Weekly Diamond PTA Newsletter for the week beginning 5/21/2018

Dates to put on the calendar


  • May 16 - 25: Spain Trip (rescheduled)
  • May 22 (Tue): 7th Grade Screening
  • May 23 (Wed): Field Trip: Teams K2 & Everest
  • May 24 (Thu): 7th Grade Screening
  • May 24 (Thu): Taiwan Trip
  • May 24 (Thu): 9:00AM Special Ed Breakfast for Rising 5th Grade Parents
  • May 25 (Fri): Field Trip: D-Minors (Competition)
  • 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


Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events


Homework Policy and School Start Times


Over the next couple of weeks, the School Committee will be seeking feedback on two topics: the new Homework Policy and School Start Times.  Parents are encouraged to let the School Committee know their opinions, ideas, and questions so they can make informed decisions about these important topics.  


Homework Policy - This policy was implemented at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.  You can find more information about the policy here: https://lps.lexingtonma.org/domain/1638 .  The School Committee is evaluating the policy and seeks feedback. There will be a public hearing to discuss the Homework Policy on Tuesday, May 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room. 


School Start Times - The district is considering a change in school start times. The School Start Times Task Force has been meeting for a year to research and investigate the various options. You can find background information, research, some findings, and presentations by the Task Force on the LPS website: https://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10330There will be a public hearing to discuss School Start Times on May 22 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Cary Memorial Building, Battin Hall. 


If you cannot attend these hearings, you can reach the School Committee in the following ways:  


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 LexingtonANGP.weebly.com  


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


SET-UP (50 8th – 12th Parents) + CHAPERONES (200 8th – 11th Parents) 

LHS All Night Graduation Party:  10pm Sunday June 3rd

through 5am Monday June 4th


Community Announcements


Summer Strategies for Your Fall Career Launch


Are you interested in getting back into the paid workforce?  Jennifer Voss, Lexington mother and Diamond parent, is hosting a free meet-up/information session with the company she works for, FlexProfessionals, a mission-driven company that helps professionals looking for flexibility-- mostly mothers-- find professional-level work at local employers. This month's Meet-Up features a mini-workshop on what you can do over the summer to land a job by the fall. Join us in a judgement free zone to learn more about returning to work on your own (flexible!) terms.


May Meet-up- Summer Strategies for Your Fall Career Launch

Wednesday 5/23, 10:30-11:30

Cambridge Savings Bank, Burlington

Free, register and read more here




Lex Hack 4 Good
Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: Lexington Discovery Day (Waltham/Muzzey Parking Lot)

Design and code a website that helps the community, town, country or world. (e.g website about recycling, cancer research, animal adoption, endangered species ) Use your tech skills to make the world a better place!

Form a team with 2-4 people and complete the web project during the 6 hour period.

Prize: $200 donated to non-profit; website registration fees paid; LHS students eligible for community service credit



Don’t know how to code? No Problem!
Come learn the basics of HTML/Javascript that will allow you to create a basic website and service by the end of the session.
Friday, May 25th
Hancock United Church, 1912 Massachusetts Avenue
Two sessions to choose from - 4pm-6pm; 6pm-8pm


Sponsored by Penguin Coding School and LHS Volunteer Organizers




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.