PTA Newsletter for the week beginning 3/26/2018.

Dates to put on the calendar


  • Mar 27 (Tue): 2:00-4:00PM Field Trip: ILP Students
  • 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)
  • May 17 (Thu): Early Release (11:45) for Professional Learning
  • May 28 (Mon): No School: Memorial Day


Announcements from Diamond PTA


Many thanks to 6th grade parents Amy and Christian Boutwell for hosting our Diamond Parent Social on Saturday. It was a wonderful evening and a great opportunity for Diamond families to connect!


Thank you to April Maloney (6th and 8th grade parent) and Pei Ling Man (future Diamond parent this fall) for organizing and running the Book Fair to support the school library. Thanks also to all those parents who volunteered their time to help, as well as the students and parents who donated books to the library and to Cradles to Crayons.





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



Dyslexia Parents Group Coffee


When: Thursday, April 5

Time: 9 AM - 11 AM

Where: Home of Bettina McGimsey


We will hold a coffee at the home of Bettina McGimsey on Thursday April 5. Please join us for good discussion and connection. Feel free to bring any questions and concerns you might have. We will send out directions to the location closer to the date to those who RSVP at




Leadership and Public Speaking Workshop (April Vacation or Summer)


Lumos is running a 2-day Debate Workshop during April Vacation Break. Your child will study public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership with experienced instructors. The class is lots of fun and very active - a good class even for shy or quiet kids. The class is open to students Grades 6-9. Register at:


Lumos also offers a 2-week summer program that teaches all these skills and more! Get summer info at Email or call 617-901-4564.




Lexington's First Annual Special Education Resource Fair


When: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Where: The FUSE School & Program, 110 Hartwell Avenue, Suite 100, Lexington 


Come join us to learn about resources for the special education community, including sports providers, camps, services, advocates, and many other resources. Visit the Lexington SEPAC/SEPTA website to learn more: events/resource-fair/


If you have any questions, please contact communications@


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Youth Ultimate Frisbee


Sunday afternoons, 4/15 - 5/27 (rain make up date 6/3)

1:00 - 2:00p for U8

2:00 - 3:30p for U10 and U12

3:30 - 5:00p for U14 boys

3:30 - 5:00p for 10-14 year old girls

5:00 - 7:00p for U17 boys and girls

Diamond Middle School


Coed program teaches skills and good sportsmanship so that players can learn and enjoy the sport of Ultimate. Small games to maximize playing time and touches. Ultimate is a fast paced non-contact field sport played around the state, country, and across the world. Our own LHS has a great varsity program with boys and girls teams which compete every spring across the state and even regionally.


In our program, we have competitive/travel boys and girls programs available for U14 and U17 players who have mastered the basics and are ready for a higher level of competition, including those who want to prepare for high school teams. For U14, it will be two half or full day events in MA.


We are very excited to have a girls team! Girls ages 10-14 will play together in a girls-only setting with great women coaches. The girls who are ready for competition will go to two one-day events, one in Amherst and one in Devens. This is a super opportunity for the girls to learn and love the sport, and to form great connections with their teammates.


For more information, please see BUDA website. Registration for all programs except U17 are through Lex Rec. If any questions, please contact program director Raphael Savir @781.862.4335 or




Cary Memorial Library - Strategic Planning / Children’s Room


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 -



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



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: