PTA Weekly Newsletter - Week of September 21, 2018

September 21, 2018 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the CalendarTuesday September 25Picture DayWednesday October 3Back to School Night, Grade 6Thursday October 4Back to School Night, Grades 7 and 8Friday October 5Field Trip: METCO 7th and 8th GradeMonday October 8No School (Columbus Day)Announcements from Diamond PTA

Site Council Results

Congratulations to Suzy Wang, our newly elected Site Council member for the 2018-2019 school year. We are sure she will continue the Site Council's great work!
Many thanks to our candidates, and thanks to those who voted.

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Employer Matching: How to Increase the Impact of your Donation to the PTA

Great News! Did you know that your company may match your Annual Donation to the PTA? Many companies match employee donations dollar for dollar. Employee matching gifts are donations a company makes to match your non-profit donations. It's a great benefit that truly amplifies the impact of your charitable donations. Check with your benefits provider to see if your company provides matching gift donations.

Diamond PTA is a registered non-profit with Benevity (a solution provider for corporate philanthropy). However, if your company offers donation gift matching, and we are not registered with their program, please reach out to diamondpta@gmail.com.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Transportation Advisory Committee is 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.

Social Committee Chair

With the Social Committee, plan parent social event(s), work with the grade level reps to help plan grade level social activities for kids and/or parents, set up morning principal coffees, and organize evenings with the principal (provide light refreshments at the home of a parent host) (Board position).

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Daily Announcements Volunteers

We’re looking for a few people to send the Diamond Daily Announcements out to Diamond families. 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 WeeklyNewsletter (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 vibrantDiamond 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

Meet and Greet with Superintendent Hackett, Sep 26

  • When: Wednesday, September 26, 6-8 pm

  • Where: Gymnasium, Central Office, 146 Maple Street

The Lexington School Committee cordially invites all members of the Lexington community to attend a meet and greet event with our new Superintendent Dr. Julie Hackett.  We hope you can drop in during one of two informal meet and greet events.
Thank you!
Eileen Jay, Chair, Lexington School Committee
Questions: contact Sara Calvino at 781-861-2580 x68040

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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

FOLMADS Ice Cream Social, Sep 23

  • When: September 23, 7-8:30 pm 

  • Where: Commons II, Lexington High School

Calling all families of performing arts students at LHS, Diamond, and Clarke! FOLMADS invites you to a freesocial event featuring delicious Rancatore's ice cream. Meet Lexington's new Performing Arts Coordinator, Jared Cassedy, and other parents of performing arts students. Find out about fun ways to volunteer at LHS events. Pick up a copy of FOLMADS' Guidebook for Parents.  The evening will include a special performance by our own Lexington High School Jazz Combo.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with Jillian Tung at folmads@gmail.com.  A special thank you to Rancatore's Ice Cream for supporting the arts in the Lexington Public Schools!

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Suicide Prevention Workshop, Sep 24

  • When: Monday, September 24, 7-8:30 pm 

  • Where: Lexington Community Center

  • Sponsored by: Town of Lexington Mental Health & Wellness Task Force and funded by a grant from CHNA15

Question Persuade Refer (QPR)
QPR is an evidenced-based suicide prevention program based upon the following concepts:

  • The person most in need of help in a suicidal crisis is the least likely to ask for it

  • The person most likely to prevent a person dying by suicide is someone they know

  • Prior to making a suicide attempt, a person typically sends warning signs of distress and suicidal intent to those near them

Jon Mattlemanis a certified QPR trainer. Highlights include investigating myths surrounding suicide, exploring the signs of suicide, and learning how to help a person in distress.
Adults only, limited seating, RSVP required to Tony Serio, 781-698-4843 aserio@lexingtonma.gov

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Lexington Youth Basketball Tryouts, from Sep 24

School's back in, and LYBA is excited to begin a new season! We will have ratings nights for girls & boys in Grades 4 - 8. Please note, your child must attend BOTH ratings nights unless otherwise noted. Tentatively, all tryouts will be held at Lexington High School main gym and field house, and check in will take place outside the gym, starting 30 minutes before the rating session.
Also, stay tuned for announcement of Fall clinics to prepare for the season!
Lastly, LYBA is recruiting volunteers to help with logistics of tryouts, season preparation, coaching, and additional Board Members to assist in managing the Season and Organization. Please contact lexhoops2015@gmail.com if interested.

