PTA Newsletter for the week of Nov 13, 2017

Dates to put on the calendar


·       Nov 14 (Tue): Presentation on the Use of Social Media and Bullying (Clarke Auditorium)

·       Nov 15 (Wed): 7:00pm Community Forum on School Start Time (Battin Hall at Cary Hall)

·       Nov 15 (Thu): Picture Retakes

·       Nov 15 (Thu): Fall Socials: Grade 6 (3pm – 5pm) & Grade 7 (6pm – 8pm)

·       Nov 17 (Fri): Middle School Parent Conferences – no school

·       Nov 22 (Wed): Early Release (11:45am)

·       Nov 30 (Thu): Literacy Night: LexGo Camping (in the Library)

·       Dec 1 (Fri): Middle School Parent Conferences -- half day

·       Dec 6 (Wed): Talk on Substance Abuse (7pm in the Library)

·       Dec 8 (Fri): Middle School Parent Conferences -- half day

·       Dec 11 (Mon): Fundraiser at The Local restaurant to support the 8th Grade Washington, DC trip


Announcements from Diamond PTA


The first School Socials of the year will be held this Thursday, November 16th. 


•               The 6th Grade from 3:00-5:00 pm‬. 

•               The 7th Grader from 6:00-8:00 pm‬.   


**Student Council is looking for SNACK DONATIONS and PARENT VOLUNTEERS**

If you are able to help, please contact Stacey Raiche (


Fundraiser at The Local restaurant to support the 8th grade Washington, DC trip!


Date: Monday, December 11, 2017

Time: 11am-10:30pm, lunch or dinner, dine in or take out

Place: The Local restaurant, 350 Cambridge Road, Woburn (near Whole Foods in Woburn)    

The 8th grade parents are organizing a fundraiser at The Local restaurant in order to help fund scholarships for the 8th grade Washington, DC trip! 20% of your check excluding alcohol sales, tax, and gratuity will be donated to the Diamond 8th grade class of 2018 DC Trip Scholarship Fund.

For any questions please contact

For reservations or menu questions contact The Local directly @ 781-932-5910

Please note that this is not a PTA fundraiser; the Diamond PTA is supporting these efforts with community outreach and banking assistance, but all money raised will go to the tour company for scholarships.


Register to vote!

Please note that this Tuesday, November 14th, is the last day to register to vote in time for the December 4th Debt Exclusion vote. Find out if you are registered, where to register, and voting locations here:


 Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events


New Traffic Pattern


Effective Tuesday, November 14th, we will be changing the areas where parents and buses drop-off and pick-up students.  Parents/guardians will now use the loop on the side of the building closest to Victory Garden Way where buses have been dropping off and picking up; buses will use the loop along the front of the building that parents/guardians have been using.  (Please see this link for a map:

In addition, ALL traffic coming on site (cars and buses) will queue in one lane and there will be no passing.  In order to maintain safety, we will be diligent about enforcing this no passing rule.

As we adjust to this new traffic pattern, you may find that drop-off or pick-up takes a little longer.  Therefore, if you are a parent or guardian who is dropping off or picking up, we encourage you to do so either before or after peak traffic times.  For drop-off in the morning that would mean planning to arrive before 7:35 and for pick up it means waiting until after 3:00.  Parents and guardians may also choose to use the Sedge Road side of the building for drop-off and/or pick-up.  

As always, we ask that you drive cautiously in our parking lots in order to ensure the safe arrival and dismissal of our students.  In addition, we ask that you follow the directions given by the staff who are out on traffic duty.  

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work to find the safest and most efficient drop-off and pick-up plan.



Presentation on The Use of Social Media and Bullying


Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 6:30PM in the Clarke Middle School Auditorium.  Dr. Elizabeth Englander from MARC (Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center) will present to parents on the use of social media and bullying and how they impact middle school children on a daily basis.  

Dr. Englander is a knowledgeable and engaging researcher, and we hope that you can join us to hear about this important and relevant topic.



Community Forum on School Start Times


Lexington Public Schools will be hosting a community forum on November 15th at 7:00pm in Battin Hall. The School Start Times Task Force and Lexington Public Schools Administration will host Judith Owens at a community forum engaging in a discussion on school start times. Judith Owens is a sleep expert and Director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children's Hospital and an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. At this community forum, Dr. Owens will engage the community in a discussion around the myths and misconceptions surrounding school start times and sleep patterns for students.  


Your Middle School Student and Substances- What Are They Learning and What You Should Know

Wednesday December 6th 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Diamond Middle School Library


Come to this important session led by Lexington Public Schools Assistance Coordinator of PE and Wellness, Julie Fenn, LICSW and Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev, LICSW to learn how middle school health class is educating students about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. Julie and Kristie will run attendees through best practices for parent awareness and teen safety. They will also discuss what we know about substance abuse in Lexington. This will be an interactive session and all are welcome. 


(Sponsored by the Diamond and Clarke PTA and SHAC's Substance Abuse Task Force  

Please direct any questions to Martha Kurland@


Community Announcements


Save the Date: Thursday November 16: Building Tours of Proposed Projects for Dec. 4 Debt Exclusion Vote


The Town and Schools have created an opportunity for community members to see for themselves just why the Fire Station Headquarters, Hastings Elementary School and Lexington Children's Place need replacing.  We encourage you to take this opportunity to explore the facilities and ask questions of the folks who know these buildings best-- our fire personnel, teachers and administrators. Please help spread the word about this wonderful opportunity to see first hand just how critical these needs are.

Guided tours with the director/principal at Lexington Children's Place and Hastings will also be provided on the half hour, or you can just check out the facilities unguided during the open house times listed below. 



Fire Station Headquarters

45 Bedford St



(guided tours every 30min)

Lexington Children’s Place (Pre-k)

Harrington Elementary School

328 Lowell Street



(Guided tours every 30min)

Hastings Elementary

7 Crosby Road


The tours are an easy way to get first hand experience of these facilities. 



F.A.T. Chain Reaction Event at the MIT Museum

Attend as a spectator or build your own Rube Goldberg-esque link and be part of a giant chain reaction at the annual F.A.T. Chain Reaction Event! Popular hosts Arthur Ganson and Jeff Lieberman will be on hand as teams put together their own contraptions, they’re linked together, and a ball is set in motion moving from start to finish in a giant loop.

Bring your families, bring your friends. This a one-of-a-kind, must-be-seen-to-be-believed engineering feat you won’t want to miss. And this year's event promises to be 2X the fun. The event takes place from 1-4 p.m. at MIT's Rockwell Cage Gymnasium, 106 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139. You can find more information and register here: