Week of October 27th, 2017


    You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!
    LHS Calendar Dates
    Parents: New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Survey
    Lexington High School Blue and Gold Tip Off Basketball Clinic
    SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist
    2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!!
    Rock Room Thanks
    LHS Performing Arts
    LHS Sports
    LexRAP Winter Coat Drive to Support Refugee Families
    Haunted House
    Hancock Music Series
    Lexington Family Flu Clinic, October 28th

    YES! For Lexington Kickoff Event
    Diamond Middle School Fall Play: The Phantom Tollbooth
    Calling All Trivia Fans!
    Understanding Gender Forum
    Lexington Center’s Annual Artwalk 2017
    22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run – Spencer’s Sprinters
    An Evening with Dr. Josephine Kim: "To Live on the Hyphen”
    The Goal Driven IEP: A Parent’s Guide to What to Ask for at Your IEP Meeting
    Strings N Beats
    Lexington Ski Club
    November Driver Ed Progra 

    Comes Love: A Musical Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass
    Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosopher on How to Live With Daniel Klein
    FOR PARENTS: You Can Afford College If.....
    Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents


Saturday, October 28: ACT Test (No LHS location)
Monday, October 30: Attendance Verification Distributed
Saturday, November 4: SAT Exams, 7:30am
Friday, November 10: 1st Quarter Closes/Grade Entry Begins
Friday, November 10: Veterans Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL
Monday, November 13: Lexington Learns Together Professional Day, NO SCHOOL


You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!

What does the LHS PTO do? 

We work closely with the LHS Administration to make sure the money donated to the PTO is used where needed at LHS. 

We are more than 850 member families – Help us get to 1,000!  

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

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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”  

Parents: Please fill out the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Survey

NOTE: We need to get at least 25% LHS Family responses so please consider taking this important survey 

As part of our decennial accreditation process with NEASC, LHS is due to undertake a self-reflection process later this year where we examine our educational program in light of the NEASC Standards for Accreditation (see attached).  A key step at the start of this process is to administer a survey of parents, faculty and students that will help us to identify areas where we have particular strengths and areas where we need to focus for improvement with regard to the Standards for Accreditation.  We will be administering the student and faculty surveys during the school day.  Below is the family (parent/guardian) survey and LHS parents are urged to complete this survey.  As part of the directions, “If you have more than one student in the school, please think of your oldest student currently attending as you answer the questions in the survey.” 

NEASC Family Survey: https://surveys.neasc.org/s3/NEASC-CPS-Family-Survey-Lexington-High-School 

Lexington High School Blue and Gold Tip Off Basketball Clinic
Calling all girls in grades 4 – 8 who are interested in basketball!!
Nov 14th & 15th @ LHS Gym

(Grades 4-6 from 5-7pm; grades 7-8 from 7:15 – 9:15 pm) 

Join LHS Varsity Coach Steve Solly, coaching staff and varsity players to get a jumpstart on your winter hoops season! All proceeds benefit the LHS girls’ basketball program.  

Register online at lexhoops.com
Questions? Call Lee Metzger 617 953-7584 or email Steve Solly at ssolly@lexingtonma.org

SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist

For information regarding the tests and test day checklist, simply click on the links:
• SAT Test
• ACT Test
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: 

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).

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!!  

Rock Room Thanks 

Thank you to the many families that have donated this week to our Make Happy Happen Wish list on Amazon.
We have been getting lots of fun things sent to us to add to our Rock Room.

While we are getting thank you notes off to those who have generously donated, a few of our boxes have come without information as to who the donation was from.  

I wanted to thank all of you via the LIST SERV..Know we are so incredibly grateful to have such a supportive parent community willing to help us out.  The soothing gifts, craft supplies, games and toys, that bring us all back to a simpler time in our lives, are certainly being enjoyed by many students and are serving to bring a certain calm to our space.  

