PTA Newsletter for the week beginning 2/5/2018.

Dates to put on the calendar

  • Feb 5 (Mon): 7:30PM Grade 7 Orchestra Performance @ LHS Gym
  • Feb 7 (Wed): 5:30-6:30PM Incoming 9th Grade Parent Information Night – LHS
  • Feb 7 (Wed): 6:30-8:00PM LHS Curriculum Night
  • Feb 12-16: World Language Week
  • Feb 15 (Thu): 5:00-9:00PM World Language Pot Luck & Film Festival
  • Feb 19-23: No School: Presidents’ Day & February Vacation
  • Feb 26 (Mon): 7:00-8:30PM Parent Forum: Going to LHS
  • Feb 26 (Mon): 7:00-8:00PM Ski Trip Information Meeting

Announcements from Diamond PTA

Many thanks to Dan and Kerry Strollo for hosting our principal meet and greet on January 23! Parents were able to socialize and have a conversation with Principal Turner about any topics that were on their minds. If you couldn’t make it, mark your calendars for our next principal meet and greet on March 27th.

Volunteers Needed

Diamond’s world language department will be hosting its annual “International Potluck Dinner” on Thursday, February 15th at 6pm. Year after year, this has been a wonderful event that welcomes the entire Diamond community to come together and celebrate our diversity as we enjoy delicious dishes from around the globe!

We are looking for a few parents who might be willing to assist with setting up the cafeteria prior to the event, at 5:30, and cleaning up after dinner, at 7pm, as the World Language staff is needed in the auditorium to facilitate the Film Festival awards ceremony. Please email the PTA at if you are available to help at either time. We welcome any other suggestions you may have to make our event as spectacular as possible! Merci, gracias, xie xie! ~Diamond world language department


Board Meetings


Interested in learning more about the Diamond PTA? Wondering how you can get involved?

Our monthly board meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend. Our next meeting is on Monday, February 12 from 9:00-10:30 am at Diamond; upcoming dates are listed in the PTA calendar on our website. We’ll be asking soon for new volunteers and board members for the upcoming school year, so feel free to stop by, meet the board, and see what we do!



 Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events


8th Grade Parent Forum: Going to LHS


Monday, 2/26, 7-8:30 pm in the Lexington High School Science Auditorium (enter the school via the main entrance off Worthen Road, then follow signs)


OR –

Wednesday, 2/28, 9:40-11 am at the Lexington Community Center (39 Marrett Road, Room 139)


This Q&A forum is an opportunity for 8th grade parents to learn about the transition to high school from a panel of experienced LHS parents. Bring your questions about classes, schedules, sports, music groups, clubs, community service, lockers, homework, and whatever else you are wondering about high school! The morning and evening sessions will have the same format: attend whichever one is most convenient for you.



Community Announcements



Barter to Bitcoin


Location: Lexington High School

When: 2 Fridays - February 2 and February 9 from 4-5:30 pm

Tuition: $35

Ever wonder why do we use money to buy things? How will the world run if there was no currency? What do banks do anyway? Come along for the ride as we journey through time from when corn was good to trade, and IOUs were in fashion to a future where we may not carry any currency at all. Along the way we will look at the birth of barter, banking, interest rates, credit cards, and Bitcoin. You will play exciting games and enjoy activities that help build positive financial habits.

This class will be co-taught by Diamond parents Sumeit and Sanjay Aggarwal. They have written this course with a focus on storytelling which is a fabulous way of incorporating learning.

For more details and to Sign up visit: Barter to Bitcoin at Lexington Community Education



The Childhood Face of ADHD:  Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students


Presented by Ned Hallowell MD, EdD

Date: 2/07/2018

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

New Location: Cary Hall

Please register by February 1, 2018!

In this presentation, Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell, practicing child and adult psychiatrist, founder of the Hallowell Center, and former instructor at Harvard Medical School, offers insight into the Childhood Face of ADHD and how ADHD and learning disabilities impact the student emotionally and socially. Because he and two of his children have ADHD themselves, he recognizes the importance not just of proper diagnosis and treatment but also the importance of developing the positive attributes most people with ADHD possess. He will provide an introduction to the world of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and explain what it feels like to have ADHD from a child’s perspective. Thank you to Indian Americans of Lexington for their generous donation to make this presentation possible.

Please RSVP for this event so that we can ensure we have enough space and materials.  We expect that this event will be well-attended, and can accommodate approximately 80 attendees, so please RSVP by February 1, 2018 at

For more information about the Lexington SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) and SEPTA (Special Education PTA), please see our website at


Saturday, Feb 10th-- Growing up in Lexington, a candid conversation

Please join LYFS' 2nd in a six-part series of discussions about "Living on the Hyphen"-- a multicultural exploration of youth well-being. This series is the collaborative effort of a Multicultural Sponsoring Board representing Lexington in all of its diversity.

Growing Up In Lexington is an opportunity for Lexington youth and the community of adults who support them to come together and understand the joys and challenges of coming of age in today's Lexington.  This moderated panel discussion will take place at the Community Center, from 10:00am-12:00pm on Saturday, February 10th.  We look forward to seeing you there!  And... save March 18th for part 3 in the series, Spirituality in Mental Health, in partnership with Temple Isaiah's Mental Health Initiative.

About LYFS:  LYFS is an independent Lexington nonprofit that seeks to address concerns related to youth mental health and well-being through a combination of clinical services, suicide prevention programming and community education and outreach. Living on the Hyphen was made possible through the generosity of the Community Endowment of Lexington.


Stories from Near and Far

Sunday, February 11th, 3 - 5 PM

Lexington Depot, Depot Square.

This family program, offered in partnership between the Lexington Historical Society and Indian Americans of Lexington (IAL), will showcase fables from both Eastern and Western traditions through dance, music, and performance. Audience participation is encouraged! Children will make crafts to take home. Refreshments provided.

Free. Public parking available behind the building.  Space is limited and pre-registration recommended.   Please reserve your spot by February 5th at programs@lexingtonhistory. org or by phone, 781.862.1703.

 Lexington Historical Society:

Indian Americans of Lexington: www.




BioBuilder is hosting a February Break Workshop for 10-14-year-old students interested in synthetic biology and getting hands-on time in a biology lab with a trained scientist. 

The program will be held from February 20-22, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Lab Central (700 Main Street, Cambridge). For more information and to register, check out this link: