PTO Announcements

Clarke Weekly Announcements 10/16/16



19 METCO Potluck Dinner
21 Apollo Team Breakfast for Staff
26 8: 45 AM Get To Know Your School; PTO Informational Session, Cafeteria


2 6:30 PM Meeting about Washington DC trip-for 8th grade parents
4 6:30 PM 8th grade Social
8 No School-Professional Devt
11 No School-Holiday
18 No School-conferences
23 Half Day-Holiday
24&25 No School-Holiday


Boston/Lexington Family Potluck
Wednesday, October 19th
Boston Nature Center — 500 Walk Hill Street, Boston

A Clarke tradition, this is a night for JCMS families and faculty to come together through food, music, raffles and fun. We ask each family to contribute to the evening’s meal and a Sign Up Genius will be making the rounds soon to ensure a well-rounded bounty! In the meantime, please click on the following Evite link invitation for more information and to RSVP so we can provide the venue with a more accurate headcount. Join the fun!
Claire Sheth


Apollo Parents,

On Friday, October 21, the Apollo Team will host a staff appreciation breakfast for all Clarke teachers and staff. This is a way for us to thank them and acknowledge their hard work on behalf of our children. Each team hosts one breakfast, and October is our turn.
We kindly request volunteers, donations of food and drinks, supplies, or money from parents with a child on the 8th grade Apollo team. The link below will take you to Signup Genius, where can select which way you want to help out. You are welcome to sign up for more than one slot.
If you decide to make a donation (cash or check), please put it in an envelope addressed to “Apollo Team Breakfast” and drop it off at the office as soon as possible. Cash donations will be used to purchase additional supplies and food for the event.
If you have any questions, please contact Margy Medini at 781 999 4853


Get to Know your New School
Wednesday, October 26 8:45AM, in Clarke Cafeteria

What is WIN block? How does lunch work? Who do I call when I need help? Especially for 6th grade parents, parents new to the school, and parents wanting information on new Clarke initiatives, this panel will provide answers to all questions you’ve wanted to ask.

Moderated by Principal Anna Monaco, the panel consists of Clarke Social Worker Liz Murphy and Guidance Counselors Jeffrey Capuzziello and Ellen Vera. This will be an interactive Q&A session. Come ready to ask questions!

Bay State Textiles CLARKE MIDDLE SCHOOL Program

We have two boxes next to the parking lot. Please donate your old textiles and CLARKE will receive money based on how much we donate. SIMPLE and SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT! Stuffed animals, old rugs, linens, clothes, shoes…did I mention stuffed animals?!
The focus of the School Box Program is to spread awareness and educate on the problem of textile waste. A donation box is placed outside of each school in Lexington generating a rebate based on the weight of donations.



Calling all runners, walkers, and supporters of Clarke, we are happy to announce we will be participating in the BattleGreen Run!

WHEN: November 6th
WHERE: Lexington High School and food and festivities following the run in the field house
TIME: Registration begins at 9:30am.

Instructions for Registering with CrowdRise to raise funds through the Battlegreen Run

The Battlegreen Run Foundation is excited to partner with Clarke and give an opportunity to raise funds for Clarke through our Battlegreen Run (and Walk!).

STEP 1. REGISTER FOR RACE! Register for the event itself as a runner or walker here (; look for ONLINE registration link at top of page. After you’ve registered, you can create a fundraising page under your team and every penny raised will go straight to Clarke. (see STEP 2).

STEP 2. To set up your personal fundraising page:
1. Go to
2. Scroll down to the teams and click on your Team Clarke
3. On the right hand side of the team page click on ‘FUNDRAISE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN’
4. Follow the steps to create your personal page
5. Share you page with friends, family and co-workers though social media and email to raise funds for your organization

Please join Team Clarke in the BATTLEGREEN RUN. This is a great community builder and fundraiser. Wear your CLARKE spirit wear and sign up to run, walk or sponsor one of our participants.

The Genesis Battlegreen Run will be celebrating 21 years on Sunday, November 6, 2016 in Lexington, MA! Since its inception in 1996, the Genesis Battlegreen Run has been established as one of the most popular road race events in New England. This race event is unlike any other racing event from start to finish. Rene Rancourt, voice of the Boston Bruins, sends the runners along their way with a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, accompanied by musket fire, courtesy of the Lexington Minutemen. Another signature component of the racing event is the post-race buffet, which includes a variety of food options generously donated by many local restaurants and food vendors.


Beyond Measure Film Screening | Tuesday, October 18

A community event. Cary Hall 7:00 – 9:30PM Get Tickets Here

Volunteers Needed! Come help out at Bridge Elementary School on Saturday October 22nd as it is transformed into a spectacular spooky site for the popular MONSTAH CARNIVAL. Volunteers are needed to help decorate the school, set up and run games, hand out prizes, paint faces, collect tickets and more. Event runs from 5-7:30 but volunteer slots are available starting at 2pm for set-up. High school students will receive community service credit. See the attached sign up genius for more details. Thanks – Bridge PTA appreciates your help!!


Lexington Education Foundation Trivia Bee
Save the Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Calling all Lexington residents! The Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) will be holding its annual ‘bee’-loved Trivia Bee on Wednesday, November 9th, 7:00 PM in the Lexington High School Auditorium. Three-member teams compete in this friendly battle of wits – do you have the right trivial stuff?

The LEF Trivia Bee is a unique Lexington tradition that draws together our entire community while raising funds to enhance educational excellence in the Lexington Public Schools. Historically, each school has been well represented.

Teams compete in rounds (or swarms), with the winners of the swarms battling it out in the final round. All answers are a team effort, so no one person is ever put on the spot. Trivia questions are in the following categories: history, sports, popular culture, science, arts/literature and current events.

Over the years, this lively event has been a major source of funds for LEF’s grant programs. When you participate, you help LEF fund fresh ideas, new technology and innovative instruction in our town’s public schools.

We would love to see all schools represented, just as they have been in past years. Represent your favorite Lexington school as a parent, an alumni, parent of an alumni, or education enthusiast!

We are delighted to announce that we will serve food from Red Heat Tavern this year. We’ve heard great reviews about their food.

If you have further questions, send an email to or call the LEF office at 781-372-3288.
Team registration fee is $375 per 3-member team. To register teams, click on the following link:
Registration will close on Friday, October 7th.