Many thanks!!
Feeling so grateful,
Martha Queenin


LHS Performing Arts 

Friday, Oct 27
   7:00pm: Jazz Nite, Commons II, Lexington High School
   7:30pm: LHS Improv Show, Black Box Room 200

Wednesday, November 1
   7:00pm: Fall Instrumental

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Oct 27-Nov 3)  

Friday, Oct 27
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Soccer vs Reading Memorial High School
   4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Field Hockey vs Reading Memorial High School
   6:00pm GIRLS Varsity Cheerleading vs Andover High School
   6:00pm: BOYS Varsity Football vs Andover High School
            MIAA D1 North Quarterfinal

Saturday, Oct 28
   4:30pm BOYS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Woburn High School
   6:00pm BOYS Varsity Soccer vs Woburn High School

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


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

Winter is coming and we still need coats and jackets for refugee families! 

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

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

Questions: Please contact Peggy Shukur pegshukur@aol.com, Brigitte Steines Brigitte.steines@gmail.com  or Patricia Valda patricia_valda@yahoo.com   

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. 

Haunted House
@ The Lexington Community Center
Fee: $5 per child, parent/caregivers are free
Ages: 5+
Date: Friday, October 27
Time: 6-7:30 (Ages 5-10) 8-9:30 (Ages 11+)
Location39 Marrett Road, Lexington Community Center

Come over to the Community Center for a night of fun. There will be guided tours every 15 minutes (pre-registration is required to save a spot). Make sure to sign up for a tour time before your time slot is taken! We will also have pumpkin decorating, fun games, and festive food once you are done with the tour. We hope to see you there! All of this is possible thanks to the support from the LHS SADD club and Lexington Human Services.

Any questions or how to register please contact Thomas Romano @ 781-698-4813 or tromano@lexingtonma.gov Here is the link to register: https://www.activityreg.com/ClientPage_t1.wcs?clientid=LXNGTNMA&siteid=1 . The program can be found under the “Fun for all ages category” 

Hancock Music Series

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 on Saturday, 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 visit www.mass.gov/flu and www.flu.gov.  

YES! For Lexington Kickoff Event!

Date: Wednesday, November 1
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square
Come join us in town at the Lexington Depot to learn more about the Monday December 4 debt exclusion vote to finance building a new Hastings, Lexington Children’s Place, and Fire Station Headquarters. Meet and speak with members of the architect team, Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and finance committees for answers to any and all questions you may have. You can also pick up your lawn sign, grab a car magnet, or a button to show your support for the campaign around town.

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

Diamond Middle School Fall Play: The Phantom Tollbooth
Date: Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Diamond Middle School Auditorium, 99 Hancock Street, Lexington, MA  02420
Tickets: $5, at the DMS office, online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com, and at the door
Event Description:  The Phantom Tollbooth is a play based on the classic children's book by Norton Juster. Many parents will remember enjoying this book when they were kids and this is a great opportunity to share the fun with their own children! We have 25 cast members and 18 stage crew members working on the show. This is a story that will appeal to all ages so bring the family! Tickets can be purchased at the main office, online or at the door on the nights of the show. $5 each general admission. Tickets go on sale on Monday, October 16th!

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. 

LHS PTO is sponsoring 2 teams and wishes all LHS teams good luck!

Understanding Gender Forum
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. 

Lexington Center’s Annual Artwalk 2017

Local artists will be displaying artwork in the windows along Massachusetts Ave in Lexington Center from Nov. 6-26th. Stroll along the avenue and enjoy the window displays and participate in our free family-friendly scavenger hunt (forms available online at www.munroecenter.org or at the Visitors' Center) to have a chance to win a basket of goodies provided by the Lexington Retailers Association.  See any art that catches your eye?  Artist details will be provided for anyone wanting to make a purchase.