BOYS Grades 5th-8th:
Monday, 9/24
Grade 5 & 6: 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm 
Grade 7 & 8: 8:45 pm - 10 pm
Tuesday, 10/2
Grade 5 & 6: 6 pm - 8 pm 
Grade 7 & 8: 8 pm - 10 pm
GIRLS Grades 5th-8th:
Tuesday, 9/25
Grade 5 & 6: 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm 
Grade 7 & 8: 8:45 pm - 10 pm
Monday, 10/1
Grade 5 & 6: 6 pm - 8 pm 
Grade 7 & 8: 8 pm - 10 pm

* Note: For players in grades 5-8, we have staggered the nights in each week to minimize conflicts. Players must attend both ratings nights even if a player was on a team last year.

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Executive Function: Tools for Learning, Skills for Life, Sep 25

  • When: Tuesday, September 25, 7 pm 

  • Where: Waldorf School, Lexington, Auditorium

  • Sponsored by: Waldorf PCA and Lexington Community Education

What is executive function and why is it so important?  According to Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child, “When children have opportunities to develop executive function and self-regulation skills, individuals and society experience lifelong benefits.  These skills are crucial for learning and development.”  In this talk, Dan Levine demystifies executive function and offers strategies that parents can use at home. Lecture sponsored by the PCA; free and open to the public.  http://thewaldorfschool.org/events/

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LexSEPAC/SEPTA Meet & Greet, Sep 26

  • When: September 26, 7-8:45 pm 

  • Where: Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room (Note Change in Location)

Please join us to learn about the Lexington Special Education Parent Advisory Council and PTA in a low-key social environment. Learn about upcoming meetings, programs, and special education resources and meet other parents in the LPS community (preschool through high school). If you have a child in special education on an IEP, if your child is on a 504 plan, or if you suspect that your child may have some type of special need that impacts their learning, please come. Light refreshments will be served. To learn more about LexSEPAC/SEPTA, please visit us at lexsepta.org.

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LHS Girls Volleyball Car Wash, Sep 30

  • When: Sunday, September 30, 10-2 pm 

  • Where: LHS

On Sunday, September 30, the LHS Girls Volleyball Team will be offering a car wash to raise funds for the volleyball team, as well as Minute Man Arc, a local organization that serves Lexington and a dozen other local towns through “improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities by increasing independence, personal choice, and self-advocacy.” Tickets are $10 ahead of time from any LHS girls volleyball player (including recentDiamond graduates Dilara Bahadir, Julia Griffiths, Ipek Kendircioglu, Tiffany Liu, Izzy Mazerall, Ava and Simone Parsons, Sofia Patrizi Sorcini, Charlotte Shaw, and Ella Thomas), or you can just show up!

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Youth In Philanthropy, Application Deadline Oct 5

YIP Lexington is an experiential leadership development program designed to empower and educate local youth to become our community’s next generation of philanthropists – those who give their time, talent, and treasure for the common good! As a participant of YIP, students will learn about needs in our community, visit local nonprofits, and grant money to nonprofits benefiting youth. YIP puts the power of decision making in students’ hands and empowers youth to be change-makers.
For more information about YIP and/or to apply, click here.

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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).

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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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Lexington-Bedford Youth Hockey

Registration is now OPEN for the 2018-2019 Season for the Lexington-Bedford Youth Hockey In-House Hockey League.  For In-House program details, or to Register for In-House, go to LBYH.net and click on the “Register Online” tab.

