PTA Newsletter for the week beginning 4/30/2018

Dates to put on the calendar


  • May 1 (Tue): Early Release (11:45) for 5th Grade Orientation
  • May 8 (Tues): 7PM: Principal Turner Meet and Greet
  • May 16 - 25: Spain Trip (rescheduled)
  • May 17 (Thu): Early Release (11:45) for Professional Learning
  • May 18 (Fri): Field Trip: Team Apollo
  • May 23 (Wed): Taiwan Trip
  • May 25 (Fri): Field Trip: Team Pegasus
  • May 28 (Mon): No School: Memorial Day
  • May 29 (Tue): Quebec Trip
  • Jun 1 (Fri): 9AM: Principal Coffee at Diamond Cafeteria


Announcements from Diamond PTA


Teacher Appreciation Week is May 14-18!

The PTA has planned a week of activities to honor the teachers and staff at Diamond Middle School.  Let’s show the entire staff just how much we appreciate the hard work and dedication they devote to our kids.  Here’s how you can contribute:

Write notes of appreciation to teachers and staff members, and encourage your kids to write “thank you” notes, too!

Grade 6 parents have the opportunity to sign up to bring hot entrees, bagels, yogurts, pastries and other breakfast treats for the staff breakfast on Tuesday, May 15.  Sign-up here:

Grade 7 parents we would love your help creating fresh flower bouquets on Wednesday, May 16.  We are asking all families across all grade levels to send flowers to school that day and volunteer parents will assemble bouquets for the staff members.  Sign-up here:

Grade 8 parents can provide salads, desserts, beverages, and more for the staff appreciation luncheon on Thursday, May 17.  We will have entrees catered by Royal India Bistro.  Sign-up here:

 All families on Wednesday, May 16, we will be assembling fresh flower bouquets to give to every staff member.  Please have your child bring in a small bunch of flowers that we can use to create the bouquets.  Due to a severe allergy, no lilies please!


Thanks in advance for your help making Teacher Appreciation Week a great success at Diamond Middle School!


Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events



Community Announcements


Book Talk


Katherine Reynolds Lewis will speak on her new book, The Good News About Bad Behavior, at 7 pm, Wednesday May 2, at Cary Memorial Library (1874 Mass Ave).  The talk is sponsored by the Lexington Community Coalition, and is free and open to the public.

Anxiety, depression, substance abuse and suicide among America’s children are rising to epidemic levels.  One in two six-year olds today will be diagnosed with a mood or behavioral disorder by age eighteen.  Lewis first addressed this issue in Mother Jones Magazine in 2015.  Her article went viral - viewed nearly six million times.  She has spent the years since then criss-crossing the county, interviewing scientists, practitioners, teachers and families.  In The Good News About Bad Behavior, she explains what is happening, and lays out science-based and road-tested tools that schools and families are already using to help our kids.   


The author will also speak on May 1, in the Acton Discovery Museum speaker series.  The May 1 event is full, but a wait list is available at




Lexington Symphony Presents:

Community Music Festival, 2:00 - 5:00pm

Music from the Movies: Broadway Goes to the Movies!, 7:30pm

Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at Cary Hall

This two-part event kicks off with the fun, family-friendly, FREE celebration of cultural diversity and music, featuring an array of local ensemble performances followed by an evening concert featuring selections from legendary Tony Award winners Richard Rodgers and Leonard Bernstein, as well as highlights from Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and much more! Special guest appearance by the New World Chorale.

Afternoon festival performances include: Boston Guzheng Ensemble (Chinese zithers), Eastern Rhythm Indian Dance Troupe, Real School of Music Students, Peter & the Wolf Lexington Symphony Quintet, Great Meadows Orchestra, Yamaha Music School Student Composers & Players and more!!

Evening concert highlights music from Jesus Christ Superstar, The King and I, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Man of La Mancha, West Side Story, Lord of the Rings, Les Miserables & Phantom of the Opera.




LEF’s Annual Celebration for Education


Get in on Early Bird pricing for tickets to Lexington Education Foundation's Celebration for Education party taking place at Hayden Lower Field on June 16, 7-11pm. 


Party with friends! Dress up and dance to live 80s dance pop and new wave music by Scattershot! Enjoy the company of our Lexington community! Treat yourself to specialty hors d'oeuvres! Refresh with beer and wine! Smile for red carpet photos!

  • Tickets are $125 ($100 limited quantity with code EARLYBIRD)
  • Tickets include: 1 person entry + 1 drink ticket + hors d'oeuvres + red carpet photo + access to online auction
  • Get tickets »

Thank you for your support, and we'll see you at the party!


LEF is a nonprofit organization of mostly volunteers dedicated to bringing the community together to fund teacher-initiated grants that enable our educators to bring their passion for learning to our classrooms by creating innovative curriculum, piloting new initiatives, and employing new technology.