PTA Newsletter, Week of March 20th

Below is the Diamond Weekly Newsletter for the week beginning 3/20/17.


Dates to put on the calendar

  • Mar 23 (Thu):  Early release day (11:45 am)
  • Apr 14 (Fri):  Holiday, no school
  • Apr 17-21:  Spring vacation break, no school
  • Apr 28 (Fri);   Principal coffee on STEM


Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

The Gift of Failure
March 21 at 7:00 pm
Estabrook Elementary

On March 21st at 7:00 p.m., Estabrook Elementary School is hosting Jessica Lahey, author of the bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. This talk is open to the entire Lexington community. Adults and high-school aged children are welcome and encouraged to attend. Attending this event is FREE, however attendees will be asked to register to ensure space. Registration is open at

Lexington Parent Academy 3.0
Saturday, March 25, 9:30am to 2:30pm
Lexington Community Center

The 3rd Annual LPA is designed to educate & empower parents to meet the changing demands of parenting in today’s world.   Workshops include:

  • Cybersafety: Teaching Children to be Safe, Secure and Responsible in the Digital World – Prevention Peer Leaders, Julie Fenn, LICSW & Kristina Hankins, Lexington Police Department
  • Strategies for Maintaining a Healthy Couple Relationship During Stressful Times – Dewie Weiner, LICSW
  • Education & Expectations: Building Understanding Between Cultures- Cynthia Tang, LHS Counselor
  • They’re Not Crazy; They’re Adolescents. Understanding the Teenage Brain from the Inside Out – Julie Fenn, LICSW & Sion Kim Harris, Ph.D.
  • Coaching Your Teenager in Skillfully Handling Anxiety – Dale Dillavou, Ph.D.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Techniques for Maintaining & Improving Relationships – Blaise Aguiree, MD
  • Sleep in Middle & High School Youngsters: How Parents Can Help – Gila Lindsley, Ph.D
  • Parents as Sexuality Educators – Jennifer Wolfrum, M.Ed
  • Inside Scoop: How Kids Are Helping Each Other & What You Can Do – Erin Deery, LICSW & Bill Blout, LICSW, LYFS Youth Board
  • School & Community Resources – Manjula Karamcheti, LHS Assistant Director of Counseling, Kristie Demirev, LICSW
  • A Thousand Tiny Choices: Depression, Anxiety, Addiction – Carl Antisell, Minding Your Mind
  • I See You and Hear You, But I Don’t Understand You: Improving Parent-Teen Communication and Relationships – Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D.

Check out the “Hidden in Plain Sight Exhibit” that displays a typical teenager’s bedroom as an opportunity for parents to recognize common items that may be indicative of substance abuse.

Participants can choose one, two, or three workshops based on your interests.  . While you do not need to pre-register, pre-registration is recommended to guarantee a seat in a specific workshop. Pre-registering only guarantees your seat until the workshop starts. To pre-register, go to At this site, select a state, “MA”, then select a program, “Lexington Recreation Department”. Registration will be open starting on 3/6/17 and will close on 3/22/17.

Sponsors: LPS Health Advisory Council (SHAC), PTA/O President’s Council, Lexington Community Center, Lexington Human Services Dept., Lexington Recreation & Community Programs, Lexington Fire & Police Dept., Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL), Indian Americans of Lexington (IAL), Koreans of Lexington (KOLex), and Lexington Youth & Family Services.

For more information contact Jodi Ronci, LPS Assistant Coordinator of PE & Wellness at


Middle School Health Class for Parents – Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, presented by Julie Fenn

Location: Clarke Cafeteria

Date:  April 12, 2017

Time: 8:45 to 10:00 am 

Come to this important session led by Lexington Public Schools Prevention Specialist, Julie Fenn to learn how Middle School Health class is educating students about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.  Julie will run attendees through best practices for parent awareness and teen safety.  She will also discuss what we know about substance abuse in Lexington. This will be an interactive session. All are welcome.


Diamond Middle School at the Red Sox -- Tickets on Sale Now!

Gather the family and watch the Red Sox take on the Tigers on Friday, June 9.  The Diamond PTA has arranged for a limited group of tickets to be available to all of you for an evening of fun.

