PTA Newsletter for the week beginning 3/12/2018

Dates to put on the calendar

 

  • Mar 12 (Mon): 7:00-8:00PM Math Placement Information Night (Auditorium)
  • Mar 15 (Thu): 11:45 Early Release for Professional Learning
  • Mar 24 (Sat): Annual Diamond Parent Social
  • Mar 28 (Wed): 7:00-8:30PM 5th Grade Parent Night
  • Mar 30 (Fri): No School: Good Friday
  • Apr 3 (Tue): MCAS testing: ELA
  • Apr 3 (Tue): “SCREENAGERS” at LHS Auditorium
  • Apr 4 (Wed): MCAS testing: ELA
  • Apr 16 (Mon): No School: Patriots’ Day & Spring Vacation

 

 

Announcements from Diamond PTA

 

8th Grade Diamond Class get-together

 

The 8th grade PTA is hosting an 8th Grade Diamond Class get-together on the upcoming 1/2 day, March 15th. The Edge is offering us a discounted Public Skating package for the price of $5 for ice skating and $2 if you need skate rentals. Please pay at the door. Please note that there are limited rentals available, so, please bring your own skates if you have them. 

Skating will begin at 1:15pm , so arrive early to get your skates and get on the ice on time! 

Skating ends at 2:40pm, so please plan for prompt pickup.

The Edge is located at : 

191 Hartwell Road

Bedford, Ma 01730

781-275-9700

www.theedgesportscenter.com

 

***If you would like to volunteer to help with set up and chaperoning,*** 

please contact Kate Murphy at murphymcguanek@gmail.com or 781-608-5672.

 

 

Parent Social

 

Save the date! Our annual Diamond Parent Social will be held on the evening of March 24 at the home of Amy and Christian Boutwell. Be on the lookout for an email soon with more details!

 

 

“SCREENAGERS” Screening

 

Tuesday, April 3, 7-9 pm, in the Lexington High School auditorium, 251 Waltham St.

 

Parents and students are invited to a free screening of the movie “Screenagers,” co-sponsored by the Clarke PTO, Diamond PTA, and LHS PTO. Following the movie, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers with a panel of experts in technology, law enforcement, and adolescent mental health.

 

About the movie:

 

The average child spends 6 ½ hours a day looking at screens. Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, physician and award-winning filmmaker Delaney Ruston explores the impact of all that screen time. “Screenagers” examines the friction in homes and schools around technology use; reveals how screen time impacts children’s development; and offers solutions on how adults can best empower children to navigate the digital world and find balance.

 

About the panelists:

  • Sandra DeJong, MD, MSc, is a practicing child psychiatrist, a director of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry training at Cambridge Health Alliance for 14 years, and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She has published and presented widely about digital media and youth.
  • Dr. Abigail Judge is a clinical and child forensic psychologist in private practice and on staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is on the part-time faculty at Harvard Medical School. She has published extensively about sexting and adolescent sexual behavior in the digital age.
  • Detective Kristina Hankins is a member of the Lexington Police Department and the School Resource Officer for Lexington Public Schools.
  • Jennifer Judkins is the Director of Digital Learning for Lexington Public Schools and is passionate about promoting responsible and meaningful use of technology in today's classrooms.

 

 

Message from the Diamond Green Team: Use the Baystate Textiles Bin instead of Curbside Trash

 

Instead of disposing of fabrics, old clothing, shoes, sneakers, stuffed animals and other textiles in your curbside trash bin, bring them to the Diamond Baystate Textiles to be recycled! The bin is located in the school parking lot all the way to the right of the Hancock Street school entrance (near the path to Victory Garden Way). Keep textiles out of the waste stream and give them to Baystate Textiles to be recycled. (See here for acceptable items.) An added benefit is that LPS receives a rebate check based on the weight of the donations. Thank you!

 

 

Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

 

 

Diamond STEAM Fair

 

The Third Annual Diamond STEAM Fair will be held in the Diamond Cafeteria on Wednesday, March 28 from 6:00-7:30pm, followed by an awards ceremony from 7:30-8:00pm.

All Diamond students can participate, either as individuals or in a team.

 

To register, please visit diamondscience.org and select STEAM FAIR, or use the the QR code on the flyers and mini cards handed out to students at school. Please register by March 10.

Questions? Please email stemdiamond@gmail.com.

 

 

Community Announcements

 

Lexington Comprehensive Plan Development

 

On Tuesday, March 13, there will be a panel discussion on housing and the regional forces shaping the area’s housing market in particular.  Panelists will include Barry Bluestone, of Northeastern University; Karina Milchman, of MAPC; and William Reyelt, of DHCD.  This is the second in a series of six panels, and it will take place at 8:30am in the Hudson Room on the top floor of Cary Hall.

The Town’s current Comprehensive Plan that guides much of what we do in Lexington is now a 15-year old document.  Lexington is a much different town than it was 15 years ago.  We have grown in many ways.  We face many challenges today that we could not have dreamt about 15 years ago.

The Planning Board and Planning Staff have a robust process in place to achieve an update to the Comprehensive Plan that will help guide us through the next 10-year period.  The Board is appreciative that Town Meeting has allocated funding to get good quality consultants to work along with our staff.

The Lexington Comprehensive Plan update has been underway since last summer.  The Planning Board has created a top-notch 13-person citizen-based Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee to be a conduit for a robust public process.  The first Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee meeting, held on January 30, is now on-demand for viewing on Lexmedia and also on the Planning Board website.  Meanwhile, the Planning Office has been busy on a number of tasks in preparation for the next phase of the Plan development: Public participation.

Please sign up on the Planning Board website to receive future email notices about the Comprehensive Plan development.

https://www.lexingtonma.gov/planning-office/pages/comprehensive-plan

 

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Softball Spring Training Clinic

 

Lexington High School Softball presents Grade School/Middle School Spring Training Clinic

Tuesday-Thursday

March 13th, 14th and 15th, 2018

Lexington High School Field House, 251 Waltham Street

Grades 2nd-8th 5:00-7:30 PM Cost: $75

***Groups will be broken into grades to work through in stations together.

To register and for more information please email debcrooke@comcast.net

 

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Girls Leadership and Empowerment Opportunity

 

Girls Take Charge is a hands on leadership and empowerment program to help girls to become stronger self-advocates and values based team leaders.  In the past 11 years this national award winning program has inspired and educated over 6,000 girls. Girls Take Charge will take place at Simmons College this summer! Girls Take Charge is open to girls who are current 6th – 8th graders. More information can be found at girlstakecharge.org (www.girlstakecharge.org).