PTA Newsletter, Week of April 10th

Dates to put on the calendar

  • Apr 12 (Wed):   8th grade Washington DC trip –Parents Meeting (7:00 pm)
  • Apr 12 (Wed):  Health Class for Parents– Alcohol & Drug Use Prevention (8:45pm)
  • Apr 14 (Fri):  Holiday, no school
  • Apr 17-21:  Spring vacation break, no school
  • Apr 28 (Fri):   Principal coffee on STEM (9:00 am)
  • May 2 (Tue):  Early release (11:45 am)
  • May 2 (Tue): Diamond Steam Fair (6-8pm)
  • May 2 (Tue): Grade 5 Move Up Day (Students – daytime, Parents meeting – 7:00pm)

 

Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Middle School Health Class (for parents!) – Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, presented by Julie Fenn
Location: Clarke Cafeteria
Date:  April 12, 2017
Time: 8:45 to 10:00 am
 

Come to this important session led by Lexington Public Schools Prevention Specialist, Julie Fenn to learn how Middle School Health class is educating students about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.  Julie will run attendees through best practices for parent awareness and teen safety.  She will also discuss what we know about substance abuse in Lexington. This will be an interactive session. All are welcome.

Diamond STEAM Fair
Location:  Diamond Cafeteria
May 2 from 6:00-8:00pm

Diamond’s second STEAM fair will take place Tuesday May 2, 2017 from 6-8pm.  Do an experiment, make a sculpture, be creative!  Work alone or form a team to create something to share.  Learn more and register at the website www.diamondscience.org.

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS APRIL 12.  Parents can volunteer! Email stemdiamond@gmail.com to volunteer or to get more info.

Lex Splash
Saturday, April 15th, from 8 AM to 4 PM
Lexington High School

Lex Splash (modeled after MIT Splash) is a free one-day event in which middle school students can take a variety of unique classes taught by LHS students. Some of this year's classes include introduction to molecular orbital theory, basics of psychology, the Catalan numbers, competitive programming, ukulele 101, and ultimate frisbee - no matter what a student's interests are, there’s something for them at Splash. The goal of our program is to help younger students explore and discover their passions before high school and to foster a genuine love of learning in the process.   The high school students at LHS are eager to share their knowledge and talents with the broader Boston community, and we’d love for WDMS students to be a part of that.

This year's Splash will take place on Saturday, April 15th, from 8 AM to 4 PM, at Lexington High School. Students can sign up and find more information at lexsplash.learningu.org.

 

Diamond Yearbooks available for order

There are still 229 yearbooks available to purchase. We also have supplements on sale. The yearbook supplement is a booklet of photographs of events that have typically taken place after yearbook club has ended.   Here is the link to purchase yearbooks and supplements:

https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/8667

 

Parent-organized Food Service Survey

Six Lexington parents, who have children in the public school system, came together to discuss their concerns about the food service in Lexington Public Schools. We drafted this survey in an effort to collect input, recommendations, and ideas on how to improve the food offering in our schools. This survey was not created by, nor sponsored by the Lexington Public Schools.  

The School Committee will be putting forward a request for proposals for a new food catering contract this month to provide breakfast and lunch service at our local public schools for fall 2017. Please take a moment to share your feedback in a 5 minute parent-run survey and please invite students to participate. Results of the survey will be shared with the community, the School Committee and school staff.    Click here for the survey.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RYD8PDF

Survey coordinator: Thara Pillai (tharapillai@aol.com). Contributors & reviewers: Elaine Ashton, Sheila Lawrence, Andrei Radulescu-Banu, Anne Rollins, Stacey Smiar.

 

Interesting events coming up in/around Lexington

Lexington 20/20 Vision Committee - Town Survey
Open for responses to April 14

Please share your thoughts and expectation on what you would like Lexington to be by completing the Lexington Town-Wide survey accessed at lexingtonma.gov/2020survey

This survey is performed every 5 years and helps officials determine what our residents want & need for town services and policy. The survey site will accept responses until April 14, 2017.  Translated versions of the survey are available in Korean &Mandarin in paper-form at Cary Library, the Lexington Community Center and other public venues in town.

The Lexington 20/20 Vision Committee is working on the possibility of engaging a cross-section of survey respondents in focus group on the various topics covered.  At the end of the survey, you will have an opportunity to indicate your interest in participating in such a future focus group.

 

Lexington Historical Society - April Vacation Events:  For more information please visit April Vacation Events

Revolutionary Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, April 18th
 from 9:00 - 11:00am
FREE
 

Start and end at the Depot Building in Lexington Center .  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult (the hunt is self guided)
Where is the Parker boulder? Is there a weather-vane on the Belfry? What happened at the Harrington House? No matter how long you've lived in Lexington, there is still plenty for your kids to discover! Have them test their clue-solving and observation skills with a Revolutionary-themed scavenger hunt that takes them to sites around the Lexington Green. Fun and prizes for all ages! 