Join us at the following related events:
- Tuesday, November 7th:  Become an artist yourself.  Create 2 mini-flower filled canvases at Pinot Palette while enjoying a wine tasting.  To sign up, go tohttps://www.pinotspalette.com/lexingtoncenter/event/197269 and enter ArtWalk17 for 15% off.
- Thursday November 16th:  Free reception from 6-8pm hosted by Brookline Bank. Meet with artists and ArtWalk organizers and join us for a guided walk down Mass Ave at7:30pm. 

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 at https://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.   

An Evening with Dr. Josephine Kim: "To Live on the Hyphen”
When: Tuesday, Nov. 7th at Cary Hall, 7:00-8:30pm

This November, LYFS, KoLex, and LYFS's Multicultural Sponsoring Board kicks off its six-part series of speakers, films, and community discussions aimed at deepening community understanding of what it means to "live on the hyphen”— a phrase that encapsulates the personal and interpersonal challenges that children, parents, and communities in general encounter within a multicultural context. This series of events has been made possible through the generosity of the Community Endowment of Lexington.   

Dr. Kim is a world-renowned Harvard academic and clinician with the Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness at MGH. A Korean-American herself, Dr. Kim speaks compassionately and from personal experience about "living on the hyphen." Her message, however, transcends race and is relevant to all parents and teens who struggle to reconcile sometimes conflicting intergenerational and cultural expectations. The bar has been set high for ALL Lexington children. Therefore Dr. Kim's message is universal.  We hope you will join us in this important conversation. 

More about LYFS...
LYFS is an independent nonprofit organization whose programming is aimed at ensuring that Lexington youth are healthier, more resilient, and better supported in their daily lives.  To learn more about and support our work, visit our website at www.lyfsinc.org

The Goal Driven IEP: A Parent’s Guide to What to Ask for at Your IEP Meeting
Guest Speaker: Dr. David Stember, Ph.D.
When: Wednesday, November 8th 7:00-8:45PM
Where: Large Meeting, Cary Library

This talk will cover specific items and wording parents should ask for in their child's IEP; how to ask for specific goals, approaches and outcome measures that will be sensitive to whether progress is being made; common best practice approaches to address and common mistakes seen in ineffective IEP plans. It will also cover definitions of disabilities and which goals to ask for to address specific learning needs, social pragmatics, organizational skills and behavior/emotional disorders, as well as how to determine if progress is occurring.  

For more information, please go to https://lexdyslexia.weebly.com/calendar.html. Co-Sponsored by the Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington and the LexSEPAC/SEPTA. 

Strings N Beats
Sunday, Nov 19th
Cary Memorial Hall
FREE to all the students of the Lexington Public School as long as they are accompanied by a paying parent

"Strings N Beats", a performance in Indian Classical Music, is a unique dialogue between dance and music. Sparkling duets and interplay between dance and melody; soothing instrumental classical music (Sitar), exhilarating complex rhythmic patterns (Tabla) and impactful storytelling through body language (Kathak dance) are some of the highlights of Strings n Beats. 

Multiple Lexington organisations (Lexington Community Education, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington Symphony and Indian Americans of Lexington - IAL) are collaborating with Shadaj, ( www.shadaj.org ), a Lexington-based non-profit organization dedicated to Indian Classical Music. One of the foremost objectives of Shadaj is to bring about cultural integration through music.  

On Nov 18th there is a FREE music appreciation session at the Cary Library where people get to interact with the artists and learn about their art form. In the music appreciation session, Dr George Ruckert will engage the artists in a conversation about their art form before taking questions from the audience.  

For tickets and additional information, please visit www.shadaj.org


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's only). 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 


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  

Comes Love: A Musical Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass
With Patrice Williamson and Jon Wheatley

A century on, Ella Fitzgerald still holds her title “The First Lady of Song.” Her recordings with “Virtuoso” guitarist Joe Pass still remain unmatched in the realm of duo Jazz recordings. With the release of Comes Love, Patrice Williamson and Jon Wheatley pay tribute to, and renew the beauty and intimacy of guitar and voice as they interpret the Great American Songbook and the much loved tunes of Fitzgerald and Pass. 

