PTA Weekly Newsletter - Week September 14, 2018

September 14, 2018 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the CalendarMonday September 17PTA Board Meeting (9-10:30 am)Wednesday September 19No School (Yom Kippur)
School Council Election ClosesThursday September 20Special Ed Parent Coffee (9-9:45 am)Tuesday September 25Picture DayWednesday October 3Back to School Night, Grade 6Thursday October 4Back to School Night, Grades 7 and 8Monday October 8No School (Columbus Day)Announcements from Diamond PTA

The Directory Deadline is TODAY, Friday September 14!

Still need to confirm your directory data and make your Annual Donation?
There is still time to confirm your directory data for the 2018-2019 school year, but the deadline to be included in the Printed Directory is today! You must confirm your current email address if you'd like to receive weeklynewsletters and other school news & event details from the PTA via email.
To confirm your data** – and make your PTA Annual Donation if you choose – click the link below and follow the directions:
Join code: Diamond

After you Save & Confirm your data, you will be taken to the Diamond PTA online store. Please consider supporting the PTA with your Annual Donation. The PTA uses your donations to fund teacher grants for classroom books and supplies, sponsor special assemblies and events, support after school clubs, support teacher appreciation events, and much more.  All current Annual Donors receive:

  • Access to the online Directory through their MySchoolAnywhere account.

  • Useful Diamond Daily Announcements recap via email.     

  • Printed Directories may be purchased for $10 along with your Annual Donation of $35, and are included with Annual Donations of $60 or more.

Thank you for your attention to this important process, and for your support! If you have any questions, please email us:  For directory specific questions, please email

**Please note that you may choose which information you share with other families in the PTA directory during the confirmation process - see "Display Preferences".


Thank You!

It was great to have so many 6th grade families and teachers gather for our Pizza Social yesterday evening!  Many thanks to 6th grade reps Pei Ling Man, Jackie Lupone, and Raquel Leder for organizing the event, and to the volunteers that made it run so smoothly: Emma Burtenshaw, Gloria D'Souza, Hema Gandhi, Jean Tisdale, Jing Wu, Lee Eriksen, Manisha Patel, Neeta Rathi, Shufen Liu, Ting Fang, Yoriko Kodama, and Yossi Mahalal.  Thanks also to Green Team members Diane Pursley, Tina McBride, and Reema Barmecha and custodian Paul James for overseeing the composting of all those pizza boxes and food scraps!


Diamond Site-Based School Council Elections

Please cast your vote for one parent representative to the Diamond Site-Based School Council. Each parent or guardian in a household can cast a vote. The School Site Council is a group of parents, teachers, and community members charged by statute with assisting the principal in identifying the educational needs of the school's students, in adopting educational goals for the school, in reviewing the annual budget for the school, and in formulating an annual School Improvement Plan.
You will be voting for one candidates who will serve a one-year term for this school year. Candidate information is on the ballot, below the candidates' names. You can also choose to write in a candidate. Voting will close on Wednesday, September 19.

The link to the ballot is here: . If you have any questions or any trouble voting, please contact us at


Volunteers for Picture Day

  • When: Tuesday September 25, 8-10 am

Ms. Sharp is looking for about 8 volunteers to help with Picture Day on September 25, from 8-10 am. Volunteers just help keep the children organized, collect the payment envelopes, and assist wherever else is needed. It’s a great time to see your child’s new classmates! Please email us at if you’re interested.


Employer Matching: How to Increase the Impact of your Donation to the PTA

Great News! Did you know that your company may match your Annual Donation to the PTA? Many companies match employee donations dollar for dollar. Employee matching gifts are donations a company makes to match your non-profit donations. It's a great benefit that truly amplifies the impact of your charitable donations. Check with your benefits provider to see if your company provides matching gift donations.

Diamond PTA is a registered non-profit with Benevity (a solution provider for corporate philanthropy). However, if your company offers donation gift matching, and we are not registered with their program, please reach out to


Volunteer Opportunities

The Diamond PTA Board is looking for a couple more volunteers to help out! Please contact us at if you are interested in these positions or have any questions.

