PTA Weekly Newsletter - Week of April 23, 2018

Dates to put on the calendar


  • Apr 24 (Tue): Field Trip: Team Denali
  • Apr 27 (Fri): 6PM: 8th Grade Night Out at Lexington Community Center
  • May 1 (Tue): Early Release (11:45) for 5th Grade Visiting Day
  • May 8 (Tues): 7PM: Principal Turner Meet and Greet
  • 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
  • June 1 (Fri): 9AM: Principal Coffee at Diamond Cafeteria (rescheduled from May 11)


Announcements from Diamond PTA



Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week is May 14-18! More details to come soon!



Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events




Diamond 8th Grade Night Out

Come celebrate with your Diamond Class at the Lexington Community Center on Friday, April 27th for a night of fun with music, concessions, billiards, corn hole, air hockey, video games and more! Come with your friends and just hang out.  Pizza and drinks will be provided. Cost of $10 and registration ahead can be on the Town of Lexington Website. clientpage_t2.wcs?clientid= LXNGTNMA&siteid=1


Friday, April 27th

6pm - 8:30pm

$10 fee

Lexington Community Center 


Lex Splash


Lex Splash (modeled after MIT Splash) is a free one-day event in which middle school students can take a variety of unique classes taught by LHS students. Some of this year's classes include introduction to American Sign Language, beginners ukulele, competitive programming, intro to memeology, intro to philosophy and Bhangra dance—no matter what a student's interests are, there’s something for them at Splash. The goal of our program is help younger students explore and discover their passions before high school, and to foster a genuine love of learning in the process.

This year's Splash will take place on Saturday, April 28th, from 8 AM to 4 PM, at Lexington High School. Students can sign up at



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




The Ultimate Scholarship Bootcamp


Do you have concerns about how you’re going to pay for your kids’ college? If yes, you need to come to The Ultimate Scholarship Bootcamp by Major Nippy Betz at Diamond Middle on April 29th from 11am-1pm. No more thinking scholarships are just what high school seniors apply for.  Nippy is the nation’s leading scholarship coach and has helped families earn over $40 million dollars. Families right now are achieving great success with Nippy’s hands-on knowledge and coaching. Come with your child and get a game plan in place (middle schoolers, high schoolers, and current college students can ALL benefit by attending). Learn what’s possible and get out of the “we won’t qualify” mindset. 

This is a not for profit event. There is a ticket fee to cover the travel costs for the speaker. Students are encouraged to join with their parents to get the most success from the program.

Get your tickets early at

The Strategic Scholarship Bootcamp will be held:

April 29, 2018 11 am – 1 pm Diamond Middle School, Lexington
April 29, 2018  4 pm  – 6 pm Sheraton Hotel, Framingham, MA
April 30, 2018 7 pm – 9 pm Larcom Theatre, Beverly, MA
May 1, 20187 pm – 9 pm Marriott Hotel, Newton, MA





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.




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








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: