PTA Weekly Newsletter January 4, 2019

Dates to put in the Calendar

Monday January 7 PTA Board Meeting, 9 am

Wednesday January 9 Parent Coffee, Clarke Cafeteria, 8:45 am

Thursday January 10 Half Day (Professional Learning)

Wednesday January 16 Winter Band Concert, Grade 7, LHS, 7pm

Thursday January 17 Winter Band Concert, Grades 6 and 8, LHS, 7pm

Announcements from Diamond PTA

Spiritwear Thank You!

Many thanks to Laurel Driscoll for spearheading our school spiritwear sale this fall. We hope all the cozy Diamond gear is keeping kids warm this winter!


Parent Coffee: Building Communication with your Teen

  • When: Wednesday January 9, 8:45 am

  • Where: Clarke Middle School, Cafeteria

Please join your Clarke & Diamond counselors and social workers for a parent coffee. We are excited to collaborate with Lexington Youth and Family Services (LYFS) social worker, Erin Deery, in offering an interactive presentation on building communication with your teens. Parents will have an opportunity to learn about some popular theories on parent-teen communication through hands-on activities, review of resources, and discussion.


Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Including Samuel

  • When: January 17, 7-9 pm (snow date: 1/24/19)

  • Where: Lexington Venue, 1794 Mass Ave, Lexington

Please join us for a free movie screening. Including Samuel, a documentary by Dan Habib, discussion moderated by Joe Petner, PhD.  Including Samuel chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include their son Samuel, who has cerebral palsy, in every facet of their lives.  The film honestly portrays his family’s hopes and struggles, as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families.  Sponsored by LexSEPAC/SEPTA, Lexington Commission on Disability, the Lexington Human Rights Commission, and the Lexington Venue.  Space is limited, please RSVP to


LexSEPTA / SEPAC Events: Winter / Spring 2019

Link to events:  To register for a speaker event:  click on event, registration button appears at bottom of description.


Diamond Performing Arts Calendar

FOLMADS is proud to present the listing of fall performing arts events so parents can start marking the events in their calendars!  Shown below are the Diamond Performing Arts Events for the next couple of months.  The full calendar can be found at:

Diamond Performing Arts Calendar of Events 2018-2019DateEvent DescriptionTimeLocationWed, Jan 16Winter Band Concert - Estabrook, Fiske, Elementary Select Band, Diamond MS 7 Grade, LHS Symphonic Band7pmLHS AuditoriumThu, Jan 17Winter Band Concert - Hastings, Bridge, Diamond MS 6 and 8 Grade, LHS Concert Band, LHS Wind Ensemble7pmLHS AuditoriumWed, Jan 30Winter Orchestra Concert - Estabrook 4, Hastings 4, Fiske 4, Diamond 6 and 8 Grade, LHS Symphony Orchestra7:30pmLHS GymnasiumWed, Feb 27Winter Orchestra Concert - All 5th Grade Strings, All Town Orchestra, Clarke and Diamond 7th Grade Combined Orchestra, LHS Repertoire Orchestra7:30pmLHS GymnasiumThu, Mar 7 - Sun Mar 10Diamond Middle School Musical Production "Annie"7:30pm
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Community Announcements

Free Trial Coding Classes this Weekend @PenguinCodingSchool, Jan 5 and 6

  • When: January 5 and 6

  • Where: Hancock Church at 1912 Mass Ave on Saturday and 807 Massachusetts Ave. on Sunday

Sign Up Here: for free weekend trial classes for grades 2-12.  Questions? Contact: 781-277-2755


Raising White Kids: Building Skills for Raising Anti-Racist Children, Jan 24

  • When: Thursday, January 24, 7-9 pm

  • Where: Rm 24-25, Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln Street

Jennifer Harvey’s book, Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America, offers both general guidance and specific strategies for addressing issues of race with white children. The workshop will begin with a summary of Harvey’s central ideas and some examples of skillful responses to challenging situations, followed by smaller group sessions to practice and discuss responses to possible scenarios. Reading the book ahead of time will be helpful but is not necessary. RSVPs are helpful but not necessary; questions welcomed at: Jointly sponsored byFollen Church (UU) and Temple Isaiah.


Teen Summer Expo at Lexington High School, Jan 29

  • When: Tuesday, January 29, 5:30 – 8 pm

  • Where: LHS, Commons II

  • Free!

The Teen Summer Expo brings the directors of a wide variety of enriching summer programs together with teenagers and their parents for a FREE, informative and easy-to-manage evening. Find unique and exciting summer experiences from adventure travel to community service to internships and enrichment in academics, sports or the arts, both locally and throughout the world. There will be options for every interest and budget.

Get answers to specific questions about safety, supervision, costs and programming directly from the people running the programs.
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Untold Stories: The Invisible work of Motherhood, Jan 19

  • When: January 19, 2-4 pm

  • Where: Lexington Community Center

Our work as mothers is fulfilling, and so very purposeful. It brings us joy, and feelings of loving and being loved that are different from other relationships in our lives.  But that is not our whole story. A mother’s story is incomplete without the arc of her life’s work as a mother.  Come hear the other side.

True Story Theater and Dr. Kumkum Malik invite you to tell your story of your work as a mother, hear the stories of other mothers, and then watch these stories be enacted live using improve theater.  Event details.



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