PTA Weekly Newsletter April 26, 2019

April 26, 2019 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the CalendarApril 25-28D-Minors Field TripApril 30Social Communication Strategies, Community Center (7pm)May 1Early Dismissal (5th Grade Move-Up Day)May 2French Field TripMay 8MCAS (Math)May 9MCAS (Math)May 9Artemis Field Trip


Announcements from Diamond PTA

Teacher Appreciation

This year the Hospitality Team, with the help of the Diamond community, has planned a Diamond Teacher Appreciation celebration. This will take place from May 5 to 16.

  • Monday May 5: Student Council will kick off teachers appreciation week, with thank you banners and appreciative tokens for our teachers.

  • Tuesday May 7: 6th Grade families will host a breakfast for our teachers. A separate email will be sent out to 6th grade parents with a sign up sheet to contribute breakfast items, money to purcahse breakfast items and/or to volunteer.

  • Friday May 10: The Hospitality Team have organized Abbott’s to come into school to serve Frozen Custard to our teachers. Please thank Abbott’s on Diamond's behalf the next time you visit.

  • Monday May 13: 7th Grade families are asked to donate Snacks items for teachers (eg iced coffee and tea, fruit, granola bars, candy, etc). A separate email will be sent out to 7th grade parents with a sign up sheet to contribute snacks or money to purchase snacks.

  • Thursday May 16: 8th Grade families to host teacher luncheon. Our theme is "Spring Picnic”, with gourmet sandwiches and specialty salads catered by Pressed Cafe. A separate email will be sent out to 8th grade parents with a sign up sheet to contribute picnic related items along with drinks, dessert, money to purchase food or to volunteer.

If you have any questions please reach out to April or Pei Ling or


Volunteer Opportunities

We are recycling and composting in Diamond's cafeteria EVERY DAY! 

We need your help to make this schedule successful! Each day 2 stations require 2 parent volunteers to help direct students and student volunteers. It's easy--and a great way to see what goes on in the Diamond cafeteria at lunchtime.

Sign up for a May shift here

If you have not volunteered before, please indicate this when you sign up - any questions please email . Please note all volunteers must have an up to date CORI check on file. You can find out more about the Lexington Green Teams at our website


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.


Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Redistricting: what’s happening?

Wondering where to find information about elementary and middle school redistricting? All the latest information is available on the LPS district website (also on the Superintendant's blog).  This includes a detailed project timeline (or a brief version),  a list of working & advisory group members and advisory group meeting materials to date.  LPS will continue to post all new information here throughout the redistricting process.


LexSEPTA / SEPAC Events: Spring 2019

Social Communication Strategies with Beverly Montgomery

  • When: April 30, 7–8:45pm

  • Where: Lexington Community Center, Dining Room

Do you know a child or teen who struggles with knowing what to say, who to say it to, and when to say it?  Are their reactions too big or emotions out of control?  Is getting out the door a constant struggle?  If so, join us for this seminar where you will learn practical strategies for building these skills and more.  Participants will gain a better understanding of the role of executive functioning in social-emotional learning.

Executive Function Workshop with Sarah Ward

  • When: May 16, 7–8pm

  • Where: LHS, Auditorium

In this workshop you will learn many practical strategies to teach children how to identify the big picture, to integrate information, to make inferences, to improve their speed of processing, and to problem solve.  In addition you will learn concrete strategies to help children manage their time and materials to successfully record and complete nightly homework assignments, long term projects, and to prepare for tests.  Sarah Ward has over 20-years experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment, and case management of children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of developmental and acquired brain based learning difficulties and behavioral problems.

Link to events:  To register for a speaker event: click on event, and the registration button appears at the bottom of the description.  Questions about Lexington’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council? Contact Carol Webb, SEPAC liaison for Diamond Middle School, at


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

Youth Mental Health First Aid Program

  • When: Saturday May 18, 2019, 9 am-5 pm

  • Where: Church of Our Redeemer, 6 Meriam St

  • Tickets: For more info and to purchase tickets ($85), visit

Do you parent, teach, or work with teens?  This program teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.  The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.  This 8-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. 

What it covers:

  1. Common signs and symptoms of mental illnesses in this age group, including: anxiety, depression, eating disorders.

  2. Common signs and symptoms of substance use.

  3. How to interact with an adolescent in crisis. 

  4. How to connect the adolescent with help.


Lexington Debate Institute: two-week summer sessions

  • When: July 15–July 26 and July 29–August 9, each weekday 9am–4pm

  • Where: Lexington High School

  • Age: Students entering Grades 6–9

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 thinking, research skills, and persuasive speaking, the Lexington Debate Institute is for you!

We have a $400 registration discount for signing up before May 1. We also offer generous financial aid packages to families qualifying for free/reduced lunch. Information sessions will be held at the high school on Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24 from 7-8pm. Learn more at, and contact us with any questions at


Quick Links

  • Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Recent Weekly Announcements are posted at the William Diamond Middle School PTA website: