Week of November 3rd, 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
    LHS Performing Arts
    LHS Sports
    Reminder: School Start Times - ranking question reissued
    Compost Your Ghost!
    Diamond Middle School Fall Play: The Phantom Tollbooth
    Understanding Gender Forum
    22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run – Spencer’s Sprinters
    An Evening with Dr. Josephine Kim: "To Live on the Hyphen”
    Superintendent Search - Community Focus Groups
    The Goal Driven IEP: A Parent’s Guide to What to Ask for at Your IEP Meeting
    Calling All Trivia Fans! - Teams Needed!
    BEE a Fan at Lexington Education Foundation’s Trivia Bee
    Lexington Center’s Annual Artwalk 2017
    Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents
    Veterans Day Weekend Intensive College Essay Writing Workshop
    Advice from the Lights - A Reading with Steph Burt


Saturday, November 4: SAT Exams, 7:30am
Thursday, November 9: LEF Trivia Bee 7:00pm
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
Tuesday, November 14: Attendance Appeals Deadline


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

LHS Performing Arts  

Fall Choral Concert
Date and Time: Tuesday, Nov 7, 7:30pm
Place: First Church Cambridge

LHS Jazz Combo and the Pat Donaher Quintet at the Aeronaut Brewery
Date and Time: Saturday, November 11, 2:00 p.m.
Place: Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA 02138
Suggested donation: $15

Jazz Combo will make its debut, followed by a set from the Pat Donaher’s band Ooomph. The concert is free, but a $15 donation is suggested, with proceeds going towards the travel, masterclasses, and outreach efforts of the Lexington High jazz program.

The LHS Jazz Combo has for the last twenty years been recognized as one of the premiere high school small groups on the planet. In its thirty plus year history, it has been invited to the Monterey and Montreaux Jazz Festivals, received the Downbeat Outstanding Small Group award, twice won the award for Best Combo at the Mingus High School Festival in New York, and won many other regional and national awards. This year the band is featuring music of women in jazz- Myra Melford, Shirley Scott and Jane Ira Bloom- as well as legends Charles Mingus, and Duke Ellington.  

LHS Play: Almost, Maine
Date: Thursday-Saturday, November 16-18, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Lexington High School Auditorium, 251 Waltham St, Lexington, MA 02421
Tickets: $10 adults/ $5 students and senior citizens

Set in extreme northern Maine, during the aurora borealis, Almost, Maine tells the stories of the colorful characters who dwell in the small town of Almost. At times funny, at times surprising, magical and heartfelt, Almost, Maine warms even the coldest of winter nights with its tales of hope and love.

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Nov 3-Nov 10) 

Friday, Nov 3
2:00pm BOYS Varsity Soccer vs Lowell High School
                MIAA DI First Round Tournaments
6:00pm: BOYS Varsity Football vs Everett High School
                 MIAA DI Semi Final

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


Reminder: School Start Times - ranking question reissued

Reminder:  SURVEY CLOSES Friday, November 3rd, 2017.  Please be aware that we have only reissued the question about ranking the school start times.  Average time of completion is 2 minutes.

After overwhelming parent feedback, we are reissuing the question about the ranking of start times.  You will be able to answer for each level (Elementary, Middle or High) depending on where you have students.  Please note that in the ranking, 1 is most preferred and 9 is least preferred.

Please complete this survey only once per family. This survey will remain open until November 3rd, 2017.

Also please note, the School Department will be hosting a community forum on November 15, 2017 at 7p.m. in Battin Hall at Cary Hall. Please check our website regularly for updates and additional helpful information:

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

Compost Your Ghost! 

Haunted by the thought that millions of Halloween pumpkins go to the landfill or incinerator?
Haunted no more! Now they can be composted to grow more food (or pumpkins) on a farm!
Here are 3 simple options to compost your pumpkins:
(Please strip away decorations and carve out parts with paints) 

1.Put them in with your regular yard waste!  (In a yard waste paper bag to be picked up curbside or you can bring them to Lexington’s Compost Facility at Hartwell Ave.) 

2. Don’t have yard waste? Drop them off ‪on Friday, Nov. 3‬ at one of the following schools, Black Earth Compost will pick them up and compost them:
•    Fiske [Back of school on Colony Rd. side, between ‪3:15-5pm‬]
•    Harrington [Front of school, between ‪4-7pm‬]
•    Hastings [Behind the school building, between ‪4-7pm‬] 

3. Compost in your own backyard (google for tips).
This initiative is co-sponsored by the LPS Green Teams and Black Earth Compost.
(To sign up for home curbside compost pickup service: www.blackearthcompost.com ) 

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

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.  

