Week of October 6th, 2017

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

     It Is Not Too Late to Join the LHS PTO!
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
     LHS Calendar Dates
     SENIORS & JUNIORS: TESTING AND COLLEGE APPLICATIONS
     Sophomores and Juniors: PSAT Information
     2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!
     LHS Varsity Girls Soccer Fundraiser - American Red Cross Hurricane Relief
     2017-2018 Winter Sports Student-/Parent Pre-Season Meeting
     LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
     LWV First Friday Forum. October 6, 2017. Capital Planning Process of Lexington
     Paving Project to Impact All Lexington Public School Families
     Bridge’s Monstah Carnival: High School Students Volunteers Needed
     October Dyslexia Awareness Month: HBO Documentary “Journey Into Dyslexia”
     Community Meeting on Trash and Recycling Pickup in Lexington
     "How to Raise an Adult": Community Discussions on Parenting and Prep
     Diwali Mela
     22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run – Spencer’s Sprinters
     YES! For Lexington
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
     October and November Driver Ed Programs
     The Immortal Path:  Wisdom of the Tao With Zhou Xuan Yun
     Teen Wellness: How to Find the Right Therapis



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Saturday, October 7: SAT Exams (7:30am – 3:00pm) LHS
Monday, October 9: Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL
Thursday, October 12: 
Back to School Night (7pm-9:25pm) 
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)


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

It Is Not Too Late to Join the LHS PTO!

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. 

Please become a member and order the printed directory by October 12th. We will not be taking any more orders for printed directories after Back to School night.

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” 

SENIORS & 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 

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

Sophomores and Juniors at Lexington High School are invited to take the PSAT. This is an optional test. 

Deadline to pay the $30.00 fee is Tuesday, October 3rd. PSAT tests will be ordered at that time. 

Contact Karen Hurley, Registrar, khurley@lexingtonma.org or 781-861-2320 x 69126 

Click for The PSAT/NMSQT: What Do You Need to Know?

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!! 

LHS Varsity Girls Soccer Fundraiser To Benefit American Red Cross Hurricane Relief
When: Friday, October 6
Time:   6pm
Place:  Lincoln Field

Please join the LHS Girls Varsity Soccer team this Friday, October 6 at 6pm as they play against Burlington.  The game will be under the new lights at Lincoln Fields.  This is a Charity event with funds raised going to the American Red Cross to help the victims of the recent hurricanes that have affected so many in our country.  The game is free for all.  Donations to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief will be accepted at the field. Warm beverages and baked goods will be sold as well as LHS drawstring bags (they make a nifty gift!).   Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors!  Come support our Varsity Girls Soccer team!!  Go Lex!! 

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 6-13)  

Friday, Oct 6
   4:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Burlington High School
   6:00pm GIRLS Varsity Soccer vs Burlington High School

Saturday, Oct 7
   2:00pm BOYS Varsity Football vs Arlington High School
2:00pm GIRLS Varsity Cheerleading vs Arlington High School

Monday, Oct 9
   9:00am GIRLS Varsity Field Hockey vs Wilmington High School
   10:00am BOYS Varsity Soccer vs Wilmington High School
   10:00am BOYS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Wilmington High School
   10:15am GIRLS Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs Wilmington High School

Tuesday, Oct 10
    3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Cross Country vs Arlington High School
   3:45pm BOYS Varsity Cross Country vs Arlington High School

Wednesday, Oct 11
    3:30pm BOYS Varsity Golf vs Belmont High School
   4:30pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Wilmington High School
   4:30pm GIRLS Freshman Volleyball vs Wilmington High School
   5:30pm GIRLS Varsity Volleyball vs Wilmington High School

Thursday, Oct 12
   3:30pm BOYS Freshman Football vs Belmont High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Soccer vs Winchester High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Winchester High School

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

LWV First Friday Forum. October 6, 2017. Capital Planning Process of Lexington

How are decisions about capital expenditures made in Lexington?  On Friday, October 6,  2017, at 9:30AM the League of Women Voters of Lexington will host representatives from the Capital Expenditures Committee.  Jill Hai, chair of the Capital Expenditures Committee, and Charles Lamb, vice-chair, will speak about the capital planning process, projects currently under consideration and in process, and ways we finance capital improvements in our town.  

The meeting will take place at Cary Memorial Library Large Meeting Room.

This is the first in the series of 2017-2018 First Friday Forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lexington to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. Coffee will be available and the presentation will begin at 9:30. All League forums are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the League at lwvlexington@gmail.com.  

Paving Project to Impact All Lexington Public School Families  

Beginning on Monday, October 9th, Mass Ave southbound will be milled and paved starting Monday morning and continuing through to Friday. Traffic heading southbound on Mass Ave will be detoured along Marrett Road to Follen Road. Detour signs will be placed and police details will be used during work hours which typically are 7am-5pm.  Use caution and allow extra time if you are traveling through the area.

