PTA Weekly Newsletter - Week of May 28, 2018

Below is the Weekly Diamond PTA Newsletter for the week beginning 5/28/2018

Dates to put on the Calendar

  • May 24 (Thu) to Jun 2 (Sat): Taiwan Trip
  • May 29 (Tue) to Jun 1 (Fri): Quebec Trip
  • May 29 (Tue): 7th Grade SBIRT Screening through the Health Office
  • Jun 1 (Fri): Field Trip: Team Athena
  • Jun 1 (Fri): 9am Principal Coffee at Diamond Cafeteria
  • Jun 4 (Mon): 7pm Diamond Chorus Concert at LHS
  • Jun 5 (Fri): Field Trip: 7th Grade French (Ferrai)
  • Jun 5 (Fri): 1.45pm 8th Grade Tour of LHS

Announcements from Diamond PTA

Principal Coffee
Please join us for our last principal coffee of the year this Friday, June 1st, at 9am in the Diamond cafeteria.

Thank You!
Many thanks to all the parents who helped make our Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week such a success. From baking breakfast and desserts . . . to donating and arranging bouquets of flowers . . . to volunteering to help with set up and clean up . . . the week's events would not have been possible without you!  Special thanks to PTA Hospitality Co-Chairs Viki Deardorff and Lisa Sharma for organizing these expressions of thanks to the Diamond staff. The teachers were so appreciative of the meals, flowers, and kind notes from students and parents. Visit our website to see some photo highlights from last week:

Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Retirement Celebration in Honor of Dr. Mary Czajkowski

The Lexington School Committee cordially invites you to attend a Retirement Celebration in Honor of Dr. Mary Czajkowski.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Cary Memorial Building
1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 6, 2018 to The Superintendent’s Office,, or 781-861-2580.


Message for 8th grade parents from LHS and the LHS PTO

Calling Incoming LHS Class of 2022 Parents—Be Part of the LHS All Night Graduation Party Community!

It’s not too early to help carry on LHS’s All Night Graduation Party tradition!  In fact, since Senior Parents cannot chaperone the event, we depend on 8th–11th grade parents to oversee this parent run party.  Beach Party 2018 represents the 32nd LHS All Night Graduation Party (ANGP). Unlike traditional dances, the ANGP, held the night of graduation, offers something for everyone from games, All-Night DJ, inflatable obstacle course, yearbook signing, arts and crafts and much, much more!

Each year the LHS Field House is transformed into a magical venue based on the senior class chosen theme. With 85 to 90% of each graduating class attending, it’s a true gift that our town of Lexington including our parents, businesses and police and fire departments support as a safe, memorable way for our graduating seniors to share that one final moment the evening of graduation.  Grab a friend and sign up today! Come help us decorate Friday June 1st/Saturday June 2nd or sign up for one or more party shifts on Sunday June 3rd/Monday June 4th at

For questions about volunteering, please contact Betsy Wilkinson at betsy@myemline.

SET-UP (50 8th12th Parents) + CHAPERONES (200 8th11th Parents)
LHS All Night Graduation Party: 10pm Sunday June 3rd
through 5am Monday June 4th

Community Announcements

It’s Awards Season!

Have you sent your LEF STAR Awards yet? These are the Oscars/Pulitzers/Nobels for Lexington teachers! Give that special teacher, coach, counselor and other school staff the red carpet treatment. For a contribution of $30 or more, (or $60+ for a teaching team), a personalized STAR certificate will be delivered to any current or former teacher/staff member at any Lexington public school. This is a cherished gift, and proceeds go right back to your child’s education through LEF grants.

Order today at

LEF’s Annual Celebration for Education

Party with friends at Lexington Education Foundation's Celebration for Education party taking place at Hayden Lower Field on June 16, 7-11pm! 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
  • 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.

FOLMADS is looking for middle school parent volunteers

FOLMADS (Friends of Lexington Music Art, and Drama Students) is looking for volunteers to help with our publicity and community engagement efforts. Volunteering is a great way to support the arts at our schools, meet other parents of arts students, and have fun in the process. Board positions are available for the following roles:

  • Co-coordinator of publicity of performing arts events at LHS and the middle schools
  • Spring Pops concerts at LHS, co-coordinator of volunteers and concessions
  • MICCA (Massachusetts Instrumental & Choral Conductor’s Association) Festival at LHS, co-coordinator of volunteers and concessions
  • Coordinator of fall fundraising letter mailing

Middle school parents are especially encouraged to get involved! If you would like more information about these positions or about other volunteer opportunities with FOLMADS, please contact me by email

Multiple Pathways to Success: Tools for Self-Empowerment

After the great success of the past 2 years, the IAL School Committee is very proud to invite you to our third annual College & Career workshop, Multiple Pathways to Success: Tools for Self-Empowerment.

When: Saturday, June 9th from 2 pm to 5 pm
Where: Diamond Middle School Cafeteria, 99 Hancock Street 
(enter from Sedge Road entrance)

Getting ready for the path beyond high school does not have to be an intimidating process. If you are a middle school student, a high school student, or a parent of students in this age range, then this workshop is for you!
In this 3rd Annual workshop, you will listen to a dynamic panel of speakers made up of LHS students and alumni as well as professionals, followed by a brief Q/A. You will then participate in small group discussions facilitated by a diverse and experienced group of individuals that are either educators or have successfully chosen a college and career that they are passionate about. Walk away with a feeling of empowerment as you begin to chart YOUR unique roadmap to success!
Register for Free here:
Please visit our Facebook page for more details on the event and speakers.

This event is organized in partnership with Lexington High School, LYFS: Sponsor of Sources of Strength, CAAL, JPLex, and Temple Isaiah Mental Health Committee.

Leher presents…. 90’s ki Yaadein, A Musical Concert to benefit AID Boston

4:00PM, Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Cary Memorial Hall, Lexington

Come and enjoy an evening filled with music, an Indian music concert “90s ki Yaadein”, a music concert and fundraiser by Boston’s live Indian band LEHER, all for a noble cause, Yaadein, a concert that would bring a flavor of eastern and western music from the Bollywood 1990’s era. LEHER’s goal through this concert is to fundraise to benefit AID Boston’s rural healthcare projects being run in India and enable them to get the gift of optimal healthcare.

For more info and tickets: $25–General, $40–Premium
Contact:, Dr. Amal Jawa 603-380-0640

Save the date - Rally for Gun Violence Prevention on June 10th

Get involved. Be the change.

Lexington Says #Enough will hold a rally for gun violence prevention on the historic Battle Greens. We are committed to ending gun violence and this will be an opportunity for the community and students to get together and raise awareness about this issue.  We are working on the agenda and will update soon. Some of the things being discussed are:

- pre-register to vote
- add name to petitions to be sent to elected officials
- participate in a community art project that speaks to gun violence prevention
- sign postcards that will be sent to elected officials, etc.

Are you passionate about this cause? Do you want to volunteer? Please contact Devesh at:  Please RSVP by clicking on this link.