PTA Newsletter, Week of March 13th

Happy blizzard week!!  Below is the Diamond Weekly Newsletter for the week beginning 3/13/17.

Dates to put on the calendar

  • Mar 23 (Thu):  Early release day (11:45 am)
  • Apr 14 (Fri):  Holiday, no school
  • Apr 17-21:  Spring vacation break, no school
  • Apr 28 (Fri);   Principal coffee on STEM

Deep thanks….

…To Vid & Vaishali Mitta for hosting the parent social this weekend.  We had over 70 Diamond parents attend.   It was an awesomely fun time.    

Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Parent Forum: Let's Be Honest 
Wednesday, March 15, 7pm, LHS Science Lecture Hall

This popular free workshop is designed to help parents and other caregivers of adolescents learn how to create a comfortable environment of trust for talking about sex and sexuality returns to Lexington.

The Gift of Failure
March 21 at 7:00 pm, Estabrook Elementary School

On March 21st at 7:00 p.m., Estabrook Elementary School is hosting Jessica Lahey, author of the bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. This talk is open to the entire Lexington community. Adults and high-school aged children are welcome and encouraged to attend. Attending this event is FREE, however attendees will be asked to register to ensure space. Registration is open at

In support of Ms. Lahey's speaking event, The Estabrook PTO will be hosting a book discussion of The Gift of Failure on March 7th from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m at Estabrook school. To participate in the discussion, please register at this link: by February 17th. We will use that list to communicate details about the discussion. Cary Library has held several copies of the book for checkout. Copies are also for sale at all major book vendors.

Please note: registration for the book discussion does NOT guarantee a spot at the evening presentation by Ms. Lahey. Attendees must register separately for the presentation once the registration link is made available.  Questions? Email For more references and enrichment activities or visit

Lexington Parent Academy 3.0
Saturday, March 25, 9:30am to 2:30pm
Lexington Community Center

The 3rd Annual LPA is designed to educate & empower parents to meet the changing demands of parenting in today’s world.   Workshops include:

  • Cybersafety: Teaching Children to be Safe, Secure and Responsible in the Digital World – Prevention Peer Leaders, Julie Fenn, LICSW & Kristina Hankins, Lexington Police Department
  • Strategies for Maintaining a Healthy Couple Relationship During Stressful Times – Dewie Weiner, LICSW
  • Education & Expectations: Building Understanding Between Cultures- Cynthia Tang, LHS Counselor
  • They’re Not Crazy; They’re Adolescents. Understanding the Teenage Brain from the Inside Out – Julie Fenn, LICSW & Sion Kim Harris, Ph.D.
  • Coaching Your Teenager in Skillfully Handling Anxiety – Dale Dillavou, Ph.D.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Techniques for Maintaining & Improving Relationships – Blaise Aguiree, MD
  • Sleep in Middle & High School Youngsters: How Parents Can Help – Gila Lindsley, Ph.D
  • Parents as Sexuality Educators – Jennifer Wolfrum, M.Ed
  • Inside Scoop: How Kids Are Helping Each Other & What You Can Do – Erin Deery, LICSW & Bill Blout, LICSW, LYFS Youth Board
  • School & Community Resources – Manjula Karamcheti, LHS Assistant Director of Counseling, Kristie Demirev, LICSW
  • A Thousand Tiny Choices: Depression, Anxiety, Addiction – Carl Antisell, Minding Your Mind
  • I See You and Hear You, But I Don’t Understand You: Improving Parent-Teen Communication and Relationships – Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D.

Check out the “Hidden in Plain Sight Exhibit” that displays a typical teenager’s bedroom as an opportunity for parents to recognize common items that may be indicative of substance abuse.

Participants can choose one, two, or three workshops based on your interests.  . While you do not need to pre-register, pre-registration is recommended to guarantee a seat in a specific workshop. Pre-registering only guarantees your seat until the workshop starts. To pre-register, go to At this site, select a state, “MA”, then select a program, “Lexington Recreation Department”. Registration will be open starting on 3/6/17 and will close on 3/22/17.

Sponsors: LPS Health Advisory Council (SHAC), PTA/O President’s Council, Lexington Community Center, Lexington Human Services Dept., Lexington Recreation & Community Programs, Lexington Fire & Police Dept., Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL), Indian Americans of Lexington (IAL), Koreans of Lexington (KOLex), and Lexington Youth & Family Services.

For more information contact Jodi Ronci, LPS Assistant Coordinator of PE & Wellness at


Middle School Health Class – Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention
presented by Julie Fenn
April 12, 8:45 - 10am, Clarke Cafeteria

Come to this important session led by Lexington Public Schools Prevention Specialist, Julie Fenn to learn how Middle School Health class is educating students about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.  Julie will run attendees through best practices for parent awareness and teen safety.  She will also discuss what we know about substance abuse in Lexington. This will be an interactive session. All are welcome.