Social Committee Chair

With the Social Committee, plan parent social event(s), work with the grade level reps to help plan grade level social activities for kids and/or parents, set up morning principal coffees, and organize evenings with the principal (provide light refreshments at the home of a parent host) (Board position).


Daily Announcements Volunteers

We’re looking for a few people to send the Diamond Daily Announcements out to Diamond families. Takes less than 5 minutes a day.  Some previous experience of working with MSA (My School Anywhere) would be helpful but not essential.  Additionally, it would be ideal if one volunteer to could act as back up for the WeeklyNewsletter (non-Board positions).


Lunchtime Compost And Recycling Volunteers

  • When: Wednesdays, from September 12, 10:45 am - 12:15 pm 

  • Where: Diamond Cafeteria

This year Diamond students will be composting and recycling their lunch waste one day a week with a little help from YOU!  We have taken the cue from Clarke Middle School (who is now composting and recycling every school lunch day) and are starting a lunchtime compost and recycle day on Wednesdays only. We started with a successful pilot in June 2018 and would like to continue the program into the new school year. All the elementary feeder schools compost and recycle at lunch, so we are striving to keep the student awareness and knowledge about how we should manage our waste at lunchtime.

The 90 minute shifts are on Wednesdays from 10:45am - 12:15pm starting September 12.  Volunteers help the custodians set-up the recycling stations and work with the student volunteers to educate the students about where to place their waste items. Three parent volunteers each Wednesday would be ideal.

Please contact the Diamond Green Team at with questions and your availability - once every one/two/four week(s). Thank you for considering this opportunity to connect with the vibrantDiamond School community (including your child) and help our students to become environmentally responsible citizens!
Lin Jensen, Tina McBride, Claire Nedham, Diane Pursley, Diamond Green Team


Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Meet and Greet with Superintendent Hackett, Sep 17 or Sep 26

  • Either: Monday, September 17, 8-10 am, Dining Hall, Community Center, 39 Marrett Road 

  • Or: Wednesday, September 26, 6-8 pm, Gymnasium, Central Office, 146 Maple Street

The Lexington School Committee cordially invites all members of the Lexington community to attend a meet and greet event with our new Superintendent Dr. Julie Hackett.  We hope you can drop in during one of two informal meet and greet events.
Thank you!
Eileen Jay, Chair, Lexington School Committee
Questions: contact Sara Calvino at 781-861-2580 x68040


Diamond Performing Arts Calendar

FOLMADS is proud to present the listing of fall performing arts events so parents can start marking the events in their calendars!  Shown below are the Diamond Performing Arts Events for the next couple of months.  The full calendar can be found at:

Diamond Performing Arts Calendar of Events 2018-2019DateEvent DescriptionTimeLocationFri, Nov 2
Sat, Nov 3Diamond Middle School Fall Play7 pmDiamond Middle SchoolThu, Nov 8Diamond Middle School Band Concert7 pmLHS AuditoriumWed, Nov 14Diamond Middle School Orchestra Concert7:30 pmDiamond Middle School GymnasiumThur, Dec 6Seasonal Concert - LHS Jazz, Diamond and Clark After School Jazz7 pmLHS AuditoriumMon, Dec 10Diamond 6, 7, and 8 Grade Chorus ConcerttbdDiamond Middle SchoolTue, Dec 11Diamond Men’s, Women’s, and D-Minor’s Chorus ConcerttbdDiamond Middle School


Community Announcements

Lexington Historical Society to Host Hamiltunes!

  • When: September 14, 6:30 pm 

  • Where: Cary Hall

The Lexington Historical Society is proud to host an officially licensed Hamilton singalong! Can't get tickets to the Opera House in September? Join us with several hundred of your friends as we sing your favorite songs on the Hamilton Instrumentals album. Costumes are encouraged! At intermission, join in the costume parade, enjoy popcorn, and cider, and enter a raffle to win a life-size cutout of Lin-Manuel Miranda! Tickets are $4 per person. Children under 7 are free (please be advised that Hamilton contains mild explicit language.) Tickets are available at Be a part of our revolutionary crowd by buying a general admission ticket. Our Hamilton karaoke also needs song leaders - if you'd like to sign up to take the stage and lead us in song, purchase a singing role ticket.


