PTA Newsletter, Week of June 19th

This is it – our final PTA newsletter of the year.  Hope everyone has a great summer. 

Dates to put on the calendar

  • Jun 20 (Tue):  8th Grade Step Up ceremony
  • Jun 22 (Thu):  Early Release (LAST DAY OF SCHOOL)

Congrats to…..

Diamond Site Council
Congratulations to Deepika Sawhney, P.K. Shiu, and Dan Strollo, our newly elected Site Council members for the 2017-2018 school year.  We’re sure they’ll continue the Site Council's great work!  Many thanks to all of our candidates and all those who voted.  

Upcoming Diamond & LPS events

Diamond Office Summer Details
Due to construction, the Diamond School offices will be re-located to Estabrook (117 Grove Street) over the summer. The office will be closed from 6/22-6/26, but will re-open at Estabrook on 6/27 through 8/18. Office staff can be reached at 781-861-2460. The office hours at Estabrook will be 8:00-3:00. All postal mail can be addressed to the 99 Hancock Street address – it will be forwarded to Estabrook.

LPS: CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR LPS STAFF

LPS is shifting their email system from First Class to Gmail effective July 1, 2017. Please take note that all new administrator and staff email addresses will follow the following format: first initial followed by full last name followed by ‘@lexingtonma.org’.  

Take note that as of July 1, 2017, all email sent to a staff member's First Class email address will automatically forward to their new Gmail address.

Interesting events coming up in/around Lexington

ConVerge Road Race / Art Fest
June 24 from 9am-3pm
Alcott Elementary School, Concord, MA.

Sign-up for a fun day of running, kickball, food, and art!  Runs for all ages & abilities - run/walk/roll, including a timed 5K & 1.3 mile (including relay) for kids + adults, a 1/4 mile and 200m kids race. Other activities include Kickball, Art Exhibit, Art Workshops, Pizza/Munchies, and Awesome Raffle Prizes! (Raffle tickets to 5K & 1.3 Mile registrants). Signup here: https://racewire.com/register.php?id=7832

Proceeds benefit Verge Inclusive Athletics  Verge is an inclusive running program for kids and adults, with and without special needs, in the Greater Boston, Greater Worcester, and North Shore areas. Proceeds help fund our program, including facilities, earned team shirts, and awards at team events! 

 

Lexington Arts & Crafts Society Presents Middle School Kids Summer Vacation Arts Camps

130 Waltham Street, Lexington

Session 1:  June 26-30 (9:00-12:00)

Session 2:  August 21-25 (9:00-12:00)

Come work in 5 different mediums over the course of one week. Try woodworking, polymer clay, ceramics, painting and more.   Each day campers will work with a different local artist.

Classes are for 5th graders going to 6th grade and 6th and 7th graders.  First session: Monday, 6/26 to Friday, 6/30.  9am to 12pm $150.  Second session: Monday, 8/21 to Friday, 8/25 9am to 12pm $150.    Sign up online through our website or stop by the office to register.    www.LACSa.org or call 781-862-9696

 

FlexProfessionals

Are you looking for part-time or flexible work that’s appropriate to your education and experience?  FlexProfessionals brings meaningful part-time work to professionals seeking flexibility

They match educated professionals with local businesses and non-profits in need of part time talent.  They are a great resource for moms looking to re-enter the workforce or who want to scale back from full-time work. They’ve become a leader in this niche staffing market, sourcing part-time professionals in the following areas: finance & accounting, administration, sales & marketing, HR, project management, market research & strategy, legal services and more.

To learn more, check out their website at www.flexprofessionalsllc.com, where you’ll find links to career resources.  You can join their free mailing list and/or register to be considered for part-time opportunities as well. 

 

Girls Design and Engineering Workshop

Dates: 7/17-7/21    Time: 9 AM - 3 PM

Cost: $550

Grades: 6th-8th (in Fall 2017)

Registration Link: tiny.cc/girlsdew

The week will consist of open-ended mini-challenges using different materials and new technologies culminating in a larger user-centered design project. Students will explore the topics of simple electronics, human factors, programming, robotics, and user-centered design. The focus will be engineering, but special attention will be paid to the client and understanding problems to better address problems in design solutions.

