PTA Newsletter, Week of May 15th

Dates to put on the calendar

  • May 18 (Thu):  Early release (11:45 am)
  • May 18 (Thu):  MCAS – Science (8th Grade only)
  • May 19 (Fri):  MCAS – Science (8th Grade only)
  • May 19 (Fri):  8th Grade Drama Project (7:00pm, Diamond Auditorium)
  • May 29 (Mon):  No school (Memorial Day)
  • Jun 9 (Fri):  Diamond at the Red Sox
  • Jun 12 (Mon):  PTA Meeting (open to the Diamond community)
  • Jun 14 (Wed):  Diamond screening of SCREENAGERS(7:00pm, Diamond Auditorium)
  • Jun 16 (Fri):  8th Grade social
  • Jun 20 (Tue):  8th Grade stepping up ceremony
  • Jun 22 (Thu):  Early Release (LAST DAY OF SCHOOL)


Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Diamond Teacher Appreciation Week - Week of May 15th

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!   All this week the PTA will be hosting a series of activities designed to honor the amazing teachers & staff at Diamond.  A huge thank you to all the volunteers who are helping make this such a great event;   Bobbie Basta, Viki Deardorff,  Laurie Edson, Maryanne Lennon Newell, Cynthia Murray, Lauren Onorato,  Lisa Sharma, Kristy van den Herik, Jing (Jen) Wang, Alix Fox, Anne Wu, Marie-Tristan Rago, and our awesome Hospitality VPs, Theresa Nelson & Lesley Segal.

It’s not too late to lend your support.   Click here for more information about how you can contribute: 


School Bus Registration Period Deadline is May 16

Register now for the best price and guaranteed seating ]


Middle School Learn Lexpress Spring Hangout - Take Lexpress to the Community Center for FREE fun activities! 

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Time: 3:00PM – 5:00PM 

Location: Clarke & Diamond Middle Schools/Community Center

Town staff will bring Clarke & Diamond students to the Community Center after school via Lexpress bus. When kids arrive at the Community Center, there will be pizza, cookies, games, crafts, and prizes for them to enjoy! Be on the lookout for a waiver to sign once you sign up!  

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Registration runs from Monday, May 1 through Wednesday, May 10 at

Can’t make it? No problem!   Learn Lexpress Days are a great opportunity to become familiar with Lexington’s neighborhood bus system. Lexpress will also have special Saturday service on Discovery Day, May 27th. Courtesy of the Lexington Retailer’s Association, Lexpress will operate from 9:30AM – 3:30PM free of charge.     Schedule information is found at or by calling the Lexpress office at (781) 861-1210.


Calling all 8th grade Parents: Be Part of the LHS All Night Graduation Party Community!

Saturday June 3rd & Sunday June 4th 

Carnival 2017 represents the 31st LHS All Night Graduation Party (ANGP).  Unlike traditional dances, the ANGP offers something for everyone from games, to live entertainment, a DJ and arts and crafts, plus fantastic food all night long.  Each year the LHS Field House is transformed into a magical venue based on the senior class chosen theme.  With 85 to 90% of the graduating class attending, it’s a memorable way for our graduating seniors to share one final moment together the evening of graduation.  

It’s not too early to help carry on LHS’s All Night Graduation Party tradition!  In fact, since senior parents cannot chaperone the event, we depend on 8th – 11th grade parents.  Come help us decorate Saturday June 3rd or sign up for a party shift on Sunday June 4th (we really need the night Owls and Early Risers for our midnight on shifts during the height of the Party!!!!!) at  

For questions about volunteering please contact Georgia Harris at  Otherwise, grab a friend and sign up today.  



June 12th, 7:00-9:00 pm

Diamond Auditorium

Free (open only to Diamond Families)

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician & filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids.  She learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time.  In SCREENAGERS, Delaney probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Thanks to the PTA’s generous support, this screening is being offered free to all Diamond families.  Parents are encouraged to bring their children along.   Seating will be limited.  Look for a dedicated email next week with a link for you to reserve your seats.  Be sure to register early – this event is expected to fill quickly.


Serve as a Parent Representative on the William Diamond Site Council.

School Councils are required to be in place for all school in Massachusetts as part of the Education Reform Act of 1993. The membership of the school council includes the principal, five elected parent members, three teachers and a community member. The council should broadly represent the racial and ethnic diversity of the school building and community. 

