PTA Weekly Newsletter - Week of October 5, 2018

October 5, 2018 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the Calendar Monday October 8 No School (Columbus Day) Monday October 15 Field Trip: Team Fuji
PTA Board Meeting, 9-10:30 am Tuesday October 16 Field Trip: Team Everest Wednesday October 17 Washington DC Parent Information Night for 8th Grade Parents, 7pm Thursday October 25 PTA Coffee, 7pm (location tbd) . Announcements from Diamond PTA

Back to School Night Hospitality

The teachers enjoyed a great dinner both evenings arranged by the PTA Hospitality Committee. Thanks to Denise Stewart and Grace Lee for volunteering to help make it a success!

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Diamond Spiritwear is here!

The Diamond School spiritwear store is now open!  There are t-shirts, sweatshirts, accessories, and a whole lot more for kids and adults. These items are perfect for school spirit days and make great holiday gifts.
The deadline for ordering is October 26 so do not miss out!
Please use the attached link for ordering: https://diamondspiritfall18.itemorder.com.

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Newsletter Submissions

If you have information to share with the Diamond community, please submit it to the Weekly Newsletter.  

Anyone can submit information to be posted in the Weekly Announcements.  However, if a request to post comes from someone outside the PTA, WDMS or LPS, the decision to include the information is based on the following factors:

  • The information needs to be pertinent and connected to WDMS (such as age-appropriate after-school activity)

  • The information needs to be pertinent and connected to the Town of Lexington

We will keep an announcement in the newsletter for 2 weeks or until the event has expired.  Thank you!

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Diamond Daily Announcements

Many thanks to Rajeshwari Godbolé for agreeing to help out with DDAs.  Everyday, Diamond makes two announcements to all students - one in the morning and one in the early afternoon.  We are aiming to share these announcements every day at about 2.30 pm so we can capture both sets.  These announcements come from the staff at Diamond (not the PTA) and cover upcoming deadlines, sports fixtures and practices, and club news.

Reminder: the Diamond Daily Announcements are sent out as a courtesy by the PTA to those families who have made an annual donation this year. The Daily Announcements can also be found posted on the Diamond website.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Transportation Advisory Committee is still looking for a volunteer to represent Diamond.

Transportation Advisory Committee

To the parents of  Diamond Middle School children

As co-chair of Lexington's Transportation Advisory Committee I would like to inform you of an opening on our committee. We have members with children at the Clarke Middle School and we feel that the Committee would benefit from a representative of the Diamond community as well.

The Committee initiates and supports efforts to meet the transportation needs of Lexington’s residents and advises the Selectmen and other town boards and committees on issues that concern alternatives to single occupancy vehicle travel. The Committee works with Lexington's Transportation Manager on issues and projects related to Lexpress, the town's mini-bus service. The primary qualification for membership is a desire to support transportation services. Knowledge of transportation services is desirable but not necessary.

We have generally been meeting the second Monday of the month from 7-9 pm at the Community Center except for months that have holidays on that day. The next meeting is Monday, October 15, 7-9, in the Community Center. Like all Town committee meetings, our meetings are open to the public. The Committee's web page is http://www.lexingtonma.gov/transportation-advisory-committee.

Please contact me via the Committee's email address at transportationcmte@lexingtonma.gov or by telephone at 781-862-0985 if you would like further information.
Bill Levison, Co-chair, Transportation Advisory Committee

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The Diamond PTA Board is looking for a couple more volunteers to help out! Please contact us at diamondpta@gmail.com if you are interested in these positions or have any questions.

Diamond Daily Announcements Volunteers

We have a team of two now to do the DDAs, but the more the merrier! It takes less than 5 minutes a day.  Some previous experience of working with MSA (My School Anywhere) would be helpful but not essential.  Additionally, it would be ideal if one volunteer to could act as back up for the Weekly Newsletter (non-Board positions).

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Lunchtime Compost And Recycling Volunteers

  • When: Wednesdays, from September 12, 10:45 am - 12:15 pm 

  • Where: Diamond Cafeteria

This year Diamond students will be composting and recycling their lunch waste one day a week with a little help from YOU!  We have taken the cue from Clarke Middle School (who is now composting and recycling every school lunch day) and are starting a lunchtime compost and recycle day on Wednesdays only. We started with a successful pilot in June 2018 and would like to continue the program into the new school year. All the elementary feeder schools compost and recycle at lunch, so we are striving to keep the student awareness and knowledge about how we should manage our waste at lunchtime.

