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Read our Newsletter for Week of Jan 20th, 2020

Volunteers needed – Crazy Eights Math Club 

Crazy 8s is an over-the-top recreational after-school club that gets kids excited about math. It offers high energy math activities that appeal to kids of all math abilities. Participants build glow-in-the-dark structures, crack secret spy codes, and play get-up-and-move games like Toilet Paper Olympics. Curriculum and materials are provided free by the Bedtime Math foundation. Crazy 8s meets once a week for 8 weeks. Consistent attendance is needed in order for students to gain the most benefits from the program. Parent volunteers guide students through the kit activities. Crazy 8s will be meeting from 7:30-8:30AM on Fridays, starting January 10 through March 6.

Crazy 8s is run by parent volunteers. A minimum of 2 parent volunteers is needed per session. We currently do not have any parent volunteers for the Grade 3-5 Crazy 8s club, so we cannot offer Crazy 8s for Grades 3-5. Please contact Allan Konar if you’d like to help out. This program cannot run without parent help! If this activity does not get one more volunteer by the end of the week, it will not run.

Volunteers Needed – Passport Night 2020!

Passport Night will be at Estabrook School on Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 5:30-8:00pm! We need volunteers to help make this special night learning about the varied cultures and traditions in our community a success! Volunteers are needed to help with: Potluck Dinner set up, running, and clean up, hosting country tables, and general clean up at the end of the night.

If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact volunteers@estabrookpto.org. General questions about the event can be directed to second grade teacher Rachel Garcia rgarcia@lexingtonma.org

Volunteers Needed – Run of the Mill 

We are looking for a couple of volunteers to help organize the Run of the Mill post-party! 

Run of the Mill is one of our favorite events, in which kids and families join with the community to run to benefit the Estabrook School. This is a great way to become involved with the PTO and community for working parents or parents who have more free time on the weekends or evenings.

Please contact volunteers@estabrookpto.org to find out more

Thank You 3rd Grade Families!

The Estabrook PTO would like to thank all those who contributed to  the 3rd Grade Staff Appreciation Breakfast:   

Jun Yin, Deepa Gajaria, Katie Guilfoyle, Marcie Burns, Yuliya Rovner, Li Zhou, Jennifer Chisholm, Jen Geller, Priya Dalmia, Susan Meehan, Christiana Iyasere, Rahim Ali, Beth Ross, Marjie Hard, Charlotte Newman, Pauline Benninga, Minti Patel, Nicole Coelho, Liz Bettencourt, Christina Finegold, Summer Parker, and Sonia Kapoor.

A heartfelt thanks to you all for your time, creativity and generosity in showing the exceptional Estabrook staff how much we appreciate them!

Estabrook PTO Family Movie Night
Friday, January 31st, 2020, 6, 30pm, Estabrook Cafeteria
Abominable (Rated PG) 

Grab a blanket and bring the whole family for an evening of food, fun, and the Abominable snowman! Don’t miss your chance to see this sweet and entertaining animated adventure.

See more at https://www.dreamworks.com/movies/abominable#about 

The 5th grade will be serving pizza, popcorn, baked goods, and lemonade starting at 6:15pm. Please bring your own water bottle. The movie will start at 6:30. 

5th Grade Movie Night Bake Sale

Movie night is on January 31st. Parents – Please sign up to donate a dozen baked goods and cartons of lemonade. 

If you want to contribute but don’t have the time, we have set up a pay pal pool link for monetary contribution where we can purchase items on your behalf. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8lH4IthqE2

Please Drop off baked goods and lemonade by 5:30pm on Day off at the cafeteria or at 29 Liberty Ave before 4pm.

Please contact peiling_man@hotmail.com if you have any questions

Spaghetti Supper Announcement
SAVE THE DATE: Estabrook Spaghetti Supper on Saturday, March 28

Estabrook’s Fifth Graders invite the whole school community to a night of food, family, and fun! Mark your calendars now for this Estabrook tradition; instructions for ordering tickets will be coming soon. There will be two seatings, at 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., served by the Fifth Graders and featuring pasta, salad, and dessert. Gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available.

The Estabrook School Cafeteria will be transformed for one night into the place to be! The event will feature a Silent Auction, raffles, and much more. Proceeds will support Fifth Grade activities.

Stay tuned for details!

Fifth Grade Spaghetti Supper Team

Passport Night

Passport Night Information
Thu, Jan 23rd, 2020, 5:30 – 8:00pm


Drop your potluck dish off in the cafeteria no later than 6:00. Signup to visit the Big Map in the gym any time between 5:30-7:00pm. Join us for a community dinner at 6pm in the cafeteria before taking an international tour through the project spaces from 6:45-7:45pm.


What’s running when?

What is Passport Night?
Passport Night is an event that celebrates the varied cultures and traditions that make up our wonderful Estabrook community. It is a loved tradition that allows our families to learn more about our cultures.

