PTA Newsletter for the week of October 30, 2017

Dates to put on the calendar

 ·       Nov 3 (Fri): Fall Play: The Phantom Tollbooth - Auditorium

·       Nov 4 (Sat): Fall Play: The Phantom Tollbooth – Auditorium

·       Nov 7 (Tue): 6:00-7:00pm School Committee Public Hearing on Homework Policy (Selectman's Meeting Room in Town Hall)

·       Nov 8 (We): 7th Grade Hearing & Vision Screening

·       Nov 9 (Thu): LEF Trivia Bee

·       Nov 10 (Fri): Veterans Day Holiday

·       Nov 13 (Mon): No School (All Day Professional Development)

·       Nov 15 (Wed): 7:00pm Community Forum on School Start Time (Battin Hall at Cary Hall)

·       Nov 17 (Fri): Middle School Parent Conferences

·       Nov 22 (Wed): Early Release (11:45am)

·       Nov 23 (Thu): Thanksgiving Holiday

·       Nov 24 (Fri): Schools and Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Break

·       Nov 30 (Thu): Literacy Night: LexGo Camping (in the Library)


 Announcements from Diamond PTA

Student directories have been delivered to all families who requested one. Many thanks to Marianne Slight for shepherding the print directory through proofing, printing, and distribution. If you have questions about your directory delivery, please email

The Diamond Spiritwear Online Store is Now Open!

The PTA is happy to offer our annual Diamond Spiritwear Sale through Tricon Sports. 

Show your school spirit!  Click on the link below to choose from a variety of Diamond signature shirts and pants. Orders will be accepted until November 6.

Community Announcements

Yes4Lex Kickoff Event!

 Date: Wednesday, November 1

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Location: Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square

Come join us in town at the Lexington Depot to learn more about the Monday December 4 debt exclusion vote to finance building a new Hastings, Lexington Children’s Place, and Fire Station Headquarters. Meet and speak with members of the architect team, Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and finance committees for answers to any and all questions you may have. You can also pick up your lawn sign, grab a car magnet, or a button to show your support for the campaign around town.


Concerned about traffic at the Adams, Hathaway and East intersection during the morning and afternoon school runs? Diamond parent Su Shen has been researching traffic conditions and has concluded that installing a traffic light at the intersection would create safer conditions for drivers and pedestrians. If you are interested in learning more and would like to sign this petition with the Lexington Town Planning department, please use the following link:

Or contact Su Shen at


The Goal Driven IEP: A Parents' Guide to What to Ask for at Your IEP Meeting 

 Guest Speaker: Dr. David Stember, Ph.D.

When: Wednesday, November 8th 7:00-8:45PM

Where: Large Meeting, Cary Library


 This talk will cover specific items and wording parents should ask for in their child's IEP; how to ask for specific goals, approaches and outcome measures that will be sensitive to whether progress is being made; common best practice approaches to address and common mistakes seen in ineffective IEP plans. It will also cover definitions of disabilities and which goals to ask for to address specific learning needs, social pragmatics, organizational skills and behavior/emotional disorders, as well as how to determine if progress is occurring.  

 For more information, please go to by the Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington and the LexSEPAC/SEPTA.


LexRAP Winter Coat Drive to Support Refugee Families

October 16-November 9

WHAT IS NEEDED:  Clean, new or gently used WINTER coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens for children and adult men and women.

WHERE TO DONATE:  Suitable items can be dropped in bins at any of the following locations in Lexington:

·       220 Follen Road

·       210 Lincoln Street

·       12 Nickerson Road             

LexRAP ( is holding a winter coat drive to support the efforts of the International Institute of New England ( to provide refugee families in Massachusetts with winter coats.  IINE is the resettlement agency of Massachusetts for refugees, most of whom arrive in Massachusetts from warm climates and without suitable winter clothing. 

LexRAP is a group of concerned people from Lexington and surrounding communities calling itself the Lexington Refugee Assistance Program or “LexRAP.” Its focus is to make Lexington a welcoming place for refugees and to help them directly.

