PTA Weekly Newsletter November 9, 2018

November 09, 2018 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the Calendar

Monday November 12 No School (Veterans Day)

Wednesday November 14 Diamond Orchestra Concert, 6:30 pm (Gym)
Social Media and Bullying Presentation, 7:30 pm (Auditorium)

Friday November 16 No School (Conferences)

Wednesday November 21 Half Day (Thanksgiving) Thursday November 22No School (Thanksgiving) Friday November 23 No School (Thanksgiving)Announcements from Diamond PTA

Recently Approved PTA Grants

At our meeting on Monday, the PTA board was pleased to approve grants for supplies for WIN block, the Spanish Club, and a two-day visit by artist Raul Gonzalez in the spring (funding also provided by FOLMADS--Friends of Lexington Music, Art, and Drama Students). Thanks again to our community for your generous donations that allow these grants to be funded!


Principal Coffee: Why You Should Encourage Your Child to be Online MORE

Join the PTA, Principal Turner, Howard Wolke, and Liz Sharp for a principal coffee at 9am on Friday, November 30 in the Diamond library. The topic is "Why You Should Encourage Your Child to be Online MORE”… come and find out why!


Special PTA Meeting

Before the Principal coffee, please join the PTA at 8:30 in the library for a special meeting, where we will be presenting information and having a member vote to change from being a PTA to a PTO. This move has already been approved by our board, and/so we now need approval from our members to move forward. We will explain the difference between a PTA and a PTO, give you information on why we want to make this change, and answer any questions you might have before the vote.
For a draft of our new PTO bylaws and draft of the proposed Articles of Organization, please see the email from the PTA on October 28, or contact us for a copy.


Parent Volunteer Opportunity: Cookie dough pick up

Liz Sharp is looking for a few parents to help with setting up for the cookie dough pickups next Wednesday, November 14, from 1 to 3 or so. Please contact her at if you’re available to help out!


Student Council’s food drive for the Lexington Food Pantry

Check your email or go to the Diamond homepage for information about the Student Council’s food drive for the Lexington Food Pantry. You can make your contributions of canned or dry food until November 14; please check theflyer to find out what specific foods they’re requesting.


Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Parent Presentation: Social Media and Bullying

  • When: Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 pm

  • Where: Diamond, Auditorium

Dr. Elizabeth Englander from MARC (Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center) will present to parents on the use of social media and bullying and how they impact middle school children on a daily basis.  Dr. Englander is a knowledgeable and engaging researcher, and we hope that you can join us to hear about this important and relevant topic.


School Start Time: Feedback

Please see the letter from Superintendent Julie Hackett outlining the process for considering potential changes in school start and end times, via the link Supt Letter - School Start Times.  The start time proposal was presented at the October 30 School Committee meeting. There will be a public hearing for all community members on November 20, and a feedback survey is open for the public  Since changes in school start and end times have an impact on the community at large, we encourage you to review the proposal and provide your input.
Thank you,
Eileen Jay, Chair, Lexington School Committee


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 DescriptionTimeLocationWed, Nov 14Diamond Middle School Orchestra Concert6:30 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

Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid! The Movement of Imperfection, Nov 29

  • When: Thursday November 29, 7-9 pm

  • Where: LHS, Auditorium

  • Sponsored by: Lexington SEPAC/SEPTA and the Lexington Community Coalition Partners

Patty and Gina, imperfect sisters, and authors of Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid, A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children, present a humorous and heartwarming workshop for parents. Using hilarious anecdotes and fun exercises (no Spandex required), the sisters will show attendees how to let go of the expectations they have for their children and embrace the reality.
To register, go to: Visit for more information about special education programming and resources, and please like us on Facebook:


Lexington Youth Lacrosse (Lyl) 2019 Spring Season Registration is Open!

Register now for an early bird discount and get your uniform included in the registration fee! That’s a great savings! Boys & Girls Programs: All playing levels welcome, Grades 1-8.
To register, go to:
Lexington Youth Lacrosse is dedicated to introducing, teaching, and expanding youth lacrosse. Through our integrated and age based programs, we provide a fun and instructional environment for young lacrosse players. New players at all levels welcome!


Lexington Symphony: Preserving Heritage, Nov 10

  • When: Saturday, November 10, 7:30 pm - please note earlier start time!! (6:30 Pre-Concert Talk with conductor Jonathan McPhee)

  • Where: Cary Hall

  • Tickets: $33 - $55, Youth/Student tickets $10/$15. Discounts available for groups of 8 or more.

Lexington Symphony's upcoming Preserving Heritage program brings us music of hope and resiliency. All three pieces tell an inspiring story of perseverance and hope emerging from times of turmoil. Verdi's Nabuccooverture packs the opera's dramatic majesty into one crowd-pleasing piece; guest soloist Kendra Colton's bright soprano breathes color and clarity into Canteloube'sevocative collection of French folk songs, while Hindemith's symphony journeys through conflict and loss to an ultimately triumphant, life-affirming conclusion. I hope you'll consider joining us!

Verdi| Nabucco: Overture
Canteloube| Songs of the Auvergne
Kendra Colton, Soprano
Hindemith| Mathis der Maler(Symphony)
For more information & to buy tickets, please call: 781-523-9009 or click here.


Public Hearing on Lexington's Growing Gas Leak Problem

  • When: Tuesday, November 27, 7 pm

  • Where: BattinHall, Cary Memorial Building, 1605 Mass Ave

Lexington has more natural gas leaks than ever, despite a multi-year effort to find and fix the largest gas leaks. Lexington gas customers are currently paying over $550,000 a year for this lost gas.  Please join the Lexington Board of Selectmen, our legislative delegation, Mothers Out Front, and HEETfor a public hearing on our gas leaks crisis. Find out what the increasing number of gas leaks means for the safety and health of our town, and learn what we can do about it. Let your elected leaders know about your concerns for safety, health, climate, and the rising cost of this ongoing problem.


Town Service and Housing Costs Survey

Hello Lexington residents! The town is requesting your input on issues that affect us all: town services and affordability of living in Lexington. By completing the linked survey, you responses will be used, in aggregate with all other respondents, to inform town policy decision makers. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your time & participation!


Community Endowment of Lexington

Looking to get involved in our community? Want to give back to Lexington? The Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL) is currently looking to expand its roster of wonderful volunteers, and we welcome you to join our efforts.
CEL enhances the quality of life for all Lexington citizens now and in the future. We are a permanent grant-making source that supports community needs, and provides ways for donors to give back and leave a legacy to our community. CEL funds programs and services that help make life healthier and more enjoyable for all members of our community in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, the environment, and community building. CEL encourages grant applications from nonprofit organizations and town agencies that bring innovative thinking to issues facing Lexington, MA. Learn more at
CEL is seeking volunteers to aid in all aspects of our work, including social media (helping to promote CEL, manage our social media platforms, etc.) and fundraising (helping to organize our Corporate Giving program). Volunteering with CEL is a great way to get involved in our community and to meet like-minded residents who are working to help improve our town.
For more information, please email Mary Ann Sorel ( or Kimberly Hensle Lowrance (