Who can come to Passport Night?
Everyone! It’s a community event. Don’t be surprised to see many Estabrook staff faces there, too 🙂

I’m hosting a Passport Night Table…what do I do?
Signup to host a table: Table setup is from 5:30-6:00. Bring your supplies to Estabrook school, check-in at the front tables in the lobby and get your project space assignment. Email Lori Alberts (lalberts@lexingtonma.org) with further questions. 
Sign-up to host a table, by Friday, January 10th, here: https://forms.gle/44UVVdumakSxY7cz6

What is the International Potluck?
A gathering of the Estabrook community over a shared meal of dishes from around the world.

I’m bringing a potluck dish! What time do I drop it off and where?
Thank you! Drop your dish off no later than 6:00 in the cafeteria.

How many people should my dish feed?
For this community event, please make a dish that can feed 18-22 people. If needed for your dish, please bring serving utensils. If it is a reusable dish, please remember to pick it up by the end of the night.

What should I make for the potluck?
Choose a dish that you love to make for your family and friends that you feel represents your culture.

The Big Map
The Big Map of Asia is coming to Estabrook! Students will explore the map during the school day and families are invited to join us during Passport Night, January 23, between 5:30 and 7:00. This is a chance for Estabrook families to walk an entire continent, viewing rivers, mountains, and other geographical formulations from atop the map. Alex Kuschel, the K-5 Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator, has set up a digital scavenger hunt for families to complete. Each family can sign up for a 20 minute time slot and complete the scavenger hunt with a personal device or an iPad borrowed from the school.
Signup using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050A4EACA62BAAF85-bigmap

Volunteers are needed

We need volunteers to help make this special night learning about the varied cultures and traditions in our community a success! Volunteers are needed to help with: Potluck Dinner set up, running, and clean up, hosting country tables, and general clean up at the end of the night.

 If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact volunteers@estabrookpto.org.  General questions about the event can be directed to second grade teacher Rachel Garcia.

Estabrook Flatbread fundraising

Flatbread Company Benefit Night
Tue, Jan 28th, 2020, 5-9pm,
Flatbread Burlington, 213 Burlington Road, Bedford, MA, Tel: 781-275-8200

Bring your family and friends to have pizza at Flatbread Company on Tuesday, January 28th, from 5 PM-9 PM. The Flatbread Company will donate $3.50 for each large flatbread and $1.75 for each small flatbread sold during the benefit.

This is a fun experience for kids and families to mingle with the Estabrook Community while eating delicious pizza! If you can’t dine in, takeout is also a great option.

Directions from Estabrook: Follow Grove St towards Bedford (where Grove turns into Page Hill Rd). At the bottom of the hill, take a right on Rt. 62. Follow it for about a mile. Flatbread will be on your right next to Bamboo and Melting Pot.

See you there!

5th Grade Year Book Information

We are creating the yearbook for our students and we need your help in collecting and sharing photographs of the children during their years at Estabrook. Below are details on how to submit photos to the yearbook committee. Please review and start submitting as soon as you can. Deadline for photo submission is Sunday March 15th

Feel free to contact Amantha Tsaros amanthatsaros@gmail.com with questions.

Submitting Photos for the 5th Grade Yearbook

  • Gather and Prepare Your Photos For Submission
  • Choose clear, well-lit photographs taken during school activities.
  • You will be submitting jpegs or png images. Some iPhone users may find that their phone shoots HEIC images. You must export them into jpg format. Google will help you find instructions.
  • Rename each photo file using the correct format* as shown at the bottom of this page.

To Submit Photos:

  • Go to this website: http://bit.ly/EstabrookYearbookPics
    Register / Create your “Account”. This is the account you will use to order a yearbook in April.
  • Click on “Upload Photos”
    Enter “Estabrook” in the “School Name” window and choose Estabrook Elementary
  • In the “Initial Uploads” Photo Category, Drag your properly-named photos; or Click on the “Browse” button and “Select” your properly-named photos. Upload will take place.You will not need to enter anything into the “Caption” window. We will sort the photos using the file names.
    When finished, Log Out.

    *Please understand that the labeling format allows us to know who is in the photo and what grade level the photo belongs to. Without the proper label we cannot tell where the photo should go in the yearbook. We cannot use any images that are uploaded with the original file names such as “IMG7892”.

*Filename Format:
Rename the files as follows:
Grade #_Category_Last Name_First Initial_(letter if submitting multiple from one event)
Please use 0 for Kindergarten.

I have one picture of Alex from a Kindergarten Big Back Yard walk.

I will label it:

I have three images of him from second grade party – they will be labelled:

Community Events
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 info@estabrookpto.org.

Learn more about METCO program HERE. To see this year’s Family Friends dates check our event calendar HERE.

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