PTA Newsletter, Week of September 18, 2017

Dates to put on the calendar


·       Sep 21 (Thu): Holiday: Rosh Hashanah

·       Sep 26 (Tue): Picture Day

·       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


Announcements from Diamond PTA


Student Directory & Annual Donation Drive Ends This Week!


As the PTA winds down our fall directory and donation drive, this is ourFINAL appeal to you - we promise!


If you haven’t confirmed your directory data (or aren’t sure): Please confirm by this Wednesday, September 20th at the latest if you want to be included in the print directory. Go to:

Invitation Code: Diamond


Two important changes will take place this Wednesday, September 20th:

1.     The online Student Directory will open for use to Annual Donors only

2.     The Diamond Daily Announcements email recaps will be sent to Annual Donors only


If you would still like to make your Annual Donation to receive these benefits – and purchase a printed Student Directory – please do so no later than this Wednesday, September 20th. We are going to print with the directory this week, and want to make sure we print enough of them! Please click HERE to donate.


Why support the PTA? The PTA uses your donations to fund teacher grants for classroom books & supplies, sponsor special assemblies & events, support after school clubs, support teacher appreciation events, and much more. When you support the PTA, you support our entire Diamond community: students, teachers, staff and families. 


Please note that everyone for whom we have an email address will continue to receive the PTA's weekly newsletter, regardless of donation status.


An important note: If you have financial concerns about making an Annual Donation, please email either our principal, Jen Turner,, or the Diamond PTA Co-Presidents, for assistance. Confidentiality will be kept.


Questions? Please email us:


Thank you for contributing to the Diamond community!


Link for “Please click HERE to donate” above:


Link for “Why support the PTA?” above:


Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events


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


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 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 Schooland 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




Are you wanting a way for your kids to get around town - to Hayden, the Community Center, the Library, to friends houses, to music lessons, LexMedia, sporting events, the mall, and other places on their own? 

Riding Lexpress is a fabulous, local alternative that we are fortunate to have in Lexington! It's an easy, safe system to navigate and it is almost impossible to get lost on. 


Lexpress is hosting TWO events this month, which offer a great chance to get familiar with this transit system. 

·       Free Friday, September 22 Free rides all day long in honor of World Car Free Day

·       Free Special Saturday Service, September 23 - This is a great weekend opportunity to try Lexpress as a family! Buses will operate on their usual routes, but between the hours of 9:30AM-3:30PM. This is a great chance to practice getting to and from a variety of places around town! Come test out multiple routes! Also a great chance to practice putting a bike on and off the bike rack on the buses. Lexpress normally operates only Monday-Friday, so come check it out on this Special Saturday Service Day! 


General Lexpress Information:

Monday through Friday, our community bus service, Lexpress, is available wherever you want to go in the Lexpress service area - just hop on and off. Unlike the MBTA, there are no designated stops. Instead, board by standing on the side of the road the bus is traveling and just wave down the bus. There are bike racks on all buses, to you can take your bike, too! 

Visit the Lexpress website for schedules and specific directions to/from Lexington Public Schools: lexpress/pages/route-maps- schedules.

Want to know when the next bus is arriving? There is an app for that!

Bus Fare Options:

·       Taking the school bus/ Add a $50 Flexpass to your annual school bus pass to receive unlimited rides on Lexpress after 3:30PM on school days. Add this on anytime by call the School Transportation Department at 781-861-2580 x 2

·       Buy a Lexpress pass for unlimited rides

·       Buy books of tickets: $20 for 14 tickets (sold at Lexington Community Center, Michelson's Shoes, and Lexington High School)

·       Pay cash on board: $1.75 student

Want Trip Planning Assistance? Call 781-861-1210 or



 Soft Ball Recreational Cricket

Ages: Boys and girls, 5-16 years   Dates: Sept. 10th to Nov. 5th (Every Sunday Afternoon)  Time: 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Location: 328 Lowell st, Lexington MA 02421 (Harrington elemenatry school field) 

Registration link:  Fees for registration: $ 100.00 for current LCL members, $ 130.00 for new Registrations, $ 50.00 for Basic Cricket Kit (Optional). Includes softball bat, tennis balls, wooden stumps and kit bag.

Girls & Boys learn the skills to play world's 2nd most popular game through fun based activities.

·      Perfect, safe and fun sport for Girls & Boys, 5 yrs to 14 yrs old.

·      Recreational cricket that is pathway to the next level - The CricOne Program

·      6 to 8 weeks programs, played with soft balls

·      Focus is to have most fun while learning batting, bowling and fielding skills.

·      Emphasis on equal game-time & involvement of all participants

·      Participants learn teamwork, community building and get a thorough fun workout

·      Veedo program is perfect for families and communities to be involved with their child


Questions? 617.615.6504 | Write: | visit our |




Youth and Family Programming from the Lexington Recreation Dept.


Fundamentals of Fencing

Fee: $105  Ages: 7-14  Dates: Tuesdays, Sep 19 – Oct 24  Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 139

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.  Enrollment is limited to 12.


Intermediate & Advanced Chess

Fee: $105 Ages: 6-11 Dates: Tuesdays, September 19 – Oct 24  Time: 4:35-5:35(Intermediate) 5:35-6:35 (Advanced)

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 221

Description: More experienced youth players will join Jim Della Selva to further explore chess theory and strategies.  The course will consist of instruction, play, theory, and group work on chess problems and games.  


Empow Studios – Minecraft

Fee: $208 Ages: 9-12  Dates: Wednesdays, Sep 20 – Nov 15 (No class 11/8)  Time: 4:00-5:00pm

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 242

Description: Grab a pickaxe and join your fellow Minecraftians for a class in design challenges. Our instructors teach the fundamentals of electrical engineering using Redstone, a special kind of element that mimics electricity almost perfectly. As they master their Redstone skills, we teach key concepts in programming, architecture, and pixel art, all while using teamwork and social skills. It’s the perfect blend of fun, learning, and creativity. All students must play in “Creative Mode,” and must follow our rules of respect. Internet access is required.


Empow Studios – 3D Modeling & Printing

Fee: $208  Ages: 9-12  Dates: Wednesdays, Sep 20 – Nov 15 (No class 11/8)  Time: 5:15-6:15pm

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 242

Description: You might have seen a 3D printer, but have you ever created your own 3D model? In this class, students develop their spatial and artistic abilities while using modern tools to create printer-ready 3D models. Kids learn modeling by starting with a base mesh, and finish with a fully realized sculpture. Our instructor then prints 3D models at our home studio in Lexington and brings the models back to the kids before the session is complete. Internet access desired.


If there are any questions with these programs please contact Thomas Romano @781-698-4813 or