PTA Weekly Newsletter - December 18, 2017

Dates to put on the calendar


· Dec 25 – Jan 1: No School: Christmas & Winter Break

· Jan 11 (Thu): Early Release (11:45) for Professional Learning

· Jan 15 (Mon): No School: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

· Jan 31 (Wed): 7:30PM Grade 6 & 8 Orchestra Performance @ LHS Gym

· Feb 5 (Mon): 7:30PM Grade 7 Orchestra Performance @ LHS Gym

· Feb 19 (Mon): No School: Presidents’ Day & February Vacation


Announcements from Diamond PTA


Volunteers needed!

The Diamond PTA is looking for some volunteer help for the following opportunities:
* Principal Turner has asked if someone can take pictures of the items in Lost and Found, in order to let families see if they recognize any missing clothes.
* Mrs. Tanguay is bringing the book fair back to Diamond the week of March 19th! She’s looking for a parent to organize volunteers to staff the book fair and process sales. 

Please contact us at if you have questions or are able to help out with either of these opportunities.


 Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events


Q&A with Lexington Superintendent, Dr. Czajkowski, and Director of Special Education, Ms. Ellen Sugita


When: Thursday, January 4, 2018

Time: 7:00pm - 8.30pm

Where: Lexington Community Center, Room 139, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington MA.


Please mark your calendars for this opportunity for you to bring your questions and concerns regarding special education in the Lexington public schools. Recommended for families who have children who are receiving special ed services, as well as families who believe their children may have need of services. Meeting sponsored by Lexington SEPAC/SEPTA. Please register for this session and submit your questions (anonymously)  by December 22nd at: d/ 18cd9Jmxddc1tv0rDv6H0wV6walpze AzZtJea-qYgdN8/viewform?ts= 5a29d691&edit_requested=true


For more information about LexSEPAC/SEPTA, please visit us at



Community Announcements


Thank someone special at school with the LEF STAR Award!


Is there someone in your child’s life who goes above and beyond what’s expected? This holiday season, show your appreciation with a Lexington Education Foundation STAR (Staff and Teacher Appreciation and Recognition) Award! 


For a minimum donation of $30, a personalized LEF STAR Award certificate will be sent to any teacher, school employee, or volunteer. As an added benefit, you will be supporting LEF, and ultimately enhancing your child’s school experience. 


For delivery before school break, order at by Dec 19. Thank you foryour support!



2018 MLK Day of Service Essay

On Monday, January 15, 2018 the Town of Lexington will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day of family-friendly volunteer activities supporting the underserved.

This year we are soliciting middle school students to submit short essays (200-400 words) on this topic:

What is Martin Luther King's legacy on today's society?

A few of the essays will be chosen to be read at the Opening Ceremonies at Cary Hall, as well as at various events during the day.  

Due date for the essays are January 5, 2018.

Please submit your essays through this link.




Lexington Singapore School

Lexington Singapore School is offering Singapore Math Free Trial Classes for Grades 6 to 8. Small class size and customized curriculum. Please join us for a free trial or call 781-530-0384 to find out more. Thank you. 


To request for free trial:



Evolution Basketball

Great option for basketball players who were not selected for the Diamond Basketball Team.

Evolution Basketball - Woburn, MA

Open to boys in grades 7-9

Junior NBA Program - play is 3 on 3 or 4 on 4

Structured program with the same kids playing one another with games being stopped periodically for coaching

All professional coaches

Program would start after Jan 1 and run 8 weeks on Sundays 3-5

Price would be about $150-$200

We need 6-8 players for Evolution to run the program.  

Please contact Diamond Parent Kat MacDonald if your son is interested.  Her contact is katmacdonald.02420@gmail. com or text 617.823.3818.  Please indicate interest by 12/22 so team can start early 2018.




Lexington Debate Institute

Grades: 6-9

Dates: July 16 – July 27, July 30 – August 10 – now with one-week options!

Location: Lexington High School

Sponsored by the Backers of Lexington Debate, Inc., a non-profit organization

Endorsed by the Harvard Debate Council

All net proceeds from the Institute will benefit the Lexington Debate Team


Do you have a middle school student who enjoys a good argument? Shows interest in public policy or government? Are you looking to provide your child with summertime enrichment in public speaking and critical thinking? Send them to the Lexington Debate Institute! Registration for Summer 2018 is now open – and the January Special, a 35% discount of $600, runs until January 1!* Space is limited – sign up soon! An information session will be held at the high school on Tuesday, December 19 – more information below.


The Lexington Debate Institute is back for a second summer, with a new and improved curriculum synthesized with advice from the Harvard Debate Summer Workshops, Dartmouth Debate Institute, and surveys of last year’s campers. Now offering multiple one- and two-week sessions and both a standard and advanced curriculum, we are committed to helping match your child’s schedule, experience, and comfort level to ensure they have the best debate experience possible this summer.


Sponsored by the Backers of Lexington Debate, which supports the Lexington High School’s debate team, the Institute teaches the foundations of debate to students grades 6-9 interested in learning how to better advocate and research solutions to current issues affecting society. Running weekdays for both one- and two-week sessions in late July and early August and conveniently located at Lexington High School, the Institute is staffed by a qualified faculty of successful and respected debaters who are eager to educate your child about debate. Whether your child decides to pursue debate in high school or delve into other areas of interest, the Institute will help hone their critical thinking, research, and presentation skills in an exciting and educational environment.


Learn more about the Institute at For further information, email us at or call us at 857-302-0240. We will hold an information session about the camp on Tuesday, December 19, from 7-8pm at Lexington High School in the debate room (click for map). Children welcome!


*Though we are competitively priced with other summer debate programs and all net proceeds from the Institute go to our high school’s debate team, we understand some may not be able to afford the Institute. We are piloting a financial aid program for the 2018 session, where students on free/reduced lunch will receive a reduced rate for the summer program. Please contact us if you have further questions on this or anything else.