PTA Weekly Newsletter June 7, 2019

June 7, 2019 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the CalendarJun 7Grade 8 Step Up Day at LHS
8th Grade Dance (6:30-8pm)Jun 138th Grade Moving On Ceremony, LHS AuditoriumJun 138th Grade Field Trip - Canobie LakeJun 18Early Release/Last Day of School

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Announcements from Diamond PTA

Diamond School Site Council

Please cast your vote for three parent representatives to the Diamond Site-Based School Council for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. Each parent or guardian in a household can cast a vote.

The School Site Council is a group of parents, teachers, and community members charged by statute with assisting the principal in identifying the educational needs of the school's students, in adopting educational goals for the school, in reviewing the annual budget for the school, and in formulating an annual School Improvement Plan.

You will be voting for up to three candidates, who will each serve for a term of two years, ending in June 2021. Candidate information is on the ballot, below the candidates' names. You can also choose to write in a candidate.  Voting will close on Monday, June 10th.

The link to the ballot is here. If you have any questions or any trouble voting, please contact us at diamondpta@gmail.com.

Thank you!
Vanessa Keeney, Sarah Kuli, and Karen Griffiths, Diamond PTA co-presidents

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LHS Parent Discussion Group (for 8th Grade parents)

Every Thursday morning during the school year, LHS parents meet and discuss issues that will help their children get the most of their LHS experience.  The regular group will start up again with the first meeting at LHS in early September (8/27 school starts for 9th grade and new students, 8/28 is the first day of school for all students K–12).  If you would like to join the group, please email either Suzanne Lau suzanne_lau_65@yahoo.com (outgoing coordinator and moderator) or Jen Roney  jenaroney2@gmail.com (new group coordinator).

Summer meet-ups at Panera

Over the summer, the group will be meeting at Panera for bi-weekly coffees on Thursdays 6/27, 7/11, 7/25, 8/8 and 8/22.  These summer meetings at Panera will nominally start at 9am and run until late morning.  This is an unhosted event so the email list is open.  Meet-ups are informal; feel free to send a group email if you plan to attend or would like to meet earlier (or later) if there is interest.  The summer group welcomes both current and alumni LHS parents. We try to sit at one of the larger tables in the front room - but check the back as well if it's busy.  Again please email either Suzanne Lau suzanne_lau_65@yahoo.comor Jen Roney  jenaroney2@gmail.com to be added to this list.

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Volunteer Opportunities

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

Just a few more days left this year and there are still some slots available in June.  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 June shift here

If you have not volunteered before, please indicate this when you sign up - any questions please email greenteamdiamond@gmail.com . 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.

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Upcoming Diamond and LPS EventsIt's getting very quiet out there ..

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Community Announcements

Race Amity Day

The Lexington Human Rights Committee invites you to come and celebrate Race Amity Day.  There will be a showing of the award winning documentary filmAn American Story – Race Amity and the Other Tradition, a film that about friendship and collaboration.

  • 2–2:40pm: Doors open, grab a cool drink and chat with your friends and neighbors

  • 2:45–4pm: Screening of documentary An American Story – Race Amity and the Other Tradition

  • 4–4:50pm: Open discussion on your own experiences with race amity and other ideas on how to build community

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William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps: Open House For New Members

  • Learn to play the fife or drum, or march in the color guard

  • No experience necessary, weekly lessons provided

  • Perform in historical events, parades, and ceremonies

  • A unique, fun, and memorable experience for kids, ages 8–18

 We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and are not affiliated with the Lexington Public Schools.

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LEF Celebration for Education Weekend - Beach Party and Golden Tickets + Online auction

The community is invited to Lexington Education Foundation's Celebration for Education Weekend! Cue the lights, tent, music - aaaand bring on the ACTION!

  • Go to the Beach Party - learn more »

  • Buy a Golden Raffle Ticket - learn more »

    • Only 200 tickets sold, $100/each - get tickets here »

    • 6 prize packages range from $500-$2k in value

  • Shop the Online Auction - shop now »

    • Now - June 19, 2019 bid to win on 150+ items

    • Sports, entertainment, dining, fitness, weekend homes and more!

The Celebration for Education Weekend brings our community together to welcome the start of summer, celebrate the 2018-19 school year, and support lifelong learning. LEF has awarded over $5.2 million in grants over the past 30 years for innovative teaching and learning that inspires our community, and there's so much more we all can do to support our most precious resource, our children. Thank you, for your support.

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Staff and Teacher Appreciation and Recognition Awards (STAR Awards)

As you think back on how much your child has grown, learned and matured this year, remember the Lexington Public School faculty who helped nurture and inspire them. Show your appreciation with the perfect year-end gift, an LEF STAR Award.

For a small donation, the recipient may proudly display a printed award and the funds go towards supporting teacher-initiated grants. Individual STAR Awards are only $30 and a simple online order. Buy a STAR Award today »