PTA Weekly Newsletter March 29, 2019

March 29, 2019 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the Calendar

Sat March 30 6th Grade Diamond Parent Social (7pm–10pm)

Tue April 2 MCAS: ELA

Wed April 3 Angst, LHS Auditorium (7pm)

Thu April 4 MCAS: ELA

Mon April 8Autism Omnibus Presentation

April 9-12 8th Grade Washington DC Trip/Field Trips

Wed April 10 Like, LHS Auditorium (7pm

)April 15-19 No School - April Vacation

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Announcements from Diamond PTA

Presentation on Youth Substance Use

Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev and School Resource Officer Kristina Hankins have kindly shared the slides that they presented at the February 28 PTO Forum on substance use. If you missed their presentation, or if you'd like to see the information again and share it with your children, you can access it here.

6th Grade Parent Social

  • When: Saturday, March 30, 7–10pm

  • Where: at the home of Gretchen & Chris Reisig

Please join us for another fun informal evening!  This are a great way to connect with fellow parents and friends in your child's grade.  Please sign up here!

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PTO Film Series

The LHS, Clarke, and Diamond PTOs invite you to view the following documentaries, each to be followed by a discussion.  Open to all - bothe movies are and appropriate for all parents and children 12 and over.

ANGST: Anxiety Disorders are Real, Common and Treatable - a documentary followed up with a discussion led by Clinician, Jon Mattleman and young adult speaker from Minding Your Mind

  • When: Wednesday April 3, 7-9 pm

  • Where: LHS Auditorium

LIKE: A documentary about the effect of social media on our lives - followed up with a discussion led by LPS Enforcement Officer Kristina Hankins and LPS Prevention Specialist and LICSW, Kristie Demiriv

  • When: Wednesday April 10, 7-9 pm

  • Where: LHS Auditorium

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Volunteer Opportunities

Green Team Parent Helpers – we need you!

Thanks to a pioneering team of parent helpers and a newly-trained group of Green Team student leaders, we are now recycling and composting in Diamond's cafeteria EVERY DAY!  We need your help to make this new schedule successful!  Each day 2 parent volunteers are needed to help direct students and student volunteers. It's easy--and a great way to see what goes on in the Diamond cafeteria at lunchtime.

If you have not volunteered before, please indicate this when you sign up - any questions please email greenteamdiamond@gmail.com. Please note all volunteers must have an up to date CORI check on file.

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Diamond PTA Representative: Parent Forums

The Diamond PTA is looking for someone who would be interested in helping teams from Clarke and LHS plan parent forums for the upcoming school year. While we don’t have an official “forums planning team” on the Diamond PTA, we’ve been working with them throughout this year to help bring in numerous speakers and hold parent events, so we’d like to see if there are any Diamond parents who would like to join the effort. There will be an initial planning meeting near the end of April, and work continues throughout the school year. Please contact us at diamondpta@gmail.com if you might be interested.

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Diamond PTA Board and Committee Members for 2019-2020

The Diamond PTA is starting to look for board and committee members for the 2019-2020 school year! Come join us as we work to support the teachers, students, and families of Diamond.  You’ll meet new people and know that you’re doing something to help the school.  Most jobs don’t require a significant time commitment, and many of them can be done by people working outside the home.  You can see our open positions at https://www.diamondpta.org/20192020-open-positions; please contact us at diamondpta@gmail.com if you’re interested or have any questions.

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Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

LexSEPTA / SEPAC Events: Winter / Spring 2019

Link to events:  https://lexsepta.org/events-2/.  To register for a speaker event: click on event, and the registration button appears at the bottom of the description.

