PTA Newsletter for the week beginning 3/5/2018

Dates to put on the calendar

 

  • Mar 8 (Thu): 7:30Pm Musical
  • Mar 9 (Fri): 7:30Pm Musical
  • Mar 10 (Sat): 7:30Pm Musical
  • 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 4 (Wed): MCAS testing: ELA
  • Apr 16 (Mon): No School: Patriots’ Day & Spring Vacation

 

Announcements from Diamond PTA

 

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!

 

 

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

 

 

Introducing Dr. Ida Pappas - Our New LPS Performing Arts Coordinator and the Parents' Panel

 

Date: Monday, March 5th, 2018

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Place: Commons II, Lexington High School 

 

The Lexington High School PTO and FOLMADS (Friends of Lexington Music, Art and Drama Students) are pleased to present a special forum featuring a discussion of opportunities in performing and visual arts at Lexington High School.  The program will begin with a short performance by the LHS Jazz Combo, followed by a presentation by Dr. Ida Pappas, LPS K-12 Performing Arts Coordinator.  Dr. Pappas will introduce new classes being offered at LHS for the 2018-2019 school year and will cover topics related to the performing arts curriculum.  Following the presentation, FOLMADS parent volunteers familiar with programs in music, drama, and visual arts will be on hand to share their perspectives during a question and answer session.  The program is open to all LPS families.  Parents of 8th grade and transfer students are especially encouraged to attend. 

 

 

Drug and Alcohol Addiction – Dangers Hidden in Plain Sight with Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev

 

Date: March 6, 2018

Time: 7:00-8:30PM

Location:  Commons II 

 

What do you do when your teen calls you at 1AM with a challenging situation?  How do parents and guardians help their teens expand their freedom, have fun with friends and yet stay safe?  What are social hosting laws and how are parents at risk if something happens on your watch?  Come to this important session led by Lexington Public Schools Prevention Specialist, Kristie Demirev.  The “Hidden in Plain Sight” room will be on display to help parents learn to look for clues to determine if your child is experimenting with alcohol or drugs.  This will be an interactive session. All are welcome.

 

 

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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MIT Spark

 

Spark is a two-day program for 7th and 8th grade students happening on March 17 and 18 this year. We have over 200 different classes which you can view on our catalog. Classes being taught this year include Harry Potter ft. Conspiracy Theories, Intro to Distributed Computation, CRISPR: Hacking the Genome, and more!

 

Student registration for Spark is now open for 7th and 8th graders. The first round of student registration is due by Sunday, 3/4 at 11:59 PM.

 

Join us in learning about almost anything on MIT's campus!

 

How to Register

 

Spark uses a lottery to assign students to classes. You can enter class preferences until Sunday, 3/4 at 11:59 PM, at which point we will run the lottery.

 

To get a full schedule, we recommend ranking your top 3 classes and starring at least 10 classes per time block. All class choices will be entered into the lottery. Our lottery is not first-come first-served; as long as you enter your preferences before the deadline (3/4), they will be considered equally with everyone else’s.

Start the registration process by completing registration steps 0–2 at <https://esp.mit.edu/learn/ Spark/studentguide.html>.

 

More detailed information is available at our Spark details page or in our Lottery FAQ.

 

Finally, make sure you regularly check the email address that your account is registered under. Only registered students will receive future emails about Spark 2018.

 

If you have any questions, email us at <spark@mit.edu>. Happy registering and see you at Spark!

 

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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).