LLL Softball Player Evaluations - This Saturday!

  • When: September 15, 4-6 pm 

  • Where: Bridge School Field

Just a reminder that all Lexington Little League will be hosting evaluations this Saturday for girls interested in playing spring softball. Any girl in 4th or 6th grade (or new players to LLL softball in 5th, 7th, or 8th) must attend ratings on Saturday, 9/15.  Details as to session breakout by age are as follows: 4 pm - 4th graders (and new 5th graders), 5 pm - 6th graders (and new 7th or 8th graders). Also - reminder that Spring 2019 Registration Is Open! Please try to register your player prior to ratings - and take advantage of early bird pricing! For questions please email LLL Administrator at


LHS Field Hockey Car Wash

  • When: September 16, 10-2 pm 

  • Where: Lexington High School

On Sunday, the LHS Field Hockey Team and the Lexington Youth Field Hockey Association will be offering a car wash to raise funds for the field hockey team. Please come by and have your car washed for only $10. For an additional fee, you can get that beach sand vacuumed out of your rugs!


Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington:  Back to School Kickoff Meeting

  • When: September 17, 7-8:45 pm 

  • Where: Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room

Join us for an evening of discussion to learn more about dyslexia. No matter the age of your child (preschool through high school) or where you are in terms of getting services for your child's language learning challenges (still exploring what is going on to receiving services), this meeting and group will serve as a useful resource for you. We particularly encourage parents of young children who have been identified via the prekindergarten screening to come. We'll offer tips for beginning the school year, working with your child's teaching team, etc., as well as a chance to discuss your particular issues.
For more information and to check out some resources, please visit us at Any questions, contact


FOLMADS Ice Cream Social

  • When: September 23, 7-8:30 pm 

  • Where: Commons II, Lexington High School

Calling all families of performing arts students at LHS, Diamond, and Clarke! FOLMADS invites you to a freesocial event featuring delicious Rancatore's ice cream. Meet Lexington's new Performing Arts Coordinator, Jared Cassedy, and other parents of performing arts students. Find out about fun ways to volunteer at LHS events. Pick up a copy of FOLMADS' Guidebook for Parents.  The evening will include a special performance by our own Lexington High School Jazz Combo.
Contact Information:


Lexington Youth Basketball Tryouts

School's back in, and LYBA is excited to begin a new season! We will have ratings nights for girls & boys in Grades 4 - 8. Please note, your child must attend BOTH ratings nights unless otherwise noted. Tentatively, all tryouts will be held at Lexington High School main gym and field house, and check in will take place outside the gym, starting 30 minutes before the rating session.
Also, stay tuned for announcement of Fall clinics to prepare for the season!
Lastly, LYBA is recruiting volunteers to help with logistics of tryouts, season preparation, coaching, and additional Board Members to assist in managing the Season and Organization. Please contact if interested.

BOYS Grades 5th-8th:
Monday, 9/24
Grade 5 & 6: 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm 
Grade 7 & 8: 8:45 pm - 10 pm
Tuesday, 10/2
Grade 5 & 6: 6 pm - 8 pm 
Grade 7 & 8: 8 pm - 10 pm
GIRLS Grades 5th-8th:
Tuesday, 9/25
Grade 5 & 6: 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm 
Grade 7 & 8: 8:45 pm - 10 pm
Monday, 10/1
Grade 5 & 6: 6 pm - 8 pm 
Grade 7 & 8: 8 pm - 10 pm

* Note: For players in grades 5-8, we have staggered the nights in each week to minimize conflicts. Players must attend both ratings nights even if a player was on a team last year.


