PTA Weekly Newsletter - Week of September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the CalendarWednesday 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

Recently Approved PTA Grants

At our meeting this month the PTA Board approved teacher grants for presentations by the Leventhal Map Center for all 7th graders, subscriptions to Science World for 6th and 7th grade teams, materials for ESL, counseling, tech apps, and economics, and supplies for the school mural crew. Thank you to all families who have so generously donated to the PTA this year to help us support our students and teachers!  The Board looks forward to reviewing more grant requests at our October meeting.

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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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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 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

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 recent Diamond 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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Lexington Singapore School:  Free Math Workshops, Sep 30

  • When: Sunday, September 30, 2:30-3:30 pm 

  • Where: 807 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420

Lexington Singapore School is excited to offer a free math workshop for Grades 6-8.  This workshop will introduce our school's teaching approach and provide opportunity for hands-on learning for students.
Contact:  781-479-2331 or info@lexingtonsingaporeschool.com
To register:  https://lexingtonsingaporeschool.com/freeworkshop1/

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Science Bowl 2019 Kick Off Event, Oct 1

  • When: Monday, October 1, 3-4 pm 

  • Where: Diamond Middle School, cafeteria

Love math, science and quiz shows? Come to the kickoff event for the Diamond Science Bowl team. 
Science Bowl is a middle school science and math competition in a quiz format run by the Department of Energy. The Massachusetts regional competition will be held on February 23, 2019. 

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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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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).

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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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Lexplore Sustainability 2.0: Tools for Thriving in a Changing Climate, Sep 29

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

  • Where: LHS Cafeteria

Learn about the many ways we can limit climate change and leave a healthier world for our kids. Lexplore Sustainability is free and will have hands-on exhibits, workshops, and speakers on a broad list of topics such as energy conservation, political action, clean energy, gardening and composting. Children will enjoy the storyteller, cooking and farm-oriented activities and all will want to check out the electric car demonstrations! For more information and schedule: http://lexgwac.org.
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/696697720706951/.

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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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IAL Diwali Mela 2018

  • 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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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 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 Facilitated Small Group Conversations, 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 visit www.lexingtonma.gov/compplan.

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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 SanfilippoSyndrome, 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 Crowdrisesite will go toward finding a cure for SanfilippoSyndrome.  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 Crowdriseprofile and raise $100 or more by October 12thwill 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/