Week of October 5th, 2018

Important Dates

Important DatesSaturday, October 6SATsMonday, October 8Columbus Day – School ClosedThursday, October 11Parent Discussion Group, LHS Rm 149 (7:45-8:35 am)
Meet and Greet Principals (6-7 pm)
Back to School Night (7-8:55 pm)Saturday, October 13PSAT Test (7:30 am - 12 pm)Monday, October 15LHS School Council Meeting, World Language Rm 505D (6:15-7:45 pm)Tuesday, October 16PTO Board Meeting, Community Center (9-11 am)
Fall String Celebration, LHS Auditorium (7pm)Wednesday, October 17Junior Parent Group, Community Center (8:15-9:15 am)Thursday, October 18Parent Discussion Group, Community Center (8-9 am)Friday, October 19Sophomore DanceTuesday, October 23Picture Make-Up Day PTO News & Events

LHS PTO Student Directory

  • Deadline: Monday October 15

Don’t Forget to Order a Copy of the Printed Directory ($10/copy**)

The printed directory is a great resource for connecting with other LHS families. Orders received after the deadline cannot be guaranteed as our stock will be limited.

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LHS PTO Meeting

  • When: Tuesday October 16, 9-11 am 

  • Where: Community Center

It’s an open meeting.  Come check out the LHS PTO board meeting.  Guest speaker for the October meeting will be a School Committee member providing an overview of their work for this coming year.


Junior Parent Group

  • When: Wednesday October 17, 8:15-9:15 am 

  • Where: Community Center, Rm 221

As the students enter junior year, there are generally many questions, suggestions, concerns etc.  This is a very busy year and the parents of juniors have found it useful in past years to get together in a smaller group to discuss their specific concerns. Jen Vogelzang and Rina Kodendera will be organizing an informal gathering for junior parents to get together and support each other as our children go through junior year. This is not meant to be a substitute for the weekly LHS Parent Discussion Group. 
If you are interested in being added to the email list for the Junior parent group, please contact Rina at rkodendera@gmail.com. Parents of current juniors are welcome to join, and this will be an open email list to allow members to share information.
We currently plan on having the meeting on every other Wednesday. We can discuss more details at the first meeting.  We look forward to seeing you on October 17.
Jen Vogelzang and Rina Kodendera


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LHS News & Events

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Meet and Greet - LHS Principals before Back to School Night

  • When: Thursday October 11, 6-6:45 pm 

  • Where: LHS, Science Lecture Hall

  • Hosted by: LHS PTO

Please come and hear about the important issues and events of 2018-19 from Principal Andrew Stephens and Associate Principal Andrew Baker. Open to all LHS parents.

Shubhra Chandra and Christina Lin, Co-Presidents
Email - President@lhspto.org



  • When: Saturday October 13, 7:40-11:45 am

LHS is hosting the PSATs for any Lexington junior or sophomore students.  This test is optional, but some students find it useful for preparing for the SATs, and juniors can use it to qualify for some scholarships.  The cost of the test is $32 and registration is online (deadline has now passed).  Students will report by 7:40 am, and should be done at approximately 11:45 am.  Additional information can be found at this link.



Information about Yearbooks is now on the PTO website.


Senior Families

For more information about:

  • Senior Counselor Seminars

  • Yearbook/senior portraits

  • Transcript request deadlines

Please click here or visit our website www.lhspto.org


 LHS Performing Arts

Shown below are the LHS Performing Arts Events for the next two months.  The full calendar can be found at: http://www.folmads.org/

Selection of LHS Events from the K-12 Performing Arts Calendar of Events (2018-2019)DateEvent DescriptionTimeLocationTue Oct 16LHS Fall String Celebration7 pmLHS AuditoriumFri Oct 26LHS Improv Troupe Show7:30 pmLHS Black BoxMon Oct 29LHS Fall Honors Orchestra and Band Concert7 pmLHS Auditorium


 LHS Sports

Click here for dates and times of athletics games/meets»  http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com


Community News & Events

Basic Rights in Special Education: A Workshop for Parents and Professionals

  • When: Thursday October 11, 7-8:45 pm 

  • Where: Lexington Community Center, Dining Room

Offered by the Federation for Children with Special Needs, this workshop provides a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures.  Visit lexsepta.org for more information about special education programming and resources. Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lexsepac/. Please contact presidents@lexsepta.org with any questions.


Exploring College Options Abroad

  • When: Saturday October 13, 10 am - 12 pm 

  • Where: Lexington Community Center, Rm 237

I'm an LHS parent (grades 9 and 11) and a college consultant, and will be giving a free presentation on overseas college options. Topics include pros and cons, the right type of student for college overseas, tips on choosing a college, a cost comparison of various countries, and information on the admissions process as well as select universities in Canada and Europe. There is no need to pre-register for the event.
Sharon Olofsson, Sharon@GatewayEdConsulting.com


Informational Event on Vaping

  • When: Wednesday, October 17, 7-9 pm 

  • Where: Cary Hall

  • Format: Q & A discussion on vaping and e-cigarettes with Nicholas Chadi, M.D.

