PTA Newsletter, Week of September 4th

Happy day after Labor Day.  We hope everyone had a special weekend.  Below is the Weekly Diamond PTA Newsletter for the week beginning 9/4/17. 

Dates to put on the calendar

·  Sep 7 (Thu): 6th Grade Pizza Social

·  Sep 14 (Thu): Early Release

·  Sep 21 (Thu): Holiday: Rosh Hashanah

·  Sep 26 (Tue): Picture Day

·  Oct 4 (Wed): 6th Grade Back to School Night

·  Oct 5 (Thu): 7th & 8th Grade Back to School Night

Announcements from Diamond PTA

Welcome back to school from the Diamond PTA! The PTA serves as a valuable resource to families and school staff. Each week all parents in our directory will receive our newsletter which highlights news, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and community resources – so please make sure your information is in our directory! We hope this info helps you stay connected with all that is happening at Diamond and in Lexington! As always, please feel free to contact us at diamondpta@gmail.com if you have any questions, or check out our website at www.diamondpta.org

Thank you
Many thanks to Viki Deardorff and Lisa Sharma, our PTA hospitality chairs, for planning the luncheon for the teachers and staff last Monday, and for providing coffee for the first Principal Coffee on Thursday. 
If you are interested in being part of the hospitality committee, please email diamondpta@gmail.com and we will connect you with Viki and Lisa!

Diamond School Store - Parent Volunteer Opportunity

The Diamond Store, organized and staffed by parent volunteers, is open every day during lunch blocks to sell school supplies. Working there is a fun and easy way to connect with students and teachers, to meet new parents, and of course, to spot your own offspring! 

The two-hour shifts are Mondays to Fridays from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM.  Volunteers work in pairs, and have a shift every 4 to 6 weeks, usually on the same day. That makes about 5 shifts throughout the year. New volunteers are paired with experienced ones to learn the (very simple) store procedures.

Please contact Kelly Littlewood, Volunteer Coordinator, at kelly_k_littlewood@yahoo.com with the shift that works for you (for example. Monday or Wednesday only; no Thursdays; flexible). If you would like to work with a specific partner who can work the same day as you, include your partner's name/email and I will do my best to accommodate your request.  Please respond as soon as possible as this is a very popular volunteer opportunity and shifts fill up quickly.

Diamond Directory

The Diamond Student Directory is a school-wide resource that enables families to contact each other, and allows the PTA to email you weekly newsletters and other school news & event details. By providing your contact information, you can be sure that you will stay informed throughout the year.  Even if you do not want your information published in the directory, you must have an email address in our system to receive the daily announcements, weekly newsletter, and other electronic PTA communications. When you confirm your information in the online directory, you may choose whether or not to display it in the online and print versions of the directory.

Returning Diamond families and 6th grade parents from Estabrook, Hastings, and Fiske should have already received an email to update their information in MySchoolAnywhere. New families and those coming from non-feeder schools should go to join.myschoolanywhere.com and enter our invitation code: Diamond. You will be taken through a step-by-step process to enter your family’s information. If you have any questions, please contact us at directory@diamondpta.org.

After you have entered or updated your information in the Student Directory, you will have the opportunity to make your Annual Donation to the PTA. You can learn more about supporting the PTA here

Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

6th Grade Welcome Pizza Party

Date:  Thursday September 7th, 2017

Time:  5:30 - 7:00 PM

Location:  Diamond Cafeteria

Families are welcome to bring their own food or pre-order pizza (from Alexander's Pizza) and water in advance.  If you want pizza, you must order in advance, as pizza and water will not be sold on the night of the party.  Please place your orders no later than noon on Wednesday, September 6th.  To order your pizza & water, please use this link: http://www.diamondpta.org/ pizzaorder/

All pre-placed orders will be waiting in the Diamond cafeteria - all you’ll need to do is provide your name to the volunteers at the event.  Plates, napkins and silverware will be provided.  Bring along a dessert to share (optional).

We will need volunteers to help make this event a success.  If you are interested in helping, please email Stacey Raiche at staceyraiche@gmail.com.  All other questions can be directed to the PTA at diamondpta@gmail.com

 4:00 – 5:00 PM: New wing & cafeteria open for 7th and 8th grade families.

