Organization

School Year

Curriculum Enrichment

Committee Chairperson Description
A.C.T.
(Arts Created Together)
Kristen Reed
Stacey Smiar
Jennifer Zacharis
ACT Chairs collaborate with Principal and staff to find and schedule arts enrichment program for each grade's curriculum. There are 2 school wide presentations as well as 2 additional presentations per grade. These programs are funded 100% by the PTA
Science Enrichment Kristen Reed
Stacey Smiar
Jennifer Zacharis
This PTA funded program brings grade-level, curriculum based science programming to all Harrington students.

Fund Raising

Committee Chairperson Description
Harrington Spring Fair Lori Reick The Spring Fair is a beloved tradition at Harrington, as well as the PTA's biggest fund-raiser. The Fair is an exciting event for the entire family
Picture Day Seiza Viana Picture days take place in the Fall and include student and class photos as well as a fundraising family portrait event
Fall Fundraiser Jing Su Many different products for sale beyond gift wrap including gifts and gourmet food. 50% of total sales fund Harrington PTA initiatives.
Box Tops Caitlin Ravichandran This PTA Fundraiser encourages students collect General Mills Box Tops and bring them into the lobby every Tuesday morning to help supplement the PTA General Fund. Small prizes are awarded to all students.
Spirit Wear Katherine Mahony This PTA Fundraiser encourages students to show school spirit by purchasing T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants and/or hats with the Harrington School name and mascot.
Fun Run Keri Caron
Retail Partnerships OPEN Works with businesses that provide money back to non-profit programs, i.e. Stop and Shop, Target, Amazon, Wilson Farm, Barnes and Noble etc.

School Support

Committee Chairperson Description
Library Volunteers Newcomers and experienced volunteers are welcome - and needed! Training is available. It's a fun and relaxing way to get to know the students and staff, while providing a valuable service to your child's class. You can help once a week or once a month, your choice!
Green Team Amy Armitage The Green Team is a group of parent volunteers that oversees the composting and recycling of all eligible lunchtime items! We are interested and passionate about preserving our environment, increasing environmental education and awareness at school and at home, and making your child's world a greener place to live. Like the other LPS Green Teams, we are working with our school’s staff and administration to assess all current green efforts at Harrington, and with the DPW and Town to increase awareness and decrease our school's carbon footprint. Join us here!
Room Parents Coordinator Karin Arnold Head Room Parents, with assistance from the Room Parents, work to facilitate communication between teachers and parents. They coordinate volunteers for the Big Backyard, organize class baskets, plan class parties, welcome new families; and assist teachers with other class events/activities.
Community Service Coordinator Not this year Work with Principal & teachers to plan at least one community service project for students to participate in during the school year
Map Night Ally Wang Lexington Public Schools and the Harrington PTA are hosting an exciting night of educational fun with the National Geographic Society's Giant Map. Additional activities will include crafts, book reading, games, and presentations. This is a free event, open to the entire family.
Lost and Found OPEN The Lost & Found is located next to the Gym near the Kindergarten wing. Labeled items are returned to students; unclaimed items are returned at the end of the year.
5th Grade Graduation Christine Chisholm
Stephanie Hsu
5th grade parents collaborate with 5th grade teachers to plan the camping trip, graduation ceremony, DVD, yearbook, pool party & class gift. They also work with students to fundraise for end of year events.
Math Mornings/Night Sona Antonyan(mornings)
Peter Beebee(nights)
Math Nights are parent-child fun filled evening of math games held once a year for each grade. Math mornings provide math enrichment program run by parents to build problem -solving skills. For 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, held once a week before school.
Harrington Reads Book Club Claire Sheth This parent/child book club is open to all 4th and 5th graders. Meetings are facilitated by the committee chairs and are held twice a year for each grade.
Beautification Maria Vlachos Maintains two-way, regular communication between the PTA and the Harrington staff. The Liaisons meet regularly with the PTA Executive Committee
Safe Routes to School Bob Sayre
Big Backyard Pamela Cohen
This is a town-wide parent run science enrichment program. The program is developed to enrich each grade's science curriculum. 3 Parent volunteers from each classroom participate in 1 hour training per season. Will then lead students on seasonal explorations behind the school during class time several times throughout the school year.

Community Building

Committee Chairperson Description
International Food Night Deepa Gajaria Harrington Community Pot Luck Dinner designed to share our international roots and socialize! Parents and kids bring desserts, main courses or side dishes from around the world to share with other families.
Talent Show Cheri Sukia This annual evening event gives all Harrington students the opportunity to show off their special talents in a fun and supportive environment
Bingo Night Courtney Walsh Traditional Bingo is a fun filled night for the whole family with teacher Bingo callers & fun prizes. You can come early for a pizza dinner to help support the 5th Grade.
Hobby Night Seiza Viana Low-key evening event. Children can bring their hobby, collections or special interest to school to display and share with their friends.
Science Fair OPEN The Science Fair is an annual opportunity for Harrington students to create and display science projects and experiments
Community Read-Aloud Not this year Lexington community leaders (such as police and fire personnel, business owners, elected officials) come to Harrington and read to the students one day in winter
Sports Outings Christine Belin The family sports outings are offered several times a year and include trips to see the Lowell Spinners and the Devils hockey team
Teacher Appreciation Seiza Viana
Katherine Mahony
METCO Family Friends Stephanie Hsu METCO Family Friends partners host families with our Boston families. Host families bring home Boston students one Thursday afternoon per month during the school year.
Hurrah Tanya Stamoulis
Kristin Bjork
It's a PARTY for the Harrington Community! Parents and children come to school on a Friday night for family evening of food, games and silent auction.
Movie Night Julie Fuhrer
Christine Chisholm
International Parent Orientation Ally Wang

Membership

Committee Chairperson Description
Directory Jennifer Gerfen Annual Harrington Family Directory provides the school calendar, all staff contact information and Harrrington School family's contact information. This is distributed to all PTA members.
Kindergarten Orientation Jennifer Gerfen
Language Liaison Ally Wang Assists foreign families new to Harrington School in becoming more familiar with our community and PTA

Communications

Committee Chairperson Description
Harrington Herald Newsletter Caroline Fantasia The Herald is Harrington's newsletter. Funded by the PTA, the Herald includes announcements and articles relevant to the Harrington Community
Back to School Packet Co-Presidents Coordinate efforts to gather and disseminate necessary PTA information mailed to all Harrington families before school starts.
PTA email list Wenhong Dai *Moderated announcement-only list for weekly Harrington Happenings and other announcements. Send email to harringtoneschool@gmail.com to have announcements posted to the list.

PTA Listserv is a great way to keep informed about events and deadlines at Harrington. You will receive reminders and announcements to your computer, at home or at work! Only pertinent, school/student related information and announcements approved by the Lexington Public Schools administration will be sent out. No spam received on the listserv.
HAWKS list Anuja Das *Moderated subscription, unmoderated posting googlegroups discussion list and is an informal list for discussing topics of interest to families in the community.
Website Robert Chen The Harrington PTA website (http://hrptsa.lexingtonma.org/) is an excellent source of information for children and parents including: PTA and school forms, individual class & grade information, calendars, and general Lexington Public School information (i.e. snow days, lunch program, etc.)

Liaisons

Committee Chairperson Description
School committee liaisons Not this year.
Teacher liaison Not this year.
School site council (HSSC) liaison Not this year.