PTA Newsletter for the week beginning 11/06/17.

Dates to put on the calendar


·       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 7:00pm (LHS Auditorium)

·       Nov 10 (Fri): Veterans Day Holiday

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

·       Nov 14 (Tue): Presentation on the Use of Social Media and Bullying (Clarke Auditorium)

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

·       Dec 1 (Fri): Middle School Parent Conferences

·       Dec 6 (Wed): Talk on Substance Abuse (in the Library)

·       Dec 11 (Mon): Fundraise at the Local Restaurant to Support the 8th Grade Washing DC trip


Announcements from Diamond PTA


Fundraiser at The Local restaurant to support the 8th grade Washington, DC trip!


Date: Monday, December 11, 2017

Time: 11am-10:30pm, lunch or dinner, dine in or take out

Place: The Local restaurant, 350 Cambridge Road, Woburn (near Whole Foods in Woburn)    

The 8th grade parents are organizing a fundraiser at The Local restaurant in order to help fund scholarships for the 8th grade Washington, DC trip! 20% of your check excluding alcohol sales, tax, and gratuity will be donated to the Diamond 8th grade class of 2018 DC Trip Scholarship Fund.

For any questions please contact

For reservations or menu questions contact The Local directly @ 781-932-5910

Please note that this is not a PTA fundraiser; the Diamond PTA is supporting these efforts with community outreach and banking assistance, but all money raised will go to the tour company for scholarships.


 Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events


Presentation on The Use of Social Media and Bullying


Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 6:30PM in the Clarke Middle School Auditorium.  Dr. Elizabeth Englander from MARC (Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center) will present to parents on the use of social media and bullying and how they impact middle school children on a daily basis.  

Dr. Englander is a knowledgeable and engaging researcher, and we hope that you can join us to hear about this important and relevant topic.



Your Middle School Student and Substances- What Are They Learning and What You Should Know

Wednesday December 6th 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Diamond Middle School Library


Come to this important session led by Lexington Public Schools Assistance Coordinator of PE and Wellness, Julie Fenn, LICSW and Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev, LICSW to learn how middle school health class is educating students about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. Julie and Kristie will run attendees through best practices for parent awareness and teen safety. They will also discuss what we know about substance abuse in Lexington. This will be an interactive session and all are welcome. 


(Sponsored by the Diamond and Clarke PTA and SHAC's Substance Abuse Task Force  

Please direct any questions to Martha Kurland@


Community Announcements


Lexington Unites for Puerto Rico!


Hancock Church, in partnership with the Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association, is leading a Lexington-wide drive from Octovber 30-November 10 to fill a 40-foot shipping container with relief supplies for the people of Puerto Rico. 

For more information on how and what to donate, please visit:




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



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,