PTA Weekly Newsletter May 3, 2019

May 3, 2019 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the CalendarMay 8MCAS (Math)May 9MCAS (Math)May 10Artemis Field Trip
6th Grade Social (3-4:30pm)
7th Grade Social (6:30-8pm)May 13MCAS (8th Grade Science)May 14MCAS (8th Grade Science)May 16Early Dismissal: Professional DevelopmentMay 17Apollo Field Trip
8th Grade Drama Project/Varsity Improv Show


Announcements from Diamond PTA

Teacher Appreciation

6th Grade families will be treating Diamond Teachers and staff to a Breakfast on Tuesday May 7

Thank you to all the parents that contributed money, we have reached our goal amount, however we still need some home baked goodies and fruit salad, please sign up.  If you have any questions, please contact either:
Pei Ling Ferguson (Hospitality Team)
Raquel Leder (6th Grade Rep)

7th Grade Parents will be treating Diamond teachers and staff to a snack cart in the teacher's workspace on Monday May 13

Anyone who would like to donate snacks or drinks, please sign up.  NOTE: Items can be dropped off at 1 Wyman Road Sat May 11–Sun May 12.  However, if it's easier for you to donate money, or do not have the time, then the Hospitality Team will gladly purchase snack items on your behalf.  We ask that you make a contribution via Paypal.  If you have any questions, please contact either:
April Maloney (Hospitality Team)
Grace Yuki (7th Grade Rep)

8th Grade Families will be treating Diamond teachers and staff to a Spring Picnic Luncheon on Thursday May 16

For those of you who prefer to showcase your baking or culinary skills, and wish to bring food to the Luncheon or volunteer to help, pleasesign up.  However, if you are not a god or goddess in the kitchen, or do not have the time, then the 8th Grade Reps and Hospitality Team will gladly purchase picnic items on your behalf.  We ask that you make a contribution via Paypal.  If you have any questions, please contact either:
Pei Ling Ferguson /April Maloney (Hospitality Team) /
Marie-Tristan Rago (8th Grade Rep)


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

6th and 7th Grade Social

On Friday, May 10, Grade 6 will have their first school social of the year.  The social will run from 3 to 4:30pm.  The PTA will provide snacks for the students.  Don't forget the permission slip!

On Friday, May 10, Grade 7 will have their first school social of the year.   The social will run from 6:30 to 8pm.  Here's the permission slipfor Grade 7. 

At both socials, music will be played, games will be set up, and a movie will be shown.  We are asking each student to bring $5.  We are also encouraging each student to donate one item to Hope and Comfort.  This is an organization that supplies toiletry items to families in the Greater Boston area. 
Thank you,
Krystal Wettstone and Josh Sideman


LexSEPTA / SEPAC Events: Spring 2019

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

LexFarm Spring Celebration

  • When: Sunday, May 5 10am-1:30pm

  • Members - $7 per household, Non-members - $10 per household

Take a tour of our greenhouses, shop for seedlings, and talk shop with our farmers. Kids can enjoy starting their own seeds, do farm themed crafts, and more! Learn about pollinators and seeds. Visit Silk Fields’ animals and meet the chickens, goats, and alpacas! Tour Brite Harvest hydroponic shipping container farm, sample produce grown on the farm, and grab a bite from Parfait Ice Cream or Del Sur empanadas. Performance by storyteller and comedian Jackson Gillman at 11am!


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.


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.


Women of the World Concert


  • When: Saturday, May 18, 7–9pm

  • Where: Diamond Middle School

  • Tickets: $45 available online at

Renowned singers Women of the World will be singing in 32 different languages promoting message of Love and Peace, followed by receptions and silent auction in the Cafeteria.  The Massachusetts Baptists Multicultural Ministries Inc. (MBMM) is rooted in the heart of Downtown Lexington, and quietly provides invaluable services that enrich the quality and lives of those within our community; Advocating, celebrating and empowering new Americans resettled in Massachusetts with programs and services aimed at assisting these immigrants and refugees in achieving their path to self-sufficiency, inclusion and citizenship.


LEF's Celebration for Education—Adult Beach Party

  • When: Saturday June 15, 7pm

  • Where: Hayden Lower Field

  • Tickets: Early bird special $100

There are only 200 tickets available before regular pricing of $125 begins. Your ticket includes one drink voucher and access to the event featuring: live band Scattershot, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, mechanical surfing, red-carpet photos, limbo, volleyball, online auction, friends, dancing and more! Add a Golden Ticket and enter the draw for one of six prize packages. We look forward to seeing you at the party, and thank you!

Proceeds from this event fund innovation and inspiration through educator-initiated grants that impact students in all 10 Lexington Public Schools. LEF is a nonprofit organization that believes our community is stronger when we come together to support lifelong learning. Learn more at


Teacher Appreciation—LEF STAR Award

Every spring, we take time to honor our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. This year, let your teachers know how much you value them, by giving them an LEF STAR Award. You can include a personal message to make it even more meaningful. For only $30 ($60 for team awards), Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) will deliver a beautiful STAR Award certificate to any teacher, staff or volunteer. And this is a gift that keeps giving, with all proceeds going to LEF to help fund teacher-initiated grants. Order your STAR Awards today!


Lexington Singapore School

Lexington Singapore School, an after-school math program, is offering Summer math classes! We are planning to run four 8-day sessions during the week and one Saturday session (8 Saturdays) through the course of the summer.  Each session will consist of eight 2-hour classes, 8:30–10:30am OR 10:30am–12:30pm.  There are regular classes and math competition classes.

  • Session 1: July 1, 2, 3, 5 and July 8–11

  • Session 2: July 15–18 and July 22–25

  • Session 3: July 29–Aug 1 and Aug 5–8

  • Session 4: Aug 12–15 and Aug 19–22

  • Session 5: Saturdays: Jun 29–Aug 17

To register:


Quick Links

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