PTA Weekly Newsletter December 7, 2018

December 7, 2018 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the Calendar

Monday December 10 PTA Board Meeting, 9 am Chorus Concert: Grades 6 - 8, 7 - 9 pm Tuesday December 11 D-Minors, Men's and Women's Choirs Concert, 7 - 9 pm

Friday December 14 Half Day (Conferences)

Wednesday December 19 7th Grade Field Trip

Monday December 24 - Tuesday January 1 Schools/Office closed - Vacation

Announcements from Diamond PTA

Update on our transition from a PTA to a PTO

At our Special Meeting on Friday, November 30, the vote to change from being a PTA to a PTO was unanimously approved. This change will take effect for the 2019-2020 school year. More details will follow.

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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 DescriptionTimeLocationMon, Dec 10Diamond 6, 7, and 8 Grade Chorus Concert7pmDiamond Middle SchoolTue, Dec 11Diamond Men’s, Women’s, and D-Minor’s Chorus Concert7pmDiamond Middle School

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Community Announcements

LEF STAR Awards

As 2018 comes to a close, take this time to honor the outstanding educators and staff who give their all to your child - purchase a LEF STAR Award. The LEF STAR Award is a beautiful personalized certificate presented to your child's teacher, coach, counselor, or other staff member to thank them for their efforts. What a wonderful gift to give - recognition for making a difference in someone's life.

All proceeds from your $30 tax-deductible purchase of an individual STAR Award help fund LEF grants across all LPS schools. Thanks to LEF grants, educators can innovate in the classroom, inspire our children, and strengthen our school communities. 
Learn more and order your LEF STAR Awards today

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Free Coding Classes THIS WEEKEND, Dec 8-9

  • Grades 2-4 Scratch: Sat 10:30 am, Sun 1 pm 

  • Grades 4-8 HTML/Javascript: Sat 9 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm, Sun 2:30 pm

  • Grades 8-12 Intro to Python or Java: Sat and Sun 4 pm & 5:30 pm

Free 90 minute in-person coding classes @PenguinCodingSchool in Lexington.  Located at Hancock Church on Lexington Green (Saturday) or 807 Massachusetts Ave (Sunday).

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An Overview of Special Education Law, Dec 12

  • When: December 12, 7-8:45 pm

  • Where: Lexington Community Center, Room 242

  • Presenter: Dan Heffernan, Attorney, Kotin, Crabtree & Strong

This evening will provide an overview of special education law and process, as well as tips on how to effectively advocate for special education services. A partner with Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, Dan Heffernan concentrates his practice on representing families of children with special needs in education and civil rights matters. Please register so we have enough handouts.  Visit lexsepta.org for more information about special education programming and resources, and please like us on Facebook.

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Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills For Your Child

  • When: December 26-27 or December 28-29

Lumos is offering 2-day Public Speaking workshops during December break! Your child will love Lumos's friendly instructors and fun activities as they learn about:

  • Speaking Confidence

  • Impromptu Speaking

  • Debate Fundamentals

  • Argumentation and Reasoning

Right now you can use the code COMMUNITY to get $20 off. Email info@lumosdebate.com or call 617-901-4564 with any questions. To register, go to lumosdebate.com/vaca-workshop

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Maestro Musicians Academy

Looking for a good Christmas or Hanukkah gift for the kids? Enhance their academic and interpersonal skills with music lessons at the Maestro Musicians Academy!  We are the FASTEST GROWING MUSIC SCHOOL in the greater Lexington area and parents and kids love our music instructors. Lessons in Piano, Violin, Voice, Guitar, Cello, Trumpet, Sax, Drums, and much more!

If you contact us to sign up for a month of lessons before Dec. 25 and quote "PTA30", we'll give you FREE registration ($30 value)! Signing up has never been easier. Request info atmaestromusicianslexington.com/request-infolessons@maestromusicians.com, or 857-756-5230. Find out more today!

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Upcoming Recreation Department Youth Programs

To register for any of the programs above please follow this link https://www.activityreg.com/clientpage_t2.wcs?clientid=LXNGTNMA&siteid=1 the programs are listed under the Dec/Feb Break Vacation Programs. If there are any questions about these programs please email Thomas Romano at tromano@lexingtonma.gov or you can call the Lexington Community Center at 781-698-4800. 

 Friday Recreation & Social Hangout!

  • Date: Friday, December 14, 6-8:30pm

  • Location: Lexington Community Center

  • Ages: 11-13

  • Fee: $10 per child

Come over to the Lexington Community Center for a night of fun with music, concessions, billiards, corn hole, air hockey, video games and more! Plan to come with all your friends and hang out for a couple hours.

 Family Fun Night – BINGO!

  • Date: Friday, December 7, 6:30-8:30pm

  • Location: Lexington Community Center Room 139

  • Ages: 5+

  • Fee: $20/family

 Bring your friends and family over for a fun night of BINGO at the Community Center!  Entrance fee includes all your playing needs, light refreshments, snacks, and prizes throughout the night.  We will be playing 10 rounds of BINGO so there are many chances to win! ”Walk-ins” are welcome, but pre-registration is required to be guaranteed participation in this event.

Winter Vacation Chess Mini Clinic

  • Date: Wednesday-Friday, December 26 – 28, 10am-12pm

  • Location: Lexington Community Center Room 232

  • Ages: 6-12

  • Fee: $100

Join U.S. Chess Federation expert Jim Della Selva for a December Vacation Chess Clinic.  This program will provide beginner and intermediate chess players with the opportunity to learn more about the game and practice their skills in daily matches. You will also learn from your peers as well as learn how a chess clock works! 

 Combined Martial Arts December Break

  • Date: Wednesday-Friday, December 26 – 28, 1-3:30pm

  • Location: Lexington Community Center Room 006

  • Ages: 6-12

  • Fee: $95

Come to the Community Center and join instructor Charles Crayton Jr., a 6th degree black belt with 30 years of experience, for classes in combined martial arts.  Come away learning self-defense moves of all kinds, a sharper mind, patience, and self-discipline.

 F.A.S.T. Athletics December Vacation Sports Mania

  • Date: Wednesday-Friday, December 26 – 28, 9am-12pm (half day), 9am-3pm (full day)

  • Location: Estabrook School Gym

  • Ages: 7-13

  • Fee: $85 (half day) $135 (full day)

Join us for three fun-filled days of sports and games with our Sports Mania program.  All participants will have a great time playing soccer, basketball, flag football, dodgeball, and kick ball, but the fun continues with hand ball and pillow polo.  Each day begins with proper stretching and warm-up games, and follows with the teaching of basic skills in the sports we play that day.  More games and tournaments will be featured in this exciting three day vacation program held in a safe and FUN environment.  Please bring a water bottle, snacks, drinks, and peanut-free lunch (for full day participants) each day and be sure to register early! 

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Lexington Wrestling Club

  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 27 - February 14, 6 - 7:30 pm

  • Where: LHS Field House

  • Grades: 3 - 8

Successful wrestlers come in all shapes and sizes. Wrestling teaches discipline, mental toughness, and sportsmanship: character traits that will serve well outside the ring for a lifetime.

Questions: Contact Lexington Recreation Department: www.lexingtonma.gov/recreation, 781.698.4800 or Jon Quint Jon_quint@hotmail.com.
"Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy" - Dan Gable 

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Lexington Youth Lacrosse

Have you registered for spring Lacrosse yet? Register before 12/15 to save $$$. LYL is open to all skill levels, has both a boy’s and girl’s program, and is dedicated to introducing, teaching, and expanding youth lacrosse through our integrated and age-based programs, which provide a fun, competitive, and instructional environment. Head over to www.lexingtonlax.org and sign up now. If you have any questions at all, please email president@lexingtonlax.org.

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Dance Around the World, Dec 8

  • When: Saturday, December 8, 6-9:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Gymnasium

The Lexington Town Celebrations Committee invites you to an evening of International Classical and Folk Dances.  Thirteen performing groups will share dances from China, England, France, India, Ireland, Israel, Korea, and Mongolia.  Food will be available for purchase from Lexington Restaurants: Royal India Bistro, Sanyo, and Sweet Time Bakery. Food purchases will be CASH ONLY.  The event is free and open to all ages.