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Diamond Performing Arts Calendar

FOLMADS is proud to present the listing of 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, May 17Diamond Middle School 8th Grade Drama Project7pmDiamond Middle SchoolMon, Jun 3Diamond Middle School Choral Concert7pmLHS AuditoriumWed, Jun 5Diamond Middle School Orchestra Concert7pmDiamond Middle SchoolThu, Jun 6Diamond Middle School Band Concert7pmLHS Auditorium

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Community Announcements

Free Trial Coding Classes @PenguinCodingSchool

90 minute classes for grades 1-12:

  • Grades 1-4 Learn Scratch

  • Grades 4-8 Build websites and games

  • Grades 7-12 Intro to Python or Java

Questions? Contact: 781-277-2755 or info@penguincodingschool.com

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Lexington Symphony: Fresh Perceptions

Fresh Perceptions features three works that disrupted the musical conventions of their time. Prokofiev’s The Prodigal Son evocatively narrates the biblical tale of rebellion and forgiveness, while the luxurious, sweeping melodies of Franck’s Symphony in D minor build to a magnificent finale. And we are delighted to welcome the fantastically talented Hana Chang back to the stage as our featured soloist on Mendelssohn’s ever popular Violin Concerto - the perfect way to welcome the warmer, brighter days of spring!

  • Prokofiev | The Prodigal Son

  • Mendelssohn | Violin Concerto, Op. 64, Hana Chang, Violin

  • Franck | Symphony in D minor

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Gender Revolution: A National Geographic Film with Katie Couric

  • When: Sunday, March 31, 2:30-5:00pm 

  • Where: Cary Memorial Hall

  • Sponsored by: SHAC, LHS’s GSA and LexPride

  • ContactLexPrideMA@gmail.com

  • Informationhere

This screening of Gender Revolution will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Safe Schools, featuring LHS students and a family featured in the film.  Critically acclaimed, Gender Revolution follows Katie Couric as she travels coast to coast to meet with the leading scientists and experts to answer questions about gender identity. She also speaks with ordinary people who find their bodies and lives on the front line of a rapidly changing world. This film examines roles of science, politics, and culture on gender, shedding light on the countless untold stories of struggle, understanding, ignorance, and love.

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Domestic Violence Service Network

  • When: Saturday April 6

  • Where: Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, Waltham

Domestic Violence Service Network (DVSN) is hosting a fundraising gala event : join us for an evening of camaraderie, music and delightful cuisine while contributing to services to reduce domestic violence. In addition to partnering with Lexington Police, DVSN works with over ten other local police departments and communities to educate and support efforts that help to eliminate domestic violence.
Over the past year, DVSN responded to over 1,100 requests to support victims of domestic violence and their families. Our programs give survivors the opportunity to tell their story, assess their risk, plan for safety and access information, resources, and the support they need to promote their dignity and empower their decisions.  Please join us for an entertaining evening in Celebration of Hope. Tickets may be purchased at: http://dvsn.org/cohb2019/

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Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills For Your Child

Lumos is offering 2-day Public Speaking workshops during April break (April 15-16, April 17-18, or April 19-20)! 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 call781-474-3359 with any questions. To register, go to lumosdebate.com/vaca-workshop

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Lexington Fife and Drum Muster

The William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps will host a Fife & Drum Muster, featuring a parade, colonial vendors, re-enactors and performances by 30 fife and drum corps from around the country.  These uniformed musicians, representing different time periods in American History, will present our nation’s historical music in an outdoor concert.  This free event is open to the public and is appropriate for all ages.

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Youth Soccer

Time to play outside!  The Lexington United Soccer Club (LUSC) offers many opportunities for kids to get outside and play soccer this spring. Register your K-2nd grader to have a blast playing soccer with friends Saturday mornings at Diamond.  And don’t stop there, take advantage of the clinics offered on Thursdays.  Don’t have plans for April vacation?  LUSC offers a camp that your K-8th grader is sure to enjoy.  And if you are a planner, check out the three summer camps taking place in June, July, and August.  Go to lexingtonunited.org for more information and to register.

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SUGART Spring and Summer Music and Art Camp

Our art studio is a bilingual (English and Mandarin) arts education studio based in Lexington, MA.  We would like to reach out to Lexington Public Schools and the children regarding an exciting spring and summer break program offered by our studio. Sugart will combine a music curriculum with a visual arts curriculum in a holistic way that will help children develop their artistic sense in a thorough manner. https://www.sugartboston.com.