PTA Weekly Newsletter - Week of August 30, 2018

August 30, 2018 Issue

In this issue:

  • Dates to put in the Calendar
  • Announcements from Diamond PTA
    • Thank You!
  • Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events
    • 6th Grade Welcome Pizza Social, Sept 13th
  • Volunteer Opportunities
    • Social Committee Chair
    • Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) Liaison
    • Daily Announcements Volunteers
    • Lunchtime Compost and Recycling Volunteers
  • Community Announcements

 

Dates to put in the Calendar

Friday August  31No School

Monday September 3No School (Labor Day) 

Monday September 10No School (Rosh Hashanah) 

Thursday September 13Early Dismissal (8 - 11:45am)
6th Grade Welcome Pizza Social (5:30 - 7pm)

Wednesday September 19No School (Yom Kippur)

Thursday September 20Special Ed Parent Coffee (9 - 9:45am)

Announcements from Diamond PTA

Thank You!

Many thanks to Pei Ling Man and April Maloney, our Hospitality chairs, for organizing a wonderful breakfast for the teachers and staff on the 8/27 professional day. We've received many thank yous from teachers who were so appreciative of being welcomed back to school with this special event.

Thanks also to P.K. Shiu and Carol Webb for serving on our parent panel for 6th grade and new 7th and 8th grade parents on 8/22. They answered a range of questions from nearly 100 parents in attendance. 

Finally, thank you to those who were able to attend our first Principal Coffee of the school year on 8/29! The PTA will be hosting additional morning and evening coffees throughout the school year to help you stay informed and connected. More information on dates and locations will be announced soon.

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Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

6th Grade Welcome Pizza Social

  • When: Thursday September 13th, 5:30 - 7pm 
  • Where: Diamond Cafeteria

6th Grade families are invited to come meet your child's teachers, see friends, and check out Diamond Middle School.  Everyone - parents, siblings, guardians - is welcome.
Families are welcome to bring their own food or pre-order pizza (from Alexander's Pizza) and water in advance (pizza and water WILL NOT BE SOLD on the night of the social).  More information will be provided in a separate email to 6th Grade families ONLY.
Volunteers Needed: If you are interested in helping, please sign up to give us a hand: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f48a8a72fa0ff2-diamond.

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Volunteer Opportunities

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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Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) Liaison

Attend SHAC meetings several times a year and report back to the PTA board on events and information from those meetings that are relevant to the Diamond community (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 Weekly Newsletter (non-Board positions).

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Lunchtime Compost And Recycling Volunteers

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

A Great New Parent Volunteer Opportunity!  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 10:45am - 12:15pm 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!
Diamond Green Team
Lin Jensen, Tina McBride, Claire Nedham, Diane Pursley

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Community Announcements

Lexington Historical Society to Host Hamiltunes!

  • When: September 14, 6:30pm 
  • Where: Cary Hall

The Lexington Historical Society is proud to host an officially licensed Hamilton singalong! Can't get tickets to the Opera House in September? Join us with several hundred of your friends as we sing your favorite songs on the Hamilton Instrumentals album. Costumes are encouraged! At intermission, join in the costume parade, enjoy popcorn, and cider, and enter a raffle to win a life-size cutout of Lin-Manuel Miranda! Tickets are $4 per person. Children under 7 are free (please be advised that Hamilton contains mild explicit language.) Tickets are available atwww.lexingtonhistory.org/hamiltunes. Be a part of our revolutionary crowd by buying a general admission ticket. Our Hamilton karaoke also needs song leaders - if you'd like to sign up to take the stage and lead us in song, purchase a singing role ticket.

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Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington:  Back to School Kickoff Meeting

  • When: September 17, 7 - 8:45pm 
  • Where: Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room

Join us for an evening of discussion to learn more about dyslexia. No matter the age of your child (preschool through high school) or where you are in terms of getting services for your child's language learning challenges (still exploring what is going on to receiving services), this meeting and group will serve as a useful resource for you. We particularly encourage parents of young children who have been identified via the prekindergarten screening to come. We'll offer tips for beginning the school year, working with your child's teaching team, etc., as well as a chance to discuss your particular issues.
For more information and to check out some resources, please visit us at lexdyslexia.weebly.com. Any questions, contact lexdyslexia@gmail.com.

