Read our Newsletter for Week of May25th, 2020
- Letter from the PTO
- Estabrook Talents Show
- Opportunity to join 2020-2021 Estabrook PTO Board
- Want some ideas for what to do with the kids at home? Check out our at-home learning activities page!
- Do you have an at-home learning activity to share? Submit it using this Google Form.
Letter from the PTO
Dear Estabrook Families,
Like all of you, we have been watching the events that have unfolded over the past several months with sadness, shock, and outrage: the senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others, and the subsequent protests in the name of racial equality and justice for members of the Black community. This is a turbulent and unsettling time in our country, yet the outraged response that has finally bubbled over is one that has been simmering slowly, a product of centuries of systemic inequalities and discriminatory treatment of people of color. The PTO stands with all members of our community, and actively denounces racism or discrimination in any form.
It can feel overwhelming to even begin to think about how to have discussions of race with young children, but these types of conversations have never been more important. We are resharing the email sent by Estabrook Principal Lisa Riendeau, Assistant Principal Christina Gavin, and Evaluation Team Supervisor Jennifer Beaulac; their email speaks to the heart of why talking with children about race is so crucial, and shares important and developmentally appropriate resources to begin to have these conversations. We invite and encourage you to explore these resources with your child(ren). As stated in their email, please feel free to reach out to any member of the Estabrook staff with questions, and they will be happy to help set you and your child up with the appropriate resources and support.
Please click here to view the message from Estabrook School leaders.
Take care of yourselves, and each other.
Fifth Grade Moving On Car Parade
The end of the school year is quickly approaching and with this, our 5th Graders will be graduating from Estabrook and heading off to middle school. To celebrate the “moving up” of the 5th GradeClass, Estabrook students (K through Grade 4) typically participate in a “Clap Out”. This means the students line the halls and cheer on the 5th grade students as they parade through the building. It is a fun and emotional experience for all. Sadly this will not be possible this year, but we are still anxious to make sure our children get to share in the celebration in some meaningful way.
We are inviting your kids (Grade K-4) to create a congratulatory sign or poster that we can display around the Estabrook patio during the Fifth Grade Moving On Car Parade.
Contributions are due by Monday, June 15th. If your child decorates a sign, you may drop it off at 62 Ledgelawn Ave any time between now and then. There will be a cardboard box out on the driveway to collect. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines if you happen to drop off at the same time as another student. The signs will be hung by PTO volunteers just prior to the parade.
Please note: Due to safety concerns, no students or families who are not members of the 5th grade class can be present at the school during the parade.
Thank you so much!
The Estabrook Talent Show is here!
We are so excited to share with everyone the wonderful performances in this year’s talent show! Thanks to all those who contributed–you truly helped to bring some joy into all of our lives. We hope you enjoy the show!
Autumn Cohen and Julie Lippert
Talent Show Co-Chairs
Join the 2020-2021 PTO Board
Looking to become more involved at Estabrook? Consider joining the PTO Board! The Treasurer positions are currently open for next year. This role entails managing the finances of the PTO including reconciling the bank statement and managing cash flows. It is a low time commitment and a great position for a working parent. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining or simply learning more about the role!
Ways to Help or Get Help
Lexington Human Services Department
If you are or know someone local who could use help because of missed work, low supplies/ groceries, or could use help understanding what is available, the town of Lexington’s Human Services Dept is a good resource. Call them at 781-698-4840.
If you would like to make a donation for those that are in need of help, please mail a check payable to:
Fund For Lexington
Note : Human Services
Trustees of Public Trusts
1625 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, Massachusetts 0242
Chinese American Association of Lexington
The Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL) is organizing a volunteer group to help those families impacted by the novel coronavirus to contact doctors, purchase food, medicine and other needed goods, and more.
Register here: http://Covid19Help.WeForm.net
Events held in our community will be advertised on their own special page on our website. Click here to find out more!
Click, Shop, Support!
Donate to the PTO through your everyday shopping! A portion of your purchases from Amazon and Stop & Shop can be donated directly to the Estabrook PTO. Black Earth Compost also offers a referral program for new subscribers. All of these programs are free to sign up for and there are no extra charges or fees. Click here to learn more and for signup links.
In addition to those donation programs, you (AND your friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers!) can also contribute to the Estabrook PTO by:
- collecting valid box tops in the Box Tops for Education program and depositing them into the box on top of the Lost & Found cabinets
- recycling your old textiles by dropping them into the large white freestanding Baystate Textiles bin at the end of the Estabrook School parking lot.
Thank you for supporting the Estabrook PTO!
METCO Family Friends
The Estabrook PTO connects Estabrook students who live in Boston with Estabrook students who live in Lexington for monthly Thursday afternoon play dates hosted by the Lexington families once a month on Thursday afternoons. Participating in the Family Friends program is a great way to help all students build meaningful connections with their peers outside of the school day. If you would like to get involved with the program or have questions, please email us at email@example.com.