PTA Newsletter, Week of Feb. 27th

Welcome back to school.  Hope everyone had a great February break.    Below is the Diamond Weekly Newsletter for the week beginning 2/27/17.

Dates to put on the calendar

  • Mar 1 (Wed):  LHS Parent Forum;  Going to 9th Grade(9:00 am – Community Center)
  • Mar 2 (Thu):  PPC School Committee Candidates Forum
  • Mar 2-5 (Thu-Sun):  Diamond School Musical (Diamond auditorium)
  • Mar 6 (Mon):  Town Election (PLEASE VOTE!!!!)
  • Mar 23 (Thu):  Early release day

Get Involved at Diamond

Diamond School Musical:  SEUSSICAL JR
This year’s Diamond's musical, SEUSSICAL JR., is scheduled to open later this week.  Tickets can be purchased for $10 (general admission) during school hours at the main office. Performances will be at 7:30 pm in the auditorium March 2-4, and at 11:00 am on March 5th. Tickets can also be purchased directly from Ms. Delgado

Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Parent Forum: Going to 9th Grade

When: Wed, March 1, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM(RE-SCHEDULED, AS 2/13 EVENT WAS POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW)

Where: Lexington Community Center

Especially for 8th grade students and parents, this free Q&A forum is an opportunity to learn about the transition to high school from a panel made up of current LHS students and parents. Eighth graders and their parents are invited to bring questions about schedules, sports, music groups, clubs, I block, community service, lockers, homework, and anything else you’d like to know about LHS. This event is co-sponsored by the Clarke PTO, Diamond PTA, and LHS PTO.

Parent Public Input Session for LHS Principal Search

Ms. Laura Lasa, Principal of Lexington High School has announced her intent to retire on June 30. In light of this news, the Superintendent has contracted with a national search firm, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, to facilitate the search for a new high school principal.  Parents are invited to attend a public input session on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 7:00-8:00 pm at Lexington High School to provide their input and pose questions about the search process.

 

PPC School Committee Candidates’ Forum

Thursday, Mar. 2, 9:15am

Cary Memorial Library

On Thursday, March 2 from 9:15am to 11:30am, the School Committee Candidates’ Forum, sponsored by the PTA/O Principals’ Council (PPC), will be held in the Large Meeting Room in the lower level of Cary Library.  Residents are encouraged to come to find out more about those running for School Committee, both the three-year and the one-year terms. There will be ample time for audience questions. For more information please email: ppcchair@gmail.com.

 

Interesting events coming up in/around Lexington

Middle School Girls Group

Mondays, (2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3)

3:30-4:45 pm

Lexington Community Center

39 Marrett Road, Lexington MA

The town is again offering an 8 week social group to all girls in 6th – 8th grade.  Each week, girls will be able to socialize, do crafts & games, meet new people, learn coping skills and stress management, build self esteem, and have fun.  Pre-registration is required.  Please contact hsintern@lexingtonma.gov or call (781) 698-4843 for more information 

 

Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington: Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Evening (Rescheduled due to the power outage at Cary Library on Monday, Feb 13th)

Rescheduled Date: Wednesday, March 1st

Time:  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: Cary Library, Large Meeting Room

The Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington is holding a Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Evening for children who are on the dyslexic spectrum. Children will have a chance to get to know each other and share the impact of dyslexia on their lives, both at school and socially -- to the extent that they choose.  Peer mentors will lead small group discussions focused on the experiences and questions of the children in each group.  Mentors will offer strategies and tips on what works for them in learning how to read, writing, math, studying, friendships, etc.  

While this is a kids-oriented event, it is not a drop-off event.  Parents will have a chance to talk among themselves.  We will have snacks and drinks.    If you are interested in your child participating, please register your child here (no need to re-register if you did so previously).  

Please note that we have some optional questions for you to fill out.  Your answers will help us form the small groups for discussion. (If you have more than one child who will be attending, please fill out a separate survey for each child.)  For more information, please contact us at lexdyslexia@gmail.com.  For more information about the group, please see lexdyslexia.weebly.com

 

League of Women Voters of Lexington

First Friday Forum - Lexington Changing demographics. 20/20 subcommittee results

March 3, 2017, 9:30AM 

Cary Memorial Library.

Currently Lexington’s residents of Asian ancestry are well represented on PTA/O boards, and are increasing their participation on the Town’s elected and appointed committees. However, challenges remain in achieving a more complete integration into the existing social fabric of our community. Might we find solutions to these challenges in municipalities across the U.S. whose Asian populations exceed Lexington’s?

A subcommittee of the Lexington 20/20 Vision Committee recently completed such a search, and found many practices that Lexington might adopt. Come and learn about the 15-month collaborative study undertaken by the subcommittee and Lexington’s school and civic leaders, its unexpected findings, and the study’s recommendations, including the establishment of a standing body known as the Diversity Think Tank.

This is the 6th in a series of First Friday events sponsored by the League of Women Voters.  March 3, First Friday at Cary Memorial Library.  9:15AM Coffee, 9:30AM Presentation, followed by Q and A.  We ask that you please invite a neighbor or friend of a different heritage than your own.  For more information: lwvlexington@gmail.com.

 

Girls Day @ the MIT Museum: Math March Madness!

Saturday, March 4

11:00am-4:00pm

265 Massachusetts Avenue, Building N51   Cambridge, MA 02139

Explore the many ways we use math!   Prime yourself for a day of short talks and activities with students and professors from the MIT Math Department as we calculate, apply, project and solve a few problems. Find your algo-rhythm through choreography with SHINE, work out angles with OrigaMIT, test your math game skills during an Olympiad, and much more. From robots and rockets to softball and dance, you can count on a good time.   http://mitmuseum.mit.edu/program/girls-day

 

Intro Debate and Public Speaking Workshop

3 Mondays, starting 3/6 (3/6, 3/13, 3/20)

4:00-6:00 PM

Lexington High School

Lexington Community Ed is running an intro to debate class for grades 5-8 which will be held at Lexington High school. The class will be held Mondays 3/6, 3/13, 3/20 after school from 4pm - 6pm. This is the perfect class for kids who want to try debate and public speaking. Registration info at: https://lexingtonworkshop.wordpress.com/

 

 

Family Trivia Night 

Fee: $20,   Ages: 5+

Date: Friday, March 10th

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 139

Make a team of up to 6 with your friends and family and be ready to be challenged with trivia categories ranging from science and nature to pop culture.  Prizes will be awarded to the top finishing teams!  Fee covers prizes for the night and light refreshments. “Walk-ins” are welcome, but pre-registration is required to be guaranteed participation in this event.  Please contact Thomas Romano via email at tromano@lexingtonma.gov or 781-698-4813

 

 

The Gift of Failure

March 21 at 7:00 pm

Estabrook Elementary

On March 21st at 7:00 p.m., Estabrook Elementary School is hosting Jessica Lahey, author of the bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. This talk is open to the entire Lexington community. Adults and high-school aged children are welcome and encouraged to attend. Attending this event is FREE, however attendees will be asked to register to ensure space. Registration is open at EstabrookSpeakerSeries.eventbrite.com

In support of Ms. Lahey's speaking event, The Estabrook PTO will be hosting a book discussion of The Gift of Failure on March 7th from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m at Estabrook school. To participate in the discussion, please register at this link: bit.ly/BookClubGOF by February 17th. We will use that list to communicate details about the discussion. Cary Library has held several copies of the book for checkout. Copies are also for sale at all major book vendors.

Please note: registration for the book discussion does NOT guarantee a spot at the evening presentation by Ms. Lahey. Attendees must register separately for the presentation once the registration link is made available.  Questions? Email estabrook.spc@gmail.com. For more references and enrichment activities or visit estabrookpto.org/gift-of-failure.