LexSEPAC/SEPTA Meet & Greet

  • When: September 26, 7-8:45 pm 

  • Where: Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room (Note Change in Location)

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, if your child is 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. To learn more about LexSEPAC/SEPTA, please visit us at


LexMedia: Free Classes open to Kids

All classes at LexMedia are free and available to people who live, work or attend school in Lexington.  All classes start at 7 pm unless noted. For more information or to sign up for classes contact:  Please look at the directions page before coming to LexMedia:  All Classes are FREE. For more information or to sign up contact:

  • LexMedia Orientation:  This is the prerequisite to all other classes. New members are introduced to everything they need to know to get started.  7pm, Sept 11, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4.

  • Field Production 1: This class gives members a solid understanding of how to set up and operate our tripods and Sony PXW-X70 camcorders. With an emphasis on esthetics and framing and capturing the best video signal possible. This is a hands on class.  7:20 pm, Sept 11, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4.

  • Field Production 2: Participants continue to learn the basic technical skills of field production with the focus now on lighting and audio. At the completion of this class members can sign out our portable gear and start producing programming immediately.  7pm, Sept 18, Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11.

  • Intro to Podcasting: Podcasting is a rising form of entertainment and communications.  It can be fun and light or deep and heavy and everything in-between. This one hour class will give you an understanding of the possibilities of Podcasting at LexMedia. We have a fully equipped studio that can accommodate up to four people. Come prepared to talk about your ideas. 7pm, Sept 19 & 25, Oct 16 & 23, Nov 20 & 27, Dec 18 & 19. 

  • Intro to Editing with Final Cut Pro X or Premiere Pro: Ever wanted to edit a movie, a documentary, a road race or soccer game? It’s not as hard as you think. This intro class cover's how to get started, with tips on avoiding the common problems that derail the newcomer. 7 pm, Sept 20 & 26, Oct 11 &18, Nov 15 & 29, Dec 13 & 20. 

  • The Short Doc Class Series: This class will teach you all the skills of Doc making using a short 5 minute format. Participants should come to the class with a short doc idea.  We will help you organize the idea and make a plan. When the class is over you will have shot some video and gone thru a technical and esthetic critique enabling you to shoot and organize better content. This is a four part series.  7 pm, Sept 27, Oct 25, Dec 6, Jan 10.


Penguin Coding School: Free Trial Coding Classes

  • When: Sept 8-16, weekend and weekday free trial classes (90 min)

  • Where: Hancock Church in Lexington Green

Voted Top 5 Best of Boston Science & Technology program 2018
Learn to Scratch, HTML, Javascript, Python, Java
Classes for 2-4th, 4-8th, 8-12th graders
Contact: 781-277-2755 or


Youth In Philanthropy, Application Deadline Oct 5

YIP Lexington is an experiential leadership development program designed to empower and educate local youth to become our community’s next generation of philanthropists – those who give their time, talent, and treasure for the common good! As a participant of YIP, students will learn about needs in our community, visit local nonprofits, and grant money to nonprofits benefiting youth. YIP puts the power of decision making in students’ hands and empowers youth to be change-makers.
For more information about YIP and/or to apply, click here.


ARTSPAN Teen Classes

Fall registration is open for ArtSpan classes at the Munroe Center for the Arts.  There are many traditional classes on offer as well as new ones such as photojournalism, making electronic music, and silkscreening.  Weekend and evening workshops are also open to teens.  Check out the options at


Maestro Musicians Academy

My name is Daniel Broniatowski and I am the artistic director of a music school called the Maestro Musicians Academy. We have been in Lexington since 2015 and just started giving lessons in our new location at the United Methodist Church on 2600 Mass Ave. We specialize in lessons in piano, voice, guitar, violin, cello, and the most popular instruments. No matter what your child's age or stage, feel free to reach out to us at or 857-756-5230.


Lexington Youth Lacrosse

Lexington Youth Lacrosse announces opening of 2018 fall season registrations: Boys & Girls Programs, Grades 1-8. To register, go to: Lexington Youth Lacrosse is dedicated to introducing, teaching, and expanding youth lacrosse to the Lexington and nearby communities. Through our integrated and age based programs, we provide a fun and instructional environment for young lacrosse players. New players at all levels welcome!

