PTA Weekly Newsletter April 5, 2019

April 5, 2019 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the CalendarMon April 8PTA Board Meeting, 9am
Autism Omnibus PresentationApril 9-128th Grade Washington DC Trip/Field TripsWed April 10Like, LHS Auditorium (7pm)April 15-19No School - April Vacation


Announcements from Diamond PTA

Presentation on Youth Substance Use

Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev and School Resource Officer Kristina Hankins have kindly shared the slides that they presented at the February 28 PTO Forum on substance use. If you missed their presentation, or if you'd like to see the information again and share it with your children, you can access it here.

6th Grade Parent Social - Thank you!

Many thanks to Gretchen and Chris Reisig for hosting the 6th Grade Parent Social on Saturday. It was a great evening!


PTO Film Series

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

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, 7-9pm

  • Where: LHS Auditorium


Volunteer Opportunities

Green Team Parent Helpers – we need you!

Thanks to a pioneering team of parent helpers and a newly-trained group of Green Team student leaders, we are now recycling and composting in Diamond's cafeteria EVERY DAY!  We need your help to make this new schedule successful!  Each day 2 parent volunteers are needed 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.

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.


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.


Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Autism Omnibus Presentation

  • When: April 8, 6:30–8:30pm

  • Where: Lexington Community Center, Room 237

  • Registerhere

This workshop will address the major components of the new Autism Omnibus Law which significantly expands services and opportunities for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. The workshop will focus on the six major components of the new autism law, emphasizing practical steps and strategies to help ensure that individuals with ASD and their families can effectively access new services and opportunities.


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

Domestic Violence Service Network

  • When: Saturday April 6

  • Where: Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, Waltham

Domestic Violence Service Network (DVSN) is hosting a fundraising gala event : join us for an evening of camaraderie, music and delightful cuisine while contributing to services to reduce domestic violence. In addition to partnering with Lexington Police, DVSN works with over ten other local police departments and communities to educate and support efforts that help to eliminate domestic violence.
Over the past year, DVSN responded to over 1,100 requests to support victims of domestic violence and their families. Our programs give survivors the opportunity to tell their story, assess their risk, plan for safety and access information, resources, and the support they need to promote their dignity and empower their decisions.  Please join us for an entertaining evening in Celebration of Hope. Tickets may be purchased at:


Lexington Fife and Drum Muster

The William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps will host a Fife & Drum Muster, featuring a parade, colonial vendors, re-enactors and performances by 30 fife and drum corps from around the country.  These uniformed musicians, representing different time periods in American History, will present our nation’s historical music in an outdoor concert.  This free event is open to the public and is appropriate for all ages.


Library After Dark - LHS's Got Talent!

  • When: Saturday, May 11, 7-9pm

  • Where: Cary Memorial Library

  • Tickets: $10 starting April 1 online at or at the door.

The Cary Memorial Library Foundation presents “Library After Dark—LHS’s Got Talent!” …showcasing the outstanding young musicians of Lexington High School. Come enjoy jazz, a Capella, chamber—and even ukulele—ensembles, as well as select soloists. Did you know that Lexington High School has been nationally recognized for its commitment to music education? Take advantage of this fun and unique opportunity to hear our homegrown, hometown talent!  Cash bar. Light refreshments.


LEXPRESS: After School Transportation

With school bus registration already underway for next school year, you may be thinking about your after school transportation needs. With stops throughout Lexington, Lexpress can help your family get to and from after school activities.

Never used Lexpress? It’s a locally-funded bus service that has been serving the community since 1979. Service is provided Monday-Friday from early morning until early evening.  You can learn more about Lexpress by visiting our website, or by coming to our info session next Saturday, April 6 from 11:30am-12:30pm in room 242 of the Community Center, 39 Marrett Road. The session will include an overview of Lexpress, how to signal a bus to stop, how to read our schedule/map, where the bus stops on the Middlesex Turnpike, and answers to questions you may have about transit in Lexington.

Summer Transportation
Additionally, families may be seeking summer transportation, and Lexpress goes by many popular summer spots for recreation (pool, Old Res, hiking/conservation trails), camps (Hayden, Empow, Community Center, Keys for Kids, Einstein’s Workshop, Munroe Center for Arts, etc.), summer jobs, and more.  Summer Fun Passes will be on sale soon! For $60, youth riders can receive unlimited transportation on Lexpress for all of June-August.


Summer Clay Programs

Indigo Fire Pottery Studio in Belmont is offering week long summer clay programs for middle school age children! Each week will be loosely based on a cultural theme and will include clay and mindfulness activities that promote social emotional learning through the arts, creativity and mindfulness. For more information and to register online.



Quick Links

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