The purpose of a school site council is to assist the principal in:

  • adopting educational goals for the schools,
  • the identification of the educational needs of the students,
  • the review of the annual school budget, 
  • the formulation of a school improvement plan. 

If you are interested in running for a spot on the site council, please send an email to to declare your candidacy by Friday, May 19th, and please write a short/quick paragraph on your platform/background to distribute on the ballots. To be eligible for one of the vacated two year terms, you must have a student (any grade) at Diamond for the 2017-2018 school year.  The Diamond PTA is a separate entity and is not affiliated directly with the School Site Council but we are assisting the principal with the search. We hope to hold elections starting Wednesday, May 24th.

If you have any question on the commitments and work of the school site council, please feel free to contact any of the current elected site council members: Curt Barrentine, Sean Han, Deepika Sawhney, Yi Yang, and Dan Strollo.


Fall Diamond Parent Social

The Diamond PTA is already looking ahead to next fall…and the parent social.  We are looking for parents to host this annual social…it’s a fun (and easy…the Diamond PTA takes care of all the setup, shopping and clean up) way to reconnect with old friends and meet new Diamond families.  If you are interested in hosting sometime in early October, please contact Tina Weber (


Interesting events coming up in/around Lexington


May 16th, 6pm to 7pm

Whole Foods, Bedford

170 Great Rd, Bedford, MA 01730

Join Integrative & Functional Nutritionist Jeanned’arc Haddad, and our Healthy Eating Specialist Sonia Demarta to discuss common food allergies and sensitivities and the difference between the two.  

This event is free, though there is a 10 person maximum.   Register through Customer Service in person or over the phone 781/275-8264


Developing a Walkable Community - What Lexington Can Learn from Japan

Date: Tuesday May 16 from 7-8:30pm

Location: Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Rd - Room 237

Tired of school traffic? Join a community conversation and panel discussion following the documentary screening of The Slow Way Home, an examination of civic engagement and student independence in Japan. Did you know that 98% of Japanese students walk to school versus 25% locally? Safe Routes to School asks what measures Lexington can adopt to improve community mobility. The panel will include a member of Lexington's Japanese American community, the Chair of the Wesleyan College of East Asian Studies, and Lexington's Safe Routes To School program.


School Bus Open House

Date: May 18 from 1:30-2:30pm

Location: Worthen Rd along paracourse route

Hop aboard and explore today's school bus! A school bus will be parked on Worthen Rd so you can discover why it is the safest mode of student transportation. Come see why 52% of all Lexington students ride the bus.


Estabrook 9th annual Run of the Mill 

Sunday, May 21

The Estabrook PTO is proud to sponsor its 9th annual Run of the Mill! On Sunday, May 21, 2017 all families and friends of Estabrook School are invited to join in this healthy and fun community event. To kick off the day, we will begin with the Jim Banks Kids Fun Run, followed by the main event, the 5K Run/Walk. The Kids Fun Run does not require registration.

Starting at Estabrook, the winding, hilly 5K course takes runners and walkers through the beautiful Turning Mill neighborhood, finishing back at the school. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Estabrook Elementary School. This USATF sanctioned event will be chip-timed by RaceWire. After the race, participants and spectators are invited to join in the post-race party.

Race Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017

  • Kids’ Fun Run: 9:30 AM
  • 5K Run & Walk: 10AM
  • Post-Race Party: Immediately following the race


  • Pre-race entry (before race day): $25, 
  • Race Day entry: $30
  • Kids’ Fun Run: Free  
  • First 200 entries include a Run of the Mill T-shirt

Registration:   To register click this link at and follow the instructions.



Date: Saturday, June 3rd, 2017  

Location: Cormier Youth Center, 40 Whittier Court, Andover, MA, 01810

This is the first USATT sanctioned tournament for juniors in New England.  There will be no event fees for this tournament for non-USATT members (If you aren't a member you'll have to pay $20). In order to promote our sport we encourage all parents to bring their kids to the tournament. What's unique is that one of our events (Group D) is designed for kids who want to play recreationally, for fun, and for the love of the sport. The tournament format is a big round robin consisting of four groups according to their skill levels. This is so kids can play more matches at their same skill level. 

