PTA Newsletter for the week beginning 12/04/17

Dates to put on the calendar

·       Dec 5 (Tue): Field Trip: Grade 6 Mandarin

·       Dec 6 (Wed): 7:00 PM Talk on Substance Abuse (in the Library)

·       Dec 7 (Thu): Field Trip: Grade 7 Mandarin

·       Dec 8 (Fri): Early Release (11:45AM) for Middle School Parent Conferences

·       Dec 11 (Mon): Fundraiser at the Local Restaurant to Support the 8th Grade Washington, DC trip

·       Dec 11 (Mon): 7:00 PM Choral Concert: 6, 7, 8

·       Dec 12 (Tue): Field Trip: Grade 7

·       Dec 12 (Tue): 7:00 PM Women’s & Men’s Choir Concert

·       Dec 15 (Fri): Field Trip: Team Justice

 Announcements from Diamond PTA

Volunteers needed!

The Diamond PTA is looking for some volunteer help for the following opportunities:
* Principal Turner has asked if someone can take pictures of the items in Lost and Found, in order to let families see if they recognize any missing clothes.
* Mrs. Tanguay is bringing the book fair back to Diamond the week of March 19th! She’s looking for a parent to organize volunteers to staff the book fair and process sales. 

Please contact us at diamondpta@gmail.com if you have questions or are able to help out with either of these opportunities.

Fundraiser at The Local restaurant to support the 8th grade Washington, DC trip!

Date: Monday, December 11, 2017

Time: 11am-10:30pm, lunch or dinner, dine in or take out

Place: The Local restaurant, 350 Cambridge Road, Woburn (near Whole Foods in Woburn)

 http://www.liveeatlocal.com/woburn/    

The 8th grade parents are organizing a fundraiser at The Local restaurant in order to help fund scholarships for the 8th grade Washington, DC trip! 20% of your check excluding alcohol sales, tax, and gratuity will be donated to the Diamond 8th grade class of 2018 DC Trip Scholarship Fund.

For any questions please contact leaminghella@yahoo.com.

For reservations or menu questions contact The Local directly @ 781-932-5910

Please note that this is not a PTA fundraiser; the Diamond PTA is supporting these efforts with community outreach and banking assistance, but all money raised will go to the tour company for scholarships.

Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Your Middle School Student and Substances- What Are They Learning and What You Should Know

Wednesday December 6th 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Diamond Middle School Library

Come to this important session led by Lexington Public Schools Assistance Coordinator of PE and Wellness, Julie Fenn, LICSW and Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev, LICSW to learn how middle school health class is educating students about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. Julie and Kristie will run attendees through best practices for parent awareness and teen safety. They will also discuss what we know about substance abuse in Lexington. This will be an interactive session and all are welcome. 

Julie and Kristi will also bring the "Hidden in Plain Site" display which is a teenage bedroom set up with subtle clues that might indicate a teen is using substances. 

(Sponsored by the Diamond and Clarke PTA and SHAC's Substance Abuse Task Force

Please direct any questions to Martha Kurland@ MarthaKurland@gmail.com.)

Community Announcements

 Yes! For Lexington Campaign

On Monday, December 4, Lexington voters will be asked to approve a debt exclusion to pay for construction of three capital projects; Maria Hastings Elementary School, Lexington Children’s Place (Pre-K), and Fire Station Headquarters.   These vital facilities are all operating in substandard buildings that are too small to handle the current and future needs of Lexington. Investing in these projects will improve the education system and public safety for all of Lexington.

Please make sure you vote! The Diamond PTA board has voted to endorse all three questions, and urges everyone eligible to vote yes in order to support our town.

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Basic Rights in Special Education: A Workshop for Parents and Professionals 

When: Thursday, 12/07/2017, Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Where: Lexington Community Center, room 237

This workshop provides a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures. Presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs. Please RSVP by visitinghttps://lexsepta.org/events/basic-rights-workshop-presented-by-fcsn/ so we can ensure we have handouts & materials for all attendees.

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Free Coding Class for National Hour of Code Week

Dec 4th to Dec 10th is National Hour of Code Week with events planned in our local schools and classrooms.  For students who want to explore coding more in depth and learn real programming languages from Javascript to Python, Penguin Coding School is offering: free 90 minute Coding Classes from Dec 4th to Dec 17th.

Classes for Grades 2-12

Grades 2-4 - Scratch

Grades 4-8  - HTML/Javascript & 3D printing (New!)

Grades 8-12 - Java/Python

Sign up for free sessions below: 

http://wwwpenguincodingschool.com/ freetrials/

Penguin Coding School

info@penguincodingschool or (781) 277-2755

www.penguincodingschool.com