Principal's Message

Dear Estabrook Community,

I hope you have had a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving with family and friends!

Please join me in welcoming three new staff to Estabrook School:

  • Brittany Ball, Speech/Language Pathologist. Ms. Ball is newly hired due to our increase in student enrollment.
  • Sharon Cantone, Literacy Specialist/Interventionist. Ms. Cantone divides her time between Bridge and Estabrook Schools, and supports our increase in student enrollment.
  • Eema Khondker, Kindergarten Assistant in Ms. Chartrand's Kindergarten. Ms. Khondker is filling the vacancy from Ms. Brennan's retirement (starting November 29).

Estabrook is brimming with exciting happenings. We look forward to seeing you in the coming month as we celebrate our family heritage, the book fair, and fun math ideas we can try at home. We look forward to seeing you at Estabrook School!


Principal Trach

Principal Coffee: Math Talk! Friday, December 1, 8:50-9:30 am

Mathematical discourse is at the heart of the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Join us as we discuss how teachers promote "math talk" at school, how parents can do the same at home, and why it's important for children. We'll try out a variety of routines and explore some fantastic new resources. There will even be a raffle for the new book, Table Talk Math: A Practical Guide for Bringing Math into Everyday Conversations, by John Stevens.

Young children welcome. Coffee served. Held in the Literacy Center at Estabrook School. Hope to see you there!

-Amy Burk, Math Specialist and Estabrook teachers

REACH Gift Drive - gift donations due December 4

From the Estabrook PTO:

Help us make the holidays bright for women and children living in the REACH Shelter for Domestic Violence located in Waltham. To contribute a gift, please sign up Thank you for your generosity and support!

How: Please bring purchased gifts to the box in the lobby at Estabrook school OR to the gift drop box at: 16 Williams Road, Lexington.

Gifts can also be ordered on and shipped to the Gift Drive at the address above. Please let us know if you choose this option so we can be on the lookout for your package! When: Gifts are due by December 4th. Any questions? Please contact Laurie Lanier at

The Estabrook Book Fair is Coming!


Also at the Holiday Marketplace on Sunday, December 3

& Passport Night on Thursday, December 7

During the week of December 3rd, the library will turn into a bookstore! Book Fair proceeds support the Estabrook School library. Children will attend with their class, and parents are invited help their children shop when their child’s class visits the Book Fair. More information regarding book shopping times will be sent home.

Parents are also welcome to shop any time during the Book Fair, as well as at the Holiday Marketplace and Passport Night. We will have a selection of adult titles available as well.

Buy Book Fair Gift Certificates!

  • Gift certificates are available in any denomination.
  • Gift certificates are a wonderful way to show appreciation for staff members.
  • Buying gift certificates for students is a safe and easy way to prevent lost or forgotten cash during the week of the Book Fair.
  • Gift certificates purchased for staff members will be delivered to them by the Book Fair committee prior to the start of the Book Fair.
  • All other certificates will be held at the Book Fair checkout desk – students will be reminded that they have certificates to spend when their class visits the Book Fair.
  • Teacher and library wishlists will be displayed at the Book Fair.
  • If you would like to purchase a gift certificate, please complete the form sent home in student folders or attached to the email from Principal Trach and return it to school in an envelope marked “Book Fair” with a check payable to “Estabrook PTO”.

Books will range in price from about $5–8 for paperbacks to about $15–20 for hard covers. Please remember to account for a 6.25% sales tax.

Confidential financial assistance is available; please contact Principal Trach at 781-861-2520 or

Questions? Please email April Maloney at

Hour of Code

The week of December 4th is the annual Hour of Code week, where students learn about computer science skills and computational thinking through fun and engaging coding activities. To learn more, go to Hour of Code for parents to find a video and sample coding activities to try at home!

Passport Night: Thursday, December 7, 6:00-8:00 pm

Mark your calendar for Passport Night and the International Potluck Dinner, which are both Thursday, December 7, 6:00-8:00 pm at Estabrook School.

Please sign up as soon as possible to to host a table and/or bring a potluck dish.

To host a table:

To bring a potluck dish:

Looking forward to sharing our heritage together!

Poetry Residency sponsored by Lexington Education Foundation

Estabrook School is excited to announce an upcoming poetry residency for all K-5 students, staff, and families entitled The Estabrook School Culture and Diversity Project. Regie O’Hare Gibson will serve as the artist-in-residence for the project.

The purpose of this year’s School Community Grant for Estabrook School is to celebrate our culture and diversity through a schoolwide artistic experience, whereby the faculty and staff, as well as each K-5 class will compose a unique poem about ourselves.

The staff and class poems will ultimately be merged into one schoolwide poem and accompanied by a music at a live community performance in Spring 2018. We look forward to sharing more about our poems in the coming months!

Estabrook School would like to extend our special thanks to Regie O'Hare Gibson for partnering with us and Lexington Education Foundation for their generous support!

Remembering Bill Terris

Estabrook School would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Terris family. Their beloved father and grandfather - William (Bill) C. Terris, 82 - passed away on November 18, 2017. Mr. Terris was a beloved, retired principal of Estabrook Elementary School. He was admired as a devoted educator and leader with an over thirty year career.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, November 26 from 2:00-5:00 pm in the Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford Street, Concord Center. His funeral will be held on Monday, November 27 at 9:00 am from the Dee Funeral Home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10:00 am in Holy Family Parish, Monument Square, Concord Center.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to UMass Lowell, 220 Pawtucket St., Lowell, MA 01854.


Monday, November 27 | School resumes

Tuesday, November 28 | Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, November 29, 3:30-4:15 pm, Estabrook Conference Room | Estabrook School Site Council

Thursday, November 30 | METCO Family Friends Day

December and January | Free Flu Shots

Friday, December 1, 8:50-9:30 am, Literacy Center | Principal Coffee for Parents: "Math Talk for K-5 Students" with free book giveaway!

Sunday, December 3 | Winter Holiday Marketplace at Estabrook School

Monday, December 4 | REACH Gift Drive items due

Thursday, December 7, 6:00-8:00 pm, Estabrook | Passport Night

Wednesday, December 13, 8:15-8:45 am, Estabrook | Safe Routes to School Day...walk, bicycle, scooter, carpool, bus to school!

Wednesday, December 13, 3:30-4:15 pm, Estabrook Conference Room | Estabrook School Site Council meeting

Thursday, December 14, 9:00 am-11:00 pm, Bertucci's | Estabrook PTO Bertucci's Day

Thursday, December 21, 8:15-8:45 am | Jam the Van...flyer will be sent home

Thursday, December 21 | METCO Family Friends Day

Monday, December 25 - Monday, January 1 | Winter Break/No School

Tuesday, January 2 | School resumes