PTA Newsletter, Week of April 24th

Keep in mind that the PTA is already looking ahead to next year.  Wondering how you can lend your support? Consider being a volunteer. We are currently looking to fill board positions and committee chairs for the 2017-18 school year.  If you are interested please contact us at diamondpta@gmail.com. It's a great way to meet other parents and stay connected with all that is happening at Diamond!

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Dates to put on the calendar

  • 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)
  • May 11 (Thu) & 16 (Tue):  MCAS - Math (all grades)
  • May 18 (Thu):  Early release (11:45 am)
  • May 18 (Thu):  MCAS – Science (8th Grade only)
  • May 19 (Fri):  MCAS – Science (8th Grade only)
  • May 19 (Fri):  8th Grade Drama Project (7:00pm, Diamond Auditorium)
  • May 29 (Mon):  No school (Memorial Day)

Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Diamond Teacher Appreciation Week
Week of May 15th

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 15-19!   The PTA has planned a week of activities to honor the teachers & staff at Diamond and we urge parents and students to get involved.  Let’s show the entire staff how much we appreciate the hard work and dedication they devote to our kids.  Be on the lookout for an email later this week with information on how you and your family can contribute.

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.

Middle School Learn Lexpress Spring Hangout - Take Lexpress to the Community Center for FREE fun activities! 
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Time: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Clarke & Diamond Middle Schools/Community Center

Town staff will bring Clarke & Diamond students to the Community Center after school via Lexpress bus. When kids arrive at the Community Center, there will be pizza, cookies, games, crafts, and prizes for them to enjoy! Be on the lookout for a waiver to sign once you sign up! 

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Registration runs from Monday, May 1 through Wednesday, May 10 at http://www.lexingtonma.gov/recreation-and-community-programs.

Can’t make it? No problem!   Learn Lexpress Days are a great opportunity to become familiar with Lexington’s neighborhood bus system. Lexpress will also have special Saturday service on Discovery Day, May 27th. Courtesy of the Lexington Retailer’s Association, Lexpress will operate from 9:30AM – 3:30PM free of charge.     Schedule information is found at  www.lexpress.us or by calling the Lexpress office at (781) 861-1210.

Diamond Yearbooks available for order

There are still a handful of 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

 

Interesting events coming up in/around Lexington

Help Light Up Lincoln Field

Check out the funny video on lightuplincoln.org to see what happens when kids don't have lighted fields to play on.  This is a community-led project to install permanent lights on field #2 at Lincoln Park in order to increase field capacity in Lexington.  The project is being funded 100% by private donations.  We are trying to get the bulk of the funds raised in April so that we can install the lights this summer.   Upon completion, the lights will be donated to the Town for the benefit of the entire community. .  

 

Old Age Ain’t for Sissies: Demystifying Elder Care 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 6:00-7:30pm 

Cheney Conference Room at Emerson Hospital, 

Are you confused about the options available in our community to help you or your family navigate the aging journey?  On Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 6:00-7:30pm, The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital will be hosting a community education event, Old Age Ain’t for Sissies: Demystifying Elder Care.  A panel discussion, moderated by Janet Benvenuti of Circle of Life Partners, on the continuum of caring for aging seniors including: medical concerns and keeping a senior healthy, programs/services/resources for supporting your loved one at home, and options when your senior can no longer live at home. A light supper will be served. 

The event is free to the public but seating is limited. Please email the Auxiliary to reserve your seat emersonauxiliary@gmail.com or call Christine Kielar at978-287-8765. Sponsored by Care One of Concord.

 

Estabrook 9th annual Run of the Mill

Sunday, May 21

The Estabrook PTO is proud to sponsor its 9th annual Run of the Mill! On Sunday, May 21, 2017 all families and friends of Estabrook School are invited to join in this healthy and fun community event. To kick off the day, we will begin with the Jim Banks Kids Fun Run, followed by the main event, the 5K Run/Walk. The Kids Fun Run does not require registration.

Starting at Estabrook, the winding, hilly 5K course takes runners and walkers through the beautiful Turning Mill neighborhood, finishing back at the school. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Estabrook Elementary School. This USATF sanctioned event will be chip-timed by RaceWire. After the race, participants and spectators are invited to join in the post-race party.

Race Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017

  • Kids’ Fun Run: 9:30 AM
  • 5K Run & Walk: 10AM
  • Post Race Party: Immediately following the race

Fees:

  • Pre-race entry (before race day): $25, 
  • Race Day entry: $30
  • Kids’ Fun Run: Free  
  • First 200 entries include a Run of the Mill T-shirt

Registration

To register click this link at runofthemill.racewire.com and follow the instructions.

 

Andover Youth Services presents New England Juniors Table Tennis Championships a USATT Sanctioned Event

Saturday, May 13, 2017.  

Cormier Youth Center, 40 Whittier Ct. Andover, MA.  

Who can play?  Anyone 18 & under who resides in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI or VT.  See more info at www.coachaabid.com.  Email coachaabid@gmail.com or call 617-818-9960.  

 

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 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.

 

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: 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: 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.