Week of April 13th, 2018

   Follow the LHS PTO on Facebook and Twitter
   LHS School Council Election 2018
   PTO Nominating Committee Seeks Volunteers for Executive Committee Positions
   Annual (End of Year) LHS PTO Meeting/Forum
   LHS Calendar Dates
   LHS Annual Workshop for Parents of Graduating Senior
   Scholarship Added to the Family Connection (by Naviance) Database @ LHS
   Join the 2018 All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) Committee –We Need You, 2 Open Positions!
   FOLMADS Seeking Parent Volunteers
   LHS Sports
   METCO Documentary Film, “On the Line: Where Sacrifice Begins”
   Paw Power Pet Jamboree: 5K Walk/Run with Your Pet
   HOLI Festival of Colors
   Cary Memorial Library - Strategic Planning / Children’s Room
   YMCA of Greater Boston / Waltham YMCA: Summer Camp 2018 - Now Enrolling
   April Break Intensive College Essay Workshop
   Cape Cod Modern: Midcentury Architecture & Community on the Outer Cape
Friday, April 6: End of 3rd Quarter
                          7pm-10pm School Dance
Monday, April 9: Student Attendance Appeals Deadline
                             6:15pm-7:45pm School Council Meeting
Friday, April 13: 3rd Quarter Grades Due
Monday, April 16: Patriot’s Day/No School
Tuesday, April 17 -20: School Closed/Offices Open/ Spring Break
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LHS School Council Election 2018
The LHS School Council is seeking two (2) LHS parent candidates to each serve a three-year term starting in 2018-2019. 
Please cast your vote for two (2) parent representatives to the LHS School Council.
** On-line ballots due no later than May 13, 2018
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 five LHS parents, five faculty, two community representatives, three students and the Principal.
Voter Eligibility:  Parents and guardians of current 8th, 9th, 10th or 11th grade students are eligible to vote. Each parent/guardian in a household can cast a vote.  
•    Each voter must complete a separate ballot.
•    Vote for NOT more than TWO candidates.
•    The two (2) candidates receiving the highest number of votes will serve for a term of three (3) years.

Candidates for School Council are (in alphabetical order):
•    Neerja Bajaj
•    Curt Barrentine
•    Amy Boutwell
•    Angela Chang
•    Fran Lacombe
•    Ann Ostrowski
•    Deb Sabin
•    Cathy Swan
•    Joe Zhu

For the candidate’s bios, please visit the LHS PTO or Click Here

Please CLICK HERE to vote

Thank you,

PTO Nominating Committee Seeks Volunteers for Executive Committee Positions 

The LHS PTO which has been very busy this year with multiple events they have organized. Here are  just a few of the PTOs contributions: The proms, graduation night, multiple forums such as Screenagers and Panel for 8th grade parents, welcoming the new parents and students to LHS and teacher appreciation events.
The Lexington High School PTO Nominating Committee is currently working to assemble a slate of PTO officers for the 2018-19 school year. The list of open positions and a short description are listed below.  Please consider joining the team to make all of those events possible!

OPEN LHS PTO Positions - school year 2018-19 


1.- VP of Hospitality
- Organizes multiple events during the school year
- 2 Staff Appreciation Luncheon (purchasing supplies, organizing food, volunteers, set up  etc.)
- Sophomore Cruise Reception
- Junior and Senior Prom Receptions
- Junior Book Award and Senior Award Receptions
- Other miscellaneous events throughout the school year
- Works with volunteers for teacher treats
- Recruits parent volunteers for each event

PTO Committees 

1.- Newcomers Potluck Evening
- The 2 chairpersons will handle all the planning and organizing that is done during the month of August. Room must be booked in June before school closes.
- 3 volunteers to start 2 weeks prior to the event, leave an announcement at the Central office in August with the date and time.  PTO Website and newsletter to be used to announce this initial event of the school year to get new families to come.
- The event is usually early to mid-September

2.- Teacher Treats
- The day before school starts, the PT0 provides a treat bag for every staff member (just under 300) with a highlighter, marker, pen, pencil, life saver, etc.  
- They are placed in a cellophane bag with ribbon along with a thank you message from PT0 and placed in the staff school mailboxes.
- On Valentine's day, the committee does a similar package with candy and a valentine thank you message from PT0.

3.- Welcoming Committee
- Organizes two events during the year to welcome new families.  Perhaps Coffees?
- Coordinates with Newcomers Potluck Evening and LHS Student Club Nexus who also work with families new to LHS.

4.- Forums
- Works with the PT0 Executive Board and LHS Administrative Staff to organize 4-5 forums during the school year.
- Forum Ideas come from the EB, SHAC, Principal & LHS Staff, Survey of Parents, etc.

Any parent or guardian with a rising freshman and any PTO member with a rising sophomore, junior or senior is eligible to stand.  If you are interested in standing for any of these positions - board or committee (you could express your interest in multiple positions) please email  Nominatingcommitteechair@lhspto.org and include:

1)  Your name
2)  The grade your high school student(s) will be in for 2018-19
3)  The position or committee you are interested in
4)  A short description   about yourself of why you are the right person for the role (This detail is required only for board positions not for committees)

Send emails to Nominatingcommitteechair@lhspto.org  about your desire to stand for the board or committees by April 24th
We encourage you to volunteer for an LHS PTO Executive Committee position! It’s a great way to feel connected to your child’s high school experience and support the entire LHS community of students, teachers and families.  The LHS PTO has two primary purposes: To enhance the education and welfare of LHS students AND to foster communication throughout the LHS community.

Thank you,
2018 PTO Nominating Committee
Rina Kodendera, Shubhra Chandra , Kara Brandes , Jill Demirjian , Jennifer  Vogelzang

Annual (End of Year) LHS PTO Meeting/Forum 

When: May 15th, 2018 Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Library Media Room at LHS

Come and hear our Principal Andrew Stephens and Associate Principal John Murray talk about the school year at the Annual PTO meeting. Open to all PTO members. 

The PTO will also be voting in the Executive Board members, Committee members (Parent volunteers) and the Budget for 2018-19 school year.  


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. 

LHS Annual Workshop for Parents of Graduating Seniors 

Attention all parents of graduating seniors:
You are cordially invited to attend the LHS annual workshop "Letting Go While Still Holding On - Supporting Your Student (and Yourself) Through the Challenging Transition To College." The workshop will take place on Thursday, May 3rd from 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM in the high school Library Media Center and is led by Joanne Loomer, LHS Counseling Department Social Worker.

Some of the topics covered will include understanding the developmental changes for students and parents during this important rite of passage, what to expect over the next roller coaster months, important conversations to have with your student before they leave home and ways to encourage independence and self care.

If you have any questions about this upcoming event, please contact Joanne Loomer at jloomer@lexingtonma.org. Hope to see you there!

LHS Counseling Department 

Scholarship Added to the Family Connection (by Naviance) Database @ LHS
The Jessica Bussgang Rosenbloom Skating Prize 

The Jessica Bussgang Rosenbloom Skating Prize will be awarded for the first time on May 30, 2018 at the LHS awards night to a LHS sophomore, junior or senior who has excelled both academically and in figure skating.  The application is due on Thursday, May 17th by 3pm to Joanne Tringale in the LHS Counseling office.  Applicants must reside in Lexington and skate competitively either as a singles skater, pairs skater, ice dancer, or synchronized skater, or participate in ice theatre.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

- His/her most recent Lexington High School transcript;
- Ice skating resume
- Proof of membership in good standing in the U.S. Figure Skating Association
- Two References: one from  a skating coach or skating peer and another from a school classmate or teacher (guideline: 500 – 1000 words); and

Applicants have the option, at their discretion, to submit any of the following to enhance their application:

- Additional resume noting activities outside of skating;
- Essay statement – what is your most significant accomplishment in skating, 300 - 500 words max; and
- Standardized test scores

Jessica Bussgang Rosenbloom, a graduate of Lexington High School, skated for many years at Hayden Recreation Center. She received her gold medal in both school figures (8th test) and freestyle (senior level) in 1982 during her senior year at Lexington High School. Jessica attended Tufts University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and French, and then she attended Harvard Business School, where she received an MBA.  Since 1991, Jessica has been a U.S. Figure Skating judge. Over the years, she has judged many National Championships and local, regional, and sectional competitions, as well as test sessions. Jessica’s love of skating and her strong belief in the personal benefits and lifelong skills skating offers, as well as her fond memories of growing up in Lexington and attending Lexington public schools, motivated her to create this fund.

Submissions can be sent electronically, by mail or dropped off by Thursday, May 17th to
Joanne Tringale
Lexington High School
Counseling Department
251 Waltham Street
Lexington, MA  02421

Join the 2018 All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) Committee –We Need You, 2 Open Positions!

Come join the 2018 All Night Graduation Party Committee and be a part of LHS’s long-standing tradition - year 32!   9th to 11th grade parents, we are currently looking for a Food Committee Chair!  Please consider joining our fun and dedicated committee.

Junior parents, we are looking for a flexible and reliable individual interested in learning the ropes this year as the Junior Chair and then overseeing planning activities for their senior’s 2019 ANGP.

If you are interested in helping or just want to learn more about the ANGP Committee, please contact Tanya Gisolfi, the 2018 ANGP Committee Senior Chair at tgismcc@icloud.com for more information. 

FOLMADS Seeking Parent Volunteers

FOLMADS (Friends of Lexington Music, Art and Drama Students) is recruiting volunteers to help with our expanding publicity and community engagement efforts.  Volunteering is a perfect way to be involved at the high school and middle schools, meet other parents, support the performing and visual arts, and have fun in the process.  FOLMADS is a nonprofit organization that was created to support the arts in the Lexington Public Schools. We are looking for volunteers to help with the following:
- Write press releases for upcoming performing arts events and submit them for publication to local and LPS media
- Create flyers and brochures for special events
- Design programs for concerts
- Manage the FOLMADS website
- Write articles for the local newspapers highlighting accomplishments of arts teachers, and ensembles, and students
- Coordinate a fall social to welcome arts families to the high school 

Middle school parents are especially encouraged to get involved!  The time commitment varies, but can be as little as a few hours per month.  There is still time to get involved this year! Board positions are possible for those interested in a greater level of involvement and commitment. If you would like more information about these opportunities, please contact me by email at jilliantung123@gmail.com or by phone at (617) 851-7902. 

Iillian Tung
Publicity Volunteer 

LHS Sports  

Home Games/Meets (April 13 - April 20)  

Wednesday, April 18
11:30am BOYS Varsity Volleyball vs Boston College High School
11:30am BOYS Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Boston College High School 

Thursday, April 19
10:00am BOYS Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Greater Lowell Tech High School
11:00am BOYS Varsity Lacrosse vs Saint’s John’s Prep School
11:15am BOYS Varsity Volleyball vs Greater Lowell Tech High School 

Friday, April 20
10:00am GIRLS Varsity Lacrosse vs Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
10:00am BOYS Varsity Baseball vs Winchester High School
10:00am BOYS Junior Varsity Baseball vs Winchester High School
10:00am GIRLS Varsity Softball vs Winchester High School
10:00am GIRLS Junior Varsity Softball vs Winchester High School

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


METCO Documentary Film, “On the Line: Where Sacrifice Begins” 

Sat, April 28 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Rd, Lexington.

Created by Mike Mascoll, a Lexington METCO graduate, this film documents the birth in 1966 of METCO, which is the oldest voluntary desegregation program.  It highlights the METCO program through the experience of both METCO and Lexington families  and discusses why METCO is still such an important and beneficial program in Lexington today. Barbara Hamilton, METCO Director at Lexington High School said, “Now more than ever our country is at risk of being divided again. This story stands as an example of how we can still come together.” Following the film, there will be a panel of METCO parents, alumni, current students and educators.  Light refreshments will served. 

