PTA Weekly Newsletter - November 27, 2017

Dates to put on the calendar

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

·       Dec 1 (Fri): Early Release (11:45AM) for Middle School Parent Conferences

·       Dec 5 (Tue): Field Trip: Grade 6 Mandarin

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

·       Dec 7 (Thu): Field Trip: Grade 7 Mandarin

·       Dec 8 (Fri): Early Release (11:45AM) for Middle School Parent Conferences

·       Dec 11 (Mon): Fundraise at the Local Restaurant to Support the 8th Grade Washing DC trip

·       Dec 11 (Mon): 7:00 PM Choral Concert: 6, 7, 8

·       Dec 12 (Tue): Field Trip: Grade 7

·       Dec 12 (Tue): 7:00 PM Women’s & Men’s Choir Concert

·       Dec 15 (Fri): Field Trip: Team Justice

Announcements from Diamond PTA

Did you know that you can donate money to the Diamond PTA while you’re shopping at Amazon? Just use this link 1805747 , or go to and choose Diamond Middle School PTA.

At our monthly meeting last week, the PTA Board approved teacher grants for the French department (La Vie En Rose Band, an interactive French concert, for all French students), 6th grade social studies teachers (Tales of Greek Mythology program), Counseling department (anti-bullying program), Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy supplies. Many thanks to all of you who have donated to the PTA so that we can support these programs!

 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.

Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

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. 

Julie and Kristi will also bring the "Hidden in Plain Site" display which is a teenage bedroom set up with subtle clues that might indicate a teen is using substances. 

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

Please direct any questions to Martha Kurland@

Community Announcements

Yes! For Lexington Campaign

On Monday, December 4, Lexington voters will be asked to approve a debt exclusion to pay for construction of three capital projects; Maria Hastings Elementary School,  Lexington Children’s Place (Pre-K), and  Fire Station Headquarters.   These vital facilities are all operating in substandard buildings that are too small to handle the current and future needs of Lexington. Investing in these projects will improve the education system and public safety for all of Lexington.

Please help the Yes! For Lexington Field Operations team spread the message to our neighbors to vote YES on December 4 by volunteering for one or more days of phone banking.  Phone banking will take place at either Barrett Sotheby’s or Coldwell Banker offices in town center from 6:30pm-8:30pm.  We will use our cellphones to call fellow town residents to inform or remind them to vote on Monday, December 4th.  A script will be provided.      

Sign up here to help with phone banking and make calls to fellow neighbors to inform/remind them to vote YES

Please visit for more information about the campaign, more opportunities to participate, endorse the campaign, and to host a lawn sign!