PTA Weekly Newsletter - January 8th-12th 2018

Dates to put on the calendar


  • Jan 11 (Thu): Early Release (11:45) for Professional Learning
  • Jan 15 (Mon): No School: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Jan 19 (Fri): 9:00AM Principal Coffee @ Diamond Cafeteria (Technology at Diamond)
  • Jan 23 (Tue): 7:00-8:30PM Principal Meet and Greet
  • Jan 31 (Wed): 7:30PM Grade 6 & 8 Orchestra Performance @ LHS Gym
  • Feb 5 (Mon): 7:30PM Grade 7 Orchestra Performance @ LHS Gym
  • Feb 19 (Mon): No School: Presidents’ Day & February Vacation


Announcements from Diamond PTA


Please join the PTA for coffee and conversation with Diamond Principal Jen Turner on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. This event will be hosted by Dan Strollo at 4 Carley Road in Lexington.

We are limiting attendance to the 30 to ensure everyone can participate in the conversation.

To attend, please register using this link:

If you are unable to attend, we hope to see you at one of our future evenings with the principal. There will be two more scheduled later this school year.


 Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events


We look forward to seeing you at the first Principal Coffee of 2018 in the cafeteria on Friday 1/19 at 9:00AM. Jennifer Judkins, LPS Director of Educational Technology, willspeak about how technology is currently used in the classroom, as well as future plans for our middle school students.


Community Announcements


2018 MLK Day of Service Essay

On Monday, January 15, 2018 the Town of Lexington will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day of family-friendly volunteer activities supporting the underserved.

This year we are soliciting middle school students to submit short essays (200-400 words) on this topic:

What is Martin Luther King's legacy on today's society?

A few of the essays will be chosen to be read at the Opening Ceremonies at Cary Hall, as well as at various events during the day.  

Due date for the essays are January 5, 2018.

Please submit your essays through this link.




Youth Leadership Program


Three LHS juniors are leading an YLP program in early 2018. Maya Gong, Anika Luo, and Frankin Wang have been taking toastmaster training for more than five years. They want to volunteer their time and share their learning with middle school students.


The Youth Leadership Program is a workshop consisting of eight one- to two-hour sessions that enable young people under the age of 18 to develop their communication and leadership skills through practical experience. The Spring session will be coordinated by experienced Toastmaster Marc Wey.


In order to maximize student participation, there will only be 12 spots.

Who:            7 - 8th Graders

When:          7:15-8:45 PM, January 12 - April 13,   (Every other Friday)

Where:         Lexington Community Center


Total Cost:   $15 (to cover manual & refreshment)




Belmont World Film’s 15th Annual Family Festival


Belmont World Film is holding its 15th Annual Family Festival from January 12-15, 2018, at the Regent Theater in Arlington, the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, and the Studio Cinema in Belmont. Although films are for people of any age, they are geared mainly toward children age 3-12 and their families and friends. Films are in English and multiples languages with subtitles (sometimes read aloud).


For more information please check out



Maestro Musicians Academy


Did you get a musical instrument for Christmas or Hannukah? We teach guitar, piano, voice, drums, violin, and bass lessons in your area and we have a gift for you! Tell us what school PTA referred us and we'll donate your $25 registration fee to that organization!


Music Lessons Near You - Ages 4-104

Maestro Musicians Academy

1912 Massachusetts Avenue

Lexington, MA 02421