PTA Weekly Newsletter March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the CalendarSaturday March 167th and 8th Grade Diamond Parent Social (7pm–10pm)Tuesday March 19Parent Forum: Minuteman High School (7pm)Saturday March 235th Annual Parent Academy (9:30am–2:30pm)Sunday March 24Barre3 Class (6pm)Wednesday March 27Fourth Annual Diamond STEAM Fair (6pm)Saturday March 306th Grade Diamond Parent Social (7pm–10pm)


Announcements from Diamond PTA

Diamond Parent Socials

Please join us at these fun informal evenings! They are a great way to connect with fellow parents and friends in your child's grade.

7th & 8th Grade Parents:

  • When: Saturday, March 16, 7–10 pm

  • Where: at the home of Yingfang (Christine) Ni & Fan Ye

  • RSVP

6th Grade Parents: 

  • When: Saturday, March 30, 7–10pm

  • Where: at the home of Gretchen & Chris Reisig

Save the date! An invitation will arrive in your inbox soon.


Parent Forum: Minuteman High School

  • When: Tuesday, March 19, 7pm

  • Where: Diamond, Library

Please join us or a brief presentation and a question and answer session about Minuteman High School.  Current Minuteman parents will share their experiences, while George Clement, the Assistant Principal for Admissions at Minuteman, will provide an overview of Minuteman’s educational model, the opportunities and services available, and how students apply for admission.
The goal is to help families understand all of their options for high school in order make informed decisions about their future.  Come learn about this great resource in our community as you think about high school options for your child.  This presentation is open to all; please feel free to invite your friends.


Free Barre3 Class for Diamond Parents

  • When: Sunday, March 24, 6pm

  • WhereBarre3, Bedford

Join the Diamond PTA for a free 60 minute Barre3 class next weekend! Stay after to socialize and enjoy refreshments, snacks, and discounted shopping!  Studio Owner Natasha Groblewski is a Diamond graduate herself and can't wait to meet you all!  Barre3 is a full-body mindful workout that delivers remarkable results from the inside out.  You’ll be guided through sustained holds, muscle-burning micro-movements, and heart-pumping cardio bursts.  The barre3 signature approach will leave you feeling balanced in body and empowered from within. 
All you need to bring is a water bottle -- the rest will be provided.  Registration starts at 5 pm.  We are allowing only 27 guest to participate as advised by Barre3 Studio.  Please register your slot.


Let’s Be Honest: Talking with Adolescents about Sex and Sexuality

  • When: Thursday, March 28, 7 pm

  • Where: LHS Science Lecture Hall

Studies show that children who have frequent and open conversations with their parents about sex and sexuality are more likely to make healthy and responsible decisions. Parents and guardians of middle and high school students are invited to join Lily Kofke, Parent Educator from Planned Parenthood, for this perennially popular workshop about how to create a comfortable environment of trust for talking about sex and sexuality. This free event is co-sponsored by the Clarke PTO, Diamond PTA, and LHS PTO. 


PTO Film Series

The LHS, Clarke, and Diamond PTOs invite you to view the following documentaries, each to be followed by a discussion.  Open to all - bothe movies are and appropriate for all parents and children 12 and over.

ANGST: Anxiety Disorders are Real, Common and Treatable - a documentary followed up with a discussion led by Clinician, Jon Mattleman and young adult speaker from Minding Your Mind

  • When: Wednesday April 3, 7-9 pm

  • Where: LHS Auditorium

LIKE: A documentary about the effect of social media on our lives - followed up with a discussion led by LPS Enforcement Officer Kristina Hankins and LPS Prevention Specialist and LICSW, Kristie Demiriv

  • When: Wednesday April 10, 7-9 pm

  • Where: LHS Auditorium


Volunteer Opportunities

Diamond PTA Representative: Parent Forums

The Diamond PTA is looking for someone who would be interested in helping teams from Clarke and LHS plan parent forums for the upcoming school year. While we don’t have an official “forums planning team” on the Diamond PTA, we’ve been working with them throughout this year to help bring in numerous speakers and hold parent events, so we’d like to see if there are any Diamond parents who would like to join the effort. There will be an initial planning meeting near the end of April, and work continues throughout the school year. Please contact us at if you might be interested.


Diamond PTA Board and Committee Members for 2019-2020

The Diamond PTA is starting to look for board and committee members for the 2019-2020 school year! Come join us as we work to support the teachers, students, and families of Diamond.  You’ll meet new people and know that you’re doing something to help the school.  Most jobs don’t require a significant time commitment, and many of them can be done by people working outside the home.  You can see our open positions at; please contact us at if you’re interested or have any questions.


LHS PTO Opportunities for 2019-2020

If you are moving on to LHS, YOUR help is still needed by the LHS PTO.  Check out ALL the ways you can get involved because every little bit makes a difference!
We have jobs of all shapes and sizes, from just 2hrs of help to weekly involvement.  If you’re interested, please email us


Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

5th Annual Lexington Parent Academy

  • When: Saturday, March 23, 9:30am–2:30pm

  • Where: Lexington’s Community Center

  • FREE and open to all

Join us for a day of informative sessions designed to educate and empower parents to manage the changing demands of parenting in today’s world.  We have a wide variety of sessions that are applicable to parents of children of all ages.  For a complete list of sessions and descriptions, as well as to pre-register (strongly recommended), please visit the Lexington Recreation Department website.  Click on “register” and then select “Lexington Parent Academy.”
For questions, please e-mail Julie Fenn at


Fourth Annual Diamond STEAM Fair 2019

  • When: Wednesday, March 27, 6–7:30 pm (awards 7:30–8 pm)

  • Where: Diamond Cafeteria

  • Register: Use QR code on the flyers and mini cards, or go to the website and select STEAM FAIR