There will be 4 events: 

  • Group A  ( advanced players under 2200 )      11 am     
  • Group B  ( intermediate players under 1700 )  11 am     
  • Group C. ( beginners players under 1300 )      10 am   
  • Group D. ( new event specially for recreational or amateur players)     10 am     

Who can play? Anyone aged 18 and under, from CT, ME, MA, NH, RI or VT can participate.

Please register now so we can organize our games ahead of time.   Register Now Here OR if you are already an OmniPong member, click HERE


LEF Celebration for Education - A Global Party 

Saturday, June 10 from 7:00 - 11:30pm

Hayden Lower Field

The Celebration for Education is the signature fundraising event of the Lexington Education Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to fund innovative approaches to teaching and learning, the introduction of new technology in the classroom, and professional development of Lexington Public School's extraordinary educators. LEF awards grants for teacher-initiated activities that address the district's priorities but fall outside the scope of the LPS budget.

At LEFs Celebration for Education - A Global Party – you can

  • Dance to the live sounds of David Moore and the Butler Frogs band
  • Enjoy global-themed hors d'oeuvres
  • Bid to win fabulous gifts and tickets to sought-after events
  • Raise a glass with friends

....all while supporting innovative education for our kid.  A $125 ticket includes all entertainment, 1 pre-paid drink ticket, a 'red carpet' photo, unlimited goof-booth photos, and a spread of international hors d'oeuvres.   Get your tickets now before they sell out! You won't want to miss this party under the tent and stars in town!    Click here to reserve your tickets for the Global Party


Summer Coding Camp 2017 for Middle Schoolers by Penguin Coding School

Location: Hancock Church 1912 Mass Ave. Lexington

Small class size: max 6 students  

Tuition: $450/week

Learn HTML/Javascript to build your own website or game 

Learn the basics of Java and build an Android app in 2 weeks.  




Our two-week Hollywood boot camp is the only summer film program where students learn from active Hollywood producers out of a functioning production office. Students will learn how to make their own film and also actively participate in the development, production, and marketing of major motion pictures.

We are now accepting applications for our inaugural Hollywood boot camp, where middle school and high school students (ages 10-18) will learn both the art and commerce of filmmaking.     In celebration of Mother's Day, we are offering a 25% discount to our Hollywood Bootcamp this summer in Lexington, Massachusetts   To learn more go to:


Offerings from the Rec Department - For more information on any of these programs or if you would like to sign up please contact Thomas Romano @ 781-698-4813 or by email


Program: Spring Chess Championship

Ages: 6-16.  Fee: $130  

Date: Saturday, June 3 Time: 10:00am-2:30pm 

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 242

Description: The Lexington Recreation and Community Programs Department proudly presents the 2017 Spring Chess Championship.  Students will have the opportunity to play high level tournament chess while learning rules and strategies designed to raise their level of play.  The championship will be divided into sections according to age and grade level.  All players will receive a trophy or medal according to their performance.  The tournament will be directed by Jim Della Selva (United States Chess Federation Expert).  Rules and strategies will be taught by Jim Della Selva and Bill Richard.  It is an opportunity for serious chess players with little or no tournament experience.

Program: Bubble Soccer!!

Fee: $160 Ages: 10-12 & 13-15  

Session 2: 6 Wednesdays, July 12-August 1  

Time: 5:00-6:00pm (ages 10-12) 6:00-7:00pm (ages 13-15)  

Location: Lexington Community Center Lower Field

Description: Bubble Soccer (bubble football) was originally invented by Norwegian friends in 2011.  If you are looking for a new and unique form of entertainment that you and your friends will never forget, look no further.  Come over to the Community Center for an awesome 2-hour event where you will get to play the awesome sport of Bubble Soccer!  Participants will be separated into two groups:  grades 4-6 and grades 7-9.  We will have music playing, we will keep you hydrated, and it will be a blast!  Come by yourself or get all your friends to come and challenge them in the sport where you are not only allowed but encouraged to run into other players!  Please fill out the bubble soccer waiver and bring on the day of the event, thank you.



Program: FUNdamentals of Fencing*

Fee: $108 

Ages: 7-14 

Date:   Session 2: 6 Tuesdays, June 6-July 18 (No Class 7/4) 

Time: 6:30-7:30pm 

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 230/232

Description: Whether you are new or more experienced, you will learn new techniques and try out the skills in weekly duels and sword games instructed by Mythquest Edutainment staff.  Come join the fun in this safe, unique, fun-filled program for 6 weeks!  Enrollment is limited to 12.