23, 7–9 pm. Estabrook School Cafeteria, 117 Grove Street
Thursday Oct. 26, 9–11 am. Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room

These will be community conversations about issues raised in the book. At what age should children do their own laundry? What skills are required to be successful? What’s the right balance of our own involvement in our children’s lives with their need to develop independence? When are we doing “too much”? Is what we do as parents helping or hurting our children’s ability to thrive in college, in careers, and as adults?

You are encouraged to read the book, but feel free to attend the discussions even if you have not. If you are pressed for time, consider listening to the author’s Ted Talks on-line on YouTube or at https://www.ted.com/talks  

Diwali Mela 

Indian Americans of Lexington (IAL) is celebrating its 2017 Diwali Mela on October 21st at Lexington High School. Diwali (also "Deepavali") — the festival of lights — is one of biggest festivals in India and is truly pan-Indian. This year, to enhance the festivities and add additional attendees, we have increased our capacity. The Diwali Mela includes a variety of cultural programs by kids and adults, activities for kids and mouthwatering Indian street food. 

When : 21st October 2017 3:00 - 9:00 PM         
Where : Lexington High School, Lexington, MA

Link to buy the tickets: Tickets2IALDiwaliMela2017 

Event details are as follows: 
* Entry tickets for the IAL Diwali Mela are priced at $15 per person for anyone 6 years and older, kids 5 years and under do not require entry tickets for this event.
* Food is available for purchase at the event (Cash Only)- food includes Indian cuisine catered by “One World Cuisine” and Pizza for kids
* Fun activities for kids. 

Lexington Family Flu Clinic, October 28th 

The Town of Lexington Health Department, in collaboration with Lexington Public Schools, will be offering a Family Flu Clinic on October 28th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Central Office Building.  Click here for complete announcement:https://www.lexingtonma.gov/public-health/files/flu-clinic-saturday-october-28-2017 

For further information, contact the Office of Public Health, Gerard Cody, Public Health Director by phone at 781-698-4503 or by email at gcody@lexingtonma.gov . If you would like more information on the Flu and Flu Vaccine, please visitwww.mass.gov/flu and www.flu.gov. 

22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run – Spencer’s Sprinters
Sunday, November 5th‬‪‬‬

Lexington Newcomers Club and LexFUN! have joined forces to raise money for the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation on behalf of Lexington toddler, Spencer Smith.  To register to run or walk, visit  https://battlegreenrunfoundation.org and choose “Spencer’s Sprinters” when you Join an Existing Team

After you have completed registration, you can begin to raise funds for our team by joining athttps://www.crowdrise.com/spencers-sprinters.  Registered runners and walkers who create a Crowdrise profile and raise $100 or more by ‪October 11th‬ will receive a FREE long sleeve Spencer’s Sprinters official race t-shirt. 

YES! For Lexington
www.yes4lex.org

This December, Lexington voters will be asked to approve funding for the construction of three capital projects:
Maria Hastings Elementary School
Lexington Children’s Place (Pre-K)
Fire Station Headquarters


These vital facilities are all operating in substandard buildings that are too small to handle the current and future needs of Lexington. Investing in these projects will improve the education system and public safety for all of Lexington.

The YES! Campaign needs your help to:
• Raise awareness about the December vote.
• Educate our community about these projects.
• Encourage Lexington to vote YES! in December.


The LHS PTO endorses the campaign and will be making a donation to the Yes! For Lexington campaign. 


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION

November Driver Ed Program 

Lexington Community Education is pleased to offer Driver Education Training at Lexington High School through CS Driving School. Classes are scheduled to begin on November 1st. Tuition for CS Driving School's Complete Driver Education Program is $680.00

Complete date information and the enrollment forms are available at:  http://lexingtoncommunityed.org/drivers_ed.php  

An Afternoon of Chamber Music with Peter Sulski and Friends, Featuring Randall Hodkinson, Piano and Ariana Falk, Cello 

Peter Sulski was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra for seven years. While in England he served on the faculty of the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music and Drama. He gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 1999. After a brief stint in the Middle East as Head of Strings of the National Palestinian Conservatory, Bicommunal Coordinator for chamber music for the Cyprus Fulbright Commission and Principal Violist of the Cyprus Chamber orchestra, Peter returned in 2002 with his wife Anita to his native Worcester. 

He is currently on the faculty as teacher of violin/viola/chamber music at Clark University and College of the Holy Cross. He is a member of QX and Mistral. Peter is also Artistic Director of the Thayer Festival in Lancaster, Massachusetts, and records for Centaur Records. 

The afternoon concert will be held on Sunday, October 15th at 4:00pm at the Follen Church Society, 755 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington. The cost is $10.00. 

Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.

Powered by Girl: Creating the World We Want: The Power of Girl-Fueled Activism
With Lyn Mikel Brown
Co – Sponsored by THE WALDORF SCHOOL 

Drawing from conversations with a diverse group of young activists and women who support them, Lyn Mikel Brown explores why girl-fueled activism is good for girls and good for the world. Through examples of actions and campaigns, we learn what experienced girl activists need from adults, how best to scaffold their social change work, and the importance of moving beyond “lean in” to support girls in creating their own movements—disrupting the usual narratives, developing their own ideas—on their own terms. 

Lyn Mikel Brown is Professor of Education at Colby College. She is also a community activist and co-founder of three intergenerational youth-fueled social change organizations. Her research and praxis focus on developing the conditions that enable girls’ healthy resistance and dissent in the face of oppression. She is the author of six books, including her latest, Powered By Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists. You can read more about Lyn's research and activism here:http://web.colby.edu/lynmikelbrown/ 

The event will be held on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00pm at the Waldorf School of Lexington, 739 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington. The cost is $10.00.   

Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.

Navigating the Student-Athletes College Search and Recruiting Process
Two sessions meeting Tuesday,  ctober 2
and Thursday, October 26
from 7:00-9:00pm at Lexington High School
Cost:  $40.00 per adult/student pair

This two-part course is designed to educate student-athletes and their parents about navigating the often confusing and generally stressful college search and recruiting process.  At the first session we will cover the factors that influence a student’s college preference criteria, determine timeliness, and outline specific academic athletic action items for each year of high school.  We will emystify the relationship between colleges coaches and admissions offices, identify what coaches are looking or, how to speak with a coach and an admissions official, and much more. 

The second session is designed to show parents and student-athletes how to develop and implement a proto-typical plan for their particular year of high school and sport, which addresses the issues identified in the first session and established a path for determining the best college for each student-athlete. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.
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