PTA Weekly Newsletter - Week of September 7, 2018

September 7, 2018 Issue 

In this issue:

 

Dates to put in the CalendarMonday September 10No School (Rosh Hashanah) Thursday September 13Early Dismissal (8 - 11:45 am)
6th Grade Welcome Pizza Social (5:30 - 7 pm)Monday September 17PTA Board Meeting (9 -10:30 am)Wednesday September 19No School (Yom Kippur)Thursday September 20Special Ed Parent Coffee (9 - 9:45 am)Tuesday September 25Picture DayWednesday October 3Back to School Night, Grade 6Thursday October 4Back to School Night, Grades 7 and 8Announcements from Diamond PTA

The Directory Deadline is Approaching!

Still need to confirm your directory data and make your Annual Donation?
There is still time to confirm your directory data for the 2018-2019 school year, but the deadline to be included in the Printed Directory is next Friday, September 14! You must confirm your current email address if you'd like to receive weekly newsletters and other school news & event details from the PTA via email.
To confirm your data** – and make your PTA Annual Donation if you choose – click the link below and follow the directions:

join.myschoolanywhere.com
Join code: Diamond

After you Save & Confirm your data, you will be taken to the Diamond PTA online store. Please consider supporting the PTA with your Annual Donation. The PTA uses your donations to fund teacher grants for classroom books and supplies, sponsor special assemblies and events, support after school clubs, support teacher appreciation events, and much more.  All current Annual Donors receive:

  • Access to the online Directory through their MySchoolAnywhere account.

  • Useful Diamond Daily Announcements recap via email.     

  • Printed Directories may be purchased along with your Annual Donation of $35, and are included with Annual Donations of $60 or more.

Thank you for your attention to this important process, and for your support! If you have any questions, please email us: diamondpta@gmail.com.  For directory specific questions, please email directory@diamondpta.org.

**Please note that you may choose which information you share with other families in the PTA directory during the confirmation process - see "Display Preferences".

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Employer Matching: How to Increase the Impact of your Donation to the PTA

Great News! Did you know that your company may match your Annual Donation to the PTA? Many companies match employee donations dollar for dollar. Employee matching gifts are donations a company makes to match your non-profit donations. It's a great benefit that truly amplifies the impact of your charitable donations. Check with your benefits provider to see if your company provides matching gift donations.

Diamond PTA is a registered non-profit with Benevity (a solution provider for corporate philanthropy). However, if your company offers donation gift matching, and we are not registered with their program, please reach out to diamondpta@gmail.com.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Diamond PTA Board is looking for a couple more volunteers to help out! Please contact us at diamondpta@gmail.com if you are interested in these positions or have any questions.

Social Committee Chair

With the Social Committee, plan parent social event(s), work with the grade level reps to help plan grade level social activities for kids and/or parents, set up morning principal coffees, and organize evenings with the principal (provide light refreshments at the home of a parent host) (Board position).

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Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) Liaison

Attend SHAC meetings several times a year and report back to the PTA board on events and information from those meetings that are relevant to the Diamond community (Board position).

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Daily Announcements Volunteers

 We’re looking for a few people to send the Diamond Daily Announcements out to Diamond families. Takes less than 5 minutes a day.  Some previous experience of working with MSA (My School Anywhere) would be helpful but not essential.  Additionally, it would be ideal if one volunteer to could act as back up for the Weekly Newsletter (non-Board positions).

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Lunchtime Compost And Recycling Volunteers

  • When: Wednesdays, from September 12, 10:45am - 12:15pm 

  • Where: Diamond Cafeteria

A Great New Parent Volunteer Opportunity!  This year Diamond students will be composting and recycling their lunch waste one day a week with a little help from YOU!
We have taken the cue from Clarke Middle School (who is now composting and recycling every school lunch day) and are starting a lunchtime compost and recycle day on Wednesdays only. We started with a successful pilot in June 2018 and would like to continue the program into the new school year. All the elementary feeder schools compost and recycle at lunch, so we are striving to keep the student awareness and knowledge about how we should manage our waste at lunchtime.
The 90 minute shifts are on Wednesdays from 10:45am - 12:15pm starting September 12.  Volunteers help the custodians set-up the recycling stations and work with the student volunteers to educate the students about where to place their waste items. Three parent volunteers each Wednesday would be ideal.
Please contact the Diamond Green Team at greenteamdiamond@gmail.com with questions and your availability - once every one/two/four week(s). Thank you for considering this opportunity to connect with the vibrant Diamond School community (including your child) and help our students to become environmentally responsible citizens!
Diamond Green Team
Lin Jensen, Tina McBride, Claire Nedham, Diane Pursley

