Week of March 16th, 2018

   Follow the LHS PTO on Facebook and Twitter
   2018 LHS School Council Announcement for Parent Candidates
   LHS Shop at Wilson Farm Day - THis Thursday March 22 - It's Finally Here!
   LHS Calendar Dates
   2018 All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) Tee Shirt Contest – CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 21ST!
   Academic Advising Appointments: March 12- March 29
   LHS Sports
   Clarke Night Out
   Free Parent Presentation on Anxiety
   Cricket Winter 2 Registration
   Sights Sets On Science
   The Childhood Face of ADHD: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students
   Time to Register for the Estabrook Run of the Mill
   Lexington Parent Academy 4.0
   LUSC High School Travel Soccer
   Seeking Soccer Mentors
   The Natural World of Winnie-The-Pooh with Kathryn Aalto


Saturday, March 17: 7:00pm-9:00pm Winter A Cappella Jamboree
Monday, March 19: LHS Spring Sports season begins
Tuesday, March 20: LHS Winter Choral Concert
Thursday, March 22: Shop At Wilson Farm Day
Tuesday, March 27: MCAS ELA Comp Session A & B - All Sophomores/New Students
Wednesday, March 28: MCAS ELA Reading Comp Session 1 & 2
Thursday, March 29: MCAS ELA Reading Comp Session 3
Friday, March 30: Good Friday holiday / NO SCHOOL


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2018 LHS School Council Announcement for Parent Candidates

LHS School Council Parent Volunteer Opportunity:
The LHS School Council is seeking two (2) LHS parent candidates to each serve a three-year term starting in 2018-2019.   The candidates must have a child at LHS during the full three-year term. Overlapping siblings are also acceptable. 

The purpose of the School Council is to work collaboratively with the Principal to develop school improvement plans consistent with system wide goals and student performance standards set by the Massachusetts Board of Education.  Council members plan ways to meet the diverse learning needs of students; establish a school climate of tolerance and respect for every individual; involve parents in the life of the school; impact safety and discipline; enhance extracurricular activities and more. 

The Council is composed of LHS parents, faculty, community representatives, LHS students and the Principal. Meetings are held on a Monday evening once a month, at LHS. 

If you are interested in serving on the LHS School Council, please email a brief summary (limit is 250 words) of your qualifications and interest. Please note that this summary will be published, for LHS parents to vote on electronically. Send to: Shubhra Chandra,President@lhspto.org no later than March 29th, 2018.  The two parent candidates will be selected, through a ballot election, by the parents at LHS. We will be setting up online voting. Deadline for voting will be published later.
Please email- president@lhspto.org if you have any questions.

LHS Shop at Wilson Farm Day - THis Thursday March 22 - It's Finally Here! 

Shop at Wilson Farm during opening hours on THursday, March 22and 20% of your pre-tax spending will be set aside for donation to Lexington High School. Be sure to mark your calendar!

Lexington High's principal will decide how the funds will be used. In past years, schools have used their Shop at Wilson Farm Day earnings to purchase projectors, books, scholarship programs, and even lecture series. 

In order for your Wilson Farm purchase to be counted in your school’s fundraising totals, you must present this flyer (stored at the LHS PTO website) at the registers, either on paper or an electronic version on your smart phone. 

Date: Tuesday, April 3
Time: 7-9 pm, in the Lexington High School auditorium, 251 Waltham St.

Parents and students are invited to a free screening of the movie “Screenagers,” co-sponsored by the Clarke PTO, Diamond PTA, and LHS PTO. Following the movie, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers with a panel of experts in technology, law enforcement, and adolescent mental health.  Please join us to learn more about how technology and the teenage brain. All are welcome.

About the movie:
The average child spends 6 ½ hours a day looking at screens. Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, physician and award-winning filmmaker Delaney Ruston explores the impact of all that screen time. “Screenagers” examines the friction in homes and schools around technology use; reveals how screen time impacts children’s development; and offers solutions on how adults can best empower children to navigate the digital world and find balance.

About the panelists:
•  Sandra DeJong, MD, MSc, is a practicing child psychiatrist, a director of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry training at Cambridge Health Alliance for 14 years, and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She has published and presented widely about digital media and youth.
•  Dr. Abigail Judge is a clinical and child forensic psychologist in private practice and on staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is on the part-time faculty at Harvard Medical School. She has published extensively about sexting and adolescent sexual behavior in the digital age.
•  Detective Kristina Hankins is a member of the Lexington Police Department and the School Resource Officer for Lexington Public Schools.
•  Jennifer Judkins is the Director of Digital Learning for Lexington Public Schools and is passionate about promoting responsible and meaningful use of technology in today's classrooms 


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

2018 All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) Tee Shirt Contest –CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 21ST!

Due to snow days, the 2018 ANGP Tee Shirt Contest deadline is being extended to March 21st!
Be creative with this year’s BEACH PARTY Theme!

This contest is open to all LHS students.  One design will be selected for the front and one for the back.  The 2 Tee Shirt Contest Winners will each receive a $50 prize.  Check with the Art Department Room 202 for design contest rules and permission slip.