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Great Meadows Chamber Orchestra

Based in Lexington, Great Meadows Chamber Orchestra is a group of dedicated students making music in a fun, challenging, and collaborative orchestral environment. Players develop greater confidence in sight-reading, ensemble skills, musical expression, and performance, while making friends from Lexington, Arlington, Cambridge, Winchester, and surrounding communities. We offer a Preparatory Orchestra for students in grades 3-6 who are working in Suzuki books 1-3 or at a comparable level, where we learn the basics of orchestral playing. Our Chamber Orchestra is for students in grades 6 and up who are working at the level of Suzuki book 4 and up. In this orchestra, we apply chamber music skills to the orchestral environment. Both orchestras each rehearse once a week on Wednesday evenings. For more information, contact greatmeadowschamberorchestra@gmail.com.

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Discover your Home’s History, Sep 22

Ever wonder whether your home is on the Lexington Cultural Resource list?
Or wonder WHY your home is on the Lexington Cultural Resource list?

Cary Memorial Library's 150thAnniversary is underway...and Friends of Cary is hosting this commemorative program.  Lexington has a long, rich history, in its residents and its buildings.  Come hear local experts plus representatives from Town Hall, Lexington Historical Society and Cary Library describe the collections and information they hold and how they can be accessed.  Audience members will learn more about how to research the history of their homes, streets or neighborhoods.  All are encouraged to bring specific questions and panelists will see what answers they can provide on the spot. Light refreshments will be served.  No registration is required.

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Transportation Open House, Sep 22

  • When: Saturday September 22, 10 am-12 pm

  • Where: Lexington Community Center

Learn about and meet with:

  • MBTABetter Bus Project

  • LexpressBus, Flexpass

  • REV Alewife Shuttle

  • Biking & Walking Groups

  • Services for those with special mobility needs

(especially good for people new to the community and/or trying to learn a new way to get around)

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Transit Study Public Forum, Sep 22

  • When: Saturday September 22, 1:30-3 pm

  • Where: Cary Library

This is good for everyone! We encourage people of all ages and mobility levels to attend.
Mobility is vital to our future. Share your experiences and ideas.
Take and share the survey: www.lexingtonma.gov/transit-survey.  Need a paper survey? Call 781-698-4820 or stop in at the Community Center or Cary Library.

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LexpressBus Special Saturday Service FREE (for all), Sep 22

  • When: Saturday September 22, 9:30 am-5:25 pm

Buses will follow their usual schedule & routes during these hours.  Last route will leave Depot Square at 4:55 pm. www.lexpress.us.   FREE RIDES in honor of World Car Free Day and to allow people a means of getting to the day’s many events!
Questions? Call 781-698-4820 or transportation@lexingtonma.gov

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Lexington Symphony Opening Night: Classic Beauty, Sep 22

  • When: Saturday September 22, 7:30 pm (please note new start time)

  • Where: LHS Auditorium

Lexington Symphony's 2018-2019 season opens next Saturday, September 22 with three innovative perspectives on Classic Beauty. This program sparkles with the brilliance of composers at the height of their creative powers: from Prokofiev's bright and mischievous Classical Symphony, to Schubert's romantic and haunting Unfinished Symphony, and Mozart's endlessly inventive Symphony No. 38, it's going to be a fantastic evening of uplifting music - and a terrific opportunity for music students to hear world class music right here in Lexington center!

6:30pm Pre-Concert Talk with conductor Jonathan McPhee
Prokofiev | 
Classical Symphony, Op. 25 (Symphony No. 1)
Schubert | Symphony No. 8 D.759, B minor (Unfinished)
Mozart |  Symphony No. 38, K.504  “Prague”

For more information and to buy tickets: https://www.lexingtonsymphony.org/.  Discounts available for groups of 8 or more. Student & Youth tickets, $15 & $10.

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Lexington Facilitated Small Group Conversations, Sep 25, Oct 23, Nov 27

Where do you see Lexington in 10 years?  Please join us for one of our small group conversations taking place this fall. Leading into the development of the new Comprehensive Plan, the Town of Lexington would like to invite you to a World Cafe conversation.  The intent of this event is for Planning staff, elected and appointed officials, and selected consultants to hear feedback on your vision for Lexington.  Please save a date and RSVP by using the links above. Please note that capacity is limited at these events so if you've already attended one, give someone else a chance to attend and look for more information regarding future events in the spring by checking this website or signing up for our email updates.  For more information please visitwww.lexingtonma.gov/compplan.

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Lexplore Sustainability 2.0: Tools for Thriving in a Changing Climate, Sep 28

  • When: Saturday September 29, 10 am - 3 pm

  • Where: LHS Cafeteria

Lexplore Sustainability 2.0 is a community fair that will focus on the many ways our households, businesses and community can further the goals of limiting climate change and reducing and sequestering carbon and leaving a healthier world for our descendants.  
Lexplore Sustainability 2.0 features speakers, workshops and demonstrations, with information on topics such as:

  • Energy efficient building and solar energy

  • Sustainable food, gardening and landscaping

  • Carbon sequestration

  • Energy-saving tips

  • Zero waste/waste reduction

  • Greening our schools

  • Climate change and clean energy activism

  • Electric cars

There will be valuable information and activities for homeowners, parents and their children, town officials and local businesses. 
Hosted by: Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition
Co-sponsored by: Community Endowment of Lexington

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Lexington Comprehensive Plan/Planning for the Future, Oct 5

The Comprehensive Plan for Lexington is now 15 years old.  It is time to craft (or design) a new “visionary plan for the future physical development of Lexington”.    Town Meeting approved the request to update the plan, but what exactly is involved in the process?
Please join us to hear our panel address this question.  Planning Director David Kucharsky, and Assistant Town Manager for Development Carol Kowalski will discuss the mechanics on the process of updating the present Comprehensive Plan; Transportation Manager Susan Barrett will explain the Tri-Town Efficiency and Regionalization Transit Study.
Both departments are working together on community outreach through public meetings and surveys, to ask each resident and Lexington business employee for their input in the plan. 

This program is the first in the series of 2018-2019 First Friday Forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lexingtonto promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues.  The Forums take place at Cary Memorial Library, with coffee available at 9:15 am and the presentation beginning at 9:30 am.  All League forums are free and open to the public.

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About Racism: What’s Your Story?, Oct 21

  • When: Sunday October 21, 2-4 pm

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

Your encounters with racism can help shape the content of an upcoming panel discussion, “Raising Anti-racist Children: Strategies for Success”.  The Rev. Liz Walker will moderate the conversation, which will use real stories—perhaps yours!—to lead to a greater understanding, both theoretical and practical, of racism and how to help children of all ages understand and work against it.

Please take a moment to reflect on your own experiences.  Do you recall a racially charged moment or situation?  What happened?  Was something said that led to greater understanding?  Did it escalate but never really get resolved?  Did discomfort about possibly saying the wrong thing mean nothing was said at all?  If it went well, what helped that to happen? What did you learn?  What do you want to learn? The children in your life might also have a story or question to share.  Those are welcomed, too.

Please send your story by Monday, September 17, to event organizers at AntiracismPanel@gmail.com.  Multiple stories, if you like, are fine.  All submissions will be considered, with an eye to finding a balance of situations and issues to which Walker and the panelists—an elementary school counselor, a kindergarten teacher, and a community activist—can bring their experience and expertise.  Authors won’t be identified in public. http://colonialtimesmagazine.com/rev-liz-walker-to-moderate-panel-on-raising-anti-racist-children/

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Lexington Neighbors and Newcomers Club

Whether you're new to Lexington or looking for a fun way to connect with other Lexingtonians, don't forget to check out and join the Lexington Neighbors and Newcomers Club. Please visit our website at http://www.lexington-newcomers.org/ to learn more about the club and the many activities, outings and fun events we offer throughout the year.  For information about membership sign-up, please visit http://www.lexington-newcomers.org/?page_id=12.  We welcome any questions you may have about the club and can send you a copy of our current newsletter detailing our monthly activities.
Looking forward to meeting you, Lexington Neighbors and Newcomers Club

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Quick Links

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