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Youth Ultimate Frisbee

  • When: Sunday afternoons, September 9th - October 21st
  • Where: Diamond Middles School
  • AKA U8, U10, and U12, clinic based instruction with increased scrimmage time.
    boys & girls, Grades 1-2, 2 - 3pm
    boys & girls, Grades 3-5, 2 - 3:30pm
  • AKA U14, even more scrimmage-based and will include matches against outside competition.
    Girls, grades 4-8, 2:30 - 5:30pm
    Boys, grades 5-8, 3:30 - 5:30pm

Coed and single gender programs teach skills and good sportsmanship so that players can learn and enjoy the sport of Ultimate. Small games to maximize playing time and touches. We will have some outside competition for our upper age groups. Players of all abilities are welcome. We have numerous excellent coaches who will bring even a total novice up to speed by the end of the season, and you'll have a great time scrimmaging during practice and matches.
Note that for children nearing the end of elementary school, you can choose to enroll them in the elementary or middle school programs, above. If you'd like guidance, please don't hesitate to contact the program director, Raphael Savir, at raphael.savir@buda.org or 781.862.4335 (home). See https://www.buda.org/youth-program for more information and registration links  (info/registration links below).
Some fun notes:

  • LHS girls are currently the state champs ! And the LHS boys were oh so close to bringing home the gold, as well.
  • Our neighbors in Arlington have a middle school team and just started their AHS girls team.
  • Check out this interesting opinion piece in the NY Times about a peace movement which uses Ultimate to teach kids how to resolve conflict on and off the field. Two of our coaches this fall participated in that program this summer.
  • If you haven't watched high level youth Ultimate, here and here are videos of some of our local U20 boys playing at a national championship event in Blaine, MN in early August. Every year, BUDA sponsors youth teams from the Boston area at that event.

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Lexington Recreation Fall Brochure

Fall 2018 is almost here, are you and or your children looking for something engaging, physically active, social, and fun to do during the week or on the weekends? Then come browse through Lexington Recreation & Community Programs Fall 2018 Program Brochure where you will find a program for all ages from pre-school to 60+. If you have any questions about the program call us at 781-698-4800 or email recdept@lexingtonma.gov and someone will be happy to help you choose the best program for yourself or your little one.

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LEF Trivia Bee

  • When: November 5
  • Where: LHS Auditorium

Save the Date & Start Securing Your Team!  November 5, 2018 is this year's LEF Trivia Bee! Three-member teams of teachers, students, town employees, and citizens come decked out and ready to compete in this trivia contest, while hundreds of Lexingtonians cheer them on. Learn more »

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A Message from the Lexington Board of Selectmen

Following the Town Manager interviews on Monday night (8/20/18) and a period of deliberation, the Board voted 4-0 (Ms. Ciccolo was recused) to enter negotiations with James J. Malloy (current Town Manager in Westborough, MA) to be the next Town Manager in Lexington.
Thank you for your emails, questions and support as we moved thru the search process. We will keep you posted as we move forward.
Suzie Barry, Chairman, Lexington Board of Selectmen

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Maestro Musicians Academy

My name is Daniel Broniatowski and I am the artistic director of a music school called the Maestro Musicians Academy. We have been in Lexington since 2015 and just started giving lessons in our new location at the United Methodist Church on 2600 Mass Ave. We specialize in lessons in piano, voice, guitar, violin, cello, and the most popular instruments. No matter what your child's age or stage, feel free to reach out to us at maestromusicianslexington.com or 857-756-5230.

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Lexington Youth Lacrosse

Lexington Youth Lacrosse announces opening of 2018 fall season registrations: Boys & Girls Programs, Grades 1-8. To register, go to: http://www.lexingtonlax.org/. Lexington Youth Lacrosse is dedicated to introducing, teaching, and expanding youth lacrosse to the Lexington and nearby communities. Through our integrated and age based programs, we provide a fun and instructional environment for young lacrosse players. New players at all levels welcome!

Join The "Fastest Game On Two Feet”

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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/