Week of September 29th, 2017

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

     UPDATED WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS BELOW!
     It Is Not Too Late to Join the LHS PTO!
     LHS PTO FORUMS SURVEY: WE NEED YOUR INPUT
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
     LHS Calendar Dates
     SENIORS & JUNIORS: TESTING AND COLLEGE APPLICATIONS
     Sophomores and Juniors: PSAT Information
     2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!!
LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
     Community Service Opportunity
     Youth Risk Behavior Survey
     October Dyslexia Awareness Month: “Journey Into Dyslexia”
     22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run – Spencer’s Sprinters
     YES! For Lexington
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
     One Evening College Essay Writing Workshop
     Columbus Day Weekend Intensive College Essay Writing Workshop
     October and November Driver Ed Programs
     Thoreau and the Language of Trees: An Illustrated Talk
     The Immortal Path:  Wisdom of the Tao With Zhou Xuan Yun
     Teen Wellness: How to Find the Right Therapist



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Monday, October 2: Parent Portal Open for Gradebooks
Tuesday, October 3: Financial Aid Night (6:00pm – 8:00pm)
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)


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

PLEASE EXCUSE THE ERROR! AN INCOMPLETE VERSION OF THE WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS WAS SENT THIS MONING - BELOW PLEASE FIND THE COMPLETE LISTING

It Is Not Too Late to Join the LHS PTO!

This is our one and only fundraiser, so please become a member of our PTO! join us!

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/

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO

LHS PTO FORUMS SURVEY: WE NEED YOUR INPUT
Do you worry about social media/electronics addiction? Would you like to get more information about helping your student choose the right college for him/her? 

Fill out this quick survey to let us know the topics you are most interested in.

As part of the LHS PTO's mission, we sponsor several Parent Forums every year to bring you important information related to the school, staff and students.

We are currently putting together this year's forums and we would like to ask your opinion on topics that interest you the most. Your input would be appreciated. Click here to start the survey. Thank you for your participation! 

Questions?  Email us Forums@LHSPTO.org


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!! Last day to purchase at our lowest rate of $80 is Saturday, September 30. Buy now and save.
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 Sports

Home Games/Meets (Sept 29-Oct 6)  

Friday, Sept 29
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Field Hockey vs Reading Memorial High School
   3:45pm BOYS Freshman Soccer vs Reading Memorial High School
   5:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs Reading Memorial High School

Monday, Oct 2
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Soccer vs Melrose High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Melrose High School

Tuesday, Oct 3
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Field Hockey vs Watertown High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Volleyball vs Reading Memorial High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Reading Memorial High School
   3:45pm BOYS Freshman Soccer vs Watertown High School
   5:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs Watertown High School
   5:00pm GIRLS Varsity Volleyball vs Reading Memorial High School
   5:30pm GIRLS Varsity Swimming vs Chelmsford High School

Wednesday, Oct 4
   3:30pm BOYS Varsity Golf vs Watertown High School
   3:45pm BOYS Varsity Soccer vs Watertown High School
   3:45pm BOYS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Watertown High School

Thursday, Oct 5
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Watertown High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Soccer vs Burlington High School
   4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Field Hockey vs Belmont High School
   5:00pm GIRLS Varsity Volleyball vs Watertown High School

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Community Service Opportunity 

For students who are interested in getting community service hours, the Lexington Interfaith Food Pantry needs volunteers everySaturday morning from 8:30 - 11 am.  For more information or to sign up, please contact Usha Thakrar at ushathakrar@gmail.com.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) will be sharing/presenting the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) 2017 results for the middle schools and high school on Monday October 2nd. We'll be meeting from 7:00-8:30pm in the LHS library media center (room 149, 1st floor of the main building of the high school). This is a public meeting open to all members of the community. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Please feel free to contact Julie Fenn with any questions. jfenn@lexingtonma.org

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+.

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 

One Evening College Essay Writing Workshop
Instructor, Mindy Pollack Fusi

Are you a high school student who will need to write your essay(s) for college applications? Have an idea for a topic...or no idea at all? When you write, do you tend to stare at a blank page, or at the few lines you’ve managed to crank out, and have no clue what to put down next? Relax! Writing the essay(s) can actually be fun, and simple--and we will discuss Do’s and Don’ts. You will learn tips to finally get started and complete your essay. Each student will get a few minutes one-on-one at the end of class. Class size limited to eight.

This cost of the workshop is $33.00. The workshop will be held at Lexington High School. Two workshops are available and content is the same in both.

Wednesday, October 18th from 7:00-9:00pm

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

Columbus 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. This class will help you breakthrough your fear and frustration, guide you to the finish, and help you relax when your essay is done!  Please bring a paper and pen to class as well as your laptop. Class size limited to 8. 

Four MeetingsBeginning Friday, October 6 from 6:30-9:00pm and meeting Saturday October 7, Sunday, October 8, and Monday, October 9 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.  

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

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

Thoreau and the Language of Trees: An Illustrated Talk
With Richard Higgins

Richard Higgins explores Henry David Thoreau’s deep connections to trees through Thoreau’s words, photos of historic Concord trees and his own striking photographs of trees today. His talk shows how trees inspired Thoreau’s creativity as a writer, work as a naturalist, philosophical thought, and his spiritual life.

Richard Higgins is the author of Thoreau and the Language of Trees (University of California Press, 2017). A writer, lecturer and photographer, he is a former longtime Boston Globe staff writer and co-author or editor of several books. His work has appeared in the New York TimesAtlantic MonthlyChristian Century, Smithsonian, and NPR’s On Point

The event will be held on Thursday, October 5th at 7:00pm 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

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.