PTA Newsletter, Week of Oct 16, 2017

 Dates to put on the calendar

·       Oct 17 (Tue): Spain Trip Parent Meeting - Library

·       Oct 18 (Wed): DC 8th Grade Parent Meeting - Auditorium

·       Oct 19 (Thu): Diwali Holiday: Schools and Offices Open

·       Oct 20 (Fri): 9am PTA coffee with the Principal (Diamond Cafeteria) topic: counseling department

·       Oct 26 (Thu): 7:00-8:30pm School Committee Public Hearing on International Field Trips (Clarke Auditorium)

·       Nov 3 (Fri): Fall Play: The Phantom Tollbooth - Auditorium

·       Nov 4 (Sat): Fall Play: The Phantom Tollbooth – Auditorium

·       Nov 7 (Tue): 6:00-7:00pm School Committee Public Hearing on Homework Policy (Selectman's Meeting Room in Town Hall)

·       Nov 8 (We): 7th Grade Hearing & Vision Screening

·       Nov 9 (Thu): LEF Trivia Bee

·       Nov 10 (Fri): Veterans Day Holiday

·       Nov 15 (Wed): 7:00pm Community Forum on School Start Time (Battin Hall at Cary Hall)

·       Nov 22 (Wed): Early Release (11:45am)

Announcements from Diamond PTA

Many thanks to Vaishali and Vid Mitta for hosting our first Principal Meet and Greet of the school year this past Tuesday evening. It was a great opportunity for parents to connect with each other and to get to know Principal Turner and have her answer our questions. Thanks as well to PTA Social Committee Chairs Tina Weber and Manisha Patel for organizing the event. If you couldn’t make it this time, stay tuned for more Principal Meet and Greets throughout the year.

Please join us for a PTA Coffee with the Principal this Friday, October 20 at 9:00am in the cafeteria.  Members of the Diamond counseling staff will be on hand to share with parents the role of counselors and social workers at the school.

Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

The Diamond Student Council is organizing a fundraiser to support the victims affected by the terrible disasters that have hit parts of our country. The Student Council members, with the support of the PTA, are selling drawstring bags to raise money for classrooms in these communities. All proceeds will go directly to classrooms in need through an organization called DonorsChoose. You can find more information on the Diamond and the PTA websites, or you can use the following links to purchase a bag or to make a donation.

General Donation:   https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=PSSNQUAQMZZQJ

Bags:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TVPJTBAGWG4TY

Community Announcements

The Addams Family

Theatre III at 250 Central Street, West Acton, MA.

Seven performances on October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 8:00 pm, and a Matinee on October 22 at 2:00 pm. Tickets - $25 for Adults and $22 for Seniors and Students.

 “They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky, The Addams Family . . . “ Those macabre and whimsical Charles Addams characters have captured our imaginations over the years. Their combination of dead-pan ghoulish humor and genuine affection for each other is fiendishly entertaining – and set to a creative musical score! The multi-generational Addams family, led by Gomez and Morticia, with Wednesday, Pugsley, Grandma, Lurch, Fester and his rather unique love interest, are just trying to live their lives and be happy. Enter the “normal” Mal, Alice and Lucas, with their own offbeat quirks, and add the ghostly presence of the Addams ancestors, and hilarity ensues.

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LexRAP Winter Coat Drive to Support Refugee Families:

October 16-November 9

WHAT IS NEEDED:  Clean, new or gently used WINTER coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens for children and adult men and women.

WHERE TO DONATE:  Suitable items can be dropped in bins at any of the following locations inLexington:

·       220 Follen Road

·       210 Lincoln Street

·       12 Nickerson Road             

LexRAP (www.lexrap.org) is holding a winter coat drive to support the efforts of the International Institute of New England (www.iine.us) to provide refugee families in Massachusetts with winter coats.  IINE is the resettlement agency of Massachusetts for refugees, most of whom arrive in Massachusetts from warm climates and without suitable winter clothing. 

LexRAP is a group of concerned people from Lexington and surrounding communities calling itself the Lexington Refugee Assistance Program or “LexRAP.” Its focus is to make Lexington a welcoming place for refugees and to help them directly.

Donations will be accepted between October 16 and November 9. 