  • Registration deadline: March 10

Who can participate? All Diamond students can participate, either as individuals or in a team.
Is this a Science Fair?  A STEAM fair is similar to a science fair, but is open to even more project topics. Steami s an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math.  Projects at past fairs have included a variety of topics: poetry, a homemade beverage dispenser, an intro to fencing, human impact on coral reefs, optical illusions, DNA models, optimizing a glider, the best tasting cookie, slime, ultimate artwork, origami, clay figures, black holes, bottle rockets, Flint Michigan water crisis, music compositions, and more.
Can I use a project I created for something else? Yes! If you have created a poem, composed music, or created artwork, you can share it at the steamfair.  If you were on a robotics team, you can bring in your robot.  If you participated in the Science Olympiad you can bring in your project. If you have a project for a class in school, you can bring it.  You can create a project specifically for thesteamfairon a topic that interests you, or you can use a project you created that you would like to share with others at the fair.
Do I have to make a poster?  No, it's not required.
Are there awards?  Awards will be determined in multiple categories by impartial members of the community, in addition to a "People's Choice" award to be determined by visitors at the fair.
Questions? Email


Special Education & 504 Update for Parents with Ellen Sugita and Valerie Viscosi

  • When:  March 30, 7–8:30 pm

  • Where:  LPS Central Administration Building – Gymnasium, 146 Maple Street Lexington, MA 02420 (If you are using GPS, please enter 328 Lowell Street)

LexSEPAC/SEPTA invite you to an evening presentation with the Director of Special Education, Ellen Sugita, and the Director of K-12 Guidance and 504s, Valerie Viscosi.  The presentation will provide parents in the district an update on the current status of Special Education and 504s.  A Q&A session will be moderated by Dr.  Julie Hackett, Superintendent.  This event is free, but requires registration


LexSEPTA / SEPAC Events: Winter / Spring 2019

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


Diamond Performing Arts Calendar

FOLMADS is proud to present the listing of 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 DescriptionTimeLocationFri, May 17Diamond Middle School 8th Grade Drama Project7pmDiamond Middle SchoolMon, Jun 3Diamond Middle School Choral Concert7pmLHS AuditoriumWed, Jun 5Diamond Middle School Orchestra Concert7pmDiamond Middle SchoolThu, Jun 6Diamond Middle School Band Concert7pmLHS Auditorium


Community Announcements

Public Debate: Should Lexington ban single use straws?

  • When: March 21, 7–8pm

  • Where: LHS Science Lecture Hall, 251 Waltham Street

Please join LHS debate teacher Sheryl Kaczmarek, and members of our nationally renowned LHS debate team, for a public debate on Town Meeting Article #31: “Amend Town by-laws to reduce/ban single-use plastic beverage straws and stirrers”.  Come learn about both sides of this important issue, which Town Meeting will decide this spring, at this FREE event!  A portion of our time will be reserved for audience questions.


Techxplore: Intro to coding for middle school girls

  • When: 6 Saturdays, from March 9, 2:30-4pm

  • Where: MIT Beaver Works, 300 Technology Square, Suite 202, Cambridge, MA 02139

Interested in building fun apps and games? Excited to start coding but don’t know where to begin? Techxplore, in affiliation with MIT Beaver Works, is an App Inventor-based coding course for middle school girls that strives to get more girls involved in programming.
Over the course of 6 weeks this spring, girls will learn the basic concepts of programming and by the end, be able to build a functional app.  Any level of computer science experience is welcome and no prior experience is required! Techxplore is limited to 20 girls and it is first-come, first-serve, so make sure to register if you’re interested. Email or with any questions.


Girls Day@ the MIT Museum: Architecture!

  • When: March 23, 11am–4pm

  • Where: MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Building N51, Cambridge, MA 02139

Learn all about women in architecture and explore potential career ideas during this exciting day at the MIT Museum.  Meet female architects and students from the greater Boston area, explore hands-on activities, and have fun during this biannual celebration of women in science, engineering and technology.


Intelligent Lives: documentary with panel discussion

  • When: Thursday April 11th, 2019, 7-9 pm

  • Where: Lexington Venue, 1794 Mass Ave, Lexington

  • Sponsored by: LexSEPAC/SEPTA, Lexington Commission on Disability, the Lexington Human Rights Commission, the Cary Library, Temple Isaiah, TASH New England, and the Lexington Venue

  • RSVP

From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes Intelligent Lives, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.  Intelligent Livesstars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.  Panelists include Melanie Perkins McLaughlin, M.Ed., Emma Fialka-Feldman, Dina Traniello, Ed.D., and Janet Sauer, Ed.D.  Please see registration link for bios and more information on the film.


Lexington Debate Institute

  • Time: Two-week Sessions: July 15–July 26 and July 29–August 9
    One-week Sessions: July 15–July 19 and July 29–August 9

  • Where: LHS, 9am-4pm

  • For: students entering 6th-9th grade

The Lexington Debate Institute is back for a third summer!  We teach the fundamental skills of debate, research a real-world issue, and culminate with a Public Forum style tournament at the end, so that students can apply and show off their knowledge and new skills.  Enrollment is limited to ensure a high faculty-to-student ratio.  The one-week sessions focus on core presentation and argument skills, and include two full-length debates, as well as a demonstration debate from nationally successful instructors.  Endorsed by the Harvard Debate Council and run by Backers of Lexington Debate, it is the premier nonprofit middle school debate program in New England.  If you are interested in helping your child hone their critical thinkingresearch skills, and persuasive speaking, the Lexington Debate Institute is for you!
We offer generous financial aid packages to families qualifying for free/reduced lunch. Learn more at our website, and contact us with any questions at