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Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

6th Grade Welcome Pizza Social

  • When: Thursday September 13, 5:30 - 7pm 

  • Where: Diamond Cafeteria

6th grade families, come meet your child's 6th Grade Teachers, see friends, and check out Diamond Middle School.  Everyone - parents, siblings, guardians - is welcome.  Families are welcome to bring their own food or pre-order pizza (from Alexander's Pizza) in advance (NOTE: pizza WILL NOT BE SOLD on the night of this social event).   To pre-order your pizza (cheese or pepperoni), please use this link: http://www.diamondpta.org/pizza-social-order-form/.  All orders must be placed no later than noon on Tuesday, September 11.    
Please bring your own reusable water bottle/ beverage of choice. Water and dessert will be provided.

Volunteers Needed: If you are interested in helping, please sign up to give us a hand: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f48a8a72fa0ff2-diamond.

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Meet and Greet with Superintendent Hackett, Sep 17 or Sep 26

  • Either: Monday, September 17, 8 - 10 am, Dining Hall, Community Center, 39 Marrett Road 

  • Or: Wednesday, September 26, 6 - 8 pm, Gymnasium, Central Office, 146 Maple Street

The Lexington School Committee cordially invites all members of the Lexington community to attend a meet and greet event with our new Superintendent Dr. Julie Hackett.  We hope you can drop in during one of two informal meet and greet events.
Thank you!
Eileen Jay, Chair, Lexington School Committee
Questions: contact Sara Calvino at 781-861-2580 x68040

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Diamond Performing Arts Calendar

FOLMADS is proud to present the listing of fall performing arts events so parents can start marking the events in their calendars!  Shown below are the 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, Nov 2
Sat, Nov 3Diamond Middle School Fall Play7 pmDiamond Middle SchoolThu, Nov 8Diamond Middle School Band Concert7 pmLHS AuditoriumWed, Nov 14Diamond Middle School Orchestra Concert7:30 pmDiamond Middle School GymnasiumThur, Dec 6Seasonal Concert - LHS Jazz, Diamond and Clark After School Jazz7 pmLHS AuditoriumMon, Dec 10Diamond 6, 7, and 8 Grade Chorus ConcerttbdDiamond Middle SchoolTue, Dec 11Diamond Men’s, Women’s, and D-Minor’s Chorus ConcerttbdDiamond Middle School

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Community Announcements

Lexington Historical Society to Host Hamiltunes!

  • When: September 14, 6:30pm 

  • Where: Cary Hall

The Lexington Historical Society is proud to host an officially licensed Hamilton singalong! Can't get tickets to the Opera House in September? Join us with several hundred of your friends as we sing your favorite songs on the Hamilton Instrumentals album. Costumes are encouraged! At intermission, join in the costume parade, enjoy popcorn, and cider, and enter a raffle to win a life-size cutout of Lin-Manuel Miranda! Tickets are $4 per person. Children under 7 are free (please be advised that Hamilton contains mild explicit language.) Tickets are available atwww.lexingtonhistory.org/hamiltunes. Be a part of our revolutionary crowd by buying a general admission ticket. Our Hamilton karaoke also needs song leaders - if you'd like to sign up to take the stage and lead us in song, purchase a singing role ticket.

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Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington:  Back to School Kickoff Meeting

  • When: September 17, 7 - 8:45pm 

  • Where: Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room

Join us for an evening of discussion to learn more about dyslexia. No matter the age of your child (preschool through high school) or where you are in terms of getting services for your child's language learning challenges (still exploring what is going on to receiving services), this meeting and group will serve as a useful resource for you. We particularly encourage parents of young children who have been identified via the prekindergarten screening to come. We'll offer tips for beginning the school year, working with your child's teaching team, etc., as well as a chance to discuss your particular issues.
For more information and to check out some resources, please visit us at lexdyslexia.weebly.com. Any questions, contact lexdyslexia@gmail.com.