Understanding Gender Forum

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. 

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

Superintendent Search - Community Focus Groups 

The School Committee will be hosting two Community-Wide Focus Groups to gather input on qualities the community is looking for in a new Superintendent. What are your top priorities for the schools? What is going well in LPS that a new Superintendent should continue and build upon? What challenges in LPS should a new Superintendent be prepared to address? Please attend and share your ideas. 

DATE: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

8:00-10:00 AM in Community Center, Room 242, 39 Marrett Road
7:00-9:00 PM at Clarke Auditorium, Clarke Middle School

Both are drop-in focus groups. You may drop in any time at your convenience during the time slot to provide your input. 

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. 

Calling All Trivia Fans! - Teams Needed!

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.  

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.  

BEE a Fan at Lexington Education Foundation’s Trivia Bee
Cheer on teams of teachers and friends as they vie to earn the title “Masters of Trivia!” 

What: LEF’s 22nd Annual FREE Trivia Bee - a friendly battle of wits featuring teams of teachers, students and community members
When: Thursday, November 9, 7:00 - 9:00PM
Where: Lexington High School auditorium
Submit a Question: Community members are invited to submit a question and answer by November 7th. Yours may be featured this year! 

The Lexington community is invited to BEE part of this Lexington tradition. There is plenty of audience participation at this boisterous family event. 

Jeff Leonard (retired LPS Coordinator for the Performing Arts) will be back as our BEE-loved Master of Ceremonies. Jeff often regales the audience with musically performed questions like this one from last year’s Bee

Each Lexington public school fields at least one faculty team. Other teams are composed of LPS administrators, School Committee members, families, and leaders of local businesses and organizations. Teams dress to reflect the creative names they’ve selected, such as:

- Estabees - a team of Estabrook Elementary School teachers
- Diamonds in the Rough - a team of Diamond Middle School teachers
- Lexington DeBEEters - a team of LHS students
- Beauty & the Bees - a team of community members

Through the Trivia Bee and other community events and campaigns, the Lexington Education Foundation raises funds for teacher-initiated grants that foster innovation and inspire lifelong learning. LEF grants are relevant and timely and positively impact every student, every day. To date, LEF has awarded more than $4.8 million to Lexington Public Schools. More information is at LexEdFoundation.org 

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 to https://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 at 7:30pm. 


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. 

Veterans Day Weekend Intensive College Essay Writing Workshop
Instructor, Mindy Pollack Fusi

Don’t wait until college application deadlines approach and wonder what to create for your personal statement/essay!  Be prepared by spending only one weekend (four-half days) learning the do's and dont’s of the essay.  You will receive help on all aspects of the essay from coming up with a topic to actually completing the essay in the span of four days. Join fellow students as popular College Application Essay Coach, Mindy Pollack-Fusi, teaches you insider tips and a foolproof technique on how to choose your essay topic. From there, you will draft your essay and receive feedback. After reviewing the feedback, and revising the essay you will receive feedback again. You will work on polishing your essay and by the close of day four, you will have a completed essay that is concise yet creative and lively.  Please bring a paper and pen to class as well as your laptop. Class size limited to 8. 

Four Meetings  Beginning Friday, November 10 from 6:30-9:00pm and meeting Saturday November 11, Sunday, November 12, and Monday, November 13 from 11:00am - 3:30pm at The Place for Words, 200 Great Road, Suite 254A, Bedford. There will be a short lunch break. Please bring your own lunch or plan to purchase from nearby restaurants.

The cost of the workshop is $500.   Pre-registration required. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.  

Advice from the Lights - A Reading with Steph Burt 

Nostalgic and inquisitive, Advice from the Lights asks an ongoing question: How do any of us achieve adulthood? And why would we want to, if we had the choice? This accomplished collection is woven from and interrupted by extraordinary sequences, including Stephanie poems about Stephen Burt’s female self; poems on particular years of the poet’s early life; versions of poems by the Greek poet Callimachus, whose present-day incarnation worries about mortality, the favor of the gods, and the career of Taylor Swift; and poems on politics, location, and parenthood. Published widely in the New YorkerT MagazineLondon Review of Books, the Believer, and elsewhere, Burt occupies an exciting and original place in American poetry. 

Stephen (also Steph and Stephanie) Burt is a poet, literary critic, and professor with eight published books, including two critical books on poetry and three poetry collections. The New York Times has called Burt “one of the most influential poetry critics of her generation.” The recipient of a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship, her writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, the Believer, and the Boston Review

The event will be held on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00pm at the Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square. The cost is $10.00. LHS students admitted free of charge with a valid student ID. 

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


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.