PTA Newsletter, Week of May 1st

As a reminder, the PTA is looking ahead to next year. 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!

Dates to put on the calendar

  • 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.   Parents should have received an email last week with details on how they can participate.  For any additional questions, please contact the PTA at diamondpta@gmail.com .

 

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.  All students and families are encouraged to come.  Watch Diamond scientists do experiments, make sculptures, and be creative!  

 

Middle School Learn Lexpress Spring Hangout - Take Lexpress to the Lexington Community Center for FREE fun activities! 
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.

 

School Committee Seeks Special PBC Member for School Project
Lexington Children's Place at Pelham Road  

The School Committee appreciates Town Meeting's recent appropriation of design funds for the Lexington Children's Place at Pelham Road ("LCP").  Carl Valente, Town Manager, has notified the School Committee that we may recommend one person to support the LCP project and we invite interested community members to apply.

School Committee and Permanent Building Committee ("PBC") meetings are open to the public and community members are always welcome to attend any of these public meetings.  The appointee is expected to attend PBC meetings, may be asked to participate in formal votes when required, and is expected to remain in close communication with the School Committee.  PBC meetings are customarily held once a month on Thursday evenings, but times and dates may vary.  Additional meetings are anticipated as each project moves forward.  PBC meetings where the LCP Project will be discussed are currently scheduled for May 11, June 28, July 26, and August 23, 2017.

Who may be appointed?

The School Committee may appoint a School Committee member to serve in this role, or another community member who is not a Town employee.  Applicants for PBC roles frequently have specialized knowledge about engineering, architecture, a related field, or special knowledge about a particular town facility, in this case the Lexington Children's Place.

The School Committee invites interested community members to complete an application and submit it no later than 12:00 p.m. On Friday, May 5, 2017. We hope to make the appointment at our May 9 meeting. If interested, click here to download the application (in pdf format) Inquiries and completed applications may be sent by email to the School Committee’s Executive Assistant, Kristen Cronin: kcronin@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us. Applications may also be mailed to the attention of the School Committee at 146 Maple Street, Lexington, MA 02420.

 

Interesting events coming up in/around Lexington

Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington
Date: Monday, May 1st  7PM
Location: Cary Library, Large Meeting Room. 

RSVP: lexdyslexia@gmail.com

Guest Speaker Dr. Nadine Gaab, 

The Gaab Lab for Developmental Neuroscience, Boston Children’s Hospital /Harvard Medical School will give a talk on the neuroscience of dyslexia and the impact on the reading brain, the importance of early screening (Pre-K), and intervention, as well as dyscalculia (math dyslexia ).

 

It Takes a Suburb

Community Discussions about the New York Times article on Lexington

Many people in Lexington are talking about the April 9th article in the New York Times, “It Takes a Suburb,” about Lexington and the efforts to combat youth stress, anxiety, depression & suicide.  

Join the Lexington Community Coalition – Youth Initiative for a discussion about this article and what we can do to address these critical issues.   While the article focuses on high school, these issues affect children of all ages so we urge all concerned parents and community members to attend. Come whether you have joined in previous community conversations on this topic or are just starting to grapple with the concerns addressed in the article.

We have 2 upcoming dates for discussion. Conversations will be facilitated by Coalition volunteers and the format & topics will be the same for each group, so chose the one that best fits your schedule.

  • Tuesday, May 2, 7-9pm at the Lexington High School Library
  • Thursday, May 11, 9-11am at the Community Center, Room 237

We look forward to seeing you at one of the discussions.  As the article title suggests – only by working together can we tackle the problems of stress, depression and suicide. lexcoalition@gmail.com

 

During Teacher Appreciation Week, honor your child's teacher with an LEF STAR Award!

Whether teaching in the classroom, providing guidance and support, leading after-school activities, directing musical performances, or coaching sports, Lexington teachers are there for our children. An LEF STAR Award (Staff and Teacher Appreciation and Recognition) is the perfect way to say "thank you!"

When you donate to LEF, you are giving to our schools in two ways: 

  • The teacher receives a special STAR Award certificate to keep and display
  • The proceeds fund teacher-initiated grants awarded by LEF

 

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.

 

NEW ENGLAND JUNIORS TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS (DATE CHANGED)

Date: Saturday, June 3rd, 2017  

Location: Cormier Youth Center, 40 Whittier Court, Andover, MA, 01810

This is the first USATT sanctioned tournament for juniors in New England.  There will be no event fees for this tournament for non-USATT members (If you aren't a member you'll have to pay $20). In order to promote our sport we encourage all parents to bring their kids to the tournament. What's unique is that one of our events (Group D) is designed for kids who want to play recreationally, for fun, and for the love of the sport. The tournament format is a big round robin consisting of four groups according to their skill levels. This is so kids can play more matches at their same skill level. 

There will be 4 events: 

  • Group A  ( advanced players under 2200 )      11 am     
  • Group B  ( intermediate players under 1700 )  11 am     
  • Group C. ( beginners players under 1300 )      10 am   
  • Group D. ( new event specially for recreational or amateur players)     10 am     

Who can play? Anyone aged 18 and under, from CT, ME, MA, NH, RI or VT can participate.

Please register now so we can organize our games ahead of time.   Register Now Here OR if you are already an OmniPong member, click HERE

 

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.

 

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: 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: 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: FUNdamentals of Fencing*

Fee: $108 

Ages: 7-14 

Date:   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.