 

Children's Battle Re-enactment

Wednesday, April 19th

10:00-11:15 OR 12:30-1:45

1st-8th Grade

$5.00 early registration/$10 at event

Defend your home or squash a rebellion, the choice is yours!!!  The Lexington Historical Society, in partnership with the Lexington Visitor Center, the Lexington Minute Men and His Majesty's 10th Regiment of Foot welcome all willing participants for a re-enactment of the Battle of Lexington.  Participants will be trained by members of the Lexington Minute Men or His Majesty's 10th Regiment of Foot prior to re-enacting the Battle of Lexington.    After the battle, participants will have a chance to interact with re-enactors from both the Lexington Minute Men and His Majesty's 10th Regiment of Foot.

Guardians are encouraged to drop off their children for training and return to view the battle re-enactment. Visit our  Battle Re-enactment page for more information or to register

 

Revolutionary Ride

Thursday, April 20th at either 9:00 am and 11:00 am (2 Rides, each 1.5 hours)

Start and end at the Depot Building in Lexington Center
So many things happened in Lexington on the night before and morning of April 19, 1775: Paul Revere's ride, the battle on the Green, the march to Concord, Captain Parker's revenge....  Now is your chance to see where it all happened.  Our hour and a half trolley ride, led by costumed guides, follows all the events that fateful morning. Kids and their parents follow the path the Minutemen and Redcoats took and visit all the Lexington sites that made history.  Fun and educational: come spend your morning reliving history!

 

Lexington Debate Institute – Summer 2017 Program

Grades: 6-9

Dates: July 31-August 11

Location: Lexington High School

Sponsored by the Backers of Lexington Debate, Inc., a non-profit organization

All net proceeds from the Institute will benefit the Lexington Debate Team   

Do you have a middle school student who enjoys a good argument? Shows interest in public policy or government? Are you looking to provide your child with summertime enrichment in public speaking and critical thinking? Send them to the Lexington Debate Institute! Registration for Summer 2017 is now open.

Sponsored by the Backers of Lexington Debate, which supports the Lexington Debate Team, the Institute teaches the foundations of debate to students grades 6-9 interested in learning how to better advocate and research solutions to current issues affecting society. Running weekdays from July 31 to August 11, and conveniently located at Lexington High School, the Institute is staffed by a qualified faculty of successful and respected debaters who are eager to educate your child about debate. Whether your child decides to pursue debate in high school or delve into other areas of interest, the Institute will help hone their critical thinking, research, and presentation skills in an exciting and educational environment.

Learn more about the Institute at lexdebateinstitute.com. For further information, email us at lexdebateinstitute@gmail.com, call us at 857-302-0240.

 

Acera’s Camps

Acera's April Vacation Camp runs April 17–21. From Printmaking to Physics Challenges to Green Architecture to Augmented Video Game Design, students 7 to 15 can select from morning, afternoon and full day programs. We will be running morning, afternoon and full day programs. Mix and match to make it work for you. Find session descriptions, a detailed schedule including pricing, and registration details online at https://acerasteamlab.org/vacationcamps/.

Acera’s STEAM Summer Camp is designed to challenge students ages 5-15. From Animal Architecture to Metal Casting to Lego Robotics and Astronomy, there is a lot to choose from! Camp runs  June 12 –August 25, 2017. For complete session descriptions, pricing, and registration details, visit https://acerasummercamp.org.

 

Discount Tickets for Boston Breakers Home Opener

Sunday April 23, 4pm

Jordan Field, Allston MA

The Boston Breakers would like to offer discounted tickets to attend our home opener as a way to finish off April Vacation.  All Lexington students, families and friends are invited to Boston Breakers Vs. Sky Blue FC.   Gates will open at 1pm.  Be sure to come early to tailgate and check out our fan zone!  Use quote 04VACA17 when calling / emailing for tickets.  For tickets go to www.breakerstickets.com , call Jamie Gillis at 617.945.1704 or email jgillis@bostonbreakers.com.  

 

Offerings from the Rec Department .   For more information on any of these programs or if you would like to sign up please contact Thomas Romano @ 781-698-4813 or by email tromano@lexigntonma.gov

 

Program: Beginner Chess

Ages: 6-12,  Fee: $130  

Date: 8 Thursdays, April 27-June 15 from 4:35-5:35pm   

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 217

Description: Students will join Jim Della Selva to begin exploring chess theory and strategies, learning the basics of the game through instruction, play, theory, and group work on chess problems and games.  Class size is limited to 12.

Program: Intermediate & Advanced Chess

Ages: 6-12,  Fee: $130  

Date: 8 Tuesdays, April 25-June 13  Time: 

Intermediate: 4:35-5:35pm .  Advanced: 5:35-6:35pm  

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 217

Description: More experienced youth players will join Jim Della Selva to further explore chess theory and strategies.  The course will consist of instruction, play, theory, and group work on chess problems and games.  Class size is limited to 12.