William Diamond Night at Fenway Park

Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers

Friday, June 9th at 7:10 pm

Tickets are $45 each.  Purchase your tickets by this Thursday (3/23) here:


Interesting events coming up in/around Lexington

Career Pathways After School Program  for Middle Schoolers

Minuteman High School

Session 1:  March 21, 23, 28, 30

Session 2:  April 4, 6, 11, 13

Session Time: 4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Minuteman is proud to offer this exclusive opportunity for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who live in partner districts. Our unique program allows middle schoolers to choose from 19 course offerings and explore future careers through meaningful, project-based experiences.   Some of the classes being offered  include “American Red Cross Babysitting Course: an early education and teaching experience”, “Digital Photography: a design and visual communications experience”, and” The Language of JAVA”. There are two session available, both from 4:15-6:15.  Transportation is available.  For more information and to register go to:


Community Conversation on Racial Justice

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7:00 TO 9:00PM

Parish Hall, Sacred Heart, 718 Mass Ave, Lexington

Bring your hearts and minds to this conversation on racial justice in Lexington and workshop on what we can do to have a meaningful impact on the lives of those living and working in our town.    Share stories and explore how you and your neighbors can work together to build a more racially just community.  For more information visit the Lexington Area Interfaith Community Facebook page.  Sponsored by the Lexington Human Rights Committee,


Lexington Debate Institute
Summer program
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 2017 is now open – and the early bird special has been extended to March 31!

Endorsed by the Backers of Lexington Debate, which supports the Lexington Debate Team, the Institute teaches the foundations of debate for 6th-9th grade students interested in learning how to better advocate and research solutions to current issues affecting society. Running weekdays from July 31 to August 11, 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 not, the Institute will help hone their critical thinking, research, and presentation skills in a fun and engaging environment.

Learn more about the Institute at or email us at: or join one of our information sessions 


Lexington Cricket League Spring program

Ages: Boys and girls, 6-18 years 

Dates: April 9th to June 18th 

Time: Regular Games: 2:30 pm. – 4:00 p.m (Every Sunday), Drills & Training: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (Advanced players & those interested in extra training) 

Location: Harrington School, Lexington

Registration link:


April Vacation Art Camp for Middle Schoolers at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society

Dates:  4/18 – 4/21

You can read more about the program and register here:


CSA – Order Now from Lexington Community Farm!

Looking for a way to feed your family organically grown local food this year? This year we are offering a full season 20 week produce share, our ever-popular biweekly 10 week produce share, and a PYO flower share. 2017 CSA shares are selling fast, so don’t wait to buy yours!    Why buy a CSA share from Lexington Community Farm?

  • The produce is so fresh! We harvest all your veggies the day of, or day before, CSA distribution to ensure you get the most flavorful, long-lasting produce possible!
  • The flowers are beautiful! Stand in a field of flowers and pick your own bouquet on a summer afternoon. We’ve got classic varieties you’ll recognize from your grandmother’s garden, and some gorgeous new hybrids too!
  • It’s organically grown!
  • Our Pick-Your-Own fields are open to you! What better way of learning where your peas come from, than by ambling through the pea field? Kids will love it, too!
  • You’ll learn something new! Receive weekly newsletters with updates on what’s happening in the fields, and recipes to help you plan what’s for dinner.
  • It’s a community! Join us for on-farm potlucks, volunteering events, and a Harvest Festival. Meet your neighbors!
  • You’ll be part of a community effort to support a working farm in Lexington that has operated continuously since 1648, and will continue to teach, grow for, and give to the greater Lexington community.

If you are interested in participating this year, don’t delay! Sign up now to reserve your share.   If you have any further questions, let us know at


Lumos Debate Summer Camp - Lexington

2 week sessions throughout the summer   8:30 am- 4:30pm

Ages: 10 – 15

Address: 59 Worthen Rd, Lexington, MA 02421

Lumos Debate is offering 2 week day-camp for Diamond students. Your child will learn all the basics of debate and gain critical thinking, argumentation, and public speaking in a fun and engaging learning environment. You can use the special promo code "DIAMOND" when you register for a 35% discount on tuition (exp 4/29). For more information, call 617-901-4564 or go to


Summer activities for 8th grade girls interested in playing soccer at LHS

Summer camp - Jul 23 - 27
All are welcome to register now for the U.K. Elite Soccer Camp, Jul 23 - 27; $575 if you register before March 31 and $675 if you register after the 31st.  Go to: to register (by registering on line you will be put with the LHS girls group).  Registration is open and players are starting to register already.  It’s a great way to fine tune skills, enjoy some soccer, and get to know the players at each level and across schools.


Summer League:
The captains (Leah, Sheyda, & Susannah) are planning for the Dual County League (DCL). Games only and will likely be Tue and Thu evenings.  In addition to the summer league, the captains will hold several captain's practices throughout the summer.

If you have any questions or would like more information please email