Patrice Williamson's fluent scat style and sensitive ballad work have earned her Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston" award and several Boston Music Award nominations. She's been heard at both the Tanglewood and Marblehead Jazz Festivals, as well as at the International Women's Forum in Singapore. She is also actively passing on her knowledge and love of the jazz tradition through her teaching at The New School of Music in Cambridge, Wellesley College, and Milton Academy. 

Jon Wheatley is one of Boston’s busiest and best guitarists and educators. His career spans more than three decades, including as a sideman with luminaries like Scott Hamilton, Ruby Braff, Alan Dawson, Teddy Kotick, Diana Krall, Mike Metheny, to name a few. Jon is Association Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music. 

The event  will be held on Saturday, October 28th at 7:30pm at the Follen Church Society, 755 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington

The cost of this evenings event is $10.00.  Admission is free to LHS Students presenting a valid school ID.   

The Fiveash Legacy Lecture
Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosopher on How to Live With Daniel Klein

Daniel Martin Klein’s fans have fallen in love with the warm, humorous, and thoughtful way he shows how philosophy resonates in everyday life. Readers of his popular booksPlato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar and Travels with Epicurus come for enlightenment and stay for the entertainment. From the vantage point of his eighth decade, Klein revisits the wisdom he relished in his youth. From Epicurus to Emerson to the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr—whose words provided the title of this book—each pithy extract is annotated with Klein’s inimitable charm and insights. 

Daniel Klein is an American writer of fiction, non-fiction, and humor. Klein received a B.A. in philosophy from Harvard College. After a brief career in television comedy, he began writing books. He lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and is married to Freke Vuijst, American correspondent for the Dutch newsweekly, ‘Vrij Nederland’. 

This evening’s event is part of The Fiveash Legacy Lecture series. The Fiveash Lecture Series is inspired by, and intended to keep influential, the teaching tradition and legacy of Dr. Michael Fiveash, a long time and beloved Latin and Classics teacher at Lexington High and Lexington Community Education.  The series is coordinated by Lexington Community Education and is intended to honor Michael's teaching legacy by hosting talks that focus on the Humanities and Classics. 

The event will be held on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00pm at the Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square, Lexington, Massachusetts. The cost is $10.00.   

Pre-registration, using a VISA or MasterCard, is strongly recommended by contacting LCE at 781 862 8043

FOR PARENTS: You Can Afford College If.....
Instructor: Donald Anderson, College Funding Advisors

If… you plan in advance; you understand the financial aid process; and you act early enough to be successful. Financial aid goes to the families who plan in advance—ideally before December 31 of the child’s sophomore year of high school. This course will teach you the concepts and strategies that will help you maximize your financial aid.  Remember: procrastination equals less financial aid. All schools are not alike, so it is important to know your options and opportunities. A free financial aid analysis will be available to all attendees. Tuition is $25 for two adults in the household. For more information please visit our website at www.collegefundingadvisors.com

This workshop will be held on Wednesday, Novermber 1 at 6:30pm at Lexington High School.  

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

Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents
nstructor:  Stephanie Kriesberg, syD

When you have a narcissistic parent you may feel isolated and alone, self-doubting, possibly "crazy,” hopeless, like a failure, or stuck.  Adults with narcissistic parents sometimes refer to themselves as a "secret society.” They don't talk about their experiences and often feel unsure about their own lives.  In this one evening course, you will learn about the latest research on narcissism, which helps explain this confusing disorder.  In addition, although this is not a therapy session, you will learn about the strategies that help men and women with narcissistic parents develop more satisfying lives.  These strategies will be drawn from the fields of mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and even clinical hypnosis. 

Class Meets on Monday, November 6th from 7:00-9:00pm at Lexington High School.  Cost:  $33.00.  Pre-registration required. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.


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