Weekly HAWKS Update

News and Information about Our Harrington School Community

Update Nine: October 27th, 2022

Hello Harrington Families and Friends,

I hope you are having a wonderful week and for those of you who have had conferences already and were here in person, it was great to see you!

We started on Monday with many of our families celebrating Diwali and some of our staff, students and their families shared information about their culture and the importance of this holiday. Some staff were fortunate to taste some of the delicious sweet treats too! I have shared a few photos below. Please remember if your student would like to share about your family's culture and traditions, we have the opportunity for anyone to participate in "We All Belong Wednesdays", information can be found at the end of this newsletter on how to get involved.

This week has also been been full of fall fun with pumpkin math, pumpkin activities, leaf collecting and Halloween themed stories. As we have done for the past few years we will continue with fall themed celebrations next week too (don't forget to keep an eye out for mini pumpkins decorated by our staff when you visit the building!) Consistent with all of the elementary schools, we do request that students refrain from wearing costumes to school on Halloween itself and keep them for parties and trick-or-treating that will occur outside of school. Thank you for you help with this. I have included some safety tips from the Lexington Police Dept. below those of you who may go out to celebrate either over the weekend or on Monday. Be safe and have fun!!

We also had our second ALL HAWKS meeting this week and below you will see a video of two of our second grade students singing Happy Birthday in Mandarin to students and staff celebrating October birthdays.

Enjoy the upcoming beautiful weekend weather!

Warm regards,


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School Picture Retake Day-Click here!

Retakes will be happening on Wednesday, November 9th!

Big Backyard Volunteers- THANK YOU!!

Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered for Big Backyard!!! Over the past month, all six grade levels have gone out for a nature walk, kindergarten through 5th grade, or 21 classes total. Nearly 100 parents participated and we couldn’t do it without you. Thanks to those parents, the students learned parts of plants and planted daffodil bulbs, looked for signs of animals, explored properties of soil, learned about how Indigenous peoples used some of these plants before Europeans got here, practiced being good observers and nature scientists, and examined trees in their ecosystems. Thank you parents!

The winter walks will take place in January and February. We will get those Signup Genius links ready by Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, happy outdoor exploring in a place near you!

Let's Celebrate!! Harrington's International Cultural Evening and Potluck is on November 5th at 6pm - We look forward to seeing you there...

Come and join us for a wonderful event at Harrington that celebrates our diverse community. Have a great evening learning about the different cultures of our students through booths, demonstrations, food tasting, performances, and a cultural fashion show. The event is taking place @ Harrington Cafeteria and Gym on November 5th at Harrington from 6:00-8:30 PM.

International Cultural Night Registration Link: https://harringtonelem.membershiptoolkit.com/open_forms ($10/family)

News from the Health Office



As always if you have any questions please feel free to contact Pam Vaughan, our School Nurse

Useful links can be found below:

LPS nurse website


All students and staff are invited to wear Harrington spirit wear OR wear blue and yellow!!

You will see that the Harrington spirit wear is now on sale until November 10th, using the link below.

Student Affinity Groups

Student Affinity Groups will be relaunching and we're looking for a few more parent/guardian support! There will be groups representing the Muslim, Indian, and Asian heritages. Affinity groups are open to all interested 4th or 5th grade students and are co-led by staff and family. Each group will occur about once a month and will host activities and discussions that focus on these heritages in order to support identity or understanding. If you're a parent/guardian who is interested in helping or if you have questions, please contact Mr. Wan (hwan@lexingtonma.org).

The Harrington Parent Teacher Association (Harrington PTA) is a volunteer organization that works with families, staff, and the administration to provide resources and programming that directly benefits the students of Harrington.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Please see maps for the arrival and dismissal at Harrington.

Breakfast and Lunch in the Lexington Public Schools

If you choose to send your child (ren) to school with a lunch from home, please feel free to do that. Many of our students bring their lunch and enjoy their meal alongside those having school lunch in the cafeteria or outside (weather permitting)

We All Belong Wednesdays at Harrington

These videos are made by students and staff each week to share cutures and traditions celebrated within our diverse community. We love to learn about each other.

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Important Dates for Your Calendar




Saturday, November 5th-International Cultural Evening 6-8:30pm

Sunday, November 6th-Daylight Savings

Tuesday, November 8th-NO SCHOOL: Professional Learning Day

Friday, November 11th-NO SCHOOL Government Observance

Wednesday, November 16th Monthly Bedtime Read-Aloud 7pm

Wednesday, November 23rd 12:30 dismissal

Thursday, November 24th and Friday November 25th- NO SCHOOL Government Observance

Observances for November

Nanak Jayanti

November 7, 2022 Guru Nanak Jayanti is a Sikh festival which celebrates the birth of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru and founder of Sikhism. Sikhism shares Hindu concepts of karma, dharma, maya, and samsara (reincarnation). Nanak Jayanti is celebrated by Sikhs as well as Sindhi, Punjabi, and Afghan Hindus. Festivities include processions, food donation, and community service. Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated in the month of November. Guru Nanak was the first among 10 Sikh gurus who is considered sacred to Sikhs. His teachings are compiled in a sacred book, Guru Granth Sahib which promotes service to humanity. On this day, Sikh Gurudwaras organize readings of the Guru Granth Sahib, sing songs, perform martial arts. Devotees prepare community meals called langar and offer it to all visitors in the Gurudwara.

National Day of Mourning

November 24, 2022

The National Day of Mourning is an annual protest organized since 1970 by Native Americans of New England on the fourth Thursday of November, the same day as Thanksgiving in the United States. It coincides with an unrelated similar protest and counter-celebration, Unthanksgiving Day, held on the West Coast. (Source)


November 24, 2022
Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan. (Source)

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