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LexSEPAC/SEPTA Meet & Greet

  • When: September 26, 7 - 8:45 pm 

  • Where: Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room (Note Change in Location)

Please join us to learn about the Lexington Special Education Parent Advisory Council and PTA in a low-key social environment. Learn about upcoming meetings, programs, and special education resources and meet other parents in the LPS community (preschool through high school). If you have a child in special education on an IEP, if your child is on a 504 plan, or if you suspect that your child may have some type of special need that impacts their learning, please come. Light refreshments will be served. To learn more about LexSEPAC/SEPTA, please visit us at lexsepta.org.

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Youth Ultimate Frisbee

  • When: Sunday afternoons, September 9th - October 21st

  • Where: Diamond Middles School

  • AKA U8, U10, and U12, clinic based instruction with increased scrimmage time.
    boys & girls, Grades 1-2, 2 - 3pm
    boys & girls, Grades 3-5, 2 - 3:30pm

  • AKA U14, even more scrimmage-based and will include matches against outside competition.
    Girls, grades 4-8, 2:30 - 5:30pm
    Boys, grades 5-8, 3:30 - 5:30pm

Coed and single gender programs teach skills and good sportsmanship so that players can learn and enjoy the sport of Ultimate. Small games to maximize playing time and touches. We will have some outside competition for our upper age groups. Players of all abilities are welcome. We have numerous excellent coaches who will bring even a total novice up to speed by the end of the season, and you'll have a great time scrimmaging during practice and matches.
Note that for children nearing the end of elementary school, you can choose to enroll them in the elementary or middle school programs, above. If you'd like guidance, please don't hesitate to contact the program director, Raphael Savir, at raphael.savir@buda.org or 781.862.4335 (home). See https://www.buda.org/youth-program for more information and registration links  (info/registration links below).
Some fun notes:

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Lexington Recreation Fall Brochure

Fall 2018 is almost here, are you and or your children looking for something engaging, physically active, social, and fun to do during the week or on the weekends? Then come browse through Lexington Recreation & Community Programs Fall 2018 Program Brochure where you will find a program for all ages from pre-school to 60+. If you have any questions about the program call us at 781-698-4800 or email recdept@lexingtonma.gov and someone will be happy to help you choose the best program for yourself or your little one.

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ARTSPAN Teen Classes

Fall registration is open for ArtSpan classes at the Munroe Center for the Arts.  There are many traditional classes on offer as well as new ones such as photojournalism, making electronic music, and silkscreening.  Weekend and evening workshops are also open to teens.  Check out the options at www.munroecenter.org/artspan

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LexMedia: Free Classes open to Kids

All classes at LexMedia are free and available to people who live, work or attend school in Lexington.  All classes start at 7 pm unless noted. For more information or to sign up for classes contact:  mark@lexmedia.org.  Please look at the directions page before coming to LexMedia: http://www.lexmedia.org/directions.html.  All Classes are FREE. For more information or to sign up contact:  mark@lexmedia.org.

  • LexMedia Orientation:  This is the prerequisite to all other classes. New members are introduced to everything they need to know to get started.  7pm, Sept 11, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4.

  • Field Production 1: This class gives members a solid understanding of how to set up and operate our tripods and Sony PXW-X70 camcorders. With an emphasis on esthetics and framing and capturing the best video signal possible. This is a hands on class.  7:20 pm, Sept 11, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4.

  • Field Production 2: Participants continue to learn the basic technical skills of field production with the focus now on lighting and audio. At the completion of this class members can sign out our portable gear and start producing programming immediately.  7pm, Sept 18, Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11.

  • Intro to Podcasting: Podcasting is a rising form of entertainment and communications.  It can be fun and light or deep and heavy and everything in-between. This one hour class will give you an understanding of the possibilities of Podcasting at LexMedia. We have a fully equipped studio that can accommodate up to four people. Come prepared to talk about your ideas. 7pm, Sept 19 & 25, Oct 16 & 23, Nov 20 & 27, Dec 18 & 19. 

