Week of October 20th, 2017

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

    If You Haven't Joined the LHS PTO...
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
    LHS Calendar Dates
    Freshman Counselor Seminars
    SENIORS: Transcripts Request Reminder
    Seniors and Juniors: Testing and College Applications
    2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!!
    LHS Field Hockey Best Buddies Fundraiser
    Winter Sports Student-Athlete /Parent Pre-Season Meeting
    LHS Sports - Home Games/Meets (Oct 20-27)
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
    LexRAP Winter Coat Drive to Support Refugee Families
    School Start Times Survey - One Day Remains to Particpate!
    Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) Welcome and Orientation
    "How to Raise an Adult": Community Discussions on Parenting and Prep
    Diwali Mela
    Bowman PTA Needs a Volunteer to “Wear the Bear”
    Active Bystander Training
    Hancock Music Series
    Lexington Family Flu Clinic, October 28th
    Calling All Trivia Fans!
    Understanding Gender Forum
    YES! For Lexington
    YOUTH WRESTLING CLINIC
    Lexington Ski Club
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
    November Driver Ed Program
    Navigating the Student-Athletes College Search and Recruiting Proces



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

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) 
Wednesday, October 25: Fall String Celebration, 7:00pm
Friday, October 27: Jazz Nite, 7:30pm


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

If You Haven't Joined the LHS PTO...
....here are some facts to consider: 

There are around 2200 students at LHS.
There are over 1740 households at LHS.
There are ONLY 850 families in the LHS PTO.
Membership dues ($25 per family) are the only fundraiser of the PTO.  We depend on membership dues to fund our budget for the year.  

Your membership donations at work:
• We give over $5,000 in teacher grants each year
• We give each Department a contribution
• We sponsor the Sophomore Cruise Reception
• We sponsor the Junior Prom Reception
• We sponsor the Senior Prom Reception
• We sponsor the receptions for the Junior and Senior Awards
• We sponsor two LHS Staff Appreciation Luncheons
• We contribute to the Seniors All Night Graduation Party
• We sponsor the Newcomers Potluck Dinner
• We donate to Landscaping
• We donate to the LHS library
and MUCH, much more……we can keep going but the list will be too long. 

If we do not meet our budget from our membership drive, we will not be able to support our students and staff the way we have in the past. 

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

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

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” 

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. 

SENIORS: Transcripts Request Reminder

After you request your transcripts online, be sure to print the Transcript Status Page by following the directions below:
1 Family Connection Tab
2 College Tab
3 Resources
4 Transcripts
5 View the Status of All My Transcript Requests
6 Control Print
7 Bring this printed page to the Registrar's Office, Room 152
Please do not slip this under the door or leave it on the counter. No need to check in with us if you have brought in your Request and we have reviewed it with you. 

Seniors and Juniors: 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!! 

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!!  

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 20-27)  

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

Saturday, Oct 21
   10:00am GIRLS Varsity Field Hockey vs Bishop Fenwick High School
   10:00am BOYS Junior Varsity Football vs Woburn High School
   11:30am GIRLS Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs Bishop Fenwick High School

Tuesday, Oct 24
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Cross Country vs Reading Memorial High School
   3:45pm BOYS Varsity Cross Country vs Reading Memorial High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Woburn High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Volleyball vs Woburn High School
   5:00pm GIRLS Varsity Volleyball vs Woburn High School

Wednesday, Oct 25
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Field Hockey vs Woburn High School
   3:45pm BOYS Freshman Soccer vs Woburn High School
   5:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs Woburn High School
   
Thursday, Oct 26
   3:30pm BOYS Freshman Football vs Wakefield Memorial High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Soccer vs Reading Memorial High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Reading Memorial High School

Friday, Oct 27
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Soccer vs Reading Memorial High School
   4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Field Hockey vs Reading Memorial 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. 

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 

School Start Times Survey - One Day Remains to Particpate! 
Closes TODAY, October 20 

In March 2016, members of the Middlesex League of Superintendents released a joint statement regarding their intention to look at school start times for high school students. As a part of the county conversation, at the end of the 2016-17 year, Lexington's Superintendent assembled a School Start Times Task Force to review research conducted, discuss logistical considerations throughout the district, and gather feedback from community stakeholders to determine if a change in school start times should be recommended to the School Committee. The work of this Task Force includes evaluating start times for schools at all levels, not just the high school level.

Parents, share your feedback on school start times by completing this survey! (Only one per family, please)
https://goo.gl/2Yb6Ef 

Look for the School Department's community forum about start times on November 15, 2017 at 7p.m. in Battin Hall at Cary Hall.

School Start Times Task Force website: https://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10330

Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) Welcome and Orientation 

Do you want to have an impact on your child’s education? And be a part of an active Lexington community group? 

Come to the Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) Welcome and Orientation reception on October 24th, 7:15-8:30 pm at the Cary Memorial Library, Lower Level Meeting Room.  

During the 2017-2018 school year we will reach an impressive $5 Million in grants awarded to the Lexington Public Schools – all this directly benefits our children. We invite you to be part of the team to reach this historic milestone. Everyone is welcome, and there are many opportunities available to fit your interests and availability. Go to lexedfoundation.org to learn more about LEF.