Dr. Chadi is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine and a researcher with the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program (ASAP) at Boston Children's Hospital.  This event is free and open to the public.  This forum is sponsored by the Lexington Human Services Department, Department of Health, and the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC).


Thriving with Dyslexia: Adult Panel Discussion

  • When: Wednesday, October 17, 7-8:45 pm 

  • Where: LHS, Science Lecture Hall

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month! Join us to learn about the experience of growing up with dyslexia from a panel of adults with dyslexia. They will speak about their experience in school and in the workplace, how they managed their challenges and leveraged their gifts, and which resources they would recommend. Open to both parents and children alike. Bring your questions to this informative panel.
Any questions, contact: lexdyslexia@gmail.comhttps://lexdyslexia.weebly.com; FB: LexDyslexia


From Newbie to Now: My Journey of Tracing my Family History

  • When: Saturday, October 6, 10 am 

  • Where: Cary Library, Large meeting room

Every family has stories of their history. The question is how to do the research to separate fact from fiction. Come hear the story of my journey and bring questions and resources that you have about your family. This event is appropriate for all ages and everyone interested in genealogy and is cosponsored by ABCL and Cary Library.
Kelly Suber


Lexington Refugee Assistance Program (LexRAP) - Gala Dinner Fundraiser

  • When: Sunday October 14, 5–7 pm

  • Where: Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln St, Lexington

The refugee families involved with LexRAP, along with LexRAP volunteers and led by Bruce Lynn, who is the chef for Lex Eat Together, will be cooking and serving delicious authentic Middle Eastern dishes.  This Dinner Fundraiser is open to the public. We hope that folks from Lexington will come and meet their recently arrived refugee neighbors as we celebrate our diversity as a welcoming community. This dinner was the families’ idea to celebrate and say thank you to the communities that have embraced them.

To purchase tickets to the Dinner Fundraiser, visit www.lexrap.org. Adults = $25, children under 12 = $10, children under 6: free, Family maximum = $75.

Lexington Refugee Assistance Program (LexRAP) is a 100% volunteer community based organization of people from Lexington and surrounding towns dedicated to making our communities welcoming places for refugees. LexRAP is a 501c-3 non-profit with a mission to support and assist refugees and asylum seekers. This assistance includes a support network for education (especially English), housing, food, clothing, transportation, health care, summer camp, employment, legal aid, and socialization. Currently, LexRAP is involved with 44 people.


IAL Diwali Mela 2018

  • When: Saturday October 20, 3:30-9 pm

  • Where: LHS

Come celebrate Diwali, festival of lights, with the Indian Americans of Lexington (IAL). Festivities include cultural performances, quick-to-grab mouth watering Indian street food (cash only purchase), and free henna tattoo, face painting, and other activities. Jewelry, clothes, and other items will be sold at the event. 

Tickets for IAL’s Diwali Mela 2018 is now OPEN. Tickets can be purchased at the following link: https://www.indianamericansoflexington.org/diwalimela2018.  Early Bird price is $15/person till September 28, 2018.  Regular price is $18/person.  Free for children under 6 years. 


Raising Anti-Racist Children: Strategies for Success

  • When: Sunday October 21, 2-4 pm

  • Where: William Diamond Middle School, 99 Hancock St, Lexington

A panel discussion moderated by the Rev. Liz Walker—free and open to all. Reception to follow. Four panelists with personal and professional expertise will offer insights and concrete suggestions about how children of all ages and skin colors—and the adults in their lives—can move toward self-awareness and competence navigating difficult situations that might arise in regard to racial identity and the effects of racial injustice.


Lexington Facilitated Small Group Conversations

Where do you see Lexington in 10 years?  Please join us for one of our small group conversations taking place this fall. Leading into the development of the new Comprehensive Plan, the Town of Lexington would like to invite you to a World Cafe conversation.  The intent of this event is for Planning staff, elected and appointed officials, and selected consultants to hear feedback on your vision for Lexington.  Please save a date and RSVP by using the links above. Please note that capacity is limited at these events so if you've already attended one, give someone else a chance to attend and look for more information regarding future events in the spring by checking this website or signing up for our email updates.  For more information please visit www.lexingtonma.gov/compplan.


23rd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run

  • When: Sunday November 4

  • Where: LHS

A Local Pre-Schooler Needs Our Help!  Lexington’s Spencer Smith, has been diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome, a progressive disease - likened to childhood Alzheimer’s, with devastating effects on the brain - that doesn't have a cure…YET.
100% of the proceeds of the funds raised on our Crowdrise site will go toward finding a cure for Sanfilippo Syndrome.  For the second time, LexFUN! and the Lexington Newcomers and Neighbors Club have joined forces to become a team:  Spencer’s Sprinters!  Please join our team!

  • To Register to Run or Walk in the 23rd Annual Genesis Batttlegreen Run, visit:https://battlegreenrunfoundation.org

  • Click “Online Registration”

  • Select a Registration Choice (5K Run, 10K Run, 5K Walk)

  • When you arrive at the "Team Selection" page, select “Join Existing Team” and begin to type “Spencer”, at which point “Spencer’s Sprinters” should pop up as an existing team for you to join.

After you have completed your Registration for the Run, you can begin to Fundraise for our team!
Please join our fundraising team for CureSFF: https://www.crowdrise.com/spencers-sprinters-battlegreen-run .  Create your profile by clicking “Join The Team” mid-page on the Right.
Registered Runners and Walkers who create a Crowdrise profile and raise $100 or more by October 12 will receive a FREE long sleeve Spencer’s Sprinters Official Race Tee!


Lexington Community Education

Please note pre-registration is required for all LCE Classes. To register, using a MasterCard or VISA, please call Lexington Community Education at 781-862-8043.

Never Forget: An Evening of Conversation With Dr. Anna Ornstein and Leora Tec

  • When: Tuesday October 9, 7 pm

  • Where: First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Road

  • Fee: $10.  Admission is free for Lexington High School students.  Please bring your ID to the event. Pre-registration, using a VISA or MasterCard, is strongly recommended by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.

Dr. Anna Ornstein and her mother were deported from their native Nazi occupied Hungary to Auschwitz when Anna was 17 years old. Anna survived, and eventually went on to become professor of child psychiatry, author, Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard, and professor emerita of child psychology at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Ornstein is an active speaker and educator, and has recently been working with local towns and universities discussing parallels between the 1930s and now. Her book, My Mother's Eyes: Holocaust Memories of a Young Girl recounts her experiences with the intention of adding to the testimony of survivors' stories and of preventing the atrocities of the past from happening again.

Leora Tec is the Director of Bridge To Poland, an organization that she founded to engage people in topics related to Jewish Poland through small group travel, talks and workshops. Her mother, Nechama Tec is a Holocaust survivor and Holocaust scholar whose focus is on rescue and resistance. Leora sees her work as the second generation of her mother's work. She is currently working on a book about her experiences finding identity and unexpected connections in Poland, and has recently received a Fellowship from Wellesley College to spend 6 months in Poland exploring Jewish memory.


  • When: October 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 235

  • Fee: $200

Catalyst Prep is offering an SAT Prep course that reviews both the Reading section and the Writing/Language/Essay section of the test  Please provide parent/guardian email address to Lexington Community Education at point of registration. Catalyst uses this information to send class confirmations and results of diagnostic tests.

Fall Holiday Weekend College Essay Writing Workshop

Columbus Day Weekend, PINT

  • When: Friday, October 5, 6:30-9 pm; Saturday, October 6, Sunday, October 7 and Monday, October 8 from 11 am-3:30 pm

  • Where: The Place for Words, 200 Great Road, Suite 254A, Bedford

  • Fee: $500

Veterans Day Weekend, P2INT

  • When: Friday, November 9, 6:30-9 pm; Saturday, November 10, Sunday, November 11, and Monday, November 12  from 11 am-3:30 pm

  • Where: The Place for Words, 200 Great Road, Suite 254A, Bedford

  • Fee: $500

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 techniques. Please bring a paper and pen to class as well as your laptop. There will be a short lunch break. Please bring your own lunch or plan to purchase from nearby restaurants.

Everything Parents Need to Know About Vaping

  • When: Tuesday, October 9, 6:30-8 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 220

  • Instructor: Kristina Hankins, Community Resource Officer, Lexington Police Department

  • Fee: Free, but pre-registration is required by contacting LCE at 781 862 8043

Teens are likely to use electronic cigarettes rather than smoke cigarettes thinking that vaping is a safer alternative. Vaping continues to grow in popularity, even as more information about potential health risks comes to light. Many parents don't know what to look for or what risks vaping poses to their kids. This evening Detective Hankins will display samples of popular electronic cigarettes, discuss why the habit is so appealing to kids and provide important information for parents.

Introduction to LinkedIn

  • When: Wednesday, October 10, 6-9 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 215

  • Fee: $39

The key to your success on LinkedIn begins with a powerful and professional presence. You must strategically write your profile with your ideal client in mind before you start connecting to maximize the impact of your first impression online.


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