The 90 minute shifts are on Wednesdays from 10:45 am - 12:15 pm starting September 12.  Volunteers help the custodians set-up the recycling stations and work with the student volunteers to educate the students about where to place their waste items. Three parent volunteers each Wednesday would be ideal.

Please contact the Diamond Green Team at greenteamdiamond@gmail.com with questions and your availability - once every one/two/four week(s). Thank you for considering this opportunity to connect with the vibrant Diamond School community (including your child) and help our students to become environmentally responsible citizens!
Lin Jensen, Tina McBride, Claire Nedham, Diane Pursley, Diamond Green Team

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Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Diamond Performing Arts Calendar

FOLMADS is proud to present the listing of fall performing arts events so parents can start marking the events in their calendars!  Shown below are the Diamond Performing Arts Events for the next couple of months.  The full calendar can be found at: http://www.folmads.org/

Diamond Performing Arts Calendar of Events 2018-2019DateEvent DescriptionTimeLocationFri, Nov 2
Sat, Nov 3Diamond Middle School Fall Play7 pmDiamond Middle SchoolThu, Nov 8Diamond Middle School Band Concert7 pmLHS AuditoriumWed, Nov 14Diamond Middle School Orchestra Concert7:30 pmDiamond Middle School GymnasiumThur, Dec 6Seasonal Concert - LHS Jazz, Diamond and Clark After School Jazz7 pmLHS AuditoriumMon, Dec 10Diamond 6, 7, and 8 Grade Chorus ConcerttbdDiamond Middle SchoolTue, Dec 11Diamond Men’s, Women’s, and D-Minor’s Chorus ConcerttbdDiamond Middle School

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Community Announcements

Basic Rights in Special Education: A Workshop for Parents and Professionals, Oct 11

  • When: Thursday October 11, 7-8:45 pm 

  • Where: Lexington Community Center, Dining Room

Offered by the Federation for Children with Special Needs, this workshop provides a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures.  Visit lexsepta.orgfor more information about special education programming and resources. Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lexsepac/. Please contact presidents@lexsepta.orgwith any questions.

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Thriving with Dyslexia: Adult Panel Discussion, Oct 17

  • When: Wednesday October 17, 7-8:45 pm 

  • Where: Lexington High School, Science Lecture Halll

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month! Join us to learn about the experience of growing up with dyslexia from a panel of adults with dyslexia. They will speak about their experience in school and in the workplace, how they managed their challenges and leveraged their gifts, and which resources they would recommend. Open to both parents and children alike. Bring your questions to this informative panel.

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Informational Event on Vaping, Oct 17

  • When: Wednesday, October 17, 7-9 pm 

  • Where: Cary Hall

  • Format: Q & A discussion on vaping and e-cigarettes with Nicholas Chadi, M.D.

Dr. Chadiis a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine and a researcher with the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program (ASAP) at Boston Children's Hospital.  This event is free and open to the public.  This forum is sponsored by the Lexington Human Services Department, Department of Health, and the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC).

Note: 8th grade parents who want to attend this event will be able to receive the DC trip information from school.

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LHS Girls Volleyball Clinic, Oct 20

  • When: Saturday October 20, 9 am-12 pm 

  • Where: LHS, Main Gym

Know any young volleyball players looking to get more playing time? Want to support a local high school program?
Lexington High School Girls Volleyball is hosting our annual clinic! Open to boys and girls, grade 5-8, any skill level and from any town!  The proceeds from this clinic will support Minute Man Arc, a local organization that serves Lexington and a dozen other nearby towns by "improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities by increasing independence, personal choice, and self-advocacy."  In addition, your registration will support our volleyball program for years to come as we purchase a net for the freshmen team among other needed equipment.  To register, go to: https://sites.google.com/lexingtonma.org/volleyball.

