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News and Notes from Estabrook School | February 2, 2017

Principal's Message

Dear Estabrook Families,

I'm excited to open the registration for The Gift of Failure with Jessica Lahey. A teacher, speaker and New York Times bestselling author, Ms. Lahey will be speaking at Estabrook on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. on the theme of fostering intrinsic motivation and resilience in children. Registration will be made available next week to the wider Lexington community, so be sure to reserve your seat today!

I look forward to this important evening of discussion and learning together with our faculty, staff and parent community.


If you haven't already, I encourage you to consider joining the Estabrook PTO's The Gift of Failure book club prior to Ms. Lahey's visit. Click here for more information.

Jeff LaBroad


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One more time!

As we cheer on the Patriots this Sunday, join us for Spirit Day this Friday! Come dressed in your best Patriots or red and blue gear and celebrate the home team tomorrow, Friday, February 3!

Safe Routes to School Day Returns Wednesday

Wednesday, February 8 is our monthly Safe Routes to School Day. Walk, bike, scoot, bus or carpool to school. This month's theme is "Favorite Outdoor Winter Activities." Upon arrival students will record their favorite outdoor winter activity. As always, the classroom with the highest rate of participation will win the coveted GOLDEN SNEAKER AWARD!

Learn about Estabrook's Social-Emotional Learning February 8

Join Mr. LaBroad and members of our Mental Health team at the next Principal’s Coffee on Wednesday, February 8 at 8:45 a.m. Learn about Estabrook's pro-social teaching, counseling support and more. Members of the school’s Mental Health team will share information about their work and answer your questions.

At Home Learning Calendars Debut

Our new At Home Learning Calendars went home with students on Wednesday. We hope this calendar will serve as a resource to extend student learning beyond the school day, while engaging in activities together as a family. To access electronic, clickable versions of your child's calendar, click here.

Remember your sneakers!

On days your child(ren) have Physical Education class, please be sure they have appropriate foot ware. Sneakers must be work in the gym.

Fifth graders mark their 1,000th Day!

One of the many milestones fifth graders mark in their final year as elementary school students is their 1,000th Day of School. Our fifth graders celebrated their 1000th Day on Tuesday, January 24. This is a significant accomplishment in the life of a student, and creates a reason for students to reflect on their growth as students as well as what's ahead for them. This year, fifth graders are marking their thousandth day by writing a collection of one thousand letters of kindness, gratitude and well-wishes to various groups and individuals--everyone from family members and former teachers to doctors and emergency service works.

Welcome Sammantha Sylvester!

Please join me in welcoming Sammantha Sylvester to Estabrook School. Ms. Sylvester joins us as the newest member of our School Support Personnel (SSP) team. Ms. Sylvester currently works with the Lextended Day program here at Estabrook. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education from UMass Boston Dartmouth, and a Massachusetts K-8 Visual Arts education license. She has worked as an art instructor and kindergarten teacher throughout southern New England. Welcome, Ms. Sylvester!

Central Registration Opens in Lexington

This week marked the opening of the Lexington Public Schools' new Office of Central Registration. As of February 1, all preK-5 students new to the Lexington Public Schools will register through the new Office of Central Registration. The process begins with families registering their new students online through the Central Registration website, and will be followed by an opportunity for new families to schedule an appointment at the Central Registration Office to complete registration.

Central Registration for All NEW incoming Grades 6-12 students will launch July 1; until then, students new to Lexington entering the middle or high school will continue to register directly at Clarke, Diamond and Lexington High School.

The Central Registration Office located at 146 Maple Street, Lower Level, Room 9, Lexington, MA 02420. Entrance and parking are located in the rear of the Central Administration Office. With questions or for support, contact the office at (781) 861-2580 ext. 68100 or

SAVE THE DATE! Field Day Returns this June

Field Day returns Friday, June 2. More information on how to sign up to volunteer coming soon! With questions, contact Mrs. Hassan at



Click here for the complete Estabrook School Calendar

Click here for the complete 2016-2017 Academic Calendar

METCO FAMILY FRIENDS | Thursday, February 2

PATRIOTS SPIRIT DAY | Friday, February 3

100th DAY OF SCHOOL | Tuesday, February 7

Today also marks our fifth graders' 1,000th day of school. Ask your child what his or her class did to celebrate the day!

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL DAY | Wednesday, February 8

PRINCIPAL COFFEE | Wednesday, February 8, 8:45-9:30 a.m.

Estabrook School Literacy Center


Sponsored by Grade 2

PTO GRADE 4-5 MATH NIGHT | Wednesday, February 8, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Estabrook Cafeteria

ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY | Friday, February 10, 9:15 a.m.

Hosted by Grade 3. Third grade families are invited to attend.

VALENTINE'S DAY | Tuesday, February 14

PTO SCIENCE FAIR | Wednesday, February 15, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Estabrook Cafeteria

JAM THE VAN! | Thursday, February 16

Help us up our donation total during our monthly drive for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank!

FEBRUARY VACATION | February 20-24

Schools Closed

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