Academic Advising Appointments: March 12- March 29

As part of our Comprehensive School Counseling Curriculum, every 9th, 10th, and 11th grader will again have the opportunity to meet with their school counselor for a 10-15 minute Academic Advising appointment. 

The Goals of Academic Advising:
• Review graduation requirements
• Discuss student’s course recommendations/requests
• Consider course recommendations/requests and their connection to future planning
• Reflect on the student’s academic placements in relation to balance and wellness

Academic Advising runs March 12 - March 29
Week 1 - March 12-16: Juniors and Sophomores
Week 2 - March 19-23: Sophomores and Freshmen
Week 3 - March 26-29: Freshmen and Clean-up

Students will be signing-up for appointments usingSignUpGenuis.com.  

Counselors will be using iBlock during Academic Advising for missed appointments, absences, and follow-up appointments.  

Linda Prisco
Administrative Assistant
Counseling Office
Lexington High School
781-861-2320 x69128  

LHS Sports 

Home Games/Meets (March 16 – March 23) 

Friday, March 23
3:00pm BOYS Varsity Baseball vs Plymouth North High School

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


Clarke Night Out
The adult evening is March 16, 7-11pm at Waxy O'Connor's. $45 each available at clarkepto.org
Join us this Friday, March 16th and check out the online auction open to anyone between now and March 16th!
Clarke Middle School PTO invites the community to our biennial fundraiser and parent celebration! When you attend the event and bid online, you are supporting the middle school experience for students and families at Clarke. Thank you, and good luck!

The online auction is open to anyone now-March 16 at32auctions.com/ClarkeNightOut2018 and features:
o    Baking Class for 6 with Farhana Stevenson
o    Hydrafacial at Aspire
o    Massage at Body Work Masters
o    Family Portrait session with Erin Mysak
o    Professional organizing consultation
o    Race car ride at Ariel
o    Kids camps
o    and much more!

Free Parent Presentation on Anxiety
Presenter: Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA
Date: 03/15/2018
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Lexington High School, Science Lecture Hall

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that one in four thirteen-eighteen year olds has had an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Without intervention, these children are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning, and social/behavior problems in school. Understanding the role anxiety plays in a student’s behavior is crucial and using preventive strategies are key to successful intervention. Effective behavior plans for these students must avoid the reward and punishment-based consequences from traditional behavior methods and focus instead on the use of preventive strategies and on explicitly teaching coping skills, self-monitoring, and alternative responses. Easy to implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring will be discussed.

Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a board certified behavior analyst and special educator and a consultant to schools nationwide (www.jessicaminahan.com). Jessica has over 17 years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems.

To register for this event, please go to:https://lexsepta.org/events/strategies-for-kids-with-anxiety/. If you have trouble with the link, please copy and paste it into your browser.
For more information about the Lexington SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) and SEPTA (Special Education PTA), please see our website at www.lexsepta.org

Cary Library Needs Your Input for its Strategic Plan
The Cary Library is in the process of updating its Strategic Plan, and so is currently soliciting input from community members. Coming to the library for a planning session is difficult, so we've created a couple of surveys for busy families to encourage you to give us your feedback!
Youth Services Survey (programs, collections, technology, and Children's Room space)

For families with children with special needs, we've created a special survey to better understand how the Library can serve your families. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M2CYZ22

In addition, you can send ANY comments about the library toCMLplanning2018@minlib.net - we'd love to hear from you. 

IFinally, if there's anything we can do for you, or if you want to share anything directly with myself or with the library director, you can reach us at: 

IAlissa Lauzon - Head of Youth Services - alauzon@minlib.net
Koren Stembridge - Library Director - kstembridge@minlib.net

Cricket Winter 2 Registration
Dates: March 4th to March 25th, 
Time: Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm - 
Location: Grace Chapel 59 Worthen Rd, Lexington, MA 02421
Fees: $100.00     
Registration link:  https://unitedcricketleague.zenplanner.com 

The CricOne Winter 2 Registrations are on now. You will find 'all' the upcoming Veedo & Spring programs.  Please 'sign up' for "CricOne Winter 2". If you have any difficulties signing up, then email:contact@unitedcl.org or leave vm at 617.615.6504

Sights Sets On Science
Presenter: Alex Peruta
Expert educational consultant and previous scientific researcher at Yale University

When: March 25th, 2pm-3:30pm
Where: Hyatt house Waltham | 54 4th Ave, Waltham, MA
Note: This is a FREE event, FREE parking available at the location. 

Click Here to register

Are you interested in becoming a science researcher, engineer, vet, doctor, dentist, computer programmer, or one of the many other careers that has a strong foundation in science? Learn what it takes to develop your interests in these fields outside the classroom and stand out when applying to college. This seminar will discuss how to determine what areas of science interest you, deepen those interests while in high school by seeking out extracurricular and academic opportunities, and tell your science story through your college application so that admissions boards can see your passion. This talk is for science enthusiasts, novices, and potential future scientists of all kinds. 

