PTA Newsletter, Week of May 29th

Dates to put on the calendar

  • 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)


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  



June 5th, 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.  There are not many tickets left. To reserve yours, please click here:



Interesting events coming up in/around Lexington

Harrington Elementary School Spring Fair: 

12-4pm on SUNDAY June 4th,

Harrington Elementary School, 328 Lowell Street.

This annual tradition is an amazing way to spend an afternoon featuring live entertainment, a giant obstacle course, and great food. Check out our gigantic, 100' mega obstacle course, the moon bounce, and the speed pitch. Dunk a teacher, learn to fence with IFA, or get your face painted. The Gymja Warrior team from Danvers will run a Ninja Warrior course and there will be free magic show performances throughout the afternoon. Win prizes in over a dozen games and activities, including a cake decorating competition and lots of raffle opportunities. The fair happens rain or shine.

Bring your appetite because there will be wide variety of foods for sale including Bertucci's pizza, traditional and turkey hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers, cotton candy, Rancatore's ice cream, and popcorn. Admission is free. Games, food, and raffles are priced separately.


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 as a community of 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


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, 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: