PTA Newsletter, Week of June 6th

Dates to put on the calendar

  • Jun 5 (Mon):  Diamond screening of SCREENAGERS(doors open at 6:45pm, Diamond Auditorium)
  • Jun 9 (Fri):  Diamond at the Red Sox
  • Jun 12 (Mon):  PTA Meeting (open to the Diamond community)
  • 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

June 5 from 7:00-9:00 pm (doors open at 6:45 pm)
Diamond Auditorium
Free (open only to Diamond Families – advance tickets required)

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician & filmmaker Delaney Ruston s 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.  Parents are encouraged to bring their children along.  

Thanks to the PTA’s generous support, this screening is being offered free to all Diamond families.  However, you must reserve your tickets in advance – there will be no walk in seating.  . To reserve tickets, please click here:

7th Grade Families needed
Tuesday June 20th

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.

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

Community Narcan Training - Free and Open to the Public (must be 18 to attend)

June 5 @ 7:00PM

Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington

Training will include:

·       Define an opioid and describe how an opioid overdose occurs

·       Risk factors for overdose

·       Identify and distinguish signs of an opioid overdose

·       Evaluate how to respond with naloxone (Narcan)

·       Training on intranasal and intramuscular naloxone (Narcan)

·       Participants will receive completion cards

Space is limited, register by contacting: Kristie Demirev, LICS@ at 781/ 698-4843 or .  Walk-ins are welcome if space is available

Sponsored by the Lexington Human Services Department and the School Health Advisory Council Substance Abuse Task Force.



When: Saturday, June 10th from 10 AM - 1 PM

Where: Lexington High School Commons 2, 251 Waltham Street

Who Should Attend: 7-8th Grade Students, High School Students & Parents

The IAL Youth Affairs & School Committee would like to invite you to our second annual workshop, College & Career: Multiple Pathways to Success.  This event is organized in partnership with Lexington High School, LYFS: Sponsor of Sources of Strength, CAAL, KoLex, the Japanese Community, and Temple Isaiah Mental Health Committee.    The keynote Speaker will be Manjula Karamcheti, LHS/K-12 Assistant Director of Guidance

Why You Should Come:

  • Learn from current LHS students as well as alumni about how they have navigated the transitions from high school to college to career in a successful and healthy way
  • Learn from professionals about the different ways to be successful while remaining balanced as well as how to reduce stress and achieve emotional well-being
  • Most importantly, learn from each other the many different ways we can achieve our goal

Register for Free here:  Please visit our Facebook page and website for more details on the event and speakers.  We look forward to you joining us for this important meeting!  Please register soon as tickets are expected to sell out quickly.


LEFs 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 kids

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


Fiske Elementary School Spring Fair

Sunday, June 11th from 11:00am -3:00pm

Fiske Elementary School, 55 Adams Street

The whole family is welcome for a Fiske community day at the Fair filled with games like the Cake Walk and Candy Land; fun at the Photo Booth and Giant Inflatables; lunch served at the grill by Fiske parents; and classroom raffle baskets. This event happens in the spring and is a fundraiser.


Kids Night Out @ Lexington Community Center

Fee: $10,  Age: 10-11

Date: Friday, June 16th

Time: 6:00-8:45pm

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 in the dining room. 

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! 



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 (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 (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.