PTA Weekly Newsletter May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the CalendarMay 10Artemis Field Trip
6th Grade Social (3-4:30pm)
7th Grade Social (6:30-8pm)May 13MCAS (8th Grade Science)
PTA Board Meeting (9am)May 14MCAS (8th Grade Science)May 16Early Dismissal: Professional Development
Executive Function Workshop (7–8pm)May 17Apollo Field Trip
8th Grade Drama Project/Varsity Improv Show (7pm)May 20French Field TripMay 21French Students Performance (7pm, Battin Hall)May 24Athena Field TripMay 27No School : Memorial Day

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Announcements from Diamond PTA

Thank you!

Thank you to the 6th Grade Parent Reps (Raquel Leder, Pei Ling Man and Jackie Lupone) and to all 6th grade families who celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week by donating breakfast food and drinks last week. Our teachers were very appreciative and loved the delicious start to their day!

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Teacher Appreciation

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) aa1us@yahoo.com
Grace Yuki (7th Grade Rep) yuki.grace@gmail.com

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, please sign 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) peiling_man@hotmail.com / aa1us@yahoo.com
Marie-Tristan Rago (8th Grade Rep) mt@rago.ne

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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 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  http://www.lexingtongreenteams.org

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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 https://www.diamondpta.org/20192020-open-positions; please contact us at diamondpta@gmail.com if you’re interested or have any questions.

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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 slip for 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

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2019 LHS Fall Sports Student-Athlete/Parent Pre-Season Meeting

  • When: Tuesday, June 4, 6pm

  • Where: LHS, Auditorium

This meeting is required for all LHS student-athletes, and incoming freshman who are interested in participating in an interscholastic fall sport at Lexington High School.  All student-athletes interested in playing a fall sport should attend the meeting with a parent or guardian. At the large group session in the auditorium, the requirements for fall high school athletic participation (on-line forms, user fees, physicals, eligibility), will be discussed.

Immediately following the large group session, we will break down into sport specific meetings so that student-athletes and parents can meet with the coaching staff of their respective fall sports. In the sport specific meetings, our coaches will introduce their staff, talk about practice and game schedules for the fall season, expectations for tryouts, as well as other key elements of the season. This is a fantastic opportunity for student-athletes and parents to hear from our head coaches about their expectations for the upcoming season.

  • Fall Sports Start August 22, 2019

  • Football Starts August 16, 2019

  • Fall Sports: Cheerleading, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Girls’ Swimming, Golf, Soccer, Girls’ Volleyball

Naomi Martin, Director of Athletics, LPS
(781) 861-2320 ext. 69902

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LexSEPTA / SEPAC Events: Spring 2019

Link to events:  https://lexsepta.org/events-2/.  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 sepac@ezzellwebb.com.

Introduction to Transition

  • When: May 16,10:30-11:15am

  • Where: LHS, Room 189

Please note the change in time and location.  Mike Law will present an overview on supporting student transition to postsecondary life.

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.  http://efpractice.com/

My Child is on an IEP: What Do I Need to Know for College?

  • When: May 23, 7–8pm

  • Where: LHS, Library Media Classroom, Room 147

The presenter will be Mike Law, Special Education Transition Coordinator.

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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:http://www.folmads.org/.

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

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Community Announcements

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

All donations will benefit the Lexington Food Pantry. Please leave your canned and non-perishable food donations in your mailbox on Saturday May 11 and your letter carrier will pick them up.

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Bike Walk N’ Bus Week, May 11–May 19

The Town of Lexington celebrates Bike Walk N’ Bus Week May 11-May 19 with many activities. It is a glorious week to leave the car at home! Some of the events are highlighted below, but a full listing can be found at www.lexbikewalkbusweek.org

  • Bike Maintenance Workshop—May 11: Hands-on session for giving you the know-hows of bike maintenance. Last hour devoted to changing flat tires.

  • Safe Routes to School—Walking Wednesday, May 15: Grab your friends and neighbors and stroll to school!

  • Lexington Public Schools Bus Registration Deadline—May 16: Sign up by today to guarantee a seat for next year and the lowest rate.

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Library After Dark - LHS's Got Talent!

  • When: Saturday, May 11, 7-9pm

  • Where: Cary Memorial Library

  • Tickets: $10 starting April 1 online at carylibrary.org/foundation 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.

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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 http://tinyurl.com/y2naszxw

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.

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LexFUN! Spring Fair

  • When: May 18, 1-3pm

  • Where: Saint Brigid, Keilty Hall

Support Local! Meet our local businesses and help them thrive. Enter raffles, take a fun pic, make a craft and join our dance party! We have a great mix of vendors to browse and shop, including jewelry, skin care, kids sports classes and more! All welcome, you do not need to be member to attend. If you would be interested in participating as a vendor, please email fiveandundernetwork@gmail.com.  www.lexfun.org. Make sure to check Facebook and Instagram for updates on our event!

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Women of the World Concert

  • When: Saturday, May 18, 7–9pm

  • Where: Diamond Middle School

  • Tickets: $45 available online at www.mbmm.org

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.

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Lexington Goes Purple

  • When: Sunday, June 9, 12–3pm

  • Where: Lexington Depot

Join us in making art to support Lexington Goes Purple (Alzheimer's Awareness):

  • Help us create a coloring book by drawing pictures with a spring/summer theme. The book will be distributed to local memory care centers and families can sign up to color with residents. A multi-generational project that truly brings joy to those suffering with Alzheimer's.

  • Fold a thousand origami paper cranes—Legend has it that if you make a thousand cranes, your wish will come true. Our wish is for a world without Alzheimer’s. Learn how to make this classic origami shape and let’s fold as many cranes as we can.

Additional family-friendly activities will be taking place throughout the day including a Puppy Promenade, live music, lemonade stands and an ice cream social. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/LexingtonGoesPurple/

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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 LexEdFoundation.org.

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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!

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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: https://lexingtonsingaporeschool.com/summer-2019/