Hastings Elementary School

Where Our Students Make a World of Difference

Check out what's happening this week:

1. Students in Action!

2. OUR ANNUAL WINTER FESTIVAL IS 2 DAYS AWAY!

3. Upcoming Parent Events

  • Parent Meeting - Reading Difficulties (January 15th)
  • Square One Event - "The Secret Lives of Teens & Tweens" (January 16th)
  • Parent Math Night (January 30th)

4. Read with Furry Friends

5. Mark your Calendars

Students in Action

OUR ANNUAL WINTER FESTIVAL IS 2 DAYS AWAY!

Come to Hastings on Saturday, January 11th from 4:30 to 7:30!

We hope you and your whole family can make this fun-filled night. There will be activities for children of all ages, food, a DJ, and an incredible auction this year.


Activities include a cake walk, bounce house, games, face paint, sliming the principal, and more!


Auction items include vacations (NH, Storyland, and more!), spa packages, Westborough youth sports, restaurant bundles, YMCA and Release memberships, ski lift tickets, Boston activities (Aquarium, Duck Boats, Swan Boats, and more) and adventure passes (TreeTop Adventure, Sky Zone Escape Games, Roller Kingdom, and more!). You can even win front row tickets for your child's school play in the spring OR get your child's name on the front Hastings sign for their birthday month. These are just a few of the terrific items!


Basket raffle items include fun teacher activities (ice cream parties, slime making, cookie decorating, and more!), sports themed baskets, day as an office helper or vice principal, and more!


Click HERE to donate your time

Click HERE to done a cake for the Cake Walk!


We can't wait to see you on Saturday for a fantastic night!

Upcoming Parent Events

Reading Difficulty Discussion

On January 15th the district will be hosting a parent meeting to continue discussions about our initiatives pertaining to assessment and instruction for students with reading difficulties, including dyslexia. The meeting will be held at Mill Pond from 6:30 to 8:00.


If you have a child who has had reading difficulties, including dyslexia, please take our very brief survey.

Square One Event - "The Secret Lives of Teens & Tweens"

Come join us on Thursday, January 16th in the WHS Auditorium at 6:30pm!


"The Secret Lives of Teens" is a high-energy presentation that actively focuses on what teens are really thinking, what they fear, why they do not share more, and how adults can effectively support the teens in their lives. This presentation covers areas such as depression, suicide, 'acting out' behaviors, drug and alcohol use, and more.


Participants will leave the workshop with:

  • Strategies they can implement immediately

  • New ways of understanding teens and their behaviors

  • Innovative techniques for engaging teens

  • Confidence, courage, and new language to use with teens

Parent Math Night

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 (Snowdate: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 )

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Mill Pond School Auditorium

Presented by: Jenny Deane, Ph.D.


Our goal for the evening is to support parents so that they can understand the math that is taught in today’s classrooms and, in turn, engage more actively in their children’s mathematics learning, both at home and at school. Check out the flyer HERE for additional information!

Read with Furry Friends!

Read to Furry Friends is a Girl Scout Silver Award project for children in grades 1-3 to read to certified therapy dogs. This free program, brought to you by Girl Scout Cadettes Katelyn McCarthy, Joshika Prahbugee, and Meredith Swanson, from Troop 41061, is great for emerging readers to grow their confidence and reading skills.


It will be held in 2 locations: Westborough and Southborough Public Libraries.

Westborough Public Library: Tuesday afternoons: January 14th, January 28, & February 11th, Sign up on the Westborough Public Library Website - on the “Calendar." https://www.town.westborough.ma.us/public-library/pages

Southborough Public Library: Saturday mornings: Jan. 11, and Feb 15, and 29. To reserve a spot for your child call/text: 508-577-0911


Also, the Girl Scouts are collecting items for dog rescues and animal shelters as part of this project. There are bins at both libraries and at Fales School. Please consider a donation of dog food, treats, paper towels, blankets, toys, etc.

Mark your Calendars!

Thursday, January 9th

  • Hastings Parent Group Meeting, Library, 6:00-6:45 (NEW TIME)
  • Town Meeting, 7:00


Friday, January 10th

  • Early Release for Students, 11:55 AM, No Lunch will be Served


Saturday, January 11th

  • Winter Festival - See You There!


Wednesday, January 15th

  • Reading Difficulties Discussion, Mill Pond, 6:30-8:00


Wednesday, January 15th

  • Ukulele Night, Music Room, 6:00-7:00


Thursday, January 16th

  • Square One Event - "The Secret Lives of Teens & Tweens," High School, 6:30


Monday, January 20th

  • No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • MLK Jr. Community Celebration, High School, 9:30-12:30


Thursday, January 30th

  • Parent Math Night, Mill Pond, 6:30-8:00