If you have any questions or need other arrangements for the donations, please contact Peggy Shukur pegshukur@aol.com, Brigitte Steines Brigitte.steines@gmail.com  or Patricia Valda patricia_valda@yahoo.com

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Town Meeting to Vote on whether to Ban Recreational Marijuana Businesses in Lexington

Wednesday October 18th 7:30 PM

Cary Hall

It is anticipated that Town Meeting will vote on whether to ban recreational marijuana sales in Lexington, on the evening of October 18th.  Please come to Town Meeting to show your interest in this issue as parents.  If you would like to speak at the meeting, please contact the town moderator to be put on the schedule and let your voices be heard.

The Lexington voters previously voted 53%-47% against the legalization of marijuana, although as you know the state outcome went the other way.  Article 3 (Amend general Bylaws-recreational marijuana) is now being debated among the town meeting members in Lexington.

Article 3 Description: The operation of any marijuana establishment, as defined in G.LL. c. 94G,, § 1,, including, without limitation, a marijuana cultivator, marijuana testing facility, marijuana product manufacturer, marijuana retailer or any other type of licensed marijuana - related business, within the Town of Lexington shall be prohibited. This prohibition shall not apply to the sale, distribution or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes licensed under Chapter 369 of the Acts of 2012.  

Whether or not you can come to town meeting, please also consider emailing your town meeting members to voice your opinion on this very important issue that will effect our youth and our community.  Town Meeting Members email addresses can be found

at:  http://www.lexingtontmma.org/index.php?n=Main.Members2  

The emails are First.Last@lexingtontmma.org. 

If you have questions please contact:

Martha Kurland (marthakurland@gmail.com) or

Sion Harris (gordonsion@rcn.com)

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Diwali Mela

Indian Americans of Lexington (IAL) is celebrating its 2017 Diwali Mela on October 21st at Lexington High School. Diwali (also "Deepavali") — the festival of lights — is one of biggest the festivals in India and is truly pan-Indian.This year, to enhance the festivities and add additional attendees, we have increased our capacity. The Diwali Mela includes a variety of cultural programs by kids and adults, activities for kids and mouthwatering Indian street food. 

When : 21st October 2017 3:00 - 9:00 PM         

Where : Lexington High School , Lexington , MA

Link to buy the tickets below: Tickets2IALDiwaliMela20 17

Event details are as follows: 

  • Entry tickets for the IAL Diwali Mela are priced at $15 per person for anyone 6 years and older, kids 5 years and under do not require entry tickets for this event.
  • Food is available for purchase at the event (Cash Only)- food includes Indian cuisine catered by “One World Cuisine” and Pizza for kids 
  • Fun activities for kids.

We look forward to having a fun filled Diwali celebration with you and your family.

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22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run - Spencer’s Sprinters

Sunday, November 5th

Lexington Newcomers Club and LexFUN! have joined forces to raise money for the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation on behalf of Lexington toddler, Spencer Smith.  To register to run or walk, visit  https://battlegreenrunfoundation.org and choose “Spencer’s Sprinters” when you Join an Existing Team.

After you have completed registration, you can begin to raise funds for our team by joining at https://www.crowdrise.com/spencers-sprinters.  Registered runners and walkers who create a Crowdrise profile and raise $100 or more by October 11th will receive a FREE long sleeve Spencer’s Sprinters official race t-shirt.  

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Presenting LEF's 22nd Annual TRIVIA BEE!

Thursday, November 9, 7pm

Lexington High School Auditorium

Lexington Education Foundation's Trivia Bee is a fun Lexington tradition in which three-person teams compete to answer trivia questions about history, sports, popular culture, science, arts, literature and current events. 

  • Take on the trivia challenge with your own team. Create and name a 3-member team.
  • Sponsor a team of teachers, staff or LHS students. School teams from all 9 schools need sponsors.
  • Come and cheer on your school's teams! Watch the Bee’s Master of Ceremonies, Jeff Leonard, quiz "swarms" of teams, and see which team will be named the 2017 "Masters of Trivia!"

Register, sponsor or learn more at LexEdFoundation.org/trivia-bee

Lexington Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that brings the community together to support the Lexington Public Schools in fostering innovation in teaching and learning to provide our children a world-class education.

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Youth in Philanthropy Program

Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) is an opportunity for students to become leaders in our community. Participants learn the importance of philanthropy and the needs that exist in our backyard. YIP students research local nonprofits and award $10,000 in grants. There are no fees or tuition to participate.

 ·         Who:    7th and 8th graders who live or learn in Lexington

·         Where: Lexington Community Center

·         When:  Wednesdays, Dec. 6 through Mar. 28, 7-8 PM

·         How to Apply:  Fill out a short form online by Nov. 13 – www.bit.ly/17-18yip

·         Learn More:  Visit www.yipmetrowest.org