PTA Newsletter, Week of May 22nd

Dates to put on the calendar

  • May 29 (Mon):  No school (Memorial Day)
  • Jun 5 (Mon):  Diamond screening of SCREENAGERS(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)


Heartfelt thanks

Diamond Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher appreciation week wrapped on Friday and it was an amazing success…from delicious meals to beautiful flowers to generous gift cards….the teachers were incredibly flattered and grateful for all the support.  The Diamond PTA extends a huge thank you to everyone who contributed.  And, especially, all the volunteers who worked so hard to bring this event to life;   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.


Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

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 5h, 7:00-9:00 pm (doors open at 6:45 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.  To reserve your tickets please click here:


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


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


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



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.