PTA Newsletter, Week of September 25th, 2017

Dates to put on the calendar

·       Sep 26 (Tue): Picture Day

·       Oct 2 - 6 (Mon - Fri): China Exchange Students Visit Diamond

·       Oct 4 (Wed): 6th Grade Back to School Night

·       Oct 5 (Thu): 7th & 8th Grade Back to School Night

·       Oct 9 (Mon): Columbus Day Holiday

·       Oct 19 (Thu): Diwali Holiday: Schools and Offices Open

 Announcements from Diamond PTA

The PTA Board approved the first teacher grant of the school year to the 7th grade social studies teachers. This grant will sponsor a school visit by educators from the Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. They will lead presentations and small group activities with all 7th grade students to help them become critical map readers. 

Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Diversity Advisory Task Force Seeks Members

Town Manager Carl Valente and Superintendent of Schools Mary Czajkowski are forming a new Diversity Advisory Task Force. This work group will be appointed by the Town Manager and Superintendent of Schools and is seeking members. Application to become a member of the task force is open to all.

Deadline for applications is Friday, September 29, 2017. 

Diversity Advisory Task Force:

 Task Force Charge:

Application Form:

Lexington Special Education (SEPAC/SEPTA) Parent Meet & Greet

Date: 09/25/2017  

Time:  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm  

Location: Lexington Community Center, Room 237

Please join us to learn about the Lexington Special Education Parent Advisory Council and PTA in a low-key social environment. Learn about upcoming meetings, programs, and special education resources and meet other parents in the LPS community (preschool through high school). If you have a child in special education on an IEP, on a 504 plan, or if you suspect that your child may have some type of special need that impacts their learning, please come. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact To learn more about LexSEPAC/SEPTA, visit us at

Message from LPS Food Services

The manager of the Whitson’s food services is seeking a Deli Cook to join our dedicated kitchen staff! This person will assist in the preparation, cooking, and presentation of meals in our professional kitchen at Diamond.


  *   Prepare all deli meats and prepare sandwiches to order.
  *   Plan food production to coordinate with meal serving hours
  *   Memorize, record, and comprehend menu items, abbreviations, plate appearance, and portions
  *   Follow standard recipes and special diet orders
  *   Operate standard kitchen equipment safely and efficiently
  *   Adhere to all sanitation and food production codes
  *   Clean and maintain kitchen equipment, utensils, and appliances


  *   Previous experience in cooking, culinary arts, or other related fields
  *   Knowledge of kitchen equipment and cooking techniques
  *   Strong attention to detail
  *   Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  *   Ability to work well in teams
  *   Previous school lunch experience a plus
  *   No nights or weekends. Monday through Frida y following the school calendar. 7:30 to 2pm Mon through Friday. Hourly wage based on experience.

Please call Kevin Silvia at 781-361-3406 for any information regarding this position.

Community Announcements

Lexington Girl Scouts Info Session

TUESDAY 9/26, 6:00-7:30PM. Hancock Church, Pearson Room, 1912 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. Girl Scouts is for girls in grades K-12. With the guidance of adult volunteers, Girl Scouts earn badges, explore the outdoors, attend fun events and field trips, and participate in the Girl Scout cookie program. Questions? Contact Molly at or register on our website at


Lexington Youth Basketball Association


School's back in, and LYBA is excited to begin a new season!  We will have ratings nights for girls & boys in grades 4 through 8.   Please note, your child must attend BOTH ratings nights unless otherwise noted.  All tryouts will be held at Lexington High School and check in will take place outside the gym, starting 30 minutes before the rating session.

Register online here:

Also, stay tuned for announcement of Fall clinics to prepare for the season!

All 4th Grade Players: Wednesday, 9/27

Grade 4 Girls:  6-8pm

Grade 4 Boys:  6-8pm

Grades 5th-8th GIRLS:  Tuesday, 9/26 and Monday, 10/2

Grade 5:  6:30-7:45pm

Grade 6:  6:30-7:45pm

Grade 7:  7:45-9:00pm

Grade 8:  7:45-9:00pm

Grades 5th-8th BOYS:  Monday, 9/25 and Tuesday, 10/3

Grade 5:  7-8:15 pm

Grade 6:  7-8:15 pm
Grade 7:  8:15-9:30 pm
Grade 8:  8:15-9:30 pm


Voter Registration Drive

Cary Library, Sept 26, 2:30pm to 6pm

The League of Women Voters is holding a voter registration drive at Cary Library on Sept 26, from 2:30 to 6PM, to commemorate National Voter Registration Day. The library is located at 1874 Mass Ave, Lexington.  People will be able to register immediately with the help of trained volunteers. There will also be information about online registration and an online portal where folks can check their voting status.

Everyone is welcome, especially new residents, new citizens, and 16-year-olds, who are allowed under Massachusetts law to pre-register and then vote when they are 18.  For more information, please contact me or Eileen Zalisk (, or 617-285-0383)


League of Women Voters Lexington Annual Meeting - Featuring Carol Rose, Executive Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts

Tues., Sept  26.  Lexington Community Center, 7 to 8:45pm

The Lexington League of Women Voters is thrilled to present Carol Rose, Executive Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, and a Lexington resident, as the guest speaker at the LWV Lexington’s Annual Meeting, Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The event will take place at the Lexington Community Center Dining Room, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington.  Business meeting will be from 7:00-7:30 PM followed by Carol’s remarks.  The meeting will adjourn at 8:45 PM.  Coffee and light refreshments will be served.  All League forums are free and open to the public. 

Carol Rose is executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts. A lawyer and journalist, Carol has spent her career advocating for human rights and civil liberties both in the United States and abroad, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Japan, Sri Lanka, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Northern Ireland, and Vietnam. Prior to assuming her position at the helm of the ACLU of Massachusetts in January 2003, she worked as an attorney at the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow, where she specialized in First Amendment and media law, intellectual property, civil rights, and international human rights law. She clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris. She holds degrees from Stanford University, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Law School.

For more information, email