PTA Newsletter for the week beginning 4/2/2018.

Dates to put on the calendar


  • Apr 3 (Tue): “SCREENAGERS” at LHS Auditorium
  • Apr 5 (Thu): The Secret Life of Teens at Clarke Auditorium
  • Apr 16 (Mon): No School: Patriots’ Day & Spring Vacation
  • 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




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


The Secret Life of Teens, Learn what teens are really thinking and how to support them. 

Thursday, April 5 @ 7pm

Clarke Auditorium


Do you wonder:

  • What are teens really thinking?
  • Why don’t teens are their fears?
  • How can we better support our teens?


Participants will leave with:

  • New ways of understanding and engaging teens
  • Strategies they can implement immediately
  • Confidence and courage and a new language


Jon Mattleman is a mental health counselor and trainer with 30 years of experience working with youth, parents and families.  Jon presents in communities statewide and his dynamic presentations give participants constructive tools for communicating, problem solving and working with teens.  


This presentation is free and open to the adult public.  No registration is required.  Parents or staff of neighboring communities are welcome to attend.  This presentation is sponsored by the Town of Lexington Health and Human Services Departments, Lexington Public Schools and is funded through CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.  Questions?  Contact Charlotte Rodgers at  



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





First Annual LBH (Lexington Bedford Hanscom Pop Warner Football) Parent's Night out


Saturday April 7, 2018

American Legion 194 Lexington St Woburn, MA 01801

7:00 PM - 11:00PM

We are raising funds for new equipment for both our football players and cheerleaders.

The evening will include Musical Bingo, Gift Basket Raffles, Door Prizes, Photo Booth, Cash Bar! Bring your own Food/Snacks to share with your table.


Tickets: $25/pp or $200/ Table of 10

BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE HERE **Online purchase has a convenience fee


To order tickets with Cash or Check payment please contact m for instructions.


If you cannot attend the event but would like to help out by donating to our event please email:


Event Sponsors

Boston Red Sox, Lowell Spinners, Busa Liquors, Wegman's, Tavern in the Square, King's Bowling, Waxy O'Connors. And many more............. you could win a limited edition

LBH Parents Night Out t-shirt as well don't miss your chance!!!!!!




 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@





Forum on Gun Violence Prevention.  Action, Truth and Reconciliation


A Conversation with Attorney General Maura Healey, Chaplain lamenting Cheryl of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute and young activists Emily Weinberg and My’Kel McMillen


Sunday, April 8  3:00-4:30pm

Temple Emunah, 9 Piper Road, Lexington


Sponsored by the Follen Church Gun Violence Prevention Group.  Cosponsored by Association of Black Citizens of Lexington, Church of Our Redeemer, First Parish in Lexington, Indian Americans of Lexington, Korean American Organization of Lexington, Lexington Pride Coalition, #LexingtonSaysEnough, MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Temple Emunah, Temple Isaiah.  


Free and open to the public.  




HOLI Festival of Colors


Color Throwings ever half hour.  No Outside Colors Allowed. 

Multicultural.  Live Music.  Dance.  Henna.  Veg Food and more.  

Entry $5 online / $8 at gate.  Kids under 5 free.  Includes a packet of color. 

Sunday, May 20 (Rain date June 3)  1pm to 5pm

Hastings Park, Lexington, MA


More info and online registration:

Organized by Bhakti Center of Lexington, 781-215-3566






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






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.




YMCA of Greater Boston / Waltham YMCA

Summer Camp 2018 - Now Enrolling

June 18th - August 24th


Waltham YMCA Day Camp, 725 Lexington St, Waltham, MA

Camp Hours: 9am to 4pm.  Extended day hours available.



Y Day Camp keeps kids engaged, safe, healthy and learning.  Above all, we focus on making summer fun!  Join us for the best summer ever.  To enroll or for more information please contact: