Week of September 28th, 2018

Important Dates

Important DatesTuesday, October 2MEFA Financial Aid Night (6-7:30 pm)Saturday, October 6SATsMonday, October 8Columbus Day – School ClosedThursday, October 11Parent Group, LHS (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) PTO News & Events

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.

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Something to share with LHS Parents and Students?

If you have information to share with the LHS community, you may submit it to the Weekly Announcements. 

Please follow these guidelines for submissions.  Anyone can submit information to be posted in the Weekly Announcements.  However, if a request to post comes from someone outside the PTO, LHS or LPS, the decision to include the information is based on the following factors:

  • The information needs to be pertinent and connected to LHS (such as community service for students)

  • The information needs to be pertinent and connected to the Town of Lexington

  • We do not accept posts that promote businesses or classes that cost money, and are not organized by local not-for-profits or the Town

The only information in the Weekly Announcements that is supplied by the PTO is presented in the PTO News & Event section.  All other information has been submitted to the Weekly Announcement Manager for posting, including any information from LHS.

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LHS News & Events

LHS Calendar Dates - LHS Calendar Link » 

You may subscribe to the iCal feed which will automatically send updates to your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Click here and select the green iCal button. iCal works with most calendar programs, not only Apple products.

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS day-to-day.

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MEFA Financial Aid Night

  • When: Tuesday October 2, 6-7:30 pm 

  • Where: LHS, Science Lecture Hall / IDLC

Attention LHS Seniors and their Parents/Guardians - you are invited to attend the MEFA Financial Aid Night at LHS.  A representative from MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) will be presenting.

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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

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PSAT

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

Deadline to register is today, September 28.  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.  Payments are accepted through MCC (the online payment portal). Once you pay through the portal, your student will be registered.  No additional steps are necessary to register.  Students will report by 7:40 am, and should be done at approximately 11:45 am.  Additional information can be found at this link.

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 Yearbooks

Information about Yearbooks is now on the PTO website.

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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

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 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

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 LHS Sports

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

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Community News & Events

LHS Girls Volleyball Car Wash

  • When: Sunday, September 30, 10-2 pm 

  • Where: LHS

On Sunday, September 30, the LHS Girls’ Volleyball Team will be offering a car wash to raise funds for the volleyball team, as well as Minute Man Arc, a local organization that serves Lexington and a dozen other local towns through “improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities by increasing independence, personal choice, and self-advocacy.” Tickets are $10 ahead of time from any LHS girls volleyball player, or you can just show up!

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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).

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Lexplore Sustainability 2.0: Tools for Thriving in a Changing Climate

  • When: Saturday September 29, 10 am - 3 pm

  • Where: LHS Cafeteria

Learn about the many ways we can limit climate change and leave a healthier world for our kids. Lexplore Sustainability is free and will have hands-on exhibits, workshops, and speakers on a broad list of topics such as energy conservation, political action, clean energy, gardening and composting. Children will enjoy the storyteller, cooking and farm-oriented activities and all will want to check out the electric car demonstrations! For more information and schedule: http://lexgwac.org.
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/696697720706951/.

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Lexington Comprehensive Plan/Planning for the Future

The Comprehensive Plan for Lexington is now 15 years old.  It is time to craft (or design) a new “visionary plan for the future physical development of Lexington”.    Town Meeting approved the request to update the plan, but what exactly is involved in the process?
Please join us to hear our panel address this question.  Planning Director David Kucharsky, and Assistant Town Manager for Development Carol Kowalski will discuss the mechanics on the process of updating the present Comprehensive Plan; Transportation Manager Susan Barrett will explain the Tri-Town Efficiency and Regionalization Transit Study.
Both departments are working together on community outreach through public meetings and surveys, to ask each resident and Lexington business employee for their input in the plan. 

This program is the first in the series of 2018-2019 First Friday Forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lexington to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues.  The Forums take place at Cary Memorial Library, with coffee available at 9:15 am and the presentation beginning at 9:30 am.  All League forums are free and open to the public.

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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 28th, 2018.  Regular price is $18/person.  Free for children under 6 years. 

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About Racism: What’s Your Story?

  • When: Sunday October 21, 2-4 pm

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

Your encounters with racism can help shape the content of an upcoming panel discussion, “Raising Anti-racist Children: Strategies for Success”.  The Rev. Liz Walker will moderate the conversation, which will use real stories—perhaps yours!—to lead to a greater understanding, both theoretical and practical, of racism and how to help children of all ages understand and work against it.

Please take a moment to reflect on your own experiences.  Do you recall a racially charged moment or situation?  What happened?  Was something said that led to greater understanding?  Did it escalate but never really get resolved?  Did discomfort about possibly saying the wrong thing mean nothing was said at all?  If it went well, what helped that to happen? What did you learn?  What do you want to learn? The children in your life might also have a story or question to share.  Those are welcomed, too.

Please send your story by Monday, September 17, to event organizers at AntiracismPanel@gmail.com.  Multiple stories, if you like, are fine.  All submissions will be considered, with an eye to finding a balance of situations and issues to which Walker and the panelists—an elementary school counselor, a kindergarten teacher, and a community activist—can bring their experience and expertise.  Authors won’t be identified in public.  http://colonialtimesmagazine.com/rev-liz-walker-to-moderate-panel-on-raising-anti-racist-children/

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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.

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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 12th will receive a FREE long sleeve Spencer’s Sprinters Official Race Tee!

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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.

PSAT Prep, PPSR

  • When: October 1 and October 5, 6-9 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 220

  • Fee: $195

Catalyst Prep is offering a comprehensive PSAT course this fall. Students will benefit from: two, three- hour lessons with one of Catalyst’s expert instructors; Catalyst’s SAT/PSAT prep book and 6+ hours of homework and practice drills.  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 test

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.

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  • Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Check out the LHS PTO website

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