Community Announcements

Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) brings the community together to build, sustain and celebrate the excellence of the Lexington Public Schools. The volunteer-run nonprofit organization raises financial support from families and businesses in Lexington to fund exceptional educational activities that address the Lexington Public Schools' priorities but fall outside the scope of the LPS budget. Every year LEF supports educational innovation in all nine of our public schools. Last year, LEF awarded the equivalent of $35 for every student, funding 39 grants that enabled more than 175 LPS staff to pursue their passion for educating our children. Thanks to recent grants from LEF, there are now robotics programs in all nine schools; Spanish, French, Mandarin and German classes have been enriched with new materials; and LEF continues to support LPS's efforts to reduce student stress and build stronger communities. Learn more about LEF's impact and ways to get involved by visiting www.lexedfoundation.org, or contacting our school's LEF representative at prdiamond@lexedfoundation.org.

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Alexander Children’s Theatre School (ACTS) Auditions for Seussical

We are holding auditions by appointment at 51 Walden Street in Concord on Friday, September 8 from 7:00 -9:30 PM; Saturday, September 9th from 3-6 PM;  and Saturday, September 16th from 3-6 PM. Rehearsals will be on Fridays from 7-930 PM and Saturdays from 2:45-5:30 PM.   Ages 10-19 are invited to audition.   For more information or questions, please feel free to call me at 781 899-4467 or email me at idpactsmail@aol.com.

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Fall Girl Scout Troops Forming

Girl Scout troops forming NOW in your community!

Picture this: a safe place to try new things, find a sense of belonging, take on challenges and inspire others! That’s Girl Scouts. A place where a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)TM can transform her ideas into action, turn her questions into adventure, and grow her confidence through practice. Girl Scout troops are organized by school grade (K-12), meet regularly during the year, and are led by a team of volunteers. Annual membership is $40 per girl. Space is limited. Discover Girl Scouts today at gsema.org/join.

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Lexington Youth Lacrosse Fall Registration is Open

Click here to register for LYL Fall Ball Today

Lacrosse is the Fastest Sport on Two Feet, and Lexington Youth Lacrosse provides a fun and instructional Fall Ball season for Girls & Boys, Grades 1-8.  NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Come out and join your fellow classmates!

Girls Program:  Grades 1-8: Sunday Afternoons

Boys Program:  Grades 1-4*: Sunday Afternoons; Grades 5-8: Saturday Mornings

*SPECIAL NOTE: The first two sessions of Boys Grade 1 and 2, will be equipment free and LYL will provide sticks. All boys, once registered, are welcome to participate.  If they like lacrosse, equipment would be required for the remainder of the season. If they don't like it yet, then they may exit risk free. 

If you have any questions, please contact: 

Greg Moody, LYL Girls Director at girlsdirector@Lexingtonlax.org, or Colby Crogan, LYL Boys Director at Boys_Director@lexingtonlax.org

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 Fall Registration for Penguin Coding School - Grades 2-12

PLUS - looking for parents interested in teaching part-time

Started by a Lexington dad, Penguin Coding School uses project-based curriculum to teach kids grades 2-12 the joys of coding.

Beginners to advanced students learn various programming languages by building websites and games. 

Grades 2-4: Scratch classes

Grades 4-8: HTML/Javascript Website and Games

Grades 9-12: Java class for AP Prep

Registration below for Fall Classes on the Weekends and Weekdays.

penguincodingschool.com/signup

**Penguin Coding School is looking for parents interested in teaching part-time on weekends and evenings.

There is no need for formal programming/STEM background.  We provide the training, curriculum and teaching assistants.

Please email info@penguincodingschool.com if you are interested. 

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Free Trial Coding Classes  @PenguinCodingSchool

- Sept 9-17 weekend and weekday free trial classes
- Learn to build websites, games and apps (HTML/CSS/Javascript/Java)
- Classes for 2-3, 4-8, 9-12 graders
- Located at Hancock Church on Lexington Center
- Instructor is ex-Googler and Lexington Diamond Dad
- Contact: 781-277-2755 or info@penguincodingschool.com

- Visit: penguincodingschool.com/trialsignup