PTA Newsletter for the week beginning 3/19/2018

Dates to put on the calendar


  • Mar 19 (Mon) – Mar 23 (Fri): PTA Book Fair in the Library
  • Mar 23 (Fri): Principal Coffee in the Cafeteria
  • Mar 24 (Sat): Annual Diamond Parent Social
  • Mar 28 (Wed): 7:00-8:30PM 5th Grade Parent Night
  • Mar 30 (Fri): No School: Good Friday
  • Apr 3 (Tue): MCAS testing: ELA
  • Apr 3 (Tue): “SCREENAGERS” at LHS Auditorium
  • Apr 4 (Wed): MCAS testing: ELA
  • Apr 16 (Mon): No School: Patriots’ Day & Spring Vacation
  • May 8 (Tue): MCAS testing: Math
  • May 10 (Thu): MCAS testing: Math
  • May 14 (Mon): MCAS testing: Science (8th grade only)


Announcements from Diamond PTA


Parent Social


Diamond Parent Social: this Saturday, March 24 from 7:00-10:00pm! Join us at this open house at the home of Amy & Christian Boutwell. Make new friends, see old friends, and enjoy some weekend socializing! Please let us know if you will be attending!


We hope to see you there!



Principal Coffee


Friday, March 23 at 9:00 in the Diamond Cafeteria

All parents are invited to attend this informal coffee with Principal Turner. No topic this time! Come with questions, concerns, and thoughts to share.



The  Diamond Book Fair is Back!


Monday, March 19 – Friday, March 23 in the Diamond School Library 

This week the Diamond Library will turn into a bookstore! Book Fair proceeds support the Diamond School Library. There will also be a table with a selection of books that may be purchased to be donated to Cradles To Crayons.

Students and Parents(!) are welcome to shop before and after school. The Fair will be available to students during school hours as well. 

Books will range in price from about $5–14 for paperbacks to about $15–20 for hard covers. Please remember to account for a 6.25% sales tax. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted.

We also need a few volunteers to help out during the fair! Please sign up here: diamond

Questions?  Please email April Maloney at





Tuesday, April 3, 7-9 pm, in the Lexington High School auditorium, 251 Waltham St.


Parents and students are invited to a free screening of the movie “Screenagers,” co-sponsored by the Clarke PTO, Diamond PTA, and LHS PTO. Following the movie, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers with a panel of experts in technology, law enforcement, and adolescent mental health.


About the movie:


The average child spends 6 ½ hours a day looking at screens. Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, physician and award-winning filmmaker Delaney Ruston explores the impact of all that screen time. “Screenagers” examines the friction in homes and schools around technology use; reveals how screen time impacts children’s development; and offers solutions on how adults can best empower children to navigate the digital world and find balance.


About the panelists:

  • Sandra DeJong, MD, MSc, is a practicing child psychiatrist, a director of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry training at Cambridge Health Alliance for 14 years, and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She has published and presented widely about digital media and youth.
  • Dr. Abigail Judge is a clinical and child forensic psychologist in private practice and on staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is on the part-time faculty at Harvard Medical School. She has published extensively about sexting and adolescent sexual behavior in the digital age.
  • Detective Kristina Hankins is a member of the Lexington Police Department and the School Resource Officer for Lexington Public Schools.
  • Jennifer Judkins is the Director of Digital Learning for Lexington Public Schools and is passionate about promoting responsible and meaningful use of technology in today's classrooms.



Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events


Diamond STEAM Fair


The Third Annual Diamond STEAM Fair will be held in the Diamond Cafeteria on Wednesday, March 28 from 6:00-7:30pm, followed by an awards ceremony from 7:30-8:00pm. All Diamond students can participate, either as individuals or in a team.


To register, please visit and select STEAM FAIR, or use the the QR code on the flyers and mini cards handed out to students at school. Please register by March 10.

Questions? Please email



Community Announcements



Free Trial Coding Classes grades 2-12 @PenguinCodingSchool


- March 24, 31, April 7 Saturday free trial classes (90 minutes)

- Students learn actual coding during the trial class

- Scratch for grades 2-4

- HTML/Javascript for grades 4-8

- Python/Java for grades 8-12 (great prep for high school computer science)

- Located at Hancock Church by Lexington Green

- Register here:

‪- Questions? Contact: 781-277-2755 or


Cary Library Strategic Planning


The Cary Library is in the process of updating its Strategic Plan, and so is currently soliciting input from community members. Coming to the library for a planning session is difficult, so we've created a couple of surveys for busy families to encourage you to give us your feedback!


Youth Services Survey (programs, collections, technology, and Children's Room space) r/SXWRD7Q 


For families with children with special needs, we've created a special survey to better understand how the Library can serve your families.


In addition, you can send ANY comments about the library to - we'd love to hear from you. 


Finally, if there's anything we can do for you, or if you want to share anything directly with myself or with the library director, you can reach us at:


Alissa Lauzon - Head of Youth Services -

Koren Stembridge - Library Director -



Refugee Information Session


There are over 21.3 million refugees worldwide. Over 50% of these are refugee children under the age of 18.  Ascentria supports an Unaccompanied Refugee Minors program in Massachusetts - a network of caring families to help provide safety and a warm home to refugee minors from all around the world.  Recently arrived youth refugees are settled with foster families, where they are supported until they emancipate from the program at the age of 22.


If you would like to support a refugee minor but cannot consider fostering, then there are other ways to help.  Please join us for a short commitment-free information session where we will talk about some of the many ways in which you can get involved, particularly through providing short-term respite care for refugee youth.


We are running two information sessions:

Friday April 6th 12.00-1.30pm

Tuesday April 10th 7.00-8.30pm


Location: 18 Hill St, Lexington, MA 02421


If you would like to find out more, please sign up for one of these sessions using the link below:


For more information about Ascentria and the URM (Unaccompanied Refugee Minors) program, then please take a look at their website: