Estabrook Buzz

News and Notes from Estabrook School | March 9, 2017


We are just over a week away from ESTAFEST, the Estabrook PTO's largest fundraiser and a community event that is the highlight of early spring here in Lexington. With food, games, raffles, a silent auction and more, there is something for everyone at Estafest!

For more information, click here to visit the official PTO Estafest website. Be on the lookout for information coming home from the PTO, and check out the various ways you can get involved as well.

I look forward to seeing you at what will be my FIRST Estafest on Saturday, March 18th!

Jeff LaBroad


Register Today for the gift of failure!

The Gift of Failure comes to Estabrook Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Be sure to reserve your seat, and join the Estabrook parents, faculty and staff, along with teachers and parents from across Lexington for this important event.


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Estabrook faculty explore the gift of failure

Last Thursday, Estabrook faculty and staff gathered in book clubs to discuss Jessica Lahey's The Gift of Failure, the title at the center of Lahey's talk at Estabrook School coming up on Tuesday, March 21. Since January teachers have been reading the book, and last week came together in small groups, then as an entire staff, to discuss and explore the ideas raised in the book. The staff explored themes, learnings, take-aways and next steps. They were excited by the discussion, and will have their dog-eared copies in hand when they join you for Jessica's talk on March 21.

Sign Up for Parent Conferences

Parent Conferences will take place during the first two weeks of April. Conferences provide a great opportunity for parents and teachers to discuss student progress and set goals for the next part of the school year.

Click here to sign up for a conference with your child's teacher.

Kindergarten Orientation takes place March 16

Parents of incoming kindergarteners are invited a the Lexington Kindergarten Orientation on Thursday, March 16 at 6:45 p.m. at Bowman School. Kindergarten teachers, school administrators and district officials will be on hand to share information and answer questions.

A reminder, registration for kindergarten (and all grades K-5) for 2017-2018 is now open. To begin the registration process, click here.

Estabrook's solar panels generate real-time information for students

One of the many features that makes our LEED-certified facility so green are the rows of solar panels placed atop our roof! Information on the amount of energy produced--and the emissions saved--is on display in real time for students to see each day, courtesy of a digital display in our first floor hallway. You can view the information any time from home--just click here!

Parents share feedback on homework

Thank you to all the parents who joined Mr. LaBroad and Maureen Kavanaugh for the Homework Focus Group on March 8. Parents were able to share their feedback on Estabrook's move to a homework plan with a focus on independent reading and optional At Home Learning Calendars. Your thoughts are were invaluable as we weigh our assigned homework.

In the weeks ahead, parents will be invited to complete a survey on the topic.

School Offices Closed Thursday, March 23

All Lexington Public Schools offices will close at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, to allow for staff training on our new email/communication system, slated to come online this summer. We appreciate your understanding.



Click here for the complete Estabrook School Calendar

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ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY | Thursday, March 9, 11:15 a.m.

Hosted by Grade 4

ESTAFEST SPIRIT DAY | Wednesday, March 15

Get excited for Estafest this weekend. Come dressed in your Esta-BEST! Wear your black and yellow, your Estabrook Spirtwear or your best bee attire!


Sponsored by Grade 1 families

JAM THE VAN | Thursday, March 16

KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION | Thursday, March 16, 6:45 p.m.

Bowman School, Lexington

ESTAFEST | Saturday, March 18, 11:00-3:00

Don't miss a minute of the fun!

THE GIFT OF FAILURE | Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 p.m.

Estabrook School Auditorium

SCHOOL OFFICES CLOSING EARLY | Thursday, March 23, 1:30 p.m.

SCHOOL COUNCIL | Monday, March 27, 3:45-5:00 p.m.

PRINCIPAL'S ROUNDTABLE | Sunday, April 2, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

MCAS: Grade 5 ELA Session 1 | Monday, April 3

MCAS: Grade 5 ELA Session 2 | Tuesday, April 4

PARENT CONFERENCES | Wednesday, April 5 & Thursday, April 6

Students dismissed at 12:15 both days

MCAS: Grade 5 ELA Session 3 | Wednesday, April 5

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