 

Community Service

Dates: 7/24-7/28   Time: 9 AM - 3 PM

Cost: $550

Grades: 6th-8th (in Fall 2017)

Engineers have the power to vastly improve the world around us. From creating technologies for people with disabilities and building structures that can withstand natural disasters to improving renewable energy sources and creating resources for people in third-world countries, engineers impact the world on a daily basis. Join us as we explore the ways in which engineers can change the world through a combination of robotic (LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3) and non-robotic, hands-on activities. Potential to earn service-learning credit for school.

 

Lexington’s Community Choice Program will provide 100% renewable electricity

Lexington residents & businesses will begin receiving 100% renewable electricity with the launch of Lexington’s Community Choice electricity aggregation program in July. The Town will be able to deliver 100% renewable electricity to the entire community at a price that beats Eversource Basic Service by consolidating demand & bulk purchasing electricity for the entire community.

Lexington has signed a contract with Agera Energy for a fixed price of 10.449 cents/kWh, effective July 2017 to December 2018.  It will only affect the supplier services portion of participants’ Eversource electric bill.  The program offers 3 Town-vetted alternatives:

  • 100% Green delivers 100% renewable electricity and includes at least 17% from renewable energy projects in New England, which is 5% above the minimum amount required by the state. 100% Green is the default program offering and provides a fixed price of 10.449 cents/kWh. Eversource Basic Service customers will be enrolled in 100% Green unless they request one of the other options.
  • New England Green provides 100% renewable electricity from local renewable energy projects in New England. The New England Green option is available by request for a fixed price of 12.010 cents/kWh.
  • Basic is available for those who do not want 100% renewable electricity. The Basic option does not include any additional renewable energy beyond the Massachusetts minimum renewable energy requirements. The Basic option is available by request for a fixed price of 10.320 cents/kWh.

“With the launch of our Community Choice program, Lexington takes a major step towards our Getting to Net Zero emissions goal and shows that renewable energy can truly be cost effective,” said Mark Sandeen, Chair of Sustainable Lexington and the Community Choice task force. “Because of our commitment to using 100% renewable energy to meet Lexington’s electricity needs, we anticipate reducing our electricity emissions by up to 98 million pounds of CO2 in the first year alone. That would lower our total emissions from Lexington’s residential and commercial buildings by 23%.”

As provided by Massachusetts state law, all Lexington electricity customers that currently receive Eversource Basic Service will be automatically enrolled in the Community Choice program. Those who are eligible for automatic enrollment will receive a letter in the mail with program information in June. Electricity customers who have already established a contract with their own electricity supplier will not be automatically enrolled and will not receive a letter, but they may join the program by calling Agera Energy directly at 1-855-973-2788 and asking to enroll.

Program participants will continue to receive and pay one bill from Eversource, who will continue to be responsible for delivering electricity to Lexington and for addressing power outages. Those who are eligible for discounts from Eversource, such as a low-income discount, will continue to receive those same benefits as a participant in the program. Those with solar panels on their property will continue to receive net metering credits as a participant in this program, and those credits will continue to be calculated based on the Eversource Basic Service rate, not on the program rate.

Residents and businesses that do not wish to participate may opt out of the program with no penalty or fee. Those who choose to opt out will remain on Eversource Basic Service for the supplier services portion of their Eversource electric bill. Those who wish to opt out before the program begins must do so by July 10, 2017. Opt out requests may be submitted by calling Agera Energy at 1-855-973-2788 or online at www.masspowerchoice.com/lexington, or by signing and returning the reply card received in the mail.

For more information, the public is invited to attend one of the scheduled information sessions:

  • Tuesday, June 20, 7:00 PM, Estabrook Hall, Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue
  • Monday, June 26, 7:00 PM, Estabrook Hall, Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue

LexMedia will record a discussion about the program with Mark Sandeen, Chair of Sustainable Lexington, and Marlana Patton, Vice President, Peregrine Energy, the Town’s program consultants on June 12th. This interview will be available after that date on demand.  Additional information is available from the program website at www.masspowerchoice.com/lexington, and also by contacting the Town’s program consultants at 1-844-379-9935 or lexington@masspowerchoice.com.