This project will likely affect all families whether on their way to school or work. Many bus routes will not be able to drive in the usual order if their route is near the affected part of Massachusetts Avenue. Traffic is going to be very difficult and cars and buses are likely to be delayed.

Bus riders: all students on Mass Ave will be picked up on the side of the street that is open to traffic. Because almost all the buses traverse Mass Ave on one of their tiers (elementary, middle, high), delays will be hard to predict.

If we have specific recommendations for bus riders, we will reach out specifically by bus route.

Follow us on Twitter for in the moment updates: @LPSBusUpdates.

Please be patient next week. We hope that the work will be finished in a timely fashion. 

transportation@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

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 at http://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! 

October Dyslexia Awareness Month: Film Screening and Discussion of HBO Documentary “Journey Into Dyslexia”
When: ‪Wednesday, October 11‬
Time: ‪7:00 PM - 9:00 PM‬
Where: Science Lecture Hall, Lexington High School

Journey into Dyslexia (HBO, 2011) presents profiles of dyslexic students and adults who share their experiences of struggling in school and then succeeding in life. Academy-Award-winning filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond examine the complexities of this differently structured brain and debunk the myths and misperceptions about dyslexia. This film reveals that many adult professionals who once struggled to learn in school consider their dyslexia a unique gift and the defining reason behind their success. Discussion to follow film screening. Co-sponsored by Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington ( ‪http://lexdyslexia.weebly.com) and LexSEPAC/SEPTA (lexsepta.org). For more information, please contact lexdyslexia@gmail.com.‬
Please Note: Due to some emotional testimonies, this film is appropriate for kids ages 10+. 

Community Meeting on Trash and Recycling Pickup in Lexington 

The Board of Selectmen and DPW Staff are seeking input on a new trash and recycling collection contract.  The current contract with JRM expires on June 30, 2018.

The Town is considering options for a new 5-year contract which include:
* keeping the collection of trash and recycling as manual pickup (status Quo)
* automating (use of carts) both the trash and recycling pickup
* or automating the trash pickup and keeping the recycling pickup as manual

Staff will present information on each option and solicit feedback for the BOS. 

Two public meetings have been scheduled (both presentations will have identical content):   
* Wednesday October 11th at 7 pm in Estabrook Hall (lower level) in the Cary Memorial Building, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue
* Thursday October 12th at 8:45 am in the Community Center cafeteria, 39 Marrett Road 

For more information or should you have any questions or comments, pleasecontact Robert Beaudoin, Superintendent of Environmental Services, by phone at 781-274-8334 or by email: rbeaudoin@lexingtonma.gov. 

"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. 

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. 

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

October and November Driver Ed Programs 

Lexington Community Education is pleased to offer Driver Education Training at Lexington High School through CS Driving School. Classes are scheduled to begin in the months of October and November.  Tuition for CS Driving School's Complete Driver Education Program is $680.00 rtyty

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

The Immortal Path:  Wisdom of the Tao With Zhou Xuan Yun 

Considered one of the most revered and sacred philosophical texts of the East, the Tao Te Ching teaches unity of body and mind, as well as the interconnectedness of self and the natural world. LCE welcomes life-long student of the Tao (or Way), Zhou Xuan Yun to expound on the the Tao Te Ching, and to explore ways of practical incorporation of living in accordance to nature, leading to a healthier life from both within and without. 

Daoist monk Zhou Xuan Yun (pronounced Joh Sh-wen Yoon) was born in the year of the Monkey in a small village in entral China’s Henan Province. At age 13, his parents sent him o live on Wudang Mountain, China, where he was a student nd later an instructor of Taiji and Kung Fu. Living at the Daoist ssociation Martial Arts Academy, in the Purple Cloud Temple, Master Zhou was accepted into the 15th generation on the Wudang San Feng lineage.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 7th at 3:00pm at the Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square, Lexington. The cost is $10.00.  

Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at781 862 8043

Teen Wellness: How to Find the Right Therapis
With Eva Breitenbach 

Being a teen is hard. From demanding classes, to difficult-to-navigate social lives, everything can seem difficult. Often, therapy can help - the right therapist can help a teen build emotional resilience and healthy behaviors. Come to this session to learn more about when it might be appropriate to seek a mental health therapist for your teen, how to select the right therapist for your teen's needs, and what to expect . 

The instructor is the co-founder of Sophia, an MIT-backed company that helps parents find the right mental health therapists for their teenagers. 

This workshop will meet on Tuesday, October 10 at 7pm at Lexington High School. The cost of the workshop is $10.00. 

Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at781 862 8043.