PTA Newsletter, Week of May 8th

Dates to put on the calendar

  • 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.    Click here for more information about how you can contribute:   http://www.diamondpta.org/upcoming-events/2017/5/teacher-appreciation-week-may-15-19 

 

School Bus Registration Period Deadline is May 16

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Middle School Learn Lexpress Spring Hangout - Take Lexpress to the Lexington 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.

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Interesting events coming up in/around Lexington

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

Award your child’s teacher a gold star with the STAR (Staff and Teacher Appreciation and Recognition) Award from the Lexington Education Foundation. For a donation to LEF of $30 or more, LEF will deliver a personalized certificate that your child’s teacher will be proud to receive and display. You can choose to print a personal copy of the STAR Award certificate for your child to decorate and present to their teacher themselves! Go to lexedfoundation.org/STAR to order your STAR Awards. Proceeds go back to teachers and schools via teacher-initiated grants awarded by LEF.  Click here to order STAR Awards »

 

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 1 upcoming date for discussion on Thursday, May 11, 9-11am at the Community Center, Room 237.  The conversation will be facilitated by Coalition volunteers    We look forward to seeing you.  As the article title suggests – only by working together can we tackle the problems of stress, depression and suicide. lexcoalition@gmail.com

 

Developing a Walkable Community - What Lexington Can Learn from Japan

Date: Tuesday May 16 from 7-8:30pm

Location: Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Rd - Room 237

Tired of school traffic? Join a community conversation and panel discussion following the documentary screening of The Slow Way Home, an examination of civic engagement and student independence in Japan. 98% of Japanese students walk to school versus 25% locally. Safe Routes To School asks what measures Lexington can adopt to improve community mobility. The panel will include a member of Lexington's Japanese American community,  the Chair of the Wesleyan College of East Asian Studies, and Lexington's Safe Routes To School program.

 

School Bus Open House

Date: May 18 from 1:30-2:30pm

Location: Worthen Rd along paracourse route

Hop aboard and explore today's school bus! A school bus will be parked on Worthen Rd so you can discover why it is the safest mode of student transportation. Come see why 52% of all Lexington students ride the bus.

 

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

 

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.