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From Newbie to Now: My Journey of Tracing my Family History, Oct 6

  • When: Saturday, October 6, 10 am 

  • Where: Cary Library, Large meeting room

Every family has stories of their history. The question is how to do the research to separate fact from fiction. Come hear the story of my journey and bring questions and resources that you have about your family. This event is appropriate for all ages and everyone interested in genealogy and is cosponsored by ABCL and Cary Library.
Kelly Suber

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Lexington Refugee Assistance Program - Gala Dinner Fundraiser, Oct 14

  • When: Sunday October 14, 5–7 pm

  • Where: Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln St, Lexington

The refugee families involved with Lexington Refugee Assistance Program (LexRAP), along with LexRAP volunteers and led by Bruce Lynn, who is the chef for Lex Eat Together, will be cooking and serving delicious authentic Middle Eastern dishes.  This Dinner Fundraiser is open to the public. We hope that folks from Lexington will come and meet their recently arrived refugee neighbors as we celebrate our diversity as a welcoming community. This dinner was the families’ idea to celebrate and say thank you to the communities that have embraced them.

To purchase tickets to the Dinner Fundraiser, visit www.lexrap.org. Adults = $25, children under 12 = $10, children under 6: free, Family maximum = $75.

Lexington Refugee Assistance Program (LexRAP) is a 100% volunteer community based organization of people from Lexington and surrounding towns dedicated to making our communities welcoming places for refugees. LexRAP is a 501c-3 non-profit with a mission to support and assist refugees and asylum seekers. This assistance includes a support network for education (especially English), housing, food, clothing, transportation, health care, summer camp, employment, legal aid, and socialization. Currently, LexRAP is involved with 44 people.

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IAL Diwali Mela 2018, Oct 20

  • When: Saturday October 20, 3:30-9 pm

  • Where: LHS

Come celebrate Diwali, festival of lights, with the Indian Americans of Lexington (IAL). Festivities include cultural performances, quick-to-grab mouth watering Indian street food (cash only purchase), and free henna tattoo, face painting, and other activities. Jewelry, clothes, and other items will be sold at the event. 

Tickets for IAL’s Diwali Mela2018 is now OPEN. Tickets can be purchased at the following link: https://www.indianamericansoflexington.org/diwalimela2018.  Early Bird price is $15/person till September 28th, 2018.  Regular price is $18/person.  Free for children under 6 years. 

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Raising Anti-Racist Children: Strategies for Success, Oct 21

  • When: Sunday October 21, 2-4 pm

  • Where: William Diamond Middle School, 99 Hancock St, Lexington

The Reverend Liz Walker will moderate this panel discussion, hosted by Follen Church (UU). She is a minister, communications specialist, and an activist who promotes cross cultural and interfaith dialogue. She is pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church. Panelists include Celeste Freeman, LICSW, Katie O'Hare Gibson, M.Ed., April Daciuk, and Maria-Veronica Barnes M.Econ. Free and Welcome to All. Reception to follow. Four panelists with personal and professional expertise will offer insights and concrete suggestions about how children of all ages and skin colors—and the adults in their lives—can move toward self-awareness and competence navigating difficult situations that might arise in regard to racial identity and the effects of racial injustice.
Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1005556219625296/

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23rd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run, Nov 4

  • When: Sunday November 4

  • Where: LHS

A Local Pre-Schooler Needs Our Help!  Lexington’s Spencer Smith, has been diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome, a progressive disease - likened to childhood Alzheimer’s, with devastating effects on the brain - that doesn’t have a cure…YET.
100% of the proceeds of the funds raised on our Crowdrise site will go toward finding a cure for Sanfilippo Syndrome.  For the second time, LexFUN! and the Lexington Newcomers and Neighbors Club have joined forces to become a team:  Spencer’s Sprinters!  Please join our team!

  • To Register to Run or Walk in the 23rdAnnual Genesis BatttlegreenRun, visit:https://battlegreenrunfoundation.org

  • Click “Online Registration”

  • Select a Registration Choice (5K Run, 10K Run, 5K Walk)

  • When you arrive at the "Team Selection" page, select “Join Existing Team” and begin to type “Spencer”, at which point “Spencer’s Sprinters” should pop up as an existing team for you to join.

After you have completed your Registration for the Run, you can begin to Fundraise for our team!
Please join our fundraising team for CureSFF: https://www.crowdrise.com/spencers-sprinters-battlegreen-run.  Create your profile by clicking “Join The Team” mid-page on the Right.
Registered Runners and Walkers who create a Crowdrise profile and raise $100 or more by October 12 will receive a FREE long sleeve Spencer’s Sprinters Official Race Tee!

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Quick Links

  • Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Recent Weekly Announcements are posted at the William Diamond Middle School PTA website: http://www.diamondpta.org/weekly/