Donations will be accepted between October 16 and November 9.
If you have any questions or need other arrangements for the donations, please contact Peggy Shukur, Brigitte Steines  or Patricia Valda


22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run - Spencer’s Sprinters

Sunday, November 5th

Lexington Newcomers Club and LexFUN! have joined forces to raise money for the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation on behalf of Lexington toddler, Spencer Smith.  To register to run or walk, visit and choose “Spencer’s Sprinters” when you Join an Existing Team.

After you have completed registration, you can begin to raise funds for our team by joining at  Registered runners and walkers who create a Crowdrise profile and raise $100 or more by October 11th will receive a FREE long sleeve Spencer’s Sprinters official race t-shirt.  


Presenting LEF's 22nd Annual TRIVIA BEE!

Thursday, November 9, 7pm

Lexington High School Auditorium

Lexington Education Foundation's Trivia Bee is a fun Lexington tradition in which three-person teams compete to answer trivia questions about history, sports, popular culture, science, arts, literature and current events. 

  • Take on the trivia challenge with your own team. Create and name a 3-member team.
  • Sponsor a team of teachers, staff or LHS students. School teams from all 9 schools need sponsors.
  • Come and cheer on your school's teams! Watch the Bee’s Master of Ceremonies, Jeff Leonard, quiz "swarms" of teams, and see which team will be named the 2017 "Masters of Trivia!"

Register, sponsor or learn more at

 Lexington Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that brings the community together to support the Lexington Public Schools in fostering innovation in teaching and learning to provide our children a world-class education.


 STEM Minicamp 3-6th graders for Nov 13 LPS School Holiday

- Looking for enrichment activity on Monday, Nov 13th - LPS Prof Development Holiday?

- Fun all day program integrating science, technology, engineering and math

- Taught jointly by Penguin Coding & Lexington Singapore School

- Separate classes for Grades 3-4 and Grades 5-6

- Located at Hancock Church by Lexington Green

- Time: 9am-3pm with extension to 5pm

- Cost: $75 (+$25 aftercare)

- More details and register: http://www. minicampNov13/


Youth in Philanthropy Program

Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) is an opportunity for students to become leaders in our community. Participants learn the importance of philanthropy and the needs that exist in our backyard. YIP students research local nonprofits and award $10,000 in grants. There are no fees or tuition to participate.

 ·         Who:    7th and 8th graders who live or learn in Lexington

·         Where: Lexington Community Center

·         When:  Wednesdays, Dec. 6 through Mar. 28, 7-8 PM

·         How to Apply:  Fill out a short form online by Nov. 13 –

·         Learn More:  Visit


 Leadership and Public Speaking Workshop

Lumos is running a 2-day Workshop during December, February, and April vacation breaks. Your child will study public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership with experienced instructors. The class is fun and engaging, even for shy or quiet kids. The class is open to students Grades 6-9. For more info call 617-901-4564. Get more information at:


Lexington Youth Wrestling Clinic

The Lexington Youth Wrestling program aims to introduce young students to the sport of wrestling. This program has the support of the Lexington High School wrestling team and high school athletes will help out during the practices. Unlike many other sports, being a successful wrestler does not depend upon size or body type. Successful wrestlers come in all shapes and sizes and from diverse backgrounds. Wrestling also teaches discipline, mental toughness, and sportsmanship: character traits that will serve well outside the ring for a lifetime. Participants will need to provide their own headgear and wrestling shoes. In addition to the program taking place on Monday and Wednesday evenings, opportunities to wrestle against surrounding communities on Saturdays will also be available. 

Start: Monday, November 27.

Ends: February 14.

Location: LHS Fieldhouse.

Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM

For K - 4: Monday nights only, fee is $50.

For 5 - 8: Monday and Wednesday nights, fee is $100

No classes over holiday break.

To register: https://www. wcs?clientid=LXNGTNMA&siteid=1

For questions, please contact Jon Quint,