Originally delivered on 9/23/2019 9:21 am

SUBJECT: PTO Newsletter: Week of September 23, 2019


Estabrook PTO: Week of September 23, 2019

Summary of this week's news items:

  • Redistricting Update
  • Directory Cover Contest Information
  • Back to School Night Food Drive
  • METCO Family Friends
  • Volunteers Needed
  • Adding Parents to the Equation: Parent Book Group

In every issue:

  • Community Events
  • Click, Shop, Support!


Have a great week!! 

Estabrook PTO


Redistricting Update

Elementary and Middle Redistricting Update:
Revision of elementary and middle school assignment maps is still expected to culminate with a preferred redistricting plan presented for public comment and hearings this fall. Key dates and details are as follows:

  • A recommended redistricting plan will be presented to School Committee on October 1.  

  • Community members will have an opportunity to weigh in on this plan by attending one of the public hearings to be held during the month of October. Dates and locations are still being finalized for these hearings, but will be publicized them very soon. If you are unable to attend one of these hearings, materials and an online form will also be shared through the district website and other digital means.   
  • Following a review of community feedback and any needed revision, a final recommendation will be presented to School Committee for vote on November 5th.

Approved maps will be implemented for the 2020-2021 school year.  For more information, you can see the district webpage at: http://bit.ly/RedistrictBlog.



Directory Cover Contest Information

The Directory contest is here and open to all 2019-2020 Estabrook students. This year, the kids get to design Estabrook’s very own superhero: SuperBee! 

Drawings can be returned in your child’s yellow folder by October 1, instead of September 30, as that is a school holiday.

Note that 2 different flyers went home due to a printing error. PTO will accept drawings on either form. Please make sure to include name and grade.

If your child's drawing is selected, they will receive a gift certificate to the Book Fair later in the school year. Winners will be announced in the PTO Newsletter.

Please have your child complete their drawing in pencil or black pen only.

Feel free to contact Lorissa Gomez at loulorisgomez@yahoo.com with any questions.





Back to School Night Food Drive

Reminder! Back to School Night Food Drive
Have you picked up a 5oz can of tuna for the Back to School Night Food Drive?
Let's see if we can hit 100 cans of tuna to support the Lexington Food Pantry. Parents, we can do it!
Collection boxes will be in the Estabrook lobby and also by the PTO table during Back to School Night.
Let's make this a tuna-riffic success! Thanks for your support!


METCO Family Friends

The Estabrook Family Friends program connects Estabrook students who live in Boston with Estabrook students who live in Lexington for monthly Thursday afternoon play dates throughout the year, hosted by the Lexington resident families. We are currently looking for hosts for several students. To see this year’s Family Friends dates and to get more information about this fun and enriching program, click HERE. Please email Sara Cuthbertson at saracuthbertson14@gmail.com if you are interested in hosting or have any questions. 



Volunteers Needed

Volunteers needed for the Estabrook Playground Event on October 6 (2-4 PM)! Please help make this a fun event by helping with set up, crafts/activities during, and clean up after! We need parents to help make this a fun event!

Please email volunteers@estabrookpto.org if you are interested in volunteering. You must have a CORI check.


Adding Parents to the Equation: Parent Book Group

Finally, a book written to help parents under the "hows and whys" of elementary school mathematics today. Come join math specialists Nithya Subramanian and Amy Burk to engage in learning and conversation around your child's math education. We will host a 5 part series of monthly meetings on Wednesdays at 8:30. Our first meeting is Wednesday, October 2nd. At this meeting we will cover Chapter 1, Why Is Math Taught Differently Than When I Learned It? and Chapter 2, Mindset. This is a first come, first served opportunity available only through advance registration. Registration will open Friday morning, September 27th. Register here.


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!




Estabrook PTO
117 Grove Street 
Lexington, MA 02420