Interesting events coming up in/around Lexington

Lend your Voice to the Lexington Town-Wide Survey (3/13 – 3/31)

Please share your thoughts and expectations on what you would like Lexington to be by completing the Lexington Town-Wide survey accessed at 2020survey This survey is performed every five years and helps Town officials determine what our residents want and need for town services and policy.

The survey site will accept responses from March 13 to March 31, 2017. Hard and translated (Korean, Mandarin) copies of the survey forms will also be available at the Cary Library, the Lexington Community Center and other public venues in town. The Lexington 20/20 Vision Committee is working on the possibility of engaging a cross-section of survey respondents in focus groups on the various topics covered. At the end of the survey, you will have an opportunity to indicate your interest in participating in such a future focus group.

LHS Softball Spring Training Clinic

Open to all softball players in Grades 2 – 8!

The Lexington High School softball team is holding a 3 day clinic, March 13 – 15 from 5:30 – 7 pm in the LHS Field House.   This clinic will help players get ready for their softball seasons with a battery of fun and challenging drills and stations focused on the skills of throwing, fielding, base running and hitting. Cost is $75 and includes a free clinic T-shirt if registration received by 3/3/17.    Downloadable Clinic flyers and registration forms can be found on the home page of our website


Community Conversation on Racial Justice

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7:00 TO 9:00PM

Parish Hall, Sacred Heart, 718 Mass Ave, Lexington

Bring your hearts and minds to this conversation on racial justice in Lexington and workshop on what we can do to have a meaningful impact on the lives of those living and working in our town.    Share stories and explore how you and your neighbors can work together to build a more racially just community.  For more information visit the Lexington Area Interfaith Community Facebook page.  Sponsored by the Lexington Human Rights Committee,


Lexington Debate Institute
Summer program
Do you have a middle school student who enjoys a good argument? Shows interest in public policy or government? Are you looking to provide your child with summertime enrichment in public speaking and critical thinking? Send them to the Lexington Debate Institute! Registration for Summer 2017 is now open – and the early bird special has been extended to March 31!

Endorsed by the Backers of Lexington Debate, which supports the Lexington Debate Team, the Institute teaches the foundations of debate for 6th-9th grade students interested in learning how to better advocate and research solutions to current issues affecting society. Running weekdays from July 31 to August 11, the Institute is staffed by a qualified faculty of successful and respected debaters who are eager to educate your child about debate. Whether your child decides to pursue debate in high school or not, the Institute will help hone their critical thinking, research, and presentation skills in a fun and engaging environment.

Learn more about the Institute at or email us at: or join one of our information sessions - check out our website for details.


Lexington Cricket League Spring program

Ages: Boys and girls, 6-18 years

Dates: April 9th to June 18th

Time: Regular Games: 2:30 pm. – 4:00 p.m (Every Sunday), Drills & Training: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (Advanced players & those interested in extra training) 

Location: Harrington School, Lexington

Registration link:


April Vacation Art Camp for Middle Schoolers at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society

Dates:  4/18 – 4/21

You can read more about the program and register here:

CSA – Order Now from Lexington Community Farm!

Looking for a way to feed your family organically grown local food this year? This year we are offering a full season 20 week produce share, our ever-popular biweekly 10 week produce share, and a PYO flower share. 2017 CSA shares are selling fast, so don’t wait to buy yours!    Why buy a CSA share from Lexington Community Farm?

  • The produce is so fresh! We harvest all your veggies the day of, or day before, CSA distribution to ensure you get the most flavorful, long-lasting produce possible!
  • The flowers are beautiful! Stand in a field of flowers and pick your own bouquet on a summer afternoon. We’ve got classic varieties you’ll recognize from your grandmother’s garden, and some gorgeous new hybrids too!
  • It’s organically grown!
  • Our Pick-Your-Own fields are open to you! What better way of learning where your peas come from, than by ambling through the pea field? Kids will love it, too!
  • You’ll learn something new! Receive weekly newsletters with updates on what’s happening in the fields, and recipes to help you plan what’s for dinner.
  • It’s a community! Join us for on-farm potlucks, volunteering events, and a Harvest Festival. Meet your neighbors!
  • You’ll be part of a community effort to support a working farm in Lexington that has operated continuously since 1648, and will continue to teach, grow for, and give to the greater Lexington community.

If you are interested in participating this year, don’t delay! Sign up now to reserve your share.   If you have any further questions, let us know at


Lumos Debate Summer Camp - Lexington

2 week sessions throughout the summer
Ages: 10 – 15

8:30 am- 4:30pm

Address: 59 Worthen Rd, Lexington, MA 02421

Lumos Debate is offering 2 week day-camp for Diamond students. Your child will learn all the basics of debate and gain critical thinking, argumentation, and public speaking in a fun and engaging learning environment. You can use the special promo code "DIAMOND" when you register for a 35% discount on tuition (exp 4/29). For more information, call 617-901-4564 or go to