Paw Power Pet Jamboree: 5K Walk/Run with Your Pet

When: Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time: 4:00pm
Where: Lower Hayden Field on Worthen Road, Lexington
Cost: Student: $15
         Adult: $20
Paw Power t-shirt included with pre-registration! 

Walk or run this awesome 5K to raise money for All Dog Rescue, an amazing organization that saves Massachusetts dogs in need. Pets are invited and encouraged to attend! Talk to animal experts, eat good food, socialize your dogs, enter in raffles, and get your t-shirt airbrushed!

Visit our website to register or donate: https://pawpowerpetjamboree.weebly.com 

When: Thursday, May 17, 7-8:30 PM
Where: Newton South High School

A new film created to open up the conversation about anxiety, and provide tools, resources & hope. (Appropriate for ages 11 and up.)

Q&A to follow with Jon Mattleman and an MYM Young Adult Speaker https://www.jonmattleman.com/

The Secret Lives of Teens · QPR Suicide Prevention · 50 Shades of...Parenting a Teen · Emotional Consequences of the Internet · Services · Private Parent Consultations ·

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54% of females and 46% of males, with age 7 being the median age of onset, according to the World Health Organization. In other words, about half of us are currently struggling with anxiety.

The beauty of this film is that the children and young adults featured are openly talking about their experiences with anxiety and other mental health challenges. For some of them, it’s the first time they are publicly sharing their stories. Our hope is that their candidness and bravery will inspire our community to do the same.

Find out more here
Register here

HOLI Festival of Colors

Sunday, May 20 (Rain date June 3)  1pm to 5pm
Hastings Park, Lexington, MA 

Color Throwing every half hour.  No Outside Colors Allowed.
Multicultural.  Live Music.  Dance.  Henna.  Vegetarian Food and more!!
Entry $5 online / $8 at gate.  Kids under 5 free.  Includes a packet of color. 

More info and online registration: http://www.festivalofcolorsma.comOrganized by Bhakti Center of Lexington, 781-215-3566

Cary Memorial Library - Strategic Planning / Children’s Room

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 to CMLplanning2018@minlib.net - we'd love to hear from you. 
Finally, 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:
Alissa Lauzon - Head of Youth Services - alauzon@minlib.net
Koren Stembridge - Library Director - kstembridge@minlib.net
YMCA of Greater Boston / Waltham YMCA: Summer Camp 2018 - Now Enrolling
June 18th - August 24th
Waltham YMCA Day Camp, 725 Lexington St, Waltham, MA
Camp Hours: 9am to 4pm.  Extended day hours available.  

Y Day Camp keeps kids engaged, safe, healthy and learning.  Above all, we focus on making summer fun!  Join us for the best summer ever.  To enroll or for more information please contact: WalthamCamps@ymcaboston.org.  


April Break Intensive College Essay Workshop
Monday - Thursday, April 16, 17, 18, 19
From 10:00am - 1:30pm
The Place for Words, Bedford
Cost:  $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 technique on how to choose your essay topic. From there, you will draft your essay and receive feedback.  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. This class will be held 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. 
Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.
Cape Cod Modern: Midcentury Architecture & Community on the Outer Cape
Monday, April 23rd from 7:00-8:30pm
Lexington Depot
Cost:  $10.00
Peter McMahon, Founding Director of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, and author of Cape Cod Modern: Midcentury Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape, will discuss his preservation work on the Cape’s mid century homes and his appreciation of modern architecture. Relating the history of the Bauhaus movement, and other architectural inspirations of the mid-century, Peter will share the common roots of the modern home movement here in Lexington. In Cape Cod Modern: Midcentury Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape, co-authored with Christine Cipriani, we meet, among others, the Boston Brahmins Jack Phillips and and Nathaniel Saltonstall; the self-taught architect, carpenter and painter Jack Hall;  who brought the lessons of both Frank Lloyd Wright and Brutalism to the Cape. Their homes were laboratories, places to work through ideas without spending much money. The result of this ferment is a body of work unlike any other, a regional modernism fusing the building traditions of Cape Cod fishing towns with Bauhaus concepts and postwar experimentation.
Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.


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