PTA Newsletter, Week of June 12th

Dates to put on the calendar

  • June 14 (Wed):  Voting deadline for Diamond site counsel representatives
  • Jun 16 (Fri):  8th Grade social
  • Jun 20 (Tue):  8th Grade Step Up ceremony
  • Jun 22 (Thu):  Early Release (LAST DAY OF SCHOOL)

Thanks to…..

We had over 300 kids and parents attend the showing of Screenagers on June 5th.  Folks found it informative, practical and funny.  Thank you to Stacey Raiche and Theresa Nelson, as well as the Diamond staff for making this event happen.  If you missed it, not to worry – we are working to bring additional showings in the fall.

Diamond at Fenway
We had 84 folks from Diamond on hand last Friday night to watch the Red Sox beat the Detroit Lions.  It was a beautiful night and everyone had a great time.  Special thanks to Tina Weber for such an awesome event.


Upcoming Diamond & LPS events

7th Grade Families needed
The Diamond PTA is hosting a reception for 8th grade students and families following the Step Up Ceremony on Tuesday, June 20th.  We need your help to make this special!  Continuing a long-standing tradition at Diamond, the 7th grade parents host this reception for the 8th grade families as a pay-it-forward gesture.  The PTA will provide cake, but we need volunteers to provide fruit, drinks, and paper products as listed in the following Sign Up site:

As 7th grade parents, please consider providing some of the supplies needed to make the graduation reception special for the families of graduating 8th graders.

Volunteers needed to help teachers pack
The teachers are having a packing day on Saturday, June 17th, to prepare for moving out of the school over the summer.  They’d like some parent volunteers to help them pack! They’ll be there between 7am and 2pm; please contact us at if you’d be interested in helping

Diamond Site Council voting extended until 6/14

Voting for the Diamond Site Council has been extended until June 14th! Please cast your vote for three (3) parent representatives. Each parent or guardian in a household can cast a vote. 

The School Site Council is a group of parents, teachers, and community members charged by statute with assisting the principal in identifying the educational needs of the school's students, in adopting educational goals for the school, in reviewing the annual budget for the school, and in formulating an annual School Improvement Plan. 

The three candidates receiving the highest number of votes will each serve for a term of two years ending in June 2019.   Candidate statements can be found at:

The link to the ballot is here:  If you have any questions or any trouble voting, please contact us at

Diamond Office Summer Details

Due to construction, the Diamond School offices will be re-located to Estabrook (117 Grove Street) over the summer.  The office will be closed from 6/22-6/26, but will re-open at Estabrook on 6/27 through 8/18.  Office staff can be reached at 781-861-2460.    The office hours at Estabrook will be 8:00-3:00.

All postal mail can be addressed to the 99 Hancock Street address – it will be forwarded to Estabrook.    Note, on July 1 all email addresses will be switched to Gmail, with the address ending


Interesting events coming up in/around Lexington

Kids Night Out @ Lexington Community Center

Fee: $10,  Age: 10-11Time: 6:00-8:45pm

Date: Friday, June 16th

Location: 39 Marrett Road, Lexington MA 02421 (Lexington Community Center)

Description: Come to the Lexington Community Center for a night of fun with music, concessions, billiards, corn hole, ping pong, board games, slime, video games and time to hang out with friends.

There will be ping pong, billiards, corn hole, and air hockey tournaments at 6:45 & 7:45pm. We will be making slime at 6:45 & 7:45pm. BINGO with prizes will be played at 8:30pm. 

Any questions please contact Thomas Romano @ 781-698-4813 or


ConVerge Road Race / Art Fest

June 24 from 9am-3pm

Alcott Elementary School, Concord, MA.

Sign-up for a fun day of running, kickball, food, and art!  Runs for all ages & abilities - run/walk/roll, including a timed 5K & 1.3 mile (including relay) for kids + adults, a 1/4 mile and 200m kids race. Other activities include Kickball, Art Exhibit, Art Workshops, Pizza/Munchies, and Awesome Raffle Prizes! (Raffle tickets to 5K & 1.3 Mile registrants). Signup here:

Proceeds benefit Verge Inclusive Athletics  Verge is an inclusive running program for kids and adults, with and without special needs, in the Greater Boston, Greater Worcester, and North Shore areas. Proceeds help fund our program, including facilities, earned team shirts, and awards at team events! 



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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:


Cary Memorial Library Foundation Crowdfunding Campaign to Promote Tech Literacy for All

The Cary Memorial Library Foundation is sponsoring a crowdfunding campaign to raise $5,000 in 5 weeks so the Library can purchase:  

• Six LEGO® We-Do’s kits (for elementary school kids)

• Six LEGO® Mindstorm Robots kits (for tweens and teens)

• Six LEGO® power-generation kits

• Three Renewable Energy kits

• Three Pneumatics kits

You can view the campaign here:


Girls Design and Engineering Workshop

Dates: 7/17-7/21    Time: 9 AM - 3 PM

Cost: $550

Grades: 6th-8th (in Fall 2017)

Registration Link:

The week will consist of open-ended mini-challenges using different materials and new technologies culminating in a larger user-centered design project. Students will explore the topics of simple electronics, human factors, programming, robotics, and user-centered design. The focus will be engineering, but special attention will be paid to the client and understanding problems to better address problems in design solutions.


Community Service

Dates: 7/24-7/28   Time: 9 AM - 3 PM

Cost: $550

Grades: 6th-8th (in Fall 2017)

Engineers have the power to vastly improve the world around us. From creating technologies for people with disabilities and building structures that can withstand natural disasters to improving renewable energy sources and creating resources for people in third-world countries, engineers impact the world on a daily basis. Join us as we explore the ways in which engineers can change the world through a combination of robotic (LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3) and non-robotic, hands-on activities. Potential to earn service-learning credit for school.