PTA Newsletter Week of Oct 23rd

Dates to put on the calendar

 ·       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 13 (Mon): No School (All Day Professional Development)

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

·       Nov 17 (Fri): Middle School Parent Conferences

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

·       Nov 30 (Thu): Literacy Night: LexGo Camping (in the Library)

Announcements from Diamond PTA

Many thanks to Alix Fox, the PTA Membership Chair, for all her hard work this summer and fall. And thank you to the 487 families who have generously donated nearly $30,000 to the PTA to help support our staff, provide enrichment programs to our students, and promote community events for families. 


The board approved teacher grants this month to purchase subscriptions to Science World magazine for 7th grade classes, classroom supplies for 6th grade science, 6th grade English, 7th grade Technology, 8th grade Economics, the TLP program, and Guidance, as well as fees for teachers to attend the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers annual conference. Thanks to all of you who have donated to the PTA so that we can support these programs!

The Diamond Spiritwear Online Store is Now Open!

The PTA is happy to offer our annual Diamond Spiritwear Sale through Tricon Sports. 

Show your school spirit!  Click on the link below to choose from a variety of Diamond signature shirts and pants. Orders will be accepted until November 6.

https://diamond17.itemorder.com/sale

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

Concerned about traffic at the Adams, Hathaway and East intersection during the morning and afternoon school runs? Diamond parent Su Shen has been researching traffic conditions and has concluded that installing a traffic light at the intersection would create safer conditions for drivers and pedestrians. If you are interested in learning more and would like to sign this petition with the Lexington Town Planning department, please use the following link:

https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/install-a-traffic-light-at-the-adamshathawayeast

Or contact Su Shen at sshen_2004@yahoo.com

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The Goal Driven IEP: A Parents' Guide to What to Ask for at Your IEP Meeting 

 Guest Speaker: Dr. David Stember, Ph.D.

When: Wednesday, November 8th 7:00-8:45PM

Where: Large Meeting, Cary Library

RSVP: lexdyslexia@gmail.com

This talk will cover specific items and wording parents should ask for in their child's IEP; how to ask for specific goals, approaches and outcome measures that will be sensitive to whether progress is being made; common best practice approaches to address and common mistakes seen in ineffective IEP plans. It will also cover definitions of disabilities and which goals to ask for to address specific learning needs, social pragmatics, organizational skills and behavior/emotional disorders, as well as how to determine if progress is occurring.  

For more information, please go to https://lexdyslexia.weebly.com/calendar.htmlCo-Sponsored by the Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington and the LexSEPAC/SEPTA.

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Haunted House @ The Lexington Community Center

Fee: $5 per child, parent/caregivers are free

Ages: 5+

Date: Friday, October 27

Time: 6-7:30 (Ages 5-10) 8-9:30 (Ages 11+)

Location: 39 Marrett Road, Lexington Community Center

Description: Come over to the Community Center for a night of fun. There will be guided tours every 15 minutes (pre-registration is required to save a spot). Make sure to sign up for a tour time before your time slot is taken! We will also have pumpkin decorating, fun games, and festive food once you are done with the tour. We hope to see you there! All of this is possible thanks to the support from the LHS SADD club and Lexington Human Services.

Any questions or how to register please contact Thomas Romano @ 781-698-4813 or tromano@lexingtonma.gov Here is the link to register:https://www.activityreg.com/ClientPage_t1.wcs?clientid=LXNGTNMA&siteid=1 . The program can be found under the “Fun for all ages category”

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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 in Lexington:

·       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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Hancock Music Series

A Chamber Music Debut

The CK Ensemble debuts with a program of music for cello, flute, and piano by Haydn, Rachmaninoff, and Muthel. Sunday October 29th at 2:00 p.m. Hancock Church, 1912 Mass on the Battle Green. Open to all, regardless of ability to pay. Suggested donation of $15 at the door ($25 max per family). 

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LEXINGTON SKI CLUB

For almost fifty years the Lexington Ski Club has catered to avid snow sport families.  Members enjoy comfortable accommodations at our lodge located in the White Mountains, prepared hot meals during ski season, and after ski activities such as board games and ping pong.  If your family likes to ski or snowboard and appreciates cooperative living, the Lexington Ski Club might be for you.  Currently, we are accepting applications for new members.  For additional information, please contact Joe Scholl at jpscholl4@gmail.com or 781-891-1832 or visit our website www.lexski.org

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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

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 Leadership and Public Speaking Workshop

Lumos is running a 2-day Workshop during December, February, and April vacation breaks. Your child will study public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership with experienced instructors. The class is fun and engaging, even for shy or quiet kids. The class is open to students Grades 6-9. For more info call 617-901-4564. Get more information at: camp.lumosdebate.com/workshop/

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Lexington Youth Wrestling Clinic

The Lexington Youth Wrestling program aims to introduce young students to the sport of wrestling. This program has the support of the Lexington High School wrestling team and high school athletes will help out during the practices. Unlike many other sports, being a successful wrestler does not depend upon size or body type. Successful wrestlers come in all shapes and sizes and from diverse backgrounds. Wrestling also teaches discipline, mental toughness, and sportsmanship: character traits that will serve well outside the ring for a lifetime. Participants will need to provide their own headgear and wrestling shoes. In addition to the program taking place on Monday and Wednesday evenings, opportunities to wrestle against surrounding communities on Saturdays will also be available. 

Start: Monday, November 27.

Ends: February 14.

Location: LHS Fieldhouse.

Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM

For K - 4: Monday nights only, fee is $50.

For 5 - 8: Monday and Wednesday nights, fee is $100

No classes over holiday break.

To register: https://www. activityreg.com/ClientPage_t1. wcs?clientid=LXNGTNMA&siteid=1

For questions, please contact Jon Quint, jon_quint@hotmail.com