Join The "Fastest Game On Two Feet”


Lexington-Bedford Youth Hockey

Registration is now OPEN for the 2018-2019 Season for the Lexington-Bedford Youth Hockey In-House Hockey League.  For In-House program details, or to Register for In-House, go to and click on the “Register Online” tab.


Great Meadows Chamber Orchestra

Based in Lexington, Great Meadows Chamber Orchestra is a group of dedicated students making music in a fun, challenging, and collaborative orchestral environment. Players develop greater confidence in sight-reading, ensemble skills, musical expression, and performance, while making friends from Lexington, Arlington, Cambridge, Winchester, and surrounding communities. We offer a Preparatory Orchestra for students in grades 3-6 who are working in Suzuki books 1-3 or at a comparable level, where we learn the basics of orchestral playing. Our Chamber Orchestra is for students in grades 6 and up who are working at the level of Suzuki book 4 and up. In this orchestra, we apply chamber music skills to the orchestral environment. Both orchestras each rehearse once a week on Wednesday evenings. For more information, contact


Lexington Symphony Opening Night: Classic Beauty

  • When: Saturday September 22, 7:30 pm (please note new start time)

  • Where: LHS Auditorium

Lexington Symphony's 2018-2019 season opens next Saturday, September 22 with three innovative perspectives on Classic Beauty. This program sparkles with the brilliance of composers at the height of their creative powers: from Prokofiev's bright and mischievous Classical Symphony, to Schubert's romantic and haunting Unfinished Symphony, and Mozart's endlessly inventive Symphony No. 38, it's going to be a fantastic evening of uplifting music - and a terrific opportunity for music students to hear world class music right here in Lexington center!

6:30pm Pre-Concert Talk with conductor Jonathan McPhee
Prokofiev | 
Classical Symphony, Op. 25 (Symphony No. 1)
Schubert | Symphony No. 8 D.759, B minor (Unfinished)
Mozart |  Symphony No. 38, K.504  “Prague”

For more information and to buy tickets:  Discounts available for groups of 8 or more. Student & Youth tickets, $15 & $10.


Lexplore Sustainability 2.0: Tools for Thriving in a Changing Climate

  • When: Saturday September 29, 10 am - 3 pm

  • Where: LHS Cafeteria

Lexplore Sustainability 2.0 is a community fair that will focus on the many ways our households, businesses and community can further the goals of limiting climate change and reducing and sequestering carbon and leaving a healthier world for our descendants.  
Lexplore Sustainability 2.0 features speakers, workshops and demonstrations, with information on topics such as:

  • Energy efficient building and solar energy

  • Sustainable food, gardening and landscaping

  • Carbon sequestration

  • Energy-saving tips

  • Zero waste/waste reduction

  • Greening our schools

  • Climate change and clean energy activism

  • Electric cars

There will be valuable information and activities for homeowners, parents and their children, town officials and local businesses. 
Hosted by: Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition
Co-sponsored by: Community Endowment of Lexington


Lexington Neighbors and Newcomers Club

Whether you're new to Lexington or looking for a fun way to connect with other Lexingtonians, don't forget to check out and join the Lexington Neighbors and Newcomers Club. Please visit our website at to learn more about the club and the many activities, outings and fun events we offer throughout the year.  For information about membership sign-up, please visit  We welcome any questions you may have about the club and can send you a copy of our current newsletter detailing our monthly activities.
Looking forward to meeting you, Lexington Neighbors and Newcomers Club


Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra in Boston Symphony Hall

  • When: October 13, 1 pm

  • Where: Boston Symphony Hall

Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra will perform a unique concert in the Boston Symphony Hall on October 13 by blending the spirit of Chinese music with the power of a Western orchestra. All-original compositions draw upon five millennia of culture and legends. Western strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass accentuate the sound of ancient Chinese instruments—like the two-stringed erhu and the plucked pipa. Never before have the exquisite beauty of Chinese melodies and the grandeur of a Western symphony been so seamlessly combined.


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