This Seminar Includes:
● How-to guide for determining what areas of science interest you
● Suggestions for deepening those interests through extracurriculars
● Strategies for gaining STEM internships

The Childhood Face of ADHD: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students

We are pleased to announce a new date AND location for the Childhood Face of ADHD presentation with Dr. Ned Hallowell.

Date: Monday, March 26 @ 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Lexington High School Auditorium

TO REGISTER for this event, please see the SEPTA event page.

In this presentation, Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell, practicing child and adult psychiatrist, founder of the Hallowell Center, and former instructor at Harvard Medical School, offers insight into the childhood face of ADHD, and how ADHD and learning disabilities impact the student emotionally and socially. Because he and two of his children have ADHD themselves, he recognizes the importance not just of proper diagnosis and treatment but also the importance of developing the positive attributes most people with ADHD possess. He will provide an introduction to the world of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and explain what it feels like to have ADHD from a child’s perspective. Thank you to Indian Americans of Lexington for their generous donation to make this presentation possible.

For more information about the Lexington SEPAC/SEPTA, please seelexsepta.org 

Time to Register for the Estabrook Run of the Mill

The Estabrook PTO is proud to sponsor its 10th annual Run of the Mill! On Sunday, May 20, 2018 all families and friends of Estabrook School are invited to join in this healthy, fun, and exciting community event. To kick off the day, we will begin with the Jim Banks Kids Fun Run in Estabrook School Field at 9:30AM, followed by the main event the 5K Run/Walk, starting at 10AM. The Kids Fun Run does not require registration.

Go to http://estabrookpto.org/run-of-the-mill/ for more information and the link to register with Racewire.
First 200 registrants get a race T-shirt. Don't delay! They are going fast!
Order by April 1 to guarantee your T-shirt size.
Hope to see everyone on race day!  

Lexington Parent Academy 4.0

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30am -2:30pm
Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington

The 4th Annual LPA is designed to educate and empower parents to meet the changing demands of parenting in today’s world. Participants can choose 1, 2, or 3 workshops based on your interests. This event is free! You can view the workshop  schedule & descriptions online. While you do not need to pre-register, but pre-registration is recommended to guarantee a seat in a specific workshop. Pre-registering only guarantees your seat until the workshop starts.  Registration will open starting on 3/4/18 and will close on 3/22/18.

To pre-register, go to https://www.activityreg.com/ss_t2.wcs.  At this site, select a state, “MA”, then select a program, “Lexington Recreation Department”.   For more information contact Julie Fenn, LPS Assistant Coordinator of PE &  Wellness at jfenn@lexingtonma.org  

LUSC High School Travel Soccer

LUSC is excited to continue offering high-schoolers a chance to enjoy the beautiful game.  Travel teams are forming for both boys and girls for the spring season.  Starting this year the game format is 7v7.  Players at all levels are welcomed.  One practice a week and games on Sundays, starting April 22.  For more information and to register please visit lexingtonunited.org.   

Seeking Soccer Mentors

Lexington United Soccer Club is seeking high school-age soccer players to assist the coaching staffs of established LUSC teams and to serve as mentors to young and developing soccer players in Lexington.   Community service hours are available.  Visit http://lexingtonunited.org/soccer-for-high-school-age-players/#mentors for more information.  Please contact luscplayermentorprogram@gmail.com if you're interested.


The Natural World of Winnie-The-Pooh with Kathryn Aalto
Sunday, March 18th, 3:00-4:30pm at the Lexington Depot, Cost:  $10.00

When you read passages from Winnie-the-Pooh, it’s hard not to feel nostalgic.  In one way or another, we have all been touched by A. A. Milne’s beloved bear. 

But did you know that the Hundred Acre Wood—the place where Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet lived and played—is based on a real place? Did you know that you could actually visit Poohsticks Bridge? That The Floody Place is real? The setting for Winnie-the-Pooh’s adventures was inspired by the Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England.

In The Natural World of Winne-the-Pooh, garden historian Kathryn Aalto explores how this magical place moved both A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepherd to create the cherished tales. Aalto takes readers through an exploration of the real landscapes, shares iconic moments from the books and situates them in the places that exist today, and celebrates the interplay of landscape and literature.

Pre-registration highly recommended, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. 

Raising Boys in the Digital Age with Dr. Anthony Rao
Tuesday, March 20th from 7:00-8:30pm at the Waldorf School of Lexington, 739 Massachusetts Ave. 

Dr. Anthony Rao holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Vanderbilt University and trained as a pediatric psychologist at Boston Children's Hospital. His book, The Way of Boys: Promoting the Social and Emotional Development of Young Boys, is about the crisis in American boyhood. For more than 20 years, Dr. Rao worked in the Department of Psychiatry at Children's Hospital and served as instructor at Harvard Medical School. He has been interviewed for articles in the New Yorker ("The Doubting Disease," by Jerome Groopman, April 10, 2000) and Parents Magazine, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Times. His editorial letters and opinions have appeared in the Newsweek, Scientific American, The New York Times, and New York Magazine.

This evening is co-sponsored by Lexington Community Education and The Waldorf School of Lexington.

The cost is $10.00. Pre-registration, using a VISA or Mastercard, is highly recommended by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.


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