Estabrook Buzz

News and Notes from Estabrook School | October 20, 2016

Principal's Message

Dear Estabrook Families,

Parent/Teacher Conference season begins next week. When I was a teacher, I always looked forward to this opportunity to share my students' progress as well as what I saw as their areas for growth. At the same time, I was excited to hear how the year was going from my parents' perspectives. The question I always started my conferences with was a simple one: "How's it going?" It sounds almost too simple to ask, but all too often, this single inquiry led to a conversation that consumed our entire time together! As you prepare to meet with your child's teacher in the coming weeks, I encourage you to consider how the year is going, and what you can share about your child that his or her teacher would benefit from knowing. Our classroom teachers, special educators and specialists know your children as learners well. Getting the perspective from home only enhances their ability to meet their needs, every day!

If you haven't already, click here to sign up today.


Jeff LaBroad



Yesterday Estabrook kicked off our year of Safe Routes to School by celebrating all the safe, active and green ways that we can travel to Estabrook. Upon arrival, students were asked to share how they came to school that day.

The prestigious GOLDEN SNEAKER AWARD was presented to Mrs. Bourret's third grade class, which reported 95% of the class participating in Safe Routes to School Day.

The next Safe Routes to School Day is Wednesday, November 9.


During yesterday's Principal Coffee, our librarian and literacy specialists shared information about supporting students' reading at home. The team shared that parents don't need to be reading teachers at home, but instead should model and champion reading at home.

Resources from our school librarian that support reading at home are available here.

Join us on Wednesday, November 9 for our next Principal Coffee. Our Math Specialist and teachers will join Mr. LaBroad for a conversation about how parents can support math learning at home.

Playful Parenting Author comes to Estabrook Next Thursday

Join us on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of discussion with Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD, author of Playful Parenting! This parent lecture will focus on connecting with children through play and emotional understanding. These strategies will help parents in the effort to lower stress and anxiety, reduce power struggles and family challenges, and build confidence. The evening will feature Q & A, and Dr. Cohen will have books available for sale and signing. This talk is open to all Lexington parents, and Dr. Cohen’s work is relevant to parents of children of all ages. The event is free, however, attendees are asked to register to ensure a space.

If you would like to send questions ahead of time for Dr. Cohen to consider, including seeking practical tips for special situations or behavior, please send the question to All questions will be presented anonymously.

Dr. Cohen is a Boston-based psychologist who specializes in parenting, play therapy and child development. He is the author of Playful Parenting and The Opposite of Worry, and the co-author of The Art of Roughhousing, Mom They’re Teasing Me, and Best Friends, Worst Enemies.

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Jam the Van is Back!

Jam the Van returns Thursday, October 27! Again this year, we're asking for your help as we collect non-perishable food items for the Merrimack Valley Food Pantry. We will literally work to FILL A VAN with items for those in need. Our fifth graders will assist in the collection, sorting and counting of these items and graphing collection data. Last year, we collected over a thousand food items. Help us surpass that number this year!

Principal Roundtable November 6

Estabrook parents are invited to join school administrators and other Estabrook families for a roundtable discussion about the social and emotional well-being of our students at our fall Principal Roundtable, Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m. here at Estabrook. Plan to join us for this important conversation, including the challenges facing our students and what we can do to support them.

Congratulations Ms. Matthews!

This afternoon in a special ceremony, the Lexington Public Schools will honor teachers reaching milestones in teaching with the Lexington Public Schools. Among the honorees is our own music teacher, Kris Matthews, who is marking 20 years with the Lexington Public Schools. Please join us in congratulating Ms. Matthews on this momentous achievement.

Being Estabees at Estabrook School

You've probably heard about what being an Estabee is, and have seen an Estabee ticket or bracelet. But what's behind it? Estabrook recently launched a new webpage that outlines our positive behavior program. Click here to learn more about Positive Behavior at Estabrook School.

Fifth Graders Experience Leadership Opportunities

This summer, our fifth grade teachers spent time preparing an exciting, meaningful yearlong sequence of instruction focused on developing student’s leadership and pro-social skills, with a focus on teamwork and community service. This includes building capacity in students to work together and to develop, strengthen, and sustain positive

relationships. Throughout the day, fifth graders are taking an increasing leadership role in our school. They are currently helping to run Safe Routes to School and Jam the Van days, in addition to their roles as Estabuddies, helping our kindergarten and grade 1 students start their days. Soon, groups of fifth graders will be invited to have lunch with Mr. LaBroad in his office, during which time they will have the opportunity to share what is working well at Estabrook, as well as their ideas on ways to improve our school.

Below, fifth graders work with Mrs. Laicer to calculate participation in Safe Routes to School Day to determine the winner of October's Golden Sneaker Award.

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METCO FAMILY FRIENDS DAY | Thursday, October 20

SCHOOL COUNCIL | Monday, October 24, 3:45-5:00 p.m.

PARENT CONFERENCES | Wednesday & Thursday, October 26 & 27

Early dismissal at 12:15 p.m. each day.

JAM THE VAN | Thursday, October 27

Bring a canned good/non-perishable food item to donate to the Merrimack Valley Food Pantry.

PLAYFUL PARENTING | Thursday, October 27, 7pm, Estabrook School

Dr. Larry Cohen, author of Playful Parenting will be our guest as we explore the important role of play and emotional understanding in parenting.

PARENT CONFERENCES | Wednesday & Thursday, November 2 & 3

Early dismissal at 12:15 p.m. each day.

PRINCIPAL ROUNDTABLE | Sunday, November 6, 2 p.m.

Estabrook parents are invited to join school administrators and other Estabrook families for a roundtable discussion about the social and emotional well-being of our students, the challenges they face and what we can do to support them.

NO SCHOOL | Tuesday, November 8

Professional Development Day for Teachers

PRINCIPAL COFFEE | Wednesday, November 9

Join us for a conversation about supporting math learning at home.

NO SCHOOL | Friday, November 11

Veteran's Day

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