Read our Newsletter for Week of May25th, 2020
- Letter from the PTO
- 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.
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.