"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 two remaining book discussions: 

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. 

Bowman PTA Needs a Volunteer to “Wear the Bear”

We are looking for a volunteer to "wear the bear" at the Kids Fun Run ‪October 22nd around 1:30 PM‬‬. It's lots of fun and the kids will think you are a hero! No talking required just high-fives and posing for pictures. 

Email president@bowmanpta.org for more info. jon_quint@hotmail.com

Active Bystander Training

In these contentious times, many people ask “What can I do if I witness harassment or other harm-doing?” This workshop trains participants to recognize harm-doing situations, interrupt harm and defuse conflict, and generate other positive actions. The workshop is suitable for adults and youth ages 12 and up.

What: Active Bystander Training
When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Lexington Montessori School, 130 Pleasant Street, Lexington, MA 02421
How much: $15
Registration: trainingactivebystanders.org (scroll down to Upcoming Events, click on the October 24 event to register)

The organizers thank the Lexington Montessori School for sponsoring and hosting this event. 

Hancock Music Series

The Phantom of the Opera is Haunting Lexington!
The Hancock Concert Series launches its 7th season with the classic 1925 silent movie The Phantom of the Opera with live organ accompaniment! Starring the immortal Lon Chaney, the movie will be accompanied live by maestro Peter Krasinski at the organ. The afternoon will also include the Buster Keaton short Haunted HouseSunday, ‪October 22nd at 2:00 p.m.‬‬ Hancock Church, 1912 Mass on the Battle Green. Open to all, regardless of ability to pay. Suggested donation of $15 at the door ($25 max per family). May be scary for younger children! 

A Chamber Music Debut
The CK Ensemble debuts with a program of music for cello, flute, and piano by Haydn, Rachmaninoff, and Muthel. ‪Sunday October 29th at 2:00 p.m.‬‬ Hancock Church, 1912 Mass on the Battle Green. Open to all, regardless of ability to pay. Suggested donation of $15 at the door ($25 max per family).

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 onSaturday, 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 atgcody@lexingtonma.gov . If you would like more information on the Flu and Flu Vaccine, please visit www.mass.gov/flu and www.flu.gov.  

Calling All Trivia Fans!

Lexington Education Foundation's (LEF) Trivia Bee on Thursday, Nov 9th, 7pm-9pm at the high school needs a few more teams. This is the 22nd year for this fun community event, featuring Lexington teachers, students, and townsfolk answering trivia questions in front of a crowd.   

LHS principal Andrew Stephens will be a guest judge, and Jeff Leonard will once again be the emcee! Form your own team of 3 adults and/or students, or challenge your favorite teachers to compete on a team.  Register your team at LexEdFoundation.org/trivia-bee.  

LEF will find sponsors for student, teacher and public employee teams so don't let the entry fee stop you. 

Understanding Gender Forum

Please join us for a community forum on Understanding Gender: 
What: Understanding Gender
When: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 4:00-5:30pm
Where: Cary Memorial Library (large meeting room)
How much: Free
Why: Throughout history, people have experienced gender in many different ways, but these experiences have often been hidden. In today’s world, more and more people are “coming out.” As a result, we are hearing terms to describe gender identity: transgender, genderfluid, non-binary, agender, and more. Please join us to learn what these gender identities mean, hear stories from people who live these gender identities, ask questions – and consider how understanding gender matters here in Lexington.

Cosponsored by Lexington Pride Coalition, Cary Memorial Library, and Greater Boston PFLAG. 

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. 

YOUTH WRESTLING CLINIC

The Lexington Youth Wrestling program aims to introduce young students to the sport of wrestling. This program has the support of the Lexington High School wrestling team and high school athletes will help out during the practices. Unlike many other sports, being a successful wrestler does not depend upon size or body type. Successful wrestlers come in all shapes and sizes and from diverse backgrounds. Wrestling also teaches discipline, mental toughness, and sportsmanship: character traits that will serve well outside the ring for a lifetime. Participants will need to provide their own headgear and wrestling shoes. In addition to the program taking place on Monday and Wednesday evenings, opportunities to wrestle against surrounding communities on Saturdays are also available.  Ages: K - 4 ($50) and 5 - 8 ($100 ). Starts Monday, November 27 through February 12. 5:30 - 7:00 PM Monday & Wednesday (K -4 Monday'sonly). LHS Field House. No classes over holiday break.  Register at: https://www.activityreg.com/ClientPage_t1.wcs?clientid=LXNGTNMA&siteid=1 

Questions: Contact jon_quint@hotmail.com

Lexington Ski Club

For almost fifty years the Lexington Ski Club has catered to avid snow sport families. Members enjoy comfortable accommodations at our lodge located in the White Mountains, prepared hot meals during ski season, and after ski activities such as board games and ping pong.  If your family likes to ski or snowboard and appreciates cooperative living, the Lexington Ski Club might be for you.  Currently, we are accepting applications for new members.  For additional information, please contact Joe Scholl at jpscholl4@gmail.com or ‪781-891-1832‬‬ or visit our website www.lexski.org 


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  

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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You can contact the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements manager at announcements@lhspto.org
Complete information about what kinds of posts we accept is available at the LHS PTO website.