PTA Weekly Newsletter December 21, 2018

Dates to put in the Calendar

Monday December 24 - Tuesday January 1 Schools/Office closed - Vacation

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

Thursday January 10 Half Day (Professional Learning)Announcements from Diamond PTA

We wish everyone a wonderful school break and a very happy New Year!
Diamond PTA

Volunteer Opportunity: SHAC Liaison

The Diamond PTA is looking for a liaison to the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), which is a collaborative effort of the Lexington schools, students, family, town, and community organizations. The Lexington SHAC addresses the health and academic success of all students through a coordinated, comprehensive school and community approach. The full SHAC committee will meet two more times this academic year, and also has subcommittees including a Substance Abuse Task Force, an LGBTQ Task Force, an LPS Wellness Committee, and a Parent Academy Planning Committee. Please contact us at or Julie Fenn at if you have any questions or are interested.


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
11amDiamond Middle School


Community Announcements


As 2018 comes to a close, take this time to honor the outstanding educators and staff who give their all to your child - purchase a LEF STAR Award. The LEF STAR Award is a beautiful personalized certificate presented to your child's teacher, coach, counselor, or other staff member to thank them for their efforts. What a wonderful gift to give - recognition for making a difference in someone's life.

All proceeds from your $30 tax-deductible purchase of an individual STAR Award help fund LEF grants across all LPS schools. Thanks to LEF grants, educators can innovate in the classroom, inspire our children, and strengthen our school communities. 
Learn more and order your LEF STAR Awards today


Bentley University Basketball, Dec 28 and 30

  • Women's Game: Friday, December 28, 6pm

  • Men's Game:Sunday, December 30, 2pm

  • Where: Dana Center Gymnasium

Elementary School Night: Come to one or both!


Crossing Guard Openings

The Town of Lexington is currently looking to fill two crossing guard vacancies. Interested candidates can view more detailed information here: