PTA Newsletter, Week of March 27th

Dates to put on the calendar

  • Apr 14 (Fri): Holiday, no school
  • Apr 17-21: Spring vacation break, no school
  • Apr 28 (Fri): Diamond Principal coffee on STEM

Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Middle School Health Class (for parents!) – Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, presented by Julie Fenn
Wednesday, April 12, 8:45-10am, Clarke cafeteria

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 secured additional tickets to this game.
Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers
Friday, June 9th at 7:10 pm
Tickets are $45 each.  Purchase your tickets ASAP here:


Interesting events coming up in/around Lexington

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

Free Trial Coding Classes (April 1 - April 4)
Started in downtown Lexington by a former Googler, Penguin Coding School  teaches 4-8th graders real programming languages like HTML, CSS, Javascript and Python to build games and websites. Weekly spring semester classes start in April 2017. Free Trial Classes from April 1 - 4 - Sign up here:  

Career Pathways After School Program for Middle Schoolers
Minuteman High School
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 sessions available, both from 4:15-6:15.  Transportation is available.  For more information and to register go to:

“If Only” Protecting Our Children From the Opioid Epidemic Film Screening and Panel Discussion, Featuring Special Guest James Wahlberg
Thursday, April 6th 6:30-9 PM, Cary Hall

This is a FREE event open to everyone. Panel will include a person in recovery, a parent, a medical provider, school and police representatives and there will be time for Q&A at the end of the panel discussion. Also view the “Hidden in Plain Sight” mockup of a teen bedroom featuring drug concealment items marketed to youth. Sponsored by: Lexington Human Services Department, Lexington Police Department, LHS SADD Club, LHS Prevention Program, School Health Advisory Council Substance Use Task Force,  Lexington Fire Department, Lexington Health Department, Central Middlesex Police Partnership.  For more information contact Kristie Demirev at or 781 698 4843

Helping Refugees in Today's World, League of Women Voters of Lexington - First Friday Forum Series
Friday, April 7 at 9:30am.  Cary Memorial Library

Have you ever wondered, “is there something I could do to help people in the refugee crisis, but I don’t have much time and what can one person do?”  Please join us at our April 7, First Friday Forum where Tom Tsaros will present information about a relatively newly formed group, called LexRAP, which is welcoming and directly helping both refugees and asylum seekers in Lexington and nearby areas.   For more information, go to

This is the seventh in the series of 2016-2017 First Friday Forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lexington to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. Coffee will be available at 9:15AM, and the presentation will begin at 9:30. All League forums are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the League at  The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the principles of self-government established in the Constitution of the United States.  The League works to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.

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:


Lexington Community Education Debate Class

Lexington Community Ed is holding a debate and public speaking class for kids Gr 6-8. During this course you will discover the basics of debate: how to construct an argument, give a speech, and participate in a debate round. Three Saturdays starting April 29. 9am-11am at LHS. Info at Call (781) 862-8043 to register.

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

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 - 27All 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