PTA Weekly Newsletter May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the CalendarJun 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
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

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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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

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 about 90% 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! 

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 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.

  • 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

Lexington Recreation Department Update - Inclusion Support

Summer 2019: Summer Programs: With summer approaching we are getting ready for another year of our summer camps and programs! If anyone is planning on having their child participate in any of our summer programs and would like to request inclusion support within the program please respond by June 1st to Kate DeAngelis at kdeangelis@lexingtonma.gov. Kate is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist recently hired by the Recreation Department. To learn more about Kate, go to page 7 of the spring brochure using the link above!

Therapeutic Recreation Survey: Additionally, please consider completing our survey. It is a short, anonymous survey that will help gain a better understanding of the types of programs and support that can be offered in the coming school year.

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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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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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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