Program: Spring Chess Championship

Ages: 6-16.  Fee: $130  

Date: Saturday, June 3 Time: 10:00am-2:30pm

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 242

Description: The Lexington Recreation and Community Programs Department proudly presents the 2017 Spring Chess Championship.  Students will have the opportunity to play high level tournament chess while learning rules and strategies designed to raise their level of play.  The championship will be divided into sections according to age and grade level.  All players will receive a trophy or medal according to their performance.  The tournament will be directed by Jim Della Selva (United States Chess Federation Expert).  Rules and strategies will be taught by Jim Della Selva and Bill Richard.  It is an opportunity for serious chess players with little or no tournament experience.

Program: Building a Website – Computer Coding for Kids

Fee: $345  Ages: 9-13 & 14-18  

Date: 8 Thursdays, April 27 – June 15  

Time: 4:00-5:00pm (ages 14-18)  5:15-6:15pm (ages 9-13)  

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 242

Description: Building a website teaches students the fundamentals of computer coding that will let them build a real functioning web site from scratch.  The lessons are geared toward creating something fun and interesting for the students.  The motivation to create drives hands-on learning that culminates with each student having built their own website by the end of class.  Fee includes laptop use for the class so no need to bring one.             

Program: Bubble Soccer!!

Fee: $160  Ages: 10-12 & 13-15  

Date: Session 1: 6 Wednesdays, May 10-June 14  

Session 2: 6 Wednesdays, July 12-August 1  

Time: 5:00-6:00pm (ages 10-12)  6:00-7:00pm (ages 13-15)  

Location: Lexington Community Center Lower Field

Description: Bubble Soccer (bubble football) was originally invented by Norwegian friends in 2011.  If you are looking for a new and unique form of entertainment that you and your friends will never forget, look no further.  Come over to the Community Center for an awesome 2-hour event where you will get to play the awesome sport of Bubble Soccer!  Participants will be separated into two groups:  grades 4-6 and grades 7-9.  We will have music playing, we will keep you hydrated, and it will be a blast!  Come by yourself or get all your friends to come and challenge them in the sport where you are not only allowed but encouraged to run into other players!  Please fill out the bubble soccer waiver and bring on the day of the event, thank you.

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Program: The Art Box Studio – Youth Art Class

Fee: $218  

Ages: 8-11  

Date: 8 Saturdays, April 29-June 17  

Time: 3:15-4:45pm  

Location: Lexington Community Center Rom 230

Description: Through self-expression and guided class lessons, students explore art techniques using different media.  Students will learn about famous artists while creating their own unique masterpieces.  Various mediums such as oil pastels, chalk pastels, charcoal, paint, sculpting, and collage will be used while learning about art elements and techniques. 

Program: Math and Engineering for Girls and Boys: Ages 5-7

Fee: $185

Ages: 5-7

Date: 8 Tuesdays, April 25-June 13

Time: 4:00-5:00pm

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 230

Description: Join us for a fantastic voyage through the world of science!  A hands-on introduction to using the scientific method to research and investigate our world.  Students will make interactive take home projects.  The class is progressive and students work at their own pace.  Your child will come away learning how to problem solve, think creatively, and explain how the world works!

Program: Math and Engineering for Girls and Boys: Ages 8-10

Fee: $185

Ages: 8-10

Date: 8 Tuesdays,  April 25-June 13

Time: 5:15-6:15pm

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 230

Description: A creative engineering experience for students!  Students will have the opportunity to build and take home projects, while learning logical thinking, problem solving, and scientific concepts in a fun environment.  The class is progressive and students work at their own pace.  Your child will come away learning how to problem solve, think creatively, and explain how the world works!

Program: FUNdamentals of Fencing*

Fee: $108

Ages: 7-14

Date: Session 1: 6 Tuesdays, April 25-May 3, Session 2: 6 Tuesdays, June 6-July 18 (No Class 7/4) 

Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 230/232

Description: Whether you are new or more experienced, you will learn new techniques and try out the skills in weekly duels and sword games instructed by Mythquest Edutainment staff.  Come join the fun in this safe, unique, fun-filled program for 6 weeks!  Enrollment is limited to 12. 

Program: Youth Brazilian Jujitsu at Mass BJJ*

Fee: $135

Ages: 5-18 (will be split up into groups based on age) 

Date: Mondays & Fridays, April 24-May 19

Time: 4:00-5:00pm Location: 26 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington

Description: This program is an introduction to learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a practical approach to self-defense.  The techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu allow for a smaller, weaker person to successfully defend against a larger, stronger assailant by using grappling for leverage with proper technique.  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has proven so effective that it is being used by UFC fighters, the military and law enforcement as a staple of defensive training.  BJJ is also a fun sport to play!!  Students will receive a Gi (traditional martial arts uniform) with this program.