PTO Announcements

Clarke Weekly Announcements 09/25/16


25  Clarke Community Picnic, 4-7 pm Hasting Park

3  No School
5  Walk and Roll Day
6  Picture Day
8:45- 10:00 AM PTO Meeting
6:00 – 8:30 PM Clarke Back To School Night – Open House with   Admin Only
10 No School


Dear Lexington Parents and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you about Lexington’s draft Buffer Zone Policy and to invite you to our upcoming Buffer Zone Policy public forums.

The Lexington School Committee has developed a draft Buffer Zone Policy to help address our growing school enrollment and space capacity issues. Use of buffer zones is a new concept for Lexington, but one that has successfully helped other communities maximize their space use in schools.

The upcoming public forums will focus only on the draft policy language. If and when the School Committee approves a Buffer Zone Policy, additional public forums will be held later this year to share with the community a specific buffer zone map.
The community is invited to attend one of two, identical public forums, where the School Committee Policy Subcommittee will solicit feedback on the proposed new Buffer Zone policy language:

Saturday, September 24th at 10am at Bowman School

Wednesday, September 28th at 7pm at Hastings School.

The draft Buffer Zone policy is available on the Lexington Public Schools homepage, and questions or comments may be directed to the Lexington School Committee. Your input and feedback are important to us.


Dr. Mary Czajkowski, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


Clarke Back to School Picnic
TODAY!, 4-7 PM, Hastings Park
The entire Clarke community is invited so grab a blanket, a ball and bring the family to this fun event.
If you’d prefer to leave the cooking to someone else, Augusta’s Chicken on the Road truck will be on hand, for a post-dinner treat, an ice cream truck will be stopping by for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Also, don’t miss out on your chance to purchase Clarke Spirit Wear items and Dine Around Lexington raffle tickets. The winner of the raffle will receive $250 worth of gift certificates to Lexx, Formosa Taipei, Royal India Bistro, Bertucci’s and Rancatore’s.
We are looking for volunteers to help make this inaugural picnic a success. Please check out how you can help at: and consider lending a hand. If you have any questions, please email us at
Hope you can make it!
The Clarke PTO


Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Schools in Lexington and all over the world are celebrating the environmental and health benefits of walking and biking to school.

Join fellow walkers and bikers for a gathering on October 5th starting at 7:20 am in front of the school on the far side of the island. There will be music, a raffle, snacks and prizes for the homeroom with the highest number of walkers and bikers. Don’t miss the fun!

“Did you know that Lexington has a series of walking paths called Cross Lexington? You may find there is an alternative walking route to Clarke that you hadn’t thought of – Click here for a link to maps”

We strongly encourage parents to go over the safety tips with your child.
Click here for safe walking/biking tips.


Clarke Picture Day October 6, 2016
Parent volunteers needed especially for 8th graders!

Only 3 slots are filled! We need at least 5 more parent volunteers in order to run the event smoothly.
Tasks include assisting 8th graders with lines, forms etc . The event will be over in less than an hour if we have your help.

Please volunteer by signing up at 10c0544a8aa23a02-clarke
or email Chitra Sundar at


Stop & Shop A+ Rewards -Registration is Open!
Registration is now open! Between October, 2016 and March, 2017, Stop & Shop is donating millions of dollars to participating schools across the country! By merely registering your Stop & Shop card with A+ Rewards and using your Stop & Shop card every time you shop, you earn some of this money for our school – it is that simple. After you register your Stop & Shop number, each shopping trip using your Stop & Shop Card earns points. It even works with purchases made online with Peapod by Stop & Shop. At the end of each month these points determine our school’s cash total which is automatically credited to its account.

REMEMBER: • It is free! • You will receive all points for any other Stop & Shop rewards program, such as Gas Rewards, in addition to all A+ points earned every time you shop. • You may register for up to two schools, but you must register with those schools at the same time in order for both to get credit!!!! •

Sixth grade parents and other new parents: make sure you add Clarke to the schools you support! Visit or call 1-877- 275-2758 to register your card and designate up to two schools. Jonas Clarke is #09297


PIZZA!! PIZZA!!! Please join us Tuesday, November 8th at Flatbreads;
Bedford to support Bridge Elementary and Clarke Middle Schools. The Flatbread Company will donate $3.50 for each large flatbread and $1.75 for each small flatbread sold during the event. This is good on both dine in and take out orders from noon until close (both lunch and dinner!).

There is NO SCHOOL on November 8th so plan a group outing with friends for lunch or dinner….or both! Go to the polls to vote then reward yourself with several large pizzas!
Our success is dependent on the support from all of you. Please help spread the word to family and friends. For more information on the Flatbread Company please see the link below.


This August, the Lexington Community Coalition Youth Initiative promoted Vicki Abeles book, Beyond Measure: Rescuing an Overscheduled, Overtested, Underestimated Generation, as the book selection for its inaugural summer book club. Beyond Measure is Vicki Abeles’ follow up to her 2010 book and film, Race to Nowhere. As a culminating event for the summer reading program, the Lexington Community Coalition will host a discussion of the book on September 27th from 7:00-9:00 (location TBD). The focus of the discussion will be on Chapters 2 and 3– Homework and Time.

The community book club is part of a larger effort among the Lexington Public Schools, Community Coalition, and a group of concerned parents to bring the Beyond Measure movement and message to Lexington. The Coalition Youth Initiative hopes parents, educators and students will pick up this well-researched and inspiring book which not only documents the contributors to the increased anxiety among our children, but offers concrete solutions for change. The book discussion will be supplemented by a series of screenings among LPS leadership, faculty and high school students. There will also be a community-wide screening of the film, with an in-person introduction from the author herself on October 18th!

Copies of the book are available at Cary Library in both hard copy and digital versions. Please join us in the discussion on September 27th and save October 18th to see the film! For more information, please visit the “Moving Lexington Beyond Measure” page on Facebook.

Thank you. Any questions, please contact me or you can email Claire Sheth for more details at


Learning from communities with large Asian populations
When: Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7 PM

Panel discussion on cultural inclusion and citizen involvement. All are invited.
California’s Walnut Valley Unified School District near Los Angeles will share its experience.

Where: Large meeting room at Cary Library

The panel will be moderated by Dan Krupka, chair of Lexington’s Subcommittee on Asian Communities, and will include these leaders from the Walnut Valley USD:

  • Dr. Robert Taylor, Superintendent
  • Helen Hall, President of the Board of Trustees
  • Cecilia Yeh, PTA volunteer for student exchange programs with China

Hosts: Lexington’s Vision 2020 Subcommittee on Asian Communities


Lexington SEPAC and SEPTA: October 13, 2016 Meeting
Film Screening & Discussion: “Dislecksia, The Movie”
Date: October 13, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM–9:00 PM
Location: Lexington High School, Science Lecture Hall
251 Waltham Street
Lexington, MA 02421
Film Screening & Discussion: “Dislecksia, The Movie”
Filmmaker and dyslexic Harvey Hubbell V explores the unique nature of how each of us learn and the challenges of having the learning differences of dyslexia. Celebrities, students and brain scientists are profiled in this lighthearted documentary. Dyslexia is explored as the film captures the otherwise complex issues of learning differences in a manner that allows the audience to recognize the differences and honor the gifts in all of us. Parents and students welcome. Discussion following film


What: 4th Annual Pam’s Run 5k/10k run or walk plus a new Kids’ Fun Run ages 2-7
When: Sunday October 16, 2016 registration opens at 8:15 race begins at 10AM
Where: Claypit Elementary School, 40 Adams Lane, Wayland, MA
How: Register today at free t-shirts are included for those that register before 9/28
Why: Proceeds Benefit Neighbor Brigade, a nonprofit that helps individuals and families facing a temporary crisis by providing free support from our thousands of volunteers.