  • Intro to Editing with Final Cut Pro X or Premiere Pro: Ever wanted to edit a movie, a documentary, a road race or soccer game? It’s not as hard as you think. This intro class cover's how to get started, with tips on avoiding the common problems that derail the newcomer. 7 pm, Sept 20 & 26, Oct 11 &18, Nov 15 & 29, Dec 13 & 20. 

  • The Short Doc Class Series: This class will teach you all the skills of Doc making using a short 5 minute format. Participants should come to the class with a short doc idea.  We will help you organize the idea and make a plan. When the class is over you will have shot some video and gone thru a technical and esthetic critique enabling you to shoot and organize better content. This is a four part series.  7 pm, Sept 27, Oct 25, Dec 6, Jan 10.

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Penguin Coding School: Free Trial Coding Classes

  • When: Sept 8-16, weekend and weekday free trial classes (90 min)

  • Where: Hancock Church in Lexington Green

Voted Top 5 Best of Boston Science & Technology program 2018
Learn to Scratch, HTML, Javascript, Python, Java
Classes for 2-4th, 4-8th, 8-12th graders
Contact: 781-277-2755 or info@penguincodingschool.com
Visit: penguincodingschool.com/freetrialsignup

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Maestro Musicians Academy

My name is Daniel Broniatowski and I am the artistic director of a music school called the Maestro Musicians Academy. We have been in Lexington since 2015 and just started giving lessons in our new location at the United Methodist Church on 2600 Mass Ave. We specialize in lessons in piano, voice, guitar, violin, cello, and the most popular instruments. No matter what your child's age or stage, feel free to reach out to us at maestromusicianslexington.com or 857-756-5230.

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Lexington Youth Lacrosse

Lexington Youth Lacrosse announces opening of 2018 fall season registrations: Boys & Girls Programs, Grades 1-8. To register, go to: http://www.lexingtonlax.org/. Lexington Youth Lacrosse is dedicated to introducing, teaching, and expanding youth lacrosse to the Lexington and nearby communities. Through our integrated and age based programs, we provide a fun and instructional environment for young lacrosse players. New players at all levels welcome!

Join The "Fastest Game On Two Feet”

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LEF Trivia Bee

  • When: November 5

  • Where: LHS Auditorium

Save the Date & Start Securing Your Team!  November 5, 2018 is this year's LEF Trivia Bee! Three-member teams of teachers, students, town employees, and citizens come decked out and ready to compete in this trivia contest, while hundreds of Lexingtonians cheer them on. Learn more »

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A Message from the Board of Selectmen

The Lexington Board of Selectmen is delighted to announce they have concluded successful negotiations with James (“Jim”) J. Malloy to serve as Lexington’s Town Manager. Jim will attend the September 5, 2018 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting at 7:00 pm in the Selectmen's Meeting Room in the Town Office Building and following the official vote by the Board will sign his contract. He will officially begin his role as Lexington Town Manager on Monday, October 1, 2018.

“I’m truly excited and honored to have been selected as Lexington’s fifth Town Manager. I’m looking forward to working with the staff and getting involved in any outstanding issues and working with the Selectmen and others in the community on the Selectmen’s goals and priorities. I’m hoping the month of September passes quickly because I am excited for October 1.”

Jim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. He has 30 years of successful local government management experience in four communities in Colorado, New York and Massachusetts with the past 24 years in two Massachusetts communities. Since 2009, he has served as the Town Manager for Westborough and from 1994 to 2009 he served as the Town Administrator for Sturbridge. Jim holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and served as the Northeast Vice President of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Jim has been married for 33 years to his high school prom date Kay and has two adult sons Pete and Brian who are both engineers in the Boston area.
Additional information about welcoming Jim as our new Town Manager will be forthcoming.
Suzie Barry, Chairman, Lexington Board of Selectmen

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Quick Links

  • Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Recent Weekly Announcements are posted at the William Diamond Middle School PTA website: http://www.diamondpta.org/weekly/