PTA Weekly Newsletter May 17, 2019

May 17, 2019 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the CalendarMay 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!

We’d like to thank all of our Diamond families for their generosity in supporting the teachers and staff during Staff Appreciation Week(s)! They enjoyed a variety of delicious meals and treats organized by our Hospitality Chairs, April Maloney and Pei Ling Man, and assisted by Meera Yuvaraj, Grace Lee, Jean Tisdale, Sangya Padhi, Raquel Leder, Evelyn Huang, Meghana Khanolkar, Carrie Walsh, Luisa Ozgen, Lisa Sharma, Lin Li Lu, Marie Tristan Rago, Hema Gandhi, Claire Nedham, Mike Nedha, Taciana Tomasio, and Sean Maloney. The staff and teachers were very grateful and appreciative, and we thank you all for your contributions.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed at the LHS All Night Graduation Party 

  • When: 10pm Sunday, June 2 - 5am Monday, June 3

  • Sign Up

The All Night Graduation Party is held each year in the LHS Field House the night of graduation and typically 89% of graduating seniors attend. More than a dance, the party offers something for every student including tunes by a popular DJ, an inflatable obstacle course, games, yearbook signing, dorm crafts, refreshments, and so much more. Over 200 volunteers are needed to make this party special and safe for the graduating class of 2019!

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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

We’re still looking for a few 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

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

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.

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.

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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

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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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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Estabrook Run of the Mill 5k

Families and friends of Estabrook are invited to join in this healthy, fun and exciting community event. To kick off the date, there will be a Kids Run (FREE), followed by the main event—a 5K Run & Walk. Starting at Estabrook School, the course takes runners and walkers through the beautiful Turning Mill neighborhood, finishing back at the school. See course map at www.estabrookpto.org/run-of-the-mill.  After the race, participants and spectators are invited to join in the post-race party. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Estabrook Elementary School.  Please email estabrook5k@gmail.com with questions or if you are interested in volunteering to help make this event a success.

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Run To School 5k/Fun Run

  • When: Sunday, June 2, 9am

  • Where: Beede Swim and Fitness Center, 498 Walden Street, Concord MA

Fun Run starts at 9am and 5K begins at 9:30am. Awards, popsicles, raffle, T-shirts and more! Run with us to celebrate kids and education - the school with the best showing will win a top prize so grab your friends and run in your school spirit wear. This race is organized by Concord Middle School 7th grader Anna Park to raise money for underprivileged education. Register at www.kids-ed.org/events and let's show our community support for kids helping kids.

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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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LexFarm Spring Programs

  • Drop-off After school program 9-11yrs Mondays 3:30-5:30pm

  • Drop-off Early Release Days 6-8 yrs Thursday 1:30- 3:30pm

  • More info and sign up www.lexfarm.org/education