PTA Weekly Newsletter May 24, 2019

May 24, 2019 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the CalendarMay 24Athena Field TripMay 27No School : Memorial DayMay 28Everest Field TripMay 28-31Quebec TripJun 3Chorus Concert, LHS Auditorium (7pm)Jun 5Orchestra Concert, Diamond Gym (7pm)Jun 6Band Concert, LHS Auditorium (7pm)Jun 7Grade 8 Step Up Day at LHS

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Announcements from Diamond PTA

Diamond School Site Council

We would like to invite members of the Diamond parent community to run for election to fill three open positions for Parent Representatives to the Diamond School Site Council. These will be two-year positions. To be eligible, you must have a student enrolled at Diamond for both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years.

Please send an email to diamondpta@gmail.com to declare your candidacy by Friday, May 31, and please write a short paragraph with your background to distribute on the ballots.

The Diamond PTA is a separate entity and is not affiliated directly with the School Site Council, but we are assisting the principal with the search. We hope to hold elections starting Monday, June 3.

For more information about the School Site Council, please see the Diamond website. If you have any question about the commitments and work of the School Site Council, please feel free to contact any of the current parent Site Council members: Curt Barrentine, Emma Burtenshaw, P.K. Shiu, Dan Strollo, and Haixia (Suzy) Wang.

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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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Redistricting Update

  • When: Wednesday, June 5, 8am and 6:30pm

  • Where: Estabrook Meeting Room, Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue

Since the start of our elementary and middle school redistricting project in February, Advisory and Working Groups were formed and have begun their work. They have established redistricting criteria that will be used to evaluate and revise potential redistricting plans. The process also included a review of school capacities, enrollment, housing and town land use, student transportation and school committee policies, among other information. To view the details of this work, you can visit the redistricting webpage at: http://bit.ly/RedistrictBlog.

Interested in learning more? We will offer public information sessions on June 5 at 8am and 6:30pm. Both sessions will be held in the Estabrook Meeting Room at Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue. These sessions will include background on changing district enrollment, an overview of the process and timeline and key takeaways from analysis complete so far. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions. We will not have revised school assignments maps completed at this time.

If you are unable to attend on either of these dates, the same presentation was given to School Committee on May 21. This meeting was recorded by LexMedia. When available, a link to this recording will be included on the redistricting website, along with presentation materials.

This work is still expected to culminate with a preferred redistricting plan to be presented for public comment early this fall. Following a review of community feedback and any needed revision, a final recommendation will be presented to School Committee for vote. Approved maps will be implemented for the 2020-21 school year.

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LexSEPTA / SEPAC

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 DescriptionTimeLocationMon, 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

LexSplash, May 25

  • When: May 25, 8am–4pm,

  • Where: Lexington High School

  • Who: Students in grades 6-8

  • What: Take up to 6 exciting classes taught by LHS students over the course of the day. Check out our website for a full course list.

  • How: Register at lexsplash.learningu.org - click "learn" and create an account to sign up!

Is your child curious about new topics and enthusiastic about learning?  Sign them up for Lex Splash today (lexsplash.learningu.org)! Inspired by MIT and Yale Splash, Lex Splash is a free, non-profit community event for students across Greater Boston. At Lex Splash, your child can take a wide range of classes taught by Lexington High School students, from essay writing and organic chemistry and playing the ukulele and debate. He/she can explore new interests, gain exposure to high school-level academics and extracurriculars, and join a community of passionate learners!

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Lexington United Youth Soccer, Jun 1

LUSC registration deadline for travel soccer this fall is June 1! Make sure your kids, K-U14, are all set to play soccer in the Fall. Go to lexingtonunited.org for program info and to register.

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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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Harrington Spring Fair

  • When: Sunday, June 2, 12–4pm

    Hawk Families & Alumni—Whether you just left the halls of Harrington or are ready to graduate, we want to invite you to join us at the annual Harrington Spring Fair.  This great community event takes great people to run it! Please volunteer one or two hours to make this a fun day for all. Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/hawksfair.

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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